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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    London, England
    Posts
    610
    Ones that are beloved because of the people they honour, but I don't like enough to use up front: Rachel, Paul, John, Henrietta/Henriette, Mary, Jane, Catherine, Ewan

    Ones that are too popular/trendy: Henry, Theodore, Hazel, Albert

    Ones that too 'out there'/ not my usual style: Bertram/Bertrand, Clio, Juno, York, Ford, Phlio, Vero, Liberty, Vrai, Clarity, Erasmus, Frank (wouldn't consider a nn alone up front), Wilford (additionally we know too many Wills!)

    I also put names with nns I dislike, teasing potential or pronunciation problems as middle options.

    Annora Juliet, Elspeth, Verity, Zelda, Josephine, Marianne, Rosemary Constance
    Edmund Henry, Wesley, Jonah, Gilbert, August, Winston, Hugh Theodore

  2. #13
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    7,102
    I have a ton of those. I'd consider them for mn's but for one reason or another
    Mostly because they're a little over the top, but some are because DH had a girlfriend named "Jen" and I don't want anything with that nickname......as much as I utterly adore Geneva

    Adair
    Amity
    Caspia
    Ember
    Finnah
    Geneva
    Genoa
    Illyrica
    Illyria
    Kyrie/lle
    Mazarine
    Olivette
    Clarity
    Faraday
    Fern
    Chorus
    Clarrow
    Cyrene
    Emmaus
    Prairie
    Ink
    Wrenley
    Maple

    Augustine
    Ebenezer
    Emeric
    Zeal
    Truce
    Dare
    Calderon
    Ansel
    Flint
    Quest
    Rook
    Olivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
    Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin


  3. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
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    Most of my middles are family names. I don't want to use them as a first name because I don't love them, but still want to honor family.


    Jeanne
    Pearl
    Gloria
    Temperance
    June


    Marcellus
    Perseus
    Godfrey
    Godric
    Rhys
    Matthew


    I probably have more, but can't remember them at the moment

  4. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    1,534
    For me:
    Celia- I really like it and had a dream about it, but my Greek family would hate it (it was my daughter's middle name in the dream)
    Christabel, Christiana, Christianna- My brother's name is Christian, so it would be to honor him but I don't love them enough for a first name.
    Daphne- My mom's name, which I have come to like but not love
    Felicity- Love, but again my Greek family would not get it.
    Georgia, Georgiana- My maiden name has George in it, so it would honor his side of the family, but I don't love them enough for a first name.
    Helena- My name is a version of Helen, my Aunt was Ellen, my cousin's middle is Ellen, my great grandmother has the same name as me, so it carries the tradition, but I pronounce it Hel-ay-na instead of Helen-uh and my name is hard to pronounce so I try not to pick names that have pronunciation problems.
    Wilhelmina- Honors my grandfather and my brother, William, but since my brother's name is Will, I won't use it for the first slot.
    Stella- my grandmother's name, but I don't love it enough for a first

    Ambrose- Love, but my mom hates it, so only a middle.
    Cole- my mom's maiden name sounds like this, so its a honor name
    Constantine- my name is related to Constantine (Saints Constantine and Helen) so it's a small connection to me.
    Elias, Ilias- Love, but my dad's brother was named this (its a family name) and they didn't get along so I don't think my parents would want me using it. And my dog is named Eli, so it is a little close.
    Paul- My dad's middle name (and would've been my name if I was a boy) and my grandfather's name, so its a honor name but I find it a bit boring.
    Peter- don't love it enough for a first name but I like it.
    Stellan- Stella is my grandmother's name, so honoring. My grandmother always complains that none of her kids named their children after her, so it would be a nice gesture.
    Just another teenberry and writer, a lover of names
    Current Favorites:
    | Zoe | Selene | Thalia | Lilia | Jane | Persephone | Alice | Ariadne | Nicoletta | Natalia |

    | Dimitri | Augustus | Jude | Basil | Abram | Thomas | Samuel | Paul | Tobias | Ambrose |
    Pondering:
    | Cora | Cosima | Delia | Lena | Raphaela | Balthazar | Barnabas | Bartholomew | Ephraim | Thaddeus |

    GP:
    | Thisbe | Cassiopeia | Briseis | Mercy | Lachlan | Emerson | Callum | Owen |

    Have a fabulous day!

  5. #19
    Leeloo
    Theodosia
    Hermione
    Persephone
    Ursula

    I worry this is too much for a first name / Not my usual style:
    Constantine
    Valentine
    Aurelius
    Quinn
    Echthelion

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