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#1 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Spin-off for balance (and as a self distraction as DD is asleep and the TV is failing me - ABC for Kids is actually the best thing on).

What classes / styles of names do you really like?

Obviously there are exceptions to every group, but on the whole...

1. I tend to like feminisations on girls - Claudia, Georgia, Harriet, Erica, Carla, Carlotta

2. I like unisex names for both boys and girls,  depends on the names as to which I prefer for which gender but it's not always around the traditional usage lines

3. I like more out-there names for girls, there are a few in the top 20 I like but the popularity puts ne off, but there are more outside the top 100 I like than inside it. I prefer more classic and popular names for boys - but not too popular.

4. I like simple names, not too many different ways of spelling and pronunciation, not too many syllables / number of letters and not too fancy.

Anyone else?

#2 Broxie

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

Something simple, properly spelled, with a history.

#3 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

Freya

#4 Bel Rowley

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

I like:

1. Girls names that are long and frilly, often feminisations, typically from the Romance languages but with exceptions.

2. I like Italian and Spanish boys' names too, but also like a lot of Scandinavian names for boys.

3. I do like a lot of the popular classics for boys and girls: Sophie, Charlotte, Thomas, Samuel... but prefer not to use names that are too commonly used for my own children.

Edited by Bel Rowley, 04 January 2013 - 12:22 PM.


#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

Traditional ones.
Irish ones.
I love Malachy and Caitlyn.

#6 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

QUOTE (Chief Pancake Make @ 04/01/2013, 01:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Freya

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I like French and Italian names (despite being neither Italian nor French) .....they just "look" really nice...written, and to me they sound nice.....

I wasn't able to use any of the Italian or French names which I liked for my boys, due to DH thinking it was "pretentious" and no one would pronounce them correctly.

So I went with quite traditional English names (although Charles is obviously French as well as English)

#7 emlis22

Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

1. Names from Greek mythology

2. Classic names for boys eg William, Henry, Thomas

3. Names for girls that are feminine but not a frill fest

Edited by emlis22, 04 January 2013 - 12:41 PM.


#8 Kikki-B

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

I love short, sweet names that are not in the top 100. At the moment I am thinking Lila or Ayla for my bub to be. Also love Asha but can't consider it because it's my nieces name
I find boys names really hard - just don't seem to love any!

#9 Magnus

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

I like frilly names, much to DPs disgust. Names like Seraphina and Isadora.

I like a lot of old man names that others might not like, e.g. Wilbur, but not all of them.

Nameberry has a list called 'clunky but cool names' (I think) and I really seem to like that category of pretty, but slightly awkward names. I'd say my taste is quirky.

I like quite a lot of biblical names for boys, even some of the fairly out there ones.

I also like soft sounding names for boys, like Ambrose.

I love the sound of names beginning with 'I'. I think Imogen, Isadora, Ishmael, Indigo, India, Iris, Isaiah and Isaac all sound great.

#10 glasnost

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

I really like "neutral" and classic names. I believe that certain names pidgeon-hole people and I don't want a name to dictate my children's future. I think that this is especially important for girls which is why I prefer names like Sarah, Alexandra, Louise etc as opposed to floral and girly names. When we were naming our children we tried to choose names that would be just as fitting for the prime minister as they would be for a teacher or a plumber or a rock star. No easy task!

That is just my opinion though and I know many people will disagree with me. Clover Moore (mayor of the City of Sydney and a women definitely not known for her wilting personality) proves me wrong I guess!

Edited by mamasaurus, 04 January 2013 - 02:01 PM.


#11 Feral_Pooks

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

A lot of the names I have a special place in my heart for, are girl characters in books that I loved around age 11-12. That time in my life I seemed to do nothing but read. Mostly this was fantasy and old English classics. Names like Beth, Amy, Elizabeth, Eleanor...

I like short names, as a rule. One, two syllables, mainly.

I also like OT biblical names- Adam, Abel, Noah, Jonah, Moses, Ethan, Sarah, Hannah, Ruth, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, and to a lesser extent NT names... I do love Luke though.

Mostly that is because I like what I consider to be "strong sounding" names.

I like names that have a beautiful meaning, especially from nature.

#12 PixieVee

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

My favourite girls name at the moment is Miranda. I just think it's wicked.

For boys I don't really have a love at the moment...

#13 Banana Pancakes

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

I like a lot of girl names that end in a 'A'- Lucia, Anna, Gemma, Rosa (love this name!) Nora etc
I like many Welsh and Scottish sounding names Arwen, Eirwen, Gwendolen, Sorcha, Lachlan and RĂ²nan.
I also love names that have obvious nicknames, Im a huge fan of nicknames  wink.gif


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My favourite girls name at the moment is Miranda. I just think it's wicked
I love it as well, it just sounds so sophisticated.

QUOTE
Adam, Abel, Noah, Jonah, Moses, Ethan, Sarah, Hannah, Ruth, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah
Leah, Ruth, Noah, Moses, Ethan, Sarah and Rachel are beautiful names.

QUOTE
Isadora
Swoon, its up there with Lenora!

QUOTE
I like French and Italian names (despite being neither Italian nor French) .....they just "look" really nice...written, and to me they sound nice....
I love how the French say Adele. Most Aussies just butcher it!

#14 la di dah

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

1) I like Biblical names, primarily but not exclusively the "old" ones. Boys are easier than girls, as there's soooo many options, but I like Biblical names for girls too. Mostly not New Testament but there's a few of those too.

2) I like plant/tree/gemstone names a lot. I don't like EVERY botanical name -  but I like most of them. I like a lot of gemstone names. And I like names that have plant meanings in other languages, like Shoshana or Rosalba or whatever.

3) I like Isolde, Rosamund, Bellicent, Viola type Arthurian/Medieval/Shakespearean/fantasy novel names. For boys that's probably Lysander, Demetrius, Tristan, Alan, Raoul, Gareth.

4) I like Hebrew names and Gaelic names. I'm Jewish and DH is Irish-descent. I like names that reflect that. Some of the combos work better than others though.

#15 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

I love

-Irish names for girls in particular.
-pretty but strong names for girls like Freya and Phoebe
-name that were more common around 100 years ago or that sounds old fashioned-George, Edmund,Florence, Clementine
-names with a nice meaning-Felix and Isaac are great examples of this
-awesome sibling combos-Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann have two daughters named Maud and Iris and that just makes me so happy
-Biblical boy names
-a lot of Shakespearean names. I wouldn't personally use them on boys but I love if other people do. Benedict, Lysander, Celia, Audrey, Miranda, Jessica, Beatrice, Ophelia
-I tend to like boys names that sound a bit soft-I like ''s's" in boy's names.

#16 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

QUOTE (Chief Pancake Make @ 04/01/2013, 01:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Freya


My daughter and I thank you wink.gif

QUOTE (Magnus @ 04/01/2013, 02:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like frilly names, much to DPs disgust. Names like Seraphina and Isadora.

I like a lot of old man names that others might not like, e.g. Wilbur, but not all of them.

Nameberry has a list called 'clunky but cool names' (I think) and I really seem to like that category of pretty, but slightly awkward names. I'd say my taste is quirky.

I like quite a lot of biblical names for boys, even some of the fairly out there ones.

I also like soft sounding names for boys, like Ambrose.

I love the sound of names beginning with 'I'. I think Imogen, Isadora, Ishmael, Indigo, India, Iris, Isaiah and Isaac all sound great.


Adore Seraphina, Isadora and Wilbur. I also have a thing for "I" names-I love Ines too.


QUOTE (Pooks_ @ 04/01/2013, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A lot of the names I have a special place in my heart for, are girl characters in books that I loved around age 11-12. That time in my life I seemed to do nothing but read. Mostly this was fantasy and old English classics. Names like Beth, Amy, Elizabeth, Eleanor...


I like Katy and Clover for the same reason.

My brother and SIL are having a baby in February and naming her Bethany. We are really hoping we will be allowed to call her Beth.


#17 la di dah

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 04/01/2013, 04:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love

-Irish names for girls in particular.
-Biblical boy names


This seems to be what we're falling into, too.  happy.gif

Except sometimes I get a bit muddled at Irish vs. Scottish or Welsh but I'm getting better!

#18 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

I said a long time ago that is what you should do LDD! I am very pleased wink.gif

#19 emlis22

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE (Banana Pancakes @ 04/01/2013, 03:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like a lot of girl names that end in a 'A'- Lucia, Anna, Gemma, Rosa (love this name!) Nora etc


How could I have missed my 'Ora' affection. I love Flora, Cora, Elnora, Nora, Lenora, Leonora, Annorah, Theodora, Liora, Honora, Thora etc .. I love them ALL biggrin.gif

#20 mysonsmum

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I like Grady for a girl. It's very different but still simple & not weird! I think it's feminine with out being too girly girl.

#21 Feral_Pooks

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

QUOTE (asha9 @ 04/01/2013, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like Grady for a girl. It's very different but still simple & not weird! I think it's feminine with out being too girly girl.

That is pretty cool!


#22 SophieBear

Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

I love classic and simple names eg James, Thomas, Henry, William for boys and Anna, Ava, Sadie, Grace and Amelia for girls.

#23 Imaginary friend

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

I like short names with easy to understand spelling and pronounciation - not neccesarily the traditional spelling.

One or two syllables, although  I do like a few 3 syllable names too.

For example, I have a DD Dayna - now  I know it can be spelled Dana - but nobody reads out Dayna and gets pronounciation wrong (except la di dah who thought it was same as Donna LOL tongue.gif ) or doesnt get spelling after one spell.

I like names that dont get nicknamed or minimal nickname - ie Jenna getting shortened to Jen is ok but wouldnt do Elizabeth and always call her Beth.


I like many  flower and nature names and many biblical names - but not all of them, usually only those which fit the short easy to spell/pronounce rules as above.

#24 Zanbam

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Having a name that no one has ever heard of has been a blessing and a curse for me, though day to day, more of a curse due to spelling and pronunciation.

Hence for my future bub I was determined to go strait forward for a name (while avoiding being the same name as 5 others in their class - my DSD has 4 friends called Katie/Caitlin and my DSS had 5 Jacks in his class of 15 boys).

Anyway, now the time has come for discussing names as we are TTC, we will almost definitely go with Robin for a girl and Griffin for a boy, I think the boy name is much more quirky than planned but due to our surname and DH not having exactly the same taste as me it is front runner.

BTW if I was going to be a single mum I might go Samara or Archer.

Edit for formatting doh IPad!

Edited by Zanbam, 04 January 2013 - 05:45 PM.


#25 Starrydawn

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

I like Isolde, Francesca and a lot of classic names.







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