General critique of my favourites?

Okay, so my list looks something like this right now, I’d love to hear what you think:

[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee)
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES)
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u])

and I’m probably adding [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] or [name_f]Octavia[/name_f], I just can’t choose my favourite right now. I’d love some feedback :slight_smile:

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f] - Always reminds me of [name_u]Fennel[/name_u] - not a bad thing, but it IS a vegetable or whatever
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee) - this is the name of a girl that stole a boyfriend from me so I can never like it. :stuck_out_tongue:
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u] - I prefer sybil to be honest
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f] - Short and sweet, like it!
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - a bit too frou-frou for my tastes
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f] - very sweet, like this one a lot
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES) - no matter what I’ll always read ‘lettuce’
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]) - I think that she’d always have so much trouble with people saying/spelling it wrong
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u] - very cute, love the nickname
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] - I like it, but it’s the number one girls name where I live so it’s too common for my liking at the moment
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f] - I like it!

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f]: I think you have better -ella names on your list.
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f]: Cute! Nickname [name_f]Jemma[/name_f] would be adorable.
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]: I really like [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] - so fiery yet wearable.
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee): very pretty, but oh, those Irish names, how they baffle non-name nerds!
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u]: I have never liked the sound of this.
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f]: Pretty! I think this can stand on its own, but have you ever considered [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f] nn [name_f]Jessa[/name_f]?
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]: Never my favorite, but it’s grown on me. I still think of the fruit, though.
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f]: beautiful! I think it’s a dazzling name.
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES): It sounds a little made up to be honest. And I hate to be blunt, but it reminds me of lettuce.
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]): I don’t find the sound very attractive, but there’s nothing really wrong with it.
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u]: I prefer [name_f]Rosemarie[/name_f], but I have a good friend named [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] ("[name_f]Rose[/name_f]") so it has good associations for me. [name_u]Romy[/name_u] is an awesome nickname.
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]: Very pretty. I’ve heard it’s pretty popular, but I haven’t seen it very often.
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Celestine[/name_f]. So pristine and sparkly!

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f]- It just reminds me of [name_u]Fennel[/name_u].
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f]- Quite nice (too close to my name)
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]- [name_u]Love[/name_u]!!! [name_u]Love[/name_u]!!! [name_u]Love[/name_u]!!!
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee)- Not a fan of the sound, I love how it looks.
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u]- This one’s cute.
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f]- I prefer this as a nn for [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f].
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]- Okay
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f]- I prefer [name_f]Arabella[/name_f] a lot more.
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES)- There’s something about [name_f]Lettice[/name_f] I don’t like, probably because it reminds me of [name_f]Letitia[/name_f], which I really don’t like.
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u])- [name_u]Love[/name_u]!!!
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u]- [name_u]Romy[/name_u]'s cute! And I quite like [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] as well (just the name, I hate the herb :P)
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]- Reminds me of [name_f]Amy[/name_f] Pond, from [name_m]Doctor[/name_m] Who (:)), so I have a soft spot for the name, but I also know two in my year, and it’s getting quite popular atm (I think).

I don’t really like [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] or [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] (or many O names), so I’ll just pick [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f].

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f] - sorry, not a fan. I too can only think of the vegetable, fennel. I do not see the appeal.
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f] - love it - pretty name, lovely meaning, and [name_u]Jem[/name_u] would make a cute nn
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] - I really like it, I have [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] on my list but not [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] because I didn’t think it was wearable but my opinion has changed recently - it’s definitely wearable! It has a bit more… ‘sass’ than [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] (sass is not a word I normally use I just couldn’t think of a better word! :slight_smile: )
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee) - pretty sound and also very visually appealing
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u] - I dislike the sound and appearance and the nn [name_u]Billie[/name_u], it’s just really nms
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f] - [name_f]Jessica[/name_f] and it’s nns have been very popular for a long time so it doesn’t sound very exciting to me
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - I like clementine, the fruit is sweet and lovely, the name has a pretty sound. The only reason that I can’t warm to this name is that I can’t stand the nns [name_u]Clem[/name_u] and [name_u]Clemmie[/name_u]
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f] - [name_f]Annabel[/name_f] is nice, but [name_f]Annabella[/name_f] is a bit frilly for my taste
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES) - for me, it’s too close to lettuce. I can’t take it seriously as a name, sorry
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]) - love! This is one of my favourites. I love the confusing Irish spelling, it’s history and the sound of the name
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u] - [name_u]Romy[/name_u] is another of my favourites and I like [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] (it’s such a delicious herb!), I prefer just [name_u]Romy[/name_u] though. I think.
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] - too popular for my tastes but there’s nothing wrong with it as a name
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f] - I want to like [name_f]Celeste[/name_f] but I just think of molest, which isn’t a nice association for a name. This is probably just me though

I like both [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] and [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f], I think I slightly prefer [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] (I once knew a little [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] nn [name_u]Ottie[/name_u] which I thought was quite sweet)

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f]: As another poster pointed out, there are better -ella names on your list. [name_f]Fenella[/name_f] is prissy to my ears. Have you considered [name_f]Serenella[/name_f]?
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f]: A gorgeous name with a great history that’s unfortunately unusable in the US. If you’re elsewhere, this should be a top pick.
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]: Sweet, if a little precious. I like the nn [name_f]Bea[/name_f].
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee): I have a name with a spelling that isn’t phonetically intuitive, and as I advance in my life and career, it becomes more and more of an issue. Frankly, naming your kid [name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] outside of [name_f]Ireland[/name_f] is signing them up for a lifetime of avoidable complications (and signing you up for some well-earned resentment).
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u]: [name_f]Sybilla[/name_f] seems like the better spelling, but I’m not sure if this name is pronounced [name_f]SIB[/name_f]-ill-ah or si-[name_m]BILL[/name_m]-ah. I like the idea of using [name_u]Billie[/name_u] as a short form.
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f]: Flimsy and incomplete. Despite its ubiquity (and thus its datedness), [name_f]Jessica[/name_f] is still an elegant Shakespearean name. [name_f]Jessamy[/name_f] and [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f] are lovely, rarer options.
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]: I always think of this as the Ur-Nameberry name. Yes, I do have a soft spot for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - it’s hard not to like a vintage flower/fruit/song name with such an upbeat and friendly sound - but it does seem a bit…self-consciously offbeat? Dare I say…hipster? If that doesn’t bother you, [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Jemima[/name_f] would be my top 2 from your list thus far.
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f]: An unnecessary elaboration of an already-elaborate name. [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] is fabulous, literary, spunky, and versatile. She would make a great sibset with [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Jemima[/name_f].
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES): Not even remotely usable.
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]): Spell it [name_u]Alva[/name_u]. And even then, I prefer the more mysterious and antiquated [name_f]Elva[/name_f].
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u]: I love [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]. Like [name_f]Clementine[/name_f], [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] is botanical and vintage with a sweet, amiable appeal. [name_f]Rosie[/name_f] is the intuitive nickname, and probably the one that will end up getting used despite your best efforts.
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]: [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] is a great name, but definitely headed up the charts fast. I can see it hitting the Top 10 in the next few years.
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f]: [name_f]Celeste[/name_f] is a solid-gold winner of a name - elegant and celestial, but light-sounding, timeless, and easy to wear. This should definitely be a top contender.

[name_f]My[/name_f] top 5 for you would be [name_f]Jemima[/name_f], [name_f]Clementine[/name_f], [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f], [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f], and [name_f]Celeste[/name_f].

You have a gorgeous list there.

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f] - I’m so sorry but it still sounds like an ointment name to me
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f] - while not a personal favourite, it sounds and looks beautiful
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] - a vintage gem, definitely quirkier than sister [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f]
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee) - from a non British perspective, it would be impossible to figure out the ponunciation just looking at the spelling
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u] - I’m part of the minority that actually prefers just [name_u]Billie[/name_u] over [name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f] - not my favourite, it’s a bit boring to be
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - lovely
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f] - beautiful
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] - too close to the vegetable for my liking
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]) - I love the sound of [name_u]Alva[/name_u] and prefer the spelling too
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u] - not for me but both a great names, I think I prefer [name_u]Romy[/name_u]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] - lovely
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f] - is gorgeous, [name_f]Celestine[/name_f] is a bit too much
[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] or [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] - both are stunning and very regal sounding

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f] - intriguing. I like that it’s unusual but has that familiar -ella ending, but I like [name_f]Fiorella[/name_f] much more. The Fen- beginning feels innately masculine for me; maybe because I associate it with Fenwick and Fenway, and other masculine-ish sorts of things. I dig [name_f]Fiorella[/name_f], or even just [name_f]Fiora[/name_f], though. :slight_smile:
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f] - I like [name_f]Gemma[/name_f] much more, but [name_f]Jemima[/name_f] is cool. I think it has a lot of cool nns, like [name_f]Jemma[/name_f], [name_f]Maya[/name_f], [name_u]Jem[/name_u], [name_f]Mimi[/name_f], and [name_f]Mia[/name_f]… I’m trying not to see it in the light of the offensiveness here in [name_u]America[/name_u], but even so, before I knew it was offensive, I still wasn’t a huge fan. It seems really fusty and old-fashioned to me.
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] - love this! [name_f]My[/name_f] issues are the lack of nns (or at least, I lack in loving the nicknames!), but I do love [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]. Also the Catalan form, Beatriu (bee-ah-troo. It’s so much fun to say!).
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] - you know I love it. haha. I would love to meet an [name_f]Eilidh[/name_f]!
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f] - I have grown to appreciate [name_u]Billie[/name_u] as a nn, but I like the fuller [name_f]Sybilla[/name_f]/[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f] much more, personally! I like the [name_f]Sybilla[/name_f] spelling way more than [name_f]Sibylla[/name_f], but it’s still a great name. [name_u]Love[/name_u] it a lot.
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f] - I like [name_f]Tessa[/name_f] much more. I’ve never been a huge fan of [name_u]Jess[/name_u]- names. I like [name_f]Jessa[/name_f] much more than [name_f]Jessica[/name_f], [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f], or [name_f]Jessamy[/name_f], though.
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - meh. I want to like it, but I just can’t get into it. I love the fruit, though. :slight_smile:
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f] - omgoodness, I adore [name_f]Annabella[/name_f]! I think I first started loving it when I saw it on your list, actually, but I just think it’s so lush and Italian; such a fun name! So much more interesting than half the [name_f]Bella[/name_f] names out there (more interesting than my favorite [name_f]Bella[/name_f] name, [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f], too, although I still like [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f] more). I think you could get [name_u]Billie[/name_u] out of this, too. [name_f]Annabella[/name_f] “[name_u]Billie[/name_u]”. It could work. Provides a nice spectrum of frilly to tomboyish, too, for whatever her personality is.
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] - I like [name_f]Lettie[/name_f] (not as much as [name_f]Lottie[/name_f], but ah, well), and I love [name_f]Elise[/name_f]/[name_f]Lise[/name_f]/[name_f]Lisette[/name_f], but I’m just not loving [name_f]Lettice[/name_f] at all. I think people would confuse it with lettuce and lattice (believe it or not, I think of lattice with [name_f]Lettice[/name_f] more than lettuce…) way too much. I just don’t find it that appealing personally, but I would love to see [name_f]Lettie[/name_f] or [name_f]Lottie[/name_f].
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] - lovelovelove the sound of [name_u]Alva[/name_u]! It’s always seemed semi masculine for me, but I love the idea of [name_u]Alva[/name_u] on a girl now. I feel like there’s a huge disconnect between [name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] and the sound of [name_u]Alva[/name_u] for me, in my brain somewhere, but I do love the sound. I’m down for using traditional spellings (especially if they work, like in the UK!), though, so even with my personal misgivings, [name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] prn al-vah gets a huge yes from me. :slight_smile:
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] - I like other [name_f]Rose[/name_f] names much more (namely [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f]!), but [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]'s funky and timeless. I like [name_f]Rosie[/name_f] much more than [name_u]Romy[/name_u], but [name_u]Romy[/name_u]'s cool, too.

[name_f]Annabella[/name_f], [name_f]Eilidh[/name_f], and [name_f]Sybilla[/name_f]/[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f] are my favorites. :slight_smile:

[name_m]Ah[/name_m], I also adore [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f]! It’s on my list as a middle, but I’d love to see it used up front. [name_f]Octavia[/name_f] I used to love, but these past several years, I’ve much preferred [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] to it.

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f]- Sounds strangely medicinal to me
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f]- Beautiful, but has so many bad connotations that it’s pretty unusable in the U.S.
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]- I think I prefer [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] but honestly I don’t love either.
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee)- The difference between spelling and pronunciation is too odd for those who aren’t familiar and I don’t care for the sound itself- too soft.
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u]- I prefer [name_f]Sibella[/name_f] and don’t care for [name_u]Billie[/name_u].
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f]- Cute and down-to-earth, but I prefer [name_f]Tessa[/name_f] or [name_f]Nessa[/name_f].
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]- [name_u]Love[/name_u] it, although I know many find it feels like it’s a name that’s “trying too hard”
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f]- Prefer [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] or, honestly, just [name_f]Anna[/name_f].
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES)- Not even remotely usable, sorry. [name_u]Patrice[/name_u] has a similar sound.
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u])- [name_m]Don[/name_m]'t love it
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u]- I really like both the full name and the nickname
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]- Classic and beautiful, but bound to grow leaps in popularity
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f]- A name that grows on me every time I hear it

[name_f]Fenella[/name_f]: Besides the potential association with [name_u]Fennel[/name_u], I don’t think it’s a bad name. Some other options: [name_f]Nuala[/name_f], [name_f]Fionnuala[/name_f]
[name_f]Jemima[/name_f]: I think this is a beautiful name and adorable nn potential.
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]: nms, but I still think it’s a nice name. I actually like it more than [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f].
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f] (AY-lee): Adorable name, despite the potential pronunciation problems.
[name_f]Sibylla[/name_f]/[name_u]Billie[/name_u]: I like Sibylia because it sound feminine and doesn’t immediately make me think of [name_f]Sybil[/name_f] (which reminds me of mpd/did). I think [name_u]Billie[/name_u] is cute as a nn
[name_f]Jessa[/name_f]: I think this name is adorable! If you wanted it as a nickname, I think [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f] would be much better than the common [name_f]Jessica[/name_f]. But, I think this works on its own.
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]: I really like this as a middle name. Such a sad song though =(
[name_f]Annabella[/name_f]: I like it. It makes it pretty and feminine for me compared to the more bland [name_f]Annabel[/name_f].
[name_f]Lettice[/name_f] (luh-TEES): I think this would be a hard name to have just because most people will see and say lettuce.
[name_u]Ailbhe[/name_u] ([name_u]Alva[/name_u]): I like the spelling, but the pronunciation isn’t my style =/
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]/[name_u]Romy[/name_u]: I think it’s pretty! [name_u]Romy[/name_u] is an adorable nn
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]: pretty name just ams
[name_f]Celeste[/name_f]/[name_f]Celestine[/name_f]: I love [name_f]Celestine[/name_f]! I think it’s a beautiful name that isn’t common at all.

[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] or [name_f]Octavia[/name_f]: I think both are beautiful names. I love [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f], but I’d never be able to use it.