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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    missusaytch, I love your list!

    Sybilla- I know you how much you love this! It seems to be one of the constants on your list. I love it too- elegant, exotic and strong. I believe you once described it as a combination of West and East? great description
    Zara- same vibe as Sybilla. exciting, dramatic and exotic but pretty and royal
    Emerald- not a fan, too masculine-sounding for me
    Roxana- a bit dated
    Beatrice- beautiful, love this! classic, strong but feminine. great historical and literary connections
    Lucilla- love the nn Lux. spunky but vintage and pretty
    Vivien- like this because of Vivien Leigh
    Claire- sweet but a bit dull compared to some of your other names

    Gillian- nms, sounds a bit cold to me
    Laura- same as Claire
    Eva- sweet and cute but seems insubstantial on its own- Evelina nn Eva?
    Miranda- love this! it's not on my favourites list but pretty close
    Tabitha- always thought this was more suitable for a [tabby] cat than a human, sorry
    Lydia- pretty, sweet and easy to wear. but I don't like the Lydia Bennet connection
    Rachel- nice, but I know so many it underwhelms me
    Prudence- nice sound in theory, but a bit old-fashioned
    Diana- gorgeous! one of my favourite names, and I love the Diana, Princess of Wales connection

    Marianna- nice, but I like Mariana better with its European flair
    Aria- nice, more mdoern than the rest of your names
    Virginia- beautiful American Colonial style name, but I don't like Ginny
    January- cute, would be too hard to wear IMO
    Petal- same as January
    Cana- too insubstantial
    Eve- see Eva
    Monica- a bit dated, but nice
    Wilhelmina nn Mina- lovely, European and historical
    Marcella- same as Gillian
    Iris- same as Gillian
    Chrysanthe- just doesn't seem very name-y to me
    Sally- can't see this as a nickname, sorry

    My favourites (no particular order): Sybilla, Zara, Beatrice, Miranda, Diana, Virginia. And I love Anastasia, Elizabeth, Anneke, Helena and Ingrid- too bad you can't use them!
    ~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3

    Favourite names:
    Girls: Azalea, Cordelia, Elizabeth, Rosalind, Scarlett, Felicity, Juliet
    Boys: Fitzwilliam, Sebastian, Percival, Oliver, Darcy, Orlando

  2. #8
    My faves from your top tier: Zara & Vivien
    My faves from your second tier: Eva, Tabitha, & Lydia
    My faves from your third tier: Aria, Eve, & Iris
    And I also like Anastasia, Elizabeth, Josephine, Elsa, & Lena.

  3. #10
    missusaytch Guest
    Just made my husband talk about baby names for 30 seconds. LOL. It's like pulling teeth. He doesn't like Roxana or Sybilla. :-( The girl name he keeps suggesting is his grandmother's name, Lena, which I like but which reminds me of an actress I dislike. He also likes Marlena, but I really don't.

    Sigh. Just let me do the naming, dude. Seriously.

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Top Tier:

    Sybilla nn Billie: like Sybilla, not a fan of Billie. Sybbie is cute.
    Zara: like this. Unique and exotic.
    Emerald - middle: Very nice! I always found this to be underused.
    Roxana nn Roxy: I slightly prefer Roxanne, but really like it all the same.
    Beatrice nn Bea: Love it!
    Lucilla nn Lux: Almost got soooo excited cuz I thought it was Lucia, for which I love Lux. But Lucilla is good too (unless it's pronounced the same? Cause the double L in spanish pronunciation could make it sound just like Lucia...)
    Vivien nn Vivi: Cute! I would use a different spelling though.
    Claire: I love Claire! So pretty and feminine.

    Second Tier:

    Gillian: Very nice! nn Gilly is adorable, and the name as a whole is spunky and energetic.
    Laura: Eh. Too common. But still pretty.
    Eva: I prefer Eve, but Eva is still nice.
    Miranda: Not a fan
    Tabitha: Don't like the nn Tabby, making the entire name less attractive.
    Lydia: I know someone I'm not too fond of with this name, so that takes away from it. But it's nice.
    Rachel: I actually think this works really well despite how common it is. I can't explain it, but it's great!
    Prudence: Sounds like prunes. No thank you.
    Diana: Very pretty!

    Third Tier:

    Marianna: No. Just no.
    Virginia nn Ginny: Love it, love it, love it!
    January: I like this too, with the nn Jani.
    Petal: Too frilly.
    Cana: What? No.
    Eve: Yes! Much better than Eva.
    Monica: Eh. Nothing against it.
    Wilhelmina nn Mina: I like Mina better than the full name. Too much of a mouth full.
    Marcella: Very pretty.
    Iris: Sounds kind of harsh to me.
    Chrysanthe: pronunciation is kind of a bugger. So I can't judge very accurately.
    Sally: Too "Cat in the Hat". Not a fan.

    Names I love that are unusable, for one reason or another:

    Anastasia: Love it!!!
    Elizabeth: Love it!!!
    Susannah: Don't love it.
    Josephine: Love it!!!!
    Ana: Rather it be a nickname, honestly.
    Anneke: What? Don't love it.
    Dolores: Eh.
    Helena: Eh.
    Elsa: Don't like.
    Ingrid: Too harsh, imo.
    Lena: Very cute! So stylishly simple.
    Elisenda: looks made up, and awkward to say.
    Katriel: Interesting, but nms.

    Amaryllis * Holiday * Cordelia * Waverly * Seraphina * Calliope * Olympia * Zephyrine * Genevieve * Marguerite

    Phineas * Caspian * Orlando * Florian * Sullivan * Laszlo * Thaddeus * Virgil * Ozias * Ambrose

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Midwest U.S.
    I like most of the names on your list!!! You said your husband likes Lena but you don't, what about Elena or Elaina(nickname Lena or Laney/Lainie)? Also Marlena could be cute with nickname Marlee.
    Current Favorites:
    { Charlotte :: Alice :: Adelyn :: Nora}
    { Jack :: Leo :: Elliot }

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