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  1. #1
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    Now we have a long list! Help!

    A couple of day before, i posted here to ask about Violet Adele, which is the first combine we made of girl names. Now, we've checked this site for a while and find some other names we like! I will list them by categories:

    The -BEL names: although being extremely hot these days, i still love it, especially simple Belle, its short, sweet and meaningful.
    Belle: Not sure if it can stand alone.
    Isabel: i like it better than Isabella, but still afraid of its popularity.
    Annabel: Anna and Belle are two of my favorites, so i surely like this one, but not as much as the seperated ones.
    Arabella: It grows on me, its beautuful!

    The -LET names: As i love Violet, i found that i like almost all the names end in -let too!
    Charlotte: It's my middle name. I've heard lots of compliments on this name. Yes, it's classic, royal, elegant and timeless. Although i like it, it sometimes reminds me of farms... don't know why...
    Juliet: Love Love Love this one! So regretful that i just can't use it on my girl at this moment for the literature association.
    Scarlett: It's my guilty pleasure. I like how bold and intense it sounds to me. Actually i'd like to have it myself, but not sure if it will suit our daughter for the distinct characteristic it holds.
    Violet: I have to say, although it is now our top 1, i still don't really like the nickname Vi.

    Long Traditional names: they are beautiful, however, when shortened, they lose their appeal.
    Genevieve: Genevieve is good, but Gen is boring
    Anastasia: It sounds a little foreign to me, very girly and princess feel. Don't like stacy or Ana though.
    Cordelia: This one maybe the best one in this category for me, i like Cora.
    Seraphina: This one is different. It's pretty and romantic, and I like Sera or Phina. But Seraphina is a little frilly.
    Gwendolen: Close to Cordelia. I like Gwen.
    Ophelia: Maybe its not that long... anyway i really like it, but it seems other people may consider it weired and sad. It will definitely be teased in school.

    Others:
    Lydia: Love it, but not Lydie.
    Matilda: It sounds cute to me sometimes, old to me some other times...himm...
    Serena: LIKE it. It seems that it has all the qualities a good name should hold, but i just can't LOVE it.
    Vivienne: i much prefer this spelling, and the popularity of Vivian really annoys me.

    ok, what do you think of each of the names in my list?
    Which one do you like the most and the least?
    Are there any other names in the same categories that you like?

    Thanks
    Char

  2. #3
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    Re: Now we have a long list! Help!

    Belle: I guess it can stand alone, but I would only use it as a nickname
    Isabel: I like it better than Isabella too. This is one of the few names I would use even though its popularity
    Annabel: Very girly, sounds like a princess. But not really my style. I don't like the Anna part.
    Arabella: Its adorable. You can use Ara, Bella or Belle as nicknames and it is more unusual than Isabel

    Charlotte: I love it in English. Very classic and it has a nice feel too it. Personally I wouldn't use it, but that is because I don't like how it sounds in my native language
    Juliet: Also very girly and princessy, but I think its gaining popularity?
    Scarlett: Same as Juliet, but I like this one slightly more
    Violet: I don't like the Vio part, so its a no from me.

    Genevieve: Not my style, but you could always use Eve as a nn
    Anastasia: Not my cup of tea, but I like the nn Annie
    Cordelia: Makes me think of corn. Nah.
    Seraphina: Its not something I would name my daughter, but its growing on my. Love the nn Sera
    Gwendolen: Uh. Not my style at all
    Ophelia: I find it romantic! Its a name I would totally use

    Lydia: Love it, and I wouldn't use a nn
    Matilda: I like it but since its so popular in Sweden where I come from I wouldn't use it. I don't live in Sweden now, but Matilda still seems rather random to me
    Serena: I don't like it at all. Dunno why
    Vivienne: Sounds dated to me and I don't get the Vivienne / Vivian trend at all. Plus, its Jolie's daughter right?
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  3. #5
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    Re: Now we have a long list! Help!

    Hi!

    Belle - It's short, sweet, and elegant, but I worry it feels too pet-namey or nick-namey on its own...
    Isabel - My favorite spelling, but I don't think it stands apart from the popular Isabelle/Isabella crowd...
    Annabel - Classic, sweet, and feminine, but it sometimes feels a bit young to me, honestly...
    Arabella - Lovely, sophisticated, elegant, unique, and romantic! Ari and Bella are both great nicknames...

    Yes, Belle names are hot right now, so I think if you're going to use one, unless you absolutely love Isabel or Annabel, you should go bold. I love Arabella, and she definitely stands out in a crowd. She's romantic and feminine without being over the top, in my opinion, and a tomboy Arabella can always go by the spunky Ari instead of the sweet Belle. So, she's my favorite off your list. I'd also recommend Mirabelle, Christabel, and Estella - even though that isn't quite a Belle name...

    Charlotte - It's simple and classic, yet it packs a punch. Climbing the charts, but its just so perfect!
    Juliet - Lovely, elegant, name with so much history and a literary connection. Plus, Jules is such a great nickname!
    Scarlett - Bold, romantic, elegant, and energetic, this name stands out without being unfamiliar...
    Violet - A vintage classic climbing the charts, Violet is timeless and elegant. But, it does have a harsh sound...

    To a much lesser degree, -let names are also climbing the charts. It's because many of them are vintage classics, and those are on trend right now (not trendy, okay?). Off your list, Charlotte is my favorite - she's on my personal list, so how couldn't I pick her? Charlotte is graceful and elegant, yet still spunky and sweet enough to not seem out of place in day to day life. I don't dislike a single one on this list, though - they're all beautiful!

    Genevieve - Romantic, feminine, sweet, and sophisticated, this has it all! Gen might be boring, so try Evie!
    Anastasia - Elegant, powerful, energetic, and feminine! Stacy sounds dated, Ana's a little plain, so try Nastia!
    Cordelia - Vintage sweetness meets an almost Victorian elegance. Cora, Delia, and Lia are all great nicknames!
    Seraphina - A "celebaby" name that isn't used much could be trouble, and it is so frilly. Sera's cute, though...
    Gwendolen - Timeless, elegant, spunky, and cheerful, Gwendolen is a perfect name! Gwen's great, too!
    Ophelia - Romantic, frilly, soft, and feminine, Ophelia's a lot of name. Great alternative to Olivia, and Lia's cute!

    My favorites are Gwendolen and Cordelia. These types of names are notice-worthy because they are so long, elegant, and feminine. Their nicknames are lovely, but I think it would be a shame to never use the full name, right? Seraphina is much too frilly for my taste, and it might be the only one off the list I don't care for, and while Ophelia's character wasn't the best, I don't see that name leading to teasing off the bat. You might also like Rosalind, Penelope, Helena, Beatrix, Georgiana, or Fiona...

    Lydia - Vintage classic with a comfortable, yet elegant, sound. Don't use a nickname if Lydie bothers you...
    Matilda - A "celebaby" name getting a huge boost in popularity, Matilda feels a bit young to me. Great nicknames!
    Serena - Feminine, romantic, elegant, and energetic, but not near as classic as your other choices...
    Vivienne - Elegant, sophisticated, strong, and classic, I think Vivienne is popular on NB. My favorite spelling is Vivien.

    Lydia's my clear winner off this list, simply because it is my absolute favorite name! I think she's perfect - whimsical yet elegant, melodic yet strong, feminine yet energetic. Ideal. I think all of the other names are nice, but Serena feels a little out of place and would likely remind people of either Serena Williams, tennis player, or the character Serena on Gossip Girl - it doesn't feels quite as classic to me! Matilda, like Hazel and Violet, are getting boosts in popularity because celebrity parents are choosing vintage classics, and I think it is a sweet name, but a bit youthful, like Annabel. Those are cute siblings! And Vivienne - well, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have a Vivienne, so it naturally climbing the charts, but it isn't as popular as you think it is. I prefer to simplify the name to Vivien, but it still packs a powerful punch. You might also like Emmeline, Eliza, Caroline, Maria, or Josephine...

    Lemon :-)
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  4. #7
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    Re: Now we have a long list! Help!

    [quote="char"]
    The -BEL names: although being extremely hot these days, i still love it, especially simple Belle, its short, sweet and meaningful.
    Belle: Not sure if it can stand alone. i love Belle, in fact we're using it as a mn. I think she can stand alone.
    Isabel: i like it better than Isabella, but still afraid of its popularity. Although it's a pretty name, it's just way too popular.
    Annabel: Anna and Belle are two of my favorites, so i surely like this one, but not as much as the seperated ones. Something about this name makes it so much more appealing than Isabel.
    Arabella: It grows on me, its beautuful! not a fan.

    The -LET names: As i love Violet, i found that i like almost all the names end in -let too!
    Charlotte: It's my middle name. I've heard lots of compliments on this name. Yes, it's classic, royal, elegant and timeless. Although i like it, it sometimes reminds me of farms... don't know why... I love Charlotte, I think it's classic but has the possibility of the super adorable Charlie nn
    Juliet: Love Love Love this one! So regretful that i just can't use it on my girl at this moment for the literature association. I think it's a beautiful name, but not my style.
    Scarlett: It's my guilty pleasure. I like how bold and intense it sounds to me. Actually i'd like to have it myself, but not sure if it will suit our daughter for the distinct characteristic it holds. LOVE LOVE LOVE Scarlett nn Carly
    Violet: I have to say, although it is now our top 1, i still don't really like the nickname Vi. You can use the nn Lettie instead of Vi?

    Long Traditional names: they are beautiful, however, when shortened, they lose their appeal.
    Genevieve: Genevieve is good, but Gen is boring. Gen IS boring, but Evie/Eve is adorable and spunky!
    Anastasia: It sounds a little foreign to me, very girly and princess feel. Don't like stacy or Ana though. Not a huge fan of the nns
    Cordelia: This one maybe the best one in this category for me, i like Cora. I've never been a Cordelia/Cornelia fan, but I love Coraline nn Cora
    Seraphina: This one is different. It's pretty and romantic, and I like Sera or Phina. But Seraphina is a little frilly. Seraphina is a gem, it's one of my favorite names nn Phin (Finn)
    Gwendolen: Close to Cordelia. I like Gwen. Again one of my favorites, and Gwen/Gwennie is adorable on a little girl
    Ophelia: Maybe its not that long... anyway i really like it, but it seems other people may consider it weired and sad. It will definitely be teased in school. While it's a beautiful name, and I love the nn Lia.. the words with -ophilia in them are not a great thing to be teased for.

    Others:
    Lydia: Love it, but not Lydie. I guess I'm one of few that just doesn't understand the love for this name. It's so late 80's to me.
    Matilda: It sounds cute to me sometimes, old to me some other times...himm... I love Matilda with the nn Tilly not Mattie. There are too many Maddie's around!
    Serena: LIKE it. It seems that it has all the qualities a good name should hold, but i just can't LOVE it. Never been a huge fan.
    Vivienne: i much prefer this spelling, and the popularity of Vivian really annoys me. THIS is my favorite spelling of this name, and is on our short list for girls! What would you use as a nn since you don't like Vi? Vinnie? Vivi? Vie (Vee)

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  5. #9
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    Re: Now we have a long list! Help!

    Well, i appreciate all the responses here.
    After reading your opinions, I re-considered the names and like to drop some names and add some new.

    First, i'd like to pick out some names that i love but will never use any of them as first name, maybe they can be middles:
    Arabella
    Charlotte
    Juliet
    Anastasia
    Cordelia
    Seraphina
    Gwendolen
    Genevieve
    Ophelia
    Vivienne
    (actually I prefer all the LONG names to be middles, and use some relatively short first names, since our last name only have one syllable)

    then, drop Belle and Serena, and there remains:

    Isabel
    Annabel

    Scarlett
    Violet

    Lydia
    Matilda

    And to accept ideas from my friends and you, I'd like to add:

    Cora(yes, stand by its own)
    Hazel (Too childish?)
    Aurora(tone twister?)
    Lillian(nickname will be Lily, my favorite flower name! Too popular though)
    Alice(Classic, but personally i think its sporty, which i don't like)
    Clara(One of my friends suggested it, and i like it)
    Willa(Not as classis as the others, but sweet and soft)

    So then, can you help to pick out the best first names and the best middle names, then the best combine?

    Thanks
    Char

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