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I keep my own list similar to this. It's partly names that I can't believe aren't more popular right now given current trends, and partly names I just think would be really cool to start using. A lot of them are from books, either author names or character names:
Austen (Boy or girl - Austin is already popular, and this has the benefit of an allusion to everyone's favorite novelist. I honestly don't get why this isn't shooting up the charts.)
Elbereth (From Lord of the Rings - kind of an unexpected alternative to Elizabeth)
Watson (Elementary my dear)
Ranger (How is Hunter popular but Ranger not?)
My mom's middle name is Gertrude, and she goes by Trudy. I'll have to work on making her famous for something.
As someone born in the early 80s, the most familiar Candace to me is Candace Cameron of Full House. Looks like there's a spike around the time of that show too!
Turns out my name, Sophie, is a pretty popular one for pets as well as kids these days. It was in the 800s of popularity when I was born, so it's weird to me to hear it more and more these days.
I think about pet names a lot because I foster kittens, so I'm always having to come up with a new batch of names for a new litter. I'm also fascinated by the foster/rescue blogs I read and how those bloggers name THEIR kittens and cats. Some go by a theme, and I've done that too, like "spices": kittens named Clove, Coriander, Sage, etc. One blogger has a pregnant cat expecting a litter that will be named after awards: Tony, Hugo, Peabody, etc. Some just throw a bunch of names at them and see what fits, even changing a name if they find one that fits the cat better. But some, like Laurie of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, use human names, complete with last names for each litter. I can actually see Laurie naming cats Kenneth and Jeanette (in fact, there is a Kenneth on her site already), although cats can take a little more "fancy" in their names than dogs.
For my own pets I tend to prefer really ostentatious names that seem like too much to saddle a kid with. My cat's name is Hypatia, although technically my roommate thought of that one. I also like Eugenides, Zipporah, Theophania, things like that. I mean, if you can't have fun with names when naming your pets, when can you?
"I came up with a theory that at least one L, R, or N is "required" to make a name."
I must beg to differ.
-Sophie, awash in fricatives
Linnaeus - just don't tell them about Ashley and Courtney. They'll really flip.
Zora and Atlas! I'm totally stealing those names for future foster kittens. I love it.