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  1. #1
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    Mar 2018
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    Which of these are useable?

    I'm having a hard time with this baby, in part because I am so afraid to give her a name she might think is weird or not like. My list of names ranges from Jane to Artemis so whatever I choose for this baby will set what her siblings will be named. I want her to have a name that is smart and strong and I will avoid nicknames unless otherwise stated. Here is my list of names ranging from most to least useable in my opinion. I like some more than others, but I want to see what you think of them first.

    Jane
    Adelaide "Ada"
    Louise
    Susannah "Maybe Susie as a baby/toddler"
    Mabel
    Frances
    Beatrix
    Emmeline (Emma-Leen) "Maybe Millie"
    Helena
    Greta
    Cassandra "Cassie"
    Rowena
    Lilith "Lily"
    Minerva "Minnie"
    Isolde
    Artemis

  2. #3
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    Jan 2019
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    Frances is one of my all time favorite names so I'm a little biased. Definitely my top pick and a name that wears and ages so well!

    Other favorites:

    Jane
    Beatrix
    Greta
    Mabel
    Expecting our first girl in March!
    Phoebe (middle name undecided)

    Phoebe • Frances • Margot • Ramona • Colette
    Blythe • Winter • Odette • Josephine • Amelia

    Morning •
    Ines • Leona • Lane • Ada • Ophelia • Simone

    August • Elliott • Lane • Felix • Jasper • Leo
    Jack • Hendrik • Pieter • Griffin • Rhodes
    Grey

  3. #5
    Join Date
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    This probably won't help, but honestly I think all of them are usable.

    Artemis is definitely the most out there, but it's far from unusable as a name. I don't particularly like Rowena, Emmeline, Rowena, Greta or Isolde. But they're definitely all very usable.

    You could name her something completely wild and she'd love it or something completely normal and she'd hate it, and anything in between those two points! At this point pick something you like to say and hear. Maybe consider picking something you wouldn't mind being named yourself, as that might make you feel more comfortable about her finding it usable.
    Hufflepuff. PhD Student. Cat Lover.
    Alice Marigold. Eliza Avery. Mira Frances. Lucas Avery. Isaac William. Oscar Edward.

    If my S/O were fully in control:
    Alice Jane. Ivy Claire. Cleo Elizabeth. Ruby Helen. Sylvia Catherine.
    Luke Russell. Edward Paul. William George. Henry Isaac. Patrick John.

  4. #7
    Join Date
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    They’re all wearable, though I get that they’re more or less mainstream. I should say, the mainstream ones are still very spunky! So it comes down to taste plus how unusual you think you’re likely to want to go with the others or how much you care about a narrow range in the sibset.

    My faves in rough order:

    Frances
    Jane
    Adelaide
    Susannah (I like Suki or Zannah as nn’s too. FWIW, my cousin is Susannah and she wishes her parents had insisted on the full name sooner - she goes mostly by now - rather than Susie or any nn for so long!)
    Lilith
    Helena
    Greta

    Beatrix is too hip to me and seems to be just past its recent-times peak (versus Beatrice). Isolde is great but too many Isabels where I am and I don’t love any nn’s which I think would happen. Same with Artemis. I think a nn is almost inevitable during at least one stage and area of life and I don’t like the nn options. Unless you’re using honour names, a lot of these would be wonderful middles. Good luck!
    Last edited by eloiset; January 11th, 2019 at 09:22 AM.
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  5. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
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    I think they're all usable but it I was to sort them into 'safe' or 'bold', it would be like this

    Safe
    Jane
    Louise
    Mabel
    Beatrix
    Emmeline (Emma-Leen) "Maybe Millie"
    Helena

    Braver (but still very usable and easy to wear)
    Frances
    Adelaide "Ada"
    Greta
    Cassandra "Cassie" (but Cassie makes it feel safe)
    Rowena
    Susannah "Maybe Susie as a baby/toddler"

    Brave
    Lilith "Lily"
    Minerva "Minnie"
    Isolde (could be Izzy which makes it feel safer)
    Artemis (could be Emmy, Ari or Issy which makes it feel safer)
    Last edited by greyblue; January 11th, 2019 at 07:39 AM.
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    Sarai Matilda|Romilly Charlotte|Ginevra Snow|Ilaria Winter|
    Tristan Wilder|Everett Orion|Ezra Apollo|Otto Elias

    Names inspired by my bookshelf: to the ones they call frivolous and terrible
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