I think Katrina’s a pretty name, but I don’t think I would use it for that exact reason. The hurricane is still well within recent memory, and there’s still destruction from it. Plus you never know if your family might eventually end up in an area more sensitive to the name.
Also, I know a girl named Camiell, born in the early ’90s, and people STILL hear the name and remember Hurricane Camille, which was in 1969! Like, people would ask her if she was named after the hurricane, over 30 years after it happened. I wouldn’t use that as a reason not to use the name Camille, but big hurricanes are so destructive and so memorable that I think the association will stick for a LONG time…
I find it kind of dated, too. I only know one under the age of 20 – her full name’s actually Tara Elizabeth, but she goes by Ellie, not Tara. Tara’s pretty and simple, but to me, it’s a little boring. Nothing bad about it, it just doesn’t stand out to me at all…
I really like Arya! The spelling with the Y has always looked better to me. Asrieal seems like a misspelling to me, I would stick with the Asriel spelling if you wanted to use it. I personally think that either way the name is a bit out of place with Tristan, but Tristan and Arya sounds like a really great sibset!!
I like Sabrina a lot, but I can understand your husband’s hesitation. Maybe something like Selena or Serena instead?
I like Genevieve, but I’ve always thought it was kind of too much of a name. Like, it’s really fancy and over the top to me. It’s really pretty, but it would be such a pain to teach a kid to spell, and you basically guarantee that they’re never going to go by the full thing…I like Vivi and Evie, but I like other names they could be derived from better (Vivian or Evelyn, or anything along those lines).
Personally, I like Julia a LOT more, meaning aside. It’s simple, pretty, and it flows much better with Evangeline than Genevieve would. It’s a nice contrast – a simpler name followed by a less common, more extravagent name. In all reality, the meaning of a name doesn’t matter much in the real world. Unless the meaning is really obvious, very few people know the meaning of names besides their own, and if their’s is kind of boring, then it’s something you just ignore and move on. Like, my name, Kelsey, on this site is listed as being derived from Cenel’s Land. On other sites I’ve seen it as Island of the Ships. Either way, the meaning is just an old forgotten meaning and it doesn’t really come up ever in real life. Julia is a common, old enough name that I don’t think anyone would give the meaning a second thought. Also, I’ve heard the old Latin meaning of the name as more like “youth whose first bead is growing,” implying time and youthfulness, not so much an actual bearded youth. I think it’s important to realize that the name only has a masculine meaning because it’s directly derived from a male name…
Personally, I think it’s history as a name is way more interesting than the meaning, being derived from Julius and long connected to the founding of the Roman Empire. I remember learning in History classes that the Julius line of ancient Rome could trace it’s ancestry, through the name, back to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite), giving the line a divine right to rule.
Julia is pretty high on my list of names, so I guess I’m naturally inclined to defend it. That’s just my take, though. If the meaning really turns you against it that much, don’t use it. But I personally think there’s a lot more to a name than meaning.
I like Jade and Zoey the best! I think both sound really nice with Barbara, and would be cute with Emilia.
Isobel and it’s variant spellings are so popular these days that I personally wouldn’t go there, even though it’s a lovely name, and Sierra’s really nice too, just wouldn’t be my top choice. I’m a fan of Japanese culture and names, and Sakura is possibly one of the only Japanese names that Americans stand a chance of pronouncing, but it’s still pretty unusual and sort of culturally bizarre if your family doesn’t have a Japanese ancestry. I like the name, but it feels very out of place with your other choices.
I think it’s alright. I’ve met so many of them of my age that I sort of lump it with the Jennifers and Britneys and Kyles, though. Like, I have a hard time imagining it on a little kid because it seems so generation-trendy in my mind. I think it could work pretty well in the right combo, though, especially as a middle name.
I like Spencer Aaron or Samuel Aaron.
Vaida – I’m not a fan, it sounds really exotic to me. Not too difficult, but too unusual for me.
Estelle – Pretty, a little uncommon but simple enough. I like Stella, too, or what about Esmeralda?
Imogen – Not my style, it sounds like a disease to me…
Lainey – Way cute!! I’ve been trying to find a longer name to use Lainey as a nickname for, but I think it would be really nice just on it’s own, too.
Kaia – Pretty, simple, a little unusual but common enough these days. I like it!
Wilder – Eh, it’s a little too cowboy-y to me. Could be nice, but it could also come off as kind of cheesy…
Griffin – Honestly I’ve never met someone named Griffin who was likable, so I’m kind of biased against it. Plus, it’s a mythical creature. TO me it’s like naming your kid Unicorn and I find it odd. Not my style, sorry.
Holden – I like it! Stong, literary, a bit unique these days. COuld be a great choice!
Cyrus – I only think of Miley Cyrus these days and I can’t say I would want my child to be associated with her right now…
Ezra – I’ve always found Ezra to be incredibly feminine-sounding. It doesn’t appeal to me at all, though I can see why people like it. Different, yet simple and classical.
Motoni (Japanese, my aunt who married into the family)
I have a ton more great-aunts and -uncles, too, but most of them I never met and I’m blanking on names right now….
I like Rosemary, but Rosemarie just seems too much like Rose and Marie smushed together. I’d prefer them separated, even as a double first name.
I like the name Kate a lot more than Daisy, but I kind of like the sound of Daisy better with the combo. It flows well, and the names are all different enough to make it work. I think either’d be just fine, but I do like the idea of Daisy.
In America at least, we pronounce Erin as AIR-in, so we might assume that the Ae- in Aeryn is way different and say it like AY-rin, because it’s too weird to be just Erin.
The Aeryn spelling just seems made-up and like it’s trying to be different. I have met people who spell it as just Aryn, though, which I think could be a good alternative if you really want the A. The Ae just looks so made-up and childish to me…
I like the Leora spelling better, somehow it looks more complete that way to me. Liora looks more like those misspelled names that are tring to be different. Even if that is the original spelling, it looks wrong to me… To me it seems like a shorter version of something like Eleanor or Leonora, so spelling it with the i seems less elegant…I dunno. I don’t know what spelling is the original or more common. But I personally would go with Leora.
I think it’s a really pretty name, though.
Love Juliet and Penelope!! Helena, Emilia, and Susanna are lovely too.
I like Charlotte a lot!! Aurora is really pretty, but it can be hard to say out loud. Crystal is nice, but it’s less classic-sounding than your other names. And I still think Lindsay, Nora, and Isabel are all nice. I like that Charlotte sounds more like your real name, and I think Lindsay is still a solid choice.
But I would say go with what YOU like the best, not what some strangers on the internet do! Pick a name that you think you could be happy to be called! Maybe ask some friends or family to call you each of the names for a little while and see how they sound. And go with your own instinct. It’s your name, and you’re going to have to like it, not us.
Love Kiana for girls! Nayeli’s nice too. For boys I love Julian! Luis, Joel, or Jonathan would be nice too.
How is Xochitl pronounced?
Addison – 1 (Never met a female one!)
Avery – 0
Peyton – 1
Nolan – 0
Calvin – 1 (Why did I mark this as zero last time?? I’ve known Calvin for years…)
May – 1
Harriet – 0
Zara – 1
Olive – 0
Estelle – 0
My preferences (favorites bolded):
Aryanna, though the spelling Arianna would be so much better, and makes more sense with NN Ari..
Man, I would have called her out on stealing the name. That’s so rude!
Nicolette – I think the name is pretty, but I’ve always thought it sounded too much like Nicorette, those quit smoking products! What about Nicola, or just Nichole?
Evangeline – Ugh. I will never like this name. I think it sounds tacky and overly religious, but with the added side effect of sounding like “evil angel.” A lot of people on this site love it, though.
Anabelle – Pretty, simple. I prefer the spelling Annabel, though, especially since Isabelle/a’s so trendy right now, and the -belle ending is becoming so common. There are also so many Belles and Bellas these days!
Rosabelle – What about Rosette or Rosalie instead?
Charlotte – I love Charlotte! I’m honestly not crazy abut the nickname Charlie, but Charlotte is so pretty, na dht enickname Lottie would be cute.
Ellamae – Sounds like 2 names mushed together.
Leighanne – Maybe spelt Leeanne or Liane? Or Liana? Lina?
Brielle – cute, but I agree, I don;t think it would age too well. It’s very in-style with trendy names these days. Also, it kind of reminds me of umbrella. What about Brianna, Brianne, Brenna, Gabrielle/a?
Arabella – Ari’s cute! Arabella is pretty, not my style personally, but I think it could be nice. What about Arielle, Ariella, Adrielle?
Emmeline – Love it! Maybe consider Amelia/Emilia?
Anastasia – Love it, though I’d be hesitant with 50 Shades, too, just because they’re still so popular, and the movie will be coming out soon. Darn those bad books ruining good names!
Sophia – Could be a nice middle name! I love Sophia, it’s one of the few really popular names these days that I would actually consider, despite the popularity.
Allaynah – The spelling is definitely too much. Alayna or Alaina would be much better. What about Alanna?
Penelope – Love it! So pretty!
Aurora could be worth considering, too. Princessy and actually usable! Vivian comes to mind, too.
Love Trey! I’d worry that it sounds too much like Cade, though, both one syllable with that “ay” vowel sound. I think Drake Conrad sounds pretty good, though either Drake combo could be nice. Drake might be too like Cade, too, though. Say them out loud. I think it would be confusing when you actually have to talk to your kids…
Not a fan of Reeve, and Cash is WAY too similar to Cade, not to mention it’s got a horrible bad cowboy film vibe to it and that it’s a common word for money. Not a name I would ever use.