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Classic, elegant, unusual names that aren't "try hard"

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CannyFradock Wed 20-Jul-11 17:35:36

I know I'm pretty much asking for the holy grail of names here, but I'm totally at my wit's end. I just want something y'know...nice for either gender that isn't uber common or attached to a million connotations. I'd quite like a literary, historical or European-sounding name if possible. Any ideas? confused

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manicinsomniac Wed 20-Jul-11 17:51:41

Historical European:
Matilda
Joanna
Eleanor
Anastasia
Katherine
Isabella
Alexandra
Florence
Margaret
Ferdinand
Charles
Nicholas
Francis

Literary European:
Eliette
Susanne
Cara
Anton
Henrik
Conrad

aquos Wed 20-Jul-11 17:54:02

George or Georgina.

Teachermumof3 Wed 20-Jul-11 18:12:04

Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Mary, Isabella, James, Alexander, Victoria, Louis, Sophie, Alexandra, Maria.

MerryMarigold Wed 20-Jul-11 18:14:11

Anna
Simon (much underused these days)
Stephen (likewise, don't know any under 20)
Linus
Patricia
Phoebe
Penelope

MerryMarigold Wed 20-Jul-11 18:18:24

Oh, and David. There's some really nice 'classic' but hardly used names, everyone I know with them is older, but not really old IYKWIM.

overmydeadbody Wed 20-Jul-11 18:28:12

Henry and Phillip, and Peter

Phillipa, Susannah, Helena

flaine Wed 20-Jul-11 18:34:29

Xanthe

Clemency

Leonora

Frances, and last of all, the always beautiful Mary smile

BlameItOnTheBogey Wed 20-Jul-11 18:35:50

We have a Zoe because I think it fits exactly that criteria.

bagelmonkey Wed 20-Jul-11 18:38:54

Graham
Edmund
Edward
Miriam
Heather
Hilary

IvyAndGold Wed 20-Jul-11 19:05:19

Esme, Ingrid, Sophia, Audrey, Constance, Lyra, Magdalena, Celeste, Eloise, Helena, Melora, Rosa

Aidan, Alexander, Grey, Elliot, Daniel, Henry, Hector, Lachlan, Oscar, Niall, Tobias, Sebastian

happyhorse Wed 20-Jul-11 19:18:40

Marianne

Gabriel

MamaLazarou Wed 20-Jul-11 19:36:14

In which universe are Edward, Daniel, Alexander, Elizabeth and Isabella 'unusual'?

WhipMeIndiana Wed 20-Jul-11 19:39:01

Dashiell
Henry
Arabella
Henrietta
Hector
Harrison
Mathilde or Matilda
Carina

WhipMeIndiana Wed 20-Jul-11 19:41:01

Verity
Marissa
Clarice
Felice
Hugo
Romilly

Rhubarbgarden Wed 20-Jul-11 19:48:59

Naomi
Lavinia
Virginia
Anne
Eugenia
Odette
Simone

noddyholder Wed 20-Jul-11 19:50:26

Anna
May
Ria
Elizabeth
Oliver
Alexander
Henry
All way too sensible for me but I like them!

IvyAndGold Wed 20-Jul-11 20:16:25

Well I don't know any baby Edwards, or Daniels, or Alexanders, or Elizabeths. So yes, they are unusual, for this area at least.

As for Isabella, every second little girl I meet seems to be called that grin

Rhubarbgarden Wed 20-Jul-11 20:30:30

Lorna
Lara
Phyllida

MelinaM Wed 20-Jul-11 20:44:26

Alexandra
Ariadne
Artemis
Catharine ...yes I know it's not unusual, but it's a classic that can never be described at 'common'smile
Clara
Cosima
Francisca
Hermione
Ingrid
Iris
Isolde
Josephine
Lavinia
Ophelia
Orithyia
Paloma
Perdita
Seraphina
Tabitha
Theodora
Titania
Ursula
Vita

Niecie Wed 20-Jul-11 20:48:37

Lydia, Abigail

Simon, Marcus

MelinaM Wed 20-Jul-11 20:53:18

Boys...

Alexander
Achilles
Atticus
Balthazar
Bastian
Damian
Dashiell
Dorian
Edmund
Ignatius
Phineas
Sylvester
Thaddeus
Theodore
Valentine

cloudedyellow Wed 20-Jul-11 21:04:22

Cosima

TheSecondComing Wed 20-Jul-11 21:24:05

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