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December 9th, 2013 06:55 PM #1
Changing up the signature AGAIN
My 2014 New Years Resolution is going to be 'to be less indecisive towards names'. Lord help any future husband I have! Poor guy won't be able to keep up with my favourites Anywho, regardless, I need some honest opinions towards the following names. The only one set in stone right now is Maude :-) It's the only one I haven't been able to shake.
Elizabeth* (Elizabeth is my mum's name, so this will definitely be a contender for a middle if it's eliminated)
Margaret (also a family name, so might make it to the middle spot if it's eliminated)
*Forgot to add in Philomena!
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December 9th, 2013 07:27 PM #3
You have a beautiful list! My favourites are in bold.
Agnes - gorgeous, it's a family name so maybe I'm slightly biased but I love it
Alethea - whilst I love Althea/Athena, this is off for me. I can't not think Alicia, which I dislike. What about Athalia?
Alexandra - I've never liked this, I don't know why. It's just long and dull.
Alice - pretty, but it's so popular in the UK it's not incredibly special to me.
Augusta - I LOVE this so much.
Catherine - I have a particularly bad association with this, so I'm not a fan. I do love it's nicknames though (Kitty - ahhk!)
Clarinda - never heard this before, but I like it.
Constance - Beautiful. I know the most gorgeous little girl called Constance which is why I fell in love with it (love Connie too)
Dorothea - I like it, but it's a bit frilly for my tastes.
Dorothy - Again, I adore this because of one little girl I know (she's actually Constance's sister!) I love the literary connection as well.
Drusilla - I want to like this but it's too witch-y.
Edith - Lovely, especially with nn Edie
Eleanor - So elegant and beautiful but like Alice, I'm a bit bored with it. In the UK it's usually pronounced el-ah-nah, and rarely as el-ah-NOR, which I dislike for some reason too.
Elizabeth - Elizabeth is such a perfect name, which is why it's been so popular for so long. It's massive amount of nicknames keeps it fresh too. But I'm going to be honest, I don't love it. It lacks a certain quality for me.
Eloise - I appreciate the French-ness of this, and in theory I should like it but I find it a little slimy.
Elsie - So sweet. It's really trendy in the UK which puts me off, but it's still lovely.
Eugenie - I think of the princess. Not a great connotation.
Florence - this is beautiful, with so many pretty nicknames (I know a Flo, a Florry and a Flora)
Frances - This was never a huge favourite of mine, but I've grown to appreciate it because of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter.
Gwendoline - it's okay, I've never loved it. Aesthetically I prefer Gwendolen(e).
Helena - huh-lay-na or he-leh-na? Like Eleanor, Nameberry seems to say this differently to what I've heard! I like the second pn.
Imogen - I like this a lot, but I don't love it like I used to. It's perfect on your list though.
Ingrid - so beautifully Scandinavian. I feel it sticks out a bit from the rest, though.
Iris - Iris is a long-term favourite of mine, it's gorgeous.
Isadora - this was one of my first favourite names so I think I'll always appreciate it, but I've grown to dislike the -dora ending.
Margaret - this is a super important family name for me as well, so again I'm biased. I think it's a beautiful and massively underused name, with a huge array of nicknames. The only thing that puts me off it that when I do get round to having children, I think it will get very popular very suddenly, in the UK at least, which is a shame.
Philippa - Pippa is a huge favourite of mine, and I know girls who've made me like Philippa, but I'm not a huge fan.
Rosalind - I was thinking only yesterday how sweet and magical Rosalind is, but I usually ignore it since I don't usually like Rose- names. It's grown on my very quickly, I love it.
Rosamund - another one I usually ignore; the -mund part sounds sort of vulgar to me.
Violet - This is lovely, but I prefer Viola for it's literary heritage (Twelfth Night is my favourite play, and the one I'm named after).
Philomena - there is a new, very successful Steve Coogan film out called Philomena which I automatically thought of. It's okay. I can't not think of Philadelphia Cheese though. Mena is cute. What about Pomeline?
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Agnes - Generally a little stuffy, but the right whimsical child could brighten it up. I love the nn Ness.
Alethea - Pretty, I like nn Thea.
Alexandra - Doesn't feel as special as some of the other names here.
Alice - A classic favorite of mine!
Augusta - Lovely. I've always liked the combo Augusta Jane.
Catherine - A strong, regal name.
Clarinda - Not familiar with this one. Sounds like a mashup of Clarissa and Lucinda, or a Harry Potter character.
Constance - Never quite liked the whiny "cahn" sound that the first syllable produces. I also tend to dislike nn Connie.
Dorothea - A little dotty.
Dorothy - I don't think this name will ever outlive its blue gingham, ruby shoes image.
Drusilla - I know it's not letter-for-letter, but I can't help but picture Cinderella's ugly stepsister.
Edith - Not my style, but nice.
Eleanor - Queenly and beautiful.
Elizabeth - Another classic favorite of mine. It's a family name for me as well.
Eloise - I love this spunky French name.
Elsie - Adorable, but Elsa feels more substantial.
Eugenie - Not my favorite, sorry.
Florence - Elegant and gorgeous.
Frances - Stuffy. Dislike nn Frankie.
Gwendoline - Lovely.
Helena - Nice.
Imogen - Nice, not my style.
Ingrid - Ruined by association.
Iris - Gorgeous flower and name.
Isadora - The name is cute, but Isadora Duncan met a tragic end.
Margaret - feels a little secretarial to me.
Philippa - nn Pippi is cute.
Philomena - sounds like an old British woman from the countryside.
Rosalind - One of my favorite of Shakespeare's ladies.
Rosamund - I was crushed when I learned this was pronounced roh-zuh-MOON-duh.
Violet - One letter of from violent.Amedeo Enjolras Aristotle Leonardo Archer Olivier Mischa Liam Caspian Benedict Theodore FitzwilliamRosalie Evangeline Mirabelle Ophelia Alice Elisabeth Stella Titania Artemis Cicely Margarethe Thalia Astrid
December 9th, 2013 08:51 PM #7
Some great names on your list. My impressions are as follows:
Agnes - Beautiful, simple & timeless.
Alethea - a bit too frilly...
Alexandra - Strong but a bit 80s..
Alice - Timeless, classic & magical...
Augusta - Strong, stoic & beautiful...
Catherine - Timeless but a bit too 'safe'...prefer Kate or Caitlin...
Clarinda - I prefer Clorinda...but Clarinda is sprightly too..
Constance - Classic but not cool enough to be vintage yet...
Dorothea - ditto
Dorothy - ditto
Drusilla - One of Cinderella's mean step-sisters..no...
Edith - Mmmm, okay I guess....
Eleanor - Not into this name...
Elizabeth* (Elizabeth is my mum's name, so this will definitely be a contender for a middle if it's eliminated). I LOVE this name....it's just quintessentially feminine, historical & regal...
Eloise - and Heloise- both great medieval names...LOVE THEM!
Elsie - maybe for a pony?
Eugenie - The pinnacle of bad taste for a female name IMHO...
Florence - SUBLIME, but I also love Florence + The Machine & Italy (plus the reference to flowers)...a very pretty & elegant name.
Frances - A bit dowdy...
Gwendoline - No comment...
Helena - Okay...
Imogen - ditto
Ingrid - ditto..
Iris - ditto
Isadora - GORGEOUS!!!
Margaret (also a family name, so might make it to the middle spot if it's eliminated): nice, but I prefer Margot/ Margaux/ Marguerite etc
Philippa - Great sassy name...and love the reference to horses...
Philomena - Boring...
Rosalind - Ever so charming & pretty...
Rosamund - STUNNING!!!!!!!!!
Violet - One of my favorites, so very, very lovely....
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December 9th, 2013 09:11 PM #9
Agnes - too old lady-ish
Alethea - reminds me of leaves
Alexandra - hm, sort of boring.
Alice - sweet, but simple
Augusta - I like this, but it reminds me of Augustus Gloop - the fat kid in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Catherine - I prefer with a K
Clarinda - Never heard of this, but reminds me of Linda and Clarice - neither of which I like
Constance - this is nice, especially for a middle name.
Dorothea - LOVE! So pretty!
Dorothy - Love this too!
Drusilla - Um, no. Sounds totally evil.
Edith - Really nice. Similar feel to Alice, but less popular. (plus, has adorable nn Edie)
Eleanor - I like this one too
Elizabeth* (Elizabeth is my mum's name, so this will definitely be a contender for a middle if it's eliminated) - A good, solid name, especially for the middle place
Eloise - I like this one a lot.
Elsie - Sounds too much like a nn. How about Eloise nn Elsie?
Eugenie - Pretty, but screams french.
Florence - I prefer Flora.
Frances - hm, I had a neighbour who was a super old woman named this, so that's all I can think of when I see the name.
Gwendoline - don't love the name, but the nn Winnie would be sweet.
Helena - One of those names that I wonder how anyone can love but I totally see how it's likeable.
Imogen - SO pretty! Have you considered Imogene? (I prefer Imogen, but Imogene is really nice!)
Ingrid - With all the flower names, this one will come back too.
Iris - it's ok.
Isadora - really pretty!
Margaret (also a family name, so might make it to the middle spot if it's eliminated) - Great for the middle spot.
Philippa - Cute! I love all the nn options too!
Philomena - It has the word "mean" in it, but that's the only down side.
Rosalind - hm, NMS.
Rosamund - better than Rosalind.
Violet - LOVEEEE! Favourite of all the names mentioned here!
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