I’m not a really fan, I see it as really surname-y and really obviously associated with Abraham Lincoln. It’s not horrible, but I’ve just never really seen the appeal. And I really don’t like the nickname Link, I think it’s so cheesy…
I think Alexander could be great! Very royal, yet normal enough to not really be obvious.
I think Leonidas is a really cool name, and it definitely works fine as a middle name, but I also think most people these days will see it and immediately think of the movie 300 and that whole story. I tend to advise staying away from character names that make the reader think of something else that’s currently popular or really well-known. It makes people picture that person/character instead of making up a picture for your character. It can be done, but it’s kinda risky. Especially for main characters.
Hmm, I like it. I’m not really crazy about Archer usually – it sounds like a very stock fantasy book character name – but I really like Lawrence/Laurence, and I think Archer actually sounds really good with it.
Hmm, I went through a list of figures from Greek mythology, maybe:
Ares, Hector, Jason, Phoebus, Nyx, Charon, Orion, Thanatos, Boreas, Ajax, Zethus, Cadmus, Theseus, Branchus, Briareus.
Or, stick with just his middle name as obviously Greek, and find a different unique name for his first name. If you like the nickname Bren, maybe something like Brenton, Brenner, Brentland. Or something along the same lines, other Br- names like Bradford, Bram, Brandt, Bretton, Brighton, Broderick, Bronson.
When naming characters, you can sneakily say some things about them with the name, without making it blatantly obvious to all readers. For example, if he’s humble, find a name meaning humble, like Paul and it’s varients – Paolo, Pablo, Pavel. If it’s going to be revealed later in the story that he’s afraid of heights or something and is going to overcome that, find a name that relates to flying or birds. You can come up with something clever if you put some thought into it and do some searches for specific meanings.
As a writer myself, I’d also recommend mixing up the styles and length of names you use. For example, you have a lot of short J names right now, so stay away from any more of those. You also have very few names longer than 2 syllables, so maybe look for something on the longer side. It makes it a lot easier for readers to tell characters apart if the names are all very different.
Hope that helps!
My favorites: Leona, Ariane, Beatrix, Aurelie Cecile, Adeline, Lyra, Penelope, Mireya, Zelia, Eliora, Isla, Elisabet, Kaia, Emilia, Liliana, Violetta, Zara, Hazel
Honestly, it’s not my favorite name – I like Milo so much more, and I knew a Miles in high school who definitely got teased a lot along the lines of his weight and “miles” being a large unit of measurement. It’s not a bad name inherently, but I don’t think I could ever use it.
And I do agree that it sounds choppy with your last name. Could be worse, but I find it very abrupt. With a long middle name it sounds a lot better, but you have to remember that middle names are very rarely used in everyday conversation… I think it could be okay if you really love it, but I think there would be other options that sound a lot better with Watts.
I just keep thinking, like, I already talk about this baby a lot (this is the first of my good friends to be starting a family and I’m really excited for them), and I keep thinking, if they do end up using Kelsey, how weird it would be to talk about her all the time calling her my name all the time to people who know me… And like, you know people who know both my friend and I will assume they chose the name because of me – that would be my automatic assumption.
I don’t know, I keep thinking about it and it keeps feeling really weird.
I mean, I always sort of hated that my name was common enough for there to be a couple of Kelseys in my grade, and I just keep thinking how much I would have hated it if my parents had had a friend with the same name too….
I agree entirely with yellowwatts. I like Georgia Rose the best, though I really love Kate too. Hadley’s really not my style. River’s kind of nice, but I don’t like Kate with it, it makes the whole name sound kind of choppy.
What about some other nature names, like Violet, Jade, Lily, Robin, Jasmine?
I agree with peace.love.ohana, I like both names a lot, but I think Macy sounds better with Noelle. I think Macy ages better than Maisie too.
TheWishingStarParticipant6 months, 4 weeks ago
Ooh, I love Tate!
I agree, though, with your short-ish last name, I’d definitely go for something 2- or 3-syllables for the middle name, and avoid too many Rs. I think Tate Bronson works pretty well!
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months ago
I think it’s pretty. I kind of like just Maya/Maia better, but Amaya/Amaia is nice in it’s own way.
I like the Amaia spelling better – it looks girlier and airier to me. Either would be perfectly fine – I’d pronounce them exactly the same – but I like Amaia better. (I also like Maia better than Maya, so maybe that’s why.) But I can see how people might assume Amaya is pronounced with the May sound instead of My. With Amaia I think, if you don’t know how to pronounce it, you’re more likely to guess the My pronunciation….
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months ago
I think Tina’s really pretty as a nickname, but like the others, I find it a little outdated and flat if it’s not a nickname. I don’t think I’ve ever met one under the age of 40, but it’s a pretty name, and Christina is common enough that I’m sure there are little Tina’s out there…
I think Tina Marie sounds better better than Tina Lynn or Tina Jolene, but I like both Lynn and Jolene better than Marie as a middle name, honestly. But would Tina Marie be an option? Or are there more family names you’d be willing to use?
I actually rather like it. I’m not crazy about place names, but somehow, I do like Geneva. It’s definitely a “less grand” alternative to Genevieve, which I think makes it really nice – simple yet still fancy. And it’s unusual as a name, but well known as a place and easy to pronounce.
My name was 26th the year I was born – my parents thought it was pretty uncommon, but apparently so did everyone else. 26th was popular enough that I usually had another in some classes, and I graduated high school with about 5 others in my grade. Not a ton, but enough that I often was “Kelsey H.” It’s annoying, but it’s not that hard to live with. I’m always just grateful I’m not another Katie…
I’m not against the idea of using a top 10 name, though I’d prefer to avoid it. But with the exception of the sudden trend names, like Isabella, I don’t think I would avoid a name just because it’s popular. I would definitely look at the name’s recent history, though. If in the last few years it’s soared up in popularity, that would be a sign for me to reconsider. Or if it’s been rapidly going down in popularity, it would be interesting to research why. And nicknames are important too – there are hundreds of Katie/Katy/Caitys at my school, but their full names aren’t all that common on their own, especially considering all the spelling variations of Catherine and Katelyn. If the name has an obvious nickname that other really popular names could also share, I’d be really hesitant. For a more current example, Liliana’s not even in the top 100, but Lillian, Lily, and Anna all are.
But I think how much you love the name is way more important than how many other people around you have also loved it. The benefit of popular names is that you know other people like it a lot too.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Brendan. I really like Benjamin as well – personally, I like the full name more than I like just Ben, because there are so many names that could be shortened to Ben. I find just Ben kind of plain.
I’m not crazy about Brennan, I agree, too similar to Brendan/Brandon. Bryce and Brett are both really outdated in my mind.
I think by now you probably know my thoughts on Evangeline.
Genevieve isn’t my favorite name – I agree with embra on it being “classy and old-fashioned,” and it’s really pretty, but it’s always felt a little… too much, I guess. Like it’s kind of a really grand-sounding name, to me. I really like that it has a lot of nickname potential, though.
I’m really of a fan of James for a girl. It’s such a common, classic boys name, it seems so out of place on a girl. And using names that are really common on the opposite gender can cause so much confusion for other people around her. Better as a middle name than a first name, but I just still do not care for it much.
What about the much less masculine Jamie/Jaimie/Jaymie? Using a more unisex name for the middle name leaves your first name options and nickname options a lot wider, also.
I agree that I’m not crazy about the spelling Jorga/Jorgia. It will constantly be misspelled as Georgia, or assume it’s pronounced like the Spanish Jorge. Georgia’s pretty, but changing the spelling will just make it difficult for your daughter her whole life.
I like the suggestions Josephine, Jocelyn, Jade, Julia, Jessa, and Jordyn/Jordan.
I like Ramona better than Matilda, personally. Just tell people not to call her Mona. Call her Romy if you like, or the full Ramona when you’re around them, and if they use Mona, politely tell them that is NOT her name and you would appreciate it if they’d stop. However, Mona’s a pretty obvious nickname, and I think it may be inevitable as she gets older that her friends may call her it, or she may choose to go by it on her own. If the possibility of your daughter actually wanting to go by Mona is a problem, then I would say just go with Matilda. Or another name. Work with your husband. If you can’t both love one of the names 100%, then keep brainstorming.
My middle name is Louise, and I’ve always rather hated it. It’s a nice name, but I’ve always found it really common and boring. Everyone seems to have a grandmother or great aunt or family friend named Louise. I’ve just never been able to find much to like about it. I like Eloise more, because it’s so much less common as a middle name. And I find it prettier.
I just went and looked for the book on Amazon – there’s a pretty decent preview, and the authors are the creators of Nameberry! Very interesting, though from what I skimmed, it reads a lot like the Nameberry website does….
It’s always really cool seeing naming trends, though. There are names that totally accurately predicted, and then there are always random names that appear to have risen out of nowhere.
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months, 2 weeks ago
I’m with Ash, I like Jeremy way more, and I see Jeremiah as one of those biblical names that the those stereotypical hillbillies use. I find it way less classy than other traditional biblical names. I want to like it, because it’s a pretty cool name just on it’s own, but it is one of the first names I think of when I think of those crazy conservative rednecks who give Christians a bad name….