Quickly!

I’m heading out the door in a few, taking Josie to her first birthday party. The birthday boy is Blake and I’m already gearing up to collect all the rest of the names I hear today. Wish me luck and check back later for an update! ūüėÄ

Alright, we’re back! Josie had a blast; climbing “rocks”, sliding, bouncing around and playing laser tag!

As I said, Blake was the birthday boy (what a sweetie!), but there were a good bunch of well named kids (I think) there as well. Here they are:

Blake
Dylan (x2)
Wyatt
James
Nathaniel (went by Nate almost exclusively)
Frankie
Thomas
Steven
George
Will
Vincent
Xavier
Alexander
Peter
Matthew
and the three girls: Genevieve, Megan (I asked about the spelling) and of course, Josephine.

It was a fun party, hope the next one’s not too far in the future!

Nature Names

I’ve got a Hippie hiding in me! There are so many Nature names I enjoy. Of course, there are ones I don’t, apparently my inner hippie is very picky, too! I’ve been collecting nature names for a long while, So long, in fact that I have them seperated into types of nature names: Colors, Gemstone, Mineral & Metals, Fabric, Foods, Flowers. Trees & Plants,¬† The Earth, The Elements, The Seasons & The Weather, And then the Abstract Nouns (Verity, Noble, Clement).¬† I think I’m going to limit myself to Flowers, Trees & Plants today. If there’s a category up there that you want to see, let me know, I can dig those up and post those too.

 

Without further ado, The Flower, Tree & Plant name I like, (boys in blue):

 Rose
Lily
Angelica
Wisteria
Fuchsia
Lavender
Lilac
Dahlia
Azalea
Amaryllis
Zinnia
Hyacinth
Magnolia
Camellia
May
Bryony
Jonquil
Poppy
PeonyDaisy & Marguerite
Lupin РWhy not Lou?
Petal
Flower/Fleur/Fflur
Coriander  РCory?
Bluebell
Mimosa
Petunia
Clover 
Gardenia
Cress Рmaybe as a nickname for the Shakesperian Cressida?  
Holly
Primrose
Ash
Saffron
Ivy
Sequoia
Briar
Ebony – Eben works as anickname, by sound.
Sorrel – Always masculine to me, I remember Sorrel Booke.
Rowan
Hazel
Willow
Buttercup
Columbine – I still think it’s pretty despite the trgedy associaiated now.
Violet
Jasmine
Reed- Snappy & snazzy, feels musical as well as naturey. This would be one of my boys if I was a little Hippier!
Aspen – Why would you put this sound on a girl? Ass-pen? All boy to me!
Iris
Marigold
Rosemary
Juniper
Fern
Valerian- Yep, Val on a guy is hot!
Aster
Tiger Lily
Freesia
Larch
Flax
Campion- feels surnamey, sort of.
Rue
Heliotrope
Poinsettia
Hydrangea
Crocus
Rosebay 
Bramble – Don’t know why this one says masculine to me, but it is.
Speedwell – Same with him. Something about speed…
Clary
Honeysuckle
Orchid
Mallow 
Rampion – it’s the ramp- that makes me think boy. here.
Alder – There’s precedent for these four following as male.
Filbert
Cypress
Oak
Periwinkle
Sunflower
Calendula
Cleome
Dianthus
Salvia
Plantain- Maybe I’m odd, but these three just feel strong.
Oregano
Thyme
Tulip
Vervain  РVerve seems masculine as a sound.
Hawthorn- as a surname, he’s clearly manly!
Senna
Dittany 
Gentian – The only Gen- name that strikes me as masculine. Might be the -ian.
Sage – This one’s clearly unisex for me. I could easily use it on either. But more likely because of the nasty smell, boy.
Daffodil
Vanilla
Chrysanthemum
Gillyflower
Lilianthus
Geranium
Carnation
Gladiolus
Aubrieta 
Amsonia – The similairty to Anson, makes it boyish.
Foxglove-  Fox. Easy guy!
Hollyhock
Pine
Anemone
Snowdrop
Celandine 
Larkspur – Lark’s a surname familiar to me, surname sounds go on boys.
Clematis
Calyx-  Just looks masculine.
Dandelion
Hickory- Andrew Jackson makes this masculine.
Barley- just sounds boyish to me. the Bar- sound usually is.
Tarragon  
Birch
Elm РThese final three  have precedent as masculine too.
Fennel
Cedar


girly Boys!

I like soft sounding names, anything with an -s ending is a favorite with Cassius, Remus, Linus & Julius being my favorite favorites.  I like boy names that could possibly get girly sounding nicknames, like Magnus: Mags/Maggie.

I started thinking about the names I grew up with that were used for both and then slid feminine (do any slide masculine? I don’t think so) and came up with these name that I would much rather see on a boy than a girl :

Dana
Sidney
Kelly
Francis
Shannon
Ashley
Aubrey
Leslie
Whitney
Lindsay
Courtney
Stacy
Robin
Jamie
Julian
Terry
Kim
Jesse
Cameron
Morgan
Alex
Reese
Peyton
Loren
Hayden
Adrian
Ariel

I know there are loads more, what names do you prefer on a boy over a girl? Which of these do you think is still workable for a boy?  All thoughts welcome!

Medieval Girls that Rock Today!

There are girls names that have been used since medieval times yet still sound pretty and feel usable even today. here’s a small sampling of the ones I like enough to put somewhere¬†on *my* lists:

Cecily – is my #1 name atm.
Joan
Matilda – prefer the Swedish (and English) variant Mathilda. It just looks better to me.
Alice – was what my Mom wanted to name me.
Godeleve
Amalia
Clotilde – so light, clo-TEELD. Lovely sound!
Elvira – I say El-veer-ah. Doesn’t that sound prettier?
Agnes – I love Agnes. I think she’s so soft & sweet.
Agatha – Another love. She’s a bit stern looking but her sound is lovely.
Elinor – She figures in a lot of working combos because his favorite girl cousin is an Elinor.
Amabel –¬† Softer than Mabel yet just as sweet.
Amis
Anne – I love simple Anne enough to have used it, it’s Josie’s second middle.
Annora – I just love looking at her. There’s something so peaceful about Annora.
Beatrice/Beatrix РBeatrix is a favorite. I like Bea, really, but I am far happier with Beatrix and her possible Trixie.  Old Trixie Belden fan here.  Beatrix is my #3 name.
Clara/Clarice (Funnily, I’m not as fond of Claire) – Clarice has been a favorite since I was 4. She’s Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’s girlfriend!¬† *sigh*
Edith – Rounds out my top 10. I love her starched crisp feel.
Euphemia – number 9. I love her look, so strong, so capable but her sound is fluffy cake.
Mirabel – she means “wonderful, for Latin mirabilis. And she reminds me of plums.
Philomena – I just like her look.
Florence – was my mother’s second oldest sister. (Josephine, Florence, Helen, Valeria/Violet & Francesca/Frances they were). I’m fond of her sound but must admit, F is not my favorite letter.
Idony
Johanna
Rose
Helen – I like the simple, serene Helen best of all the related names.
Hilde
Sibyll – although I’d spell it the “modern” way: Sibyl
Ida/Idamay – just fun to say!
Isemay
Isolde  РHow do YOU say this? I say ee-SOL-də.
Jemma – She’s on my lists as a possible nickname for Jemima, along with Mimi.
Thomasina – I’m a sucker for femininsed boys names.
Kateline/Katherine/Katerina/Kathrine – I like quite a few Kath- names.
Lettice/Leticia/Letitia – I’ve love Lettice a long time. I used to name my baby dolls Lettice before I blew their heads off with firecrackers. I think I’m gonna have to name the next cat Lettice!
Ysemay
Loveday
Lucia/Lucy – Lucy was the alternate “Mom” choice for me. Lucia gives me fits over pronunciation but I still think she looks pretty!
Margaret/Margery – I adore Margery but feel she’s a bit nicknamey. Margaret’s a bit too stern even for me… but Margery works as a nickname possibility that may last until adulthood.
Marion –¬† Makes me associate with Maid Marian. the two spelling seem interchangeable now but Marion was a G. Aunt of his and remains the preferred spelling for me.¬†
 Maud/Maude Р Maud is my #4 name. I love her look and her soft sound. Maude makes me think of Bea Arthur. 

 

So, what medieval names do you think would still work today? Which of those would you use or like to see used? I’d love to hear!

Hello world!

Have been thinking of making a place for my names. Hence, here I am!¬† ¬†Lists, loves, hates and discussions (one sided or not) about them all. Suggestions for new names are always welcome!¬†¬† More about me later!¬† *ETA: I don’t know why the date is goofy, just ignore it please, it won’t let me fix it. Perverse thing!