Names you want to love?

Are there any names that it seems like you would love, have a lot of great qualities, and are your style but you just can’t quite get on board with?

For me, [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m], [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f], [name_u]Asher[/name_u], [name_m]Oscar[/name_m], [name_f] Josephine[/name_f], and [name_f]Gertrude[/name_f] are names I want to love but can’t manage yet.

What names do you all want to love?

Matilda! So popular on NB and I knew a few in real life as well, but I just can’t get behind it.

I know for a fact there are other names I feel this way towards, I just can’t think of them at the moment.

Understood. It’s a name I’ve taken years to warm to and even now am not always sure about (though I play with combinations and have it on my user card).

Eden, [name_f]Hazel[/name_f], [name_f]Hannah[/name_f], [name_m]Otis[/name_m], [name_m]Oscar[/name_m], [name_f]Elise[/name_f]

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These are exactly my style, and amazing names, but I can’t love them:


[name_m] Thomas [/name_m]


Penelope and Nathaniel are some names for me. I love longer names and I really do like Nathaniel but I’ve met A TON of them where I live. Penelope I think is just to frilly for my taste and I just don’t think it’ll age well, but it is a nice name and I like the nickname Penn.





I was just thinking about this today. there are plenty that I may think of and comment later, but for me it’s [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]. it’s short, girly and spunky, has so much history, not overly popular and has so much personality… it’s everything I want in a name, and sometimes I want to call my future daughter this, but something holds me back. I think it’s because in my head I spell it out phonetically as “fee-bee”… and while I love [name_f]Bee[/name_f], I do not like the look of fee bee. it’s silly, I know. :thinking:


There are so many great names out there; it’s not silly to be a little picky!

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[name_f]Florence[/name_f]! I feel like it’s a general NB favorite, but I just can’t seem to like it. I like [name_f]Flora[/name_f], but [name_f]Florence[/name_f] is beyond me apparently.

As @rosajune said:



Hazel and [name_f]Violet[/name_f] come to mind. Seems to be an irl and nameberry favorite, and I feel like it fits my general style (albeit more popular than I like), but I can’t seem to get on the [name_f]Violet[/name_f] or [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] Train! I just have a really hard time seeing them on real people, even though I know kids named both of these.

Felix is another that comes to mind. Again, I feel like it fits my general style, but I just really can’t come to like it.


Elizabeth fits with my general very classic style, has lots of lovely nicknames, and has many pretty sounds, but I’m not huge on the ending -th sound and I have some associations that aren’t great. I really swing back and forth between thinking it’s such a beautiful name and being weirdly put off by it.


I feel this way about [name_f]Ruth[/name_f] & [name_f]Faith[/name_f], Edith, Beth and other light “th” names. I don’t like the “th” that is only through your tongue, not your throat. After teaching preK and K5 the last several years, I realized it’s the tongue/teeth “th” that bugs me, when saying a name. It’s the difference between [name_m]Mathis[/name_m] (ugh) vs. [name_m]Mathias[/name_m] (fine!). That’s pretty weird I know!

Also don’t like [name_f]Esther[/name_f] or any “th” that sounds just like “t”.

:woman_shrugging: In theory, I should love these names and I’ve tried!

There are plenty more but it’s a funny thought how we can all have preferences and dislikes based on—sometimes not much. :joy: just an idiosyncrasy maybe.


Charlotte, [name_f]Cordelia[/name_f], [name_f]Cornelia[/name_f] (Corn is puttng me off a bit I just think of cornucopia), [name_u]Vivian[/name_u](soo popular on nb but I see this spelling for a boy and [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f] for a girl), [name_f]Flora[/name_f], [name_f]Fleur[/name_f], [name_f]Florence[/name_f]…any flor or fleur name, [name_f]Hazel[/name_f], [name_f]Doris[/name_f], [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f]

Caspian(I have tried so hard to love this but I can’t use it for myself for some reason. I prefer [name_m]Cassian[/name_m]), [name_m]Albert[/name_m], [name_m]Alfred[/name_m] (I just hear alfalfa), [name_m]Damon[/name_m], [name_u]Dean[/name_u], [name_m]Derek[/name_m]

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Florence, [name_f]Esther[/name_f], [name_f]Adeline[/name_f], and [name_f]Maeve[/name_f]
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m], [name_u]Bert[/name_u], [name_u]Gus[/name_u], and [name_m]Clark[/name_m]

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I want to love these names so badly but something about them just is not my cup of tea



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[name_f]Ottilie[/name_f]… while I completely adore [name_m]Othello[/name_m] and [name_m]Otto[/name_m], I just can’t get behind [name_f]Ottilie[/name_f] despite being derived from exactly the same word. It just looks clunky and jumbled to me. 🤷

[name_f]Cassiopeia[/name_f]… given my great love for [name_f]Persephone[/name_f], [name_f]Kalliope[/name_f], [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f], etc this should be right alley, but I just can’t… I don’t even really know why. :confused:


There are a few.

The main one I can think of is…well, three. [name_f]Gertrude[/name_f], [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] & [name_f]Greta[/name_f]. Because I am in love w/the nn [name_f]Gerty[/name_f], but it’s just too nick-namey on its own. And I really do like [name_f]Greta[/name_f], but just don’t love it.

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Edith, [name_f]Clara[/name_f], and [name_m]Leopold[/name_m] - I like them all but they’ve never been favorites or made it on to my list. I especially wish I liked [name_m]Leopold[/name_m] more - it’s harder to find vintage boy names to love!

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@findemaxa13 @rebekah83 II’ve noticed I’m also not into most names that have “th” sound so I’ve never been a fan of [name_f]Ruth[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f], [name_f]Beth[/name_f], and [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]. For whatever reason I’m actually ok with the sound of [name_f]Faith[/name_f] and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] but I’m still not overly exited for them and I don’t care for their meaning anyway. I also prefer [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] or [name_u]Lisa[/name_u] as alternatives to [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f].

One exception to the ‘th’ sound is [name_f]Athena[/name_f]. I’ve always loved [name_f]Athena[/name_f] since elementary school. Maybe I just don’t like the “th” sound at the end of the name? But then I should like [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f] if that’s the case. Wish I could understand myself better haha