Nameberry Faves: The names nameberryites love most

Back in February, a topic was posted on the Girls’ Names section of our Message Boards suggesting that people list their current Top Ten favorite names for girls, and it’s been running ever since.  What’s especially nice about this for us is that  it’s given Pam and me a fascinating look into the specific likes and loves of the nameberry community.  After all, for a long time, through our books and on the site,  you’ve gotten to know our opinions on both general categories of names and specific examples–and now the tables have been turned.

And we’re so gratified to see that we’re almost universally in synch (we’ll be dealing with dislikes and ‘heresies’ tomorrow), and that for the most part you love the names we love, affirming  to us that we have the most enlightened, most thoughtful, most tasteful, group of name lovers in existence.

Proof to us was in the pudding of names that showed up most frequently on your Top Ten lists, all possessing both substance and style.  So even though the thread is still alive, I couldn’t resist tallying up the Top Names of the Top Tens to date.

The most popular three are, in order:

BEATRIX

PENELOPE

CLEMENTINE

Followed by:

WILLOW and

DELILAH, and then:

ADELINE

ELIZABETH

FRANCESCA

JOSEPHINE

The next group:

CECILIA

CLARA

ELIZA

FELICITY

FRANCES

IRIS

ISLA

LILA

STELLA

VIOLET

and then:

ALICE

AMELIA

ANNABEL

BEATRICE

ELEANOR

ESME

EVANGELINE

GENEVIEVE

GEORGIA

JULIET

JUNE

MATILDA

TALLULAH

WILLA

and finally

EDEN

EMMELINE

GEMMA

HAZEL

JOCELYN

LEAH

LOLA

LOUISA

LUCIA

LYDIA

MAEVE

OLIVIA

PALOMA

We’ll continue to track  the changes as more lists are added, and also hope to see more Boys Current Favorites lists posted to the boards so we can get a good sampling of those as well.

Another route to the nameberry aesthetic is to look at which names get the most 5-star ratings by visitors.  The Top 25 of these, at this moment, are:

CHARLOTTE

VIOLET

MATILDA

RUBY

GRACE

IRIS

ADELAIDE

LUCY

ALICE

CLEMENTINE

CLAIRE

ISLA

AMELIA

SCARLETT

ELIZA

CLARA

BEATRICE

IMOGENE

STELLA

JOSEPHINE

EVANGELINE

HARPER

ELEANOR

IVY

LILA

TUNE IN TOMORROW TO SEE WHICH NAMES NAMEBERRYITES DON‘T LIKE–AND WHY.

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LyndsayJenness Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 2:11 am

Wow, combined, we have amazing taste! I love the the top three!

Looking forward to tomorrow, and the future boys list!

CountryLizB Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 2:27 am

The only one that I like in the top three is Beatrix.

Anna Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 5:33 am

I like all of the top three, I have just found the thread and am having fun looking at everyones top ten 🙂 haven’t added my own yet

Dearest Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 5:51 am

I saw the title for today’s blog post and immediately thought “Beatrix is there somewhere”… I guess my hunch was correct! ^^

Esme Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 am

GORGEOUS!

Abby Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 am

Fascinating! For what it is worth, Esme is – far and away – the top search name at Appellation Mountain. The only real surprise on these lists was Joceline. Pretty, but I haven’t heard it in years, and I’m used to seeing Jocelyn. I wonder if that’s a product of the Clemetine/Adeline trend you wrote about the other day …

Ashley Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 am

Wow! I have considered a lot of these for my daughters (Melody and Lila). Looks like I hit a popular one with Lila! What a nice list!

Amy Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 am

I’ve been ignoring all of the girl names since I’ve had one picked out for many years, Violet Grace. It was a pleasant suprise to see both names on the top 25 list. So excited to soon find out if this name will finally be used; or if we have to continue the search for the perfect boy’s name!

JNE Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 11:46 am

I suppose it wasn’t necessary to add my names, since they’re pretty much all there… looking forward to the boys names – maybe I’ll find some inspiration… we’re struggling more with boys names (as usual) – maybe the point will be moot – we’ll find out in a few more weeks… but in case it’s not I’m really looking forward to seeing them.

linda Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 11:55 am

Just waiting until there are enough lists posted to work with.

ScarlettsMom Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I’m just not on the Beatrix and Maeve bandwagon. 🙁 Maybe I’m not a true Nameberry name nerd??? They both sound like bad old-grandma names to me. ***ducks for cover***

Charlotte Vera Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

A great list, but I just can’t do Delilah. My first thought is the original biblical story, my second Samson Agonistes, and my third a little-known L.M. Montgomery work — too many connotations.

Lark Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Interesting…. I had noticed before that my taste in girls names was far from most here, but this confirms.

susan Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

My faves today are Penelope, Cecilia, Gemma, and Alice.

Tracey Says:

July 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

What does it mean that I picked one of these names for my daughter– five years ago? I actually picked it ten years ago but she wasn’t born until five years later.

Lots of my favorites here!

Mari Says:

July 28th, 2009 at 10:45 am

Where are the boys?

linda Says:

July 28th, 2009 at 10:53 am

Just waiting for more lists to be posted.

ScarlettsMom Says:

July 28th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

So the pick of the day is Maeve and the namesake is Beatrix… Pam and Linda, are you trying to tell me something??? 😉

Moonie Says:

July 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Re: Esme, I know that when I search “Esme” in google Appellation mountain shows up so perhaps you’ve been getting a fair bit of traffic that way – I know I’ve searched it more than a few times.

Peony Says:

August 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

By and large I love all of these. I just don’t understand the appeal of Matilda, though. It seems like it’s everywhere these days. I grew up with it part of the unholy trinity of names you should never ever give your daughter, along with Gertrude and Gladys.

Glad to see Josephine, Alice, and Stella on there!

Candy Meyers Says:

October 19th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I really love the name Margot.
Glad to see Lucy is up there, though. That’s another name I’m considering.

DancersVenture Says:

January 15th, 2010 at 8:44 am

My favorite name for a girl is Eden, (nn Edie)!
I have also loved the name Maeve for quite sone time, as well as Leah, Lila, Juliet,Francesca & Hazel. I’m with Candy there regarding Margot–love it! Also love Lucy as it is my best friends middle name and her almost 2-year-old daughters first name. 🙂

spotlightstarlit Says:

February 6th, 2010 at 3:57 am

Evaneline Eden has been a pick for me for a while, I hope these go down in popularity before she is here!

Triplicate Says:

February 27th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I didn’t need this list to confirm that my tastes are way off the average here. Most of the time, I have to sit on the sidelines, as I can’t offer useful advice to anyone considering many of these names. Charlotte, Matilda, Clara, Beatrice, Ruby, Hazel, Stella, Imogene… As a name gets older, I don’t find it feels new again, just older. I probably have to go back at least to the Middle Ages to find names I don’t consider dated.

I feel like a heretic for thinking that the Boomer parents had great taste. The age of Jennifer and Jessica, Amy nd Amanda, Lauren and Megan, Tammy and Tracy, Tiffany and Brandy, Chelsea and Kimberly, even Amber… I’m not saying these are my favorite names (though some of them might be if they hadn’t been as common), but why should I feel compelled to hate the names of my generation and immediately before?

And I can even say my tastes run more toward what’s actually popular now (though not most of the very top names) than what’s chic on here.

So my favorites end up a mixed bag of Persian, Greek, French and Russian, plus many that I can’t categorize.

Regina Says:

May 14th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I’m very happy to see Emmeline on the list. Now that we’ve burned through Emily and Emma, there’s still a beautiful Victorian variation out there. The name Imogene kind of scares me, along with Tallulah (anybody remember Imogene Coco and Tallulah Bankhead?) and Beatrice. I hope some of the names of the ’20s and ’30s are buried forever, such as Mildred, Doris, Ethel, and Helen. I do love many of the names on the list, but some of them are already on the brink of being overused, such as Violet, Lucy, Claire, Grace, and Ruby. They are beautiful names, though, so I can see why they are popular.

Sunshinetina Says:

May 20th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Cecilia is number 3 on my top 10 list. It’s also one of my favourite songs.

Sunshinetina Says:

May 20th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I also heart Imogen tremendously.

missprincess89 Says:

May 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 am

Loving the names Kian & Siena atm 🙂

Adrian Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Oh, wow. I’ve been doing some Web surfing to gather some opinions on the leading candidate for our girl name … which is (wait for it) Beatrix Penelope! And there they are, sitting at 1 and 2 on your list. 🙂

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