Brielle – Cute, simple. I think it could be nice. Not my favorite, but I do like it.
Kendra – A little outdated in my mind. I think it’s pretty, though
Noelle – Not my style, I’ve always found it a little tacky-sounding…
Kimberly – Also maybe a little outdated, but I’ve always loved the nickname Kimmy!
Alexandra – Classic and beautiful. I think it would be a lovely choice.
Emilia – Personally, I like Amelia a lot more, but Emilia is really pretty, too. It’s definitely gaining popularity these days, which I’m not crazy about, but it’s still a really nice name!
Finley – This is all boy to me, I don’t like it on a girl at all…
Fay – It’s okay. I’m not crazy about it, though, it’s so simple.
Danelle – Assuming this is Danielle? Classic, pretty, can’t go wrong with it.
Lila – I like it well enough, simple and pretty, and it fits in with today’s trends without being over-common.
Sadie – Cute, but I’ve always felt like it wouldn’t age well.
Asa – Not my style at all, I’ve always though it sounds like a nickname for a girl’s name.
Eagan – It’s okay. Not my style, but I can see the appeal.
Benson – Not my style
Clark – Ooh, I like it! Unexpected, but really cool and classic.
Jonathan/Jack – Jonathan I like a lot. Classic and strong. Jack I do not like at all….
Kalvin – I really like the spelling Calvin (even though I usually hate using C when it sounds like a K…) Something about spelling it Kalvin looks really off to me, though. Calvin though is such a cool name! I also really like Kelvin, though it (and Kalvin with a K) may be too close to Kevin to work well….
Hope that’s helpful!
Definitely Aurelia Jane for girls (if it matters, I say it or-RELL-ee-uh).
For boys I really like Julian Tollak a lot, but if you already have a Josiah, I think it might be too similar to me (same with James). I like Alexander Tollak a lot, too, I think that could be really nice.
Genevieve – I like it, though I sort of see it as over-the-top. It’d be nice for a middle name. For a first name it’s just so frilly…
Mirabelle – I really like it; the only -belle name I like these days. That said, though, it’s still very similar to Isabelle/a, which is still really common. I’d be worried that the nickname Belle/a would be over-used… I do think it’s really pretty, though. You might also like Mirielle (mee-ree-elle) or Mireille (Mihr-RAY)?
Rosalie – I’m not crazy about it, but it is really pretty.
Charlotte – Love it! So classy and gorgeous.
Cordelia – Not a fan, it sounds so old-fashioned to me.
Antoinette – Really not my style. Like Genevieve, I think it’s over-the-top, plus I would think it has some pretty negative associations still from Marie Antoinette….
Minerva – Ooh, I love it! Cool mythology name that people actually know how to pronounce! I’ve been sort of tossing it around really, I don’t know if I’d use it for a first name, but I’d definitely consider it for a middle name!
Theodore – Love it! It’s so classy, and has such cute nicknames. Honestly it’s only not on my list because it’s my cousin’s name.
Leonardo – Really like it! Just common enough to not seem bizarre, but just rare enough that it’s unexpected and really handsome. And I really love the nicknames Leo or Leon.
Christian – Not my style. I find it kind of dry and overused, plus I’m not crazy about the religious aspect of it… It’s nice, but nothing really special, to me..
Jackson – Also not my style. Compared to your other names it’s a little plain.
Ambrose – I’ve always felt like this is a really girly-sounding name. I know it’s not, but every time I see/hear it, t just seems really feminine… It’s cool and different, but would not be my top pick…
Giovanni – I think it’s a really cool name, though I personally think of it as a cartoon villain name, so I’d never be able to use it myself. That said, though, I’d kind of love to meet a little Giovanni.
Hope that’s helpful!
Wow, I’ve never heard it said any way other than Sam-yull or a slight Sam-you-ull. I figured it was one of those classicly English names that was pronounced the same all over! Sam-well definitely sounds Spanish to me, but I’ve still never heard of it being said like that. Weird!
I honestly love it, it’s so handsome. I’d definitely call him Sam, though, or even Sammy.
Ah man, I thought I posted earlier, but my internet crashed. Guess it didn’t go through. I agree with jenni_lynn91, though, about the girl’s initials. And there’s the nickname problem too. If you go by a nickname all the time, and it starts with a different letter, that can cause an issue.
I think I’d try to avoid any word initials, honestly. Even the pretty harmless ones, they just don’t appeal to me much. I wouldn’t completely rule out a combo just because of the initials, though, unless it’s pretty undesirable or vulgar or something… My sister’s spell HAH, and I know she’s never been fond of that. And a friend of mine’s spell JAW, which I know she finds dumb. It just seems like there aren’t any 3 letter words I’d want to have be a part of a name, even if it’s a really minor part…
The E in Quentin makes me so annoyed, though. They all come from the Latin prefix Quint-, and the name Quintus, which are always spelled with the I, not the E.
I know Quentin’s more common, but I can’t help but feel like it’s the weird French spelling or something that just happened to catch on.
Plus I like that the I spellings make Quin/n a logical nickname…
Hm. Thanks for your thoughts, guys!
Julia Kate or Lily Evangeline. You know I’m not crazy about Evangeline, but it really does sound lovely with Lily. But Julia Kate is absolutely lovely as well!
I’d go with Scarlett, though if you’d go for Serena over just Serene, that would totally get my vote. Serene is too much of a real word for me, but I think Serena is beautiful!
Sheryl feels really outdated to me (it’s my mother’s name), and Suri I associate a LOT with Suri Cruise, but also, it’s pretty similar to Siri, that voice command program on iPhones. Those two have always been too similar in my mind….
I’m not crazy about either name. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just both completely not my style. I agree with TwoSapphires that Dashiell and Dash are very comic-book-y, though that’s not necessarily bad, and that Ellery reminds me of celery. I like El- names, and I like Ellie or Elle as nicknames. I just don’t really see the appeal of Ellery.
I don’t know, I had my heart set on it for like a month years ago, and I keep floating back to it. But I’m not pregnant or planning to be anytime soon, so I’m not too worried. It was just on my mind again, so I figured it’d be worth asking.
Thanks, though, everyone!
Ahh, I love both of them so much!
For me personally, I would probably use Julia as a middle name, to honor one of my best friends, but not actually call my daughter the same name as my friend. But I think it’s perfectly lovely as a first name too! And Lily is one of my absolute favorites, or the longer Lillian (or Liliana) with Lily as a nickname, but I also think it works excellently as a full name…
For you, I think I’d lean slightly more toward Julia, but really, either of them would be really great…
I like Ash and Acheron independently of each other, but I don’t like the idea of just Ash not as a nickname, and I feel like Acheron would almost need a nickname, since it’s quite a mouthful. Either can work on its own, which is kind of why I wish I liked other Ash- names, but I don’t think it’s the most complicated nickname possible? (I first came across the name Acheron in a book series in which the character Acheron does go by Ash, though, so I’m probably a little biased in thinking that it’s really not that much of a stretch…)
The reason I like Acheron for the nickname Ash so much, even though it’s not quite intuitive, is that I really just don’t like any other Ash names. I really don’t like most surname-y names as first names at all, so ones like Ashe, Ashford, Ashborn, Ashcroft I would just never be able to use.
I agree with the others, too much like Oriole – a type of bird – to me. I think Oriole could be a kind of cool name on it’s own, but Orielle seems like a bizarre twist on it. Honestly, I like Arielle so much more, and I feel like Arielle/Ariel is common enough that Orielle would be confused for it pretty often.
Lorelei, though, I absolutely LOVE. What about that as a first name instead of a middle name? It’s such a cool, beautiful name….
I feel like, for me, it depends entirely on the name, and on how popular it’s been on girls lately. Personally, I associate Addison with boys more than girls – I’ve met more male Addisons than female. But I wouldn’t question it on a girl, either. Madison, though similarly a boy’s name first, is all-girl these days.
Alternatively, I LOVE Avery on a boy and think it’s kind of dumb on girls, but it’s super popular on girls right now, so even though I love it for a boy I don’t think I’d use it, for a first name at least.
I think I also sort of judge it on how long it’s been considered a girls name, too. Like, Addison didn’t break the top 1000 names for girls til the mid ’90s. But I think about my name, Kelsey, or your name, Ashley, or Madison, which are all technically male names first, but have been WAY more common on girls for several decades now, so most of the parents naming children these days would have grown up with those names being exclusively female and fairly common, and wouldn’t even consider them for a boy.
I guess I don’t have a solid answer, really. It depends on each specific name, and it probably depends a lot on how many of them I’ve ever met of either gender. Typically, though, I like unisex names a LOT more on boys than I do on girls….
Like yellowwatts, I pronounce it Emma-LINE, so I wouldn’t have thought it would be a problem at all.
But Emma-LEEN actually might, it’s basically pronounced the same as just sticking an N on the end of Emily…. But I also agree that there are a lot of Em- names that are popular right now, so even if it does occasionally get confused for Emily, it probably wouldn’t be too unheard of to be corrected on it…
Liliana, definitely. By know you probably know my thoguhts on Evangeline, but I also really adore Lili- names, and the nickname Lily that goes with them.
I found a list of a class of kindergarteners that someone shared online for a joke unrelated to the names, but anyway, I thought I would share them because they’re fascinating:
Emely (In a reply earlier today, I commented that no one spells Emily like this. I have been proven wrong. However, it still looks incorrect…)
I really adore Penelope!! And Lanie’s super pretty as well, those would be my top picks of your names. Most of your other girls names are WAY to masculine for me, but I really don’t like boys names on girls in general. Piper’s really cute too, and I’ve heard Paisley a lot recently and it’s really growing on me. And I adore Charlotte, which could easily have Charlie as a nickname.
I like the idea of a name that’s not frilly and girly, but also obviously a girl so your daughter won’t be constantly confused for a boy when people hear the name.
What about Paige, Teagan, Bailey, Riley, Skylar, Sierra, Harper, Sydney, Phoebe, Morgan?
I really like Brock, too, what a great family name! Not crazy about either Cruz or Cannon, though, but if you’d consider some of your “girls” names for a boy, they’d make great names! Wesley or Finley on a boy would be fantastic, and I think either’d go pretty well with both Richard and Brock as a middle name. Would you consider Brock as a first name?
What about Chase, Camden, Cole, Beau, Hunter, Cameron, Landon, Ryker, Colton, Braxton, Parker, Ashton, Grayson, Trent, Axel?
I agree, I’d like Emelia Grace much more spelt Emilia (Especially since it’s so close to Emily, which is never spelt Emely). I honestly like Fiona more than Emilia, but I think Emilia Grace sounds better than Fiona Grace, and I think Emilia and Claire would be lovely together!
I’m not a fan. I like Kaia, Kaya, or Kayla a lot better. Kyla just looks like a typo of Kyle or Kayla to me, and I feel like it would be confused for any of those names pretty easily…