What’s your favorite of all names?

The Question of the Week:

Is there one name about which you can loudly proclaim: I love this name, always have and always will?

… a name that you’ve been crazy about forever –maybe starting  when you scribbled it in the margins of your school notebook—and are certain that you’ll continue to feel that way about, no matter whether it’s in or out, up or down, or whatever.

What exactly is there about it that appeals to you so much?  What qualities have made it your enduring favorite over time?

Did your infatuation start with an association to someone you know?

Have you/would you use it for your child?

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AcornsAndOaks Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 1:07 am

Elizabeth! Oh how I love Elizabeth! For so many reasons. It’s long, it’s old, there are dozens of nicknames. And think of all the amazing Elizabeths in history and literature – Elizabeth I and II, Elizabeth Bennet, and of course the Paper Bag Princess. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl.

Fortunately my husband loves it too, little Elizabeth Catherine Anne is snuggled up next to me, 2 months old and perfect 🙂

CassieCake Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:07 am

Joel:
I’m not sure when I started to love this name, but I know my son will be named Joel. My mom was pleased to hear this becuase she had an uncle Joel who passed not too long ago. I also really wanna call him Joely..

Elena or Elaina:
Once again, I am not sure why. My great grandmother was named Hellen (everyone says I look just like her) and Elena is a form of Helen, maybe that is where it comes from.

Audrey:
I love Audrey Hupburn!!!

Rachel Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:21 am

My all-time fave name is Lucas, except I named my brother this when I was four so I’d never use it for my child.

Lyndsay Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:24 am

1) Elizabeth- This should have been my name, it’s my moms favorite. Because of that I always fantasized that it was my name. Some years I thought I’d go by Libby, some years Lizzy, some years Eliza and now Betsey. That’s one of the reasons it’s so great, it can grow with a girl and fit absolutely any personality. It’s so long, with such a variety of sounds. It’s got that cool z, and happy b. It’s got everything going for it. I would definitely use this name, my husband isn’t convinced so I’m not sure I’ll get to, but it’s a possibility!

2) Scarlett- I don’t know exactly when I started loving this name, I think it was almost 15 years ago. Whenever I got bored with Elizabeth I pretended this was my name. It’s sexy, but also cute. I love the color red and it reminds me of my favorite story of all time (how my grandparents met). It hasn’t been on my list to actually use in a very long time, but Mary Scarlett as a double name is. My issue is that it doesn’t have a good nickname, and I’m one of those people who adds ee to everything, so she’d inevitably be Scarly.

3) Moxie- Obviously I got it from Moxie Crimefighter. I thought that was the coolest name of all time. I must love Moxie because despite the constant bashing as one of the worst celebrity baby names, I still love it just as much as I ever did. It’s just so spunky and original with such a great meaning. I won’t use it as a full name, but I’m always on the lookout for a way to use it as a nickname.

I know they are all polar opposite, but I guess that’s why I love them all so much.

anonymous Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 3:40 am

Theo, Alice and India.

I’ve always loved these names (for so many reasons!) and am dying to use them as a sib set some day….

Heather Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 4:09 am

Ava- I first heard it when I was about 15, when Heather Locklear named her daughter with Richie Sambora, Ava. I always said I wanted to use this name for my own daughter. I even fought my sister over it when she was pregnant with my niece. I’m just sad that it’s so very common now.

Persephone Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 4:25 am

Theodore

Is still makes me melt with its handsomeness and he’s nearly three! I have loved this name for years and years. I still can’t believe I got a Theodore!

J. Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 5:28 am

Ida – perfect in its simplicity.

I live in Europe where the name is pronounced as “Ee-da” and doesn’t have the grandmother connotation it apparently (as I gather from this website) has in the US. As a young child I read a book where the female protagonist was named Ida and the name has stayed with me ever since. When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter my husband had “Ada” on his shortlist (which is pronounced as “Aah-da” over here, with a long and open “aaaah” sound”) but immediately switched to Ida when I proposed that name. The name stil fits our daughter perfectly.

Jasmine Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 5:41 am

Juliet- It is romantic, feminine and a classic. I love literature as well so added bonus. I just had my first child, a boy. Heres hoping Juliet will be next.

Luffs Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:01 am

Ottilie – I can’t remember how I came across it, but i’ve been absolutely besotted with the name ever since and if I ever have a daughter I would definitely name her Ottilie.

Felix & George – Not sure why I love them, but I do.

pippa Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:33 am

Viola–I am a Shakespeare nut, and this name will always resonate with me

kyemsma Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:45 am

Caroline! I have been in love with this name since I read Little House in the Big Woods when I was 8.

spamwich Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:13 am

I love:

Ella- I have loved Ella since I was in high school and I first read Ella Enchanted (which is one of the cutest books ever, and the movie version is terrible). She was such a great heroine that from 15 on I always pictured my daughter named Eleanor nn Ella. I am so devastated that Ella is so high on the popularity charts. My name is a popular one (Samantha) so I always wanted to name my daughter something more unusual!

Lydia- I named my baby doll this when I was seven. I’m not sure where I got it from, whether it was from a book or Beetlejuice the movie, but I loved it then and I love it now.

Hero- I loved this name from first when I performed a scene from Much Ado about Nothing in middle school drama camp. It’s so impractical and I can’t imagine being named Hero, but I love it!

And my newest love- Evangeline! So pretty/cool/vintage!

Riley and kyah Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:30 am

I have loved the name riley for about ten years. My partner at the time did not like it so I have used it for my golden Labrador. It is the only name I have ever liked and never let go of, not sure why though. I also love kyah…so I used that for my chocolate Labrador! Now what will I name my children?!

phaedra_p Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:33 am

Marjorie – I began to be fascinated with this, along with variants (Margaret, etc.) after I read the medieval English poem Pearl, which was written in the North-Midlands dialect in the fourteenth century. It’s so beautiful, intricate, and heartbreaking. All the pearl-related names now have that connection for me. I love but haven’t used Marjorie because it kinda sounds like margarine 🙂 but I did name my daughter Lydia Pearl.

Auntie A Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:50 am

Nathaniel nn. Nate- I’ve loved Nate as long as I can remember! When I really started getting into names I decided that I needed a longer name to use Nate as the nn. so I could get 2 for 1! 🙂 That’s when I fell in love with Nathaniel! I used to know a little boy Nathaniel nn. Nate & that made me love it even more!! It’s on the top of my list for future children!

EvanescenceDolly Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 8:39 am

For me it’s Ivy. I’ve loved it for sometime now and see it in some of my old diaries. It changes more often for boys though.

I love that Ivy is short and a nature name but could age well also. Plus it’s got sass.

I first considered it when I was looking at a name list on this website 😀

Holly Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:02 am

Eleanor- To me, Eleanor is a perfect name. It is classic. It is recognizable without being overused. It has a great historical connection. And it has so many nicknames. But I dont know if I will ever use it.

Sylvia and Ingrid- These are two names that I simply love. And they are the ones I have liked the longest.

Truman- I have loved this name since I was little and obsessed with Harry S. Truman. I dont think I will ever used this because, even though I love the name, it seems kind of pretentious.

greatbird Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:20 am

Ella is also my favorite name. I fell in love with it after reading Ella Enchanted and have been planning to name my daughter Ella since I was 13 or so. (I’m 18 now, so I still have a while to go.) I really hope it’ll drop in popularity by the time I get around to naming!

belly Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:32 am

This is a hard one. Because my absolute favorite names are the ones I’m going to name my children. But, if you ask for a name I’ve “always” loved and “always will,” I feel like I have to have liked it a while back…. My favorite name fluctuated from Jenny to Alexis to Marguerite/Daisy to Evelyn to Augusta and so on… But, I think that Marguerite nn Daisy will probably be one that I have loved the longest and always will. Both names to me are so sweet and just unique enough. And yes, I do love daisies! But, I wrote a short story about a girl named Marguerite called Daisy in seventh grade, and being a writer, I feel as though I can never name children and characters the same name. (Which is why I have yet to name a character Laurence, which I just realized would be my “always” favorite boys’ name, because my boyfriend has decided if I’m allowed to use it for a baby yet.)

literaturegeek Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:39 am

Sebastian is my all time love! My husband greatly dislikes it so we will probably never have a little Baz running around, but I still love and adore it.

Elliot is my second love, sounds hip and cool yet classic at the same time.

louisa is my fave girls name and if our fourth.and last.child is a girl she will be Louisa!

emrasmus Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:41 am

Leo! I’ve loved Leo for 13 years and there’s little doubt I’ll give up on having a little Leo after so long!

I do love Henry, too, of course, but Leo is my longest love.

Emily Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:49 am

Georgia! I love LOVE Georgia! I think I started liking this name in middle school and I’m 24 and still love it now! It sounds classic but I’ve only known one person named Georgia.

Oliver! My great grand father was named Oliver and when I was a freshman in high school I named my dog Oliver. I’ve always loved this name and now I think it it climbing the charts…

mtalbot4 Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:59 am

Claire! I adore this name. Classic, simple, elegant, feminine but not frilly. It’s the perfect girl name. I’m not sure when my infatuation began exactly and what triggered it, but it’s been top of my list for 8+ years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

I haven’t had an opportunity to use it yet (we’re having a boy!), but if we ever have a girl there will be no debate. Her name will be Claire.

BrewcityBabe Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:10 am

When I was maybe fourteen years-old I ran across a boy named Tristan in my sister’s gymnastics class, before the name was even trendy. Some fourteen plus odd years later when I had my little boy that was the first name that popped into my head – needless to say I love that name even more now that it’s tied to someone I think the world of.

alexa400 Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:24 am

Shiloh, I first started loving this name when we read the book about the beagle in elementary school and I still love it. It’s just kinda sad everybody now associates it with brangelina…..

babynamesrule Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:27 am

Jack, Victoria, Lila, Layla, Lucas.

Sophie Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am

I have really like the two names August and Israel. I just want to see my two sons walking around with such cool names. I have liked them now for about 2 years and I just haven’t seem to like them anyless than the first tine I hear it. If I had a girl I think I would either name her Finlay or Jensen. I like unisex names.

freckles Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:33 am

Philippa: This name, to me, is like a very old friend. I can’t remember how or when we met, but I love her very much. I (hopefully) will be able to name my first daughter this name. I like it for a bunch of reasons. One is that if I were a boy, my name would have been Philip (my mother’s favorite boy’s name) so in a way I’m kind of honoring my mother and myself. Secondly, I love the nickname Pippa- I think it’s bright, fun and girlish, plus Philippa sound strong and pretty. Philippa is easily recognizable but not common at all. She’s just perfect!

Thomas: Thomas is my very favorite boys name. I do really hope to use it one day, and it’s one of those names that I love so much that I don’t mind it’s popularity. It’s a classic and it has tons of great literary references. Tom is such a handsome nickname and Tommy reminds me of the Rugrats (which I was obsessed with as a kid). Just such a strong, masculine name.

Myka Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:36 am

My taste in girl’s names seems to fluctuate. However, for boys, I have always loved the name Rhett. It probably stems from my reading of Gone with the Wind when I was around 15. I just find the name impossibly masculine and robust. I also worked at a daycare for a while where there was a young boy named Rhett and he was one of the sweetest children I have ever met and so well-behaved.

My husband prefers the name Reese but maybe someday, I will get my way.

Danni Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:52 am

My two favorite girls’ names stem from my childhood love of two Disney princesses: Belle and Aurora. These names to me are timeless, elegant, and strong. I have loved these names for 20 years, and I think I will also adore them.

My two favorite boys’ names have a slightly different feel than the girls but are very similar to each other: Arlo and Milo. To me, they are strong, friendly, kind, and bold names. Of course, I would have to choose only one to use on a future son, but which to choose?…

Angela Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:59 am

I have loved Katharine for decades! The Katharine Hepburn spelling is most glamorous to me!

Lori Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:20 am

Susannah and Catherine are my all time favorites for girls. I also love Juliet and Louisa, but our first daughter (if we have one) will be Camilla after family. I love literature and old fashioned names and always since I was a small child.

Boy favorites are August (Augie), Noah, and Abraham. I tend to go Biblical on the boy names for some reason. lol

Amanda Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:21 am

I have always loved the name Naomi. I have heard various pronunciations, but the one I have always preferred is Nay-oh-mee. It’s just such a beautiful and strong feminine name that just isn’t that common anymore. My husband thinks it sounds like a horse name, so I don’t think the baby growing inside me will want her dad to think she’s a horse. I adore boy names on girls, like Charlie and Hunter. I think they just sound very adorable and like “real” names. The girl and boy names we have picked are Alexandria “Piper” and Atlas Brian. We took a lot of flak for Atlas, but we’ve decided to go with this name because it has such intense connotations with strength.

Keisha Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:36 am

Claudia – I have loved this name since reading The Babysitters Club as a tween, sadly my husband doesnt love it as much as I do.

Jaime Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:42 am

Ever since I can remember I always said I would name a girl Emma after my great-grandmother who raised my mother when her own mother died young.

Imagine my dismay when it became so popular around the time I was starting to think about having my own children. The popularity (and the fact that a first cousin on DH’s side used it for their daughter) made me skip it for my eldest. And I could only bring myself to use it as a middle name for my youngest daughter.

Mariah Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:43 am

The Turkish name Ayla, which I came across in the Clan of the Cave Bear series twenty years ago. But the Kayla/Jayla craze killed any chance I’ll ever use the name.

I’ve also loved the name Quinn since I first heard it on Daria in 1997 (for a girl). I ended up using it for my son 🙂

Diana Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Penelope: I have loved this name since I was in high school (many years ago). This name is special because it has a history and has stood the test of time, yet it sounds fresh and fun to me. Plus, I just ADORE the nn Penny.

James: This is my favorite boy name. I love its sophisticated simplicity. But it has to be James (not Jim or Jimmy). Another name that has stood the test of time.

linelei Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Lorelei.

Everything about it is beautiful to me. I’ve used it for game/online characters, and is my secret alternate identity. I know that the Lorelei was a woman who fell to her death while watching for the lover who betrayed her and/or a siren whose beautiful song lures sailors to their death. I don’t care. It is the most beautiful name ever, and it makes me think of mermaids and magic and also kickass time-traveling crime fighters (ala Robert Heinlein). In fact, I probably first heard the name in Heinlein’s books: I don’t remember for sure, but I know I’ve been in love for many years.

dizzy Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Joseph

Joseph is not always in my top spot for a boy, but it’s always hanging around there, and always stages a comeback when some other name seems more interesting at the moment. The world can always use a few more Joes, straight-standing, unpretentious, strong, friendly, honest, likable guys. Plus, it’s a name that – while it can move in and out of stylishness – can never become “trendy” and no matter how well-used it has been throughout the decades, still has an early 20th century feel (“Say it ain’t so, Joe”). Would I use it for a boy? I would hope so. I’d almost feel like I was doing a public service by adding another to the world :).

molly_locket Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Elizabeth- it has always been one of my favorites. It isn’t on my list, but I have always loved this beautiful name. 🙂

kelleita Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Noelle – it seems so graceful yet simple; plus I love the Christmas connection. We used it as a middle name for DD#1 and now I’m bummed I can’t use it for #2 (assuming we have a girl).

Sanne – I discovered this when I lived in Denmark and I just thought it was such a cool name — different from anything you normally hear, yet not so unusual that it sounds made up.

Lyndsay Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I forgot to do boys! I think there are more boys names that I’ve always loved and will never tire of, but unfortunately they’re not the names I’ll actually get to use.
1) Zachary- I think this probably stems from my love of Zach Morris in Saved By The Bell. And it seems to me that almost every Zach in the world is extremely good looking! Especially Zac Efron, hehe. I think of this as a modern classic, I haven’t actually met many of them but I’m always very happy to hear it. It’s a good solid name which ages well, but it’s also hip and current. I can see him as an athlete, an artist, an intellectual or a rock star. I think it’s my perfect name. But I don’t get to use it because it’s my SILs brothers name. But I DO have a Dash which sounds pretty similar and I get to call him Dash Attack (like the band on Saved By The Bell, Zack Attack!)

2) James- Such a great name. So classic but somehow manages to always sound current. I love the initial J, the a sound and the m. It suits every personality so nicely. Adore it as a brother to Elizabeth. Elizabeth and James is complete perfection to me. I don’t know when i started to love James, it feels like forever. When i taught preschool my favorite kid was James, so it is even more special now. I won’t use it because it’s my uncles name, and also because it’s too connected to my little James and it feels a little unfair, like my kid should get his own name.

There are so many others that I know i’ll never get tired of, but those are the ones that I have loved as far back as I can remember. Benjamin, Thomas, Frederick and Brandon all get honorable mentions, though. And my sons name Dashiell is now my favorite name, he’s 18 months and I love his name more every day

Oh and I forgot to say Anne/Anna nn Annie. My whole life that is what I’ve named all my baby dolls. Of course they changed their names, they weren’t all Annie at the same time, but I’m sure they all got a turn at it. I can’t ever think of a single better name for a baby doll. My grandma is Ann and my grandaddy called her Annie so i think thats why I love it. It doesn’t excite me though so I won’t use it as a first name, but maybe a middle!

Bella Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Gwendolyn is my it name, the name that cannot be disputed as gorgeous! Carolina is my mn and I plan to use it as a mn for Marion, my second fav girls name!

Willard is my favorite boys name, for my poppa who I love, and will be used as a middle name.

HMM Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I fell in love with the name Nathaniel when I was 7 and will always love it, but don’t care for it’s various nns.

Lydia is my great-grandmother’s name and it’s always appealed to me.

Everett and Athan (pronounced like Nathan without the N, not like Athens the city) are recent favorites that seem to be standing the test of time for me.

Kayt Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Henry! My all time favorite. I will never ever have a Henry though, because of my SIL’s abusive ex (and father of her child) is a Henry who beat her.

SLS Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Calla (nn Callie) has been a top choice for me since I was really young, and it still resonates for me.

Devon Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I have my favourites, but I’m so paranoid that all my pregnant friends are going to steal them so I’ve yet to utter them in public. Past names I’ve swooned over were Mercedes and Angelina for girls and Fox and Christian for boys. I still like the names but they aren’t anywhere near what I’d name my kids now.

Doris Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Estella! I read a children’s abridged and illustrated version of Great Expectations when I was very young and loved the name instantly. The character is not a great role model, but the name is feminine and lovely.

For boys, Alexander. The image it portrays is strong and confident, but also intelligent–Alexander the Great’s tutor was Aristotle! It’s a classic for a reason, and Alex is the perfect nickname.

phoebesmom Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Caroline. She is the epitome of effortless elegance. I will never use it, though, because I just know so darn many of them.

Lark Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Leia, I can’t shake Leia. I love the sound and adore the spelling, but for obvious reasons I can probably never use it. My taste or at least my favorites have changed some over time, I like to think it’s a part of truly loving names that I experience phases in them more fully, but this one has stuck with me for almost 15 years now and I’ve only been alive 24 and seen a lot of changes in opinions and favorites.

Elena Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

There are a few girls name that I always seem to come back to, firstly, Kerensa, I spent the best part of my youngest years in Cornwall, I love the meaning ‘love’ and I like how it doesn’t sound particularly like any other name but it doesn’t sound ridiculously different either. Second is Guinevere, I love how regal it sounds and Gwen is such a cool and easy nickname, I think Neve is pretty ace too in fact! I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the guts to use it, but I hope I will. Celeste and Noelle are my favourite middle names, because they sound great with most of my favourite names, I love meanings but for some reason, I am not loving two syllable names as first names for girls. For boys, I have always loved Fabian a lot, I just love the sound of it, I think I first heard it on a TV programme with I was quite young, probably about seven and I remember thinking that it was the coolest name ever. I’ve also loved Demetri since I watched Anastasia and Huxley since I read Brave New World and Jarvis has been high on my list for a few years now.

Loved reading everyone’s answers for this blog!

Jessi Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Lauren. It was my best friend’s name growing up. She was a truly beautiful person inside and out and I think that is why I love the name so much. It’s classic, not trendy, feminine, no crazy nicknames, just simple and pretty.

bounceparty Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Violet 🙂 I just adore this name. The sound, the way it looks… It just seems so perfect to me. I also love Lila, but not nearly as much.

Marin Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I love the name Samantha. I can’t explain it, its just my favorite. I don’t know where it came from, I have no person who inspired it, and no idea why I still love it more than a decade after first finding it. I also love the nickname Sam (although, Sammy isn’t something I like). Overall, Samantha is just a great name; classic, elegant, feminine and strong. It has a typically masculine nickname, Sam, something I love. All around, a perfect name! Even when I think my name preferences have changed and I find myself exploring a slew of other names, I always find my way back to the perfect name, Samantha

Emily Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Opal! i love opal just because i love names that start wih “O” and i find it VERY feminine. i love the name Winston for a boy because i know an old man named this who is the nicest person on earth!

hbyounk Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Marcella, Helena, Violet, and Leonora (all of which are family names) have always been at the top of my list. It’s been my plan since I was about 7 years old to name my first daughter Marcella Josephine.

For boys, I’ve always loved Holden, William, James, Rhys and Xavier (also family names), and have always planned to name my first son Holden Xavier.

Christina Fonseca Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Melina – I find that most names I like have A, N, E and L in them. This is one I’ve always loved and never used. I first heard this name in a song during my teen years.

There’s no boy name I feel that strongly about.

Alexandra Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Catherine. Spelled just like that. I’m Russian, had a grandma named Ekaterina, and loved the “flowers in the attic” series by VC Andrews when I was little. To me Catherine is the epitome of everything feminine, sensual, mysterious, etc. My Catherine Rose is 10 and is exactly what I always pictured the name being…

Holly Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

edmund for sure is my all time favourite name along with isabel

Janine Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Aidan. I have loved it for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages though I’m not sure why. I like the sound, I love its heritage (whoo Irish!) and I like the meaning too. I’ll never use it due to its tremendous popularity though. At least not for my own child. Being a writer lets me use those names I’d never use in rl. And Yes, I have a character named Aidan. Well, Ayden…

bostonsavvy Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Noah! I’ve loved it since I can remember! No particular reason

courtlett Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Giselle.

Hands down my absolute favorite name ever. I saw the ballet as a young child and it is to this day still my favorite ballet. I used this as my name in french class throughout middle school and high school. I can’t think of a more beautiful name. I would have loved to use it for a daughter, unfortunately our last name just does not flow with it AT ALL. sigh.

smismar Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Siobhan. I LOVE the way it sounds! It’s so mysterious and always struck me as the type of name that would be on a strong, but little bit quirky woman. I will likely never use it because it’s so difficult to spell and pronounce here in the States. I also love Vivian, but that’s been nixed by my husband (it was almost our daughter’s name – went with Sylvia instead and I’m very happy with it). Next on my list for a girl is Miriam (if DH can be convinced).

I’m not sure that I have a true favorite boy’s name. Malcolm and Desmond are at the top of my list.

Mishada17 Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Names I’ve loved forever, and haven’t used yet, but will:

Eliza
Gwendolen
Veronica

Zachary
William

Saramee Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

My favorite name for a girl has always been Laura. I love the way it sounds and I think it’s classy and timeless.

For a boy my fav has always been Patrick. It never goes out of style, it’s different without being weird and it’s not that common.

Wendy Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Marley. I heard it when I was about 10, and it is the only name that never left my “favourites” list. It’s cute, but also sounds classy for a grown woman. There’s just something about it, I just knew if I had a daughter, she would be Marley and she would be awesome. After a long road, she’s here, 19 months and more awesome than anything I dreamt up.

t.r. Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 1:23 am

Judah. Favorite for the last 20 years or so, had such a sharp, endearing image of what a son named Judah would be like, but it turns out there’s no son in my future, oh well.

Lea Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 1:44 am

Boy: Tobias. I’ve loved it since I read the Animorphs series as a kid. It’s offbeat and rhythmic without being too feminine or weird. I plan on naming my son this one day.

Girl: Anastasia. I’m Greek, so we pronounce it “ah-nah-stah-SEE-ah,” which I think is beautiful & lyrical. It’s also the feminine version of my dad’s name, so it has a nice family connection to round it out as a baby name choice. It also has a lot of nickname options, such as Ana, Annie, Stacie, Tasha, and Sia. Personally I like Annie.

Lauren Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 2:05 am

My favourite boys’ name is Felix, which is the name of my son!
For girls, I have loved Miranda for the longest time, and also Saskia (I knew a Saskia). I will also always love Eve, Audrey and Imogene. DH does not like any of these names, so if we have a girl her name will not be any of the above.
Other boys names I love are Sebastian, Tobias, Leo and Max.
My favourite doll was named Georgina…no idea why…I looked at her and named her instantly! Over the years I tried giving her other names but it never worked. She was always Georgina.

Lala Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 3:44 am

I love Shiloh. I had it chosen for my daughter since about 2005, but then when Brad & Angelina used it in the summer of ’07 I felt like they had stolen & ruined it forever. My daughter was born in 10/07 and the association was too fresh I couldn’t used it. It will be back on the list for my second girl though. =)

I’m also loving the vintage comeback names – Leo, Silas, Ezra, Adeline, Lucy, Imogen, etc.

Amanda Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 11:24 am

Cordelia

Ever since I saw the movie The Happiest Millionaire with Lesley Ann Warren, I have loved this name. I think it is beautiful and feminine and I love old-fashioned names. My Cordelia Grace is now 10 years old and goes my the nn, Cordie. It suits her perfectly.

Filipa Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 11:26 am

My favourite girl’s name is Beatriz (sounds like Beatrishh in Portuguese), but it’s overused; I also like Margarida and my recent passion is Evelina. Nevertheless, i’m not sure if i will use those names, because my taste is always changing 😀

Kathleen Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I LOVE, but will probably never use:
Anya
Anouk
Azalea

Arthur– this was the name of my abusive, alcoholic grandfather. Way to ruin a great name…

I really have a thing for A names, flower names, and French names.

My current favorite for girls: Elodie, Colette, Sylvie. Mostly Elodie- I can’t get enough of it, although I have never heard anyone say they like it.

Amy3 Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Paul–I’ve loved it since I was in grade school, which is many years past now. I won’t use it because we’re not having more kids and it doesn’t work with the mn we’d use for a boy. Too bad, though, as I think it’s a super name.

Jenna Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Tehya- it’s a native american name (not sure which nation… navajo?) and it means precious. Pronounced TAY-uh. I’ve loved this name since high school (15 years ago!) but hubby doesn’t like it. Closest we could get to this name and be in agreement is Tessa- which is what we’ll be naming our baby girl due in 3 weeks!

Cairo- I have no idea where this name came from- it’s another name I’ve had on baby name lists since highschool. Interesting that it now suits current naming trends with the “o” ending and the beginning “k” sound. I would never be brave enough to actually use this name for a son, but maybe for a dog. 🙂 If we had any Greek heritage, I could probably go with Kairos for a baby boy though!

AcornsAndOaks Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Lyndsay – I think we’re kindred spirits, my children are James and Elizabeth 🙂 I adore Scarlett too, but I HAD to use Elizabeth and Elizabeth Scarlett Catherine Anne was a bit too long 😉

SenrinSky Says:

September 17th, 2010 at 11:51 am

For girls, Ariel and Meridian and Chrysanthemum. I absolutely ADORE Chrysanthemum, and have since age 5. It’s so long though…. I also love Azalea and Amaryllis, but these may be short term loves.

For boys, Matthias, Ezekiel and Raphael. Those two have been my favorites the longest. Otherwise, they flux a lot.

I usually really like names ending in -iel or -ael or -el or that have a z or y or j or ph/f in them, not necessarily starting with those letters.

SenrinSky Says:

September 17th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I forgot to mention, Meridian, Matthias, and Chrysanthemum are from books and Ariel from the Little Mermaid. A variant I like a lot that might avoid the connection if I ever wanted to use Ariel is Ariella.

Jennie Says:

September 17th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Oooh, I have two: Lyra and Linnea.

Lyra has been on the top of my list for about 10 years. It was the name I used in my head to signify all of my future children.

Linnea is my great-grandmother’s name and I’ve always felt a very strong connection with her.

Boys’ names, for me, come and go, but these two have always been front runners for girls.

Lauren Says:

September 18th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Seraphina!
biblical from seraphin i think, was some sort of masculine angel.
But I love Seraphina for a girl, always thought it to be beautiful and unique.

Boston Girl Says:

September 18th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I’ve had favorite-name changes through the years, but only gradually, and the same names have populated my personal top ten since childhood. I’ve always loved Cindy, Susan and Jenny; but the absolute top name is Susina, which to me sounds like a variation on Susan but is unique as a first name, in my experience. I was in a Girl Scout troop with a girl whose family name was Susina, and I just fell madly in love with it.

My favorite boy’s name changed over the years too, but in my top ten are Nicholas, Jonathan (I’ve thought for years this pair would be great for twin boys), Adam and Scott. The number-one spot is held by the name Christian. Not for any religious connotations, but because I really like the sound of the name and it sounds fresher than Christopher (another member of my top ten).

It’s been interesting to see that quite a few responders love Elizabeth; that’s my middle name, and I used to wish as a child that I could go by it or the nickname Beth. (I don’t like most of the nicknames associated with Elizabeth; I prefer the full name, or Beth or Lisa.) My first name was so popular at the time I was born that I found myself sharing classes with a slew of other girls who had my name. There weren’t many Elizabeths running around though. My best friend during my high-school years was an Elizabeth (who was flexible regarding nicknames; she answered to Lizzie or Beth).

Collette Says:

September 18th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

My favorite girl names are Vivian, Kyra, Haven, and Mina. They are all very fresh, almost crisp sounding unique names. I think they are kind if feminine, without being flowery.
My favorite boy names are everchanging, but Dimitri (nn Dimka), Drake, Adian, Oliver, and Jamie. However, I would never use Jamie, because I have a best friend named Jamey.
When I was little I was obessesed with the names Jennifer, Anne, Kevin, and Peter, but dropped them as they became more and more common.

Sara A. Says:

September 19th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

The first name I can ever remember just loving is Rose. It was my great grandmother’s name and it just hit a chord within me. I remember always thinking that if I ever had a daughter I would name her that.

I can also remember just *hating* my grandmother’s name, Gertrude, though now I love it. It’s an Ashkenazic tradition to name children after family members that have died recently so I know that I’ll have to name my first daughter after Gertrude. It bugged me at first because it’s such a heavy name and I looked up alternatives like Genevieve, Goldie, and Gable but nothing would satisfy except Gertrude. The name’s got a solid feminist history with Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Lawrence and it flows well with my husband’s last name.

Then there’s Edith. I think the nickname Edie is adorable and its a name that can grow with her. Edith Rose and Gertrude Anne. Edie Rose and Trudy Anne. Edie and Trudy. I like it. This is Sara from the old lady name committee signing off.

Kisha Cooper Says:

September 19th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

MY ALL TIME FAVES:
Female: Kirstan (Kear-stan), Ammry, Evey,Kruz & Felicity (just like the TV show)

Male: Hasting, Tyson, Epic, Stoke

Raven Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Boys favorites: Kyle (I think it stems from the movie Terminator), Jake, and Marian (more popular as a boys’ name in the Slavic countries).

Girls’ favorites: Angelique. I don’t know why, just love that name. And for some reason, I’d love to name my daughter (if I ever have one) Brandon.

Liz Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Benjamin is my all time favorite boy name. I ust to scribble the name on notebooks all the time growing up. Oddly enough I didn’t even know it was my grandfather’s first name-he always went by his middle name Frank. Orignially, I first heard it while learnign about Benjamin Franklin in school. Now, I love it even more because of the character from Lost! However, I named my son after my father, David-and I couldn’t imagine Davey with any other name in the world! Maybe he will have a little brother someday.

Amelia Earhart inspired my love for the name Amelia. It has a sweet sound to it. However it is connected to a pioneer woman. So it offers more than just pretty. I named my cat Amelia so I doubt I name a daughter Amelia. Because all I will here is “why did you name your daughter after your cat?”
However, I also loved the name Rose. Its was my grandmother’s favorite flower. As well as the nickname of my favorite disney princess-Sleeping Beauty, which is still a favorite movie of mine. I defianlty could see myself using Rose. Even for a middle name.

Jackobeam Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Juliet, Lucy, Elizabeth, Sawyer, Alexander, Jack

I like the classics with literary backgrounds. I wouldn’t necessarily use them for my own kids because of the popularity but those are my favorites.

Jackobeam Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I forgot Benjamin. That may be my all time favorite boy name. Too popular though for me to use now.

Emma Says:

September 23rd, 2010 at 12:49 am

My all time favourite names are Elizabeth (far to popular through) and Genevieve, I had a much younger cousin named this and I have adored it since the moment I heard it 15years ago along with her sisters names Anastasia and Madeline. Beautiful names I can’t use due to family already having them

Charlotte Says:

September 24th, 2010 at 10:04 am

Penelope, Lily & Isabella.

Penelope ever since i watched the movie ‘penelope’ its such a beautiful name!! and could be nicknamed Penny.

Lily is such a soft name, it’s cute and ive always loved it, though i knew someone called Lily so i doubt id name my child it.

Isabella i have loved for ages, don’t know why, just do. But i wouldn’t name my child it because its widely used now due to twilight.

Penelope is my fave!! 😀

ahappyrobot Says:

September 25th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Henry
Perfect in every way. I wish everyone else didn’t love it as much as I do!
Kieran
This has been my favorite since I was about 10… I’m pretty sure I read it in the credits of Home Alone (Kieran Culkin). Hubby thinks it’s better suited for a girl, though, yet the thought of feminizing it completely loses it’s appeal for me.
Ariel
I’ve just always loved it. This has been my favorite girl’s name since I was a kid. Won’t be able to use it, though because I have a neice Ari.
Claire
I love it’s simplicity and versatility. It’s my second-longest favorite and it’s hubby’s first choice, but it’s popularity paired with our one-syllable last name make me wonder if it’s “the one.”

Kathleen Says:

September 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

My daughter’s name is Taya Noelle. Unique and musical. My husband and I heard the name Taya in a crowd in Berkeley and knew it would be our someday daughter’s name. She has always loved her name as much as we have. Never had to be one of the Jessicas or Sarahs. She’s almost 34! No regrets!

Grace Says:

September 26th, 2010 at 7:13 am

Ava, it’s a beautiful name and a classic, but it’s modern at the same time.

emma Says:

October 3rd, 2010 at 2:17 am

gunnar for a girl…everyone hates it i love it i just do

Maggie Says:

October 6th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

My favorite name in the whole world is Adah!

Ursulabear Says:

November 7th, 2010 at 6:09 am

Camila or Ottilie.

Camila (Mila) has been my number 1 for years. Ottilie is recent. It’s so cute and there’s an adorable little baby Ottilie on a blog called bewildertrix that has like 5 middle names!!!

Ursulabear Says:

November 7th, 2010 at 6:10 am

Ooops and I like Roman for a boy.

Barbara Says:

November 12th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Thomas Abe is a very masculine/strong name. I named my son that 28 years ago and it could not have been more perfect. We call my son Abe, but I love Thomas also.

Lydia Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am

EDWARD
Have loved the name Edward since I was a child. Will probably not use it as I don’t like Ed or Eddie. And Twilight is making it popular unfortunately.

Jenny Says:

December 29th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My all time favorites are rather unfortunate coincidences now, making me hold a permanent grudge against Stephanie Meyer.

Since I was little, for as long as I can remember, my favorite girls name has been Isabel, nn Bella. This one has stuck with me through the ages. I ADORE Bella. It’s classic and the meaning is beautiful and I love it to death.

And, horribly, one of my favorite boys name has always been Edward. (hate the nn Eddie though).

Because I’m on the older end of the twilight craze (I’m 21) I could maybe get away with one of them for a kid, but the names are permanently ruined for me now. And I’m convinced that in the a few years when all these tweens are young adults and having kids, the world will see a million little Bellas, Edwards, and Jacobs popping up.

Dang you, SM.

As for other favorites, James, Landon, and Oliver have always competed with Edward for top fav, and they’re still quite usable. James WILL be one of my sons names, since it has very strong and noble family connections and has yet to be ruined by shoddy literature.
In girl names I’ve always loved Sophia, Lucy, and Karina. I have a cousin named Karina, but I might use it anyway because it would honor my great-grandmother on my other side. We’ll see.

Elsa Says:

December 31st, 2010 at 11:50 am

Mia! Ive been loving it for 11 years. I have been changing my lists of names since I was 11. The first three names of my list were Pirén, Duna and Mia and I have been adding new names and deleting others and changing all of them but Mia. It sounds so sweet and lovely, I like the meaning, star of the sea or mine although in some places they say its meaning is bitter. I know thats going to be my future daughter´s name, I hope so.

Olivia Says:

January 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Juliet for a girl, Noah for a boy.

Laura Says:

January 14th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Catherine. There’s just something about it that flows beautifully – it is classic, quietly quaint but perfectly suitable for a modern child. It ages well, sounding just as beautiful on a child as an adult, and there are many nicknames that a girl called Catherine could use for each stage of her life (I’ve always had a soft spot for Cate and Cathy – Cate because it’s just so elegant and Cathy as I adore Wuthering Heights, even if Cathy does sounds a little old-fashioned these days). And there’s just something lovely about the softness that the “C” at the beginning brings to it… As there are two women who have had a profound influence on my life named Kathryn and Katherine, I would love to one day honour that by giving my own daughter the name Catherine, to honour these two amazing girls.

Sadie Says:

January 19th, 2011 at 2:54 am

I’ve always been a fan of classic Biblical names with strong family and cultural ties – for both boys and girls.

The list of names I like and the list of names I’d actually use for my kids may or may not align, but the ones I ended up picking are Isabelle for my daughter and Etienne for my son (b/g twins).

*Isabelle – version of Elisabeth, which was my great-grandmother’s name. I have liked this name for as long as I can remember, but it was only when naming my kids that I began to appreciate what a truly great name it is. Aside from being a true classic, it always makes me think of sophistication and grace, i.e. feminine without being ‘girly.’

*Etienne – version of Stephen, which was my great-grandfather’s name. My first best friend (back in preschool, lol) was named this, so it’s always had a positive association for me. Just like Isabelle, it also has a ring of aristocracy/romance, which I just love.

Before knowing the sexes, the list was narrowed down to Isabelle and Brigitte for girls with Etienne and Benjamin tied with Etienne and André for boys.

Susanna Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 10:04 am

Since I was a kid I always have a baby boy of my dream. And his name is Alexander James ( yah not only Alexander, but with James too ) I have no idea why but this name always in my mind and it’s so funny that my ( future ) father-in-law’s names James so me and my boyfriend ( who middle name is James – how weird !! ) will sure name our first son Alexander James

With the girl’s name … hmmm I’ve been changing my mind for years, started by Lily, Destiny, April, Scarlet and now end up with Penelope ( when my boyfriend was in war, I feel like Penelope waiting for her husband to come home, so this name grown up in my mind so fast ) and we both love the nicknames … Penny or Poppy 😉

Laura Ross Says:

February 3rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Betsy! I have loved this name forever. We named our daughter Elizabeth so we could call her Betsy. Luckily my husband loved it as much as me. When I fell in love with it I did not know I would marry a Ross some day. We now have our very own Betsy Ross. People are always commenting on what a cute name she has!

I Says:

February 26th, 2011 at 1:23 am

I have absolutely NO idea for girls as my faves list changes a lot. If I ever have three boys (which I won’t ) I would name them Claudius– cute and sweet and just NICE, Magnus– super cool and moody, and Tristan– I don’t know, I just like it. For middle names, I was thinking the last names of characters in books by Christopher Moore, my all-time favorite author. (Forgive me if you think this is completely awful– I’m not doing it for first names, at least!)

Brenda Says:

March 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I have always loved the name Steven! It’s masculine, strong, sexy, etc. When I hear the name, I just assume the owner of the name will be very handsome. I have 6 daughters and one son, and you guessed it, yes his name is Steven!

Olivia Says:

March 4th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I absolutely love the name Alec, and always have. I’m fairly certain my son will be called Alec, after my grandfather who is one on my favorite people to walk the earth.

For girls, I love Pearl Evangeline. I’ve always liked Amelia too.
Lately, I’ve been loving Ramona and Mirabelle though.

emily Says:

March 19th, 2011 at 1:12 am

alice, veronica, elizabeth, jemima, genevieve, mary, juliette

dave, paul, bruce, victor, harold, george,

Kalee Says:

March 21st, 2011 at 2:24 pm

All time favorite boys name is Felix! It as my great granfathers name and luckily my hubby likes it enough where our first sons name will be Felix. Also love Charlie, Declan, Henry and Liam

As for girls my absolute favorite is Jovie, which I first fell in love with after watching the movie Elf which is weird but love that name! My other favorites are Remy which I found in my favorite book and Delainey. The hubby likes them all except Delainey 🙁

Leslie Owen Says:

April 4th, 2011 at 12:34 am

I babysat two Welsh children when I was 13 and the girl was named Caitlinn (pronounced Cat-lin, not Kate-lin). Then I read Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children and fell in love with Louisa. Since both Katarine and Luisa were family names, following Ashkenazi tradition my daughter is Caitlin Louisa. We called her Kate but she goes by Kitty now, has for years. My son is Thomas, family name for generations. I loved George, but my sister’s ex was a George and so I didn’t get to name my son George Thomas, which is what I wanted….

My favourite boy’s name is still George. I also like Giles and Hugh, Avner and Zvi for boys. For girls I love Martha and Helen, both family names, and Michal and Avra. My kids’ Hebrew names are Leah Gavriella and Thomas Kalev.

jane Says:

April 6th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I LOVE Georgia which to me is classic and a little sassy and very lush.
I adore Elizabeth, a truly breathtaking and very classy name.
I also appreciate the frilly lovliness of Christianna pronounced christy anna.
I love Jane which I feel is elegant, classy and strong ( its also my name and it did take me a while to fully appreciate its classic beauty).
Juliet and Charlotte both are gorgeous imo!

For little gents: Evan which to me is strong yet gentle, and cant be shortened a huge bonus imo.
I love James for its grace and sheer handsomeness, again strong yet gentle.
I adore Micah as well but only for a boy!

Leila Says:

April 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Petra, probably, for girls. For boys, I can’t really decide, but here are some of them:

Joel
Blaise
Severin
Rory
Zeno
Frederick
Fabian

Leila Says:

April 6th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Also, for girls, I might say Elspeth or Eliza.

Tina Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 6:35 am

Definitely Loki, I don’t think I’d name a child that now, but I still love it. Maybe a middle name? Such a cute and mischievous name that could grow into something cool and attractive. I think in a similar vein, the name Soren would work excellent. It has a similar feel to Loki that I love. I also love Nicolai and the nickname Nico.

For girls I’ve always loved Alice for my grandmother and for the wonderful books 🙂 This lead to lovely names like Aila which is a beautiful Finnish name. I also think I’ll always love Lumi and Sparrow. Odd, but pretty and with lovely meaning.

Tina Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 6:39 am

Definitely Loki, I don’t think I’d name a child that now, but I still love it. Maybe a middle name? Such a cute and mischievous name that could grow into something cool and attractive. I think in a similar vein, the name Soren would work excellent. It has a similar feel to Loki that I love. I also love Nicolai and the nickname Nico.

For girls I’ve always loved Alice for my grandmother and for the wonderful books 🙂 This lead to lovely names like Aila which is a beautiful Finnish name. I also think I’ll always love Lumi and Sparrow. Odd, but pretty and with lovely meaning.

I also love the name Kirja, but I would probably spell it as pronounced so she didn’t get called Kurjuh. Maybe Kirya?

tavn Says:

May 11th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Aeson
I heard this name right out of high school, so about 6 years ago. I instantly fell in love & it’s been at the top of my boys list since. DH doesn’t like it…at all. But I can’t compromise on this name. I just can’t. My son WILL be named Aeson.

Elizabeth
I’ve always had a really soft spot for this name. DH dislikes it and I have 2 close friends that used it on their daughters. For those reasons, I won’t ever use it, but I will use a form of it as a MN. Eliza. Harlow Eliza Noelle is the name we have picked for a girl.

William
Not only have I loved this name since childhood, but two of my biggest celebrity crushes have this name as their MN (Paul William Walker & Alexander William Gaskarth). DH already disliked the name, but when he found that out, he axed it completely…and understandably so, I guess. However, I might be able to sneak a Liam in one of my favorite name combos. My SIL might actually use Liam on her little bean if its a boy, which would then mean I couldn’t use it, but I’d still be happy.

Names I used to love, but have cooled off…
Shawn, Joshua, Chiara, Ivan, Madeleine, Nikolai, Riley, & Aidan (thanks to the tons of them).

Allison Says:

May 12th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Ever since I was 14 I loved Samuel. I don’t know why. I like different names. My daughter’s name is Auden, but for some reason Samuel has lasted 16 years. My first son was obviously named Samuel. Every time I hear it I swoon. I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t love it. It is so perfect. Samuel. Samuel. I am legitimately in LOVE with this name still, even with an insane 3 year old carrying the name…

Mary Says:

May 13th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Beatrix, Eden, Xander, Josephine and Violet.

Hannah Says:

May 22nd, 2011 at 12:38 am

Aurelie:
Without a doubt, my all-time favorite name. I’ve only known the name for about a year and half, if that, but it’s been a whirlwind name-mance.

Teddy:
Goodness, I can’t even remember how old I was when I started liking this name, but I know I couldn’t have been very old. It’s something that I’ve always been very partial to.

Jude:
Ever since I became a Beatles fan, I’ve also been a fan of the name Jude.

Cosette:
It came to me in a dream when I was about seven or eight, and it’s been on my list ever since.

Moxie:
I always thought it was just so cute and spunky, plus I loved the roaring 20’s feel.

Scarlett:
I’m quite sure it started with Miss Scarlett in the game Clue. It was such a beautiful name and I was simply fascinated by it.

Lucy:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds, I Love Lucy, Lucy Barker… Need I say more?

Beatrice:
Such a pretty name. Ever since I was in grade school and would read the little notes to a girl named Beatrice in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, I’ve thought this name was a beaute.

Hannah Says:

May 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 am

Also Samuel! I couldn’t have been older than 3 when I promised my dad that if I one day had I son that I’d name him Samuel, because I’m named after Hannah in the Bible, and that was her son’s name.

*person* Says:

May 28th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Mae– Sexy and way more mysterious then “May”, Mercedes–Yeah, I know a car/ spoiled-rich-girl name… But I love it! Septimus– Beautiful, manly but not stupid-sounding, I used it for a character in a book…Canada– The true north strong and free, would be suck if you moved to the US though… Marcus– Big Marcus Sedgewick fan here, Sedgewick– Guess where that one is from? Klaire– The ‘k’ version of my name, Gunnar– Bad-boy-ish I know, but still… Michael– My father’s name, Bee– Buzz, buzz, buzz, Victoria– My mother’s name (Bee Victoria), Grey– Pretty, but not frilly, Babe– Trashy, yes. Still nice though.

Katie Says:

May 31st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love the name Abilene for a girl. It’s just so beautiful and unique

Kendrick and Dashell are a tie for boys names. I like them because they are unique but not way out there 🙂

littlebrownpony Says:

June 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Owen was my favorite boy’s name since I read it in a book when I was 11 years old. Oddly enough, when I was pregnant with my son, I was considering a lot of other boys names because 1) I didn’t love the way Owen sounds with our last name (which also ends with an “N”) and 2) because I thought it was getting too popular. But at the last minute, I went back to it, and I’m so glad. It’s just such a strong, beautiful name and it fits my little blonde, blue eyed Irish toddler perfectly.

Girls names have always been harder for me. I get “name crushes” all the time, but have never been in love with one name for that long. However, now all names are being judged by how they sound as a sibling to Owen. Right now I’m loving Romy, Iris and Nora.

mara Says:

June 25th, 2011 at 11:51 am

Sophia, though I wish it weren’t so popular, and Ryan, for a boy, so will people please stop using it for girls?

Sierra Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Charlie. I’ve loved it since I was 15 and I knew someday I’d have a son with that name. I like Charlie for a girl, but I just can’t see me naming a daughter Charlie. Luckily my girlfriend also LOVES the name and it was on her list before she even met me. We have a while to go until we’re ready to do the baby thing, but surely at some point we will have a son named Charlie!

Sarah Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 4:19 pm

My favorite names are: Adah, Honoria, Isadora and Hazel. Hazel is my front runner, but I’m dissappointed to know how common Hazel seems to be now. I don’t think it’s at all popular in Michigan where I live, but I still love it. I love old fashioned, vintage and family names.

Tori Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 8:13 am

Rose: Like with Sara A I have always adored Rose. Like with her it’s my great grandmother’s name. Even though I never met Great Grandma Rose I’ve heard she was a truly wonderful women; with a geat talent for cooking and sewing. Rose is used by many family members as a middle name we have Leah Rose, Katherine Emily Rose, Gabriella Rose, Alexandria Rose etc etc. To me the name oozes charm, simplicity and elegance. You cannot go wrong with the classic. Furthermore the associations of the flower just makes me love teh classic even more. However, despite my love for the name, it doesn’t go with my current surname. To my dismay Rose and my surname together sounds like the name of a rag doll which is very unattractive.

Biblical names: Levi, Jacob and Noah. These are my favourite boys names there incredbily strong, masculine and have a great strength. Levi looks gorgeous, has this soft lyrical presence and has a very traditional yet modern get up. Jacob just oozes a great presence has a strong up beat feel and despite it’s understandable popularity I still would consider using it. Jacob is just awesome I love the nickname Jake too. Noah! How can you hate it?! Noah looks great has a very soft underlying message and oozes charm. Lovely lush name.

Apart from those four I have ‘name crushes’ at the moment they consist of Elizabeth, Audrey, Isabella, Vivienne & Imogen for boys they consist of August, Abraham, Isaac, Henry & Arthur. I have also loved Ryan for long time however now have really gone of the Irish classic due to trends etc this is similar with many other names that I have loved and lusted after.

Intersteting blog.

Emily Says:

July 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 am

Ava – My name choices have fluctuated over the last 10 years, but Ava is one I have loved the longest. I love how it’s short and sweet, timeless and classic, yet modern. It’s a name I love just because of the name, not because of a certain person. It goes well my my name Emily. I just love it. The only think I don’t like about it, is that my sister and I don’t think my mum like it but that’s ok.

Aria Says:

July 24th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

female nme: Kylee- I Dont Knoe Why i Love This Name So Much. Allways have =)

Male name: dominick-
My Cousins Name Was Dominick, And He Was My Best Friend, And He Commited Scuiside, i Think It Honors Him To Nae My First son This Name =)

Lorrena Says:

July 29th, 2011 at 10:56 am

Lorrellei (my mother always called me this), Angelena, Emilia, and Inez for the Girls…I love these names because they are unique and I tend to be eccentric.

Paulo, Mitchell, Jurgen, and Donovan are my picks for boys for the same reason, although I’m a grandmother and can’t have children anymore.

There was a boy I was once in love with when I was a young lady which was truly unique: “Palmadurance”. He was a sweet lad that went to school with me. We were going steady for awhile way back then.

Good luck on naming your babes and I wish you all long, and happy lives.

Lorrena~

Jaci Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Casey- I absolutely adore Casey for a boy. No matter what other names come through my list Casey has stayed in the top 5. It’s just sounds so relaxed and fun. I think I first heard it on a reality show a few years ago and that’s what started it. I also pretty much love any unisex name for a boy.

My girls list it always changing and I haven’t found a name that has stood the test of time. Right now though my favorites are Naya and Valerie.

OddCreature Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 1:19 am

Astrid – I fell in love with it watching the film White Oleander. The lead character was named Astrid, and she was so strong and beautiful that it appealed to me right away. And it worked with my maiden name. But my husband hates it, so I’ll never get to use it.

I also love Hamish. I desperately want a strong Scottish name for a future son, but sadly hubby won’t agree to this one either.

So my daughter Astrid and my son Hamish can only live in my imagination.

ladybug99 Says:

December 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Archer- I’ve loved it since I found it on here two years ago. That will be my oldest boy. Nn Archie is growing on me….

Gwyneth- LOVE nn Gwen. I think Archer and Gwen are so cool and cute together!

emilymaryjane Says:

December 29th, 2011 at 6:26 am

Yasmine, Zoe, Mollie, Miranda, Sophie

Eamon

heimarmene Says:

January 6th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Henry & Clare – Yes, these two are straight out of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Travelor’s Wife. I read that when I was 11 (I’m 15 now, so not naming any babies for at least 6+ years ;)), and my love for those two names haven’t at all faded. I also know a Clare who is very inspirational. Since I love nicknames, I could see Clare being used as the nn, with Clara as the long name.

Astrid – I adore this name, but sadly can’t see it being used in North America. Too much teasing potential.

Charlotte – in English it means “free”, and in French, “small and womanly”. The French meaning would be a joke – I’m quite short, and so is all of my mom’s family, so there’s a really good chance that my daughter will be too. NN would be Lottie – not many people I know like it very much, but I think it’s cute and could grow with her.

Milo – I don’t know, I really don’t. I think my love for it was inspired by the (admittedly nerdy) cute character in the Disney animation Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and from there it’s just kind of flourished.

Unfortunately none of these can be used in my writing…I’d feel really guilty naming a child after a my own fictional creation. Except Astrid, I can justify that by the fact that I’d never have the guts to actually use it 🙂

SuperMrsPackman Says:

January 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Lucius: My husband and I watched The Village and we fell in love with the name (and character) We decided it would be the name of our first son.

London or Noelle: I love the cute, yet grown up-ness there is with both. I first heard London on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Noelle is beautiful, and I love that it reminds me of Christmas, but its not overused like Carol.

bluebonnet Says:

March 6th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Girl:
Ginger. Its always been my favorite girls name and I finally got my Ginger 2 years ago. Like a lot of girls I’ve always swooned at Emma and Ava but the popularity sort of ruined them for me…I also love Louisa. Nicknames Lula or Lola…love, love, love!

Boy:
I’ve always loved Henry. I also love Hamilton. Boys names just don’t make me giddy like girls names do.

VickyInTX Says:

April 13th, 2012 at 9:58 am

I have a great-uncle named HUNTER.

My sister and I both wanted it, so whoever had the first boy got the name.
We didn’t anticipate that we would both marry men whose last names sound hideous with “Hunter.”
I guess our kids can fight over it, tho it’s trendy now, so maybe they won’t want it!

forever1D Says:

May 1st, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I am in love with 2 girls’ names:

Nova- In my opinion, it is a very powerful name with a lot of personality. It is not popular and I hope it doesn’t get in the top 10! Many people I know criticize the name, but I still love it no matter what they say.

Lucia- A beautiful Italian name! It means “light.”

JadeRain Says:

May 14th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love the name Mabel. I always have, but it seems no one else in my family does.

kitchi1 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

The names Zariah and Wednesday. They’re both girls names and the first names that come to mind. I want to name a child one of these names.
I liked Zariah ever since I was 10 years old. I met a 5-year-old named Zario and I thought she said Zariah. My cousin Sierra corrected me and I fell in love with the name Zariah and thought I made it up. Later I found it really was a name.
I liked Wednesday ever since I first watched ‘The Addams Family’ in 2011. I was locked on that name ever since.

StrixOniro Says:

August 27th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I’ve loved the name Nathaniel since I was four years old. I like the sound, and the way it flows off the tongue. My favorite girl name is Cassia. I love both pronunciations (Kash-uh and Cass-ee-uh)and the meaning. It’s also the name of one of my favorite book characters.

StrixOniro Says:

August 27th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Runners up are Archer, Xander, Rosanna, Senna, and Guinevere.

ClaireDarling Says:

September 30th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love Eleanor or variant spellings Elinor and Elanor for a girl. I have always had an affinity for Eleanor Roosevelt, and I can’t stop thinking that one day, I will have a little girl with this name.
For a boy, I adore Cole and Sam or Samuel. Thomas is up there as well.

Ivana Says:

October 27th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Lana –it was the name I was supposed to have until someone talked my mother out of it. It was the name of all my dolls and hopefully my daughter one day too.

dovah Says:

October 30th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Oh dear. When I was younger, my absolute favorite name was Elijah. I named everything and everyone Elijah. I saw my first Elijah Wood movie when I was really small (him not being much older), and I fell in love with the name.

This is a name I think I will always love, but I don’t imagine I will give it to my son, as it has a strong biblical association, and I just wouldn’t feel right using it.

HerMajesty Says:

November 17th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Drucilla-Fell in love after reading Time of the Witches a few years ago. I think it is beautiful and will be the name of my future daughter.
Yvaine-First came across it whilst reading Stardust, then I watched the movie. I t is beautiful and I love to say it.
Eugene-My all time favourite boys name. Never knew why, but I have always loved it.

ScarlettRobin Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Other than the name I gave my daughter….

Lucille, with the nickname Lucy. I have loved that name since as long as I can recall. I love the way it sounds, looks, the associations and meaning.

Georgia, I think is a gorgeous name, it reminds me of home.

Thomas, I always figured if I had a son, I’d name him Thomas.

BerryBry Says:

April 10th, 2013 at 11:22 am

Girls: Araminta, Avalon, Yolanda and Ellen.
Boys: Timothy and Elijah

mallowd Says:

May 13th, 2013 at 3:07 am

My current top two faves are Isla for a girl and Kagen for a boy:) I’m a little sad Isla is getting pretty popular but I am glad that Kagen isn’t. I just love the the way they both sound and so feminine versus masculine IMO

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