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September 25th, 2013 01:58 PM #19
Sorry for being the Doris Downer of the thread and putting so many names on the don't-list
Usable as first names:
Amaris; I know an Amaris!
Anemone; One of the more common flower names in Denmark, not a name I'd ever use myself, but I don't see a problem with it.
Avila; I hear this and I immediately think "surname", but I do think that it could work as a first.
Caledon; Though hestitant about using place names myself, this sounds like a "real" name to me.
Carnelian; I love this and I love the mineral as well.
Cinnabar; Makes me think of (the lovely) Finnbarr.
Njord; Rising fast here in Denmark, I know several little Njord's (and a Fjord).
Vionnet; I like the sound of it.
Middle name department:
Aalto; Would go for Alto myself.
Austell; But only if one has a connection to St Austell/Austell, Georgia.
Chapin; I like it, reminds me of Chopin.
Chiltern; I suppose this could be used.
Clarendon; That is a font, isn't it? but I suppose Clarendon could write his name with the type-face Clarendon on business cards etc.
Colbran; I put it on the middle name list only because of Isabella Colbran, because 'koldbrand' is the Danish equivalent of gangrene.
Cyan; It's alright.
Dacre; Don't really like it, but I wouldn't say it's completely unusable.
Darragh; I would put this on the first name list, but only if one's got a connection to Ireland.
Eero; Ah, makes me think of Eero Saarinen.
Elko; Prefer Elka (for a girl).
Evodie; Sounds weird to me.
Florizel; I know he is a Shakespeare character, but this name sounds like antidepressants.
Gallant; I kinda like the idea of this as a middle name (for a boy).
Japhy; Sounds more like a nickname though.
Jubalus; Don't like it, but not terrible.
Judicael; I think I prefer Yezekael, but Judicael is usable.
Kathini; Don't like it, but not terrible.
Kenzo; Again a name I would put in a nickname section, if not a nickname, I wouldn't use it unless I had some connection to Japan.
Loveday; I really like this as a middle name.
Magenta; I never liked the colour Magenta, but I suppose one could use it as a name.
Meraud; This is the surname of one of my French friends.
Notus; The Greek god of the South Wind, it's alright.
Ochre; Looks and sounds weird to me.
Paavo; I think this might be dated in Finland, but it's a sweet name.
Queenie and Reine; Yay to Reine (Reina), nay to Queenie.
Quoyle; Doesn't appeal to me, but it's alright as a middle.
Ravelin/Revelin; I really love Ravelin (reminds me of Adelin which I can't use without William).
Rosewell; I don't like it.
Sinai; Very biblical, perhaps a little too much?
Soutine; Sou-TIN or Sou-TEEN? I think it lose its appeal if pronounced sou-TEEN.
Tanaquil; Tanaquil LeClercq had a rather sad faith (getting polio which paralysed her from the waist down), but was very admirable. Definitely suitable.
Tinker; Not for me, but at least it's not as bad as Tinkerbell.
Urthelmine; Sounds very German to me.
Valiant; Great middle name.
Winship; I think I prefer Winston, but it's alright I guess.
Would personally throw right out:
Absolute; The word absolute names me think of absolutism/autocracy which I'm very much opposed.
Answer; Not really.
Assisi; Excluded this because of Francis of Assisi - if one want to honour him, I think Francis would be a more obvious option.
Beauty; Much too sugarsweet.
Calm; What if the child doesn't turn out calm?
Exodus; Makes me think of a very sweet Doug/Carol episode of ER, but not so sweet I would use it on a child.
Gaze; "Gazebind" are roll bandages in Danish.
Glance; Sounds weird as a name because of ... other meanings.
Joyous; Way too sugarsweet.
Kimbrough; Not really.
Loewy; Not really.
Lowen; Makes me think of "lower", all I could hear when saying 'Lowen' out loud was "lower your expectations!"
Midnight; Don't care for word names.
Mindwell; This just sounds weird.
Parilee; Really don't like it.
Persia; Don't really care for place names.
Pharaoh; That would be like calling your daughter Empress or your son Tsar (or your daughter Khaleesi, ahem) - waaaaaay to grandiose.
Pinch; I think I would keep it as a nickname, if any.
Pleasance; Way too sugarsweet.
Pliny; Sounds very nicknamey.
Preserve; Not really.
Rejoice; Very sugarsweet.
Savory; and Sweet?
Service; Not really.
Sligo; Again, not here for place names.
Spaulding; Sounds weird.
Thankful; Too sugarsweet.
Timely; Not really.
Tranqueline; First thought was tranquillizer.
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