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  1. #1
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    Names like Villette

    Okay, so for some reason this name came to me today -- Villette. I knew it was the name of a novel by one of the Bronte sisters and assumed it was the name of the novel's heroine, though I've discovered that it isn't.

    Anyways, as I started thinking about it more and more I started to become somewhat smitten with it. Now I'm not sure if it's this specific name I'm liking or more the 'feel' of the name -- that it's unexpected, yet still sounds like a name that isn't too 'out there' (albeit almost completely unheard of in N.America, yet it still 'feels' to me like a name and not something people would think is made-up), feels feminine etc.

    However, I'm pretty sure hubby won't go for it (we're expecting baby #4 and don't know the gender). Oh, and the other problem is that it means 'small town'. We generally like to choose names that have more substantial meanings, if that makes sense.

    So, can you berries give me some lists of names that you think have a similar 'feel' (maybe a similar sound, though not necessarily) as Villette?

    Something unexpected yet not bizarre sounding, something feminine (though not too sugar-y sweetly feminine).

    I'm interested to read what you come up with.

    Thanks.

  2. #3
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    I think it isn't that bad ^_^ It's sort of sweet.

    More Vill names and similar:

    Avila -- bird, strength, desired
    Maravilla -- marvelous
    Sevilen -- one who loves and is loved
    Vevila -- melodious voice
    Vilana -- inhabitant of a small village
    Vilina -- one who is dedicated
    Vilmaris -- of great fame
    Villanelle -- this is a type of poetry, but I think it's cool as a name
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  3. #5
    Milvina is the first name that came to mind. It was the name of a women who escaped the titanic. It's thought to be a feminine form of Melvin. Other similar names I thought of are;
    Cosette
    Colette
    Viola
    Averil/Averilla
    Everild
    Evanthe
    ~ Elisabeth Odelia "Elsie" ~ Gideon Boone ~
    ~ Adelheid Ruby "Addie Rue" ~ Theodore Solomon "Teddy"~
    ~ Casilda Josephine "Cassie Jo" ~ Zaccheaus Westley "Zeke" ~

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
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    How about....
    Aletta
    Vienne
    Verena- Integrity
    Olivet
    Arietta
    Arietty
    Osanne- french version of Hosanna (from the Italian Osanna)
    Odessa
    Ondine
    Mireille (Mee-ray)
    Keziah
    Keturah
    Kerensa
    Isolde
    Isaura
    Giselle
    Faline
    Effemie
    Edelie
    Clarimonde
    Aminta
    Araminta
    Ottilie
    Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

  5. #9
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    Oct 2013
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    Valentine has that sort of feel to me. I've loved it since reading The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time . Just random suggestions that give me that sorta vibe:

    Alexandrine
    Amorette
    Otthild
    Yesmina
    Celestine
    Mietta
    Vietta
    Andromache

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