How Trendy Are These?

My list of possible names is growing as fast as my belly.(I’ve been put on bed rest and I’m going crazy searching for names!) Lately I’ve been seriously considering a few that I adore, but I’m very worried about their trendiness. I absolutely want to stay away from something that might become very popular, and end up sounding dated. I’m looking for a timeless name. What do you think of :

[name]Matilda[/name]

[name]Eleanor[/name]

[name]Adelia[/name]

[name]Alice[/name]

[name]Amelia[/name]

[name]Estella[/name]

[name]Annabelle[/name]

[name]August[/name]

[name]Valentine[/name] (for a girl. It’s very feminine in [name]France[/name] and pronounced [name]Valen[/name]-TEEN. I strongly dislike gender ambiguous names, and I’m afraid this falls in that category. Yes?)

Thank you so much for your help!

I’m so sorry you’re on bed rest, and I wish you well! For me, all of these names are classics, and always will be, no matter how popular they become. I say if you love a name, use it!

[name]Matilda[/name]- I love this name, and the nickname “[name]Tillie[/name].” It does, however, feel trendy to me (even though it’s not popular), simply because I associate it with [name]Heath[/name] Ledger’s daughter.

[name]Eleanor[/name]- Such a beautiful name that feels so timeless to me.

[name]Adelia[/name]- Another gorgeous name, and I seriously don’t see this one becoming massively popular anytime soon. I pronounce it A-dee-lee-uh, though others (including you!) may say it A-dell-ya. When it comes to trendiness, I’d only worry about people hearing the nickname “[name]Addie[/name],” and thinking her name is [name]Addison[/name].

[name]Alice[/name]- I love it!

[name]Amelia[/name]- While the nickname [name]Mia[/name] is trendy, I don’t feel the same way about [name]Amelia[/name], even though it is in the top 100.

[name]Estella[/name]- A gorgeous name! [name]Stella[/name], in my opinion, is very trendy, and while it’s only part of the name, it does stand out for me.

[name]Annabelle[/name]- This is one of my all-time favorites, and while it is climbing up the charts, I, for one, don’t care! It’s timeless (as are all of the names you’ve listed), cheerful, and elegant, combining so many wonderful attributes.

[name]August[/name]- Is this for a boy or a girl? [name]Augusta[/name] is great for a girl, and [name]August[/name] is wonderful for a boy.

[name]Valentine[/name] (for a girl. It’s very feminine in [name]France[/name] and pronounced [name]Valen[/name]-TEEN. I strongly dislike gender ambiguous names, and I’m afraid this falls in that category. Yes?)-Another beautiful choice!

[name]Every[/name] name you’ve listed is a gorgeous classic, and while I’m not an expert like [name]Pam[/name] or [name]Linda[/name], I really feel that you can’t go wrong with any of these names. Again, I’m not a name expert, but if I had to pick the names most in danger of becoming too popular, I’d have to select [name]Amelia[/name] and [name]Annabelle[/name], and I’d go with [name]Adelia[/name] and [name]Valentine[/name] as the names least in danger of becoming overused.

You have fantastic names to choose from, and I wish you the best!

Thank you [name]Jill[/name], your comments are always so helpful! I’m going to sleep on them and comment again tomorrow. Bed rest is making me think about names 24/7. I recently found out my pregnancy is considered high-risk, so I’m going crazy with worry, and thinking about names is a wonderful distraction! As my doctor suspected because of my family history, I am having more than one baby. He wasn’t full able to see or hear last time, but he thinks there might be three. I’m unable to even begin to think about triplets, so I’m in denial until I know for sure, and distracting myself with name searching!!

I probably should have mentioned I did mean [name]August[/name] for a boy. I love [name]Augustin[/name], but I’m afraid it’s too long to ever be pronounced in full. I’m a bit more focused on girl names cause I have a sneaking suspicion I’m having a girl. I guess I’ll find out soon!

You’re so welcome, [name]Sophia[/name]. (I love your name, by the way!) I’m so sorry about the whole bed rest thing, but at least you can pass the time thinking of beautiful names.
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Wait. You’re having twins? Wow! Congratulations, [name]Sophia[/name]! Are you due soon? [name]How[/name] exciting!

I’m relieved that [name]August[/name] is indeed for a boy, and I do love, love, love that name!

By the way, I love [name]Valentine[/name] (and [name]Valentina[/name], too), and forgot to delete your comment before leaving my own above.

Hang in there! :slight_smile:

I am most likely having twins. At my last ultrasound, my doctor thought there might be three, not two. I’m a little terrified at the idea of triplets so like I said earlier, I’m in denial for now and hoping it’s just two! I’m due in the summer :slight_smile:

Some more thoughts about the latest names :

[name]Matilda[/name] : What I really love is [name]Mathilde[/name], the French version (pronounced ma-TEELD) I don’t overly like it in English and think it will be too problematic. [name]Matilda[/name] is much easier to say and spell, and has the same charm. I’m very worried that it’s going to soar (especially after beautiful [name]Matilda[/name] Ledger) and will no longer be unique.

[name]Eleanor[/name] - In the top 300 right now, but there seems to be more and more of them. I could see it becoming a phenomenon a la [name]Isabel[/name], especially with how accessible the nickname [name]Ellie[/name] is.

[name]Adelia[/name] - Not really popular, but not too much of a stretch either. Similarity to [name]Adelaide[/name] and other “[name]Addie[/name]” names is what concerns me

[name]Alice[/name] - Now that I think about, this doesn’t feel trendy to me at all. Am I wrong?

[name]Amelia[/name] - More popular than my other choices. But so classic that I don’t know how trendy it could end up feeling

[name]Estella[/name] - I think any name with “ella” in it is likely to end up sounding dated because they are so popular right now. I love [name]Stella[/name], but it’s a bit more cutesy than my other choices. [name]Estella[/name] feels more substantial and sophisticated to me, but I don’t know if that balances out the super trendy “ella” ending.

[name]Annabelle[/name] - For years, this was my absolute favorite name. I’m afraid the rise of all the [name]Belle[/name]/[name]Bella[/name]/[name]Elle[/name]/[name]Ella[/name] names sort of ruined it for me. I still love it, but it does feel very trendy to me

[name]Valentine[/name] - While [name]Valentina[/name] might be easier, it’s a mouthful in French and I don’t like the flow of it. [name]Valen[/name]-TEEN sounds lovely in both languages, I think. The trendiness worry comes from a few celebrities using similar names lately. I think I’m mostly worried about people seeing the name and thinking its [name]VAL[/name]-en-tine and a boy. Does it look/feel feminine at all? Does it feel very boy on paper?

[name]August[/name] - For a boy. Like I said earlier, I would love to go with [name]Augustin[/name], but I’m afraid it would never ever be used in full. I like nicknames, but I like them to be occasional, not the used name 100% of the time. I can’t picture small children yelling at an [name]Augustin[/name] to catch a ball, or teenagers asking if [name]Augustin[/name] can come to the phone. I wouldn’t want him to be [name]Augie[/name] or [name]Gus[/name] 100% of the time. For those reasons, [name]August[/name] feels more accessible to me, but also way more likely to become popular. I love [name]Auguste[/name], but it would be too confusing.

I’m going to keep pondering these. I would really love some input. Thank you!

[name]Matilda[/name]: I’m thinking this is a [name]Talullah[/name]-esque name that gets lots of celebrity attention but isn’t like to go mainstream. [name]Mathilde[/name] is so lovely; it amazes me how names I’d never consider in English sound so beautiful in French. (Agn”s, for example.)

[name]Eleanor[/name]: Soaring in popularity, because it satisfies the [name]Ellie[/name] crowd and the [name]Nora[/name] crowd. I see this one becoming ubiquitous, like [name]Evelyn[/name]. (At least in this area, [name]Evelyn[/name] is all over the place!)

[name]Adelia[/name]: not trendy, I can’t imagine it becoming trendy, but it’s just not a name that excites me. I much prefer [name]Adele[/name].

[name]Alice[/name]: not trendy at all; timeless and classic, [name]Alice[/name] just can’t be pinned down to a particular decade. A great choice.

[name]Amelia[/name]: Again, in this area I’m starting to hear it everywhere.

[name]Estella[/name]: The -ella names are super trendy (do you think they’ve peaked?), and while this one in particular hasn’t caught on, I can imagine this girl spending her whole life saying, “No, ES-tella, with an E in front.”

[name]Annabelle[/name]: In my area, it’s everywhere.

[name]August[/name]: [name]Love[/name] it. Classic and handsome. I don’t think it qualifies as trendy; he’s still flying under the radar as far as I can tell.

[name]Valentine[/name] (for a girl. It’s very feminine in [name]France[/name] and pronounced [name]Valen[/name]-TEEN. I strongly dislike gender ambiguous names, and I’m afraid this falls in that category. Yes?) If you want people to pronounce it correctly, you’ll probably have to go with [name]Valentina[/name]. If you go with [name]Valentine[/name], it’s probably best to put it in the middle.

[name]Matilda[/name] - I thoroughly like [name]Matilda[/name] but do think she will date down the line, at least in the States. She does feel [name]Tallulah[/name] like (and I adore [name]Tallulah[/name]!) but I think [name]Matilda[/name] has a more mainstream feel and will get a bit more popualr before trends change yet again. If you’re not a Yank, go for it. I don’t think [name]Matilda[/name] will date as badly in [name]Britain[/name] or Australia.

[name]Eleanor[/name] - Utterly timeless. I know Eleanors of all ages, from 95 to 3. I think of all on your list, this one’s the best for what you’re looking for.

[name]Adelia[/name] - Feels too frilly for my taste, but alright if you like it. [name]Delia[/name] or [name]Dahlia[/name] are more my speed. [name]Adele[/name] also is more timeless a choice than [name]Adelia[/name]. [name]Even[/name] [name]Cordelia[/name], nn [name]Delia[/name] is Shakesperian and won’t date as much, I think.

[name]Alice[/name] - This is what my Mom wanted to name me! I do think she’s timeless in appeal but may date in sound. [name]Remember[/name] being 8 and watching “The [name]Brady[/name] Bunch”? [name]Remember[/name] how awful [name]Alice[/name] sounded on the Houskeeper then? Yeah, it will happen again, but not as badly as say, [name]Matilda[/name].

[name]Amelia[/name] - my least favorite normal name of all time. I loathe that “meel” sound in the middle. But [name]Amelia[/name] is pretty enough and she’s got a decent range of nicknames: [name]Millie[/name], [name]Mia[/name], [name]Amy[/name].

[name]Estella[/name] - I actually think [name]Estelle[/name] will date less badly. I do feel the frilly -a enders are starting to fall out of favor and you’d be better off with the more classic [name]Estelle[/name]. You could still nickname [name]Estelle[/name], [name]Stella[/name]. You don’t need the ‘a’ to do that. :slight_smile:

[name]Annabelle[/name] - Too frilly a spelling, will definitely feel weird when she’s 40. [name]Annabel[/name] s the most classic of the spellings and will date less badly. I really like [name]Annabel[/name]!

[name]August[/name] - On a boy, classic, on a girl, dated already. [name]August[/name] is on my own boy list to honor my Mom.

[name]Valentine[/name] - In the States, I think this spelling’s as girly as you can get without going to [name]Valentina[/name]. Without the ‘e’ it strikes me as Masculine: [name]Valentin[/name], pronounced the same way the French do [name]Valentine[/name]. [name]Valentine[/name]'s on my own girl list, to honor my Pop (born on [name]Valentine[/name]'s day). I’d use [name]Valentine[/name] on a girl, [name]Valentin[/name] on a boy. But then, [name]Valentine[/name] is still val-en tyne to me. [name]Valentin[/name] is val-en-teen.

You have a few really lovely choices here and can’t go too wrong with any of them. [name]Estelle[/name] [name]Valentine[/name] would be my own choice of combos from your list although [name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Valentine[/name] or even [name]Alice[/name] [name]Valentine[/name] would be stellar, as well. Good luck with the bedrest and let us know what you choose please? :slight_smile:

As far as bed rest goes, I’ve been there. Thinking of names is a great way to pass the time, especially if you’re going to have twins.

[name]Matilda[/name]-I love this name, but I think it might get trendy.

[name]Eleanor[/name]-timeless.

[name]Adelia[/name]-I don’t like it that much.

[name]Alice[/name]-love [name]Alice[/name] but will sound dated in who knows thirty years, more or less.

[name]Amelia[/name]-beautiful, I think it will get extremely popular.

[name]Estella[/name]-I love this and [name]Estelle[/name], too. [name]Stella[/name] is a great name for both. Liable to get popular, but oh, so cute. I would consider using this.

[name]Annabelle[/name]-love [name]Annabel[/name]. [name]Annabelle[/name] is awfully frilly.

[name]Valentine[/name]-Go with [name]Valentina[/name] nn [name]Lena[/name]. Very cute.

[name]August[/name]-I think this will get really popular.

My faves are [name]Eleanor[/name] and [name]Estelle[/name] nn [name]Stella[/name]. Also [name]Annabel[/name]. What about [name]Georgia[/name] and [name]Iris[/name]?
With middles:
[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Jane[/name] (my fave nn of all time with [name]Eleanor[/name], oh, but I also love [name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Alice[/name]), [name]Estelle[/name] [name]Paloma[/name] (dreamy), [name]Estelle[/name] [name]Maude[/name], [name]Annabel[/name] [name]Iris[/name], [name]Annabel[/name] [name]Fay[/name] (cute!)
For a boy, with [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Annabel[/name], and/or [name]Estelle[/name], I would pick

[name]Clive[/name]
[name]Graham[/name]
[name]Adrian[/name]
[name]Rex[/name]
[name]Charles[/name] nn [name]Charlie[/name]
[name]Thomas[/name]
[name]James[/name]
[name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Jude[/name]
[name]John[/name] nn [name]Jack[/name]-very trendy, but I really like it. Make sure there aren’t a bunch of them where you live.
[name]Louis[/name]
[name]Philip[/name]-I love it!
[name]Peter[/name]-ditto!
[name]Sebastian[/name]-ditto!

[name]Hi[/name] [name]Sophia[/name]! I hope you’re having a good day. So, it’s most likely twins? Congratulations! You’ll be able to pick two gorgeous names, which, as you said, will keep you occupied.
:slight_smile: You wrote a lot of great stuff below, so I’ll just add my thoughts after yours.

Some more thoughts about the latest names :

[name]Matilda[/name] : What I really love is [name]Mathilde[/name], the French version (pronounced ma-TEELD) I don’t overly like it in English and think it will be too problematic. [name]Matilda[/name] is much easier to say and spell, and has the same charm. I’m very worried that it’s going to soar (especially after beautiful [name]Matilda[/name] Ledger) and will no longer be unique.

I love the French [name]Mathilde[/name], too. I think you said you’re in [name]Canada[/name] (I believe you wrote it somewhere), and if that’s so, I’d go for it! (I’d actually tell you to go for it no matter where you lived!) I honestly can’t see [name]Matilda[/name] becoming too mainstream. Yes, the name is familiar due to [name]Heath[/name], but familiarity doesn’t equate to popularity. I mean, if you hear [name]Zahara[/name], you may think of [name]Zahara[/name] [name]Jolie[/name]-[name]Pitt[/name], but that doesn’t mean the name is in the top 100. [name]Matilda[/name] and [name]Mathilde[/name] are classics, and their nicknames are darling.

If you’re too worried about popularity, though, you could always use it as a middle name.

[name]Eleanor[/name] - In the top 300 right now, but there seems to be more and more of them. I could see it becoming a phenomenon a la [name]Isabel[/name], especially with how accessible the nickname [name]Ellie[/name] is.

For me, [name]Eleanor[/name] is perfectly timeless, and will never feel dated. It’s a classic to the core, and if you don’t like [name]Ellie[/name], you could always use [name]Nora[/name] or [name]Lena[/name], or maybe even [name]Nell[/name]. If you’re too worried about it, however, why not use it as a middle name?

[name]Adelia[/name] - Not really popular, but not too much of a stretch either. Similarity to [name]Adelaide[/name] and other “[name]Addie[/name]” names is what concerns me

The whole “[name]Addie[/name]” thing bothers me, too, as it would be a shame for people to think her given name is [name]Addison[/name] (or something of the sort). That said, why not call her Deila for short?

[name]Alice[/name] - Now that I think about, this doesn’t feel trendy to me at all. Am I wrong?

[name]Alice[/name] is amazing, and doesn’t feel trendy at all to me, either. (Actually, none of these names do.) [name]Alice[/name] and [name]Eleanor[/name] would be gorgeous names for the twins!

[name]Amelia[/name] - More popular than my other choices. But so classic that I don’t know how trendy it could end up feeling

I’m with you on this one. It’s like [name]Eleanor[/name] or [name]Elizabeth[/name] to me, in that its classic roots trump popularity.

[name]Estella[/name] - I think any name with “ella” in it is likely to end up sounding dated because they are so popular right now. I love [name]Stella[/name], but it’s a bit more cutesy than my other choices. [name]Estella[/name] feels more substantial and sophisticated to me, but I don’t know if that balances out the super trendy “ella” ending.

Personally, I think I’d avoid this one, as someone else (I forget who!) noted that it’s too close to [name]Stella[/name], and people may get confused. I’d hate for her to have to tell people, “No! Not [name]STELLA[/name], [name]Estella[/name]!”

[name]Annabelle[/name] - For years, this was my absolute favorite name. I’m afraid the rise of all the [name]Belle[/name]/[name]Bella[/name]/[name]Elle[/name]/[name]Ella[/name] names sort of ruined it for me. I still love it, but it does feel very trendy to me

This was my favorite, too (I may switch back to [name]Anne[/name] now!), but I still love it dearly. It’s popularity is killing me, though I do hope to use it someday. Is [name]Arabella[/name] too exotic for you?

[name]Valentine[/name] - While [name]Valentina[/name] might be easier, it’s a mouthful in French and I don’t like the flow of it. [name]Valen[/name]-TEEN sounds lovely in both languages, I think. The trendiness worry comes from a few celebrities using similar names lately. I think I’m mostly worried about people seeing the name and thinking its [name]VAL[/name]-en-tine and a boy. Does it look/feel feminine at all? Does it feel very boy on paper?

I’m with [name]Lola[/name], in that [name]Valentine[/name] is extremely feminine to me. When I see “[name]Valentine[/name],” even if I don’t know its pronunciation, I assume it’s a girl’s name. If a boy were named [name]Valentine[/name], I’d feel very sad for him, because for me, the name is the epitome of femininity. If this worries you, though, I’d use it as a middle name.

[name]August[/name] - For a boy. Like I said earlier, I would love to go with [name]Augustin[/name], but I’m afraid it would never ever be used in full. I like nicknames, but I like them to be occasional, not the used name 100% of the time. I can’t picture small children yelling at an [name]Augustin[/name] to catch a ball, or teenagers asking if [name]Augustin[/name] can come to the phone. I wouldn’t want him to be [name]Augie[/name] or [name]Gus[/name] 100% of the time. For those reasons, [name]August[/name] feels more accessible to me, but also way more likely to become popular. I love [name]Auguste[/name], but it would be too confusing.

I agree with the [name]Augustin[/name] issue, and am all for [name]August[/name]! I actually grew up idolizing an [name]August[/name]. He was handsome, popular, athletic, kind, etc., and I’ll forever associate the name with him. He was known as “[name]Augie[/name],” and he was the only “[name]Augie[/name]” I’ve ever known.

Here are some random combos, although I’m sure you’ve already done this!

[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Alice[/name]
[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Mathilde[/name] (These first two are my favorites)
[name]Alice[/name] [name]Mathilde[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Valentine[/name]
[name]Alice[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name]
[name]Alice[/name] [name]Eleanora[/name]
[name]Mathilde[/name] [name]Amelia[/name]
[name]Adelia[/name] [name]Valentine[/name] ([name]How[/name] are you pronouncing [name]Adelia[/name]?)
[name]Estella[/name] [name]Valentine[/name]
[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Valentine[/name]

Are you pondering any other names?

Thank you for all your comments!! It’s so nice to get your input.

I’m ready to drop a few names from my list. I don’t like [name]Amelia[/name] or [name]Adelia[/name] that much. I toyed with the idea for a while, but I’m done with them. I love [name]Alice[/name], but I don’t think I love it enough to use it. [name]Estella[/name] has too many cons for me. I think [name]Melissa[/name] is right, she’ll most likely spend her life saying “No, ES-tella” and I don’t want that. [name]Estelle[/name] is gorgeous, but I knew a quirky old woman named [name]Estelle[/name] who wasn’t very nice, and I can’t shake that image off my mind. As for [name]Annabelle[/name], the spelling is a problem. I do agree that it’s very frilly and a bit childish. However, our children will grow up in a bilingual French-English community (we live in [name]Canada[/name]) and [name]Annabel[/name] looks misspelled in French. It looks like one of those “creative” spellings, and will undoubtedly cause problems. It’s a shame, because I do like [name]Annabel[/name] best.

That leaves me to ponder [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name] and [name]Valentine[/name] for girls, and [name]August[/name] for a boy. I’m still very worried about their possible trendiness/popularity. My husband’s favorite from this list is [name]Matilda[/name], mine is [name]Eleanor[/name]. We are still considering all the other names I mentioned in the other thread.

In other news, we just had confirmation today that I am indeed pregnant with fraternal triplets. Women in my families are known to have twins, but I’ll be the first to have three. We”re a little in shock, but I know once we get used to the idea we”ll be really really excited. I’m not ready to start thinking about combinations or middle names for now, I want to start by narrowing down the first names. We want to make sure we love all three names equally and know that we didn”t just pick one because it sounded good with the others.

If you have any more thoughts or suggestions, I’d love to read them! Thank you again :slight_smile:

WOW! Congratulations! And yes, once the shock wears off, I think you’ll be delighted. Now the best challenge: three excellent names. :slight_smile:

Congratulations, [name]Sophia[/name], to you, your husband, and your family! Wow! Well, three babies means three names, so here are some suggestions to add to [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name], and [name]Valentine[/name]:

[name]Emmeline[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Louisa[/name]
[name]Josephine[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name]
[name]Eliza[/name]
[name]Clementine[/name]
[name]Daphne[/name]
[name]Evangeline[/name]
[name]Georgia[/name]
[name]Georgiana[/name]
[name]Juliette[/name]
[name]Lydia[/name]
[name]Miranda[/name]
[name]Phoebe[/name]
[name]Vivienne[/name]
[name]Simone[/name]
[name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Arabella[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name]
[name]Marielle[/name]
[name]Francesca[/name]
[name]Frances[/name]
[name]Rose[/name]
[name]Helena[/name]
[name]Clara[/name]
[name]Lucy[/name]
[name]Lila[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name]

Keep us posted! :slight_smile: