Literary names for Boys and Girls - Shakespeare + E.A. Poe?

[name]Hi[/name] all :slight_smile:

I am not pregnant yet but always thinking of names! Lol! My SO and I are verymuch in love but we don’t have many things that we both find ‘inspirational’, if you know what I mean? Like some couples both have a deep tie to nature or to a certain country. Our name tastes are pretty similar except that where they differ, my taste trends toward Exotic Traditional and his strays toward either Fuddy-Duddy names or Tryndee names.

There are two things we both agree on though: literature and birds. One of the first things we bonded over was a love of [name]Edgar[/name] [name]Allan[/name] [name]Poe[/name] and we both took a class at our college that delved deeply into Shakespearean plays and sonnets. I was looking for some new names to give him (since he dumped my favorite, [name]Olympia[/name], in the MN spot!) and decided to make a list of some unusual, but USABLE, names from [name]Poe[/name] and [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s works.

Which ones do you like, love, dislike, hate, or think are too ‘out there’ to use as names for a baby born in, we’ll say 2013-2014? Last name is [name]HOGAN[/name]. I don’t like the name [name]Juliet[/name].
BOYS:
[name]Adrian[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Allan[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s mn, adopted from his godfather who raised him
[name]Arthur[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s novel “The Narrative of [name]Arthur[/name] [name]Gordon[/name] Pym”
[name]Auguste[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s detective C. [name]Auguste[/name] Dupin, inspired [name]Sherlock[/name] [name]Holmes[/name]
[name]Balthazar[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name], several plays
[name]Bardolph[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]”
[name]Bertram[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “All’s Well That Ends Well”
[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Corin[/name] (CORE-in) ‘[name]Cori[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Cornelius[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]”
[name]Demetrius[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
Donalbain - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Edgar[/name] - double duty: [name]Edgar[/name] A. [name]Poe[/name] and [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear”
[name]Edmond[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear” and my grandfather’s MN
[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Ferdinand[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Love[/name]'s Labour Lost”
[name]Iago[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Othello[/name]”
[name]Launce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Oberon[/name] ‘[name]Bear[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Osric[/name] ‘[name]Oz[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Hamlet[/name]” (my favorite play!)
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Othello[/name]”
Pistol - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]” - too violent?
[name]Robin[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives” and birds
[name]Ross[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Tamerlane[/name] - a poem by [name]Edgar[/name] A. [name]Poe[/name] about a brave warrior
[name]Theseus[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]” - too much like “thesis”?
[name]Toby[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]” - full name would be [name]Tobias[/name]
[name]Usher[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “The Fall of the House of [name]Usher[/name]” - too ‘rapper’?

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”, obv. not with [name]Adrian[/name]!
[name]Annabel[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “[name]Annabel[/name] [name]Lee[/name]”
[name]Celia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Ceres[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Cordelia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear”
[name]Cymbeline[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]” ([name]SIM[/name]-bell-een)
Elonora - [name]Poe[/name]'s “Elonora”
[name]Eulalie[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “[name]Eulalie[/name]”
Florizel - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”
[name]Francisca[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Measure for Measure”
Hecate - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Hermia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Hero[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Much [name]Ado[/name] About Nothing” - I hated this at first but it grew on me very quickly!
[name]Imogen[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]”
[name]Iris[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Julia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Juno[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Katharina[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The Taming of the Shrew”
[name]Lenore[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s lost love from “The [name]Raven[/name]”
[name]Luce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”
[name]Luciana[/name] - “”
[name]Nell[/name] - “”
[name]Ophelia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Hamlet[/name]”
[name]Perdita[/name] ‘[name]Perdi[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”, also 101 dalmatians
[name]Phebe[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It” - may have been a male?
[name]Psyche[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s consort in the poem “Ulalume”, pron. [name]SY[/name]-kee
[name]Raven[/name] - double duty: [name]Poe[/name]'s poem “The [name]Raven[/name]” and is also a bird
[name]Rosalie[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s younger sister - my fave of the [name]Rose[/name]- names
[name]Rosalind[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Rosaline[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Love[/name]'s Labour Lost” - SO’s fave [name]Rose[/name]- name
[name]Tamora[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]
[name]Titania[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
Ulalume - [name]Poe[/name]'s “Ulalume” - pron. You-lah-LOOM or Oo-lah-LOOM
[name]Ursula[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Much [name]Ado[/name] About Nothing”
[name]Valentine[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]”
[name]Viola[/name] - “”
[name]Virginia[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s wife
[name]Windsor[/name] - from [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]”

Also, if you can think of any bird names that aren’t typical ([name]Wren[/name], [name]Lark[/name], et c.) I would appreciate it! SO is an [name]Eagle[/name] scout and my favorite animal and personal symbol is the [name]Crow[/name], so we are bird people! :slight_smile:

[name]TIA[/name]! [name]Grey[/name]

I didn’t actually read the whole list but I’ll just tell you a few that cought my eye or that I already know from shakes peare.
[name]Raven[/name]- you mentioned that it had something to do with EAPoe and it’s also a bird, double whammy!
[name]Ophelia[/name] and [name]Viola[/name] are my gave shakespeare names and they could be cute middle names!
I don’t really know allot of birds but my opnion is larks a really cute name just don’t go naming your kid tufted titmouse or anything! Good luck picking a name!

Haha just read through the list again, deffinatly not usher! :slight_smile:

I love so many of these! I must just say that Florizel was actually a man, but it does work better as a girls’ name, in my opinion.

[name]Adrian[/name] - I like it!
[name]Allan[/name] - what about [name]Alan[/name]? [name]Allan[/name] looks misspelled.
[name]Arthur[/name] - this is nice, too
[name]Auguste[/name] - I might be wrong, but isn’t [name]Auguste[/name] a French girls’ name?
[name]Balthazar[/name] - way too over the top.
[name]Bardolph[/name] - never heard of it… I’m not sure I like the sound
[name]Bertram[/name] - still very old-man to me…
[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ - I like [name]Calvin[/name]…
[name]Corin[/name] (CORE-in) ‘[name]Cori[/name]’ - not a fan of [name]Cori[/name] as a nickname-- plus it sounds like [name]Corinne[/name], the girls’ name
[name]Cornelius[/name] - there is a large possibility he would be teased in school…
[name]Demetrius[/name] - I actually really like it… I’m probably in the minority there.
Donalbain - see [name]Bardolph[/name]
[name]Edgar[/name] - usable
[name]Edmond[/name] - I like [name]Edmund[/name]
[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ - I like it, but I prefer [name]Fred[/name] or [name]Freddie[/name] as nicknames
[name]Ferdinand[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]’ - see [name]Balthazar[/name]
[name]Iago[/name] - wasn’t he a villain?
[name]Launce[/name] - I don’t like this at all
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ - nice…
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ - I love it, but I’m not sure a real person could pull it off
[name]Oberon[/name] ‘[name]Bear[/name]’ - see [name]Lysander[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ - I really like [name]Oliver[/name]!
[name]Osric[/name] ‘[name]Oz[/name]’ - I prefer [name]Oscar[/name] for [name]Oz[/name]
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’ - I think it’s too tied to the play
Pistol - please do not name your child Pistol! It’s awful, even in the middle!
[name]Robin[/name] - seems dated and a little feminine
[name]Ross[/name] - dated
[name]Tamerlane[/name] - I’ve never heard of it…
[name]Theseus[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]” - it is kind of close to ‘thesis’
[name]Toby[/name] - I like [name]Tobias[/name].
[name]Usher[/name] - [name]Usher[/name] the rapper is the very first thing I think of.

I like [name]Adrian[/name], [name]Arthur[/name], [name]Oliver[/name], and [name]Lysander[/name].

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] - so pretty!
[name]Annabel[/name] - I love this, too!
[name]Celia[/name] - ditto [name]Annabel[/name] and [name]Adriana[/name]!
[name]Ceres[/name] - would have pronunciation problems…
[name]Cordelia[/name] - I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Cordelia[/name], but I’m not sure it’s usable in real life…
[name]Cymbeline[/name] - really pretty, but I don’t think usable
Elonora -I like [name]Eleanora[/name]…
[name]Eulalie[/name] - it’s growing on me…
Florizel - interesting… I’ve never heard of it
[name]Francisca[/name] - I prefer [name]Francesca[/name]
Hecate - too over the top
[name]Hermia[/name] - not my favorite
[name]Hero[/name] - again, too over the top, but I like it in theory
[name]Imogen[/name] - I don’t see the appeal…
[name]Iris[/name] - I love it! It’s my middle name
[name]Julia[/name] - this is one of my favorite names!
[name]Juno[/name] - I like it as a nickname for [name]Juniper[/name]
[name]Katharina[/name] - very pretty!
[name]Lenore[/name] - I prefer [name]Lenora[/name]
[name]Luce[/name] - pronunciation issues
[name]Luciana[/name] - lovely!
[name]Nell[/name] - I like it as a nickname for [name]Penelope[/name], [name]Helena[/name], or [name]Eleanor[/name]
[name]Ophelia[/name] - I think it’s a gorgeous name, but not very usable
[name]Perdita[/name] ‘[name]Perdi[/name]’ - I really like it… [name]Perdi[/name], not so much.
[name]Phebe[/name] - I like [name]Phoebe[/name]
[name]Psyche[/name] - too much of a noun
[name]Raven[/name] - ick. Ravens aren’t even nice birds
[name]Rosalie[/name] - very pretty…
[name]Rosalind[/name] - I love it pronounced rose-a-lind
[name]Rosaline[/name] - would you pronounce it rosa-leen or -line?
[name]Tamora[/name] - I’ve only heard of the author, [name]Tamora[/name] [name]Pearce[/name]
[name]Titania[/name] - love it, but it would be awful for an actual child
Ulalume - could be pretty, in another accent
[name]Ursula[/name] - I like [name]Ursuline[/name]
[name]Valentine[/name] - I like [name]Valentina[/name]
[name]Viola[/name] - really pretty
[name]Virginia[/name] - lots of teasing potential…
[name]Windsor[/name] - I’m not a fan of surnames as first names, especially for girls

I love a lot of the girl’s names, but most of them are way too over the top for an actual child. I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Titania[/name], [name]Ophelia[/name], [name]Cordelia[/name], [name]Perdita[/name], and [name]Cymbeline[/name], but I just can’t see them on a baby. [name]Cordelia[/name], I think, is more usable than the others. For a real child, I love [name]Julia[/name], [name]Iris[/name], [name]Luciana[/name], [name]Rosalie[/name], [name]Adriana[/name], [name]Annabel[/name], and [name]Celia[/name]! What about [name]Miranda[/name] or [name]Cressida[/name]?

Wow that’s a lot to take in! You’ve made quite a list there, [name]Grey[/name]! I will do my best to post comments…

[name]Adrian[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]” : Dignified and handsome but I’m having a hard time imagining it on anyone younger than about 25.

[name]Allan[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s mn, adopted from his godfather who raised him : Not really a fan but I can see it’s appeal. I think this would work really well in the mn spot.

[name]Arthur[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s novel “The Narrative of [name]Arthur[/name] [name]Gordon[/name] Pym” : I have always loved [name]Arthur[/name]! It’s so distinctive but yet friendly and has lots of great namesakes and the cutest nn [name]Artie[/name].

[name]Auguste[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s detective C. [name]Auguste[/name] Dupin, inspired [name]Sherlock[/name] [name]Holmes[/name] : I love [name]August[/name] and [name]Augustine[/name] but I’m not sure I’d spell it [name]Auguste[/name], I can imagine him having to say ‘It’s [name]August[/name] with an E’ everytime people need to spell it. [name]Just[/name] my opinion though.

[name]Balthazar[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name], several plays : A bit too ‘out-there’ for me, would make a very interesting mn though.

[name]Bardolph[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]” : Not a fan.

[name]Bertram[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “All’s Well That Ends Well” : Sounds like an old man name that won’t look out of place in the next few years with a lot of the others coming back into style. Personally not a fan though.

[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]” : Rhymes with the Taliban.

[name]Corin[/name] (CORE-in) ‘[name]Cori[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It” : Hmmm… sounds a bit feminine to me but I can see it’s appeal and the friendly nn definitely helps.

[name]Cornelius[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]” : I love the creativity of it but can’t see a child pulling this one off, I’m afraid.

[name]Demetrius[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]” : Same category as [name]Balthazar[/name] for me.

Donalbain - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth” : Um I think this is a bit much. I like [name]Donal[/name] though.

[name]Edgar[/name] - double duty: [name]Edgar[/name] A. [name]Poe[/name] and [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear” : It sounds so harsh to me, the back to back ‘d’ and ‘g’ and is in the same category as [name]Cornelius[/name] to me. I really do appreciate the meaning it has to you though so I think if you loved it enough it would work as a mn.

[name]Edmond[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear” and my grandfather’s MN : I love [name]Edmond[/name] spelt [name]Edmund[/name] more but both are so very handsome! This is definitely a favourite.

[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”: [name]Love[/name] the nn Reds! I’ve always had a soft spot for [name]Freddie[/name] but have never fallen in love with [name]Frederick[/name].

[name]Ferdinand[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Love[/name]'s Labour Lost” : Has an exotic air but still feels friendly and accessible. The nn [name]Andy[/name] is darling.

[name]Iago[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Othello[/name]”

[name]Launce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Oberon[/name] ‘[name]Bear[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Osric[/name] ‘[name]Oz[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Hamlet[/name]” (my favorite play!)
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Othello[/name]”
Pistol - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]” - too violent?
[name]Robin[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives” and birds
[name]Ross[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Tamerlane[/name] - a poem by [name]Edgar[/name] A. [name]Poe[/name] about a brave warrior
[name]Theseus[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]” - too much like “thesis”?
[name]Toby[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]” - full name would be [name]Tobias[/name]
[name]Usher[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “The Fall of the House of [name]Usher[/name]” - too ‘rapper’?

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”, obv. not with [name]Adrian[/name]!
[name]Annabel[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “[name]Annabel[/name] [name]Lee[/name]”
[name]Celia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Ceres[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Cordelia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear”
[name]Cymbeline[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]” ([name]SIM[/name]-bell-een)
Elonora - [name]Poe[/name]'s “Elonora”
[name]Eulalie[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “[name]Eulalie[/name]”
Florizel - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”
[name]Francisca[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Measure for Measure”
Hecate - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Hermia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Hero[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Much [name]Ado[/name] About Nothing” - I hated this at first but it grew on me very quickly!
[name]Imogen[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]”
[name]Iris[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Julia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Juno[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Katharina[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The Taming of the Shrew”
[name]Lenore[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s lost love from “The [name]Raven[/name]”
[name]Luce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”
[name]Luciana[/name] - “”
[name]Nell[/name] - “”
[name]Ophelia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Hamlet[/name]”
[name]Perdita[/name] ‘[name]Perdi[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”, also 101 dalmatians
[name]Phebe[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It” - may have been a male?
[name]Psyche[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s consort in the poem “Ulalume”, pron. [name]SY[/name]-kee
[name]Raven[/name] - double duty: [name]Poe[/name]'s poem “The [name]Raven[/name]” and is also a bird
[name]Rosalie[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s younger sister - my fave of the [name]Rose[/name]- names
[name]Rosalind[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Rosaline[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Love[/name]'s Labour Lost” - SO’s fave [name]Rose[/name]- name
[name]Tamora[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]
[name]Titania[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
Ulalume - [name]Poe[/name]'s “Ulalume” - pron. You-lah-LOOM or Oo-lah-LOOM
[name]Ursula[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Much [name]Ado[/name] About Nothing”
[name]Valentine[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]”
[name]Viola[/name] - “”
[name]Virginia[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s wife
[name]Windsor[/name] - from [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name]”

I appologise for not finishing giving comments but it is very long! I will endeavor to comment on the others very soon. Some bird names you might like:

Boys:
[name]Dasan[/name] - Rhymes with [name]Jason[/name], it’s Native American and means ‘[name]Son[/name] of bird clan leader’
[name]Efron[/name] - If you can get past [name]Zac[/name], it’s Hebrew and means ‘[name]Lark[/name]’
[name]Halcyon[/name] - Not sure of the pronunciation but it’s Greek and means ‘Kingfisher’
[name]Manu[/name] - (Also has another meaning in Sanskrit) is Polynesian and means ‘[name]Bird[/name] of the night’
[name]Zamir[/name] - (Zam-ear) is Hebrew and means ‘Song bird’

Girls:
[name]Aya[/name] - (EYE-ya) is Hebrew and means just ‘[name]Bird[/name]’
[name]Deryn[/name] - Welsh, meaning ‘[name]Bird[/name]’ too
[name]Jarita[/name] - I would imagine is pronounced Jah-[name]REE[/name]-tah, it’s Hindi-Sanskrit meaning ‘Mother or legendary bird’
[name]Palila[/name] - (Pah-[name]LEE[/name]-lah) is Hawaiian and means ‘A bird’
[name]Zippora[/name] - Hebrew, means ‘A sparrow’

'[name]Til[/name] next time:)

  • [name]Charlie[/name]

I love [name]Edgar[/name] [name]Allan[/name] [name]Poe[/name]! (: Such wonderful macabre work. I really would love to read some of [name]Shakespeare[/name]”s works ” perhaps you could help me there? (; By the way, I don”t think I saw [name]Roderick[/name] or [name]Madeline[/name]? I”d say that [name]Madeline[/name]”s not as nice as, say, [name]Madeleine[/name], but I”m actually starting to favor [name]Roderick[/name] some.

BOYS:
[name]Adrian[/name] ” Actually, I”m not too fond of [name]Adrian[/name]. I don”t think it”s awful, though; definitely useable.
[name]Allan[/name] ” I personally find [name]Allan[/name] nice. (: I can”t say that it”s lovely; but I think I like it more than [name]Adrian[/name]. [name]Allen[/name] is also a spelling, though to honor [name]Poe[/name] I”d obviously stick with [name]Allan[/name]!
[name]Arthur[/name] ” I”ve never read that one; I didn”t get a chance, sadly. Anyhow, I [name]ADORE[/name] [name]Arthur[/name]! So handsome to me. Me and my sister are a fan of Arthurian [name]Legend[/name], thus [name]Arthur[/name].
[name]Auguste[/name] ” I”m really starting to like [name]Auguste[/name]. I recently read ”The Purloined Letter” and ”The Murders in the [name]Rue[/name] Morgue”. I do find the pronunciation a bit awkward; perhaps that”s just me?
[name]Balthazar[/name] ” I adore [name]Balthazar[/name]. It”s a wonderful name.
[name]Bardolph[/name] ” I can”t say I like it too much.
[name]Bertram[/name] ” I really do find [name]Bertram[/name] nice! I believe it means ”raven”, too?
[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ ” I”ve only ever heard of [name]Caliban[/name]. I”m not sure as far as associations go; but I find it kind of attractive. The image that comes to mind, though? Not very pretty.
[name]Corin[/name] (CORE-in) ‘[name]Cori[/name]’ ” I don”t like it too much. The ”core” part seems a bit off to me.
[name]Cornelius[/name] ” [name]Adore[/name] [name]Cornelius[/name]; wonderful, wonderful name.
[name]Demetrius[/name] ” [name]Demetrius[/name] is so nice as well!
Donalbain ” The ”bain” keeps looking like ”brain” to me. :confused:
[name]Edgar[/name] ” I love the name [name]Edgar[/name]. It seems so dark and handsome to me.
[name]Edmond[/name] ” Definitely would be a good pick, then.
[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ ” I love [name]Frederick[/name]. (: ”Reds” seems cute to me.
[name]Ferdinand[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]’ ” I don”t know that I like this one as much.
[name]Iago[/name] ” I”m not a big fan of [name]Iago[/name], but I probably could warm up to it.
[name]Launce[/name] ” I sort of do like [name]Launce[/name]. (:
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ ” Loving this one. I adore [name]Leon[/name], so that”s also logical!
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ ” I do like [name]Lysander[/name]. I don”t think I like the nicknames [name]Andy[/name] or [name]Ander[/name], though.
[name]Oberon[/name] ‘[name]Bear[/name]’ ” Personally, I find that darling. Especially with the nickname [name]Bear[/name]!
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ ” I think [name]Oliver[/name]”s okay. It”s not as unusual as I”d like, but I think it”s rather cute. :3
[name]Osric[/name] ‘[name]Oz[/name]’ ” I like [name]Osric[/name], I think. The spelling is a bit strange looking ” not that I would ever change it ” but I”m really liking it. [name]Oz[/name] is wickedly cute, because of The [name]Wizard[/name] of [name]Oz[/name].
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’ ” I like [name]Othello[/name] ”[name]Otto[/name]”, but the connection with the character isn”t great. It all depends on if you mind, though.
Pistol ” I don”t know about the whole violent thing; I just don”t really like it in the first place. It just seems a little exaggerated to me? [name]Don[/name]”t know.
[name]Robin[/name] ” [name]Robin[/name] is okay, but I can”t say I like it too much.
[name]Ross[/name] ” I like [name]Ross[/name], and it”s a family name! (:
[name]Tamerlane[/name] ” Right when I first saw it, I liked it. But there”s something”I can”t recall what it is. It reminds me of something.
[name]Theseus[/name] ” It might be a little too close to thesis, but it”s not like it”s anything negative really. I actually find it kind of attractive.
[name]Toby[/name] ” Kind of cute!
[name]Usher[/name] ” I do think rapper; and of course E.A. [name]Poe[/name]. But I actually think the rapper”s a little more obvious.

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] ” I”d probably say the same about [name]Adriana[/name] as I did about [name]Adrian[/name]; but I like this a bit more.
[name]Annabel[/name] ” I adore [name]Annabel[/name]!
[name]Celia[/name] ” Pretty, but I think I like [name]Cecily[/name] more?
[name]Ceres[/name] ” Nice. (:
[name]Cordelia[/name] ”Very pretty.
[name]Cymbeline[/name] ” Beautiful!
Elonora ” I like Elonora.
[name]Eulalie[/name] ” Gorgeous.
Florizel ” Like it.
[name]Francisca[/name] ” Pretty; I like how similar to [name]Francesca[/name] that the spelling is.
Hecate ” [name]Adore[/name] it; so gothic and beautiful. I [name]DO[/name] have issues with reading it and then saying it, though!
[name]Hermia[/name] ” I think it”s pretty. It reminds me of [name]Hermes[/name], though.
[name]Hero[/name] ” I disliked [name]Hero[/name] at first and then it grew on me really quickly, too!
[name]Imogen[/name] ” Beautiful.
[name]Iris[/name] ” [name]Iris[/name] is lovely.
[name]Julia[/name] ” I”ve never been too fond of [name]Julia[/name]/[name]Juliana[/name]/[name]Julie[/name]/etc.
[name]Juno[/name] ” [name]Juno[/name]”s okay. It has recent teen-pregnancy connections, though, I think.
[name]Katharina[/name] ” Gorgeous; it”s so lovely.
[name]Lenore[/name] ” I love [name]Lenore[/name]! It”s so dark and beautiful.
[name]Luce[/name] ” I”m finding it cute.
[name]Luciana[/name] ” Okay; not a favourite.
[name]Nell[/name] ” I like [name]Nell[/name]! ”nail”, though.
[name]Ophelia[/name] ” Beautiful. I love [name]Ophelia[/name]”s tragic beauty.
[name]Perdita[/name] ‘[name]Perdi[/name]’ ” [name]How[/name] cute! (:
[name]Phebe[/name] ” I don”t know; it looks quite feminine to me?
[name]Psyche[/name] ” I”ll admit that this is quite awesome. However, it”ll be a guilty pleasure for me! :3
[name]Raven[/name] ” Very nice.
[name]Rosalie[/name] ” [name]Rosalie[/name] is gorgeous. Of course, there are also Twilight connections.
[name]Rosalind[/name] ” Very, very pretty.
[name]Rosaline[/name] ” Pretty, too. But I always have some awkwardness with the ”line” part of the name.
[name]Tamora[/name] ” Sorry, but I”m not too fond of it. :confused:
[name]Titania[/name] ” Beautiful! (:
Ulalume ” I”m glad you taught me how to say it! (: Very pretty, now that I know how to say it. [name]Love[/name] the ”lume” part.
[name]Ursula[/name] ” Gorgeous. [name]Ursula[/name]”s always been a favourite of mine!
[name]Valentine[/name] ” Kind of attractive.
[name]Viola[/name] ” [name]Viola[/name]”s pretty.
[name]Virginia[/name] ” Beautiful! (: Poor [name]Virginia[/name] [name]Clem/name.
[name]Windsor[/name] ” I”m kind of liking it. Seems a bit masculine to me, but otherwise, it”s nice.

I like:
[name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Auguste[/name]
[name]Balthazar[/name]
[name]Bertram[/name]
[name]Edmond[/name]
[name]Leontes[/name]
[name]Lysander[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name]
[name]Robin[/name]
[name]Ross[/name]

[name]Annabel[/name]
[name]Celia[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name]
[name]Eulalie[/name]
[name]Hero[/name]
[name]Imogen[/name]
[name]Iris[/name]
[name]Julia[/name]
[name]Juno[/name]
[name]Lenore[/name]
[name]Luce[/name]
[name]Luciana[/name]
[name]Nell[/name]
[name]Ophelia[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Rosalind[/name]
[name]Rosaline[/name]
[name]Viola[/name]
My top three out of the names:
[name]Edmond[/name], [name]Robin[/name], [name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name], [name]Rosalie[/name], [name]Lenore[/name]

Which ones do you like, love, dislike, hate, or think are too ‘out there’ to use as names for a baby born in, we’ll say 2013-2014? Last name is [name]HOGAN[/name]. I don’t like the name [name]Juliet[/name].
BOYS:
[name]Adrian[/name] - Objectively, it’s a nice name. But somehow, it’s always sounded a little prissy to me.
[name]Allan[/name] - My grandfather’s mn too. It’s nice, steady. Lacking in oomph though.
[name]Arthur[/name] - [name]Love[/name].
[name]Auguste[/name] - [name]Auguste[/name] sounds too, well, august to me. Like a ruler-to-be.
[name]Balthazar[/name] - I can’t see this on a real person. Not in English, anyway.
[name]Bardolph[/name] - [name]Rudolph[/name].
[name]Bertram[/name] - I do like [name]Bertram[/name]. But he might get teased depending on where you live.
[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ - Ooo! Nice sound!
[name]Corin[/name] (CORE-in) ‘[name]Cori[/name]’ - Sounds more like a girl’s name.
[name]Cornelius[/name] - [name]Love[/name] it!
[name]Demetrius[/name] - It’s OK.
Donalbain - A bit too much for me.
[name]Edgar[/name] - This one has never occurred to me, but I really like it. Short and strong a la [name]Hugo[/name].
[name]Edmond[/name] - [name]Love[/name].
[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ - I do dig [name]Frederick[/name] and I like the nn twist!
[name]Ferdinand[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]’ - [name]Ferdinand[/name] not so much but I love the genial [name]Andy[/name].
[name]Iago[/name] - I really, really wish [name]Iago[/name] wasn’t such a famous villain because this is a great name.
[name]Launce[/name] - Like a chopped off [name]Lancelot[/name].
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ - I like it, but potentially a little effeminate.
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ - This would be a cool name. And its similarity to [name]Alexander[/name] would stave off a lot of funny looks.
[name]Oberon[/name] ‘[name]Bear[/name]’ - Like [name]Hermione[/name]'s parents in [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] it would sound like you were trying too hard.
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ - [name]How[/name] can anyone not love an [name]Oliver[/name]???
[name]Osric[/name] ‘[name]Oz[/name]’ - NICE.
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’ - [name]Otto[/name] is great. Not sure about the tragic associations of [name]Othello[/name].
Pistol - Yes, too violent.
[name]Robin[/name] - I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Robin[/name] for boys! I think I just watched [name]Robin[/name] Hood to many times as a child. Nonetheless, that debonair image has stuck.
[name]Ross[/name] - I think Friends will always be my first association. And I wouldn’t want to date [name]Ross[/name].
[name]Tamerlane[/name] - His friends wouldn’t get it. And [name]Lane[/name] sounds like a girl. But it would be a striking middle.
[name]Theseus[/name] - Too much like Thesis. Another middle option.
[name]Toby[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Toby[/name]!!
[name]Usher[/name] - NO.

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] - Too “cheerleader” for me.
[name]Annabel[/name] - Beautiful name.
[name]Celia[/name] - Pretty. Not my favorite.
[name]Ceres[/name] - Series issue.
[name]Cordelia[/name] - [name]Lovely[/name].
[name]Cymbeline[/name] - Wasn’t [name]Cymbeline[/name] a boy? Anywho, lovely, but being a “Cymbal” might be too much for everyday wear.
Elonora - Beautiful, but bound to be misspelled.
[name]Eulalie[/name] - I heart [name]Eulalie[/name]!
Florizel - I’m on the fence on this one.
[name]Francisca[/name] - All I can think of is San [name]Francisco[/name] since I went to school in that area.
Hecate - Hectare.
[name]Hermia[/name] - “[name]Herm[/name]” isn’t an attractive sound to me.
[name]Hero[/name] - I love [name]Hero[/name]! But I don’t think the world is ready. People are culturally uneducated nowadays and they’d just assume you were crazy. Not to mention, it’s a lot to live up to.
[name]Imogen[/name] - [name]Love[/name] [name]Imogen[/name]!
[name]Iris[/name] - [name]Love[/name]!
[name]Julia[/name] - It’s a great name, but not my cup of tea. And a little too ordinary for me.
[name]Juno[/name] - I wouldn’t want the movie association.
[name]Katharina[/name] - [name]Lovely[/name]. This would open the door for [name]Kit[/name] or [name]Kitty[/name]!
[name]Lenore[/name] - [name]Lovely[/name].
[name]Luce[/name] - Boy or girl, few would spell it right.
[name]Luciana[/name] - [name]Luciana[/name] is beautiful.
[name]Nell[/name] - [name]Nell[/name] is sweet but I like it more as a nn for [name]Eleanor[/name], et. al.
[name]Ophelia[/name] - Great name! I wouldn’t care about the jokes.
[name]Perdita[/name] ‘[name]Perdi[/name]’ - Perdition.
[name]Phebe[/name] - Spelling issues. But [name]Phoebe[/name] is great.
[name]Psyche[/name] - No, too many crazy associations.
[name]Raven[/name] - For me, Ravens are kind of scary. But there is that actress [name]Raven[/name] [name]Simone[/name].
[name]Rosalie[/name] - My favorite of the [name]Rose[/name] names too!
[name]Rosalind[/name] - Pretty.
[name]Rosaline[/name] - Pretty.
[name]Tamora[/name] - I can see this getting mixed up with [name]Tamara[/name].
[name]Titania[/name] - It’s that first syllable that makes this name unwearable… darn shame.
Ulalume - I love saying this but I just can’t see “loom” in a real person’s name.
[name]Ursula[/name] - The [name]Little[/name] Mermaid for me.
[name]Valentine[/name] - Too cheesy.
[name]Viola[/name] - I do like this. And with [name]Violet[/name] becoming popular I can see a [name]Viola[/name] fitting-in/standing-out.
[name]Virginia[/name] - Classic.
[name]Windsor[/name] - Castle.

Usuable that I like.
BOYS:
[name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Balthazar[/name]
[name]Demetrius[/name]
[name]Ferdinand[/name]
[name]Iago[/name]
[name]Othello[/name] ‘[name]Otto[/name]’
[name]Theseus[/name] -
[name]Toby[/name] -

GIRLS:
[name]Annabel[/name]
[name]Celia[/name]
[name]Ceres[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name]
[name]Eulalie[/name]
[name]Imogen[/name]
[name]Iris[/name]
[name]Julia[/name]
[name]Juno[/name]
[name]Nell[/name]
[name]Phebe[/name] (this is female I think also [name]Hebe[/name])
[name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Rosaline[/name]
[name]Titania[/name]
[name]Virginia[/name]

[name]Zipporah[/name]
Huia,Tui (NZ birds)

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I adore names which have a connection to literature; one of my mns is [name]Alice[/name], and I’ve always loved having that association!

[name]Bird[/name] names :
Aderyn - means bird in Welsh, but looks very tryndee :frowning:
[name]Alondra[/name] - Spanish word for lark
[name]Alouette[/name] - French word for lark
[name]Enna[/name] - (AY-na); this is an Irish boys’ name meaning bird-like
[name]Zipporah[/name] - means bird in Hebrew

Boys :
Dislike (mainly just because I find them too ordinary) :
[name]Adrian[/name]
[name]Allan[/name]
[name]Bardolph[/name] - I don”t like the sound of this one, personally
[name]Caliban[/name] - I like the name, but it strikes up images of the insane, part-human creature, and his father was a devil
[name]Cornelius[/name] - I just see corny, corns, corn ”
Donalbain - a really interesting choice, but I”ve never liked how he just ran away to [name]Ireland[/name]
[name]Launce[/name]
Pistol - likely to get grouped with all of the now trendy violent names, like [name]Rebel[/name], [name]Gunner[/name] and [name]Blade[/name]
[name]Robin[/name] - I find it a little dated
[name]Usher[/name] - I think weddings and rappers.

A problem name :
[name]Auguste[/name] - the E makes it look feminine, I think. [name]August[/name] is a good alternative.

I hate to admit it, but these may be too much in first place :
[name]Balthazar[/name]
[name]Bertram[/name]
[name]Demetrius[/name]
[name]Tamerlane[/name]
[name]Theseus[/name]

I like :
[name]Corin[/name] - I love the whole name, but am not very fond of [name]Cori[/name]
[name]Edgar[/name]
[name]Frederick[/name] nn Reds
[name]Ferdinand[/name] nn [name]Andy[/name] - I can”t get that [name]Abba[/name] song out of my head, but I think that”s just me : )
[name]Ross[/name]
[name]Tobias[/name] nn [name]Toby[/name]

I love :
[name]Arthur[/name] - this is on our list
[name]Edmond[/name] - my brother and one of my son”s mns
[name]Iago[/name]
[name]Leontes[/name] nn [name]Leon[/name] - although personally I prefer the nn [name]Leo[/name]
[name]Lysander[/name] nn [name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name] - I think this is made do-able by the accessible nn
[name]Oberon[/name] nn [name]Bear[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] nn [name]Ollie[/name]
[name]Osric[/name] nn [name]Oz[/name]
[name]Othello[/name] nn [name]Otto[/name] - made do-able by the nn [name]Otto[/name].

Girls :
Dislike :
[name]Hermia[/name]
[name]Imogen[/name] - I feel almost obliged to like this, as I am English and I have heard so many people say it is the ultimate English name, but I just don”t like its sound
[name]Psyche[/name] - very New Age
[name]Raven[/name] - a little gothic
[name]Titania[/name] - a titanic [see what I did there? : )] amount of breast-related jokes
[name]Ursula[/name] - the octopus-woman from The [name]Little[/name] Mermaid has completely commandeered this, in my mind
[name]Windsor[/name] - a place. A castle. Not a name. (Perhaps this feeling is so strong for me because I am English, though.)

Problem names (I do like these, though, and think they would make wonderful mns) :
[name]Annabel[/name] - very popular, unfortunately
[name]Ceres[/name] - will forever be pronounced S when it should be K
Elonora - will forever be misspelt as [name]Eleanora[/name]. I love this, though (and [name]Leonora[/name] is an anagram of it)
Florizel - he was a man. I love [name]Flora[/name], though!
[name]Francisca[/name] - will get pronounced like [name]Francesca[/name], when it should be fran-SEES-ka. Although, if you are in [name]America[/name], perhaps not; I think I am right in saying there is a large Hispanic population there, and so people may be used to the pronunciation
Hecate - because she was a hag in Macbeth. In Greek mythology, however, she was an infinitely brilliant goddess
[name]Hero[/name] - looks masculine. I imagine parents may well be using this for their little boys ”
[name]Luce[/name] - puce. A great nn for [name]Lucy[/name], [name]Luciana[/name], [name]Lucille[/name] et cetera, though
[name]Ophelia[/name] - apparently, ”feel ya ” jokes abound. I love, love, love this one, though!
[name]Phebe[/name] - no, she was a shepherdess. I love this one, but it will always get misspelled as [name]Phoebe[/name] (which is just as good an option, in my opinion)
[name]Rosalie[/name] - set to become very popular, due to a combination of the Twilight phenomenon and the trend for names ending in -lee
[name]Tamora[/name] - shall be misread as [name]Tamara[/name]
Ulalume - I think most people will have problems saying this one, unfortunately
[name]Virginia[/name] - I wish it was back for a revival, but the jokes are too many and too obvious.

I like :
[name]Adriana[/name]
[name]Iris[/name] - I can never help but think of the eye part, personally
[name]Julia[/name] - pretty, and I do like it, but it doesn”t bowl me over
[name]Juno[/name] - movie association, although that will probably not be a problem three or four years from now
[name]Katharina[/name]
[name]Perdita[/name] - I love the sound of this one, but as I lived in [name]France[/name] for part of my childhood, the lost meaning is too obvious for me (perdre - to lose)
[name]Rosalind[/name]
[name]Viola[/name]

I love :
[name]Celia[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name]
[name]Cymbeline[/name] - I hate to admit it, but this may be too much. It would be an absolutely brilliant mn, though.
[name]Eulalie[/name]
[name]Lenore[/name]
[name]Luciana[/name]
[name]Nell[/name] - this makes a lovely, vintage nn for [name]Penelope[/name], [name]Helena[/name] and [name]Helen[/name]
[name]Rosaline[/name]
[name]Valentine[/name].

Good luck!

Thank you everyone for all the thoughts and suggestions! I loved reading what everyone had to say… it’s really helped narrow the list for me.

I also gave it to my SO and he is still looking it over.

After reading the comments and everyone’s opinions, I have to say my standout for girls is definitely [name]HERO[/name]! I never [name]EVER[/name] thought I would love this name, but the more I think about it, the more I love it. It’s replaced [name]Olympia[/name] for my top name of the moment.

I know piikii named her daughter [name]Hero[/name] and has had both good and bad reactions to it, but I think that will happen with any unusual name (and all of mine are!)…

For a boy, I still love [name]Bertram[/name] (probably due to my soft spot for [name]Bernard[/name]) but am having trouble thinking of nicknames. I hate the NN [name]Bert[/name]. I’ve tried [name]Bear[/name], Tram, and [name]Ram[/name], but [name]Ram[/name] sounds like I’m trying too hard and Tram is too close to Tramp for me. This will probably become a MN.

Anyway, thank you everyone! I will keep refining the list and be back soon for more thoughts :slight_smile:

The ones I like:
BOYS:
[name]Adrian[/name]
[name]Auguste[/name] (nickname gus)
[name]Corin[/name]
[name]Edmond[/name]
[name]Leon[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name]
[name]Tobias[/name]

GIRLS:
[name]Celia[/name]
[name]Juno[/name]
[name]Nell[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Virginia[/name]
[name]Windsor[/name]

You have a lot of literary choices. Here are some bird names which I love, too!

Girls
[name]Alondra[/name] - lark
[name]Alouette[/name] - French, lark
[name]Bernadette[/name] nn [name]Birdie[/name]
[name]Brenna[/name] - Irish, raven
[name]Calandra[/name] - Greek, lark
[name]Jemima[/name] - Hebrew, dove
[name]Paloma[/name] - Spanish, dove
[name]Penelope[/name] - Greek, duck
[name]Phoebe[/name] - has something to do with a bird, I will look it up. It is a type of bird. You can look it up on Wikipedia to see a picture of a [name]Phoebe[/name] bird.

My favorite names on the girls’ list are [name]Phoebe[/name] and [name]Penelope[/name].

[name]Aren[/name]'t those names pretty? Now for the boys:

[name]Arnold[/name] - English from [name]German[/name], eagle
[name]Byrd[/name] - I’d love it in the middle.
[name]Callum[/name] - Scottish, dove
[name]Corbin[/name] - Latin, raven
[name]Drake[/name] - English, male duck
[name]Gavin[/name] - Celtic, little hawk - this meaning is so cute!
[name]Jonah[/name] - Hebrew, dove
[name]Peregrine[/name] - Latin, pilgrim, traveler, makes me think of a peregrine falcon.

I love [name]Corbin[/name]! Ravens are so cool. But if you name your son a literary name, then his middle name could be [name]Peregrine[/name]. So cool!

[name]Usher[/name] is actually an R&B singer.

[name]Beatrice[/name] and [name]Helena[/name] are also [name]Shakespeare[/name] names.

More bird names:
[name]AVA[/name] F Latin “like a bird”
[name]DASAN[/name] ([name]DAY[/name]-sun) M, Native American “son of bird clan leader”
[name]DAYA[/name] F, Hebrew “bird of prey”
[name]DERYN[/name] F Welsh, “bird”
[name]EFRON[/name] M Hebrew"bird, lark"
[name]JARITA[/name] F, Hindi-Sanskrit “mother or legendary bird”
[name]MANU[/name] M, Polynesian; Sanskrit “bird of the night; man”
[name]MEENA[/name] F Hindi “blue semiprecious stone, bird”
[name]PALILA[/name] (pah-[name]LEE[/name]-lah) F Hawaiian “a bird”
[name]PALOMA[/name] F, Spanish “dove”
[name]TORI[/name] F, Diminutive of [name]VICTORIA[/name] or Japanese “bird”
[name]ZAMIR[/name] M Hebrew “song, bird”
[name]ZIPPORA[/name] F Hebrew “bird, a sparrow”
ADERYN F Welsh “bird”
[name]FULTON[/name] Gender: M English"bird-catcher’s town"
[name]JAY[/name] M Latin “jaybird”
[name]LINNET[/name] F Pronounced: li-NET, [name]LIN[/name]-?t [key]
Either a variant of [name]LYNETTE[/name] or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch
[name]MAVIS[/name] F French"songbird"
[name]SARIKA[/name] F Sanskrit “myna bird”
[name]COLUM[/name] M Irish “dove”
[name]COLUMBA[/name] Latin “dove”
[name]JONAH[/name] M Hebrew “dove”
[name]JEMIMA[/name] F Hebrew “dove”
[name]ARLETTE[/name] F French [name]Norman[/name] diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element arn “eagle”.
[name]ARNOLD[/name] M [name]German[/name] “eagle power”
[name]ANDOR[/name] M Norwegian From the Old Norse name Arn”rr, derived from the element arn “eagle” combined with the name of the Norse god ”rr (see [name]THOR[/name]).
[name]Crawford[/name] M “crow ford”
[name]VASCO[/name] M From the medieval Spanish name Velasco, which came from the Spanish surname Vel”zquez, which possibly meant “crow” in Basque.
[name]MORRIGAN[/name] F Derived from Irish M”r R”oghain meaning “great queen”. In Irish myth she was a goddess of war and death who often took the form of a crow.
ASTOR M From a surname derived from Proven”al astur meaning “hawk”.

I didn’t see [name]Susan[/name]'s post. I repeated some. Sorry!

[name]Don[/name]'t ever worry about repeating names on my lists. I always just figure you’re agreeing with my names or that you just like those names, too. It takes too long to read everyone’s posts and remember every name on their lists.

So many great literary names and bird names (I had no idea there were so many bird names, what a lot of suggestions) My favorites are:

Boys:
[name]Adrian[/name]
[name]Arthur[/name]
[name]Edmond[/name]
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’
[name]LOVE[/name]- [name]Toby[/name] - full name would be [name]Tobias[/name]
[name]Byrd[/name] (mn)
[name]Callum[/name]
[name]Corbin[/name]
[name]Drake[/name]
[name]Gavin[/name]
[name]Jonah[/name]
[name]Vasco[/name]
Astor

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name]
[name]Annabel[/name]
[name]Celia[/name]
[name]Cordelia[/name] - like the nn [name]Delia[/name]
[name]Iris[/name]
[name]Julia[/name]
[name]Luciana[/name] - much prefer [name]Lucia[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Viola[/name]
[name]Alondra[/name]
[name]Alouette[/name]
[name]Paloma[/name]
[name]Penelope[/name]
[name]Ava[/name]

[name]Hi[/name]–I listed my favorites below–you have a lot of nice names, and some of them can be used as fn’s and mn’s!

BOYS:
[name]Adrian[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Allan[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s mn, adopted from his godfather who raised him
[name]Arthur[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s novel “The Narrative of [name]Arthur[/name] [name]Gordon[/name] Pym”
[name]Auguste[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s detective C. [name]Auguste[/name] Dupin, inspired [name]Sherlock[/name] [name]Holmes[/name]
[name]Bertram[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “All’s Well That Ends Well”
[name]Caliban[/name] ‘[name]Cal[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Cornelius[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Cymbeline[/name]”
Donalbain - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Edmond[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear” and my grandfather’s MN
[name]Frederick[/name] ‘Reds’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Launce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Leontes[/name] ‘[name]Leon[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Winter[/name]'s Tale”
[name]Lysander[/name] ‘[name]Andy[/name]/[name]Ander[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Midsummer-[name]Night[/name]'s [name]Dream[/name]”
[name]Oliver[/name] ‘[name]Ollie[/name]’ - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Robin[/name] - double duty: [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Merry[/name] Wives” and birds
[name]Ross[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Macbeth”
[name]Toby[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]” - full name would be [name]Tobias[/name]

GIRLS:
[name]Adriana[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”, obv. not with [name]Adrian[/name]!
[name]Annabel[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s “[name]Annabel[/name] [name]Lee[/name]”
[name]Celia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Ceres[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Cordelia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]King[/name] Lear”
Elonora - [name]Poe[/name]'s “Elonora”
[name]Francisca[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Measure for Measure”
[name]Iris[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The [name]Tempest[/name]”
[name]Julia[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Two Gentlemen of [name]Verona[/name]”
[name]Katharina[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “The Taming of the Shrew”
[name]Lenore[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s lost love from “The [name]Raven[/name]”
[name]Luce[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Comedy of Errors”
[name]Luciana[/name] - “”
[name]Nell[/name] - “”
[name]Phebe[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It” - may have been a male?
[name]Raven[/name] - double duty: [name]Poe[/name]'s poem “The [name]Raven[/name]” and is also a bird
[name]Rosalie[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s younger sister - my fave of the [name]Rose[/name]- names
[name]Rosalind[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “As You Like It”
[name]Rosaline[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “[name]Love[/name]'s Labour Lost” - SO’s fave [name]Rose[/name]- name
[name]Valentine[/name] - [name]Shakespeare[/name]'s “Twelfth [name]Night[/name]”
[name]Viola[/name] - “”
[name]Virginia[/name] - [name]Poe[/name]'s wife