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I know my list wasn't as exciting as Elizabeth's, but it's still interesting!
So I went to a fifth grade graduation tonight and they had a program... with all of the names :) Here's what was there (for girls):
Interesting mix of 80s, unique, and current names! Boys coming soon.
@zannejude: How do you pronounce Averitt? If it's pronounced A(like in the word 'cat')-ver-it, then you shouldn't have a problem with the mane Avery because that's pronounced with an 'ay' sound at the beginning which makes it very different from Averitt. Even if you pronouce it similarly to Avery, the 'itt' ending makes the name sound very masculine (think Bennett, Garrett, etc.). The nickname Avery would probably be harder to pull off though because it is trending towards girls.
I don't associate Dale with rednecks, and I think it will work great as a middle name.
I think that Derek could work as a mn as well, since you're not sold on it as a first.
Here are some names to ponder that include the names you've mentioned plus others I've thought of or gotten on nymbler:
Oh, and Sol's mom: My vote goes to Iris Emily! :)
@tiffg: If Naomi is the perfect name for you guys, I'd use it! It's not very popular, (at least where I live), so your daughter most likely won't be in school with any little Naomis. If it's a name you really love, I wouldn't even worry about the popularity factor! If it's really a dealbreaker, though, here are some name suggestions. Most are just names that I associate with the name Naomi and that sound nice, so they're all from different backrounds and nay not be what you're looking for. Hopefully these can help:
Camille, Heidi, Helena, Vivienne, Corinne, Adela, Daphne, Amaya, Nadia, Ilana, Linnea, Delia, Delilah, Scarlett, Leora
Penelope is an adorable name:) Your mom will come around!
@Chimu: I like all of those names, but my favorites are Juliet and Clementine:) For Astrid, I don't think many people would understand where the nn Pippi came from so I don't know if that would work well. Aster is nice though. As for Juliet nns, you could maybe use Lee? Clementine you could use Clem, Tina, Clemmy... but I love it as a full name! I don't have much trouble thinking of Clementine as an adult. Think of how sophisticated her name would sound amongst the Peytons, Rileys, Milelys, and Kaylins around!
re: Gl- names, if you go the the namevoyager and look of Gl- names, they indeed have been declining since about the 40s or 50s and haven't been very popular at all since around the 60s. It seems as though we do shy away from the gl sound. I wonder if it's the same if the name doesn't start with Gl but contains it somewhere? I can't think of an example off the top of my head but I'm sure there are names with 'gl' in the middle...
@KRC: What about Rosalind Ruby Christine? (Or just using Christine somewhere.) Christine has the 'ine' ending you like, plus it connects to your sister's middle name, Kristen!
Some interesting and some lovely names I found in my sister's yearbook (ages 4-13):
GIRLS: Maisy, Athena, Camille, Elise, Meadow, Jabrianna, Arden, Jorja, India (x2), Josephine, Alina, Estela, Surya, Sahana, Stecia, Helen, Ashanti, Mamie, Daphne, Eileen ;), Mairead, Teagan, Bell, Kirby, Naomi, Jemalyn, La Asia, Antisha, Tamanna, Kenley, Lilia, Thea, Afton
BOYS: Asa, Maxwell, Arjun, Quan, Gareth, Judson, Wyatt, Erick, Donovan, Dewayne, Thiep, Diezel, Calvin, Enoch, Nhan, Madoc, Wesley, Rees, Leo, Murphy, Zen, Fidel, Rafael (x2), Kortney, Roderick, Jonah, Winston
Obviously these were the unusal ones, mixed with Olivias, Hannahs, and Sarahs galore.(even an Olyvia :o!)
Nella Eve is a great idea!
Re Quinn: I also love this as a strictly male name.
@SP: I actually really like Violet as a mn for Allegra. I feel like your concerns won't matter in the long run. Most of the time, people don't even use their mns! Of course, if it still would bother you to use Violet, here are a few suggestions:
@taylorj: If you really love Noah, I think you should go ahead and use it anyway! But since you may not want to, here are a few other suggestions:
re: Eileen. I think this is a great name that reminds me of a smart, sphisticated woman and will age quite well. I can also see the name a a little girl. Plus, you can always use a nn like Lena if your husband would like a more modern name. I think it's a great way to honor your aunt, though I wouldn't use it if that's the ONLY reason... it's important to like your child's name. Of course, if you end up using Eileen and loving it, that would be lovely. :)
Changing the topic, I was looking through the list of names I like the other day, and i realised that while most of them are pretty much the same style, I have a few outliers that just don't seem to fit. Has anyone else noticed that? I'd love to hear your outlier names. :) Mine are:
@NAMG, I prefer Thalia or Iris.
re: Eliana, I think this is a great name! I wouldn't worry about the other Ella and Ana names too much because, if you use the full name, Eliana is pretty uncommon I think.
I actually know an african american Dreama from central VA!
@Kimberly: I also love Henry despite its popularity. As for the nns Harry and Hank, I don't think that would be too much of a problem since they're so different from the name. If little Henry grew up being called Henry, I don't think he'd all of the sudden start getting called Hank (kind of like Sarah nn Sally). I hope you understand what I mean. I like the name Cormac as well and on the plus side, I'm sure most people don't know its meaning offhand.
@Laura- I agree with mersey; you should consider creating some sort of forum. Then, there could be more specific threads and we could simply find the specific topics we'd like to talk about! I also agree that all of the comments are very interesting, however, it would be neat for people to be able to address certain questions or topics! Either way, I love the blog :)
@ajg: I don't think Sarah is 80's-stamped at all! I know Sarahs my age (16), older, and younger. I think it's timeless and would be great on a baby and also age well.
re- Hollis: I only have ever met one Hollis, and it was a woman who is in her late 20s now.
@guest: For the girl, I'd suggest something with a girly, sophisticated, and/or romantic feel. Some I had in mind:
@A rose: I thought I was the only teenager here! haha I'm 16. :)
@Jillc: That makes more sense. Still a little surprising though.
I was looking through some of my grandparents' and great-grandparents',etc. names today and I found some interesting, pretty, and foreign names. Here are some: