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  1. #1
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    why some place names and not others?

    Why Bristol and Harlow but not Gillingham or Hastings?
    Why Devon not Dorset?
    And why has Miami never taken off but other US place names are popular?
    What do you think makes one place name work and not another.
    *Penelope*Pearl*Estella*Marisol*Golda*Martha*
    *Lilac*Daphne*Silvie*Autumn*


    Silas*Henry*Arthur*Gabriel*Eli*Patrick*Frederick
    *Heath*Gilbert*Jonah*Leo

  2. #3
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    well i have Nottingham and a few others on my list ....so I think any place name could work in general. Some sound nicer than others,
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  3. #5
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    People tend to like/be more comfortable with things that are familiar. So since many people have known or met an Adelaide or Georgia or London or whatever, it seems normal and usable. Madrid or Kiev or Taiwan, not so much. I have a lot of random place names on my guilty pleasures list though- Amalfi, Dubrovnik, Malta, Andorra, Swansea, Puglia...
    ~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3

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    Girls: Azalea, Cordelia, Elizabeth, Rosalind, Portia, Felicity, Juliet, Scarlett
    Boys: Fitzwilliam, Sebastian, Percival, Prospero, Orlando, Darcy

  4. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonfireazalea View Post
    Swansea
    Go there. You'll soon change your mind.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


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  5. #9
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    Some place-names scream place louder than others.
    ~Emily

    Ladies...
    Annabel, Carlotta, Tamar, Jubilee, Lorelei, Lola, Josie, Alice, Indira, Claire, Liliosa, Vivienne, Ella, Abigail, Ivy


    Gents...
    Jameson, Samuel, Archer, Dominic, Barnaby, Paul, Henry, Oliver, Jadon, Isaac, Harrison, Lawson, Ezra, Rhys


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    (Stolen from @tabby)

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