I love Sophia, but I haven’t really seriously considered it because of the popularity. Elizabeth and Amelia, too. Though I think I’d be okay with Lily or Charlotte, despite the popularity.
For boys, I adore William, but wouldn’t use it because it’s too common in my own family, even. James is the only other name I love in the top 25 or so, but James is one of those names that’s ALWAYS been common and is not likely to not be ever, so I’ve just accepted that and would totally use it. Oh, and Avery for a boy, which I don’t know if I could ever use now that it’s so popular for girls. When it was just more popular for girls I thought I still had a chance, but it’s #13 in 2012 for girls now, and that’s just painfully popular. Ugh, I hate that that’s happened. So much….
Honestly, I’d prefer to avoid top 10-15 or so in general, but I wouldn’t let it stop me if I really had my heart set on a name. That said, though, a lot of my favorites seem to be more in the top 50-100 range, which I’d consider perfectly fine.
I adore Sophia, and I love Sophie too, but I like it more as a nickname for Sophia. They’re both such sweet names. But I’m very turned off by the popularity of it. I hate how popular my name is, and it was only 24th the year I was born. So I’d be hesitant to use either Sophie or Sophia these days/
Ooh, I really like Giselle. But I agree, best in the middle name slot, it’s got a lot of teasing potential. But I think it works there!!
I like Cora Giselle, or I really think it would sound great with something 3-syllable. What if you went with something that had a 2-syllable nickname to match your other girls? I think so long as the style’s not too different and you like the name, you shouldn’t restrict yourself to just 2-syllables….
I’m with ashthedreamer, I like it, but I like Sylvia more. I would honestly assume Sylvie was a nickname for Sylvia, which I think would be really lovely. It’s super cute, but it sounds incomplete as a name, in English at least. Honestly in French, too. Cute and girly fits so well on a little kid, but it’s nice to have that more mature name when you get older….
TheWishingStarParticipant6 months, 2 weeks ago
I agree, it depends on how it sounds. Some sound just fine, others sound like cheesy super hero names. But I feel like it’s definitely a case-by-case sort of thing.
Middle name it wouldn’t be a concern for me at all, unless all three names started with the same letter. That I feel would be a bit over the top…
Ooh, I love it! Lucian and Juliette sound awesome together!!
I wonder if the negativity has to do with Lucian’s relation to Lucifer, though? I know the name Lucious is thought to be derived from the Latin for “light,” which happens to be the same origin as Lucifer. Not actually that the names come from the name Lucifer, but that they share a source. And I’d assume Lucian has similar origins. I feel like that would be off-putting to some people – I personally don’t mind it, the names are barely similar to me. But I was looking up the name Lucious the other day, so that’s what comes to mind….
I like Tobias – I think it’s different and kind of cool. But I really don’t like Toby, and I don’t like that Tobias sort of has Toby as a really obvious nickname. Toby’s my dog’s name, and it’s a really common pet name, so I have the hardest time seeing it on an actual person – especially an adult. It’s cute for a kid or animal, but it ages horribly, to me. I have a friend who’s been going by Toby for a few years, and I’ve never been able to take it seriously on an adult man (I mostly call him by an old nickname that he’s still okay with instead). That’s just how I see the name, though.
What about similar -ias names like Elias, Zacharias, or Matthias? Or maybe something along the lines of Julian or Gabriel?
I absolutely adore Kate, not really crazy about any of the Katherine or Katelyn variations though. I’m with lcd1912 – I love the idea of just Kate as a middle name, no dealing with the millions of different spellings that could be shortened to it.
Honestly, yeah, it’s popular, but it has gone down in popularity a LOT. Like, in high school, I had four different good friends with a Kate variation name. Freshman year of college, I had two roommates who went by a form of Katy. It’s one of those names that’s hard to really judge the popularity of, because you have to add up all the variations that can lead to Kate. But it’s definitely WAY less overused these days. I hear it as a middle name a lot, but I haven’t met any little Kates/Katies in ages. So no, I don’t think it’s too overused these days. I’d be more worried about the fact that there are a hundred names that could be shortened to Kate….
I agree, I’d go with Breyer/Bryer. Briar is 100% a girls’ name for me, and I love it on a girl, so I’d be kind of disappointed to see it on a boy…
If it’s Greek, I would guess Ay-la is the correct pronunciation. That was my guess first seeing it too. Or maybe kind of like Ayl-luh? Ay-ella sounds too complicated to be worth it…
I like Ayla a lot, I think it’s really pretty and modern-sounding, but I think I like that spelling way more. Aella kind of looks like a typo for Bella.
I like Atticus so much more than either of them. It’s way more unexpected and cool sounding while still having an air of authority. And it’s such a refreshing choice to me – everyone loves it, but not a lot of people actually use it.
Elijah and Isaiah are both names I have a hard time imagining on an adult. They seem really cute for a little kid, but I’ve never met an adult Isaiah at all, only Isaacs, and all the Elijah’s I know go by Eli. I’m honestly not a huge fan of either, but I like Elijah way more than Isaiah. Isaiah’s so vowel-heavy, it sounds really flowy and uncertain to me.
I think they could work as sibling names, but they wouldn’t be my top choice – too similar and rhyme-y. They’re different enough, and both names are well-known enough, that it could work, but I’m with Ash: Biblical boys names all come off as really matchy to me. They all end in -ah sounds, which is so rare for boys names that I think it sticks out a lot.
I honestly though Ceridwen was going to be your last name, not a second middle name. I generally prefer just one middle name – seeing how rarely you use even one middle name in real life, two seems like more of a hassle than anything else. So I definitely like just Emmeline Phoebe a lot better, though I much prefer the -LINE pronunciation over -LEEN. Em-uh-LEEN sounds much too much like a weird version of Emily to me. Phoebe is so cute, though!
Ooh, I love Amelia! And I think it sounds really nice with Evangeline. Never heard it used for a birth-defect. It’s a well-known name, I don’t think people would associate it with that much.
I wouldn’t worry about it being the same name as your friend’s daughter, unless you;re still really close, but it is rather similar to Milla, who you’d probably see or talk about more often. If that would bother you, look for a different name. If you can live with it, I think Amelia’s a lovely choice! And it has a lot of nickname potential too. Though I also really love the suggestion of Aurora!
I’m not really a fan. It has a bad-fantasy-novel feel about it to me, and I can’t help but hear “giddy” when I hear it. I don’t know, I feel like it could be kind of cool, but I just don’t like it much. And I agree with TwoSapphires, it doesn’t really fit with your girls’ names at all. They’re all rather common, classic names while Gideon is much less common and not heard very often. Though I do agree, since he’d be the only boy, it could be okay.
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
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months, 1 week ago
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.