Your Biggest Name Crush
We know you love names. But what name do you love the most?
Your biggest name crush might be a longtime love that remains undimmed. But more likely, it’s a newer passion, a name you’ve come to see in a new, more ardent way and that you now prize above all others.
What name or names do you have a crush on right now, and why?
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on January 16th, 2013 at 12:35 am
Delaney. I’ve loved it ever since I was in high school. I heard a song called “Miss Delaney”. And then when I brought it up to my husband, he said he loved it too, but from a different song. “Delaney Talks to Statues”. It’s been my number one name crush for as long as I can remember. My only hope is it doesn’t get too popular!
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:49 am
I have a daughter named Harriet after Harriet Tubman (yes, I’m a history nerd and have another daughter, Emeline, named after a suffragette). Harriet Tubman really stands out to me as an exemplar for women–she claimed her own power without waiting for someone to give it to her. She left her husband when he let his own fear keep him from trying for freedom. She risked everything to help others and never let anyone keep her from doing what she felt was right. She served, she risked, she fought. I want my daughters to own their own power–to make the decisions they know to be right and to always serve others.
Even with all that–it wasn’t until my third daughter that my hubby gave in and let me have a daughter named Harriet. 🙂 But I think she was meant to be Harriet. My Miriam was Miriam from the moment we laid eyes on her and Emeline is named after a gung-ho awesome woman as well, and Harriet is Harriet.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:54 am
Three permanent crushes:
1. Longest-standing girl-name crush: Jamie. I got a doll at the age of four or five that came with the name Jamie, and I thought the name sounded like wind chimes. I believed it to be the most glamorous, sparkly sound in the English language. I still may have a Jamie Alicia one day…I don’t care if it’s a “Mom Name!”
2. Narnia. A quote from the Narnia series got me through weeks in the ICU following a near-fatal accident. My Facebook status just before the accident was a simple Narnia quote that my family kept repeating to me in the hospital: “Courage, dear heart.” I would love to have that quote on the wall above Narnia’s crib. I also walked down the aisle to a part of the Narnia soundtrack on my wedding day.
3. For boys, I am still taken with my first love, the whimsical-sounding Lane. Makes me think of fairy tales and storybooks.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:55 am
Eliza is my longest name love, but Veronica has been my favorite top for for about 3 years, since I started reading about names. Eliza was a favorite back in high school so about 5 years. I’d call Veronica my biggest “name crush”
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:58 am
My longest crush is with Rose, it seems to have it all, familiar but not trendy or over used, easy to spell and pronounced, feminine but simple. All in all a great name. My most recent crush is the name Arden, it sounds romantic yet is strong
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:11 am
Jack for boys.
Lake for girls.
Jack is a long time love, but Lake is new. It’s so perfect. It’s short and strong, sounds like a name, but it’s edgy.
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:27 am
Camille for girls. No rhyme or reason really, just a name I’ve always loved.
Kellan for boys. Weird story behind this one. I had a dream I was in a hot air balloon with a boy named Kellan, and I’ve loved the name ever since.
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:42 am
Girl – Ashley
Boy – William
My longtime favourite girls name was Ashley, but now that my husband and I are planning on having a baby this year, I doubt Ashley will be our name of choice (if we have a girl). My love of this name has diminished over time. I’ve always loved William and would name a boy William tomorrow, but, unfortunately, my husband hates it!
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:45 am
Jackson for boys, loved it for years and got majorly irked when it started getting more and more popular but I still love it anyway!!
for girls it isnt one clear winner, I love Sylvie & Clara & Alice & Charlotte. LOVE them!
I also know that any future daughter of mine will definitely have either Rose or Mairead as her middle name. Rose is classic and beautiful and my grandmothers middle name. Mairead is my sisters middle name, she hates it and I have ALWAYS loved it – for as long as I can remember, im not willing to let such a gem fade out of the family!!
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:54 am
Well, if we’re talking about longtime loves, it’s definitely the boy”s name Elliot. I’ve loved that name for years, and I love it even more than I did initially. It’s less of a crush and more of a name steady.
As for newer crushes… Dashiell for a boy and Amaryllis for a girl.
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:16 am
I can’t think of a single girl’s name that makes me happier than the name Beatrice. It’s been a long time love affair. I get really excited when I meet new Beatrices. I hope that new young adult fiction book doesn’t over saturate the name. Arthur is the male name that’s probably my biggest crush.
I promise I’m not a crazed Golden Girls fan.
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:40 am
Girls Phoebe boys hugo
on January 16th, 2013 at 3:01 am
Longest standing crush (girl): Alice or Rin
Longest standing crush (boy): Gabriel
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:23 am
Love Lyra and Effie – have secretly loved Lyra ever since I read the Northern Lights (and only just have had the full guts to acknowledge it!) and Effie is a new crush. Love the idea of Persephone as a full name too.
Nothing for boys is really top of the moment at the moment – wish it did!
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:32 am
Like Poppy528 it’s Arthur and Beatrice.
I’ve only just come to see Arthur in a new, non fusty light, which is odd, because my love for Arthurian mythology has been going strong since I was little, this is partly what makes the name lovely for me.
Beatrice/ Beatrix is also not a name I had ever thought about much, but like Arthur has old roots, from my childhood Beatrix Potter love. She was an independant woman, who like me is a writer, has lovely literary connotations (Shakespeare and Dante)so ticks all the boxes when it comes to name meaning.
Since being on nameberry, Clementine, Endellion, Elowen, Iris, Plum, Benedict and Ignatius have all become delicious temptations.
Old loves: Whit (Whit Waltman fan) and Silas (Silas Marner fan)
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:43 am
That should read Walt Whitman. Too early, not enough coffee!
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:11 am
Girls – Skye
I am in my early 30’s, no kids yet, but have loved this name with all my heart since I was about 14 & read a book with Skye as the name of a girl twin (boy was Storm). I have also always had a fascination with the beautifully mysterious Isle of Skye in Scotland & have been fortunate enough to visit which just added to my love of Skye. I know it’s not one of the vintage names that are all so hip & popular now, & some people even consider it trashy 🙁 , but I love that it is a nature name with connotations of blue skies, a beautiful island & freedom.
My most receny crush is Coraline/Cora, so sophisticated! I may use both.
For boys it was Matthew for many years & then I just fell out of love with it as a name I would actually use as I began to see it as too ‘generic’ & have gone back to another teen crush, Tristan which I love even more now.
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:56 am
Nope, I’m not a Twilight fan. I’ve loved swans since I worked in a game preserve in college, at the same time I was reading the PG Wodehouse story when Bertie Wooster gets trapped by a swan at a country house. (I had nothing to do with the swans, but they were fascinating.)
I’d only use it in the middle – Theodora Swan, nn Thora.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:14 am
Theodore – mine is 5 🙂 I still love it as much as when children were a far off ambition.
Another enduring name crush is Kit… and I’m expecting a boy. But I don’t love Christopher and wouldn’t use Kit as a full name. It’s a dilemma. Not a straightforward crush at all.
My newest crush is Rupert – it only hit me last week. Unfortunately DH doesn’t agree.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:33 am
Rosalie. I liked it long before the twilight series. love Rosie as a nickname. there are a lot of names I only like for a few weeks, but Rosalie always stays.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:44 am
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:46 am
Caroline and Jack have been my long-time favorites. If only my husband had agreed!
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:52 am
For me, it’s Julian. Other names come and go, but Julian is always at the top. I can definitely see myself with a little Julian at some point. 🙂
The only other one I love just as much is Adrian, especially the combo Adrian Silas. It’s such a striking name, and has yet to drift out of my top five.
I’m much more fickle with girls names, though. My most long-term girl name crushes would be Eliza Ruby and Matilda Iris. I love how spunky both names are, as well as being feminine with a tomboyish nickname (Eli for Eliza and Matt/Mattie for Matilda).
Plum Jo Said
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:23 am
I’m a fickle crusher and change my mind every day, but the names that have stuck since high school…
…Coraline, nn Coco
…Jedidiah, nn Jed
I wish I could be one of those people who just KNOW what names they’ll use. I can’t commit; it’s just too much fun to think about!
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:27 am
My biggest name crush is Francine for various reasons. I just love it more and more everyday!
I also love Brielle, Chloe, and Olivia.
For boys I’m crushing on Liam and Micah at the moment. I also love Sabastian, but I’m not sure if I’d ever use it.
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:44 am
I’ve loved Enoch for about 14 years. After recently
reading Lord Alferd Tennyson’s poem Enoch Arden (which I
actually cried while reading), I love it even more.
on January 16th, 2013 at 9:31 am
At the moment it’s Jonah for a boy. I also love Gabriel and I met a baby Rufus this week which made me swoon!
For a girl, my long time love is Clara but I won’t use I now. I’m also loving Hazel and Harriet, I can’t decide between them
on January 16th, 2013 at 9:59 am
I’ve always had a thing for Lise/Lison/Liesel. I named all my dolls this when I was a toddler. I still think it’s a gorgeous name.
My newest crushes (actually not crush, it’s deep passionate love to the core) are Gwenllian and Hadrian.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am
For me, its Iris for a girl and Brandon for a boy. I love both of these names so much and sadly, I’ll probably never get to use them.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:10 am
Olivia and Scarlett. Hate that Olivia is so popular because it is the perfect name in my opinion. Loved Scarlett since Gone with the Wind. Also loooove super feminine girl names- ex. Georgiana, Isadora, Delilah, Eliza. Love Atticus, Beckett & Rowan for boys.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am
Archer <3 I've been crushing on Archer / Archie for a few years now… and I still love it! Thankfully my SO loves it as well. Our first sons name WILL be Archer Cole 🙂
I adored Katherine for most of my life. Now, I still like it but not as much. From when I was 6 until I was about sixteen I was convinced my first daughter would be Katherine, then for a while it was a middle name. Now I like it and all but not as much as others.
For boys names I just have a lot of name crushes – permanent ones. I fall for a boys name and it seems to stick. Girls names… eh. Gwendolyn Phoebe is currently my biggest name crush, but I'm sure time will test that.. <3
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:34 am
Mine is Rose. It’s so simple, yet so stylish, and very beautiful. I’ve loved it for a long time.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:36 am
Hypatia and Judicael
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:37 am
Clara (Nutcracker, about 15 years)
Lyra and Hermione (His Dark Materials trilogy and Harry Potter/Shakespeare respectively, around 8 or 9 years)
Arabella (found through a combo of Beyond Ava and Aiden and A is for Atticus, around 7 years)
Arthur and Theodore (love born through name books, 10 years or so)
Asher and Jude (found through a combo of Beyond Ava and Aiden and A is for Atticus, around 7 years)
Most Recent Crushes (fueled by nameberry.com)
Girls: Calliope, Elowen, and Theodora
Boys: Dashiell and Cyrus
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:06 am
Oleanna and Samson are my long time crushes.
Oleanna is for my dad Olav, and also incorporates Anna, a name I adore that’s top 20 in Norway. My favourite grandmother (paternal side) also had a sister named Anne, so I like that connection as well 🙂 I also love how soft an melodious it is, and the vintage charm.
Samson is a name that is unusually common for the very small area where my father grew up, there has always been a Samson there. I also love the meaning, and the initial link to both my maternal grandfather Sigmund and my sister Siri. The place itself is the place I want to live at some point, it’s too remote for me right now, but as soon as I can afford a driver’s liscence I’m moving there to live with my grandmother. The place has actually won ‘beauty contests’ in Norway XD
More recent ones:
Audra and Clement
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:37 am
Desmond, Elliot, or Harrison for boys.
Caroline, Genevieve, or Sylvie for girls. I also love Emmeline and Madeline (both with the -line pronunciation), but as Caroline is my first love, I can’t do multiple -line names 🙂
Savannah is another name I think is beautiful and spunky, but my husband hates it. The nickname Savvy is too cute!
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:53 am
Girls – Cordelia, Felicity, Rosalie, Victoria, Alice, Elowen, Kerensa, Meadow, Willow, Cecily, Eulalia, Madeleine, Beatrix, Verity, Edith, Ginevra….
Boys- Felix, Milo, Elijah, Edison, Dominic,Avery, Maxwell, Ciaran, Morgan, Jasper, Mackenzie, Leopold, Torin, Cassidy / Casey, Emerson, Rhys….
I literally have a notebook FULL of names that I love and keep coming back to. I could keep going for ages.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Oh, August/Augustus (mostly August.) How I love you. How I wish I could bestow you on every new baby of friends and strangers alike. I would almost untie my tubes for you (almost.) I have not crushed on a name this hard since I was 11 and fell in love with Owen (which is the name of my 3 year old.)
Source of my name crush: “Wonder” by RJ Palacio (main character is named August, called Auggie) and “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green (one of the main characters is Augustus, called Gus.) I HIGHLY recommend both books!
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
Crushes I’ve had for many years:
Claire, Anna, Henry and Asher
Mara and Gabriel
Also J names: James, Jude and Julian
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Serena, which I just named my daughter. Post baby crush–I am in LOVE with Waverly right now, absolute love.
Old loves: Claudia and Helena.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
My crush is Madison (Usually SO not my style… But there’s something about Madison), but the love of my life is Luna.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:38 pm
I have had a long term fling with Rose, Eugene, and Drucilla. They have always and will always be my number ones. My recent infatuations are with Drew and Jayne. I don’t know why, but I suddenly have a passion for plain sounding, one syllable names.
on January 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
Currently crushing on August for a boy. Gus is a super cute nickname option, but I don’t feel that every name needs a nickname. I like August as the full name.
The girls name that I love is Brienne. I know it is a bit trendy, but I love Bree names and it is a name from Game of Thrones. Naming a child after a fictional character from a favourite book, movie or tv show is something that I would love to do. Most of my favourite characters don’t have names that I would want to use though… 🙁 Brienne isn’t my favourite Game of Thrones character, but I do like her a lot. 🙂
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
My longest name crush, for girls, is definitely Natasha. For years, I thought the first daughter I would ever have would be called Natasha. Unfortunately, I’m not in love with it anymore but I’m still fond of it. So crush is apt.
For boys, it’s equally Oisín and Fionn. I grew up with the myths and legends and have always loved Fionn and his son Oisín. I also adore Oisín’s meaning and the story behind why he was called that. His name means little deer.
I have a huge crush on Celia, Henry, Georgiana, Belle, Rónan and Cedric.
My most recent crushes are Cora, Arthur, Anna, Molly, Wesley and North (B)
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
For a girl, I “crush” on so many girl names.I do find myself most drawn to Aurora, have a deep respect for the underused Ramona, and a longing to be able to name my first daughter Bronwen Alexa. Unfortunately I will probably go for a “safe” name on my list like Clara or Ruby.
For a boy,its always been Eli. It’s in the top 100 and it’s probably destin to be higher than 58 in 2012 but its the one. It always will be.
on January 16th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
I had a crush on the name Isabel ever since I was in high school. When I was prego with ODD, I suggested Isabel to my hubby, but he didn’t like it. After months of back and forth, he finally agreed to the uber-popular variation, Isabella. Our DD#1 is Isabella Jane.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a huge crush on the name Vanessa. It always sounded so beautiful and sophisticated to me. Recently, I had a baby girl and named her Vanessa Rose. (Hubby was totally on board with this one)
I currently have a major crush on the name Emmett. I hoped to use it if I ever had a boy, but there may be too much of a Twilight connection now with Isabella, Vanessa and Emmett. Might have to settle for one of my other crushes – Vincent or Leonardo.
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:03 pm
I’ve been really crushing on French names recently. My biggest crushes are Francine, Remi, and Esme. Amore Hourre!
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:07 pm
If I had to pick just one name, it would probably be Jane. I named my 3rd daughter this, and I always feel so happy whenever I write out her name for something.
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Virginia-It sounds cheesy but I was listening to Meet Virginia and I feel in love with the name.
Holden-fell in love after seeing the movie Chasing Amy
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
I have many name crushes, so it’s hard to pick just one for each gender, but my two biggest are probably Charlotte & Theo.
on January 16th, 2013 at 2:55 pm
I have always loved Kathryn/Kate and our daughter was very nearly that (she is Meredith). Always used to name dolls and kids Nathaniel when playing house as a kid, but DH doesn’t like it, so we have a Nolan, inspired by Francie Nolan from my favorite book, ATree Grows in Brooklyn.
My crushes are: Anders, Dashiell and Thatcher for boys and Linden, Sutton and Felicity for girls.
on January 16th, 2013 at 3:02 pm
James is my name crush. I’ve always hoped to marry a man names James. Since that is a bit picky, I will settle with naming a son that. I will admit that part of its appeal came from the Harry Potter series- I’m not ashamed haha
on January 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm
My longest standing name crush is Charlotte. I’ve loved it since I was very young.
Newest name crushes are Jack and Eliza Rose
on January 16th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
Elizabeth nn Bizzy, inspired by a recent nameberry blog :). Also Sylvie, Charlotte, and Delaney. Maxwell for a boy.
on January 16th, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Oh, I have an unhealthy amount of name crushes at the moment, but I’ll try to narrow it down a little!
Boys: August and Theodore. I’ve always liked older names, but just recently I seem to have developed an obsession with the real old-fashioned, almost stuffy ones. August is an old crush of mine that I’ve loved since I was about 12, and would love to use as a first name for a future son…if only I liked the nn Gus. Sigh…so for now, he’s confined to the middle spot, as much as I love him. 🙁 Theodore’s nickname, Theo, however, I do love. He’s sweet and spunky and downright adorable…and Theodore is pretty awesome too.
Girls: Adelaide and Emmeline. Again, I seem to have a sudden passion for old-fashioned, long names with shorter nicknames, and Emme and Addy have the same spunky Victorian charm as Theo. The full names are a little bit princessy, but also have an air of quiet strength about them, which gives them a great depth. And, I think a sibset of Theodore, Adelaide and Emmeline would be simply gorgeous. Maybe some day 😉
Other, longer-term crushes:
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:19 pm
My longest standing boys crush is Thomas but even though it’s probably dh’s favorite name as well it doesn’t sound great with our last name. I’ve recently started crushing on Luke but it’s dh’s brother and he thinks it’d be super weird for us to use it. I also think Johnny is terrific though John doesn’t do as much for me.
On the girls side my long standing crush is with Theresa though recently I’ve been crushing on Elizabeth.
arunciblespoon – I have always liked Walt because of Walt Whitman.
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
Genevieve. I resent that it may be on the brink of popularity, but I love love love it! Classic, not weird, beautiful, nn, origin, EVERYTHING!
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
Girls: Devon, Wanda
Boys: Rolf, Niles
on January 16th, 2013 at 4:45 pm
Isabella, the name I’ve been in love with since I was 9 years old. I’m only 15 now, so I hope it becomes less popular by the time I have kids, but even if it doesn’t, it’s my first choice for a baby girl!
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:05 pm
Roisin has been my favorite name for a couple years now. It’s pretty, Irish, and even looks pretty (though pronounced way differently). Plus it has to do with Rose without actually being Rose (I like every rose name except Rose). Finally, it is a diminutive technically, so it’s like naming a girl with a cute nickname but not really.
Parker was my favorite boy’s name years ago, but only recently resurfaced. I don’t even know why I like it. I just do.
The Night Lights Said
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:08 pm
G: Charlotte (which is probably going into the mn spot because we can’t use as a fn)
B: Jack (we WILL use this name on day!)
G: Jane (I can’t get enough of it, but, I could never use it with Jack I feel… especially since SO’s name is Jacob. We’re not looking for a first intial trend!)
B: Gale (Despite the strong connections of old ladies and The Hunger Games, I think of strong winds and can’t help but love it.)
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Longest crushes: Hudson, Rowan, Makenna
New crushes: Gemma, Ellie, Noah, Lydia
I have new name crushes every other day, lol!
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:27 pm
Longest name crush: Boy Stephan (pronounced Steph-ahn). I love this name and am sorry it isn’t in your database.
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:31 pm
It’s funny how several peoples long term name crushes include Rose (mine also, it’s just so timeless). Current crushes: Otto, Ingrid, Soren, Tove, Igor and Naomi
on January 16th, 2013 at 5:59 pm
My first doll was Libby, although my mother says it was Livvie, short for Olivia. I still like both.
Rosemary, after an older favorite cousin
Caroline, another family name
Nicholas, nn Nick
Christian, nn Chris
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Longest name love: Lylie.
I’ve been in love with Lylie for a couple years now.
Current name crush: Storrie/Storey, Bayla, Starla, Veronica “Ronnie”, Levia “Levi”.
Longest name love: Lyle Dean and Jasper Grey.
I fell in love instantly whenever I first saw Lyle, and even more so whether I got the combo, but because of Lylie, I could obviously never use it.
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
Longest current running girl name: Isla
Other girl names I’m crushing on lately: Eden, Harlow, Laila, Shiloh
Longest current running boy name: Emmett(sadly dh won’t let me use it)
Other boy names I’m crushing on lately: Jude, Luca, Micah, Cohen
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Sorry, I had a malfunction. I wasn’t done.
Longest name love: Jasper Grey.
I absolutely love this combo and have been in love with it for about a year or so. I can’t wait to use it in the future!
Current name crush: Asa and Hugo.
I just recently found the two and just LOVE them both to death! Still contemplating combs for them. (I also hope I could use these in the future.)
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
For boys it would have to be Edmund, and for girls it be Victoria, Amelia and Melody
on January 16th, 2013 at 6:58 pm
My biggest name crush is Silas. He’s been around a while and I don’t see him going away any time soon. Yep, pretty sure he’s “the one”.
As for girls, I’ve always struggled much more with girl names. Maybe it’s because I’ve always pictured myself as the mother of boys? I love Maisy and Selah and swing back and forth between them a lot, but they’re really the kind of crush you had in school that was more “he’s pretty cute and fun to talk about” than the “I’m going to marry him one day.” kind. 🙂
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:08 pm
Right now I have it bad for Dean and Sam – too much Supernatural, I suspect. Luna is my girl name crush.
Helen and Cora are my longtime loves for girls. George is definitely my favorite for a boy; I have a hard time deciding what other top boy names of mine could rival him.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:20 pm
My name crush for a boy, ever since I was at least fifteen, has been “Dylan”. Throughout my late-teens, I’ve always said when I have children, my son’s name is going to be “Dylan Alexander”. However, that’s changed throughout the years, and now I’m stuck on “Dylan Ryder”.
My name crushes change a lot for a girl. At fifteen, along with “Dylan”, I was set on calling my daughter “Amira Rose”, only because “Amira” meant Princess in Hebrew. But I have since grown out of that, and my new name crush for a girl is Lexie and Seraphine. And I’ve recently decided to put them together to create “Lexie Seraphine”. We’ll see how long this one lasts…
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:25 pm
My name crush for all my life has been Francine. It is a family name that means so much and has been used for generations. If I had to choose a name crush for a boy’s name it would be Thomas because it is just so classic and reminds me of truth and integrity.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:34 pm
The girl’s name that I have loved forever is Verity. It was the name of a very minor character (who I think may have only been mentioned, not even appeared) in the children’s sci-fi book When the Tripods Came. I’ve loved it ever since. For boys, I have always loved Jack. Short and sweet and the name of a great man I know.
As for crushes, I have lately been loving Bay and Grey for boys (But I guess I couldn’t have both. I don’t do rhymes.) and Story for girls. None of those names are really my style, but they have caught my fancy and stayed in my head.
on January 16th, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Since I was a little girl my biggest name crush has been Aurora. Now, I just can’t get past the nn Rory which I dislike more so I could never use it.
At a more mature level my crushes have been more classic names like
For boys names I also crush on the classics like
Martha Brown Said
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:12 pm
I have recently fallen completely in love with the name Callum. It has a great meaning (dove), a fun sound, and a useable nickname (who doesn’t want a little Cal running around?). When I found out that Jonas, another favorite, also means dove, I suddenly had the perfect twin boys’ names. Now I find myself wanting twin boys sometime (very far) down the line, just so I can use these great names together.
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:23 pm
Major crushes of the moment are Crispin and Vera.
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:34 pm
I think Emma is one of the greatest names of all times! My name crush list consists of Alba and Sophie, names that I love, they’re spunky and girly names! Ackley and Sebastian are my current boy name crushes. Ackley is inspired by a name in J.D. Salinger’s book The Catcher in the Rye.
on January 16th, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Only three names have been in my all time favorites for as long as I can remember: Alexander, Mark, and Stella.
on January 16th, 2013 at 9:04 pm
I have always loved Liv and Dexter.
Well maybe not always, but for 6 years at least
on January 16th, 2013 at 9:28 pm
Fern. I love it and always have, since I was a little girl and read Charlotte’s Web. When I was little, it sounded unfashionable to most people, but it works now for sure. I don’t think I can use it as a FN now, if I ever have a girl – it would not go with my other kids’ names in a sib set.
More recently, also for girls: Lavender, Flannery, Margot, and Paulina. I may use one of them someday.
For boys: Ernest. I love everything about it. Also: Ned.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:15 pm
I love Iris, which has been twice rejected by my husband. For boys I’ve always loved Balthazar. I have an additional name for a boy and girl, but I might have a third so I don’t want to spill them just yet!
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:26 pm
For a boy – it’s Nathaniel. Love the nn Nate. I think it’s our boy’s name – even though dh isn’t completely sold.
Boy crushes I <3 but I'm not brave enough to use: Captain, Cassius (Cash), Major, Chauncey, Lysander, Atticus
For a girl – that's hard for me! I had the hardest time naming dd. I named her Gabrielle, partly because that's the name I always imagined I'd change mine to as a teen 🙂
Girl crushes I <3 but I'm not brave enough to use: Pepper, Spencer, Nadia, Johanna (the last two because I like them with an accent that I don't have) 🙂
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:32 pm
I’ve had a major name crushes for August, Lyla, Louis, and Rhys ever since I saw the movie August Rush. 🙂 On a personal note I also have major crushes on Francine, Cici, Liam, and River for my little cousins who are awesome!
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
Saoirse…. Oh my gosh I love this name its like Sara and Sasha smooshed together…
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:07 pm
My newest name crushes are Indigo for a girl and Lincoln and Rembrandt for boys. Not a fan of nn Remy….too Ratitouille for me.
A few other recent ones are Louise, Winifred, Evangeline, Josephine and Oliver.
My son is Diesel Jonathan Liam (all of which I adore) and when I have a girl she will be Harlow Nonnah Luccille (all of which I adore as well).
My longest name crushes were Daniel, Danielle and Elizabeth. When I was little I had a doll named Jordan Elizabeth and another named Hillary Whitney. Lol. My how times have changed!
I also adore my dad’s name and hope to use it as well. Leon. Love it!
I have also had love hate crushes with Lavender and Kalliope.
Diesel and Harlow are my true loves ♡♥♡♥
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
right this second i’m obsessed with Eleanor…obsessed obsessed. Frances (after Francie Nolan in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”) is also a huge crush of mine.
for a boy Teddy is my crushy name.
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
Thank you everyone for sharing your name crushes! It’s been so great to read about people’s special favorites — a collection of bests for any name seeker out there! xxx
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:42 pm
Jamie, boy or girl. I love it. My 2nd sons middle name is James and I use their middles (and variations) as a nick name for both my boys.
on January 16th, 2013 at 11:53 pm
Girl: Piper, Augustina, and Winter.
I hate that Piper has become so popular over the last few years! And Augustina is kind of a mouthful so not sure if I’d ever actually use it, but oh I love it. Winter is a bit unusual but I think it is gorgeous and stylish. I’d probably get a lot of grief from my family for giving our child a “weird” name though!
Boy: Rhys, Henry, and Frederick.
Probably won’t ever use Rhys since it has become such a popular girl name, albeit with the “Reese” spelling. I love Henry and hope I get to use it someday, even though it has become quite trendy again. I love Frederick but will probably never use it because I hate most of the nicknames associated with it!
on January 17th, 2013 at 12:28 am
I’ve loved the name Aurelia for about 10 years now – so I was a little sad and surprised to see how popular it’s becoming on this site! 🙁
on January 17th, 2013 at 12:37 am
Oldest crushes I can think of that I still love: David for a boy and Ariel for a girl
Newest crushes: Faina and Miranda for a girl, Archer for a boy
on January 17th, 2013 at 1:39 am
My first huuuuge crush was Marlena-I fell fast and hard for this one. I just think it has the loveliest sound and flows right off tongue, but I’m not sure if I’d use it anymore. That kind of morphed into a 6 month or so relationship with Matilda, which I still love, but my two most recent crushes would have to be Flora & Olive. Most people I mention them to don’t like them, but I think they’re so sweet and so vintage 🙂
The boys’ name I’ve loved for so long is Jude. Just so much handsome..ness? and strength in one little syllable (and the song is an added bonus) 🙂
on January 17th, 2013 at 2:30 am
There are a handful of names I love, some of which my boyfriend (soon to be husband) likes and others that he doesn’t… therefore, the debate over future baby names will continue.
Girls: Edie (my steadfast love), Adelaide, Wallis, Charlotte, Dinah, Iris, Sybil (newest crush), Eliza
Boys: Lewis (solid front-runner for 1st son), Keaton, Peter, Felix, Cary
on January 17th, 2013 at 3:12 am
on January 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am
I don’t have a long standing girls crush, just a boy’s:
I have loved the name Sebastian since my preteen years when I first saw “Dangerous Liaisons.” We didn’t used it for our first son, we saw his name in a baby book, and just fell in love. But now, even my DH likes Sebastian, so I have hope!
Current new crushes:
Eden and Emerson (Emme) for girls
Ezra for a boy
on January 17th, 2013 at 9:24 pm
Long Time Loves; Ambrose and Valentine (Both remind me of a sweet romantic guy, as well as give me a historical vibe, I know Valentine is tightly tied to V-day but I can’t help but love it as a boys name (I personally can’t stand it as a girl’s name)
New Loves; Calixto and Aurelius (I just love how exotic sounding Calixto is and how strong and masculine Aurelius sounds)
Long Time Loves: Araminta, Adelaide, Genevieve, Seraphina/Serafina, Poppy, Azalea, Maple, Isabella and Flora (Love how all sound so historical and feminine)
New Loves: Agatha and Eulalia
I seem to love names longer when they are unique (as in the kid might meet one or two kids with the same name but won’t have to be called Sophia D. or Jacob M. in class) but easy to pronounce. Although I do love many names in the top 100 (Isabella for example).
on January 17th, 2013 at 10:23 pm
Boys- Callum- just love the sound of it. Lewis- I don’t like Louis or Lew, but somehow Lewis just sounds strong to me. Calder. I’ve always loved Adam too.
Girls- Alessandra- sounds strong, rich, but not overly girly as she can be an Alice or Ali.
Katarina- as a replacement for Kathleen
on January 17th, 2013 at 11:30 pm
Right now I just love the name Bruce. It’s outdated and no one uses it making it perfect! Plus, I’d think my future son would love to know he is named after Batman!
on January 17th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
For girls, my long time favorite has been Chrysanthemum ever since i read the children’s book but i feel like it’s so hard to use.
on January 18th, 2013 at 5:19 pm
Josephine is my favorite name for the moment. It has Biblical ties, it’s formal but with lots of potential for nicknames, with that lovely clipped ending that sounds so chic. However, my husband hates it!
My favorite boy’s name changes a lot more often, but I’m currently infatuated with Asa. Hubby doesn’t like that one either.
on January 19th, 2013 at 7:51 am
Well, my list has always been a long one. I have had many name crushes: first Nova, then Talia as my top favorites but I am starting to get over those names even though I still love them. So, currently the ones I have been loving for girls are Skye, Brie/Brielle, Elena, Lucia, Belle, and just plain Elle. Lately I’ve been loving shorter names.
For boys, it has been an ongoing battle. It has never been easy for me to decide if I love a boys name or not. I have always loved Rafael though because that was my great grandfather’s name. Other boys names are Logan which I always adored, Isaiah, Knox, Samuel, and Conrad. I also recently fell for the name Camden, that is my #1 boys name right now.
on January 21st, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Ever since I was about six or seven I have loved what I thought were “Victorian” names.
on January 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 pm
Boys’ names: Leland, Lysander, Fyodor, and Whit
Girls’ names: Chrysanthemum, Louisa, Miranda, Coral, and Samantha
Mostly from Shakespeare, Austen, and Dostoevsky. Whit is from Adventures in Odyssey, not Whitman. Chrysanthemums are my favorite flower. I love coral and Finding Nemo!
on January 23rd, 2013 at 12:09 am
Beatrice Rose ( Bea, Bay)
Elisabeth Grace (Libby, Leisel, Elsa, Bizzy)
Louisa Grace (Lou, Issa)
Grace Garvey (Gigi) McCormick
Rose Dayton (Posey)
Penelope Grace (Penny, Penn, Posey)
Maxine Annette (Max, Lexi)
Julianna Grace (Gigi, Jules)
Veronica Grace (Vivi, Ronnie)
My longest standing love is Francesca for a girl or Frankie, but hubby thinks its too associated with different cultures from ours 🙁
on January 25th, 2013 at 9:09 pm
on February 13th, 2013 at 12:43 am
Ofaelia and Axel are my current favorites.
on May 8th, 2013 at 7:45 am
I love Caleb but wouldn’t use it. My long standing top name crushes are Isla or Lyra for a girl and Kagen (I have yet to see anyone mention this on here) for a boy. @pinkhate107 I too love the name Chrysanthemum from reading the book and am not sure I’d be brave enough to bestow on a little girl, but it’s gorgeous! Everything she talks about in the book haha! Maybe for a middle name though.
on June 5th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Julian and Isadora:))
on May 19th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
My longest name crush has to be Daniel, I have always LOVED that name. For girls I always like Emmi!
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