Baby Name Influencers: What name did someone else make you love?
I might have liked Cordelia had I found it in a book or met someone with that name, but I believe my friend Kim‘s love for the name made me love it more. I admire Kim‘s taste in all things, from clothes to home decor to art. So if she loved Cordelia, I gave it more credibility as a wonderful, undiscovered name.
What name have you come to love because a friend loved it….or even a virtual Nameberry friend?
Or maybe you read about a name here or on another blog or site and that made you fall in love….
What name did someone else make you love, who made you love it, and why?
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on October 29th, 2013 at 10:59 pm
My friend loves Freya and now I do too. I can’t begin to list the names other berries have influenced me into liking!
on October 29th, 2013 at 11:06 pm
For a long time I hated all the Ro- names Roland, Ronan, Rowan etc. I’d never heard them on a girl at that point; but I just thought they sound harsh and unattractive. When Taylor Swift released her song Ronan on Stand Up 2 Cancer, I was overwhelmed, the song is the story of a little boy named Ronan Sean Thompson, who had Neuroblastoma Cancer and died just before his fourth birthday. I cried so much after hearing that song, then I started to research into his life, foundation, and then I watched the videos his mum had put up on Youtube. For a little boy struggling with such a terrible disease he was so brave and full of life. His mum always called him “Ro” so I feel in love with Ronan nn Ro and have been smitten ever since. So in my case Taylor Swift and a little boy with the sweetest blue eyes influenced me 🙂
on October 29th, 2013 at 11:08 pm
When I was younger I was a big fan of the show 7th Heaven, and in Season 9, Lucy and Kevin’s daughter Savannah was born. I was fourteen when it aired, and to this day, I am still in love with the name Savannah (though personally, I would drop the H at the end). Eight years later and I still plan on having a daughter named Savanna!
on October 29th, 2013 at 11:16 pm
Casimir. Ottilie on here made me love Casimir. There’s been lots of names on her lists that I was iffy about before hand that I loved after her imagery, but Casimir was one I always hated. I thought it sounded haughty and like middle eastern nobility or something. Then she comes in with “fur capes and wolves” and that stuff and I’m like “Done. I love it.” Now it’s a middle on my list >.<
She had the same sort of thing with Romulus. I still don't love it all the way, but I love it more than I did because of her.
on October 30th, 2013 at 3:01 am
I’m too a lover of Ronan! My SO suggested it as an alternative to a name he loves “Rohan” (pn like on LOTR, ro-han) and it’s grown on me so much I’m in love with it.
And the name Cora, I came across it on nameberry and I am SO in love. My SO likes Cora too but he wants it spelt with a K because he fell in love with it because of the tv series Legend of Kora.
on October 30th, 2013 at 3:02 am
I never liked Daisy before- I always thought it sounded like a kitten or puppy name, but my mum has been obsessed with it and now I am too! More girl names with outside influences;
Cora (the last of the Mohicans I can thank for that one, and Alice)
And flower names galore thanks to nameberry!
Acacia (this one is influenced by my mother who is an environmental scientist and loves Australian flora!)
Niall (mummy again!)
on October 30th, 2013 at 4:53 am
Elodie I saw it on Yahoo Answers on day researched it and feel in love 🙂 x
on October 30th, 2013 at 5:09 am
I guess my family is my major boy name influencer. My brother and nearly all of my male cousins have unisex or soft names. They’re a big, tall, athletic bunch so there’s a lot of testosterone around me but I think growing up with softer names kept them from going overboard on the manliness. I love the contrast of big, burly football players named Aubrey or Blair. My mom has suggested Eden, Kendal, Arden, Delaney, Lark, and Linden- great choices!
No major influences for my top girl names although one Berry asked about Forest for a girl and I loved it. I already loved it for boys but she opened my eyes to it for a girl. Similarly after seeing my #1 girl name, Lotus, near the bottom of the SSA list for boys I added it to my boy list. Other favorites that have gone from one gender to both due to outside influences: Greer, Jasper, Reed, Fox, and Blaise.
on October 30th, 2013 at 5:21 am
I can thank saracita00 for my new obsession with Oriana 🙂 I saw that she was considering it for #5 and I’m so in love!
I think it was a berry who began my love for Daisy as well. So beautiful!
on October 30th, 2013 at 5:37 am
Tali (oboeplayer1) made me love the name Paige. 🙂
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:13 am
I’m sure there have been some influenced by my mother – whenever she doesn’t like a name, it makes me slightly reconsider it – but I can’t think of any at the moment… Ophelia maybe, although I don’t love it as much any more? For me, it’s mostly what I think of, or people with the name, which make me fall in love with it, rather than the people who love it, just because very few people in my family like my taste!
on October 30th, 2013 at 7:00 am
I never cared much for the name Penelope. But “The big bang theory” made me love Penny and the more I thought about Penny the more I came to love Penelope 🙂
on October 30th, 2013 at 7:12 am
Girls Gone Child – this blogger’s kids are Archer, Fable, Reverie and Boheme. I fell in love with those names immediately.
on October 30th, 2013 at 7:54 am
George. I hoped I would like it someday, but just couldn’t make myself cross the line. I partly hoped it would be the name of the new prince because I believed that would catapult me over the edge. And, indeed, it did.
Usually, all I need to like a name is to see it on a child. For example, Winifred. A few years ago, I overheard a child being called “Winnie” in a grocery store. I made the leap to Winifred, and began liking it in an instant. Sometimes I’m on the verge of liking a name, and just need the affirmation or reinforcement that comes from seeing it freshly applied to a child, or even to see it in print associated with someone in a previous era. In the past decade or more, this has also happened with Martin, Francis (m), Frances (f), Peter, Leo, Frederick, to name a few.
Now if I could just see Helen on a little girl.
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:07 am
I’m really loving the variety of these answers. Can’t wait to read more!
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:25 am
Here’s another unlikely that I began to like when it was applied freshly: Rhoda. A woman at my church with a large family named one of her daughters Rhoda, a New Testament name, which helped steer it away from Rhoda Morgenstern. The meaning also is related to the isle of Rhodes and roses, an appealing feature.
Hephzibah – I began liking it after viewing it on a New England tombstone. I was probably poised to like it anyway, but it’s the affirmation that sealed the deal.
Esther – I saw it applied to a girl in church more than a decade ago. When I then viewed the 2005 Masterpiece Theatre version of Bleak House, I like it all the more, being applied to Esther Summerson, with all her goodly qualities.
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:39 am
When we were in the beginning stages of naming number #2 my husband suggested Felix. At first I didn’t like it and said nooo way! After a while the name grew on me and I fell in love with it. Even when he suggested other names that I really liked my mind has set on Felix. I love the meaning of it and I can see our family having a little Felix running around the house. Not a lot of people in my family are a fan of the name but I just tell them just wait the name will fit him perfectly. So hopefully this week or next I will have my little Felix in my arms.
My husband always has been good at picking names. He picked our daughters name Sofia and I loved it even though it is really popular at the moment. I should just listen to him next time if we have more children. He has good taste in names.
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:46 am
My man is the only real influencer I’ve had. If he says he likes a name, it instantly becomes perfect to me. It’s not a compromise thing, it just happens. Penelope is the first name it happened with. We both adore it, but it’s becoming so popular.
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:50 am
@Dantea; yay! Glad you’re liking Romulus more 🙂
I fell in love with Mab because of Emmabobemma’s enthusiasm and love for this quirky little wonder of a name. I’m not sure I would use it, but I love it so much. After seeing Cosima in Shvibziks signature day after day I have finally fallen madly in love, and it’s now on my own list for Baby’s name. Shvib hasactually made me fall in love with tons of names, but I can’t name them all… but when someone talks as warmly as she does about Henry you can’t help but go swoon! Dantea has made me love Ulysses, I always liked the name, but she pushed me over the edge with her threads and imagery. And nameberry creator Linda made me love Chloe more, I’ve always had a little thing for this name but it was wonderful to read the reasons she loved and picked this name for her daughter. Chloe’s on my middle list.
Among my friends and family:
My friend picked Ava for her daughter a few years ago. I know it’s super popular, but when she was pregnant we talked names (she had her baby on her own so no man to discuss with!) and she loved Ava so much. It wasn’t a random pick because it was popular, she talked about the esthetics of the name (it’s a very pleasing name to the eye with it’s symmetry especially in capital letters), the sound, how it made her feel… if anyone had heard the warmth and joy she expressed while talking about this name they’d be madly in love with it as well.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:07 am
When I was pregnant with my son and we had already decided on his name, I met a young man (upper 20’s-30ish) named Ellis. He was so kind and charming that I immediately fell in love with a name that I hadn’t even considered before. He was with his father who was also named Ellis so I now have a vivid image of a young man and his father, both attractive, successful, and delightful people wearing the name Ellis so well. So while I was pregnant with my first son I picked the name Ellis for my second son and I’m not even pregnant yet! I waver sometimes because of the unisex aspect but still really love the name:-)
And there are simply too many names to list that I have fallen in love with because of nameberry! I always knew I loved name but this site has really fueled my obsession.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:08 am
My little beautiful darling neice, Francine, has made me love the name so much more! Her little face, big bright eyes, and a smile that makes your heart melt, and always light up the room. 🙂 Her parents call her Francine all the time, but I call her Cici and some of my uncles and aunts call her Frenchie. She’s such a little doll! She has really put a new sparkle on the name Francine for me!
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:16 am
Most of the names I like tend to come from tv shows, movies and books, more than my friends. Although, my cousin’s love of the name Janae made me start to look at it differently, now I agree with her. It is a beautiful name. She also made me like Jericho and as a way to honor her, I’ve considered the names Jeremy and Jeremiah (her name is a very unique J name that sounds very similar to these names). Other cousins also named their kids Janel and Jonathan, names that I’d never heard of before or never really paid attention to before but now I love them.
But tv shows, movies, and books have sparked my interest in names like Arya, Ayla, Roscoe, Alba, Rue, Jonah, Astrid, Daphne, Paige, Piper, Prue, Chandler, Mabel, Mae, Max, Amelie, Faye, Lux, Diana, Audrey, Serena, Leighton, Weston, Landon, Jane, Hannah, Leah, Bernadette, Colette, Marley, Brenna, Claire, Guinevere, Daisy, Miriam, and Danielle. And what the movie Paulie and hearing the story of the Dionne quintuplets did for my love of the name Marie, Everybody Loves Raymond almost had the complete opposite effect for that name.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:44 am
In a book I read recently, all of the main male characters (brothers) had musical/rock star names. Thanks to them, I have a whole new love for Hendrix and Nelson=)
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am
I’m actually the friend that suggests all the names that creates the love;
My friend Paulina is very unique and artistic and I knew that getting her to like a name would be a strenuous process. Then I fell in love with Wednesday and Sparrow. I absolutely adored Nicole Richie’s choice of Sparrow for her second child and I’d always thought Wednesday was the best of the weekday names, oh and Wednesday Addams is pretty cool. I was just eating lunch with Paulina one day and let both the names slip, then she become obsessed. I wasn’t expecting it to happen, I had originally thought that she would think they were odd choices, and now, after the fact, those names belong to her. I have moved on to bigger and better names, but Paulina still imagines her future daughter as Wednesday Sophia and Sparrow Wyatt.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am
Also after reading the Nameberry post on the blogger, Bettijo B. Hirschi, and her children’s name I became infatuated with Attalie… I hope she won’t mind if I steal it.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am
When I was pregnant, I really struggled to find a “perfect” name, and for a while I thought it should come to me in some fateful way. One day, I was watching Ellen, and she had on a woman named Edith who was celebrating an impressive birthday (100 or 102 or something). Edith was so vivacious, and talked about how she had lots of grandchildren, and the secret to long life was finding joy and loving your family, etc. I thought to myself, “if my daughter has a life like that, she would be very lucky.” And Edie would be an adorable nickname.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t talk my husband into it.
on October 30th, 2013 at 10:08 am
I was never a fan of the name Turner until I met a beautiful little boy with that name and it really helped me to love it
on October 30th, 2013 at 10:15 am
I love reading the forums to see names people like, have used, or hope to use. There are some pretty inspiring members and suggestion. There was a post to forums about the name Kensington. People generally did not like the name, and nameberry gives a pretty negative opinion for it as a boys name without even a consideration for it as a girls name (I wish name descriptions on here weren’t so opinion based) but I just love it! The more I thought about it….the birthplace of Peter Pan, faries, Neverland…..I fell more and more in love! Not everyone loves place names but I think it will catch on with Maddison, Sydney, Jordan, London, …etc. Gwen Stefani named her son Kingston. It got me thinking go all sorts of geographical names. Everest! Why not! Ever, Everly are catching on….Everest is the largest, tallest, most majestic mountain! Niall is pronounced Nile and that’s such a great name and a river I hope to one day in my life visit! Why the hate and disdain for Kensington?
But you know you love a name when most everyone doesn’t like it and it doesn’t even sway your love! In fact it gives you more passion for it.
I think that is the most important part of picking a name. It meaning something to YOU! It stirring something in YOU! As long as it’s not Moon Unit. That’s where I draw the line!
on October 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am
Bad morning sickness this pregnancy has left me watching a lot of Netflix tv and gave me the chance to watch many shows I had never seen before. I arm especially smitten with all of the names from the show Hart of Dixie, particularly Lemon and Magnolia…in fact Magnolia has become a top contender for me. The show also has characters named Crickett, Tansy, Rose, Zoe, and Annabeth which are adorable too. Love them all.
on October 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am
I fall in love with a name when someone who had a big impact in my life wears that name, either a friend, family member, or famous person. Most of the names on my list are people I’ve actually met. I’m big on name meanings, but a name with an unfortunate meaning (such as Cecelia) can lose its unfortunate meaning and just mean “an awesome person in my life.” Here is a list of some names I’ve fallen in love with after falling in love with a person by that name: Miriam, Margaret, Evelyn, James, Stanley, Cecelia, Alberta, Winston, Murphy, Claire, Lucas, Bailey, Aileen, Francis, Sergio (nn Serge), Anton, Irving, Evonne, Roberta (nn Bobbie), Lennon, Anneliese.
on October 30th, 2013 at 11:49 am
I used to watch the NBC soaps when I was in high school in the late 1980s. It was on “Santa Barbara” that I first heard the name Hayley, which I loved until it became overused. On “Days of Our Lives” there was a character I admired named Adrienne; to this day it’s the name I wish I had myself and I hope to bestow it upon a daughter someday.
on October 30th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Bram. I read a novel in highschool that was basically a Romeo and Juliet story- and the main character was named Bram. And I’ve loved it ever since. I’m expecting a baby boy and totally can’t convince my husband that Bram is a good name- he keeps going to the Elephant Show and Sharon, Lois, and Bram (which was my favourite show as a child so yeah.)
on October 30th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
My favorite names are always influenced by musicians I like. Right now, almost all of my favorite names are Beatles-related. My favorites of all are George and Richard nn Ritchie, because of George Harrison and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey).
on October 30th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
And I’ve suddenly developed a huge love for McCartney as a first name, since I’ve seen it on 2 kids somewhere in Nameberry.
on October 30th, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Before I read “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, I hated (HATED) the name Henry. I probably would have said that it was my least favourite name in the whole wide world. To me it was loathsome, and no name could be more unappealing. Now, I love (LOVE LOVE LOVE) Henry – to me it’s a near-perfect name. Except that it’s quite popular now. I guess everyone else realized Henry’s potential around the same time I did. Oh well.
on October 30th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
I discovered the name Arrington for a girl after reading a novel by Stuart Woods. By the end of the book, I was in love with the name Arrington and used it two years later on my beautiful daughter- Arrington Dianna.
on October 30th, 2013 at 3:09 pm
My number 1 name influence is Stephanie/ Anastasiaruby. She has a youtube channel when she talks about names, and her views have changed mine. Both Ruby and Rosalie are names I love now, because of her. I also like Flora, Alora, and Coralie/Cora are names I like because of her. She is such a cool person. I also like Juliette/Juliet although Juli- names are family names and the character on Psych helped influence my love of those names.
There are too many characters to list here in terms of names, but so many of my name loves come from books and television.
on October 30th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
My mom told me that if she had had another daughter her name would have been Arena, which she found in my dad’s family tree, and now it’s what I want to use!
on October 30th, 2013 at 4:41 pm
BOOKS! I’m surprised that not that many people have said books influence their opinion on names!
To start, after reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I fell in love with the name Hazel. It’s a not over used name that is perfect for a daughter with greenish-brown eyes. Augustus entered my favorite boys names, also.
Twilight gave me a headache with all the names! Edward, Rosalie (love, love, LOVE!), Jasper, Emmett, Esme, Jane, Alice, and Siobhan.
The entire Mortal Instruments series were great books that I highly recommend. Some of my favorite names from the books– Clarissa, Jace, Jocelyn, Imogen, Magnus, Tessa, James (with the nickname Jem, this is perfect for a little boy), William, and so many more!
Lastly, the Beautiful Creatures series. Ethan, Serafine, Ridley, Lila, and Wesley were just a few of the many names that I came to love from books.
on October 30th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
I really am influenced by quite the variety of sources. My SO is a huge Batman fan and for while our conversations were mostly of “Can we name our son Bruce?” “No dear.” “How about Wayne?”, but luckily he moved on to asking about Batman’s son’s name Damian. At first I wasn’t a fan, but he is really persistent and now I can easily picture us with a little Damian.
TV shows also have quite an impact on my list. Secret Circle brought on Faye, Owen from Grey’s Anatomy (and Shepherd too), Elena and Isobel from Vampire Diaries, and How I Met Your Mother dragged in Stella. My newest love, Once a Upon Time, has truly been good to be though, giving me Cora and converting me from HATING Henry to being in love with it.
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
I’ve always been a fan of strong, short, masculine sound names for boys (Clark, Jacob, Jack, etc.), but my husband’s a fan of softer sounding boys’ names like Gabriel, Elias, and Ari. I’ve learned to like the softer names through his suggestions and love for them, though I still think they’re best when paired with a rougher sounding middle.
Berries helped me embrace my love for “old lady” names. I’ve always liked Eleanor but been afraid to use it because anyone I’d suggested it to said it sounded stuffy and grandma-ish. Since following nameberry I’ve seen possibilities beyond the Emmas, Sophias, and Kaleys my friends have chosen as baby names and discovered a love for old gems like Margery, Eugenie, Ruby, and Beatrice.
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
I never really cared for Elizabeth, Katherine, Lydia, or Georgianna until I started watching Pride and Prejudice all the time. Now I love all four, mostly for their abundance of possible nicknames. Unfortunately for me, my SO’s mom is named Elizabeth, so that’s at least one off the list :[
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:31 pm
I mostly start loving names when I know a great person with that name. That’s why I love Elena, McKenna, and Addie for girls and Joseph and Kai for boys.
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:51 pm
I love the names Keira, Kelly & Natalia for girls and Fletcher & Sergio for boys because I have, at some point in my life, met someone really amazing with those names.
on October 30th, 2013 at 8:40 pm
I always thought the name Agnes was a horrible old lady name until I found nameberry and learned the French pronunciation of the name….now I love it!
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:14 pm
I have a cousin, actually my father’s cousin, named Violet who is a terrific person. So I’ve always loved the name and think of her when ever I hear it. Even when I was a kid and it was in fashion limbo it was a favorite of mine, so I have been delighted the last several years as it has steadily come back into favor. She actually comes from a family with several unusual names a brother named Lance and a sister named Daryl, their father was friends with an author whose name I don’t remember but used several of her character names for his children.
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:18 pm
100% Maggie for me. Maggie wasn’t something I’d think about liking before, it was an old lady name to me. Then I met the most adorable, blonde haired blue eyed and freckled little preschool Maggie, who wore pink dresses and had the cutest, sweetest personality. I started to love the name then because of her image in my head when I heard the name, and it became a guilty pleasure of mine. Then this year in volleyball I met one of the nicest girls in the whole world, and she was also named Maggie. Her personality was so funny and sweet you couldn’t help but love her. This totally sealed the name for me and now it’s on my list!
on October 30th, 2013 at 9:46 pm
I never cared for my own middle name Elizabeth as a name. To me it was just “cheap”, as if no one put any thought into their child’s name. However OH has a good friend named Elizabeth and goes by Lizz. She is one of the sweetest, most caring people I’ve ever met and has made me warm up to the name.I’ve not fallen in love but it’s made me come to see what people like about Elizabeth. I can say I’ve fallen in love with all the nickname opportunities.
OH has also warmed me up to Dante. I thought it sounded a bit out of date and too Italian but I’ve come to see it as daring and just a tad mischievous which I love.
on October 30th, 2013 at 10:59 pm
I have loved the name Annabel for as long as I can remember — all because of the poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.
I am still considering using it one day. However, I’ve heard people say “Annabel” reminds them of a cow. Where does this association come from? To me, it is a classy, vivacious name.
Many of my favorite names now are Biblical.
As a child, many of my favorite names came from TV series and books:
1. I named a favorite doll Cindy after the youngest child on the Brady Bunch, even though I was born in 1981 and only saw the show in syndication.
2. I wanted to be named Megan because of the heroine in the “My Little Pony” cartoon series. Also, every Megan that I knew growing up was beautiful and naturally “cool.” I still love the name.
3. And, I absolutely adored the name Violet, the younger sister from “The Boxcar Children” series. I remember telling my dad at the age of 7 or 8 that I planned to name my future daughter Violet. He visibly gagged.
on October 31st, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Oh no! I have been dreading the day when Cordelia would feature in an article like this! It is my favorite name, but I am many years from having children myself. I was so hoping it would continue to fly under the radar! No!!!
Anyway, I happened upon Cordelia on my own as my love for the short name Cora began to be more and more attractive to me. I found that I like to have long names that then have shorter permutations, but I wasn’t a fan of Coraline or Coralie, not really. When I found Cordelia I was (and am still) very smitten.
A name that I got from someone else was Penelope. It is well known that I enjoy names, so my mom and I were talking about names we liked and she suggested Penelope. I abhorred the nickname Penny and thought the name sounded kind of dorky, but not it has secured a prominent place on my name list! I very much value my mom’s opinion, so it certainly helps Penelope’s chances of being used to know that my mom likes the name. I would use the nickname Poppy 🙂
on October 31st, 2013 at 7:40 pm
Buffy the vampire slayer made me first dislike the name Cordelia because I thought of it in relation to her and at first she…wasn’t pleasant, but then and especially in the spin off Angel, she changed and grew as a person. Now that i’ve thought much longer on names, I am in love with the name Cordelia! Also Buffy which if it wasn’t for Buffy the vampire slayer, I doubt i’d like!
Otherwise I think I just like names that I like the sound of. I haven’t really discussed what names I like in real life, just online with others, so who knows what my family or friends would think of the names I love.
on November 1st, 2013 at 12:21 pm
For girls I’m in love with the name Jemima after watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I also love Journey but spelled as Journee because of the band.
For boys I like Memphis after watching Happy Feet and because it sounds like a really cute name for a little boy and I like Samuel with Sam as a nn after watching Supernatural. Ronan is a cute name too and is on my list of top names.
on November 1st, 2013 at 1:52 pm
My husbands middle name is Manco.
For some reason i love that name and would like to name our boy that or atleast have it as a middle name like Kingston Manco.
For the Girl I had a friend name Tessaly and i fell in love with that name.
on November 3rd, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Ebony (aka emiliana) had Illyria on her signature and I immediately fell in love with it. Now it’s on my guilty pleasures list and working its way up to being on my favorites list!
on November 3rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm
A girl in high school was named Emmaline, which I love, but prefer Emelina – the nickname bestowed upon her by our Spanish teacher. Louise is a family name, and I have been falling in love with Louisa for a future daughter. I’ll admit that I love the name Blair from watching Gossip Girl, but would only use it as a middle name for Caroline. Novi (No-vye) is a guilty pleasure name as it’s a city in Michigan we pass en route to my grandmother’s house, and I just always thought it’d make a lovely name.
For boys, I decided I liked but probably won’t ever use the name Sebastian after my cousin took it for his confirmation name. Nathaniel is also up there on my list. Romulus is also on my guilty pleasure list for boys, and again, it’s another city in Michigan. The name Theodore is growing on me, but only because of my affinity for the nickname Theo.
on November 4th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Loved reading this through it’s very interesting!!
There are probably many examples of this for me, I suppose I am the type of person who can influenced especially when it comes to names, but one example that sticks in my mind is Persephone. When reading the book Noughts & Crosses (which developed into a series) the main characters were Persephone and Callum. Both great in their own right – seriously every name nerd should read the Noughts & Crosses books so many great names honestly – but I really fell for Persephone. She’s just such a gorgeous choice sounds so mythological, majestic, and strong. She’s so beautiful. I also love the Sephy nickname, she’s just so, so, so sweet. She isn’t in my top four just because I don’t know whether I could name my daughter Persephone. But I do love it.
on November 20th, 2013 at 3:25 pm
When I originally read this post I had nothing to say; the only person I usually talk about names with on a regular basis is my best friend, and we have very different naming styles. But I ran across one today that I doubt I will be able to live without. I was reading the comments on blog post ‘The Names That Got Away’, and one comment listed the name Arwen Louisa–combination first and middle names aren’t my favorite, but the nn stunned me. Ari Lou. Oh, my word! Shivers, up and down my spine–I just loved it! So, Ari Lou. And one other one I just thought of, author Rick Riordan named a character this in his Olympian books. Thalia Grace. I just absolutely love it, although I’m not sure if I’d use it–it also all depends on future husband.
on May 13th, 2014 at 11:37 pm
My great-uncles made me love Thaddeus, John, Kenneth, and Terrence. My maternal great-grandfather and my uncle made me love Joseph. Tobias grew on me after reading the Divergent trilogy. I grew to love the name Edith after watching Downton Abbey. I’ve always loved the names Feliks and Casimir because of my Polish heritage, and the author Elie Wiesel made me love the name Eliezer. I love the name Stanley because that was my maternal grandfather’s middle name (R I.P., Pop-Pop). Johannah was my maternal great-grandmother’s name, Beatrice belonged to my paternal great-grandmother, and Anna and Louise were two of my maternal great-aunts. Timothy and Tyler are two of my friends, plus one of my older cousins has a 9-year-old son named Tyler. Harry and Raymond were two more great-uncles, and one of my friends is named Raymond. I fell in love with the names Elia, Alysanne, and Arya after watching Game of Thrones and reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books. I grew to love the name Rue after reading The Hunger Games.
on May 13th, 2014 at 11:54 pm
My love for the names Django and Charles come from my Pop-Pop’s two favorite Jazz musicians, Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. The anime Hetalia-Axis Powers made me like the names Arthur, Alfred, Natalia, Elizabeta, and Feliciano. Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio made me love the names Quentin and Leonardo. I grew to like the name Llewellyn after seeing No Country for Old Men, and Aldo after seeing Inglorious Basterds.
on May 13th, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Forgot to mention Hetalia also caused me to like the name Gilbert.
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