There are names I used to associate too negatively or felt had a bad sound, which are now considerably improved in my opinion to the point of possible consideration, like [name]Phoebe[/name], [name]Mabel[/name], [name]Georgia[/name], [name]Alice[/name].
There are names I don’t like, but can perfectly understand, like [name]Matilda[/name] or [name]Clementine[/name] or [name]Isla[/name] or [name]Florence[/name].
There are names I like, but don’t like the nicknames everyone likes, like [name]Hattie[/name] or [name]Franky[/name] or [name]Poppy[/name]. [name]Harriet[/name], sorta like, [name]Francesca[/name] and [name]Penelope[/name] are better. But these nicknames. I don’t find them cute or sweet, they are kind of corny and I don’t like them. If my mom called me [name]Hattie[/name], I feel I would have rather died than go through high school with it.
I don’t know why there’s no boys names I could think of for examples above. Hmmm.
I try to approach names I don’t feel comfortable with, especially when it’s not that popular here now, with an open mind, and see if my initial dislike was biased by something else - being older, a lot of old names still sound old to me (but not all of them), while I also like names from an era that’s not ready to come back yet, even if they are also several generations older than I am.
I think a good name is timeless and being just the right vintage doesn’t make a name just sound really interesting at all to me. A name doesn’t have to be classic to contain classic characteristics to me and like them because they seem inherently likable. I like my own name a lot in this category. I also have some eclectic tastes and don’t expect everyone to be swept away by my revelations, either.
However, I love that we all have individual tastes. Sometimes people just get swayed so much in the excitement - but of course, most of you have done this child-naming business or are deciding right now, with the intense and lovely help of our community. They are helpful, and I can’t get in the minds and tastes of people sometimes, but that’s ok - it’s actually fantastic and harms no one ultimately. [name]Do[/name] you feel warm and fuzzy yet? I do.
Names I’m not sold on and don’t foresee being convinced of:
Names that start with [name]Fin[/name] so you can call them [name]Fin[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name] - I feel especially conspicuous about this one
[name]Lilac[/name] - my favorite flower, in fact, but it doesn’t sound like a name choice among flowers.
[name]Calla[/name] - for particularly this, it’s not the worst name, but I think of [name]Callahan[/name] or calamine lotion. It’s really, really close to [name]Kayla[/name] if you think about it.
So, don’t beat me up, ok?