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I love Edmund so much, but my husband vetoed it due to King Lear! Would love to see it used more.
Harlow, Marlo(we), and Tatum were the first three to come to my mind - I see we agree!
Unfortunately, other than Briar and Rowan, I'm not sure how well these will date. Of course you could probably say that for a lot of names and I don't think anyone is too concerned about that when naming now.
They are still around, it's just a different set of them:
The only name/face that seems way off to me in the second group is Kayden - Joan a distant second. I think it would actually be easier for me to remember those names because they're so incongruous and therefore interesting. That's speaking as a name nerd, though - it could be pretty different to someone who is processing names in a more subconscious way.
Hmm, to me Cressida doesn't sound dated at all - there's something different about it, but I don't know what. Nerissa, though, does sound dated to that period despite never having been popular.
Where's Margaret in all this? I've come to love it in a huge way over the last couple of years, but it's down from 2000 and hovering at a historically pretty low position.
Chrysanthe is another very usable one, although maybe it sounds a little dated due to the Chris explosion of the 70s.
Whoa...I was JUST commenting on the Maeve thing on a message board earlier today. #2 is definitely MA.
I find it odd that the boys' lists are more diverse than the girls'. I noticed this last year, too. Just the effect of regional traditions being more strong for boys, or something else?
Don't Ottilie (o-TIL-ee-eh) and Annelise (a-neh-LEE-zeh) have the same number of syllables? I think you could go either way. Germans very often use C-spellings nowadays so I think Clara would also be nice. I would avoid Gretl as a full name as it's extremely diminutive, but using Greta and calling her Gretl would be very sweet. Good luck!
What a shame about Tristan and Michael - two very nice names.
However, I had to pause reading at Bentley in order to engage in a totally involuntary full-body cringe. I guess that must be my most-hated.
Did anyone else look up Maysen, since it came up? In 2009, 23 girls and 18 boys...interesting!~
Are we sure some of these least-used boys-names-on-girls aren't coding errors? I just saw that there were supposedly 16 boys named Abigail last year...I just can't believe that's correct - there must be some errors.
Hey, just a question, is there anyone here who would negatively react to a child's name, in person, in front of the parents?
Just asking, because everyone always gets positive reactions on their name choice and uses it as an argument that they made the right choice, but I think this is a meaningless argument. I would always make some kind of positive comment about a name in person in front of the parent.
If Esra/Ezra is Turkish, I'm down with putting it in Namepedia with an explicit note that it is not the same name as the masculine one.
My understanding is that Luca is a girls' name in Hungarian and maybe some other E. European languages. Again if your research also shows this to be a case it can go in for girls with an explicit note stating that history and that it is not the same as the masculine name.
As for Levi, get real. I think there were less than 30 girl Levis last year. Let's not get as crazy as some of the parents out there are. Looking at the massive SSA list you can also see there were multiple girls last year named Henry, Benjamin, Christopher, and just about any other common masculine name you can think of. If there were 30 girl Benjamins would you really consider accepting a girl entry for that? Seems crazy!
My fervent hopes are:
1. Male names that are truly male can stay that way, because Americans can very rarely seem to handle unisex names on men.
2. That Americans can come around to understanding the concept of a unisex name and not be afraid to use them on boys. Look to France as an example here.
Ooh, looks fun. :)