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July 21st, 2014 02:18 PM #1Senior Member
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Thoughts on my Name List?
Here is a list of my favorite names and I would love it if you could be brutally honest about them. I'm not pregnant, I just wanted to know what you thought!
Jean Louise "Scout"
Shilah~ Saskia ~ Frances ~ Romola "Romoly" ~ Vesper ~ Saoirse ~ Cecily ~ Jane ~ Beatrice "Bea" ~ Sylvia "Sylvie" ~ Lucy ~ Isolda ~ Hannelore "Lore" ~ Mary ~ Josephine ~ Gemma ~ Hayley ~ Freya ~ Harper ~ Minerva "Mini" ~ Eleanor ~ Elizabeth ~ Emma ~ Amelia ~ Adeline ~ Sophie ~ Sansa ~l Edin l Jem l Rory l Julian l Arthur l Kit l Henry l Oliver l William l Joseph l Matthew "Matty" l Benjamin l Simon l Nathan l Shilah l
July 21st, 2014 02:40 PM #3
Being BRUTALLY honest:
Frances - there are better names
Romola - I feel sorry for the kid
Jean Louise "Scout" - copy cat / very uncreative
Vesper - the vehicle
Saoirse - after years I finally figure out how to say this (and remember it)
Cecily - feels rushed, as if I ran out of time to say Cecilia
Jane - okay
Beatrice - alright
Merida - the Disney movie, it's a nice name though
Sylvia "Sylvie" - choose either Sylvia or Sylvie, they're both established name / doesn't sound like a children's name
Samantha - boring
Lucy - fantastic / short but a lot of personality
Isolda - okay
Hannelore - nonononononononono / I'd feel really sorry for the child
Mary - nice
Josephine - okay but prefer Josefine
Gemma - nice
Hayley - trendy
Freya - not a fan
Harper - okay
Minerva - sounds a bit old ladyish
Eleanor - great
Elizabeth - fantastic
Emma - lovely
Amelia - great
Adeline - depends on the pronunciation
Sophie - really nice
Sansa - not a fan
Jem - okay
Mattias - alright
Rory - great
Julian - nice
Arthur - fantastic
Kit - Kat
Henry - brilliant
Oliver - thumbs up
William - a bit boring but nice
Joseph - a bit old
Matthew - a bit boring
Benjamin - not a fan but I like Ben
Simon - the mean judge / not a fan
Nathan - not a fan
Shilah - not a fan
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July 21st, 2014 03:08 PM #5Senior Member
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You did ask for brutally honest, so be warned!
Frances - Sounds dated on a girl, but fresh on a boy
Romola "Romoly" - Sounds like Roly-poly, much prefer Ramona "Romy".
Jean Louise "Scout" - Trying too hard to be cool!
Vesper - Scooter
Saoirse - No-one will ever be able to pronounce it!
Cecily - Sounds incomplete, prefer Cecelia
Jane - Plain and boring
Beatrice "Bea" - So cute! Love the nn Bea and also Bean/Beanie!
Merida - Disney
Sylvia "Sylvie" - Sylvie is not a nickname, it's a distinct name in its own right (same with Sophia and Sophie, bugs the hell out of me!) Sylvia is dated, Sylvie is beautiful!
Samantha "Sam" - Dated
Lucy - Cute, but popular!
Isolda - Do not like that it has the word "old" in it!
Hannelore "Lore" - Too Germanic
Mary - Plain and boring
Josephine - Cute, love the nicknames Joey, Joss and Josie!
Gemma - Dated
Hayley - Dated and trendy
Freya - Way too popular and trendy! (though that may be a UK thing)
Harper - Prefer it on a boy, but it's alright
Minerva "Mini" - Cute, but I do instantly think HP
Eleanor - Love, so classic and elegant!
Elizabeth - Love, but popular - can be made more unique by a more unusual nickname
Emma - Dated
Amelia - Too popular
Adeline - This one is growing on me, but I really dislike nn Addie
Sophie - Love (but then I am one, so I'm biased!) May be overshadowed by all the Sophia's around though!
Sansa - Dislike
Favourites - Beatrice, Sylvie, Josephine, Eleanor, Elisabeth and Sophie.
Jem - LOVE!, but I prefer it as a nickname for James or Jeremy/Jeremiah
Mattias "Matty" - Love when pronounced Ma-tee-us, but nn Matty, whilst cute, takes away from the uniqueness of the name; I prefer it in full.
Rory - Love this, so cute! I'm a little unsure how well it ages, but it seems to work alright for the golfer!
Julian - LOVE!
Arthur - LOVE, wish it wasn't #52 here . It would work well in the US though!
Kit - Like as a nickname for Christian or Beckett, but insubstantial on its own
Henry - LOVE! again, its popularity here sucks!
Oliver - LOVE! again, popularity!
William - Dated
Joseph - Dated
Matthew "Matty" - Dated
Benjamin - Cute, but I prefer Bennett or Benedict; I really dislike nn Ben though
Simon - Simon Cowell
Nathan - Cute, but I prefer Nathaniel
Shilah - Dislike
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July 21st, 2014 03:11 PM #7Senior Member
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Romola "Romoly"- Okay, kind of reminds me of Granola.
Jean Louise "Scout"- Not a fan. I don't understand the nn.
Vesper- Not a fan, reminds me of the vehicle
Saoirse- Okay, but I'm not a fan of 'sh' sounds in names
Cecily- Okay, but all I can hear is 'so silly' after a joke I heard, I prefer Thessaly
Jane- Love! (Because of character associations)
Beatrice "Bea"- Love! I'm not a huge fan of Bea.
Merida- Really nice
Sylvia "Sylvie"- I really like Sylvia
Samantha "Sam"- Okay
Lucy- Okay, but I know too many
Isolda- I like it, but I slightly prefer Isolde, which I say the same as Isolda.
Hannelore "Lore"- Really not a fan. Sounds a bit like a fantasy land/villain
Mary- I'm not sure about Mary. I like some of the character associations I have, but I dislike the 'mare' sound.
Josephine- I've never been a fan of the -een ending
Gemma- I prefer Jenna, but it's nice.
Hayley- I must admit I only like this because I love Paramore and Hayley Williams from said band
Freya- I'm really starting to love Freya.
Harper- I actually prefer this for a boy
Minerva "Mini"- I like the mythological connection, but not the 'nerva' bit, Mini is adorable.
Eleanor- Really like
Elizabeth- Love (mostly because of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice)
Emma- Okay, but so popular
Amelia- Love (mostly because of Amelia Pond from Doctor Who)
Adeline- Quite nice
Sophie- I know way too many Sophias/Sophies
Sansa- It's interesting, I'm not sure if I like or dislike it
Jem- I like this
Mattias "Matty"- I quite like it, but for some reason, I prefer Matty/Mattie as a nn for a girl.
Rory- Love! (Again Doctor Who character)
William- I like it (character association again), but popular
Joseph- I have bad associations I can't shake at the moment
Matthew "Matty"- Okay, I have a bit of soft spot for Matthew
Benjamin- I like it, but popular
Simon- Okay, I prefer Simeon
Nathan- I've never been a fan of Nathan or Nate. I only like Nathaniel
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July 21st, 2014 03:29 PM #9
Ok, brutally honest it is!
Frances - I love Frances. So classic and simple.
Romola "Romoly" - I usually like Ro names like Romy, Ramona, Romilly, but Romola/Romoly is kind of unattractive to me (sorry!!). Like "mole" and "rolypoly."
Jean Louise "Scout" - I don't really understand the appeal of this name. The association is nice, but a little goofy in real life, imo.
Vesper - I like this! It's very streamlined. Like a female Jasper.
Saoirse - Pretty! Hard to guess the pronunciation, though, if someone is unfamiliar with it.
Cecily - Beautiful.
Jane - The one Jane I've met, I wasn't very fond of, so that puts me off a little. I feel like a real life Jane would have to be kind of glamorous to make up for the "plain Jane" stereotype.
Beatrice "Bea" - NMS. It feels kind of fusty to me, but could be ok I suppose.
Merida - Very Pixar's Brave.
Sylvia "Sylvie" - Sylvie feels fresher to me than Sylvia, but both are pretty!
Samantha "Sam" - I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand it feels pretty dated, but I also think of the American Girl Samantha whom I loved as a little girl. And I think the nickname Sam is so cute.
Lucy - This is my name, and I love it. There are a lot of literary Lucys--Chronicles of Narnia, Peanuts, the recent Lego Movie...one time I went to the library, sort of randomly picked up four different books, and all of them contained characters named Lucy. I get a huge kick out of that. The only downside is that it is getting fairly popular.
Isolda - Kind of reminds me of something like Hilda, which I don't like. I like Isolde better--fresher and more linked to mythology.
Hannelore "Lore" - How do you pronounce this? Hannah-type names are NMS, but this one has a really interesting look to it. She would definitely be the only one in her class! And Lore is a pretty epic nn.
Mary - I really like Mary. It's so elegant in a rustic sort of way.
Josephine - Trendy but pretty!
Gemma - I really like the simplicity of Gemma. I don't really care for the sound (I don't like the double M) but that's just a taste thing and I do think it is pretty. Gem is a cute nn.
Hayley - Kind of dated? But that doesn't bother me, I think Hayley is lovely. She's the heroine of Diana Wynne Jones' novella The Game which makes me like the name a lot more. And I think this spelling is prettier than some of the other ones out there.
Freya - Beautiful. Familiar but not overly popular.
Harper - I like Harper. I also like Harley.
Minerva "Mini" - I feel like Minerva would be a little odd in real life. I like the sound of Athena better. Mini is cute, but I would spell it Minnie.
Eleanor - Very lovely. I also like Elinor.
Elizabeth - My sister's name; I think it's gorgeous. Can't go wrong with Elizabeth.
Emma - The double M just bothers me somehow. Like some people pronounce it "Em Ma" and I don't like that at all.
Amelia - I love Amelia.
Adeline - Seems a little trendy, and it's NMS, but I like the nn Addie. The pronunciation kind of confuses me too. Does it end in line or lyn? It just looks like a less interesting version of Adelaide.
Sophie - I love Sophie. All the Sophie's I've known have been just lovely people.
Sansa - Very Game of Thrones. If it weren't for that, though, I kinda like it. It's peppy and reminds me of Sasha, which I also like.
Jem - Too short and too similar to Jim for me. Jeremy is nice.
Mattias "Matty" - NMS, but an attractive variation from Matthew.
Rory - So cute. Makes me think immediately of Doctor Who though (and I don't even watch DW).
Julian - I like Julian!
Arthur - I love Arthur very much.
Kit - Thanks to the American Girl, this is forever a girls' name to me. I have read it as a nn for Christopher, which I kind of like.
Henry - NMS but it's very handsome. There are a ton of little Henry's, however.
Oliver - This is so classy.
William - Very classic and handsome. (And a tad boring...but Billy and Willy are cute as nn's.)
Joseph - I don't like nn Joe but Joseph is nice. And a little more unexpected than William or Matthew.
Matthew "Matty" - NMS really, but again, very classic and solid and would be easy for a boy to wear.
Benjamin - NMS--same as Matthew & William
Simon - A bit more off-road than William, Matthew, and Benjamin, so I think it is a pleasant surprise to hear on a kid.
Nathan - NMS. I think all these older classic boy names, are names you couldn't go wrong with. But I'm not a huge fan of the sound of any of them and they would be one of a million other boys with the same name.
Shilah - Ooh, I don't think I like this. It's too much like girl's names Shiloh or Selah.
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