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  1. #6
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    I'm liking many names on your list so it's going to be a challenge to whittle it down. I'll attempt to get it down to a top five list.

    Boys:

    Adam - A Biblical classic. I don't hear too many Adams running around.
    Andrew - a classic but kind of bland
    Bennett - a medieval version of Benedict
    Callum - getting popular. It's ok but I'm hearing it a lot.
    Christopher - better in the middle spot
    Connor/Conor - I have a negative association with this name so it's not a fave of mine
    Elliott - There's nothing wrong with this name but I've just haven't warmed to it.
    Harrison - one of the more distinguished "surnames as first names" choice
    Hayden - trendy
    Henry - It took me awhile to see its charm.
    Joel - I prefer Joseph but this is ok
    Joseph - a Biblical gem
    Lewis/Louis - I prefer the French spelling and pronunciation (Louis-"loo-ee")
    Michael - overused forever. I find it boring.
    Toby - I think this is a cute nn but only for a Tobias. I don't think it ages well.

    Top Five

    Louis
    Adam
    Bennett
    Henry
    Joseph

    Girls:

    Agatha - an unappreciated vintage name with a great literary pedigree.
    Augusta - strong and forceful
    Blythe - better in the middle spot, Augusta Blythe would be gorgeous!
    Cecilia - I prefer Cecily. This is too frilly for my taste. Cecilia Blythe is pretty!
    Clementine - sweet and sassy
    Delphine - chic and French. If I had to pick between the "ine" names, Clementine would win by a hair!
    Eleanor- Majestic beauty
    Florence - I don't like place names but this one has a lot of vintage charm.
    Iris - One of my favourite flower names.
    Margaret - An underused classic with loads of nickname options. I also love the French version, Marguerite.
    Martha - kind of clunky so it would go with a sister named Olive.
    Millicent - one of my favourite vintage names. I love the way it blends million and innocent.
    Morwenna - I like this name but not enough.
    Ottilie - Pretty. I also like Odilia and Odile.
    Rosamond - I love this name but I do prefer the "u" spelling - Rosamund.

    And the Honourable Mentions list;

    Ophelia - better in the middle spot due to the pronunciation "O-feel-ya"
    Sophia - I prefer the French version Sophie - it's much friendlier and down-to-earth. Sophia is really overused.
    Charlotte - elegant and ladylike.
    Olive - clunky

    Top Five

    Agatha
    Augusta
    Iris
    Millicent
    Charlotte

    Mason - nearly 19,000 boys were given this name in one year. Kardashian overkill?
    Jack - popular but I love it!
    Landon - OK but very trendy
    Lawson - a road near where I live and someone I know named their dog Lawson so it doesn't appeal to me.
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  2. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by mischa View Post
    I'm liking many names on your list so it's going to be a challenge to whittle it down. I'll attempt to get it down to a top five list.

    Boys:

    Adam - A Biblical classic. I don't hear too many Adams running around.
    Andrew - a classic but kind of bland
    Bennett - a medieval version of Benedict
    Callum - getting popular. It's ok but I'm hearing it a lot.
    Christopher - better in the middle spot
    Connor/Conor - I have a negative association with this name so it's not a fave of mine
    Elliott - There's nothing wrong with this name but I've just haven't warmed to it.
    Harrison - one of the more distinguished "surnames as first names" choice
    Hayden - trendy
    Henry - It took me awhile to see its charm.
    Joel - I prefer Joseph but this is ok
    Joseph - a Biblical gem
    Lewis/Louis - I prefer the French spelling and pronunciation (Louis-"loo-ee")
    Michael - overused forever. I find it boring.
    Toby - I think this is a cute nn but only for a Tobias. I don't think it ages well.

    Top Five

    Louis
    Adam
    Bennett
    Henry
    Joseph

    Girls:

    Agatha - an unappreciated vintage name with a great literary pedigree.
    Augusta - strong and forceful
    Blythe - better in the middle spot, Augusta Blythe would be gorgeous!
    Cecilia - I prefer Cecily. This is too frilly for my taste. Cecilia Blythe is pretty!
    Clementine - sweet and sassy
    Delphine - chic and French. If I had to pick between the "ine" names, Clementine would win by a hair!
    Eleanor- Majestic beauty
    Florence - I don't like place names but this one has a lot of vintage charm.
    Iris - One of my favourite flower names.
    Margaret - An underused classic with loads of nickname options. I also love the French version, Marguerite.
    Martha - kind of clunky so it would go with a sister named Olive.
    Millicent - one of my favourite vintage names. I love the way it blends million and innocent.
    Morwenna - I like this name but not enough.
    Ottilie - Pretty. I also like Odilia and Odile.
    Rosamond - I love this name but I do prefer the "u" spelling - Rosamund.

    And the Honourable Mentions list;

    Ophelia - better in the middle spot due to the pronunciation "O-feel-ya"
    Sophia - I prefer the French version Sophie - it's much friendlier and down-to-earth. Sophia is really overused.
    Charlotte - elegant and ladylike.
    Olive - clunky

    Top Five

    Agatha
    Augusta
    Iris
    Millicent
    Charlotte

    Mason - nearly 19,000 boys were given this name in one year. Kardashian overkill?
    Jack - popular but I love it!
    Landon - OK but very trendy
    Lawson - a road near where I live and someone I know named their dog Lawson so it doesn't appeal to me.
    Thank you! That was my concern with Mason, haha, I love it, but I think those (less than) charming Kardashians ruined that (as well as Penelope) for me.

  3. #10
    Sure thing! Keep in mind that a name will sound better or worse depending on how it flows with your last name, which we're unaware of.

    Adam- I like but I feel like it is becoming too popular. I wouldn't chose this for myself or my kids but wouldn't cringe at it either. It's just average.
    Andrew- same as adam
    Bennett- think that this one is super cute!
    Callum- another cute name! I could see this on somebody of any age, similar to Bennett. I like that it's not overused but it's familiar.
    Christopher- same as Adam/andrew. and I just broke up with a chris, so i sort of hate this name now. funny how exes do that!
    Connor/Conor- Please, for the love of god, do not spell it Conor. Stick with the legit spelling, which is cuter and an awesome name.
    Elliott- This is a family name for me and I want to use it one day, so I love it. I think it's also charming yet not overused.
    Harrison- I like this name but prefer Harris. A solid choice if not paired with a long last name.
    Hayden- I can't stand this name. I feel like it only works on a baby, and is too similar to Jayden, Braden, Kayden, etc. Sounds lower class to me.
    Henry- a cute classic! never gets old and works well. Love hank as a nickname.
    Joel- I definatly like this name but it isn't my favorite. Good with a long last name.
    Joseph- see Adam, etc.
    Lewis/Louis- I personally prefer the Louis spelling but I don't think that you can go wrong either way since both are legitimate. I love this name!
    Michael- classic!
    Toby- for some reason I can't stand this name. Not sure why, it's just a personal dislike. That being said, I respect the name and think it's a solid choice for other people, it's not like Jayden or anything.

    Agatha- I love the antique feel of this name! Know one nicknamed Aggie
    Augusta- I think that this is a nice name as well.
    Blythe- Strikes me as a little too dreadlock hippie of a name. I couldn't take a blythe seriously in a buisness meeting.
    Cecilia- love this one. Sounds bubbly and old fashioned, yet I would find it cute on a baby and as a solid choice for an adult.
    Clementine- Cute on a baby, but I wouldn't take it seriously in a meeting. A little too cutesy out of the nursery. Good name for a cat!
    Delphine- I'm not too familiar with this name so it strikes me as having an exotic pedigree.
    Eleanor- Love this name! I think it is classic yet underused. nn: Elle, Ellie, Norrie, Nora
    Florence- obsessed with this name. Cute on a baby "ren" or even without the nickname, but serious enough for corperate life. love the assocaition with florence and the machine!
    Iris- like this name, dont love it.
    Margaret- I think its pretty but i'm not crazy about Maggie. Good timeless classic though.
    Martha- a little bit masculine sounding for me but I still like it.
    Millicent- don't love it but don't hate it either. I wouldn't want to be named Millicent. I do love the nickname Millie though!
    Morwenna- no. sounds fake to me. I know it probably isn't but it still sounds made up.
    Ottilie- cute, but pronounciation might be an issue. Doesn't sound professional.
    Rosamond- I'm assuming you would use rose since it sounds too clunky, but it depends on your surname. do you ponounce roz (rhymes with oz) a mund or rose a mond?


    Ophelia- Like this better than Ottilie.
    Sophia- I like this but it's too popular, your kid would be known as Sophia K. or Sophia S. or whatever.
    Charlotte- love this. sounds french and classic
    Olive- I think this is a good choice too but am worried that it's a trendy name.

    Mason- I love occupational names, but this is too popular. Shucks!
    Jack- I like this but would rather a John nn Jack
    Landon- cool name. solid choice. Don't love or hate.
    Lawson- same as Landon. I like it a little better.

    Girl favorites from your list- Cecilia, Charlotte, Eleanor, and Florence.

    Boy favorites- Bennett, Callum, Elliott, and Harrison.

  4. #12
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    Boys:

    Adam - This is OK. It's classic but not exciting for me.
    Andrew - I prefer Andras. I don't mind the full name Andrew, or if you use nn Andy, but I HATE the name Drew.
    Bennett - I prefer Benjamin, but I don't have anything negative to say about Bennett.
    Callum - Callum is so underused! I really like it if you want to roll with the Irish name trend.
    Christopher - I prefer just Topher.
    Connor/Conor - This is one of my favourite boy names. Would also love to see it on a girl.
    Elliott - Very cute. I think of E.T. and childhoods with adventure & exploration.
    Harrison - I really like Harrison. I don't know anyone named Harrison so I think people might be overestimating its popularity.
    Hayden - I don't see the appeal.
    Henry - I prefer Henrik. Henry sounds too stuffy & british.
    Joel - One of my favourite biblical names.
    Joseph - I don't like nn Joe at all, so this name doesn't do it for me.
    Lewis/Louis - I dislike this but I can't justify why.
    Michael - This is my brother's name. I love how well it works for every age & the myriad of nicknames.
    Toby - Prefer Tobias nn Toby - Toby sounds kiddish.

    Girls:

    Agatha - Prefer Agata, but both strike me as old ladyish. I like nickname Aggie
    Augusta - I don't dislike it but it wouldn't make it onto my list.
    Blythe - This name to me sounds like a bodily function or something, I don't like it.
    Cecilia - I like this one.
    Clementine - I don't like nn Clem but Clementine is OK.
    Delphine - I prefer Daphne. Not a huge fan of Delphine.
    Eleanor - I love Eleanor, it is feminine and powerful (I envision Anjelica Huston).
    Florence - Oh I really don't like this. I think of "Flo" and menstruation.
    Iris - I feel like this is going to jump up and get quite popular. I don't mind it but I don't love it either.
    Margaret - I don't mind this with nn Maggie.
    Martha - I prefer Marta because its a little more fun & exotic. Martha sounds old to me.
    Millicent - I think Millifiscent(sp?), the evil witch in Sleeping Beauty.
    Morwenna - I like this! Probably my favourite from your girls' list.
    Ottilie - I don't think this is realistic and usable.
    Rosamond - Prefer most other Rose/Rosa names, Rosamond sounds stuffy & halted.


    And the Honourable Mentions list;

    Ophelia - LOVE.
    Sophia - Too popular (for a reason, because its so pretty)
    Charlotte - I don't mind it but its not mind blowing.
    Olive - I adore Olive (much cuter than Olivia or Liv).

    Mason - Prefer Jason.
    Jack - Way too popular.
    Landon - Just OK.
    Lawson - Don't like.
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