Rank the Names!

This game is simple - just rank the names, in descending order with 1 being the best. You can respond to any of the previously put together lists and then put out your own list. Your list can be any length and can be all boys, all girls, or a mix of both (just make sure you clarify what gender on unisex names!) and it can have a theme or just be random.

Example round: One of my favorite nail polish brands, Zoya, gives all of their polishes womens' names, but, after more than 15 years and 900 polishes, they're occasionally grasping at straws for names sometimes. Their summer collection, Wanderlust, consisted of River, Lois, Sawyer, Cora, Byrdie, Esty (not to be confused with Etsy), Winnie, Sonja, Journey, Mandy, Scout, and Arbor, in this case all girls' names.

12. Arbor. It reads really masculine and who wants to be named after the most useless holiday, Arbor Day, Earth Day's boring little sister?

11. Scout. I really hate To Kill A Mockingbird, so that pretty much means I can't like this name it invented.

10. Esty. I get that it's short for Esther and/or Estelle, but it's hard not to say Etsy.

9. Sawyer. It's okay on girls, but I'd really it rather stay a boys' name and that pretty much means precluding it from being a girls' name.

8. River. Ditto.

7. Lois. Yeah, I know this is on track to be the next Penelope but I just can't really get behind it. I think Family Guy has this name taken forever. Sorry.

6. Journey. I may be a little biased since A) I love the band Journey and B) Journey was my favorite nail polish out of thsi collection but it's a bit wordy. Not the worst word name but not my style. The fact I can't really think of any good nicknames is another strike.

5. Byrdie. You know, I kinda like it. I'd go with Birdie as the spelling and not use it as a full name, but it's a darling nickname (especially for something like Robin or Wren or some other bird name!)

4. Cora. It's kind just okay. It was something I think I liked a little better before it started to catch on. Be careful what you wish for, I guess.

3. Sonja. I've always had a soft spot for Sonja, and I don't know why it's not at all popular while Sophia reigns supreme. I'd usually say go with the spelling Sonia though, to avoid spelling & prounciation confusion, but this spelling is an anagram of Jason so it'd be a great way of honoring a familial Jason.

2. Mandy. I have a cousin Amanda so I've been partial to Mandy my whole life.

1. Winnie. I've always thought Winnifred was pretty but a little much and I hate how it lends itself to the nickname Fred, but I quite like Winnie. It's probably the only name I'd 100% say go straight to the nickname without the full form.

Next list (although you still can respond to this one if you like!): Mckenna, Beth, Joni, Presley, Hera, Padma, Hadley, Yvonne, Mona, Elaine, Tabitha, & Gal (all girls, in honor of Zoya's fall collection)


August 7, 2017 11:03 AM

Mckenna, Beth, Joni, Presley, Hera, Padma, Hadley, Yvonne, Mona, Elaine, Tabitha, & Gal

12. Hera - Not the biggest fan of how this sounds

11. Padma - Ditto

10. Joni - I prefer it as a boys name

9. Beth - A little too matrinly for my taste

8. Gal - I like this name about as much as I like the name Guy

7. Mona - Reminds me of the Pretty Little Liars character

6. Elaine - I like this name, although there are many classic names I prefer more

5. Yvonne - A nice name. I have no complaints.

4. Presley - I prefer this name more for a boy, but it still sounds cute.

3. Mckenna - I think this is an extremely pretty name, that could make for cute nicknames.

2. Tabitha - I love the nicknames that come with this name. Ex: Tab and Tabi

1. Hadley - I prefer the spelling Hadleigh, but I think this is a beautiful name. In my opinion, it roles off the tongue beautifully.

New List (although you still can respond to this one if you like!): Isla (g), Isley (g), Levi (b), Luca (b), Claire (g), Callista (g), Declan (b), Donovan (b), Blair (g), Brooke (g), Serena (g), Sebastian (b)

August 7, 2017 12:07 PM

Also, anyone who comes after can respond to any of the previous lists!

12. Isley. I think because of the Isley Brothers it just reads way too maculine.

11 & 10. Levi & Luca. Soooooooo hipstery.

9. Blair. Also a little tomboyish.

8. Callista. Just can't get on with the Callie names.

7. Sebastian. Under the sea! Under the sea! This song will follow your baby Sebastian for the rest of his days!

6. Isla. No baby is an island! I also have a little trouble getting on with names that only got popular because of a celeb.

5. Declan. It's just okay. I like it enough.

4. Brooke. Like Mandy I have a cousin Brooke so I've always had a soft spot for it.

3. Donovan. I really like the nickname Donnie.

2. Claire. A modern classic.

1. Serena. I LOVE Serena, it's a shame it's so hated. So so pretty. Serenity's not terrible but I don't know why people like it better than this beauty.

Next: (all girls, this was Zoya's summer collection a few years back) Rocha, Kitridge, Rooney, Wendy, Ling, Tilda, Binx, Stassi, Muse, Alma, Jesy, Harper.

August 11, 2017 10:26 PM

12. Wendy (I know a very unpleasant Wendy)

11. Rocha (Sounds like a disease, not a name)

10. Stassi (Prententious)

9. Muse (Seems like a hard name to live up too)

8. Binx (I like this for maybe a family nickname. It reminds me of Hocus Pocus as well)

7. Ling (Just not my style)

6. Jesy (Hate the spelling but do not mind the name)

5. Kitridge (At first, did not like it, say it out loud a couple of time, I like it. I love the nn Kit)

4. Harper (I am just over this name)

3. Tilda (I like it. Snappy)

2. Rooney (This is a guilty pleasure name of mine.)

1. Alma (Short, sweet, and grows well. Like it)


Next: Avery, Stella, Beatrix, Audra, Cleo, Luna, Piper, Moxie, Quinn,  Darby, Freya, Layla, Imogen, Willow, Phoebe Maxine, Odette, Zora

August 12, 2017 12:58 PM

Avery - Does no one else see "envelopes" ? *sigh*

Stella - I love Stella, short & sweet.

Beatrix - Gotta say, I adore Beatrix! spunky & smooth.Trixie takes the cake!

Audra - All I can think of is 'It' She was Bill's wife who saw the deadlights and lived.

Cleo - another love. I always wanted to be Cleo when I ws a kid. I love her elegant look.

Luna - I can see the appealof soft feminine Luna but all I think of is flooring.

Piper - It's an airplane people!

Moxie - a soda.

Quinn - greasy & slimy Quinn holds nothing for me.

Darby - The surname of my HS nemesis.

Freya - I can see the appeal but I think it's pretensious to name a girl Aphrodite, Freya or Venus.what if she's Not gorgeous?

Layla - I like Layla but the Clapton song....

Imogen - a lovely, gorgeous underused gem of a name.

Willow - I can see the appeal & it's my favorite tree but I could never use this, too much tree not enough name for me.

Phoebe -It's alright but all I think of is Phobia  when I see it.

Maxine -This is a solid choice to me. I love Maxine!

Odette - I adore Opera names and this ismy fave of the bunch!

Zora - I like Zora but don't love her, she's a bit to close too Sore for me.


NewList -G: Cecily, Elspeth, Penelope, Ottilie, Zelda,  Henrietta .B: Rex, Rufus, Clarence, Alasdair, Barnaby, Angus.


August 13, 2017 6:59 PM

You're supposed to rank the names, not just respond to them.

12: Ottilie: I'm sorry but this is the most hideous name I've ever seen. There's some names you just narrate a half decent sounding girl's version out of and Otto is one of them.

11: Elspeth: Sounds like you're spitting.

10: Barnaby: Too crotchety old man.

9: Cecily. I will never like this name, stop trying to convince me i'ts not awful.

8: Zelda. I like the games but Zelda Fitzgerald was a talentless hack.

7: Alasdair. I think the Alas in it is throwing me off.

6. Angus. Too beefy.

5. Clarence. Too close to clearance.

4. Henrietta. a little too cliche ugly woman like Bertha.

3. Penelope. You know, I can get behind it's sudden return to fame but it's getting over used.

2. Rufus. I quite like it although it's a little doggy.

1. Rex. It's a little on the nose but I do quite like it.

New List: (all girls) Ainsley, August, Charissa, Della, Jolene, Mariolis, Maylee, Ani, Dylan, Josie, Liesl, Marianne

August 14, 2017 12:19 AM

12. Jolene: love the song, but it's a little boyish for me and i can't get past the 'joe' ,also i can ONLY think of the song.

11. Ainsley: man, idk why...i just have never liked this name. the spelling seems like a try hard hipster name

10.Maylee: sounds pretty, but a little southern...not my fav

9. Charissa: not a fan...reminds me of the word crisp and it weirds me out

8. Ani: is this on-E or annie? don't like on-E but i like annie!

7.Josie: i don't know why but i rlllllyyy don't like this one

6. Marianne: reminds me of an old lady

5. Mariolis: this is very pretty sounding, but ppl would read it too fast and say Marisol. 

4. Dylan: pickle?

3. Della: pretty, but pls be italian!

2. August: beautiful

1. Liesl: a hidden GEM!


New List(girls!): Sansa, Jane, Cassie, Effy(short for elizabeth), Deluca, Maisie, Elsa, Heidi, Kaya, Lily, Lucy, Pandora

August 14, 2017 9:14 AM

1. Pandora -I adore Pandora! Friendly & pretty and way underused.

2. Lily -Was my Grandma's name. So despite popularity, I love Lily.

3. Lucy -I love Lucy! (pardons). :) Short, sweet and so lovely. a real winner!

4. Elsa -I've always had a soft spot for Elsa. I think it's Aces.

5. Jane -Another love of mine. Short & Gorgeous what's not to love about Jane?

6. Effy - (short for Elizabeth) I have to say upfront, I heartily dislike EliZabeth. (I adore the softer EliSabeth). But Effy is adorable! I call my Josephine Effy quite a bit.

7. Maisie -A bit too "mouse"  for me but I can easily see the appeal.

8. Kaya -Isn't this the name of the American Girl Native Indian doll ? That's all I think when I see Kaya.

9. Cassie - A bit too nicknamey for my tastes.

10. Sansa -Too tied to Game of Thrones for me. And she's a weak & watery character too. 

11. Heidi - I've met several Heidi'ss and I've never liked even one of them. Sorry!

12. Deluca - Too surnamey for my taste. I can't even se the appeal of Deluca for a girl. Put it in the middle, if you must use it.


new List: Susanna, Frances, Henrietta, Anne, Cecilia, Lilian, Katrina, Primrose, Guinevere, Iris, Winifred (nn'd Freda,), Rosamel

August 14, 2017 11:16 AM

12. Guinevere - Not a fan

11. Rosamel - Rosa on it's own sounds better

10. Henrietta - Just okay

9. Frances - I find this to be a very masculine name

8. Iris - Just okay

7. Winifred - Not the biggest fan of the name itself, but I love the nickname Freda

6. Primrose - I like the nickname Prim, my imidiate thought is the Hunger Games

5. Anne - Short and Sweet. A classic name.

4. Lilian - I prefer the spelling Lillian, but it is still a nice name none the less

3. Katrina - Pretty, although it reminds me of Hurricane Katrina

2. Susanna - This sounds very pretty, it could have very cute nicknames as well

1. Cecilia - This is a beautiful, classic name. Love it!

New List: Milo (B), Dash (B), Lincoln/Link (B), Mia (G), Chloe (G), Cleo (G), Jasper (B), Felix (B), Nico (B), Minnie (G), Hazel (G), Aria (G)

August 15, 2017 12:27 AM

12. Mia. Always loathed Mia, I've always thought of it as a druggie teen mom's name.

11. Milo. Soooooooooo hipstery. For your baby shower present, I've decided to give baby Milo Baby's First Fedora and The Decemberists Sing Nursery Rhymes.

10. Nico. Also super hipstery but not so bad as Milo. I'll just get baby Nico Baby's First Suspenders.

9. Hazel. It's pretty but it's going to be a long time until I get past The Fault in Our Stars. Also pretty hipstery. For baby Hazel, I brought Baby's First Flower Crown.

8. Lincoln/Link. I like Lincoln and Link enough, I think Lincoln's a bit surnamey and a bit place namey (as in Lincoln Nebraska), and Link's a little too wordy but I like it enough.

7. Jasper. I really love Jasper but it's everywhere.

6. Aria. Ditto.

5. Dash. I like it and I like The Incredibles but probably because of The Incredibles I can't quite picture this growing well with a kid.

4. Minnie. I've had a soft spot for Minnie my whole life because I really love Minnie Mouse, I mean, I know a lot of Ariels and Belles and Jasmines and Auroras that were named with the princesses in mind, I don't know why Minnie's so off limits.

3. Chloe. I've always had a soft spot for Chloe, no matter how huge it was (I do admit it needs to take a break though)

2. Felix. Although Felix is also super hipstery, I don't hate it like I do Milo or Bruno. Maybe it's because it doesn't end in a stupid O. Well, one of my favorite TV shows as a kid had a Felix as a lead so that's more probably why.

1. Cleo. Speaking of names from my favorite shows as a kid, H2O was the best.

Next: Poster's choice: Respond to any previous list you haven't already responded to yourself!

August 16, 2017 5:51 PM

I'll be responding to the very first list

12. Arbor - Not a fan

11. Journey - Seems like a try hard name

10. River - Ditto

9. Lois - Will be the next Anne or Elise

8. Mandy - I prefer the name Amanda as a whole

7. Sonja - Nice name, but I like the spelling Sonia better

6. Sawyer - More of a boys name, but I

5. Cora - Not a bad name. Not my favorite

4. Esty - Sounds pretty

3. Byrdie - I prefer the spelling Birdie and prefer it as a nickname

2. Scout - I wasn't the biggest fan of How to Kill a Mockingbird, but I really like the name

1. Winnie - Love it, such a cute name

Next: Arlo (G), Avalon (G), Camillia (G), Christina (G), Maxwell (B), Maddox (B), Brayden (B) Bradley (B), Daniel (B), Dylan (B), Daphne (G), Steven (B), Savannah (G)

August 16, 2017 6:37 PM

12. Arlo. I hate it for boys and for girls. Also, admit you never heard of it before The Good Dinosaur.

11. Brayden. I've never met an Aiden variant with any intelligence and I bet I never will.

10. Maddox. Super trendy.

9. Camillia. I love Camille but I can live without Camilla and its variants.

8. Steven. I don't have anything against it, it's just very vanilla.

7. Bradley. Same.

6. Dylan. Same.

5. Daniel. Same, but I've always had a soft spot for Danny.

4. Avalon. Why isn't this popular? It has what everyone loves about Ava, Eden, and Genesis all in one.

3. Christina. I've talked about it before but it seems like Christine & Christina are the go to harpy names, I don't know why. I don't think I've ever known any Christinas.

2. Savannah. Although the only Savannah I've ever known was very blah I still really think the name is beautiful.

1. Daphne. I like most mythological names and Daphne's always seemed very sweet.

Next List: The lovely ladies of Mambo #5 (only 9 this time): Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary, Jessica, Angela, Pamela (the last two are only mentioned in one of the verses.)

August 17, 2017 8:12 AM

@saltwatertaffy: I've known about Arlo for years! Arlo Guthrie is one of my favorite people on Earth!




9. Angela - every Angel- named girl I've ever known has been a complete b***h. No thanks.

8. Sandra - dated big time to the 70's. Not ready for prime time yet.

7. Monica - Lewinski ruined this name for me.

6. Erica - despite having a cousin with this name, I find it boring and dated.

5. Pamela - again, I have a cousin with this name. Still rather dated.

4. Jessica - I like the Shakespeare link, but that's all.

3. Tina - Fay has rescued her name! I like the short, sweet lilt of Tina.

2. Mary - Almost refreshing to hear anymore.

1. Rita - I love short, darling Rita. And it's a Beatles name too.


New List: Cecila, Genevieve, Josephine, Florence, Helen, Violet, Frances, Edward, Benjamin, Stanley


August 17, 2017 10:44 PM

^I love Arlo Guthrie too but he's not a household name, you know what I mean?

10. Genevieve. A little too frilly and a bit pretentious.

9. Benjamin. Never been a fan.

8. Frances. Every celeb family has a Frances.

7. Violet. Ditto. I think it's beautiful I'm just really bored with it.

6. Edward. I like Edmund better but I like Eddie.

5. Stanley. Is it weird that I like this name because Stanley was my favorite character on the Office?

4. Cecila. Never heard of this before. It's interesting.

3. Josephine. I like Josie but Josephine's a little stuffy/frilly.

2. Florence. It's got the opposite problem, I like the full Florence but Flo is pretty unusable being the archetypical waitress name.

1. Helen. I love Helen, it's a classic without being too stuffy or too dated or too trendy classic (like Caroline or Abigail - the old names that everyone picks at the same time making them not special anymore, you know what I mean?).

New List: (all girls, 10) Alison, Aubrey, Cassandra, Delores, Ellis, Lydia, Rachael, Rayma, Sara, Zoey

August 18, 2017 8:40 AM

@saltwatertaffy: That list was my mother (Frances) and the rest of her family!


10. Aubrey  -I have never liked Aubrey. It's probably irrational of me but well, that's that. :)

9. Ellis -reads all boy to me.

8. Zoey -I always think Zoe-ee when I see Zoey why that stupid extraneous y?

7. Rayma - because I don't like the sound of it.

6. Cassandra - I like Cassie but the full Casandra feels a bit pretensious to me.

5. Allison -I prefer Alison to double L Allison but there's nothing wrong with the name itself.

4. Sara - this is my favorite spelling of Sara. I heartily dislike that extra h. I think it's sweeter this way.

3 Rachel - a perfectly lovely name.

2. Delores - I adore Dolores! sweet &A little sad even. But oh so gorgeous when you say it aloud!

1. Lydia - I love elegant Lydia. Simply gorgepus in looks and sound!


N ew List: (9 girls) Saskia, Capucine, Rupinder, Xiomara, Kathleen, India, Georgiana, Marisol, Pandora.

August 18, 2017 4:38 PM

9. Rupinder. I'm guessing this isn't a name from a culture I'm familiar with but it looks like Rupert mixed with Alexander, ie. SUPER masculine.

8. Capucine. I can't decide if Capuchin Monkeys or Cappuccinos are the worse association with the name.

7. Saskia. It sounds like a dog's name, and I loathe the nickname Sassy - sass is something you want to nip in the bud!!!

6. Xiomara. Seems kinda made up.

5. Georgiana. I hate every George based name but Georgiana is super posh, even more so than the others. I can't not picture a Georgiana who's not a snobby British girl who's super judgemental and relies on daddy's money.

4. Pandora. On sound alone I like it but the cultural associations (both mythological and Avatar) really weigh this down.

3. India. It's pretty but it kind of sounds a little trying too hard.

2. Marisol. I think it's very beautiful, the only hangup I have is that it rhymes with parasol.

1. Kathleen. So beautiful and classic, not dated at all in spite of its mid century boom. This name stands out like a sore thumb in this list though!

New List: Bernadette, Betty, Claudia, Coretta, Eleanor, Emily, Heidi, Leona, Liza, Martina, Rosa, Savannah (all g)

August 19, 2017 10:16 PM

12. Heidi- I knew a girl with this name and she was so whiny. I just do not like the sound combo as well.. it almost sounds like you are asking a question.

11. Bernadette- Old but not clunky-sweet old, just matronly old

10. Claudia- Underwhelming

9. Coretta- I am growing tired of Cor- names but Coretta Scott King is a plus for this name

8. Betty- Can be sweet and think that in like 10 years there will be a resurgence but it is just blah to me. I mainly think of Betty Boop.

7. Martina- I think it is too connected to McBride but I think it is pretty

6. Rosa- I like Rose names and think this is a cute name

5. Eleanor- Used to love it but it is so popular now. I like this spelling the best. 

4. Liza- Cute.

3. Savannah- I have always found this name to be cute. Sorta girl-next-door.

2. Emily- Shame it is so popular but it is a great name. I do not think that popularity bothers me though.

1. Leona- Beautiful, classic, easy to say and not the most popular without being too unique.


New List: Greek Mythology Girl Names- Phoebe, Selene, Rhea, Penelope, Iris, Daphne, Athena, Calliope, Cassandra, Danae, Melaina, Nyx, Thalia

August 19, 2017 10:55 PM

Selene,  Daphne, Thalia

13. Danae. A little too mythological and Danae's a little too much of a supporting player in her myth to be an interesting namesake.

12. Melaina. I like Melanie but not this so much.

11. Nyx. A little goth.

10. Rhea. I do like it I'm just not head over heels. Rhea's another figure who's not the most interesting namesake because she has, like, half a myth.

9. Penelope. It's everywhere and I'm clearly in the minority but I still think Penelope is super stodgy old lady.

8. Calliope. Just a general aversion to Callie names.

7. Iris. I don't think anyone really uses Iris as a myth reference though.

6. Cassandra. I really like Cassie and I like the full Cassandra too but the mythological figure is a negative.

5. Phoebe. I've always had a soft spot for Phoebe, kind of a guilty pleasure.

4. Athena. I'm actually glad this is catching on, she's so cool.

3. Thalia. I love the muse names and I like the connection to ancient comedy.

2. Daphne. Another guilty pleasure, I think I love Daphne because of Some Like It Hot, is that weird?

1. Selene. So beautiful. Selena's kinda dated and Luna's a little trendy but Selene is a classic.

New List: Shakespearean Ladies: Beatrice, Portia, Juliet, Rosalind, Hermia, Miranda, Viola, Helena, Katherina, Perdita, Emilia, Jessica

August 20, 2017 1:45 AM

12. Hermia - sounds like hernia to me. 

11. Emilia - Much too much like Emily for my liking.

10. Jessica - a perfectly lovely name, still dated to the 80's for me.

9. Miranda - I've liked Miranda for a long time but it still feels very 70's to me.

8. Katherina - I'm alright with just about every Katherine variant.

7. Juliet - maybe I should have put this one above Katherina?

6. Helena - The many pronunciations of Helena make me a little leery of it. but I still like it.

5. Viola - the fact that I have no idea what the pronunciation is makes me rank Viola here.

4. Rosalind - I love this so much I gave it to my daughtr as her middle name.

3. Beatrice - The fact that when I look at Beatrice I see Beat rice makes me rank her here.

2. Portia - I've loved Portia forever, sadly everyone in my circle thinks Porche before Portia.

1. Perdita - I've also loved Perdita forever, It's meaning doesn't faze me at all.



New list: Rex, Royal, Loyal, Clare, Lorne, Barnaby, Stanley, Kenneth,  Leo, Simon.