Your Best and Worst Name Letters
Okay, so maybe you’re not going to give all your children names that begin with C…..or that start with vowels or contain the lovely letter L. (Or maybe you are, and that’s okay too.)
But have you noticed a sound pattern to the names you like? You might find yourself attracted to names that contain the letter O — as I knew I was when I realized I’d given my children the O-heavy names Rory, Joe, and Owen.
Or you might love names that have the soft S sound in there somewhere, or names that start with A or end with N.
And at the same time, maybe you DON‘T like names with the hard K sound or that end in the trendy -er.
Which name letters do you like best? And least? And what are some of your favorite names with your favorite letters?
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on December 10th, 2014 at 12:43 am
I’m not sure if I have a favorite letter, but I do dislike V. I like V names like Victoria, Vivian, and Virginia, but for some reason I don’t think I’d ever use them. Maybe it’s because of words like villain or evil….I don’t know. It’s my weird thing without a concrete reason.
on December 10th, 2014 at 12:45 am
I love M – Margot, Maggie, Millie, Milla, Mia, Mila, Maya – I could go on and on.
on December 10th, 2014 at 12:58 am
Great prompt! Looking at my list, I’m drawn to:
* Boy names that end in -en. Lucien, Adrian, Julian, Simon, Gideon, Jago…
* Names that end in -o (or an -o sound). Marlowe, Margot, Roscoe, Waldo, Bruno, Juno, Clio, Orlando, Isabeau, Orion…
* Names that have a long ‘o’ sound. Naomi, Lola, Eloise, Nova, Coco, Ramona, Otto, Rose, Octavian…
* Names that start with J (or soft G). Jack, Julius, Jane, Juniper, Geneva, Juliet, Jasper, Judah, James…
* Names that start with M. Marigold, Matilda, Mavis, Marnie, Marina, Morgan (b), Magnus, Madeline, Malcolm, Marius…
* Names that start with L. Linnea, Lucy, Lucinda, Lydia, Luther, Louisa, Lucia, Lily, Lilith, Leonie…
* Names that incorporate ‘m,’ ‘l’, and ‘j’ sounds. Benjamin, Marjorie, Jemina, Solange, Marley, Marla, Miranda…
* Names that start with R (or an ‘r’ sound.) Roscoe, Remy, River, Raphael, Ramona, Rainer, Ruby, Reeve, Regina, Wren, Reuben…
* Names that have a long ‘s’ sound, especially in combination with ‘r’. Sabrina, Celeste, Sirena, Cressida, Seraphina, Wallace, Sasha, Iris, Cyrus, Sage, Erasmus, Saskia, Sumarlina, Ursula…
* Names that have a V. Valor, Vesper, Evie, Violet, Dov, Valentina, Sylvie, River…
on December 10th, 2014 at 1:31 am
I like names that start with vowels like Opal, Indira, Edgar, or August.
I also like names that end with vowels like Georgia or Waverly (since ‘y’ is a sometimes vowel).
I also like ‘M’ names like Memphis or Margaret
on December 10th, 2014 at 3:13 am
I dislike names that begin with F, V, P or O. I just wouldn`t want that to be my kids first initial for some reason. I don`t like the way the letter looks on its own. Funny because I do like some F names like Freya and Farrah…I can`t do P because the letter and the word pee. O I wouldnt want to do because of something they say in the book and movie Savages.
I noticed that I really like A, M and S names. There are a lot of A and M names perhaps that is why.
I love girl names that end in with -a as I find them very feminine. And names with a lot of L and S sounds like Lila or Jessamine.
on December 10th, 2014 at 3:34 am
I tend to like boy names ending with -n (Valentin, Constantin, Bastian, Lucian, Robin, Ivan ++) and -el (Raphael, Gabriel, Manuel, Ariel), and I’m also drawn to animal/nature names (Bjørn, Arthur, Rio, Wolf, Robin, Hawk ++).
For girls, I love names ending in -a (Clara, Philippa, Isadora, Cecilia, Luna, Leila ++) and names with -i in them (Naomi, Iris, Eliza, Evelina, Felicity, Amelie ++).
I don’t dislike any letters in particular, but the girl names I can’t stand almost always start with, or have a G in them (Greta, Gretchen, Gladys, Georgette, Margaret, Imogen, Megan ++).
on December 10th, 2014 at 6:46 am
I’ve noticed that I’m very drawn to names that begin with A, Annabelle, Alanna, Aino, Alexandria, Alec, Aleksei, Arya and so on. I also like names that begin with J, Jeremy, Jasper, Juliette, Jason and more. L names are some of my favorites too, Lexie, Liam, Lucas, Lily, Luna etc.
I’m not sure if there’s a special letter I don’t like but I don’t have too many names I like that starts with Z, W, O and U.
on December 10th, 2014 at 8:30 am
I’ve noticed lately I’m drawn to names with an S or soft C in the middle somewhere: Frances/Francis, Caspian/Caspar, Vincent, Saskia, Esther, Ursula, just for example.
I also gravitate towards L in the middle somewhere: Eleanor, Charlotte, Violet, Apolline, Dolly.
Dolly fits with the affinity I’ve had with D lately: Dorothea, Dolly, Dominica, Desmond.
I wouldn’t rule out any name based on its first or last letter(s), but I am really over the -er trend, and two-syllable names ending with an N for boys, and girl names that contain an L and end with A. (Is that really picky?) Example: Isabella, Olivia, Amelia. They’re lovely names, they just sound a little lithe for my taste and I think the L + A pairing lends to that feeling.
on December 10th, 2014 at 8:36 am
I’ve noticed many of my favorite boy names end in -n: Donovan, Colin, Ronan, Brennan, Kevin, Owen, etc.
For girls I seem to like the “I” sound: Violet, Isla & Lilah are all favorites but have the same “isle” sound
I’ve been loving names with v in them (Donovan & Maeve are my favorites + Violet, Trevor, Averie, Kevin, etc.) Someone pointed out that v is in the middle of the word “Love” and I liked that reference 🙂
on December 10th, 2014 at 9:01 am
I tend to like names that begin with vowels, particularly A, I and O.
on December 10th, 2014 at 9:50 am
I’ve recently noticed that several of my favorite names include the letters L and I- William, Claire, Hallie. I thought that was a fun connector for all of them, especially as I’m not fond of sets that all share the first letter or end with the same sound. I do love names that begin with W-William, Westley, Wyatt, Wendy, Winnie- but feel that they are overwhelming when placed together. I also like names that have a W in the middle-Gwendolyn, Morwenna, Owen.
on December 10th, 2014 at 10:05 am
I don’t like “x” names — I think perhaps the only one I do like is Felix. The others — Xavier, Jax, Axel — nah.
I like the E names for boys and girls — Edmund, Erling, Eben, Ephraim; Elspeth, Enid, Elinor, Emmeline.
on December 10th, 2014 at 10:16 am
I love boy names that end in N: Jason, Colin, Evan, Ethan, Aidan
I love two syllable boy names that sound unassumingly masculine: Liam, Micah, Wesley, Jude, Luca
I love boy nicknames as first names: Jeff, Will, Vince, Jack, Mal
I love classic girl names with a strong N sound: Kathryn, Vivian, Genevra, Evelyn, Lilian, Annaliese
I love girl names that end in a: Aria, Ophilia, Isabella, Isla, Amelia, Ariana,
I love short, vintage sounding girl names: Alice, Jane, Lily, Violet, Hazel, Mary, Sarah, Juliet, Claire, Celia, Cecily, Rose, Anna
on December 10th, 2014 at 10:24 am
I love female names that start with M. I think this began because my last name is M, my great grandmother was Martha Mabel and my grandmothers were Marion, Marjorie, and Marcelle. And then there was Marilla Cuthbert throughout my childhood and Mom.
M sounds round and strong and womanly to me.
I could probably go all same syllable with it easily: in addition to my family names also Mamie, Muriel, Morag, Madeira, Madrigal, Majorca, Morwenna, Mia, Melba, Mavis, Mauve, Mazarine, Maudie, Marina, Magdalen, and on and on.
For boys, I love R and G and C and D names.
My father is Robert (a family name) and Roland and Rutherford and Roger and Ronald are other family names. My brother is Gordon and I just plain love C male names.
Top 10 of Each:
R: Robert, Roger, Roland, Rutherford, Rogelio, Reuben, Roan, Reginald, Raymond, and Rigby
G: Gordon, Galen, Gale, Gael, Gideon, Gilbert, Grady, Graham, Gustave, and Giles.
C: Clyde, Chester, Cordovan, Cerulean, Cuthbert, Celadon, Clarence, Clement, Clifford, and Calhoun.
D: Dresden, Davenport, Danube, Denholm, Den, Digby, Dane, Dermot, Douglas, and Donegal,
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:01 am
I like C and R names for boys.
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:24 am
I love H names, R names and C names!
Haley and Heather for H.
River for R.
Corey and Connie for C.
I hate Z names though like Zayden and Zen.
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:36 am
I like names that begin with vowels like ‘A’ (August, Arthur, Atticus, Archer), ‘E’ (Eleanor, Ellis, Elijah), ‘I’ (Iris, Issac) and ‘O’ (Oliver, Orion), as well as consonants like ‘R’ (Roselyn, Redmond, Ray), ‘M’ (Marilyn, Morrison, Monroe, Montgomery), and ‘L'(Lou, Lennon, Leon, Lucille). I personally don’t tend to like ‘K’ names, most likely because I’m a ‘K’ and am not too partial to my name. I’ve yet to find any ‘P’ or ‘Y’ or ‘X’ or ‘Z’ names that I like either.
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:47 am
For girls I like vowel names and those beginning with the letter L. The Boy names I like best seem to need to start in a consonant for some reason, perhaps mild OCD.
on December 10th, 2014 at 12:07 pm
I’ve noticed my preference for girl names that contain l’s, not necessarily start with l, though. Leila, Bayla, Isla, Elsa, Adelaide and the like. I even have a preference for -ay/-ae/-aye girl names. Faye, Bay, Kay, Mae, Rey.
As far as boy names, I seem to have a preference on both ends of the length spectrum. I love longer names. Benjamin, Alexander, Theodore, Christopher. Don’t even try to nickname my boys if I name them these things. I’ll bite your nose right off! I also love short names, like Max, Ike, Ira, Cy and Sid. That doesn’t mean I haven’t loved names in the middle, but these names tends to be my preference.
on December 10th, 2014 at 12:13 pm
I like M for boys. Milam, Merritt, Miller, Merrick
I like M for girls as well. Magnolia, Merritt, Merryn, Merris
I also like names that end in ia (Georgia) or just a. Or, ora.
I really like names that end in “line”. Like Emmeline.
Don’t really care for names that end in the “lynn” or “en” or “on” sound. Like Carson or Caden.
on December 10th, 2014 at 12:58 pm
I’m not fond of names w/a hard G sound, either starting, ending, or in the middle. Thumbs down to names like Agnes, Agatha, Morag, Sigmund, etc. Ditto for names w/D (Donna, Deborah) & B (Barbara, Brooklyn, Bertha) sounds, starting w/the letters F & H, w/long O or AW sounds in them (no Mona or Maura), & names that have had their spelling changed just to be hip (Jaxon, I’m looking at you). Of course, there are exceptions…I do like Gavin, Deirdre, Bryony, Francesca, & Holly, for example.
Names/sounds I do like: I know they’re out now, but I love names ending is -issa (Melissa, Larissa…my first choice for my daughter was Larissa, but my ex vetoed it). I also like S & Sh-sounds, whether they’re spelled w/an SH or CH or C (Sabrina, Seth, Charlotte, Siân, Cecilia, Cecily). And I often like K & L names (Kiersten—obviously 😉 —Claire, Lillie, Lucinda).
on December 10th, 2014 at 1:04 pm
I tend to like names that start with the letter A, I , and sometimes E.
I definitely like girls names that end with -iana, ana , na, ina. Actually – might top girl names end with eighter one .
on December 10th, 2014 at 1:05 pm
I tend to like names that start with the letter A, I , and sometimes E.
I definitely like girls names that end with -iana, ana , na, or ina. Actually – might top girl names end with either one .
My daughter name is karINA ; )
on December 10th, 2014 at 1:17 pm
I love B, G, and M for consonant beginnings, and O, I, and A are my favorite vowels. I also love a prominent O or V anywhere in a name.
I don’t like a single U name.
on December 10th, 2014 at 2:46 pm
I like what I like, of a variety of sounds and styles, not always sure why, but I am drawn towards the oh sound, names ENDING in x, girls names ending in d, girls names not ending in a, (I also like plenty of names with a but usually when there’s a choice of forms I’ll nearly always go without) names ending in “ee” that are not originally diminutives (usually French, Greek or medieval English)
And I ADORE “ph’s”, though usually not at the beginning or end.
on December 10th, 2014 at 2:47 pm
As far as sounds I like, I don’t really know. All the names I love are different and sound very different. I tend to take the name as a whole, and not the particular sound. One letter can change the whole name for me – for example Dustin and Justin do NOT have the same feel, although they are similar in sound.
I don’t really like first names that start with K or have a K anywhere in the middle. For one, they look too “hard” and for another, to me, it’s too trendy a letter right now. I can’t think of one single K name that I would use.
And it’s not that I dislike names that end with N, but they are EVERYWHERE, so I try to avoid favoriting too many of them. I don’t want all my children’s names to sounds alike.
on December 10th, 2014 at 3:04 pm
I don’t like girls names ending in ana or lyn.
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
I really love L,K,E, and R. I really dislike the letters Y, C, and V. I always thought that C can be replaced with S or K. and Y can useully be replaced with I in name like Brin (Bryn)
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:22 pm
I’m drawn to girls’ names that end in -a (Freya, Mara, Cecelia, Kiera, Leonora, Nora, Matilda, Noa, Una, etc.) but don’t like -ella/-bella names, even though they share the -a ending.
I also really like when names have double consonants, like in Suzanna, Tallulah, Maggie, Atticus, Finnegan, Sullivan, William
Looking at my girls’ list, I have a lot of M, N, and Z names, but only one of my top 5 girls’ names starts with one of those letters (Mara)
For boys, I looooove names that start with A, O, and S, and three of my top 5 boys’ names start with one of these ( Atticus, Arthur, and Orin)
I don’t usually like names ending in the -ee sound, and I don’t usually like names beginning with V or Y for girls (exception: Violet) and K, Q, U, V, or Y for boys.
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Pretty much all names that are changed from their original ending to that disgusting yn crap. Like Emersyn. It grinds my gears! I also hate -leigh endings.
I seem to be drawn to A names, K names, D names, R names. B names, T names, C names, M names, N names, S names, L names, O names, F names, and E names.
I don’t do well with G names, H names, P names, V names, and W names and most Z names.
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:47 pm
I like names with “L”‘s in the middle
Delaney, Delia, Delilah, Ellery, Molly
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
*but only AUTHETNIC K names not that Khloe krap.
*correction: I do well with H names
I only go for authentic names in general. I love Riley but Ryleigh would drive me up a freaking wall!
I really don’t know why I don’t like Z names besides Zara or Zion. I want to like Zofia but it makes me cringe but then I like Zosia which is basically the same name.
G names with a soft G sound I like but hard G I hate.
on December 10th, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Since half of my family is Cuban, I would not use names with Ju in it. I still think they’re pretty nice but I just don’t want to use them. I also am not that much of a fan of A names either.
on December 10th, 2014 at 5:09 pm
M has considerable possibilities: Martin, Michael, Micah for boys, and a lot of vintage nickname names for girls, or as diminutives for Mary and Margaret: Maisie, Molly, Maggie, Meggie, Maidie, Millie, Muffy, Mattie, Mamie.
on December 10th, 2014 at 5:10 pm
J and K are too 1970’s through 1990’s for me.
on December 10th, 2014 at 6:47 pm
I love E, C, and P names. No particular dislikes of letters.
on December 10th, 2014 at 7:59 pm
I love names that end in the “uh” sound- Emilia, Savannah, Elsa, Isla, Terra, Georgia, Eliza, Xavier, Zander, Tyler, Taylah
i Love unisex names on girls- Harper, Alexis, Harlow, Winslowe
i absolutely adore vintage nicknames- Millie, Annie, Elsie, Winnie, Dolly/Dottie, Frank/Frankie, Hank, Theo/Teddy, Josie
I dislike the letter k and y as first letters.
Oh amd i like moddle names with meaninh i.e. family names
on December 10th, 2014 at 8:13 pm
I like names with a lot of vowels or vowel sounds – Bryony, Eloise, Amelie, Elliott, Caleb, Theo, Phoebe, Lorcan, Iona
And names with a prominent ‘S’ sound – Tobias, Saskia, Samuel, Ambrose, Esme, August
on December 10th, 2014 at 8:38 pm
My favourite beginning letters are C, E, J & M.
My least favourite letters are B, Z, U, R and W.
My favourite endings are -ia for women names and -ian for men names.
My least favourite endings are -ora, -ow, -ee, -lynn, -den, and -bella, and -ah and -ine for men names.
on December 10th, 2014 at 9:48 pm
I like names that begin with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, W, and Z.
I tend to stay away from names that begin with Q, U, V, and Y. The exceptions to this rule are the names Quentin, Quinton, Quintus, Uriah, Van, Yuri, and Yancy for boys; and Ulyssa, Victoria, Verona, Venice, Vivian, Xanthe, and Yarrow for girls.
I tend to like older names for both genders, and I tend to gravitate towards girls names ending in -a.
on December 10th, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Lately I’ve been drawn to names starting with a C for girls For boys names that start in S.
Constance, Colette, Cosette, Camille.
Simon, Seth, Scott, Samuel, Sampson.
I’ve also been drawn to girl names that end in -ia…
Amelia, Vivia, Thalia, Melodia, Livia, Junia.
I find names ending in -Anna/-Ana, and belle/Bella to be my least favorites for girls.
For boys I dislike names ending in -don, -Dan, -den.
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:03 pm
I seem to be drawn to names with an M: Marigold, Madoc, Mischa, etc… and P: Persephone, Penelope, Petra/Petrova, etc…
I also like names with 3-4 syllables, but not necessarily longer names. For instance, I’m crushing on Ania and Cipriana right now.
on December 10th, 2014 at 11:14 pm
The majority of names I love start with either an L, M or V. But I have always disliked names starting with or including K. I don’t know what it is, maybe the sound or the clunky shape of the letter, but I have never found a K name I like.
on December 11th, 2014 at 2:52 am
I hate N names with a fiery passion: Nora, Naomi, Noelle etc. The only one I would ever use is Niamh.
I really like names starting with V (Viola, Vivian, Violet etc) and A (Amaryllis, Adelyn, Amabel.)
For boys I also like E names (Ellion and Emlyn) and I also like names ending in O (Theo and Arlo)
on December 11th, 2014 at 3:51 pm
I have noticed I really like the o sound. Arlo, Marlo, Tobiah, Jo…
I also love names that contain the letter v: Vivienne, Vesper, Harvey, Veda, Vienne.
Names that begin with M are often found on my favorites list as well!
on December 11th, 2014 at 5:41 pm
I’ve always had an issue with the letter V. As long as I can remember I despised the name Victoria. I also really dislike Violet because of the V which is a shame because I feel like it’s a name I could love if I got over the V.
However, I do love Eve/Evie so it’s seems like it’s just at the start of the name I dislike it. Then again I prefer Ada to Ava and I particularly dislike Eva, I also prefer Edie to Evie, even though I love both.
My dislike towards V isn’t quite so strong towards boys, I would choose but I don’t mind names like Vincent, Victor, Evan etc.
I do seem to like a lot of names with an soft sounds like m, s and l rather than harsher sounds like t, k and p.
on December 11th, 2014 at 5:42 pm
Oh, I forgot about Vivian, double V whammy! Defintely at the bottom of my list!
on December 13th, 2014 at 3:16 am
I love the “El” beginning for girl names. Elspeth, Elowen, Elodie, Ellen, and Heloise. I think it sounds gentle and slightly antique. I also love the O sound within the name. Cosima, or Cora, Sofie, Poppy. The roundness of it.
I dislike names beginning with B and D. I also have an aversion to X’s and Z’s. Too trendy. I prefer Ksenia to Xenia. It’s softer.
on December 13th, 2014 at 9:22 pm
For me it’s not so much as one sound or letter but rather a lack thereof. For boys I tend to like softer sounding names without hard consonconsonant sounds: Seth, Arthur, Rowan, Leo, Sage, Asa, Emory.
For girls it really varies.
on December 14th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
I find I tend to like names starting in vowels, or the letter L or the letter V. I hate the letter K, for some reason. I cannot think of a single name I’ve ever heard that I liked at all that started with the letter K, and very few that I like that even contain the letter K.
Strangely, it seems to be purely about the way it looks when it’s written, I hate Katherine, but I like Catherine. I can’t stand Erik, but Eric is not too bad.
(Funnily enough, my boyfriend is named Eric and his sister is named Catherine. Apparently one of their parents really wanted Erik and Katherine, I’m glad Eric and Catherine won in the end!)
on May 23rd, 2015 at 9:46 pm
I’ve found that I gravitate towards the “Ar” sound. My top three favorite names are Arthur, Carmen, and Margot.
on September 18th, 2015 at 9:12 am
I really like the sounds of l and v. I love it when they are both in a name, say Valentino, Lovisa, Levi, Valeria, Evelyn, Livia etc. They sound romantic and I love it. I also love m and l together, like Amalia, Emmeline, Emilia, Melina etc. as they sound very sweet. And lastly, I love m with r together, such as Maria, Marcella, Marina, Marcus, Marcia etc., they sound strong and classic.
I don’t like names starting with or containing j, g and u, like Jade, John, Georgina, Gregory, Ulysses and Ursula but also Lucy, Luna,Uma, Virginia, Genevieve, Jennifer, Jacob or Jane. I love the latin ending -us though. I also prefer to avoid names containing the sound th. I love the name Theodore though. Those names are difficult to pronounce in my native language and th is pronounced like t.
on June 8th, 2016 at 3:28 pm
I love the “oon” sound: Juniper, Luna, Neptune, Schooner, Typhoon, Rune/Runey/Rooney, Varun.
I also apparently love names that start with the letter L, which I didn’t realize until I saw how many I had on my baby name list: Laurel, Luella, Luna, Lee, Llewellyn, Lleyton, Leot, Lucas.
Bonus: Luna has the “oon” sound AND starts with an L. Definitely in my top three favorite names. Luella, Llewellyn, and Lucas all start with L and have the “oo” sound without the N.
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