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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb list #1 can these be used in real life?

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    Yes:
    Sarai
    Aeliana
    Nicola
    Isabeau
    Briony
    Drea
    Cambrie
    Zadie
    Freya
    Niamh
    Julietta
    Paige
    Nydia

    Maybe/Middles:
    Bernadette
    Thisbe
    Nessa
    Astrid
    Frances
    Viviette
    Marcheline
    Yesenia
    Arava
    Zada
    Eugenia
    Eliora
    Neela
    Mirin
    Alexane

    No:
    Kennedy – Really lacks a feminine quality like your other great names
    Jensine
    Tamar
    Isaline
    Inessa
    Keturah
    Beryl – Funny, I actually heard this name for the very first time the other day (on television, though). I didn’t think it sounded very nice and sounded very heavy every it was spoken
    Suki
    EvonyEbony and Ivory smoosh name? That was my first thought
    Haidee – Pronounced Hades without the “S”? No

    ….. And that’s as far as I got. Maybe I’ll come back later and finish the list(s?) and put more reasoning. Hope this is good for now!

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  3. #5
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    Usable
    Sarai -- One of my favorite names! I love how it is a legitmate name but very rare and combines quite recognizable sounds into something fresh. Beautiful.
    Isabeau -- Mild, pretty, and uses recognizable sounds to form a more rare name.
    Briony -- I love that this has nature associations and has strength.
    Inessa -- Pretty! Sounds like a fresh variant of Vanessa.
    Nessa -- Cheerful and fresh. Update to Tess/Tessa.
    Viviette -- Energetic and cheerful. Rare but again, familiar sounds make it work.
    Marcheline -- Not my style, but I think it could be workable.
    Yesenia -- See above.
    Cambrie -- Accessible and fun. Very familiar without being remotely popular!
    Zadie -- A more quirky take on Sadie
    Evony -- Pretty and mild. Much more workable than Ebony. Adding it to my list, thanks!
    Freya -- Not my style, but it would work
    Eliora -- Stunning name. On-trend but not trendy.
    Julietta -- Very frilly, but there are good nickname options if she should want it simpler.
    Mirin -- Unsure of the spelling on this one, but the sounds work.
    Paige -- Certainly usable, although I think it is best as a middle name, especially with a frilly first. Julietta Paige, for example, would be perfection!
    Nydia -- On the fence about this one, but I think it could work. It sounds like an exotic form of Nadia or a mix of Nadia and Lydia. Very pretty and rare.
    Maeva -- Fresh and cheerful
    Campbell
    Rosaleen
    Alivia -- Very appealing sound
    Madeleine
    Neely -- Cheerful, fun, rare
    Merrigan -- See above
    Ramona -- This name has really grown on me. I think its cute and I like how it is recognizable without being trendy or popular.
    Cleora -- Mix of Cleo and Clara.
    Maren -- Beautiful.
    Tresa - Not my style, but I've met people with the name and it works
    Neva -- A little out-there, but I think it could work
    Margaux -- This spelling might be hard to pull off in the US, but the name in general is great!
    Sylvia -- Very pretty and I think it is ready for a comeback
    Imogen -- Nice, unique name
    Moira
    Moriah -- Love this name!

    Unusable
    Bernadette
    Thisbe
    Aeliana
    Nicola
    Kennedy -- This is usable, I guess. But I still think it is very tied to the Kennedy family and does not sound feminine.
    Jensine
    Drea -- Nice sounds, but I always see "dread" without the d.
    Tamar -- Tragic Biblical associations
    Isaline -- Sounds like a chemical
    Astrid -- Harsh sound. Teasing potential
    Keturah -- Bordering on usable but still sounds a little too "out-there"
    Frances
    Beryl -- Blunt and harsh sound.
    Arava
    Suki
    Zada
    Eugenia
    Niamh
    Haidee -- I totally get where you are coming from on this name because I love it too! The fact that it sounds like "Haiti" and "Hades" when you try to say "Haidee's room" or anything like that, makes it unusable as a first name though, in my opinion.
    Neela
    Alexane
    Aster -- Too much teasing potential
    Manon -- All I hear is "man"
    Cantrelle
    Peri -- Not on its own, but would be a great nickname
    Embeth -- This just feels like it is missing something
    Jessamy -- Too cutesy. Maybe Jessamyn nn Jessamy?
    Eda
    Daisy -- I cannot picture this on an adult
    Azure -- Love this name and its imagery, but it remains a GP for me.
    Virginia -- I really don't like all the teasing potential of this name.
    Amedea -- Wow, what a lovely name! Not workable as a first, unless you are okay with the frequent nn of Amy. This would be a stunning middle though. Another one I am adding to my list! Have I mentioned how much I love reading your lists?
    Hilaria -- I just want to say "hilarious"
    Frederica
    Noelia
    Sadira
    Lilibeth
    Chandler -- Too masculine, by a little bit
    Ailis
    Henna
    Seeley -- Reminds me of a mattress brand
    Senga
    Delyth
    Eira
    Enid
    Aoife
    Zohara
    Leocadia
    Mahalia
    Keighley
    Geraldine
    Nola -- Not on its own, but nice nn potential
    Imelda
    Ziva
    Zoa
    Xia
    Angelia
    Bellatrix
    Atarah
    Medrie
    Celestia
    Amaryllis
    Raiza
    Athalia
    Lileas
    Isa
    Arwen
    Madeira
    Morwenna
    Keziah
    Dorothy
    Maisie
    Elara
    Havana
    Inez
    Kairi
    Laelia
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    Firsts (that I really like/love):
    Astrid (one of my own favourite names)
    Suki (as much as I love this name, I'd feel kind of ambivalent about using it unless you're Japanese or has a relation to Japan)
    Freya
    Neela
    Julietta
    Manon
    Eira (this one has really been growing on me lately, it's very beautiful)
    Maren
    Amaryllis
    Margaux
    Moira

    Middles (that I really like/love):
    Thisbe
    Frances
    Marcheline
    Eugenia
    Magdalen (I prefer Magdalena, but this spelling is also intruiging)
    Amedea
    Frederica
    Arwen (sadly, I think it's too tied with Arwen Undómiel to use it as a first, but as a middle it's not so bad)

    Personally wouldn't use at all, but could go as first names:
    Sarai
    Isabeau
    Briony
    Eliora
    Mirin
    Paige
    Maeva
    Peri
    Daisy
    Hilaria
    Ailis
    Madeleine
    Henna
    Neely (I know a Neely and as a nickname for Neela, I love it)
    Ramona
    Aoife
    Mahalia
    Nola
    Imelda
    Xia
    Morwenna
    Maisie
    Imogen

    Personally wouldn't use at all, but could go as middle names:
    Bernadette
    Viviette
    Arava
    Niamh
    Azure
    Virginia
    Enid
    Geraldine
    Madeira
    Sylvia
    Dorothy
    Inez

    Would scrap all together:
    Last names: Kennedy, Aster Campbell, Chandler.
    Nicknames: Drea (I don't know, this might be a name that stand on its on in English, but in Danish it's a nickname for Andrea), Nessa, Tresa (again, don't know if this is an actual name, but to me it has a nickname feel to it), Lilibeth (but what a lovely nickname it is), Isa.
    Looks like misspellings (I'm foreign, so I might just label "proper" names as misspellings - if I do, I sincerely apologise): Evony (as a PP mentioned, it looks like a combination of Ebony and Ivory), Haidee (again, I'm foreign but I pronounce this as I pronounce Heidi, and if that's the right pronuncaition, I'd just go with that), Alexane (I'd go with Alexandra or Alexandria, if you want it shot, then Alexa or Alexia), Nydia, Cantrelle, Rosaleen, Alivia (I have seen this name on someone before, but I still think "is that Olivia spelled wrong?" everytime I see it), Zohara, Keighley, Zoa, Medrie.
    Aeliana
    Nicola
    Jensine
    Tamar
    Isaline
    Inessa
    Keturah
    Beryl
    Yesenia (I personally perfer Xenia or Ksenia)
    Cambrie (I've seen it here before and it always makes me wonder, is it a cheese-mix of a camembert and a brie?)
    Zadie
    Zada
    Embeth
    Jessamy
    Eda
    Noelia
    Sadira
    Seeley (isn't this a boys name? Or have I just seen too much Bones)
    Merrigan
    Senga
    Delyth
    Leocadia
    Cleora
    Ziva
    Angelia
    Bellatrix (I love Bellatrix Lestrange, but I think that the name is too tied with her)
    Atarah
    Neva (is a river in Russia)
    Celestia
    Raiza
    Athalia
    Lileas
    Keziah
    Elara
    Havana (makes me think of Cuba and cigars)
    Kairi
    Laelia
    Moriah
    Last edited by shvibziks; July 19th, 2013 at 05:35 PM.
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    All of these I think are fine, and wouldn't be difficult to live with, despite some of them being a bit dated or unusual or trendy.
    Bernadette, Sarai, Isabeau, Briony, Kennedy, Nessa, Astrid, Frances, Freya, Zada, Julietta, Mirin, Paige, Aster, Rosaleen, Daisy, Alivia, Magdalen, Virginia, Noelia, Madeleine, Ramona, Maren, Moira, Moriah, Imogen, Keziah, Sylvia, Dorothy, Margaux, Maisie, Arwen, Zadie


    These I can't see working well at all, though of course it would depend on where you live: Drea (nn), Tamar, Eda, Haidee (haiti), Keighley, Manon, Bellatrix, Havana, Hilaria, Ailis, Cleora, Medrie, Aeliana (alien), Isaline, Neela, Alexane, Cantrelle, Embeth, Senga, Delyth, Leocadia, Ziva, Tresa, Atarah, Lileas, Isa
    Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
    Eli/Bennett : Jude/Zane: Luke/Leo : Levi/Phineas


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