Husband's Style...

I am trying very, very hard to come up with girls names that I think my husband will like, because he has 3 names that he likes and won’t really venture outside them. I think I have figured out his style, though. [name]Do[/name] you have any suggestions that follow these guidelines?

  1. Short, 1-2 syllable names, 3 syllable names on occasion.
  2. Unisex names that are slightly used more for girls than boys.
  3. Tends to like Celtic/Irish names, but only ones that are pretty commonplace in the US ([name]Erin[/name], [name]Colleen[/name], [name]Shannon[/name]. Names like [name]Ainsley[/name] are “too weird” - his words)
  4. He likes names that are common/popular in our generation - 1970’s/80’s. Any names that are common/popular for kids now are “weird”.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!

Thinking of the 70-80’s

For a girl


Okay, erm not sure I can fit them into ALL od those categories but here I go. I personally love unsiex names, some of my faves are…

[name]Riley[/name] (my daughter)

Now Celtic/ Gaelic names I love are…



What else was there? Oh short one or two syllable names I love are…


70/80’s Names I like are…

[name]Lynn[/name] (maybe as ouble-barreled with something eg Sor-[name]Lynn[/name] is one of my fave double-barrels ever!)


Thanks, [name]Rollo[/name]! Here’s my/my husband’s favs:

[name]Kelly[/name] - like it, and haven’t considered it as an option before! Going on the list to consider!

[name]Alison[/name] - this was on our list a long time ago! I’d forgotten, but maybe it’s time to add this one again! It’s also my best friend’s name, so it may be a great idea!

[name]Jane[/name] - on the list as a middle name!

**[name]Edit[/name]: [name]Rollo[/name], we love a lot of names on your list, but many of them are family member’s names already. [name]Alyssa[/name], [name]Kate[/name], [name]Jacqueline[/name], [name]Louise[/name], [name]Bridget[/name], [name]Sarah[/name] all fall under this category. :frowning:

Thanks for putting together so many names, Elliemae! Here’s our thoughts:

I cannot go with a unisex name for a girl simply based on the fact that our last name is so harsh. I want my daughters to have some semblance of femininity in their names! (Our last name sounds like Kick.)

[name]Bronwyn[/name] - I really like this one! This will go on the list again!

Rihannon - we have thrown this one out on occasion, but it always seems to be nixed for one reason or another. I think it’s one we’re on the fence about.

[name]Erin[/name] - is DH’s TOP TOP TOP choice, and has been for years. It is one I’m trying hard to avoid. I grew up with many [name]Erin[/name]/[name]Aaron[/name]/[name]Aerin[/name]/Airons, and personally know 2 couples named [name]Erin[/name]/[name]Aaron[/name]. It seems so generic to me due to this.

I absolutely [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Stella[/name], but DH says it sounds like an old lady - he can’t get past “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

[name]Natasha[/name] - This is a name I haven’t considered before. [name]Will[/name] give this one some thought! We have thrown out some other Russian names before, but not this one!

Here are some 70s/80s faves, or ones that have been around a while but neither have a modern nor ‘old lady’ feel. They just hit that middle ground.


I’ve starred the ones with Celtic connections

[name]Elea[/name] - thanks for such a long list to pour over! Here’s our favs:

[name]Sabrina[/name] - This is currently my favorite name, but I’m having a hard time convincing DH of it!

Again, so many of your names are wonderful, but they are family names (my husband and I both come from very large families with lots of aunts/cousins/sisters and in-laws).

I really like [name]Sabrina[/name], hopefully he’ll come around. What really jumps out at me that hasn’t been mentioned yet is [name]Julia[/name].
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