Elin – Not bad. Personally, I think of Tiger Wood’s ex-wife, but it’s a solid name.
Abra – Kadabra!
Tee – Shirt. Or, a letter of the alphabet.
Tenley – along with Tinley, Kenley, Kinley, McKinley, Brinley, et al. it is a passing fad that will be dated in about 10-15 years, much like Debra or Milton is to us now.
Friday – as much as I TGIF when it is Friday, I wouldn’t want this as my name.
Tessa – solid choice. Very sweet.
Suri – Cruise. And honestly, I didn’t even like it when they used it.
Talia – another decent choice.
Jolie – Angelina. It could make for a cute (if rather trite) middle name.
February – another random word.
Anna – Always a classic choice. Anna is very versatile. She could be a 5’10″ goth chick or the sweet little girl next door, or the next Princess of England.
Isla – despite the trendiness of this name, it’s got a lot of appealing qualities to it.
Alana – a nice name, but could be a bit much with an Allie and an Alexander in the mix.
Bristol – Palin. Or a city in England. I’d stay far away from this.
Annalise – Another solid choice. Again, possibly could be a bit much with Allie/Alex
Winter* (number one fave) – I could see this working on a willowy, pale, hippie chick, but that’s about it. Although, I kind of see the appeal of it as a middle name.
Rylan – All boy.
January – I know January Jones is gorgeous and all, but her name doesn’t do her any favors. This might work as a stage name, though.
Rumor – Willis. Rumors and gossip drudge up negative connotations.
Ever – Some people are big into the Ever/Everly/Everleighhhhh names. I’m not one of them.
Story – Maybe as a middle name?
Elam – I could see lots of “huh?” and requests for repeats (as though they didn’t understand what they heard) when introducing someone with this name, but it has a cool history. Can’t knock it too much.
Cruze – not the best model Chevy ever made. All I see is a misspelling of Cruz (the Spanish word for “cross”) or a misspelling of the word “cruise.”
Jett – lots of people like this name. I’m not one of them. I just see a misspelled word or think of John Travolta’s dead kid.
Major – No. When I speak, if I’m using the word “major” it’s typically followed by another word that’s not so nice.
Dax – It’s got 3 letters and one of them is an X which is a the recipe for a hot name that will sound hopelessly dated in 10 years.
Smith – not as a first name.
Dash – as a nickname for Dashiell, most definitely. Stand alone? Not so much.
Locke – if you’re really into John Locke, I suppose . . . but you have much better names on your list.
I think with a lot of these names, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to ask yourself “What would I want to be named?” I think that’s a pretty good yardstick by which you could weed out some names on your list. I’ve heard of people test driving names by using it at Starbucks, or introducing themselves while making small talk in line at the checkout (or anywhere really) just to get a feel for what it would be like to LIVE with that name.
Your post says you like unique but classic names and dislike trendy names. Most of these names are trendy (or random words). There are a LOT of underused classic names out there. Some examples of names with unique sounds but with a classic feel (or underused classic names) would be:
Beatrice/Beatrix (Bea, Trixie)
I’d describe your boy’s list as a mix of surnames and short, zippy nicknames with a dash of celebrity-inspired trendy. Your girl names seem to be more of the random word, celebrity-trendy type. Some suggestions based on the style of your list would be:
Good luck test driving your names and narrowing down your choices!
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Jetta is all car to me, sorry. Not a very attractive sound to me, either.
One of the greatest pieces advice I’ve heard given is “give your baby a name you wouldn’t mind having for yourself.” Test drive it. Give Jetta as your name at Starbucks, or introduce yourself as Jetta to random strangers when making small talk while waiting in line somewhere. See if lots of people say “Oh, like the car?” and decide for yourself if you could live with hearing that your entire life. It’s hard to pick out a name for someone else without meeting them first and there’s no way of knowing ahead of time if your child would eventually find this a hassle after dealing with it for years.
You’re on the right track since you’re here asking these questions and weighing these options. Good luck!
I would narrow the list to Arabella and Sophia
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I come from a family of repeat namers, so for me, it isn’t weird to use a name that someone else in the family has. I share the same name as another family member. When my parents were expecting me, my name was the only one they could agree upon. So, they called up the family member, explained the predicament and asked if she would be cool with it. She was flattered and now we have the same name. I like it. I feel like it’s a neat connection. I’m not the only one in my family who shares a name either, so it’s loads of fun when we get together.
If it was a friend who had a child with the name I really wanted to use, I’d call them up and explain the situation. I’m all about being a big kid and using your words. Talk things out and then revel in your shared taste in awesome names! Sometimes friends share similar tastes in more than just clothes or pinterest projects.
I think Moira is a lovely and underused name. Both middle name choices pair well with Moira and you can’t go wrong! Congratulations and good luck!
I would use Lena as a nickname if I were in your shoes. Congratulations and good luck!
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.
You’re not a creeper! You just have a good memory!
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.
Cora Vivienne and Miles Graham
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.