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How would you describe your naming style?

  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    What style/preferences do you tend to like in names? And do you go for a different vibe with girl names versus boy names? (i.e. classic for girls, country/rugged for boys, or whatever?)

    I would say my preferences are a mix of classic names (though I can be a little picky about those), biblical names and some with an international flair (i.e. Lucia, Elena, Leonardo, etc. … somewhat inspired by having a fun Portuguese last name now that sounds good with names like that!). Ideally I like names that are less common, but DH and I have such a hard time agreeing on names, and there are some timeless classic but super popular names that I do really love–like William and Alexander. ;) Also Sophia, Isabella, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anna, Julia, Luke, Matthew and Andrew for a few more examples.

    Oh, one other thing about me is that meanings are very important to me. That’s actually why I ended up striking my beloved Julia from the list; “downy-bearded youth” is just not a meaning I’m wild about for my daughter. ;)

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  • gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    i tend to go for personal meaning above all else,(Georgia for example b/c my family has lived there since before america was called america and Anne because it’s my mil’s mom’s name) i would never name a kid something b/c just because i liked the way it sounded or i liked the nicknames it had, though i have to admit i hit the jackpot with Gigi. it’s so cute and versatile.

    i do perfer older/traditional names and spellings and for some reason the ones i pick always have a very southern feel, my hypothetical next daughter is Jolene Marie, Gigi’s if she was a boy name was Jackson Christopher.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I’d consider my style generally as classic and timeless for first names, but I prefer something more quirky or ethnic for a middle name to make the combo more interesting and personal. I also like a lot of biblical names which is ironic since my religious beliefs tend to lean towards the category of “none of the above”. Meanings are important to me, but the challenge can be that name meanings can vary by the source. This site lists Julia as “down-bearded youth” and other sources list it as simply meaning “youthful”, but having one not so great definition out there does make a name slightly less appealing. When picking first names, I also try to think of my child in different stages of life and with different career paths. My goal is to find something that I feel works for all these. I try to fit all my rules at once, which is why I find picking names so challenging!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I’d say I go for classic/traditional names that are also somewhat popular. We like shorter first names for girls and longer middle names. I’m kinda that opposite on boys. I still like the classic/traditional names for them but with longer first names and shorter middle.


    embra
    Participant

    On this site, my naming style tends to be very close to yours, Inga’s, and Sarah’s from what I remember. I like timeless, classic names most and lots of more mainstream biblical names (I wouldn’t name a kid Nebuchadnezzar, for instance). I would exclude a name I loved if it were currently or had recently been in the top 10, even though popularity can change so fast. For instance, I expect my daughter’s name to become fairly popular now because of the Downton Abbey connection even though I hardly ever heard it 4.5 years ago when we picked it. I tend to prefer full names over nicknames with a few exceptions – I love Alex, and think Jake, Jack, Will, and Nick are pretty cute too. I wouldn’t want something like Michael as a first name, because people automatically shorten it to Mike even if the person was not introduced that way. We picked names that would not easily be nicknamed, which was hard since my husband’s last name is one syllable, so we only considered first names that had multiple syllables. I like many unusual and more flow-y girl names. I especially like girl names from literature and some ethnic names (love Chandra and Imani), but my husband liked plainer and more American/English names (for instance, he vetoes anything that ended in -issa and anything not mainstream in the US). For girls, I tend to like a classic, feminine first name paired with a more unisex or quirky mn. For boys, I like very classic names like Nathaniel and Adam. For boy middle names, I like to use all those nicknamable names that I love but wouldn’t want for a first name bc the nn would bug me. Both my kids have mns that are meaningful to us personally, but the first names are just names we loved and amazingly, agreed on in the end.


    embra
    Participant

    Ha! Actually, I have no idea what Sara’s naming style is. I just remembered her name because I have agreed with her on a lot of things posted in the “kids” section. Clearly I need more sleep :-)

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by  embra.
    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    These are interesting to read! :)
    Beyond my preferences, I do have some more “rules” I follow when choosing names (I do pay attention to initials; I want a name that would work well for a child and for an adult in multiple career paths; a name that passes the “diploma test” of sounding good when read slowly aloud with gravity; a name that works well with our LN and sibling names, and probably something else I’m forgetting).
    And embra, that made me laugh. :) Sara’s kids do have great names though!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Classic Eccentric. I like names that need to be mined from history and beg to be dusted off and used again. That being said, most names I would absolutely use, many would be hesitant to. I tend to take conventional names or unusable names and give those to my pets and foster animals.

    My “rules”, for me personally, would be to only use something that would rank at 500 or below on the Top Names list, preferably outside of the Top 1000. I also lean heavily toward original spellings, but will make an exception to those only in a case where a name is so hard for most to recognize in its original form (for instance some of the Gaelic names like Maebh I would use the Anglicized form of Maeve).

    I also don’t put any limits on names outside of my heritage. I think it is perfectly fine to use a name like Francisco with the last name O’Conner. Many would disagree with me on that, but I find that to be perfectly fine.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I never know how to define my list, haha! A mix of timeless/classic with what’s in-style right now… I like surnamey and Biblical boys’ names, and girly girl names (bordering on the frilly!). I prefer sensitive and smart boys’ names as opposed to macho ones, and girly and innocent as opposed to more unisex and/or sexy/exotic.

    I don’t know, hahaha. That was probably a bad definition. This is my list–how would you define it? :]

    Isabelle
    Arianne
    Olivia
    Violet
    Rachel
    Lillian/Lilia (MAYBE Liliana, but I’m leaning more toward Lillian or Lilia?)
    Charlotte
    Eleni
    Hannah
    Eva
    Catherine
    Emmeline
    Audrey
    Eliska

    Caleb
    Everett
    Asher
    Jack
    Grayson
    Avery
    Bailey
    Samuel
    Boaz
    Zane
    Brody
    Spencer
    Emerson
    Linus
    Declan

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Interesting, Anabel! I’m with you on spellings!
    Ash, I’d say you did a great job describing your style!

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