We’re not sure where we’ll be in the next year or two so I’ll look at the top hundred for the two countries we might be in. I like a lot of popular names from both, actually.
Girls, US Top 100
[name]Emily[/name] - Doesn’t go great with our last name, husband not keen on it, I do love it. Husband thinks [name]Emerald[/name] is a palatable substitute.
[name]Elizabeth[/name] - [name]Love[/name], ultimate classic territory, it’s rarity is not the draw, lol.
[name]Lily[/name] - Can’t use. Forbidden by territorial friend. [name]Do[/name] love it though.
[name]Hannah[/name] - Husband veto, high school foe.
[name]Aaliyah[/name] - Husband vetoed outright, claims sounds too foreign.
[name]Claire[/name] - Husband’s most favourite girl’s name of all. On short list.
[name]Faith[/name] - Only as a middle, I think.
[name]Morgan[/name] - [name]One[/name] of husband’s favourites. I would probably push for [name]Morgana[/name] or [name]Morwenna[/name] instead. I don’t really love it.
[name]Caroline[/name] - [name]Love[/name] this, would use it, it’s down at 98th and I just think it’s classic anyway.
[name]Naomi[/name] - Can’t use. Hideous clash with surname.
Girls, NSW Australia Top 100 (the ones that aren’t doubles of above, which, most of the ones above do appear somewhere on the list, though not all)
[name]Zara[/name] - [name]Love[/name], but not my favourite Z girl, so probably not used.
[name]Ivy[/name] - [name]Love[/name], would use.
[name]Imogen[/name] - [name]Love[/name], would use, but husband hates.
[name]Annabelle[/name] - Hate this spelling, do like [name]Annabel[/name]. Would use, but husband hates.
[name]Alice[/name] - Like. Not sure if love.
[name]Phoebe[/name] - Like, sounds weird with our last name.
[name]Violet[/name] - Like, but [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Viola[/name] and [name]Vivienne[/name] and enough other V’s I’d probably not pick [name]Violet[/name] first.
[name]Erin[/name] - Cute, but somehow I would never think to use it.
[name]Caitlin[/name] - Like this a lot, only with this spelling, but its so popular I don’t know if I would use it. Maybe just a middle name, because there’s so many Kaitlins and Katelynns etc. pumping the numbers well beyond what [name]Caitlin[/name] itself gets.
[name]Isabel[/name] - Like it, but my mom would freak out with hatred and we already have an [name]Isabella[/name] in our circle.
[name]Aiden[/name] - I would never actually use [name]Aiden[/name], but I do [name]ADORE[/name] [name]Aidan[/name], and its on our shortlist for boys.
[name]Gabriel[/name] - [name]Love[/name] this, just not as a first name because I’m not sure I can deal with [name]Gabe[/name].
[name]Jonathan[/name] - I love, husband likes, would use.
[name]Isaac[/name] - Husband loves, I like, would use.
[name]Owen[/name] - [name]Love[/name]. <3. Not sure of spelling though. Husband wants Eoin.
Wyatt - Husband decreed “sounds too American,” vetoed.
Henry - Husband hates, vetoed.
Eli - Like, would probably use as middle, am afraid no one locally can pronounce it.
Levi - Love. Husband hates.
Dominic - Love, would use.
Josiah - Husband says “we’re not Amish.” He’s okay with Joel, though.
Nathaniel - Husband doesn’t care I’ve loved it forever.
NSW, Australia (the boys’ names that aren’t doubles)
Patrick - My husband: “Fuckin’ Patrick, I hate bloody Patrick, I got in a fistfight in Grade 10 with a Patrick.”
Finn - A favourite of my husband. I think I prefer Finnian or Phineas though.
Hamish - My sister called dibs.
Marcus - I only like Marcus, I hate Marc. Would not really use.
Aidan - I do love Aidan.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, I do think a lot of the top 100 is pretty solid. As far as actually use as first names all I’ve got there is: Claire, Zara, Ivy, and Caroline for girls. Probably just Claire and Ivy really.
On the boy’s side, I could see using for a FN and damn the popularity: Jonathan, Aidan, Isaac are the big three, and then possibly Owen and Finn.