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If you're avoiding biblical names, Delilah would fall in that category, though iit's probably also being avoided by people who are *pro* Bible names (since she's not favorably depicted), so just left to those who are neutral toward Bible names.
I had a manager once whose name was Shirley Shelley, which she chose to take on when she married to get away from having been named Shirley Temple.
My parents didn't even rule out their own pets for kids names! They had a cockatiel when they only had us girls and named him Jonathan, when they had a boy they shrugged and said "still our favorite boys name!" and named our little brother that.
Ha, I'd assumed it was like people who pronounce wash like worsh
I think it just fits in with current fashionable sounds...a couple years ago my kid was on a baseball team of less than a dozen boys with a Kohen, a Kyan, a Kevin, and a Colin.
I guess this is another example of the Th pronounced T phenomenon we were talking about on the Talia thread a couple days ago!
I must have been talking about Elliot/tt too much on FB...my aunt got a dog this morning and decided to name him Elliott this afternoon!
Could be, but much less likely...last counted year there were 2220 Elliots, 2089 Elliott's, 159 Eliots and 69 Eliotts. The double Ls have nearly tripled in the last decade, while the single Ls haven't even gone up 50%.
Yeah, I actually don't remember too much trouble with it in school worth teachers or friends (except invitations that were probably written by patents), just the first time you sign up for something or someone has to look it up. You get a lot more of those one offs as an adult.
Though I've been with my husband for 17 years and we still get Christmas cards from his extended side to him and Monica -- I think they just don't care to learn.
I am pretty good with names but I have a hard time remembering if it's Philip or Phillip too... that's another one that's been neck and neck for ages.
I know a Gregory Lastname Jr. who has gone his whole life by Gregor and it sounds like a completely different name to me than his father Greg. I don't know that I've ever heard it on another kid, but it might sound fresh on this generation!
I think my favorite from your list is Ivy, though Fiona has a soft spot in my heart.
I typed your girls names into nymbler and from the first page I liked Lucille (I like that it looks longer than it sounds, which reminds me of your other two)
The year I was born there were about 3.5 Megans per Meghan and about 24 Monicas per Monika... And 20 Karens per Karyn, though Caryn was the way my childhood friend spelled it and I didn't know a Karen in my generation till college!
Mine is Monica-with-a-k which is uncommon enough in the US that I have to add it to the dictionary each time I get a new phone to stop it from changing it while typing about myself. My parents swear the fact that they were living in Germany when I was born had no influence over the spelling of my name (or their choice of middle name, Heidi, either) :,D. I don't remember living there at all, but I've certainly never been able to forget that that's where I was born!
Do you know if the H in Thames was added for a similar reason? I know it's never been pronounced...
Baby Halloween might be kind of weird ... her two iconic outfits are quite skimpy (one made of like, strategically placed plastic straps, and the other that always reminded me of Pretty Woman)
Maybe the same place as Thomas... or Theresa...
And I'll admit that I didn't know the Hebrew name and was assuming the op was using a phonetic spelling of Thalia.
Cleo is also the name of the poodle on the pbs show from the early '00s Clifford the big red dog.
And the mother lion on the pbs show Between the Lions around the same time.
I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the current batch of preschoolers, but I have yet to encounter one in real life, so it still feels decidedly animalish to me.
If I hear "Leeloo" I'm going to think of The 5th Element, but if it's just a nickname it wouldn't bother me or make me think the parents were huge sci-fi fans.
I was guessing E too, based on our top name for our current pregnancy...my Oliver is already 6 years old ;).