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  1. #1

    Smile Thoughts on my Name List?

    Hey Berries!
    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!

    Girls

    Frances
    Romola "Romoly"
    Jean Louise "Scout"
    Vesper
    Saoirse
    Cecily
    Jane
    Beatrice "Bea"
    Merida
    Sylvia "Sylvie"
    Samantha "Sam"
    Lucy
    Isolda
    Hannelore "Lore"
    Mary
    Josephine
    Gemma
    Hayley
    Freya
    Harper
    Minerva "Mini"
    Eleanor
    Elizabeth
    Emma
    Amelia
    Adeline
    Sophie
    Sansa

    Boys

    Jem
    Mattias "Matty"
    Rory
    Julian
    Arthur
    Kit
    Henry
    Oliver
    William
    Joseph
    Matthew "Matty"
    Benjamin
    Simon
    Nathan
    Shilah
    ~ Saskia ~ Frances ~ Romola "Romoly" ~ Jean Louise "Scout" ~ Vesper ~ Saoirse ~ Cecily ~ Jane ~ Beatrice "Bea" ~ Merida ~ Sylvia "Sylvie" ~ Samantha "Sam" ~ Lucy ~ Isolda ~ Hannelore "Lore" ~ Mary ~ Josephine ~ Gemma ~ Hayley ~ Freya ~ Harper ~ Minerva "Mini" ~ Eleanor ~ Elizabeth ~ Emma ~ Amelia ~ Adeline ~ Sophie ~ Sansa ~
    l Edin l Jem l Mattias "Matty" 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

  2. #3
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    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

    Boys

    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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    Exclamation You did ask for brutally honest, so be warned!

    Girls
    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.

    Boys
    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

    Favourites - Jem (as nn for Jeremy), Rory, Julian, Arthur, Henry and Oliver
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    Frances- Love!
    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

    Boys

    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)
    Julian- Love!
    Arthur- Love!
    Kit- Okay
    Henry- Okay
    Oliver- Okay
    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
    Shilah- Nms
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  5. #9
    Ok, brutally honest it is!

    Girls

    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.

    Boys

    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.
    Last edited by lu; July 21st, 2014 at 06:37 PM.
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