Still searching for that special name.. long list

I’m starting to get frustrated! Does anyone else have a hard time with girl names? There are many I like and even love… but none I feel excited about. Here is a new random list and we’d love your opinion! DH made me add some to see if others like his favourites…

What we want:

  • A feminine name, not unisex (I feel this way not him, I’m a teacher and it is important for me that people can tell my child’s gender by seeing their name)
  • Not trendy-popular
  • Not kr8tif
  • Not sooo popular she’d be “___ J”
  • Doesn’t have to have nick names but if there are I want to like those as well or at least be ok with them

Another problem I have is that the last name is [name]Jenson[/name], which is extremely common. I want a name that sounds great w/ it but is somewhat special…

[name]Just[/name] to help our top two boy names we both [name]LOVE[/name] are:
[name]William[/name] [name]Jack[/name]/[name]James[/name] -[name]Will[/name]
[name]Benjamin[/name] [name]Jack[/name]/[name]James[/name] -[name]Ben[/name]

Please don’t be afraid to be brutally honest

[name]Annalise[/name], [name]Annaliese[/name] (sp?)
[name]Amber[/name] (DH- I’d prefer Amberlee but really neither)
[name]Brooke[/name] (DH)
[name]Chloe[/name] (trendy flag, I haven’t ever taught a [name]Chloe[/name] but I can see a rush in 5 years?)
[name]Fiona[/name] (he says “old lady”, this would be a top contender for me)
[name]Grace[/name]-[name]Gracie[/name] (DH)
[name]Isla[/name] (I’m worried about it being so popular)
[name]Mariah[/name] (has [name]Carey[/name] ruined this?)
[name]Melissa[/name] (DH hates this… I used to but I’m starting to like it?)
[name]Paisley[/name] (not sure this would age…)
[name]Scarlett[/name] (trendy?)
[name]Tara[/name] (DH hates)
[name]Victoria[/name] (HATE [name]Vicky[/name], [name]Tori[/name]… any nn so I’m afraid to use this)


Here comes honesty! I will also be looking out for a name that works well with either [name]William[/name] or [name]Benjamin[/name]…

[name]Annalise[/name], [name]Annaliese[/name] - [name]Lovely[/name]. [name]Anneliese[/name] is my preference.
[name]Amy[/name] - Dated.
[name]April[/name] - Dated. Middle name potential.
[name]Amber[/name] - Absolutely not. Dated and slightly trashy.
[name]Audrey[/name] - Cute with your boy names!
[name]Brooke[/name] - [name]Don[/name]'t love, don’t hate. [name]Don[/name]'t like with [name]Will[/name] or [name]Ben[/name]…
[name]Brynn[/name] - Middle name? Not enough substance.
[name]Camille[/name] - Okay. Hate [name]Cami[/name]. Not in love with this with [name]Will[/name] or [name]Ben[/name].
[name]Calla[/name] - Pretty, but a bit unique for your boy names. I like it.
[name]Chloe[/name] - This isn’t trendy - it is popular. Not my favorite.
[name]Carissa[/name] - No. No way!
[name]Fiona[/name] - Last thing I think of when I think “old lady”! [name]Love[/name] it!
[name]Grace[/name]- Pretty, but simple. Like as a first name…
[name]Isla[/name] - It is getting popular, but I don’t see it being Top 30…
[name]Janelle[/name] - Honestly, I hate this. With a passion.
[name]Jillian[/name] - [name]Don[/name]'t love it. Especially with [name]Will[/name] and [name]Ben[/name]…
[name]Jasmine[/name] - Not with [name]Will[/name] or [name]Ben[/name]! No way.
[name]Julianne[/name] - Pretty, but I prefer [name]Julia[/name]. Like this.
[name]Johanna[/name] - It’s okay. Not in love with this one.
[name]Kyla[/name] - Too trendy with your boy names.
[name]Kate[/name] - Alone? I don’t know - and I prefer [name]Catherine[/name] “[name]Cate[/name].”
[name]London[/name] - Seriously? And you like [name]Will[/name] and [name]Ben[/name]? No. Capital NO.
[name]Mariah[/name] - I wouldn’t say she’s ruined it, but it has her all over it!
[name]Maia[/name] - Getting popular…
[name]Melissa[/name] - I kind of hate it too, and it does sound dated.
[name]Paisley[/name] - Yeah, it wouldn’t age, and it doesn’t fit with [name]Will[/name] or [name]Ben[/name].
[name]Piper[/name] - Like it, but it is so not classic like [name]Will[/name] and [name]Ben[/name]!
[name]Rachel[/name] - Sounds like a 90s name…
[name]Renee[/name] - Middle-aged woman?
[name]Simone[/name] - Pretty. It’s okay…
[name]Scarlett[/name] - Not trendy, but getting more popular. Is it tramp-y?
[name]Tessa[/name] - [name]Tess[/name] is a maybe, as it is classic, but [name]Tessa[/name] is popular.
[name]Tara[/name] - Yeah, I agree with the husband. God-awful.
[name]Victoria[/name] - It will probably be shortened, so goodbye, [name]Victoria[/name]!
[name]Yasmine[/name] - Reminds me of the birth control pills…

My favorites are:

BOY - [name]William[/name] [name]Jack[/name] [name]Jenson[/name] ([name]Ben[/name] [name]Jenson[/name] is kind of weird…)

GIRL - [name]Anneliese[/name] “[name]Annie[/name],” [name]Audrey[/name], [name]Grace[/name] “[name]Gracie[/name]”

If you didn’t say you loved [name]William[/name] and [name]Benjamin[/name] for a boy, my favorite would be [name]Fiona[/name] - hands down. I also like [name]Brooke[/name], [name]Calla[/name], [name]Isla[/name], [name]Julianne[/name], [name]Piper[/name], and [name]Simone[/name] with different boy names.

Good luck!

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

If I didn’t know your top names for boys, my favourite would be [name]Calla[/name]. I really like the combo [name]Calla[/name] [name]Simone[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]. Other names I like from your list: [name]April[/name], [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Maia[/name], [name]Piper[/name], [name]Simone[/name], [name]Tessa[/name], [name]Yasmine[/name] and [name]Audrey[/name].

However, your boys names are more classic than the names I like from your list, and I am really liking the combo [name]Audrey[/name] [name]Fiona[/name] [name]Jenson[/name] which has that same vibe. My only concern is that [name]Audrey[/name] is quiet popular and you said you wanted a relatively unpopular name…

If you still want suggestions, what about:


[name]Hope[/name] this helps :slight_smile:

I would immediately cut your list down to only the following:

[name]Julianna[/name] (which I would preferably change to [name]Julia[/name])

I would then save [name]Camille[/name] and [name]Simone[/name] for the middle spot (I actually think either of these work as middles with any of the above first names, except that [name]Grace[/name] and [name]Annaliese[/name] don’t work with [name]Simone[/name] because of the back to back s sounds).

I took out everything that was trendy, dated, eccentric, or not agreed on by your husband because it is unlikely you would go with any of those in the end anyway (nor should you). You are left with a great list of combos, any of which would work with your classic boy’s selections.

Some others you might want to consider:

[name]April[/name]-It’s a bit dated. I think it was very trendy during the 80’s
[name]Amber[/name]-Same as [name]April[/name]
[name]Camille[/name]-[name]Love[/name] it. It’s one of my favorite names. I think it would go well with your choices for boys names as well.
[name]Chloe[/name] (trendy flag, I haven’t ever taught a [name]Chloe[/name] but I can see a rush in 5 years?)-It’s definitely popular. If you check out the social security baby names website you can see it’s been moving up the list pretty fast in the United States. (I saw your spelling of “favorites” though so I’m guessing your not in the US?)
[name]Fiona[/name] (he says “old lady”, this would be a top contender for me)-Very cute. It doesn’t seem like an old lady name to me at all
[name]Isla[/name] (I’m worried about it being so popular)- It’s pretty but I agree it seems to be getting popular
[name]Janelle[/name]- I don’t really care for this name
[name]Julianne[/name]- It’s okay but I like [name]Juliana[/name] a bit better
[name]Johanna[/name]- I don’t really like it
[name]London[/name]- It’s very unisex and I don’t think it goes too well with your boy names
[name]Maia[/name]- very pretty but [name]Mia[/name] and [name]Mya[/name] are both popular right now so that might be an issue
[name]Paisley[/name] (not sure this would age…)- I love it and considered it as a middle name but I agree, it won’t age well and it’s also pretty trendy. I can’t see it with [name]William[/name] or [name]Benjamin[/name]
[name]Piper[/name]- Very cute. I considered this for a middle name as well. It’s trendy though and a bit unisex. I’m not sure how it would work with [name]William[/name] or [name]Benjamin[/name]
[name]Simone[/name]- pretty
[name]Scarlett[/name] (trendy?) Pretty but it is a little trendy. I don’t think it’s going to be in the top 10 in popularity or anything though.
[name]Tessa[/name]- Cute but it seems like a nickname
[name]Victoria[/name] (HATE [name]Vicky[/name], [name]Tori[/name]… any nn so I’m afraid to use this)- I think she would end up being [name]Vicky[/name] or [name]Tori[/name]. Sorry
[name]Yasmine[/name]- pretty, but not with your boy names.

My favorites from your list are [name]Camille[/name], [name]Simone[/name], and [name]Fiona[/name]

[name]Annalise[/name], [name]Annaliese[/name]- I know I’m in the minority but I really don’t like this name
[name]Amy[/name]- Sounds dated to me
[name]April[/name]- Cute but again sounds dated
[name]Amber[/name]- Again dated
[name]Audrey[/name]- Cute, kinda has a classy feel
[name]Brooke[/name]- I really like this name
[name]Brynn[/name]- Doesn’t feel very feminine to me
[name]Camille[/name]- I [name]LOVE[/name] this!!!
[name]Calla[/name]- Again love!
[name]Chloe[/name]- I love this name but it is really popular
[name]Carissa[/name]- Okay
[name]Fiona[/name]- [name]Love[/name]!
[name]Grace[/name]-[name]Gracie[/name]- Cute, Classy but also very popular
[name]Isla[/name]- [name]Love[/name] [name]Isla[/name]! and not as popular as [name]Grace[/name] and [name]Chloe[/name]
[name]Janelle[/name]- don’t like this some of your other names a much cuter
[name]Jillian[/name]- This could be cute
[name]Jasmine[/name]- maybe
[name]Julianne[/name]- [name]How[/name] do you pronounce this, [name]Juli[/name]-en or [name]Juli[/name]-ann
[name]Johanna[/name]- [name]Don[/name]'t like
[name]Kyla[/name]- Cute, but trendy
[name]Kate[/name]- [name]Love[/name] [name]Kate[/name]!
[name]London[/name]- One of my favorites, though it is trendy
[name]Mariah[/name]- I think [name]Mariah[/name] is cute but trendy
[name]Maia[/name]- I like [name]Maia[/name]
[name]Melissa[/name]- Feels dated to me
[name]Paisley[/name]- Cute but if you’re worried about it aging don’t use it
[name]Piper[/name]- Cute
[name]Rachel[/name]- Sounds dated
[name]Renee[/name]- I like
[name]Simone[/name]- maybe
[name]Scarlett[/name]- I love [name]Scarlett[/name]!
[name]Tessa[/name]- Cute
[name]Tara[/name] - okay
[name]Victoria[/name]- Not one of my favorites and don’t like the nn’s
[name]Yasmine[/name]- If you have some ethinc background

Of your list, I like:

[name]Amy[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Audrey[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Camille[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Calla[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Fiona[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Mariah[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Rachel[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Tessa[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Victoria[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]

[name]Annalise[/name], [name]Annaliese[/name] (sp?): I love [name]Anneliese[/name] and [name]Annelise[/name]…
[name]Amy[/name]: I think it’s a really sweet name, but it’s pretty dated. [name]Do[/name] you like [name]Amelia[/name] or [name]Amelie[/name]?
[name]April[/name]: I like some of your other names more. (I guess that [name]April[/name] feels a bit dated to me…)
[name]Amber[/name] (DH- I’d prefer Amberlee but really neither): [name]Amber[/name] is trendy to me, and Amberlee, even more so. [name]Do[/name] you like the name [name]Ruby[/name]?
[name]Audrey[/name]: I think it’s beautiful…
[name]Brooke[/name] (DH): [name]Brooke[/name] does feel like it’s on the trendy side to me…
[name]Brynn[/name]: I think it’s a cute and fresh alternative to [name]Lynn[/name]…I think some of the others sound better with your last name, though.
[name]Camille[/name]: I love it…
[name]Calla[/name]: I think it’s beautiful…
[name]Chloe[/name] (trendy flag, I haven’t ever taught a [name]Chloe[/name] but I can see a rush in 5 years?): I think it’s beautiful, but it’s #10, and yooneek spellings ([name]Khloe[/name] and Kloey) have been popping up.
[name]Carissa[/name]: You may also like [name]Clarissa[/name], [name]Calista[/name], or [name]Larissa[/name].
[name]Fiona[/name] (he says “old lady”, this would be a top contender for me): I love it!
[name]Grace[/name]-[name]Gracie[/name] (DH): I think it’s beautiful…
[name]Isla[/name] (I’m worried about it being so popular): I think it’s really pretty…You may also like [name]Ivy[/name]…
[name]Janelle[/name]: I’m not a [name]Janelle[/name] fan…[name]Do[/name] you like [name]Annabelle[/name] or [name]Mirabelle[/name]?
[name]Jillian[/name]: I love the [name]Jillie[/name] nickname, but [name]Jillian[/name] [name]Jenson[/name] sounds a bit sing-songy to me.
[name]Jasmine[/name]: I like some of your other names more…
[name]Julianne[/name]: I love [name]Julia[/name] and [name]Juliet[/name]…
[name]Johanna[/name]: I like some of your other names more…
[name]Kyla[/name]: Ditto…
[name]Kate[/name]: I love it!
[name]London[/name]: This feels trendy to me, like [name]Paris[/name].
[name]Mariah[/name] (has [name]Carey[/name] ruined this?): To me, yes.
[name]Maia[/name]: I think it’s pretty…
[name]Melissa[/name] (DH hates this… I used to but I’m starting to like it?): [name]Melissa[/name] sounds really dated to me. You may also like [name]Miranda[/name] or [name]Larissa[/name]…
[name]Paisley[/name] (not sure this would age…): I only think of the pattern.
[name]Piper[/name]: I like some of your other names more…
[name]Rachel[/name]: I think it’s a sweet name, but I like some of the other names more with your last name.
[name]Renee[/name]: [name]Renee[/name] sounds dated to me…
[name]Simone[/name]: I think it’s pretty, but like some of the other names with [name]Jenson[/name] more…
[name]Scarlett[/name] (trendy?): I think it’s beautiful, and it’s not trendy to me like some of the other names…
[name]Tessa[/name]: I think it’s really pretty, but like some of the others more with your last name…
[name]Tara[/name] (DH hates)
[name]Victoria[/name] (HATE [name]Vicky[/name], [name]Tori[/name]… any nn so I’m afraid to use this): What about as a middle?
[name]Yasmine[/name]: I like some of the others more…

From your boys’ list, I love [name]William[/name] [name]Jack[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]. (I love [name]Benjamin[/name], too, but not with [name]Jenson[/name]…)

More names you may like:

[name]Amelia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Annabel[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Claudia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Celia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Eliza[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Felicity[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Louisa[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Lydia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Ruby[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Veronica[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]

Girlie names:

[name]Aurora[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Lillia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Marielle[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Raphaela[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]
[name]Talia[/name] [name]Jenson[/name]

(The above remind me of [name]Carissa[/name], but I can’t really see them with [name]William[/name] or [name]Benjamin[/name]…)

Good luck! :slight_smile:

You are right, I am not American. I am Canadian and I live in British [name]Columbia[/name], close to Vancouver actually. I will be moving to [name]Alberta[/name] in a couple of months though so we look at BC and [name]Alberta[/name] baby name stats. :slight_smile:

I love [name]William[/name], and absolutely adore [name]Benjamin[/name], [name]Jack[/name] and [name]James[/name]!

[name]Annalise[/name]/[name]Annaliese[/name] - I prefer the [name]Annaliese[/name] spelling, personally. I think this name is beautiful, feminine but not frilly, and unusual yet accessible. It also has the classic nn [name]Annie[/name], or [name]Liese[/name] (lee-zuh) if you are feeling a little Germanic :slight_smile:
[name]Amy[/name] - a perfectly fine name, but it doesn’t bowl me over …
[name]April[/name] - well-used, but sweet.
[name]Amber[/name] - this one seems dated to me.
[name]Audrey[/name] - getting popular in [name]America[/name] (I’m in [name]England[/name]), but a very nice name.
[name]Brooke[/name] - this seems quite unisex compared to your other choices, and I find it a little blunt, personally. You may like the softer [name]Blythe[/name]. This one would be good in the middle spot, both to appease your husband, and because one-syllable names are easy to use in the middle.
[name]Brynn[/name] - trendy.
[name]Camille[/name] - pretty.
[name]Calla[/name] - I like this one, but feel like it should be a nn for something … [name]Caroline[/name], maybe? Perhaps that is just me, though. You may also like [name]Cara[/name] or [name]Willa[/name].
[name]Chloe[/name] - nice. I imagine that at one point she will be in a class with another [name]Chloe[/name], but she won’t be surrounded by them.
[name]Carissa[/name] - seems a little fussy, but I like the possible nn [name]Cara[/name].
[name]Fiona[/name] - quite nice, but it doesn’t bowl me over. I don’t, however, think that it is an old lady name.
[name]Grace[/name]/[name]Gracie[/name] - [name]Grace[/name] is definitely getting popular, and so I would advise against this one, even though [name]Gracie[/name] is adorable.
[name]Isla[/name] - I think this one is rising in popularity, too, but not being in [name]America[/name] I cannot gauge just how popular I think it will get over there … I don’t think it will be huge, though, and it is such a pretty name.
[name]Janelle[/name] - trendy.
[name]Jillian[/name] - it feels a little dated, to be honest …
[name]Jasmine[/name] - this is a pretty name, and an equally pretty plant, but it too feels a little dated.
[name]Julianne[/name] - I love the nns [name]Julie[/name] and [name]Annie[/name], but the whole name feels like a bit of a smush.
[name]Johanna[/name]- this one is an underused classic, and while it isn’t wildly beautiful, I do like it. The nn [name]Annie[/name] is one of my favourites, too. You may also like [name]Hannah[/name] and [name]Josephine[/name].
[name]Kyla[/name] - something about this one really irks me …
[name]Kate[/name] - the conservative side of me says that this can only be a nn for [name]Katherine[/name], but I love [name]Kate[/name] much more than the full name, and it has both simplicity and spunk. It would be great in the middle, too.
[name]London[/name] - terribly dated and tacky; sorry.
[name]Mariah[/name] - I do just think [name]Carey[/name], I am afraid.
[name]Maia[/name] - this one has a beauiful sound, but there are possible pronunciation issues … I don’t think that would be too much of a problem, though.
[name]Melissa[/name] - frilly.
[name]Paisley[/name] - I’m not sure about the pattern, and the Scottish town is decidedly undesirable. The sound makes me think of ‘pale’ and I do not think that it would age well.
[name]Piper[/name] - trendy.
[name]Rachel[/name] - a little dated, in my opinion.
[name]Renee[/name]- as above.
[name]Simone[/name] - I feel that this would get misread as [name]Simon[/name] an awful lot, and it doesn’t bowl me over as much as some of your other options.
[name]Scarlett[/name] - this one is definitely getting popular, so I would steer clear of it if that is an issue for you.
[name]Tessa[/name] - a great, unusual but accessible, vintage choice!
[name]Tara[/name] - I love his name, but if your husband hates it, how about [name]Clara[/name], [name]Sara[/name], [name]Cara[/name] or [name]Cora[/name]?
[name]Victoria[/name] - this is a beautiful name; such a classic! I know several Victorias, and while some go by nns, two do not, and have never had anyone try to foist a nn upon them; they introduce themselves as [name]Victoria[/name], and so that is what people call them.
[name]Yasmine[/name] - quite nice.

Of your list, I think these names are pretty, fit your requirements, and go well with [name]William[/name] and [name]Benjamin[/name] (* indicate my absolute favourites) :

Good luck!

I’m being completely honest!

[name]Annalise[/name], [name]Annaliese[/name] - Cute. Definitely feminine.
[name]Amy[/name] - Cute and feminine but a little plain.
[name]April[/name] - Dated hippie name.
[name]Amber[/name] - Stripper name.
[name]Audrey[/name] - Sounds old-lady-ish.
[name]Brooke[/name] - Definitely trendy and popular.
[name]Brynn[/name] - Same as [name]Brooke[/name]. Maybe even a little more so. Also, it is not very clearly feminine.
[name]Camille[/name] - Nice. Fits what you are looking for. But I think [name]Camilla[/name] is a bit more feminine.
[name]Calla[/name] - Cute, feminine, nice. Only thing, it sounds a bit more like a nn than a name.
[name]Chloe[/name] - Ha, my name is [name]Chloe[/name]. [name]Chloe[/name] [name]Hope[/name], is my full name. I like it, and I have only ever met two other [name]Chloe[/name]'s, and they were both my age or older. (I’m a preteen/teen) So even though it is number ten, I haven’t met any young Chloes.
[name]Carissa[/name] - Mmm… it is feminine but it’s just not my style.
[name]Fiona[/name] - I also find this a bit old-lady-ish, but still cute.
[name]Isla[/name] - I think it is very pretty but definitely becoming more popular.
[name]Janelle[/name] - Dated.
[name]Jillian[/name] - Cute.
[name]Jasmine[/name] - Not my style, but cute.
[name]Julianne[/name] - Dated.
[name]Johanna[/name] - Dated.
[name]Kyla[/name] - Cute but trendy.
[name]Kate[/name] - Cute, feminine.
[name]London[/name] - Reminds me of Suite Life of [name]Zach[/name] and [name]Cody[/name]… not a good character to be reminded of.
[name]Mariah[/name] - I know two girls named [name]Mariah[/name] and [name]Moriah[/name], and I don’t think of [name]Carey[/name].
[name]Maia[/name] - Cute, feminine, just becoming popular.
[name]Melissa[/name] - Dated.
[name]Paisley[/name] - It woudn’t age well.
[name]Piper[/name] - Same as [name]Paisley[/name]. Also veyr trendy and popular. Also reminds me of a smoker.
[name]Rachel[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Rachel[/name]! I think it is really under-used, but I am kind of glad!
[name]Renee[/name] - Cute.
[name]Simone[/name] - Uh… sorry, really don’t like it!
[name]Scarlett[/name] - I don’t think it is very trendy.Cute.
[name]Tessa[/name] - Not my style.
[name]Tara[/name] - Not my style.
[name]Victoria[/name] - I think it is cute, and you could say no to nns.
[name]Yasmine[/name] - Not my style. Reminds me of the Bratz doll.

If I had to narrow down the list to five for you, it would be… (Beside each name is an alternative to it that I think you might like) -
[name]Rachel[/name] - [name]Raine[/name]
[name]Jillian[/name] - [name]Jeneva[/name]/[name]Geneva[/name]
[name]Annalise[/name] - [name]Anabel[/name]
[name]Kate[/name] - [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Scarlett[/name] - [name]Crimson[/name]

And if I got to chose one more - [name]Renee[/name] - [name]Leonie[/name]

Good luck! Ps I think [name]Rachel[/name] [name]Kate[/name] is beautiful or [name]Jillian[/name] [name]Kate[/name].