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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Anaheim, CA
    I just left in the ones I think don't sound like names at all and should be GPs, tossed in the bin, or maybe VERY bold middles. The ones I deleted I wouldn't necessarily use, but I could see them working as names.

    Clarendon - is a suburb of DC and a metro station I often get off at (a friend lives there.) It's a pretty boring area. Not somewhere I'd name a kid after unless it held some special significance.
    Providence - I could see this one working. It's Pilgrim-y.
    Savory - sounds like the parents are cannibals. Actually LOLing at this one.
    Urthelmine - hideous, but it seems solidly like an actual name
    Tranqueline - definitely too much like trampoline and tranquillizer
    Pleasance - Another pilgrim-y one I can see possibly working.
    Gaze - you just know someone would spell it "Gays"
    Beauty - definitely a bit much
    Valiant - was a villain on Merlin
    Midnight - what you name your black hamster
    Dalliance - wow, that's a bad one. Why not just name your child Tryst? Or Affair? Or Fling?
    College student, bookworm, terrible influence.
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  2. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Dacre - MN.
    Chapin - MN. Sounds too much like chafing to me.
    Ochre - FN. I think it could work in the right family.
    Gallant - MN. Bit too much for a first.
    Kimbrough - MN
    Mindwell - Toss.
    Lowry - FN. I know of several. Nice name.
    Parilee - Toss.
    Pharaoh - Toss. Sounds ridiculous.
    Pliny - MN.
    Preserve - Like jam? Toss.
    Absolute - Toss. Particularly if your last name is Pratt, Cock etc.
    Providence - Toss
    Rejoiner - Toss
    Rosewell - MN
    Savory - Toss. My BE brain wants to put a U in there.
    Service - Toss!
    Sinai - MN
    Solitude - Toss
    Spaulding - Toss. Reminds me of the Lincs town.
    Tinker - MN.
    Thankful - MN, if
    Truelove - Toss. Too cheesy.
    Upshire - Toss. Doesn't sound English to this Englishwoman. And I first read it as 'Upshite' :s
    Urthelmine - Toss. Too clunky.
    Union - Toss. Clearly, I'm tired. This time I read 'Onion'.
    Winship - MN
    Vionnet - MN. Though I'm leaning more towards 'toss' now that I'm saying it like V&A. Sibling for Tate and NPG?!
    Tranqueline - Toss!
    Timely - Toss
    Rejoice - MN
    Tanaquil - Toss. Sounds like a drug.
    Queenie and Reine - Queenie = FN, Reine = MN.
    Persia - MN
    Pleasance - MN
    Nimra - MN
    Magenta - MN
    Listener - Toss.
    Loveday - FN. I went to school with one. Pretty run of the mill where I am.
    Joyous - Toss. Just Joy would do fine.
    Kathini - MN
    Glance - Toss!
    Gaze - Toss
    Florizel - MN
    Evodie - MN. I can see the attraction.
    Avila - MN
    Ethereal - Toss!
    Beauty - Toss. Wrong in many ways.
    Meraud - FN. Lovely Cornish name but I'm yet to meet one!
    Future - Toss. Some of these word names are silly.
    Anemone - GP/MN.
    Valiant - Toss. Reminds me of submarines.
    Soutine - MN. Kind of sounds like something I should use to cook.
    Judicael - MN
    Serlo - MN
    Glider - Toss.
    Darragh - FN! I like!
    Sligo - Toss. Unattractive sound.
    Ravelin/Revelin - Toss.
    Quoyle - Toss. Unsure on pronunciation but I immediately thought of the contraceptive coil.
    Pinch - Toss! Even as a nn it's a little weird.
    Paavo - FN. Bit odd in English-speaking countries but quite cool.
    Notus - Toss.
    Midnight - MN/GP.
    Austell - Toss. Have you ever been to St Austell (St Awful to us locals)? It's a dive. Really not somewhere I'd name my kid after.
    Eero - MN. Reminds me of the chocolate.
    Clarendon - Toss. Sounds like a make up brand.
    Chiltern -MN, if you love the place or something. Bit weird.
    Colbran - FN. Sounds quite cool.
    Caledon - FN. This is a little GP of mine (Billy Zane, anyone? )
    Aalto - Toss. No idea on pronunciation.
    Njord - MN
    Lowen - FN. Strictly speaking, it doesn't rhyme with Rowan & Bowen in Cornish. Means 'joy' though. Very pretty.
    Kyne - MN.
    Loewy - MN. Seems more of a surname.
    Kenzo - FN. I dislike it but it would definitely work for some.
    Jubalus - Toss.
    Japhy - MN
    Elko - MN
    Dalliance - Toss
    Cyan - MN
    Cinnabar - Toss. Sounds like one of those breakfast biscuit things.
    Courage - Toss. I've always liked the sound of this word. But it's a WORD not a name.
    Carnelian - MN/GP.
    Calm - Toss. I'm sure you could just find an actual name which means 'calm'.
    Exodus - Toss. Of all the Bible book names...
    Belief - Toss.
    Answer - Toss!
    Amaris - too much like amorous?
    Always -TOSS! Sanitary towels?!
    Assisi - MN.
    Last edited by charlieandperry1; September 24th, 2013 at 10:25 PM.
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  3. #10
    Dacre (DAY-kur)- I think this could work as a first name
    Chapin (CHAY-pin)- I think this would work better as a middle name, though could probably be used as a first
    Ochre (o-kur) - The first thing I thought of was Ogre... so I am thinking GP
    Gallant- I say GP
    Kimbrough (m)- Best as a middle I believe
    Mindwell (f)- I think it could work as a cool middle name
    Lowry- First name, I actually really like it
    Parilee (f)- I think it could be an ultra trendy name as a first
    Pharaoh- I think it could be a middle
    Pliny- I say GP
    Preserve- Keep GP
    Absolute - GP for sure
    Providence- Keep as GP
    Rejoiner- It MIGHT be able to work as a middle, unsure though
    Rosewell (m) - I can only picture it on a girl because of Rose in the beginning, so first for girl, middle for boy
    Savory (m) - Could work as a middle I think
    Service- Keep as a GP
    Sinai- Could possibly work as a first
    Solitude (f)- Definitely keep as GP
    Spaulding- Might be able to work as a middle, I don't think it could as a first though
    Tinker - I actually know a Tinker, haha so I obviously think it is usable as a first
    Thankful- Keep as a GP
    Truelove- GP for sure
    Upshire - I think it could be a cool middle name
    Urthelmine - GP I think
    Union- Could maybe work as a middle
    Winship- I think it could work as a first name for a little boy
    Vionnet - I think it could work as a first
    Tranqueline - Yes, too much of both, GP
    Timely - I say GP only
    Rejoice - GP
    Tanaquil - I think it could work as a middle
    Queenie and Reine - eh, I'm sure it could work as a first but I think it would suit better as a middle
    Persia - Could work as a first
    Pleasance- GP
    Nimra- Could possibly work as a middle
    Millay - Could work as a first name
    Magenta - I think it could work as a first name with all of the color names working now
    Listener- GP only
    Loveday- GP
    Joyous- GP
    Kathini- I think it could work as a middle
    Glance - Possibly a middle
    Gaze- I know a Glaze, but not Gaze. I think it could be a first name
    Florizel- I think it could work as a middle
    Evodie - First name, I think it is cute too
    Avila- I think it could work as a first
    Ethereal- GP
    Beauty - GP only
    Meraud- middle name
    Future- GP
    Anemone - reminds me of Nemo... GP
    Valiant- Cool middle
    Soutine- I think it could work as a middle
    Judicael- GP
    Serlo- Middle
    Glider- GP
    Darragh - I think it could work as a first
    Sligo - Middle name
    Ravelin/Revelin- Could be a first
    Quoyle - GP
    Pinch - Nickname only for sure, GP
    Paavo - I think it could be a first
    Notus- Middle
    Midnight- Middle
    Austell - First name
    Eero - First
    Clarendon - First
    Chiltern - Middle
    Colbran- First
    Caledon - First name for sure
    Aalto- Could work as a first
    Njord- Middle
    Lowen - I think it could work as a first
    Kyne- First, I like it
    Loewy- Middle
    Kenzo - Could work as a first
    Jubalus- Middle
    Japhy- GP
    Elko - Middle for boy only
    Dalliance - GP
    Cyan - First, I like it
    Cinnabar- GP
    Courage- GP
    Carnelian- Possibly middle
    Calm- GP
    Exodus- GP
    Belief- GP
    Answer- GP
    Amaris - I think it could work as a first
    Always- GP
    Assisi - GP, Ass is too big in the name in my opinion

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Lowry (This seems really reasonable compared to some of the others. Love the literary association)
    Providence (Would fit right in with all the Cadences. Not one of my favorites, but it could work)
    Winship (Now this is interesting! I quite like it!)
    Vionnet (Pretty. I'm not familiar with the designer,so it would depend how strong the association is for others)
    Pleasance (Virtue names can be tricky, but it has a nice sound)
    Millay (Similar enough to Millie to work.)
    Magenta (I love this as a name!)
    Joyous (Why not, if Joy works)
    Kathini (Kind of cute, but I would stick with the classics)
    Evodie (This feels right on trend with popular Nameberry names)
    Avila (If you're the type that likes place names)
    Meraud (I really like this one!)
    Judicael (Why not? I think this is interesting)
    Darragh (I like this)
    Paavo (This seems wearable, but spelling may be an issue)
    Austell (But I live close to a city with this name, so it's hard to imagine on a person)
    Eero (This sounds fun)
    Colbran (Like Cole and Brandon, or Corbin. I can see this working)
    Caledon (This has been a guilty pleasure for me, but I really think it could work)
    Aalto (I know someone with this name, so it works for me)
    Lowen (My thoughts exactly. Fits right in with Rowan and Bowen)
    Kyne (This is my cousin's name. He wears it well.)
    Kenzo (This is a fun one)
    Elko (Like this one, too!)
    Cyan (Definitely wearable)

    Maybe Middles:
    Dacre (Depending on what it means, it could be a toss. Too many pronunciation hassles for a first)
    Chapin (Kind of sounds like chafing. This is leaning toward toss)
    Amaris (I think this sounds too much like amorous, but I actually know someone with this name)
    Gallant (I would say first if "gall" didn't have negative connotations.
    Pharaoh (Maybe. Only if you're the type to name your kid "King" and "Kaiser... otherwise toss it)
    Rosewell (Ha. Someone [male] very close to me has this name. He hates it)
    Sinai (Interesting, but sounds like cyanide)
    Spaulding (Sports connotation is too strong)
    Solitude (Kind of lonesome sounding, don't you think?)
    Timely (Nice sound, but can you imagine all of the jokes?)
    Rejoice (I think it would be misheard a lot. The re- might get lost in the hearing)
    Tanaquil (Could be pretty, but sounds like a sleeping pill to me)
    Queenie and Reine (I think title names are very cheesy)
    Persia (Reminds me of the cat. And the rug. And, you know, Persians.)
    Nimra (Sounds like nimrod, therefore reminds me of an idiot)
    Listener (Could be sweet in the middle. It's another one of those difficult virtue-type names)
    Glance (This is kind of interesting to me)
    Gaze (Also interesting. Not crazy about most common word names in the first name position)
    Florizel (Unless you're really brave, then maybe as a first name. Lovely)
    Beauty (I think it's horrible, but if Belle works...)
    Future (Cheesy, but doable.)
    Anemone (They're not the friendliest plant...)
    Valiant (Difficult name to wear)
    Soutine (I'm not sure how to pronounce this, but it sounds like saltine in my head)
    Serlo (Unattractive sound, and I'm not sure about the associations)
    Glider (Weird, but not necessarily unwearable.)
    Sligo (Unusual sound. Not sure how wearable it is)
    Quoyle (Very similar to quail, but that's not necessarily bad)
    Ravelin/Revelin (Like raveling? I'm not sure about this one...)
    Midnight (If you give birth to a black horse, maybe)
    Clarendon (Makes me think of DC)
    Njord (Seems very difficult to wear)
    Loewy (Sounds too surnamey and nicknamey to really work for me)
    Jubalus (Feels a little comical when I say it)
    Cinnabar (I only think of Cinnabon)
    Courage (Difficult virtue name)
    Carnelian (Maybe as a first.)
    Calm (Like Solitude)
    Exodus (I guess it's useable, but I think it's cheesy)
    Answer (But it's so cheesy)

    Ochre (Ochre=okra. Not an attractive name)
    Kimbrough (This just looks and sounds really weird. Maybe as a middle, but I would just toss)
    Mindwell (This is just asking for trouble!)
    Parilee (Just one syllable away from paralegal)
    Pliny (Reminds me of puny)
    Preserve (Like jams and jellies? Persevere would be okay in the middle)
    Absolute (Absolut vodka)
    Rejoiner (Like a rejoinder? The connotation is so negative, here. Not at all usable.)
    Savory (This feels more tied to the actual act of eating than even food names)
    Service (Too many sexual connotations. Maybe as a middle, but I would toss it)
    Tinker (This is the euphemism my mom used for penises)
    Thankful (I bet the child won't be)
    Truelove (Cheesy)
    Upshire (Upchuck)
    Urthelmine (Maybe a middle if the "u" becomes an "e". Otherwise it looks too much like urethra.)
    Union (Western Union, civil union, Union Army... I just don't see it)
    Tranqueline (Too much like trampoline and tranquilizer)
    Loveday (Unless it's a family surname, I would toss it)
    Ethereal (Kind of depressing)
    Pinch (Only as a nickname for a very small child)
    Notus (*Notice. I just don't like it...)
    Chiltern (Reminds me of the way my grandmother says "children")
    Japhy (The more you say the name, the sillier it sounds)
    Dalliance (Does Dalliance have a brother named Tryst?
    Belief (Belief doesn't mean anything out of a context)
    Always (Will get twisted to "all ways", and that's when the jokes start)
    Assisi (sounds like "a sissy". It's also tied strongly to Mr. Francis)
    Ezra, Finn, Hamish, Nathan, Roland, Tobias
    Bonnie, Clementine, Greta, Hermione, Matilda, Wren

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    What an interesting list, Mischa!

    Dacre — 3
    Chapin — I know a Chapin. I think it's a cool name and it suits him. 1
    Ochre — Sounds like ogre. 3
    Gallant — 2
    Kimbrough (m) — Kim prefix is too far gone to the girls. 3
    Mindwell (f) — Awkward. 3
    Lowry — Like the seasoning salt? If it weren't for that association, I'd say it would work. 2
    Parilee (f) — Kinda like it! 1
    Pharaoh — Cool for middle. 2
    Pliny — 3
    Preserve — 3
    Absolute — To me, this is all vodka. 3
    Providence — Cool as a middle! 2
    Rejoiner — 3
    Rosewell (m) — I could like it on a girl. Not fair to saddle a boy with a name that starts with "Rose" IMO. 1
    Savory (m) — Sounds sexualized. 3
    Service — Also has sexual undertones to me. 3
    Sinai — Wouldn't want a first name that starts with "sin" 2
    Solitude (f) — Sad! 3
    Spaulding — Middle 2
    Tinker - if we have Tucker why not Tinker? — Because it's Tinkerbell. 3
    Thankful — Could be an interesting middle depending on one's culture. 2
    Truelove — I could only see this working for a culture outside of the US 3
    Upshire — Stuffy but could be a middle 2
    Urthelmine — Mouthful of awkward and not attractive. 3
    Union — Cool middle! 2
    Winship — Middle 2
    Vionnet - French surname of a fashion designer— Lovely! 1
    Tranqueline - too much like trampoline or perhaps tranquillizer?— Yes, it is. 3
    Timely - this is kind of cute— Ha, could be, depending on the birth story. 2
    Rejoice — Cool middle, especially for a pastoral/religious family perhaps. 2
    Tanaquil — Depends on the pronunciation. 2
    Queenie and Reine - same title but different languages — 2
    Persia - the new India— Agreed! 1
    Pleasance — Is that a word? 3
    Nimra — Nimrod. 3
    Magenta — Could work for a very ecclectic couple's choice! "Maggie" as nn could bring it back down to earth. 1
    Listener — 3
    Loveday — 2
    Joyous — 2
    Kathini — Interesting! 1
    Glance — 3
    Gaze — 2
    Florizel— 2
    Evodie - this is pretty!— Agreed! 1
    Avila — Pronunciation? 1
    Beauty - a bit much, no? — Yes but in another culture, where English is a second language, perhaps, it could work. 2
    Meraud — Interesting. 1
    Anemone - a rare flower name— Like sea anenome? Sounds a little too much like "enemy." 2
    Soutine — Hmm, could work! Depending on the meaning...? 1
    Judicael — Could maybe work 2
    Serlo — I could see it. 1
    Glider — Sexualized. 3
    Darragh - popular male name in Ireland— Pronunciation issues, but I love Irish names. 1
    Sligo - place name in Ireland*— Sounds a little like slug. 3
    Ravelin/Revelin — Maybe, prefer the latter. 1
    Quoyle - too much like quail?— Yes, too much. 3
    Pinch - cute nn only? —Yes, only as nn. 3
    Paavo - Finnish for Paul— If you're Finnish, then sure! 1
    Notus — Like POTUS, SCOTUS, (govt. acronyms) nah. 3
    Midnight — I have heard of this name given to a boy. It worked on him, somehow. I'd say middle, though. 2
    Austell - place name and saint name— Cool! 1
    Eero - Finnish — Like euro? 3
    Clarendon - sounds aristocratic — 2
    Chiltern - hills in England3
    Colbran — Fits right in with Colby, Colton, etc. 1
    Caledon - place name in Canada2
    Lowen - There's Rowan and Bowen so why not Lowen? — "The caaattle are Lowen, the poor baby wakes..." 3
    Kyne — 2
    Kenzo - Japanese— I could definitely see this catching on. 1
    Jubalus — 2
    Elko - unisex — 1
    Dalliance - unisex — 2
    Cyan - a great alternative to Cheyenne— Totally. And color names are in. 1
    Courage — 2
    Carnelian — Cool sound. 1
    Exodus —3
    Belief — 2
    Amaris - too much like amorous? — Yep. 3
    Always — 2
    Assisi - place name in Italy*— No "ass" names. It's a rule. 3

    Whew! I really started to regret my whole color-coding thing about halfway through that. Lol.
    Having fun TTC and dreaming of names.

    Mattias Leo, Joakim Rhys, Macsen George, Cassian James
    Leonora Pearl, Arietta June, Felicity Mae, Eleni Rose

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