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DelphiStar Mon 02-Nov-15 14:53:55

Hi, I'm finding is difficult to find boys names that I like and I have an ever growing list of girls names. Please critique my girls names and help me find some boys names I might like. I'd love to hear your suggestions.

My guidelines - don't like bible names, like nature names and "ryn" or "wyn" endings. My surname is W**w*** so its long with multiple w-sounds.

Zoe - OH's favourite
Annie - always been a fan
Quinn - The letter Q is cool right?
Willow - I love love love this but worry that W-W-W-W would be a bit of a mouthful but there are plenty of WW names e.g. William Wallace, William Wordsworth, they always sound fine to me.
Violet - My gran's middle name. I'm a big fan but not sure it goes with Ws. Could be a middle name candidate. I see its quite popular at the moment though.
Robin - Nice but not sure yet
Merryn - Like Ryn sounds

Oscar - pretty much the only male name I like so far. Is it super popular at the moment?
Casper - maybe? similar sound
Jasper - maybe? similar sound
Merlin - love this but is it too "cool"?
Benjamin - Ben is quite nice, I suppose.

00100001 Mon 02-Nov-15 14:55:51

Zoe or Anna (nn Annie)

Benjamin (Ben)

3sugarsplease Mon 02-Nov-15 14:59:18

Quinn and Casper smile

RufusTheReindeer Mon 02-Nov-15 15:01:56

I like Merryn

And although i like Oscar i much prefer Casper

IoraRua Mon 02-Nov-15 15:40:14

I don't like Willow with your surname, too much W going on there.
Annie - no, don't like, too cutesy. Anne though would be incredibly underused atm and it is lovely.
Zoe - I do like this!
Violet - I like. It will become popular though
Robin - hate this name, sorry
Merryn - yes, it's lovely
Quinn - ugh. A disgraced Irish banker grin Even without that connection I don't like it, far too surnamey.

Merlin - no. I think it fits an artist or musician well but a nurse/accountant/priest, no. It's a bit try hard imo.
Casper - the friendly ghost! Don't really like but better than Merlin.
Jasper - grand
Oscar - lovely but popular
Benjamin - nice but popular too I would think.

I will have a think about suggestions smile

celtictoast Mon 02-Nov-15 16:08:15

Zoe - OK
Annie - like as a nickname for Anne, Annabel, Anneliese etc.
Quinn - don't like
Willow - lovely name but too many w's with your surname
Violet - very pretty and would be fine with your surname.
Robin - not keen
Merryn - quite nice and unusual

Oscar - not keen personally
Casper - like, though prefer Caspar spelling
Jasper - OK but prefer Casper
Merlin - a wizard
Benjamin - OK, a little dull

Sophronia Mon 02-Nov-15 16:31:29

Annie and Zoe are my favourites from your girls list. I don't think Robin sounds great with the surname. I like Jasper and Benjamin best from your boys.

Gracey79 Mon 02-Nov-15 16:34:34

How about autumn or aurora for a girl? Like Benjamin from your boys list

BlueChampagne Mon 02-Nov-15 16:41:27

Zoe or Merryn. Do you like Meredith or Rhiannon?

Conrad for a boy?

RiverTam Mon 02-Nov-15 16:50:04



Themodernuriahheep Mon 02-Nov-15 16:52:53

Masses of Oscars. Will date.


Like Zoe, Violet, Robin.
May, or Mary/Maria shortened to May,
Flora, Florence,

IoraRua Mon 02-Nov-15 17:08:31

Bronwyn, Taryn, Hazel, Jade, Delta, Laurel, Olive, Saffron, Sienna, Fern, Eden, Luna, Brooke, Flora would fit your criteria I think. I also like Jocelyn and Marilyn but they are -lyn...

Boys names: Glenn, Heath, Clay, Basil, Forrest? These were much harder, not sold on any of em personally but you might like.

5madthings Mon 02-Nov-15 17:19:55

My ds2 (13) is Oscar, and my dd (4) is Merryn so love those.

I have robyn on my list for dc6 due April.

I like Quinn, I know a baby Quinn. I don't like Annie or zoe much, they are nice enough just not to my taste.

My nephew is a caspar and I love it, love jasper also and merlin. Not keen on Benjamin.

Other names we have on our list are hazel, sorrel, juniper/juno, Astrid, felicity for girls.

Sonny, emmett, cassius, tate for boys.

I like violet but yes it's popular and dh doesn't like it.

ashesandfire Mon 02-Nov-15 21:50:06

Zoe - I like it
Annie - I quite like this as a nn. Especially for Anna. Anna is gorgeous!
Quinn - just no.
Willow - really like Willow but tbh think it would be too much W with your surname
Violet - gorgeous. think it would be OK with your sn?
Robin - meh. Why not Robin for a boy? much nicer IMO.
Merryn - meh but I think most people will like. Erin?

Oscar - so over Oscar
Casper - ghost
Jasper - Carrot
Merlin - definitely not
Benjamin - love it but I like normal names....

Andie92 Mon 02-Nov-15 22:13:43

Zoe - Perfectly nice name but a bit too popular
Annie - Sweet name for a little girl
Quinn - My rabbit is called Quinn
Willow - This is a lovely underrated name.
Violet - More middle name material
Robin - I see this as more of a boys name, maybe consider spelling it 'Robyn'
Merryn - Can take it or leave it.

Oscar - It extremely popular at the moment.
Casper - Just think of the playground should they ever bring Casper the friendly ghost back.
Jasper - I quite like it.
Merlin - Again think of the playground.
Benjamin - Again can take it or leave it.

Here are some boys names suggestions;

Angus (Unusual but I like it)

and a bonus girls name I think you may like.
Katrin, a traditional Irish name and you could always make it Katryn if you wanted to.

IoraRua Mon 02-Nov-15 23:30:15

There is no k in the Irish alphabet, that's not a traditional Irish name.

Andie92 Mon 02-Nov-15 23:38:21

@IoraRua - Fair enough must have got some bum information, maybe it was originally spelt with a 'C'. Still like the name.

SniffsandSneezes Mon 02-Nov-15 23:39:38

I was just watching Scandal and said to DP that I like the name Quinn. Willow always sounds a bit hippyish to me, Zoe I'm not keen on.

I've had 2 friends call their boys Oscar in the last 6 months...

Merlin... makes me think of wizards

IoraRua Mon 02-Nov-15 23:42:00

It is a nice name Andy smile Sounds Scandinavian to my ears though. Was it something like Caitlin possibly that you heard?

IoraRua Mon 02-Nov-15 23:48:23

Or Caitriona, Caoilainn (key-lann), Caireann (care-in)...none fit exactly but similar!

Op I am dragging your thread off topic, apologies :p

Andie92 Mon 02-Nov-15 23:50:48

You see a friend of mine is a friend of mine is a Katrin and it's a family name so she must think that because that side of the family is Irish =] Should probably tell her.

MyNewBearTotoro Tue 03-Nov-15 00:00:11

I love Merryn. Reminds me of the Welsh name Celyn which means Holly.

Actually if you like wyn/Ron names maybe look for something Welsh as there are very many wyn names, although perhaps if you are not in Wales they may seem unusual.

For a boy: Rowan, Tarquin, Derwen, Carwyn, Gwyn, Aeron, Ewan, Evan,

IoraRua Tue 03-Nov-15 00:06:54

Maybe taken from an Irish name and changed a is a lovely name but not something I've come across (and I've done a lot of poking around Irish baby name sites looking for my own name list!). Nothing too similar sounding either that I can think of, except those ones I mentioned above...maybe Cait and then with an in on the end, Caitin.
A lovely name though!

Ipushedmygrannyaffabus Tue 03-Nov-15 01:36:42

What about Rowan, for either a girl or a boy?

AnotherStitchInTime Tue 03-Nov-15 02:00:37

There are some nice Welsh girls names

Eira (eye-ra) means snow.
Eirianwen (eye-ree-an-wen) means pure or bright.
Enfys (En-viss) means rainbow.
Eirlys (Ire-liss) means snowdrop.

And boys

Aneirin -noble
Derwyn -oak tree
Elwyn - wise friend
Taliesin - shining brow

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