~ your useable shortlist

[name_m]Ronan[/name_m] - love the meaning
[name_m]Soren[/name_m] - love the potential for [name_u]Ren[/name_u] as a nickname
[name_m]Granger[/name_m] - so many literary and historical references that I love
[name_m]Talmadge[/name_m] - it just sounds great
[name_m]Otto[/name_m] - love the potential for [name_u]Otter[/name_u] as a nickname

[name_f]Linnea[/name_f] - love the nature meaning and that it is Swedish
[name_f]Sabina[/name_f] - have loved this name for years
[name_f]Alice[/name_f] - a family name on both sides that is used in some of my favorite books and I love the nickname [name_u]Alba[/name_u]
[name_f]Kendra[/name_f] - used in some of my favorite books
[name_f]Isola[/name_f] - love the flow and the potential for nickname Iso or Sola








All Spanish/Portuguese/Italian names that are easily pronounced in Spanish, as most of my family speaks only Spanish :))


  1. [name_f]Lua[/name_f]
  2. [name_f]Noemi[/name_f]
  3. [name_f]Vita[/name_f]
  4. Gia/Gianna
  5. [name_u]Alma[/name_u]


  1. [name_m]Dante[/name_m]
  2. [name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
  3. [name_m]Rafael[/name_m]
  4. [name_m]Alonso[/name_m]
  5. [name_m]Mateo[/name_m]

I have made a few changes, so here we go again! The girls are the same, so I’ll just copy them over! [name_u]Fern[/name_u] is a very close #6.

the girls:

  1. marie - just sweet, elegant and timeless. for me, she is the perfect name.
  2. anya - i love the sleek beauty and simplicity.
  3. rose - i realized my life would be complete without a little rose.
  4. june - summery, bright and youthful.
  5. clara - a name that ages and travels well, and with such grace.

the boys:

  1. august - handsome yet outdoorsy, with the sweet nickname gus.
  2. peter - a biblical name that is both strong and soft. sounds charming.
  3. wesley - my long time love, with the nickname wes.
  4. timothy - soft and sweet, with a nature-y feel to it. feels solid and classic.
  5. todd - so sweet. been on my list for so long, then dps made me love it more


  1. [name_u]Reid[/name_u]
  2. [name_m]Russell[/name_m]
  3. [name_m]Clark[/name_m]
  4. [name_m]Hugh[/name_m] or [name_m]Cole[/name_m] or [name_u]Callen[/name_u]


  1. [name_u]Quinn[/name_u]
  2. [name_u]Clarke[/name_u]
  3. [name_f]Claire[/name_f] [name_u]Julianne[/name_u] (CJ)
  4. [name_f]Mara[/name_f] or [name_f]Nora[/name_f] if it wasn’t so popular
  5. Hollan
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  1. marceline
  2. winona
  3. dahlia
  4. ruby
  5. clementine


  1. shiloh
  2. gideon
  3. julian
  4. alder
  5. silas




Penny (Penelope vetoed)
Skye (Skylar vetoed :((((( )

Sunny (his grandad’s name :pleading_face:)

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how sweet :sunny:

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Charlotte - Soft, literary, and radiant Charlotte has my heart! :spider::spider_web:
Violet - Probably my longest name love — soothing blues and purples spring to mind when I think of sweet, vibrant Violet!
Juliet - This is a newer addition; Juliet’s romantic air finally converted me to her.
Rose - A sparse beauty, powerful in her simplicity
June - Bright and summery :sunny:
Eliza - The perfect protagonist name!
Diana - Diana Barry :womans_hat:

James “Jamie” - Lots of Scottish/British heroes with this name in the fantasies I read/watch :crossed_swords:
Jack - Cheeky, sprightly name :fox_face:
August - Drawling and subtly grand
Kit - It reminds me of a kite and windblown adventures in an endless blue sky :kite::butterfly:
Miles - Handsome and jazzy :saxophone:


[name_u]Love[/name_u] this idea. Right now, we like -

[name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] - this has a middle because we’ve settled on it if future baby #2 is a girl. [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] is my husband’s mom’s nn in Mexico and [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] is my mom’s middle name, also part of my name. I love the feel of [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] - it sounds both cute enough to be on a little girl yet sophisticated enough for a grown woman. [name_u]Love[/name_u] the nature connection - “woods” or “of the wood” I think? Also the nn [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] is adorable…this name couldn’t be more perfect. :yellow_heart:

[name_f]Iris[/name_f] - i realized i liked a lot of flower/nature girl names and have an idea to name all future girls with connections to nature/flowers.

[name_f]Liliana[/name_f] - i think this name has such a feminine lightness to it. It’s on our list for sure, but i do hesitate on it sometimes for fear it feels a bit trendy? I go back and forth.

[name_f]Ivy[/name_f] - im not sure id use this if i used Iris…maybe too close with the I sound? Also my son is named Ivan…but i could definitely see myself using if i have lots of kids. I feel like the matchyness wouldnt stand out as much then maybe.

[name_f]Aurora[/name_f] - this one has such a lovely sound to it and even more so in Spanish. Again, concerned about trendyness but also just love it and husband loves it too so its still on the list.


[name_m]Ruben[/name_m] - ive always loved sound of [name_m]Ruben[/name_m]. I like [name_m]Reuben[/name_m] spelling better, but [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] works better in both languages. [name_u]Love[/name_u] the strong yet somewhat soft sound to it.

[name_m]Ulysses[/name_m] - this would probably require a nn but still such an underrated name. I mean, come on, how cool can you get?

[name_m]Abel[/name_m] - this also has that soft yet strong feel to it. [name_u]Love[/name_u] that it has Biblical ties yet isnt overused.

[name_u]Ezra[/name_u] - this has a cool, aloof feel to me and i love that. I also feel like it fits well with our other boy names.

[name_m]Emanuel[/name_m] - husband and i both love this name and the meaning. Its my husbands little brother’s name, and we wouldnt necessarily name him after the brother but its a nice connection.

This actually encouraged me that i do have usable names for future children. I often get discouraged thinking ill never find “The Name” but turns out, i have a pretty good selection to choose from i think.

(…not that im not still constantly on the hunt for names…:shushing_face::face_with_hand_over_mouth:)


[name_f]Athena[/name_f]: [name_f]My[/name_f] favourite girl’s name ever! I have been pairing it numerous middles over the years, from [name_f]Evrose[/name_f] to [name_u]Florence[/name_u] and [name_u]Hero[/name_u] to [name_f]Katherine[/name_f], trying to find ‘the one’. I have finally found her: [name_f]Athena[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u].
[name_f]Maeve[/name_f]: Obviously, NB made me love this name. But along with [name_f]Athena[/name_f], this quickly rose to be a name I would actually give my children.
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]: [name_m]Classic[/name_m] and so, so sweet.
[name_f]Marigold[/name_f]: A way to honour the various [name_f]Marys[/name_f] I know while also keeping the nature theme going.
[name_f]Avalon[/name_f]: As a sister to [name_f]Maeve[/name_f], I love it. There was a short period of time where I loved this name so much that I had decided this to be the name of my daughter. Someone once told me that it sound too much like ‘Revlon’ so it dissuaded me for a bit. But no worries, it will be back on my love list in no time.
[name_f]Katherine[/name_f]: I have only just realised how many classic names I have that I would want to use compared to the more ‘outlandish’ names on my list, say [name_f]Araminta[/name_f] or [name_f]Apolline[/name_f]. [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] is a name that works for me both as a first and as a middle, but mostly because it has a different charm.
[name_f]Victoria[/name_f]: [name_f]Victoria[/name_f] has pleasant connotations, from the [name_m]Roman[/name_m] [name_f]Goddess[/name_f] of [name_u]Victory[/name_u] to the [name_f]Queen[/name_f]. Like [name_f]Katherine[/name_f], it is traditional but like [name_f]Viatrix[/name_f], the ‘v’ sound makes it more lovable than ever.
[name_f]Viatrix[/name_f]: This is more of a GP, but I love it more than [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] or [name_f]Bellatrix[/name_f]. Absolutely loving -trix names right now. If only I could make this work…

[name_u]Jasper[/name_u]: I see this name as an alternative to [name_u]James[/name_u] which used to be my favourite name for quite a while. It goes with all the names I have on my list.
[name_u]Kit[/name_u]: I love [name_u]Kit[/name_u], it’s literally the cutest name I have ever seen. It is a bit difficult to pair with some names but I think I’ll use it. I am not one to go for nickname names firsthand but I’ll make a pass. I don’t like longer names for [name_u]Kit[/name_u] like [name_m]Christopher[/name_m], [name_m]Atticus[/name_m] or Kittridge.
[name_m]Apollo[/name_m]: This is my favourite name at the moment. I am not brave enough to use it as a first, which is kind of surprising since I am willing to use [name_f]Viatrix[/name_f], so it will be a middle most probably.
[name_u]Finn[/name_u]: [name_f]My[/name_f] style seems to be NB Favourites and [name_u]Finn[/name_u] is not an exception. It’s such a sweet name.
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m] / [name_m]Alistair[/name_m]: I think [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] was the first name that I loved. [name_m]Alistair[/name_m] followed. There’s something so strong and yet so simple about these names.
[name_m]Louis[/name_m]: Ditto.
[name_u]August[/name_u]: It is nature-themed, sort of classic now, and somewhat an alternative to [name_u]River[/name_u]. Depending on the popularity at the time, I may switch between [name_u]August[/name_u] and [name_u]River[/name_u]. I also like the subtle nod to [name_u]Taylor[/name_u] [name_m]Swift[/name_m]
[name_u]Arthur[/name_u]: After [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] and [name_m]Louis[/name_m], this name has to be one of my favourites. I kind of fell out of love with it some time ago, but it’s still a name I would use.


I don’t have a firm top 5 at the moment, so this is very much ‘as of today’.

Some of these I know SO likes, others are ones I’m sure he’d get on board with even though we haven’t discussed them specifically.


  1. [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]
  2. [name_u]Esmé[/name_u]
  3. [name_f]Margot[/name_f]
  4. [name_f]Flora[/name_f]
  5. [name_u]Cleo[/name_u]


  1. [name_u]August[/name_u]
  2. [name_u]Forest[/name_u]
  3. [name_m]Jago[/name_m]
  4. [name_u]Benjamin[/name_u]
  5. [name_u]Timothy[/name_u]

Obviously wouldn’t be able to use some of these as siblings though (Flora/Forest, Margot/Cleo/Jago).



  1. persephone
  2. aurembiaix
  3. eurydice
  4. artemisia
  5. drusilla


  1. perseus
  2. maxence
  3. alistair
  4. lucius
  5. mercury

(honourable mention is kit, which i adore but i’m not sure i would use it as a first)


I miss the days where my imaginary spouse agreed with all my name choices. Now I have a very opinionated wife lol

Here are our top names
[name_f]Vada[/name_f] – [name_f]My[/name_f] wife’s favorite. I think it straddles between cool vintage and modern trendy. It’s been around for so long, I’m really surprised it hasn’t risen in the era of [name_f]Ava[/name_f], [name_f]Adeline[/name_f], etc.
[name_f]Emmy[/name_f] – [name_f]My[/name_f] favorite since I was 14. I like all of the forms it can be a nickname for but at the end of the day I like it best on its own. I love how fresh it feels but also familiar. It can fit a lot of personalities.
[name_u]Lux[/name_u] – I’ve loved [name_u]Lux[/name_u] as a guilty pleasure for a long time and when I mentioned it to my wife she fell in love with it. It’s the only name we both like to the same degree. I love the meaning of light. I love how cool it feels, its bold but not overpowering on a baby.
[name_u]Ramsey[/name_u] – This is the name of a coworker’s wife and I always thought it was so cool. [name_f]My[/name_f] wife loves it. It gives an air of sophistication to me. Like some woman you come across that has it all together. I think the nickname [name_m]Ram[/name_m] is so cute. [name_f]My[/name_f] coworker uses the ram emoji when he mentions her and it made us love it even more.
[name_u]Sloane[/name_u] – I’ve loved [name_u]Sloane[/name_u] for years and years. I first heard it on Grey’s Anatomy when [name_m]Mark[/name_m] Sloane’s daughter comes to town. It feels similar to [name_u]Ramsey[/name_u] in that it’s a cool girl’s name. We have a friend who has a niece [name_u]Sloane[/name_u] and we do see her often enough where I’m hesitant to use it but I love it so much that I can’t give it up.

[name_m]Marsden[/name_m] – I think we were watching [name_u]Baby[/name_u] Name [name_f]Sunday[/name_f] and it was mentioned. We immediately thought it was a cool name. I love last names as first names. [name_m]Marsden[/name_m] feels approachable and memorable. [name_f]My[/name_f] wife likes the nickname [name_u]Mars[/name_u], I like [name_u]Denny[/name_u].
[name_m]Talon[/name_m] – This name. [name_f]My[/name_f] goodness. It’s been on the lower half of my top 10/15 forever. I heard it on [name_f]Laguna[/name_f] [name_u]Beach[/name_u] as a tween and fell in love. [name_f]My[/name_f] wife goes back and forth on this name all the time but always come back to it. I love a skater/surfer, chill vibe and that’s totally [name_m]Talon[/name_m] to me.
[name_m]Finnick[/name_m] – This is so similar to [name_m]Talon[/name_m]. We go and come back to it all the time. We both love the [name_m]Finnick[/name_m] Odair connection from the Hunger Games. I love that it has [name_u]Finn[/name_u] but stands out a bit more. I loved the name [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m] for a long time so it feels familiar. We also love the name [name_u]Nico[/name_u] and I think you can make it work with [name_m]Finnick[/name_m].
[name_u]Wyatt[/name_u] – Our tried and true name since we first started dating. It never seems to make it to the number one spot but its easily a favorite. It’s been on my life since I was a teen, I’m a huge Charmed fan. It’s similar to [name_f]Vada[/name_f] to me where it’s been around for years, doesn’t feel old, feels current. While it is popular for our taste, it fits our style really well.
[name_m]Gable[/name_m] – We’ve had [name_u]Gabriel[/name_u] on our list forever. We love it. Again, [name_f]Heidi[/name_f] at [name_u]Baby[/name_u] Name [name_f]Sunday[/name_f] mentioned this name and we jumped on it. Has the nickname [name_m]Gabe[/name_m], feels familiar, not overpowering but not common at all. I love this old actress turned TV personality [name_f]Arlene[/name_f] [name_u]Francis[/name_u] and her husband was a man named [name_m]Martin[/name_m] [name_m]Gable[/name_m]. They were often on a show she was a panelist on called What’s [name_f]My[/name_f] [name_f]Line[/name_f]. It is a show that brings me so much joy and she in particular was such a smart, quick witted, talented woman. I love the connection to them.


the new boys shortlist:

• [name_m]Silvanus[/name_m]
• [name_m]Roman[/name_m]
• [name_u]Leo[/name_u]
• [name_m]Artem[/name_m]
• Dimitrie

the new girls shortlist:

• [name_f]Aline[/name_f]
• [name_u]Ceylon[/name_u]
• [name_u]Ara[/name_u] (right now even more over the long version [name_f]Arabela[/name_f] !)
• [name_f]Julina[/name_f]
• [name_f]Irisa[/name_f]

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I have loved reading this thread. After much deliberation I’ve narrowed both lists down to a top 5. [name_f]Special[/name_f] mention to [name_m]Alistair[/name_m] “Sandy” and [name_f]Elspeth[/name_f] who just missed out to [name_m]Raphael[/name_m] and [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f].

[name_u]Adrian[/name_u] -
[name_u]Adrian[/name_u] is a relatively new addition to my favourites list, however it’s quickly become a firm favourite. [name_u]Adrian[/name_u] is refined, classic, recognisable but not overly popular. It also has cute nicknames options of [name_u]Ade[/name_u] or [name_f]Adey[/name_f].

[name_m]Bleddyn[/name_m] -
I’ve adored [name_m]Bleddyn[/name_m] for a few years, my Grandad was Welsh so anything Welsh makes me smile. This name would definitely be more usable if ended up moving across the border, but I don’t think it’s a no-go in [name_u]England[/name_u]. How cute is [name_m]Bleddyn[/name_m] with the nickname Bledd!

[name_m]Humphrey[/name_m] -
Probably the most controversial name on this list, [name_m]Humphrey[/name_m] gets a bad rep as being posh and stuffy. Death in [name_f]Paradise[/name_f] made [name_m]Humphrey[/name_m] feel endearing and friendly, however it wasn’t until I saw it meant peaceful warrior that it became a favourite. I’d probably use [name_m]Humph[/name_m] as a nickname but it doesn’t need one.

[name_m]Raphael[/name_m] -
[name_m]Classic[/name_m], biblical, [name_m]Raphael[/name_m] reminds me of the renaissance artist. I feel like [name_m]Raphael[/name_m] is soft-sounding than some of my other names, but still would work well. I’m currently preferring [name_u]Rafe[/name_u] over [name_m]Raf[/name_m] as a short form.

[name_m]Vincent[/name_m] “Vinnie” -
[name_m]Vincent[/name_m] is another classic, and [name_u]Vinnie[/name_u] is perfectly cheeky-chappy fits in with [name_u]Charlie[/name_u], [name_u]Harry[/name_u] ect. [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] and [name_u]Vinnie[/name_u] sit just outside the top 100, which means [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] might be the easier name to ‘sell’ to a future partner.

[name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] -
Similar to [name_m]Vincent[/name_m], [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] is ‘my popular name choice’. It’s classic and popular without being boring (I don’t actually know anyone called Beatrice). It has various nickname options but my current favourite is Bess(ie) (like [name_u]Harry[/name_u] Houdini’s wife [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] “Bess”).

[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] -
Another classic, recognisable but not overused name. I know there are various pronunciation but I prefer it (Ce-seel-ya) like the [name_m]Simon[/name_m] & Garfunkel song. I’d be tempted to always use the full form but [name_f]Celie[/name_f] is quite sweet.

[name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] “Vera” -
The TV show [name_f]Vera[/name_f] is responsible for my love of the name. However, I prefer [name_f]Vera[/name_f] as a nickname, after contemplating [name_f]Verity[/name_f] and [name_f]Veronica[/name_f], I discovered [name_f]Vera[/name_f] can be a nickname for [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] and was sold. It’s got historical usage and it’s recognisable with the added bonus that [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] is Welsh.

[name_f]Morag[/name_f] -
I feel like [name_f]Morag[/name_f] is a different style to other names on my list but had to include it. A Scottish name meaning ‘great’, it’s the name of a [name_m]Loch[/name_m] monster. I think [name_f]Morag[/name_f] should definitely get more love than she does.

[name_f]Roisin[/name_f] -
Both [name_f]Roisin[/name_f] and [name_f]Rowena[/name_f] are on my list, however I’ve recently been preferring [name_f]Roisin[/name_f]. As [name_f]Roisin[/name_f] is a form of [name_f]Rose[/name_f] and roses make me think of my Grandad because he used to tell me to stop and smell the roses. [name_f]Roisin[/name_f] doesn’t need to be shortened but [name_f]Ro[/name_f] is a cute nickname.

Repost because of spelling mistakes

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