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I just wanted to pop in quickly and say that I have loved reading all your top 5 lists! I always enjoy seeing what people's tastes are and seeing what other names people with similar taste as mine like. There are some very beautiful names on these lists. :D
Alice in Wonderland, congrats on your baby boy! Rowan and Harris are both wonderful names, and they sound great together!
Becky, Wow, that is really interesting! Thanks for posting that. I can't imagine either of the other girls' names in Alice's place, though I must say I have a soft spot for Edith.
To everyone, being new here, I was curious...what are your top 5 boy and girl names? If you have less than 5 top names for each, that's fine. Here are mine, though only the top 3 girls and very top boy stay the same:
I was just on a name message board, and a poster asked for everyone's top 5 girl names. My favorite name, Louisa, is on 4 lists! I was pretty surprised to put it mildly. I visit several name message boards and see a lot of lists, and I've only ever seen Louisa on one list before, and that was here. What are your opinions on the future popularity of Louisa?
Philippa The First, I don't see the appeal of Dora either, but I know it's only b/c Dora the Explorer is so big here. My first encounter with the name Dora, though, was through David Copperfield (written, of course, by Charles Dickens). She was David's wife in the book.
Lucky, I love Clementine! Here are some more ideas:
Boy Names (some could work for girl, too):
Ember (okay, so this is fire)
Alice is a name that I want to like. It seems like a name I *should* like, but it just feels a little lackluster to me for some reason. This maybe b/c it stayed in the top 200 in the U.S. from 1880-1971 (though it was #201 in 1970), so it doesn't feel as fresh to me. That being said, I can see why people would be drawn to the name - aside from the pop culture associations. It IS an old name, it has a soft sound, and it also has sound that I find distinct from other antique revivals. I think as the name becomes more popular, and I meet little Alice's here and there, the name may very well grow on me.
I don't generally like names ending in "er" either, but I have a bit of a soft spot for Archer. I think it's b/c I love Archie so much.
Ondine, How about...
Another one that popped into my head is Ivan.
I think I'll probably change my user-name, too, once we get pregnant. We're keepers, and since I use this username on a family forum, I wouldn't want to risk being found out. :D
This is going to be very short b/c my son is waking up, but I just now thought of what I wanted to ask you all. What are your thoughts on the name Eveline? I think it's pronounced ev-uh-LEEN. I heard it for my first time last week, and it's growing on me.
Just a quick question: What does NE stand for? I've seen it used often here.
Kerry, great list! In fact, there are very few names on your list that I don't like. Here are my very favorites: Girls - Adele, Cecily, Eleanor, and Louisa. Boys: Atticus, Bennett, Edmund, Miles, Phineas, Solomon, Thaddeus, Theodore, and Tobias. We must have very similar styles b/c my son's name is Solomon. And also, DH and I are TTC, and my favorite boy name and favorite girl name are on your list - Louisa and Edmund.
Julie, I just wanted to say that I really like Winston. For a while it was one of my top names (my combo was Winston Graham), but it sounds bad with our surname. I can picture a Winston on a little boy.
Leslie, in my first pregnancy we told everyone that if we had a boy his name would be Lincoln, and if we had a girl her name would be Gwendolen. My sister-in-law fell in love with the name Gwendolen, and she always says that if I don't use it she's snabbing it. I do have one friend that used it and even took the middle name I announced to go with it (Rose), but she didn't do it until after I had Lincoln. Thankfully, after over 7 years of Gwendolen being my favorite girl name, I have other favorites, and I'll only be giving a select few people a long-ish list of baby names we're looking at when we're pregnant again. That way I can be more confident I'm not sharing with someone I think might snab a name I love. :)
Lilliputian, I like Maud a lot. Like you said it's got that clunky feel to it (a lot like Astrid). I don't see it flying up the charts either, so it also has that going for it. Out of curiousity, where are you seeing Mabel on the rise? I live in the U.S., and Mabel is a name my husband and I are considering for the future, but we like our kids to have uncommon names, and I am a little afraid Mabel will become popular in the future.
Zoerhenne, If someone asks for my opinion on a name they are considering, I will give them my honest opinion. I don't put it bluntly if I didn't like the name, but I say something like, "It's not my personal style of name, but you have to go with what is right with you." That is unless there's something that I think personally needs pointed out about a name. For example, my step-sister is pregnant with a girl and asked what I thought about Trinity Ivy. Since their surname begins with a T, I asked whether she had looked at the initials (T.I.T.), which she hadn't. (Note: Initials don't generally bother me, but something like this...). So they've changed the middle name.
If someone doesn't ask for my opinion but tells me they've decided on such-and-such name, I don't feel it my place to tell them my opinion if I don't like it. Instead I'll say something like, "How exciting to have a name picked out!"
Margit, yikes! I had to laugh when I read your story. It sounds like something I would do.
I have to agree with everyone who says it can help the healing process when you have a name chosen already, and you end up losing a child. In my case, it did help me tremendously. Like I mentioned above, in the hospital, part of me wanted to change Lincoln's name to something with a meaning like "Loved by God" since the meaning of Lincoln is "lake, pool". But now when I look back on it, I have more perspective, and I am SO glad I didn't change his name. I talked to him a lot during pregnancy, and I called him by his name. And when I look back now, I could associate no other name with the memory of all his kicks, late-night hiccups, etc. And I certainly don't regret telling everyone his name when I was pregnant b/c they were able to have that much of a bond with him, too.
With our first son, Lincoln, we chose to tell everyone his name. It was a name we thought sounded handsome and was at the time very uncommon. Tragically, he ended up being stillborn at 38 weeks. Part of me wanted to change his name to something really meaningful, but all our family and friends were already calling him Lincoln and at least felt connected with him in that way, and I couldn't bear the thought of taking away one of the only connections they had to him by changing his name.
With our second son, we decided to keep his name a secret for different reasons. 1)We liked the idea of the surprise factor. 2) My family and extended family is full of kids with names such as Jaelynn, Kaylee, Kelsey, McKenzie...every trendy name you can imagine. And since we like very uncommon, older, non-trendy names, we knew our family wouldn't like the names we were considering. But we also knew that whatever we chose, they might not like it at first, but once they got to know our son, they would love the name b/c they would associate it with him. 3) Like Laura mentioned, everyone knew we were having a boy and even the date and time we were scheduled for a c-section, so we needed to have something for ourselves. 4) On the small chance we changed our minds at the last minute and opted for a different name, we wanted to be at liberty to go with that name.
We did give a few close friends and family a list of names we had initially narrowed it down to (that included Solomon of course) so they could get a feel for what we were considering and so we could hear their feedback b/c that is important to us to an extent. Like Laura mentioned, I didn't want to name our son Solomon if there was some family secret of my grandma being left by a drunkard with that name or something. :)
With our next pregnancy, we will do the same thing as we did with Solomon, though we will most likely even keep the sex of the baby a secret, even if we end up finding out ourselves.
Meganromer, I love Frederick! It's actually in my top 5. I find it classic and underused, and I adore the nn Freddie. I can most definitely see a little boy being called by the full Frederick, and my heart just smiles at the picture. So cute!
Alr as guest, there is something about the name Arlo that appeals to me, but it's overall not my style. It has that hip 'o' ending going for it, and yet it's very uncommon, which is a great combination. Sorry I'm not much help.
William 2, I may hear "Jett" as "Chett" or "Jed", but I don't think it's too big of a deal. I can't speak from experience - I have no idea what it's like correcting people on my name, but I wouldn't *think* it would be too anoying with a name as short as "Jett" to spell it out, "No, that's Jett: J-E-T-T". That's my opinion anyway.
So another nickname question: Is it okay for one child to go by a nickname for their fuller name and your other child/children to go by their full name(s)? For example, let's say Solomon has two sisters and we name them Mabel and Beatrice. Would it be weird if we called them Solomon, Mabel, and Bess when we could also shorten Solomon to Sol and Mabel to Mabs but opt not to do so?
Okay, that's actually making sense to me now. Elizabeth -> Beth -> Bette ->Betsy -> Bessie-> Bess.
Zoerhenne, thanks for letting me know about the "Choosing Nicknames" - I think I shall go and try to find that.
Thank you for your replies!
Of your sugesstions, I like Amabel, Annabelle, Beatrice, and Mabel. My husband and I are actually seriously considering Mabel if we have a girl next time around (we're hoping this will be our month in TTC). I'm kind of confused on the rules of nicknames, though. I don't see how Bess can be a nickname for anything except Bessie. For example, Elizabeth: there's a 'b' and an 'e', but there is not even one 's'. It's the same with the other names above that I like. Can someone explain this b/c I'm always at a loss when it comes to nicknaming - what works vs. what doesn't work.
Zoerhenne, Louisa is still my favorite name. I was debating between Louisa Bess and Mabel Adeline (mn opt to change), and DH told me he likes both names, but he likes Mabel best. I was devasted to potentially lose both Louisa and Bess - two of my favorite names. We'll see what happens. He's known for changing his mind. :)