Sophia will probably have more staying power than some of the others. Check out the popularity curve on it. It took several decades for it to drop to the 700s, and several more decades to rise back to the top of the list. It’s got a much more gradual curve. To me, it has the markings of a classic name and isn’t a “flash in the pan” kind of name. Also, Sophia is a great example of the “Hundred Year Rule” which says that the popularity of names cycles around every hundred years. Sophia was popular in the 1880s and 1890s, then it fell out of style for a while, but never completely off the chart, and it started to gain popularity in the 1908s and 1990s. Amanda is also another great example of the “Hundred Year Rule.” It’s actually a really old name and it was fairly popular in the 1880s, went out of style for a while, and then it climbed its way back up to the top of the charts in the 1970s and 80s.
I think it’s a cool boy name. It’s not one of my favorites, but I don’t dislike it either.
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You can’t go wrong with Dashiell. Although, if I met a grown man who called himself Dash, I might assume he was a bit of a tool/gym rat type.
Ellery is just a random masculine surname that’s been appropriated for use as a given name on girls. To add insult to injury, it rhymes with celery and isn’t very attractive. There are plenty of El- or Elle- names for girls that are legitimate girl names that don’t rhyme with common vegetables. This is just one of those names on a girl that happens to grate on my nerves.
The only names I don’t like from your list are: Antoinette (although, I like it as a middle name), Jackson, Giovanni, and Ambrose. Everything else, I really love!
I really can’t choose from your boy’s list. They’re all equally handsome in my eyes.
I recognized your username from long ago. I used to be Soleil. Hope you and your kids are doing well!
Jasmine has always had a bit of a downmarket, trashy vibe to me. If you look at the popularity curve for Jasmine, you can see that it rocked to popularity out of seemingly nowhere. Names that rise quickly tend to fall just as fast, and it seems as though Jasmine is finally loosing some steam, and will probably start to drop from the charts very quickly over the next 5-10 years. 20 years from now, it will be just as dated to 90s and 2000s as Debra is to the 50s.
I linked to the names so you can observe the popularity graph of the names and see what I mean when I say that names that rise quickly tend to fall quickly too. The popularity graph for Debra is perfect for illustrating a name that is a passing trend. A name with staying power has a slower dips and falls to its popularity. Thus, those names are considered “classic” and not dated to a particular generation. (Like Catherine for example).
I really only like Emilia Faye from your girl’s list. I don’t really understand Emma as a nickname for Emilia. This could create some confusion and hassle for the child as Emma is a very popular first name in its own right. Emma Faye would also be a lovely addition to your list.
The only other issue I see is nicknaming a Jonathan “Jack.” Jack is a VERY common and established nickname for John. This can create a LOT of confusion that your child will have to deal with. John and Jonathan are two unrelated names. John Alexander nicknamed Jack would be an alternative to consider.
If I could mix and match from your girl’s list:
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I do not like it as a boy’s name, no matter what kry8tiv spellings are used.
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My favorites are Samuel Benjamin Rhys and Samuel Harrison Graham.
I don’t know that I can choose a favorite. You really can’t go wrong with those options. Good luck deciding! I don’t know how you’re going to do it! You have a great selection of names.
For what it’s worth, my favorites are: Leo Alexander, Leo Dominic, Claire Juliet, and Claire Amelia.
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Rowan is not a name that excites me. It’s one of the rare names that are truly non-gender specific. It’s not bad, but it does not appeal to me.
If this information helps:
Historically, it was primarily a masculine name. Rowan did not rank in the US Top 1000 names for girls until 2003. This spike coincides with the birth of Brooke Shield’s oldest daughter, Rowan. The birth of her child brought on a much publicized battle with postpartum depression. Her struggles were openly criticized by Tom Cruise; he later apologized for his remarks. Even though Rowan has recorded use as a girl’s name in the US, it has always been more popular as a boy’s name.
I do not think that Katherine, nicknamed Kate, is too over-used. I find Katherine to be a lovely classic that is timeless and ageless. It’s common enough that it is recognizable, but it isn’t overly popular like Sophia and Aidan. Kate could be the Duchess of Cambridge or the girl next door. It’s a name that any girl can wear and make her own. She can be a punk rock goddess or a Vogue fashion icon.