Keyboard Name Game

My friend & I were on the computer one day, and I was kind of getting bored, so I looked down at the keyboard and started reciting a name for every letter: "Quinn, William, Ethan, Rhys, Thomas, Yorick ... Uranus ... Isaac --"

"Wait, what did you say between Yorick and Isaac?" Then I realised how dirty it sounded. (I was actually naming the planet.)

Anyway, then she started trying to come up with names for each letter, too. (We brought up Baby Name Wizard for "Q," though.)

After that, to make it harder, my friend started making categories to stick to -- only boys names, only girls names, or only fictional characters. It was a lot of fun, surprisingly, and pretty hard.

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If you want to play, here are the rules we made:

1) Players go in an order [if playing on Baby Name Wizard, ignore rule #1]

2) If there is a category, provide reference to your answers [ex: if the category is "Fictional Characters" you must explain that Karana is from Island of the Blue Dolphins ... but it's OK not to say "Frodo, from the LOTR series" Anything popular enough does not require reference. For gender-specified Keyboard Game Names, no reference is required.]

3) No cheating. [Do not bring up Baby Name Wizard for tough letters, or any other website or book!] 

4) Double categories are allowed. [ex: "Only girls' names of fictional characters."]

5) Names may not be repeated. [In different rounds, they may be repeated, and as different names, they also may be repeated. [ex #1: Round 1 there is no Category, someone may use "Quinn" as a boys' name, and someone else may also use "Quinn" for a girls' name. ex #2: If the Category is "Fictional Characters" someone could say "Yorick" is from Shakespeare, & someone else can say "Yorick" is also from Firewing. ex #3: If someone said "Winnifred", "Winnie" is still allowed to be used by another player. ex #4: if someone says "Quinn" in round 1, someone else may still say "Quinn" in round 2 or 3, etc.]

6) You cannot use the Bible for the "Fictional Characters" Category. [ex: you cannot say, "Jacob, from the Bible" ... or especially not "God, from the Bible"!]

7) There doesn't have to be a Category

8) Go in order of the letters on the Keyboard, not alphabetical.

9) Letters can be skipped. [ex: if you cannot think of a letter for Y, just leave it & move on. You can come back to it any time during that Round.]
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Also, I just thought of something while making this thread: for the "Fictional Characters" Category, I don't think either of us ever thought of Hermione for either Shakespeare or HP... it also took us like an hour to come up with "Xenophilius Lovegood" for X. And my friend came up with God after I said "Jacob, from the Bible" for like 3 rounds in  a row ... and I don't even know who Jacob is in the Bible!

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1
January 1, 2013 5:13 PM

Good game! Using fictional characters (from novels), first names:

Quentin Compson (Absalom, Absalom!)

Wendy (Peter Pan)

Elizabeth Bennet

Rebecca (from Du Maurier's eponymous novel)

Temple Drake (I've got Faulkner on the brain)

Ycidra (called Cee, character in Toni Morrison's Home)

Ulysses (from Homer's classic)

Ichabod Crane

Olivia Land (from Kate Atkinson's Case Histories)

Peter Pevensie (from C.S. Lewis's classic series)

Aomame (main character in 1Q84, a novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami)

Sancho Panza (faithful squire to don Quixote)

Diana (daughter of Gordianus the Finder, protagonist in Steven Saylor's fantastic Roma sub Rosa mystery series set in ancient Rome)

Flossie and Freddie Bobbsey (younger set of twins in Laura Lee Hope's series The Bobbsey Twins)

Gordinaus the Finder (see Diana)

Hester Prynne (bearer of the scarlet letter in Hawthorne's classic)

José Arcadio Buendía (founder of Macondo, fictional town of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude)

Kreacher (house elf in Harry Potter)

Louisa Musgrove (protagonist of Austen's Persuasion)

Zephyr (a wild girl in The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult)

Xanthe Pennywell (daughter of Liam Pennywell, protagonist of Anne Tyler's Noah's Compass)

Charles Ingalls (father of Laura)

Violet Alden (child in the series The Boxcar Children)

Beth March (character in Little Women)

Nicholas Nickleby (of Dickens fame)

Mattie Silver (character in Ethan Frome)

 

I did have to look up some of the surnames. This was tough going! If I have time, I'll try movies and TV shows.

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January 1, 2013 7:57 PM

Category is Girls:

Quinn; Wendy; Elise; Renee; Theresa; Yvette; Ursula; Iris; Penelope

Adrienne; Sarah; Deirdre; Frances; Gerogia; Hannah; Jacqueline; Kelly; Lydia

Zoe; Xanthia; Cynthia; Vera; Bonnie; Nicole; Michelle

These were not necessarily my favorites but just the first name that popped into my head.

Boys:

Quentin; Wesley; Robert; Theodore; Y??; Ulric; Isaac; Oliver; Peter

Adam; Steven; David; Frederick; Glen; Henry/Hank; Jacques; Keith; Lawrence

Zane; Xavier; Caden; Victor; Bert; Niall; Mitchell

 

3
January 2, 2013 9:16 PM

I said Yorick (boys`name) many times in my thread. 

4
January 3, 2013 6:09 PM

Girls names!

Quinna; Willow; Edan; Rory; Tayla; Yolonda; Ursula; Ilaina; Olivia; Posy; Adelaide; Savanah; Dara; Flora; Grace; Helena; Jessie; Karyn; Lily; Zinnia; Xayla; Claudette; Vivi; Becca; Nadine; Molly

That's all for now!

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January 4, 2013 3:02 PM

TV shows (character names):

Quark (Deep Space Nine)

Will (Will & Grace)

Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)

Rachel (Friends)

Theo Huxtable (Cosby Show)

Y--help me out here!

U--help!

I--help!

Oscar (Odd Couple)

Peter Burke (White Collar)

Annie Walker (Covert Affairs)

Sydney Bristow (Alias)

Deanna Troi (Next Generation)

Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)

Howard Wolowitz (Big Bang Theory)

John Carter (ER)

Ka D'Argo (Farscape)

Larry and his brothers Darryl and Darryl (Newhart)

Zoe (Sesame Street)

Xena (Warrior Princess)

Cliff Claven (Cheers)

Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)

Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Nikita (Nikita)

Mark Benford (Flash Forward)

 

6
January 13, 2013 6:32 PM

I love the Star Trek and Farscape names!

 

For Y, Fry's father and older brother on Futurama are both named Yancy.

I can't think of anything for U either...

For I, there's an Isabella on Phineas and Ferb, but you already used Ferb.

7
January 4, 2013 5:05 PM

Biblical names:

Q:  Quirinius

W:  

E: Esther

R: Rebekah

T: Tamar

Y: 

U: Uriah

I: Israel

O: Orpah

P: Peter

A: Alexander

S: Sarai

D: Daniel

F: Felix

G: Gideon

H: Hannah

J: James

K: Korah

L: Luke

Z: Zipporah

X: Xerxes

C: Caleb

V: Vashti

B: Benaiah

N: Nahum

M: Malachi 

 

Several of these I can come up with multiples, but nothing for W or Y! Is there no W or Y in the Hebrew language?  I wasn't going to put the name of God in the Y, but I supposed that would work there.

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January 4, 2013 5:45 PM

No, W isn't a Hebrew letter, but Y definitely is - it's just often turned into an I or J when translated into English. Think Yitzhak (Isaac), Yisrael (Israel), Yaakov (Jacob), Yarden (Jordan), Yonatan (Jonathan), Jehoshua (Joshua), Yehudah (Judah), Yosef (Joseph), to name a few easy ones.

9
January 4, 2013 6:23 PM

That would make sense why I could think of tons of I's and J's then! :-)  Thank you!

10
January 5, 2013 6:27 AM

Male names, must contain the letter before (the key to the left of) the initial.

  • Quimby
  • Walquer*
  • Ewart
  • Remus
  • Trevor
  • Yasath
  • Uryah*
  • Ingulf
  • Oisin
  • Primo
  • Apollo
  • Saul
  • David
  • Federico
  • Geoffrey
  • Hugh
  • Japhet
  • Kjartan
  • Luke
  • Zebulon
  • Xazier*
  • Caxton
  • Victor
  • Bevis
  • Norbert
  • Manuel

* I may have got a bit creative with these ones...

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January 5, 2013 8:44 AM

Very creative!  Uh, how do you pronouce "Xazier"?  I do love how it looks.  I'm thinking EX-ee-air...

Or would you say EX-zeer? ZA-zeer?  ZAY-zeer?

12
January 5, 2013 11:05 AM

You've hit the nail on the head...I'm torn between KSA-zeer (rhymes with snazzier) and KSAY-zeer (rhymes with brazier) :)

 

13
January 5, 2013 1:18 PM

I think it's fair to let the name keep its ambiguity and to let each parent choosing the name decide how to say it :D

And I also really like your "rule" because otherwise, this is really just an out-of-order alphabet game but you gave the keyboard order a real purpose :)

14
January 5, 2013 7:08 PM

What do you mean, "rule"?

15
January 7, 2013 1:45 AM

Oh, the way she chose her list's rule to be "must contain the letter before (the key to the left of) the initial".

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January 8, 2013 7:04 PM

Thanks :) Thought I'd better even things out by doing the other half of this rule/category...see below...

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January 8, 2013 7:12 PM

To balance up: female names, containing the letter after/to the right of the initial.

  • Quenwynn*
  • Wendy
  • Everild
  • Ruth
  • Tatyana
  • Yulia
  • Unity
  • Iolanthe
  • Ophelia
  • Pansy
  • Aspasia
  • Sadie
  • Delfina
  • Fionnguala
  • Gwenhwyfar
  • Hesje
  • Jackie
  • Kalliope
  • Laszla
  • Zoxia*
  • Xenica*
  • Claravel
  • Viburna*
  • Bonnie
  • Naomi
  • Maquayla*

* A few more fiendish combinations that needed a bit of onomastic licence...can anyone think of obvious names I've missed?

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January 13, 2013 6:44 PM

I'll try with only (first) names from the Harry Potter books (not all are characters per se, but are at least mentioned).

Quirinus Quirrell

Winky

Elphias Doge

Ron Weasley

Tom Riddle

Y, I can't think of anyone

U, I can't think of anyone either

Ignotus Peverell

Olive Hornby

Penelope Clearwater

Arthur Weasley

Susan Bones

Dilys Derwent

Frank Bryce

Godric Gryffindor

Hermione Granger

James Potter

Kreacher

Luna Lovegood

Zacharias Smith

Xenophilius Lovegood

Cormac McLaggen

Viktor Krum

Bertha Jorkins

Nicolas Flamel

Millicent Bulstrode

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January 15, 2013 2:19 PM

Y -- Yvonne (friend of Petunia's--second book)

U -- Urquhart Rackharrow (Inventor of the entrail-expelling curse--fifth book)

20
July 5, 2013 2:04 PM

Category: Unusual One Syllable:

Qian, Wade, Emme, Rue, Thad, Yael, Ulle, Isle, Om, Phin, Ace, Slaide, Drake, Flyte, Graeme, Hale, Jeb, Knute, Leith, Zane, Xi, Colt, Viv, Bodh, Noam, Mick. 

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July 31, 2013 5:53 AM

Category: Must contain keyboard letters in reverse (Q+M, W+N, E+B etc)girl/boy mix

Quimby
Warner
Ebony
Raven
Tracy
Y+X?
Urzula/Urszula? (not sure on spelling, I think it's Polish)
Isabella
Osmund
Pedro
Leif
Keagan
Jonah
Hajah
Garrick
Felicity
Daphne
Sophia
Ainsley
Zuri?
Xyla?
Catrin
Verity
Benjamin
Newla?
Miquel?

Got a bit creative by the end :)

22
August 1, 2013 11:20 AM

Interesting category... For Y+X, there's Polyxena or Onyx.

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August 27, 2013 10:23 PM

Category: Girl Names only.

W - Winnifred

Q- Quinn

E - Elene

R - Renee

T - Tamsin

Y - Yvette

U - Ursula

I - Ione

O - Oriel

P - Parvati

A - Aurielle

S - Sarah

D - Delphine

F - Ffion

G - Giselle

H - Hortense

J - Jane

K - Katelyn

L - Lauren

Z - Zara

X - Xanthe

C - Charlotte

V - Valerie

B - Beatrice

N - Noelle

M - Madeleine

I hope I have played it right. All of these names I came up with straight from my head. I know a lot of names. Been obsessed since I was a little girl.

Boy Names

 

Q - Quinten

W - William

E - Edgar

R - Richard

T - Thomas

Y - Yvan

U - Ulrich

I - Ian

O - Oleander

P - Peter

A - Aaron

S - Samuel

D - Dexter

F - Francis

G - Garrett

H - Henry

J - James

K - Kieran

L - Laurence

Z - Zachary

X - Xavier

V - Vernon

B - Benjamin

N - Nathaniel

M - Matthew

 

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November 21, 2016 3:07 AM

I've always liked "M" names & my two favorite are Mackenzie (but LOVE the spelling Mackynzie) & Maverick. I always said if I had twins, that would be their names. ;) Well, now we've had two kids & they both start with "K", so I'm thinking we're stuck with that letter now, lol. We actually debated about naming our daughter Kenzi, instead of Mackenzie... but Mackenzie is really common & Kenzi is starting to get popular around our area.

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October 12, 2013 11:14 AM

Category: Girl Names only:

Quinn

Wilhelmina

Ebony

Raina

Tara

Yolanda

Una

Isobel

Opal

Piper

Aspen

Saoirse

Dana

Felicity

Georgia

Hannah

Jade

Karen

Lorelai

Zaylee

Xenia

Cassandra

Vivian

Bethan

Nyla

Madisen


Category: Boy Names only:

Quinten

William

Eric

Roland

Tobias

Yale

Ulric

Isaac

Oscar

Parker

Aiden

Shay

Dominic

Frederick

Garrick

Harrison

Jamie

Karson

Lucas

Zayne

Xavier

Carter

Vale

Boyd

Nathan

Maddox

26
December 28, 2013 9:37 AM

Rule: People I know

Q

William

Emma

Richard

Theresa

Y

U

Isabella

Olivia

Patrick

Anna

Samantha

Daniel

Frances

Gracie

Hannah

Jim

Kylie

Leah

Zac

Xavier

Colette

Vernon

Brandon

Nikki

Matthew

Whew! Do I really know no one with Q, Y, or U names? I guess they're not that common.

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February 9, 2014 8:55 PM

There are probably quite a few repeats on here, but to be honest I haven't read through the entire thread:

I'll do boy's names, then girl's.

Quentin

William

Emmett

Robert

Thomas

Yuri

Ulysses

Isaac

Oliver

Peter

Arthur

Stephen

David

Felix

George

Henry

James

Karl

Louis

Zachary

Xavier

Charles

Vincent

Benjamin

Nicholas

Miles

 

Quinn (unisex, really)

Willa

Evelyn

Rosalie

Tessa

Yulia

Una

Iris

Olive

Phoebe

Alice

Stella

Dorothy

Florence

Georgia

Helen

Jane

Katherine

Lillian

Zora

Ximena

Caroline

Vera

Beatrice

Nora

Marie 

 

28
February 6, 2016 2:55 PM

I will do it the same way as her.

Quill

Will

Ethan

Rhys

Thomas

York

Ulysses

Iyden

Oliver

Paul

Aven

Soni

Drew

Felix

Grant

Hayden

Jayce

Karter

Luka

Zayden

Xander

Caleb

Vernon

Braxton

Noah

Morrie

 

 

Quinley

Willow

Evadne

Rachael

Tatum

Yanessa

Uni

Iolanthe

Olive

Piper

Astrid

Shiloh

Danieli

Finley

Gretchen

Hazel

Jessa

Kierstyn

Lauren

Zana

Xanthe

Calliope

Violet

Bristol

Nori

Madigan

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February 15, 2016 9:35 PM

Cool game! Category: Girls

Q: Quiteria (after Brazilian revolutionary Maria Quiteria)

W: Wilhelmina (Dracula)

E: Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)

R: Ramona

T: Theodora

Y: Yara (My name, mythical Siren who inhabits the Amazonas river)

U: Ursula

I: Iris

O: Olympia

P: Petroline (French variation of a town in Brazil)

A: Antonietta (Antoinette in Italian)

S: Salomé

D: Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)

F: Fermina (LN: Daza, character in Love in the Time of Cholera)

G: Galilea

H: Helena

J: Jessamine

K: Katerina

L: Leonora (Carrington, artist)

Z: Zelda (Fitzgerald)

X: Ximena

C: Clarice (Lispector, author)

V: Viviane (Lady of the Lake)

B: Berenice

N: Nara (Leão, singer)

M: Morgana (Le Fay)

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February 18, 2016 12:54 PM

How did I never notice this game before? So fun!

Also, as an aside...your story about what you said between Yorick and Isaac reminded me of an incident when I was in ninth grade. We were all working on a group project in class, so there was a fairly steady hum of conversation when there was one of those sudden lulls that sometimes happen in that kind of situation, and into the silence a classmate said very distinctly "No, Uranus is bigger." Only that's not how anyone in the class heard it.

Anyway, I'm going to try the "females I know who are younger than me" category--mostly college students, both past and present, and kids I know, but a few women closer to my age (but still younger)--those are marked with *.

  • Q: Quinn
  • W: Wendy*
  • E: Emily
  • R: Rian
  • T: Ting*
  • Y: Yiyari
  • U: Una*
  • I: Isabelle
  • O: Olive
  • P: Paige
  • A: Aryn
  • S: Sage
  • D: Drema
  • F: Fiona
  • G: Gemma*
  • H: Hypatia
  • J: Jessica (surprisingly, this one's a current college student, not one of the adults--though I do also know plenty of adults with the name; I know a couple of young Jennifers, too, to go with the dozens my age)
  • K: Kayla
  • L: Lydia
  • Z: Zoe
  • X: Xochitl AND Xena (I'm not doubling down on any other category, but I'm kind of amazed at knowing two young women with X names...actually, I know quite a few, but the rest all have Asian names, mostly Hmong or Vietnamese, where that letter is a lot more common)
  • C: Charlotte
  • V: Vhip (not 100% sure of the spelling of this one, plus I think it was short for Vhipalac, again spelling very unsure--it's pronounced Veep, like the nickname for the Vice President, longer name Veep-uh-lock)
  • B: Bindi*
  • N: Natalie
  • M: Mallory
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March 13, 2016 11:09 PM

Maybe I'm just in a pocket, but I know quite a lot of teens named Jessica.  I was once with a group of four friends (all high schoolers) three of whom were named Jessica.

 

I like the idea of a category based on eal people, so I'm going to go with kids (12 and under) I know. 

 

I actually don't think I know anyone at all, of any age, with a Q name...

William

Ethan

Ryann

Teresa

Not sure I know any Y's of any age, either...

Or U's...

Isaac

Olivia

Philomena

Abigail

Sofia

Dominic

Frank

Grayson

Hunter

Jack

Kellan

Lucy

Zachari

Xander

Charles

Vivienne

Brooks

Nathaniel

Micaiah

32
February 18, 2016 7:16 PM

Ooh, this looks fun!

 

Quinta

Waverly

Eliza

River

Trinity

Yvette

Ursula

Iliana

Olivia

Paisley

Arielle

Sadie

Daylen

Felicia

Georgia

Hallie

Joanna

Katarina

Lila

Zariah

Xochitl

Cecila

Valentine

Bailey

Nadia

Miri

 

Quintavius

Wilbur

Eliot

Ronan

Timothy

Yariel

Uriah

Isaiah

Owen

Parker

Aidan

Sawyer

Damien

Felix

Gideon

Hayden

Jason

Kieran

Lucas

Zachariah

Xavier

Cole

Vincent

Bobby

Nolan

Mateo

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By GPU
March 27, 2016 5:43 AM

Girls...and it must end with "ie"

Queenie; Wendie; Elsie; Rubie; Tiffanie; Yvie; Unie; Izzie; Ollie; Phoebie
Airlie; Stacie; Debbie; Frankie; Georgie; Hollie; Jazzie; Karlie; Lacie
Zarlie; Xanthie; Carrie; Vinnie; Bonnie; Nellie; Mollie

Boys...and it must end with "o"

Quinto; Waldo; Elmo; Rio; Tiago; Yericho; Ugo; Iago; Octavio; Pablo
Arlo; Shylo; Dario; Fernando; Galileo; Hugo; Jago; Kenzo; Leonardo
Zeno; Xiaobo; Carlo; Viviano; Banjo; Nico; Marco

Awesome fun!!!

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August 12, 2016 9:12 AM

Characters from kids' and teens' TV:

Quint (Curious George)

Wyatt (Super Wy and the Super Readers)

Emma Ross (Jessie)

Ravi Ross (Jessie)

Teddy Duncan (Good Luck Charlie)

Izzy (Jake and the Neverland Pirates)

Oscar (Odd Squad)

Princess Sofia the First (Sofia the First)

Austin Moon (Austin and Ally)

Skylar Storm (Mighty Med)

Dez (Austin and Ally)

Frankie (Bizaardvark)

Georgie Diaz (Stuck in the Middle)

Harley Diaz (Stuck in the Middle)

Jessie Prescott (Jessie)

Kaz (Mighty Med)

Liv Rooney (Liv and Maddie)

Zuri Ross (Jessie)

Xander (Bunk'd)

Charlotte Duncan (Good Luck Charlie)

Vonnie (Good Luck Charlie)

Bob Duncan (Good Luck Charlie)

Nixie (Mako Mermaids)

Mal (Descendants Wicked World)

 

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November 2, 2016 5:39 PM

3 + Syllable girls names ending with -a:

Quentina (not really a name, but probably is somewhere...)

Wilhelmina

Evelina

Roxanna

Teresa

Yolanda

Ursula

Irina

Octavia

Phillippa

Aurora

Sylvia

Diana

Fiona

Georgina

Hepziba (usually spelled with an H at the end)

Jessica

Kristina

Louisa

Zephora

Xenia

Cassandra

Veronica

Bianca

Nadia

Marlena

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November 2, 2016 10:51 PM

QUILLAN 

WINNIFRED

EMILY

ROWAN

TRISTAN

YAVETTE

UNA

ISOBEL

OWEN

POPPY

ADDIE

SIERRA

DAWSON

FREYA

GAVIN

HENLEY

JAMES

KATE

LOLA

ZANE

XANDER

CORA

VICTORIA

BRIELLE

NORAH

MICHA

 

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November 3, 2016 1:34 PM

I'm going to try boys names! I haven't read all of the previous posts so sorry if there is repitition!!

Quincy
West
Eric
Remus
Teddy
Yannick
Uhtred
Igor
Orion
Peter

Amos
Silas
Drake
Filip
Gregory
Hadrian
Justin
Khoa
Lucas

Zeplin
Xander
Clarke
Vincent
Brad
Neil
Marcus

 

For girls... hmmm

Quire
Winter
Erin
Rhea
Terra
Yara 
Uschie
Ingrid
Opal
Pansy

Ariel
Sandy
Deanne
Frisia
Giana
Hannah
Jacqueline
Kayla
Lesley

Zola
Xylee
Cara
Vylette
Brianne
Nala
Mariah