Thoughts on these girls and boys names.

I’m not expecting, but am a name lover. I just wondered what the general consensus was on the following names. they’re not all names I would use. Some of the names are Welsh, but I live in [name]Wales[/name] so generally speaking pronouciation won’t be an issue.

Girls

[name]Hermione[/name]
[name]Lily[/name]
[name]Meredith[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name]
[name]Aurelia[/name]
[name]Angharad[/name]
[name]Grace[/name]
[name]Seren[/name]
[name]Minerva[/name]
[name]Lara[/name]
[name]Nia[/name]
[name]Tamsin[/name]
[name]Ffion[/name]
[name]Elin[/name]
Isola

Boys

[name]Jasper[/name]
[name]George[/name]
[name]Torin[/name]
Aneurin
[name]Stellan[/name]
[name]Lucas[/name]
[name]Flynn[/name]
[name]Bran[/name]
Macsen
[name]Owen[/name]
[name]Oren[/name]
Archer

I love [name]Archer[/name], [name]Owen[/name], [name]Lily[/name], [name]Sophia[/name], and [name]Elin[/name]. The rest are NMS.

I love these:

[name]Hermione[/name]
[name]Aurelia[/name]
[name]Seren[/name]
[name]Tamsin[/name]
[name]Ffion[/name]
Isola

Boys

[name]Jasper[/name]
[name]Torin[/name]
[name]Aneurin[/name]
[name]Stellan[/name]
[name]Bran[/name]
Macsen

Girls

[name]Hermione[/name] - pretty, but lots of [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] association at the moment.
[name]Lily[/name] - Pretty.
[name]Meredith[/name] - Nice. Sweet and edgy at the same time.
[name]Sophia[/name] - NMS. I’ve never liked this name.
[name]Aurelia[/name] - very pretty
[name]Angharad[/name] - This was a character in a book I read a long time ago. Weird. Not sure why the author considered it a girl’s name. I think the nn was [name]Harry[/name].
[name]Grace[/name] - beautiful.
[name]Seren[/name] - Unusual in my area, and very lovely.
[name]Minerva[/name] - A little to Greek-mythology inducing for me.
[name]Lara[/name] - Bland. NMS.
[name]Nia[/name] - Very pretty.
[name]Tamsin[/name] - [name]Lovely[/name]
[name]Ffion[/name] - [name]Haven[/name]'t heard this one in a long time. Always liked it.
[name]Elin[/name] - Eh.
Isola - Pretty twist on [name]Isolde[/name].

Boys

[name]Jasper[/name] - Very nice, except for the whole Twilight thing.
[name]George[/name] - NMS. Old and stodgy.
[name]Torin[/name] - nice.
[name]Aneurin[/name] - NMS. Sounds too similar to a girl’s name.
[name]Stellan[/name] - See above.
[name]Lucas[/name] - Classic.
[name]Flynn[/name] - Good. Disney.
[name]Bran[/name] - Wheat bran. No thanks.
Macsen - Interesting.
[name]Owen[/name] - Like it
[name]Oren[/name] - NMS, but it would be a great villain in a novel.
[name]Archer[/name] - nice

[name]Hermione[/name] - too much of a [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] association to use right now.
[name]Lily[/name] - ok
[name]Meredith[/name] - nice, unexpected and underused but pretty
[name]Sophia[/name] - prefer [name]Sophie[/name], but ok
[name]Aurelia[/name] - nms
[name]Angharad[/name] - pretty, though I think it would get butchered outside [name]Wales[/name]. [name]Love[/name] the nn [name]Annie[/name] from it, too.
[name]Grace[/name] - nice
[name]Seren[/name] - nice
[name]Minerva[/name] - nms, plus kinda [name]Harry[/name] Potterish to me.
[name]Lara[/name] - like
[name]Nia[/name] - like, makes a change from the more common [name]Mia[/name] or [name]Leah[/name] though I’d imagine she’d be mistaken for them quite a bit.
[name]Tamsin[/name] - love
[name]Ffion[/name] - like
[name]Elin[/name] - like, prefer the [name]Ellen[/name] spelling but still a nice name. I get that this is the Welsh spelling.
Isola - unusual, not really my style.

Boys

[name]Jasper[/name] - like
[name]George[/name] - love
[name]Torin[/name] - never heard of this before, don’t know how to say it but the look of it’s ok.
[name]Aneurin[/name] - ok, only usable in [name]Wales[/name] though as I think pronunciation would get buitchered elsewhere
[name]Stellan[/name] - nms
[name]Lucas[/name] - ok, prefer just [name]Luke[/name] though
[name]Flynn[/name] -ok
[name]Bran[/name] -seems a bit too short for me
Macsen - I don’t like [name]Max[/name] or any variants at all
[name]Owen[/name] - ok
[name]Oren[/name] - variant of above?
[name]Archer[/name] - nms

@shaymin2 I think we are kindred spirits in terms of name style!

@lucystone [name]Flynn[/name] is Disney?! I’m assuming one of the recent ones,as I didn’t realise there was a Disney prince(I’m assuming prince) called [name]Flynn[/name]. It does put me off somewhat I must admit!
[name]Angharad[/name] is a Welsh girls name, but I think the prettiness gets lost in print if you don’t already know how to pronounce it.

@essjay I have to admit [name]Minerva[/name] was the wild card! I’m not really one for nicknames, but the possibility of the nickname [name]Minnie[/name] is so cute. Not cute enough though I don’t think. The actual meaning of the name is a heavy one to place on a child too I think. It’ll remain a guilty pleasure I suspect!

I think in the case of [name]Angharad[/name] and [name]Aneurin[/name], they’re both best placed as middle names. I suppose just because I live in [name]Wales[/name] doesn’t mean my children always would, so a generally easier to pronouce name may be best suited.

[name]Torin[/name] is pronounced Toh-rin

[name]Oren[/name] is a Hebrew name, I heard it in a film once and it’s stuck with with me. Isn’t really my style however.

I think re [name]Nia[/name] being in [name]Wales[/name] a daughter would be fine, it’s a Welsh name. And African too according to Nameberry. Learn something new everyday I suppose!

Out of interest what names you favour? I’m guessing classic as you favoured [name]George[/name] on my boys list?

@ellie532 I really love the name [name]Lily[/name], but it’s popularity puts me off a bit. But by the same token, I can’t not use a name just because it’s popular, it’s not the most mature way to go about naming (hypothetical) children!

Generally speaking, I’ve loved [name]Hermione[/name] for years, since I read a Greek mythology book when I was about 7. I don’t mind the [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] associations other people may or may not make,it’s not a terrible character. I also like the Shakespearian link…[name]Hermione[/name] and [name]Cordelia[/name] were the only two unflawed female chatacters in all his works. I’m sure people had similar conversations about [name]Alice[/name] after [name]Alice[/name] in Wonderland was published.

A couple, as much as I like them, such as [name]Bran[/name], would run in to so many pronounciation issues I don’t think could be used even in the middle space. It’s Brahn rather than [name]Bran[/name] as in flakes. I suspect a losing battle would be fought!

Thank you for the feedback :slight_smile:

I love [name]Seren[/name], [name]Tamsin[/name] & [name]Elin[/name], and I quite like [name]Lily[/name], [name]Aurelia[/name] & [name]Minerva[/name].
[name]Meredith[/name], [name]Sophia[/name], [name]Grace[/name], [name]Lara[/name] & [name]Nia[/name] are fine… I just don’t like them myself, though.
Can’t say I’m a fan of [name]Hermione[/name], [name]Angharad[/name], [name]Ffion[/name] (is this not a boy’s name?) or Isola.

For boys, I really like [name]Jasper[/name], [name]George[/name], [name]Owen[/name] & [name]Archer[/name]. [name]Stellan[/name], [name]Lucas[/name], [name]Flynn[/name], Macsen & [name]Oren[/name] are all right.
I don’t care for [name]Torin[/name], [name]Aneurin[/name] or [name]Bran[/name], sorry.

I do think I could get on-board with [name]Angharad[/name] & [name]Aneurin[/name] as middle names, though.

@lucialucentum
[name]Ffion[/name] is definitely a girls name in [name]Wales[/name], I can’t vouch for other cultures though!
It’s really fascinating seeing other people opinions on names I either really love or have heard on other people and thought were interesting, Isola is one of the latter names I admit.
I’m so glad somone else like [name]Jasper[/name], my OH looked at me like I’d suggested Moonbeam when I told him I like [name]Jasper[/name]. Apparently in Southern [name]England[/name] this was a term for wasps. Utterly bizarre and not putting me off at all…love the name.

@hayley88
My style’s sort of a mix of classic/popular in general. [name]George[/name], [name]Edward[/name] and [name]Joseph[/name] are my top three boys names, which all come under classic really, while for girls I favour [name]Harriet[/name], [name]Imogen[/name] and [name]Phoebe[/name], which are slightly different in style but not drastically. I also love celtic names, there’s a lot of Welsh, Scottish and Irish names I find gorgeous but I’ve no heritage in any of them so I can’t really use them. I think using a Welsh middle name would be a great way of honouring your nationality without your kids having problems with their name should they move out of [name]Wales[/name] when they’re older. Something like [name]Tamsin[/name] [name]Angharad[/name] or [name]Jasper[/name] [name]Aneurin[/name] would be gorgeous.

Girls

[name]Hermione[/name] - [name]Love[/name] it!
[name]Lily[/name] - Like it, but I know so many little ones with the name.
[name]Meredith[/name] - Nice.
[name]Sophia[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name]
[name]Aurelia[/name] - Not a fan.
[name]Angharad[/name] - I like it, but pronunciation might be an issue.
[name]Grace[/name] - [name]One[/name] of my favorites.
[name]Seren[/name] - NMS
[name]Minerva[/name] - Like it.
[name]Lara[/name] - It’s okay.
[name]Nia[/name] - Like it.
[name]Tamsin[/name] - Like it.
[name]Ffion[/name] - I’m not wild about it.
[name]Elin[/name] - Okay.
Isola - Pretty.

Boys

[name]Jasper[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name].
[name]George[/name] - [name]Love[/name].
[name]Torin[/name] - [name]Love[/name]
[name]Aneurin[/name] - I’m not sure about this one. [name]How[/name] is it pronounced?
[name]Stellan[/name] - I like it.
[name]Lucas[/name] - Like.
[name]Flynn[/name] - [name]Love[/name]
[name]Bran[/name] - [name]Love[/name]
Macsen - Eh.
[name]Owen[/name] - Like.
[name]Oren[/name] - NMS
[name]Archer[/name] - [name]Love[/name]

@frustratedauthor it’s pronounced [name]Ah[/name]-nye-rin. There is another spelling ,Aneirin, but it’s pronounced [name]Ah[/name]-nay-rin, which I’m not such a fan of.

@essjay I really like [name]Edward[/name] also. But only [name]Edward[/name], no nicknames, and Welsh people seem driven to nickname everyone! The amount of times I’ve been called Hayles is beyond counting…and annoying!
[name]Imogen[/name] is beautiful! Out of interest, do you pronounce it Im-o-jen? Because I’ve seen people discussing it being pronounced Im-o-jean. I’ve never known it pronounced that way, but I suppose accents and dialects vary a great deal.

I know what you mean about Irish and Scottish names. With the exception of [name]Torin[/name] I let go of all the Gaelic names, just because I’ve got no Irish or Scottish ancestry(not in recent memory anyway) and there are so many Welsh names to choose from. Some more easily pronounced than others granted!