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I forgot to put Aurora on the list.
Plus, my colleague's niece is having a baby girl, and they are naming her Xyllena. Anyone ever heard of it? I am told it is Greek. It's not on BNW, but I haven't had time to check any other sites.
Wow! Reading this today was like reading my geneology chart! So, I thought I should share:
My aunts: Dorothy, Ruth, Adele, Eunice, Louise, Esther, Hope, Sylvia, and Lucille.
Their mother, my grandmother: Ellen Mabel (who went by Mabel because she thought Ellen sounded "too old!"
I entered a short story contest once whose main character was called Scott. I was so embarrassed when the judges noted I had substituted "Steve" for Scott at least three times.
Well, I named every doll when I was a kid--and all my friends' dolls, too! All my pets had THREE names. And when I got my own place and planted flowers, each of my rose bushes was named (after family): Dianne, Susanne, Marianne, Leeanne, Kathianne! "Marianne has tons of blooms this morning!"
As an adult, I collect bride dolls. They often are already named by the manufacturer, but if they aren't, I give them a name.
And I name my automobiles.
I've written stories since I was in the 4th-grade. I joined this website because of the writer's forum. I still write stories, and they often start with a character's name.
I work part-time at an embroidery shop, and I love getting to hear the new baby names being embroidered onto little baby blankets! My co-workers are amazed at the amount of name trivia I know.
I love that I am not alone in loving names! And, I love the knowledge and expertise found on this site.
While they are no 'superheroes,' my husband and I were just discussing how many Country Music stars there are named Chris on the charts. There's only one Blake, one Keith, one Brett, etc., but there are four Chrises: Young, 33 years old, Janson, 32 years old, Lane, 33 years old, and Stapleton, who is a little older at 40 years old.
Are you still taking lists? My favorites change all the time, but at this moment, I would say:
Girls: Everly, Rebecca, Serenity, Claire, Isla
Boys: Jameson, Maverick, Gage, Everett, Christian
Since you have Clement and Clementine on your list, I will offer my grandson's name: Clemeth. The only name list I have ever found it on was a list of Finnish baby names! (Until I entered it on BNW). He was named after his great-grandfather who was from Ireland. He mostly goes by Clem, but I still call him Clemeth.
Astrid, Soren, and Clemeth.
I found BNW and began posting because I am a writer. I don't post often, but I do remember your search for a boy's name and thinking, "How perfect!" when you chose Soren!
Thank you for that info!
1. A popular name you don't like: Noah (or any boy name ending in ‘a’sound); Sophia (just don’t see why it became so popular)
2. A name everyone hates but you like: Boys: Steven (very traditional) Girls: Serenity (virtue names)…not everybody in America hates it, but my family sure does.
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular. ?????
4. A name family you don't like: Kree8tyv spellings!!!! Payton, if you must, but certainly not Paitynn!
5. A trend you can't get on board with: Surnames for girls, unisex names
6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now. Gaelic names, like Siobhan and Declan
7. A first letter you don't much care for. “P”, if unless if sounds like “F” (No to Peter, okay to Philip; no to Penelope, okay to Phoebe)
8. A name you like but think is overhyped. Girls: Ella Boys: Sebastian
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival: George and Sylvia
10. A name that doesn't get enough love: Christian (dang you, 50 shades!) and Isla (I’m crossing my fingers that my son’s future daughter might be this instead of Ella)
My daughter (born in 1985) was SORT of named after a Guiding Light character...my husband wanted to name our daughter after his mother. Her name was Susan Linda, so he suggested Linda Susan. I blanched because it was such a MOM name! So, I suggested Melinda Sue, after Melinda Sue Lewis (played by the beautiful Krista Tesreau). And, he agreed.
I tried to always call her Melinda, but she became a Mindy anyway.
HEAVEN: Wyatt, Grant, Sean, Shane, Travis, Riley, Caleb, Brandon, Logan, Trevor, Tristan, Adam, Landon, James, William, Jonah, Trenton, Keaton, Garrett, Benjamin, Lucas, Ryan, Jack, Seth, Thomas, Darren, Matthew, Wesley, Austin, Chandler, Carter, Ryder, Nicholas, Kieran, Mark, Devon, Dylan, Elliott, Tanner, Avery, Justin, Layton, Mason, Cole, Alexander, Ashton, Zachary, Maxwell, August, Scott, Dawson, Cameron, Tyler, Judah, Brett, Kyle, Camden, Spencer, Eli, Blake, Trey, Dustin, Preston, Josiah, Jordan, Dallas, Carson, Christopher, Ethan, Cody, Casey, Tucker, Taran, Kade, Joshua, Hayden, Jonathan, Braden, Zachariah, Corbin, Brenden, Hunter, Christian, Bryce
PURGATORY: Alan, Alec, Anthony, Bradley, Colby, Elijah, Jackson, Jeffrey, Joseph, Parker, Robert, Steven, Timothy,
HELL: Sequoyah, Roc, Zephaniah, Chrisxavier, Treyvon, Saxon, Adolfo, Gibson, Mauro, Romano, Jayshaun, Blade, Javondre, Noe, Kyler, Jensen, Bode, Carlson, Casen, Kaden, Titan, Calder, Kody, Ricardo, Chevy, Miller, Jace, Quincy, Jose, Calan, Kristopher, Blaise, Dominick, Sonny, Sidney, Johnny, Angel, Jarett, Glen, Lance, Jaxon, Danny, Peyton, Destin, Carey, Demitrius, Kristopher, Jaden, Damian, Sergio, Isaiah, Sergio, Solomon, Victor, Bowen, David, Robin, Phillip, Ian, Albert, Dakota, Peter, Taylor, Luke, Steven, Isaac, Daniel, Mitchell, Noah, Brock, Davis, Andy, Aaron, Nathan, Colton, Andrew, Cooper, Michael, Jacob, Keenan, Gabriel, Randy, Shaw, Ayden
My niece named her son Zymair, and we call him Zy.
Vexen reminds me too much of Vixen.
Heaven: Anastasia, Constance, Erika, Gloria, Jasmine, Estelle, Violet, Talia, Zara, Sabrina, Maisie, Iris, Elaine, Emilia, Arabella, Marion, Aria, April, Thea, Penny, Lana, Harper, Isla, Alice, Autumn, Hope, Darcy, Freja, Eva, Monica, Erin, Harlow, Amy, Gemma, Arielle, Kara, Hannah, Imogen, Lillian, Seraphina, Diana, Hazel
Purgatory: Abby, Adina, Amira, Ana, Annie, Blair, Chloe, Cindy, Claudine, Cora, Courtney, Daisy, Dakota, Demetria, Eden, Elisa, Elodie, Gina, Jill, Kate, Lacey, Lauren, Leslie, Paloma, River, Shelby, Sonja, Tara, Winnie, Paige
Hell: Carey, Reece, Song, Cassedy, Sailor, Beth, Tia, Megan, Tinsley, Jem, Spencer, Aggie, Kristen, Jordan, Kelly, Sunny, Sage, Britta, Mckenna, Lorna, Alma, Solange, Misty, Lois, Zoya, Electra, Journey, Dixie, Padma, Juno, Tammy, Honor, Mimi, Yvonne, Liberty, Chantal, Temperance, Presley, Shay, Hadley, Alix
Never in a million years would I think there would be another Clem in my grandson's school, but sure enough, there was another in his kindergarten class! My grandson is Clemeth, and the other boy was Clement, but they were referred to as Clem M. and Clem T.
And way back when, when my son, Thomas James, was in 3rd-grade, there was another student named Timothy Joseph...and they both were called TJ! Since neither of us mothers would budge (my son simply wasn't a Tom or a Tommy!), they were TJ B and TJ S.
You cannot guarantee your child's name will be the only one!
My daughter was thinking of naming her baby Serenity, if she had a girl, eleven years ago. I thought it was off the wall, but pretty. She had a boy, but I've been listening for a "Serenity" ever since. I've never heard it. So hard to believe it's #71!
Clarity Dianne, Gage Mitchell, Jared Gregory, Maverick James, Serenity Anne, Verity Susanne.
My neice just named her baby Zymair.
My grandson is named "Clemeth" and goes mostly by "Clem." I think it fits right in there with Clarence and Clyde. I didn't like it at first, but all the 'Klem Kadiddlehopper' and country rube connotations have dissolved as my grandchild completely owns his name!
A teacher I work with named her baby girl Muriel last year. They call her Elle.
No, you're right, it doesn't matter at all to the story. Besides, the portion read at the writer's group was out of the second chapter, after I had written descriptions of the main characters.
Thank you for researching for me and for affirming that "my' pronunciation is acceptable!