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  #1  
February 27th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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I'm expecting!!!!!!

So, I'll need to pick a boys name and a girls name, b/c We're having a surprise!

DH and I talked about names a bit Yesterday, we went through my book and he told me his favorites.

So, I'm going to color code this, for simplicity's sake. His picks are in blue, mine are in pink. The ones we both like are in purple, and bolded.

Boys:</span>

Adam
Adrian

Aiden
Carter
Chase
Cole

Davis
Edmund

Ethan
Elijah
Ian
Jonas
Jude
Lawrence
Levi

Liam
Noah
Oliver
Robert
Sampson
Stuart
Tobias

Tristan
<span style="color:#FF00FF">Westley


WDYT? It won't hurt my feelings if you're brutally honest! Different spelling suggestions welcome too!

Any MN sugguestions? (especially for our purple picks) I like classic names for a mn, like Grace, Rose, Marie, Ann, Lyn.... that type of thing. I'm really bad with boys MN.

Our last name is a strong K sound, 2 syllables.

oh, and we aren't ruling out our individual (pink and blue) picks yet, fyi.
THanks!
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February 27th, 2008, 01:01 PM
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First- Congrats!!

Boy:
Chase Robert
Ethan James
Ian Christopher
Jude Thomas
Liam Alexander
Tristian Michael


Girl:
Ava Grace
Cadence Ann
Delilah Lynn
Isobel Rose
Lily Marie
Naomi Elizabeth

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February 27th, 2008, 01:01 PM
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I mostly just skimmed the purple ones since you both like those. I LOVE both Daphne and Isobel. For boys I love Cole, Ian, and Liam.

On the non-purple list I like:

Abigail
Claire
Fiona
Rosalind (instead of Roseline)
Violet
Vivian

Adam
Jonas
Levi ( )
Oliver
Tobias
Wesley
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February 27th, 2008, 01:07 PM
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Girls:
Audrey
Ava
Claire
Grace
Isobel
Lily
Rose

Boys:
Elijah
Jude
Liam
Westley-- I love Wesley, but not spelled Westley
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February 27th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Abigail- I like it a lot. It's been growing on me lately. Abby is very cute.
Alana
- It's pretty but a little plain.
Aria
- Very pretty.
Audrey
- Love it. Classy and nice.
Ava- Love it.
Bianca
- Not my favorite. Sounds a little snobby.
Cadence- It's okay. Not my favorite.
Catherine
- Too old fashioned for me. Prefer as a middle name.
Claire
- Nice but a little plain.
Cosette
- Not my favorite.
Daphne- Reminds me of Daphne Duck and Scooby Doo.
Delilah- Pretty but reminds me of the **** in the Bible. I like Lila/Lilah a lot.
Dinah
- Not my favorite.
Eva
- Love it. Classy and gorgeous
Evelyn
- It's okay. Very old lady-like to me.
Evette- It's okay.
Fiona
- Not my favorite.
Gabriella- Love it.
Grace
- Nice but boring.
Holly
- It's okay. Prefer Halle.
Hope
- Boring. Sounds like a middle name.
Isobel- Very nice but prefer Isabelle or Isabel.
Jacqueline
- It's okay. Most Jacquelines become Jackie which I don't like.
Joy
- Boring.
Julia
- Pretty.
Juliette
- Pretty.
Kailey
- Very pretty but I can't picture an adult Kailey.
Lily- Very pretty.
Naomi- I like this one.
Nora- Its okay. Reminds me of an older woman.
Olivia
- Very pretty and classy.
Ophelia- It's okay.
Renee- Boring.
Rose
- Boring.
Roseline
- It's okay. NMS
Sophia- Love it. Pretty and classy.
Suzette- NMS
Tovah- Interesting. Kinda like it.
Victoria- Love it. Pretty and classy
Violet
- Not my favorite.
Vivian- Sounds like an old lady name.

Adam
- It's okay.
Adrian- I like this one a lot.
Aiden
- Love it.
Carter
- Love it.
Chase- Very nice.
Cole- Love it.
Davis
- It's okay. Sounds like a last name.
Edmund- Too old fashioned for me.
Ethan- Love it.
Elijah
- Love it.
Ian- Very nice and classy.
Jonas
- I prefer Jonah
Jude- Nice
Lawrence
- Too old fashioned
Levi- Love it.
Liam- Love it.
Noah
- Love it.
Oliver- I like it
Robert- Too old fashioned
Sampson- It's okay. Prefer the spelling Samson
Stuart- Too old fashioned
Tobias- Very nice.
Tristan- Love it.
Westley
- It's okay. I like Weston better

I think it's funny how your husband only had one name choice for the boy list~! He sounds like my husband.

My favorites:

Audrey, Ava, Eva, Gabriella, Sophia, Victoria, Aiden, Carter, Cole, Ethan, Elijah, Levi, Liam, Noah, and Tristan.
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February 27th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Congratulations! You have a lot of wonderful ideas.

These are my personal favorites:

Audrey
Bianca
Daphne
Delilah - Great sound, but the negative Biblical associations may be an issue. It might work best as a middle name, or you could consider Lila instead.
Dinah - This actually isn't a favorite of mine, but I think it'd be very refreshing. The only thing I'd be concerned about is the possibly undesirable associations with the Biblical character who was raped. You might also consider Diana.
Eva - Such a gorgeous, understated alternative to the popular Ava.
Fiona - Pop culture associations might be bothersome, but it's spunky.
Juliette
Lily
Ophelia - My all-time favorite name. It's so romantic and beautiful.
Rose - Quite common as a middle name, but I think it's beautiful and fresh as a first name with a longer, more unusual middle.
Sophia - Lovely, but because of the high popularity, you may want to consider the French Sophie instead.
Victoria
Violet

Boys:

Chase - Very cute, but also matures very nicely into adulthood.
Edmund - Delightful!
Elijah
Jonas
Jude - My pick here. It's very simple but handsome, timeless, and would work perfectly on any age.
Levi
Noah
Oliver
Tobias - A very quirky and refreshing idea.

Some ideas for combos:
Eva Juliette
Rose Ophelia / Ophelia Rose
Rose Victoria
Ophelia Violet
Sophie Victoria
Bianca Lily
Audrey Claire
Juliette Catherine
Violet Isobel

Jude Oliver
Jude Thomas
Oliver Jonas
Jonas Edmund
Noah Robert
Levi Westley
Oliver Liam
Edmund Chase
Chase Lawrence

The only ones I really, really dislike are Cadence and Kailey. They have a very trendy and common feel, and Kailey in particular sounds quite insubstantial and not likely to age gracefully.

Good luck!
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February 27th, 2008, 01:43 PM
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You have really nice taste in names! A lot of my favorite names are on your list. My favorites are:


Audrey
Catherine
Claire
Eva (love Eve too)
Fiona
Grace
Isobel
Julia
Juliette
Lily (I also like Lily as a nn for Lillian, Lilia, or Liliana)
Naomi
Nora
Rose
Sophia
Victoria
Violet
Vivian (I really like this name but I go back and forth between liking this spelling or Vivienne more)

Victoria Grace, Nora Jane, Naomi Violet, Lily Catherine, Isobel Grace, Eva Rose, Delilah Rose......Grace and Rose really go nicely with any name on your list.


Adrian
Elijah
Ian
Jonas
Jude
Levi
Liam
Noah
Oliver
Tobias
Tristan

Tristan Elijah, Liam Oliver, Jude William, Ian Tobias, Ethan Jonas, Cole Edmund, Chase Alexander.
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February 27th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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i left the ones i like



Girls:

Abigail



Ava

Cadence

Claire


Delilah


Evelyn


Gabriella


Hope






Lily- prefer lilliana
Naomi






Sophia


Victoria



Boys:


Adrian






Elijah




Levi
Liam
Noah







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February 27th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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Congrats! My favorites of your lists are:

Girls:

Alana
Aria
Cadence
Claire
Gabriella
Isobel
Juliette-prefer Juliet
Victoria

Boys:

Cole-prefer Colton with nn Cole
Ian
Jonas-prefer Jonah
Jude
Levi
Liam
Oliver
Tristan

Top picks are: Aria, Cadence, Jude, and Levi

Best of luck!!
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February 27th, 2008, 04:18 PM
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Wow, that's a lot to think about!!! I'll have to read this like 5x more, and then pick my faves of everything.

Thank you all so much, I know it takes a lot of time to help a perfect stranger with names. I must say, it makes me a little teary!

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February 27th, 2008, 04:53 PM
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Lindsey-

Chase Robert- I like this one, itís sweet, and a great way to honor DH.
Ethan James- I actually have this written down! Lol. I like it a lot.
Ian Christopher- the mn is NMS.
Jude Thomas- I am not sure about this one, I think I like it.
Liam Alexander- I really like this one.
Tristian Michael- the mn is NMS.

Ava Grace- This one is so pretty.
Cadence Ann- I have this written down too!
Delilah Lynn- I like it, itís quirky/cute.
Isobel Rose- I love this one. Very elegant.
Lily Marie- So pretty.
Naomi Elizabeth- My favorite of your suggestions. It sounds Great with our last name too!

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Niamh- Your name reminds me of project runway. I bet a lot of people have said that! Itís beautiful, unfortunately, DH doesnít like it. 

I really like Rosalind!!! DH isnít crazy about Rosaline, maybe heíll like this better.

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Erica- I like Wesley a lot. Thatís actually how I pronounce it, but I also like the nickname West, so I added the T, but itís really not necessary

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Melissa- Yep, heís stuck on Tristan like glue!!! I like it a lot, but Iím not 100% sure I love it.

I agree with you about pretty much everything you said!

Daphne reminds me of Fraiser more the Scooby doo

I dislike Jacqueline for the same reason, Jackie is so NMS. But Iím so stuck on it, Itís defiantly in my top 5. I probably wonít use it for that reason though.

I didnít think about Kailey not aging well, but itís so true!

I like Samson as well. DH will probably like this spelling better.

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Orvokki-
I hadnít thought about the negative biblical connotations much, but they are a pretty big deal I suppose. 

That is exactly why Iím not crazy about Fiona. Rob loves it though, so it's on the list for now.
Ophelia- I am enamored so bad with this oneÖ. But unfortunately, DH doesnít like it much. Maybe I can sneak it in as a mn!

I like Sophie as a nickname. DH hates both, so I guess I only keep them around for sentimental value (it was my imaginary friends name when I was a tot)

Eva Juliette- love this.
Rose Ophelia / Ophelia Rose I really like both of these, maybe I CAN sneak it in!
Rose Victoria sorta like itÖ
Ophelia Violet. This one is a little too much O for me when I say it out loud.
Sophie Victoria- The transverse of this is on my list!
Bianca Lily- I LIKE thisÖ. Itís actually the first time Iíve really liked Bianca.
Audrey Claire Ė This is so pretty! So classic and lovely. It sounds great with out LN too.
Juliette Catherine- This is so pretty, very elegant, almost Royal sounding.
Violet Isobel- I really like the transverse of this!

Jude Oliver- This is really nice with our last name.
Jude Thomas- nms
Oliver Jonas-nms
Jonas Edmund-This sounds really good too!
Noah Robert- I love this.
Levi Westley- I like this one a lot, itís not so common, but itís really upbeat.
Oliver Liam Ė I really like this.
Edmund Chase- I love this one!
Chase Lawrence- nms.

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Shauna-

I really like Liliana!
Vivienne- I like that spelling, it modernizes it a lot.

Victoria Grace- I love this!
Nora Jane- So pretty, very classic. It seems like a smart, pretty but quiet girlís name.
Naomi Violet- This is sort of a new sound, but I like it.
Lily Catherine- This one is so pretty!
Isobel Grace- So lovely!
Eva Rose- nms
Delilah Rose- I like it, but I think Delilah is out.

Grace and Rose really go nicely with any name on your list.- I think so too!!

Tristan Elijah- Love it! Sounds fantastic with our LN.
Liam Oliver- I love this!
Jude William- I like this. It formal-izes Jude.
Ian Tobias- nms.
Ethan Jonas- nms
Cole Edmund- I like this better flipped.
Chase Alexander. The transverse is on my list, but I prefer this one.

Thank you so much everyone!!! I guess DH and I have a lot of talking to do. I doubt we'll choose anytime soon.
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February 27th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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Niamh- Your name reminds me of project runway. I bet a lot of people have said that! Itís beautiful, unfortunately, DH doesnít like it.[/b]
No one's ever said that to me actually. I've never seen Project Runway.

Though a couple people have once confused my name with that girl from America's Next Top Model... Naima. But they're two completly different names. Naima is said "nye-EE-muh", it's Arabic. Niamh is said "NEE-iv" and it's Irish.

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i like:

Abigail
Bianca
Claire
Daphne
Delilah
Eva
Evelyn
Fiona
Naomi
Nora
Olivia
Sophia
Violet


Adam
Carter
Cole
Ian
Jonas
Jude
Levi
Oliver
Tristan

a few combos I like:


Eva Violet
Claire Olivia
Nora Grace
Daphne Marie
Abigail Claire
Fiona Abigail

Cole Oliver
Levi Jude
Tristan Stuart
Jude Tobias
Oliver Robert
Ian Cole
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February 28th, 2008, 02:21 AM
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I love.....

Ava
Catherine
Eva
Evelyn
Gabriella
Grace
Isobel
Lily
Olivia
Rose
Sophia

Adam
Adrian
Cole
Ethan
Elijah
Noah
Oliver
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February 28th, 2008, 09:59 AM
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Quote:
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Niamh- Your name reminds me of project runway. I bet a lot of people have said that! Itís beautiful, unfortunately, DH doesnít like it.[/b]
No one's ever said that to me actually. I've never seen Project Runway.

Though a couple people have once confused my name with that girl from America's Next Top Model... Naima. But they're two completly different names. Naima is said "nye-EE-muh", it's Arabic. Niamh is said "NEE-iv" and it's Irish.

Thanks btw!
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oops! I meant ANTM. I don't like the show, but it's my best friends fave.

that's interesting, I didn't know that about the pronounciations. I like your pronounciation too!
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February 28th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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Quote:
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<div class='quotemain'>Niamh- Your name reminds me of project runway. I bet a lot of people have said that! It's beautiful, unfortunately, DH doesn't like it.[/b]
No one's ever said that to me actually. I've never seen Project Runway.

Though a couple people have once confused my name with that girl from America's Next Top Model... Naima. But they're two completly different names. Naima is said "nye-EE-muh", it's Arabic. Niamh is said "NEE-iv" and it's Irish.

Thanks btw!
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oops! I meant ANTM. I don't like the show, but it's my best friends fave.

that's interesting, I didn't know that about the pronounciations. I like your pronounciation too!
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Yeah, I've had a couple people say my name like Naima... which always confused me because there's no "a" at the end of my name, lol (Niamh). I finally realized that some people think that it's the same name as that girl from ANTM. But nope, they're two completely different names. Mine's Irish, her's is Arabic. In the Scottish and Irish languages, "mh" makes a "v" sound (sometimes a "w").

Thanks, btw.
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February 28th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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ok, so here's my updated list. We started with 65 names, now we're down to 53. Whew, making progress.

it's still coded in the same colors.

my questions now are:
What names do you hate, and why?
Our last name has a strong Kh sound. like the word Kin. What do you think of the names that also have that sound (cole, claire)?
What do you think people will think when they hear each name?
what NN do they have?
Which are super popular, or which do you think soon will be?

Boys:</span>

Adam
Adrian

Aiden
Carter
Chase
Cole

Davis
Ethan
Elijah
Ian
Jude
Levi
Liam
Noah
Oliver
Robert
Samson
Stuart
Tobias

Tristan
<span style="color:#FF00FF">Wesley


THANKS!!!!!
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February 28th, 2008, 08:05 PM
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I like:
Abigail
Bianca
Daphne
Gabriella
Isobel
Julia
Juliette
Ophelia
Rosalind
Victoria
Vivian

Adam
Adrian
Levi
Robert
Tobias
Tristan

Very popular:
Ava
Grace
Lily/Lilian (Liliana is less popular, but it might get shortened to Lily)
Olivia
Aiden (also, Aidan is the original spelling)
Carter
Chase
Cole
Ethan

I don't like Davis because it would constantly be mistaken for David. It is very surnamey. Wesley isn't that popular, but it could become popular with the trend for "Western" names.

Please don't use Cosette. It's not a real name, or even a nickname. The character in Les Miserables was named Euphrasie and called Cosette by her mother, but that isn't explained in the musical, so a lot of people mistakenly think Cosette is an actual name. It's really just a cutesy thing her mother made up, and the only meaning it has is something like "little thing."
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February 28th, 2008, 10:51 PM
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As for having the same hard-C (K) sound for first and last name, for the most part I don't think it will be a problem. A longer first name might soften it up a bit. For instance, Cole Kinsey is a bit harder-sounding than Christopher Kinsey. If your last name starts with a K, then I would shy away from first names that start with K for the simple fact that your child will constantly be asked whether their middle name starts with K under the suspicion that his/her parents are secret Klan members. I know this because my name is Kyle and I married into a K-last name. It's just kind of annoying lol.

Onto the like/don't like, NN, and popularity questions for each name:

Girls:

Abigail - I don't get super excited over this name but it's not at all bad either. It's a name that will always be around but I don't think it'll enter the top 10 anytime soon. NN: Abby or Gail
Alana - I like it, but it's not the most exciting name on your list. Again not an unpopular name but not unheard of. NN: Ally, Lana, Lani
Aria - Very pretty, unique, very feminine. I don't see it on the brink of super-popularity. It is however a common crossword puzzle answer as it is a well-known word for an opera song. NN: Ari
Audrey - I have always really liked this name. Classy and elegant. Many people will ask or assume she is named after Audrey Hepburn though. I don't think there are any natural NN for Audrey.
Ava - Another classy, elegant name, but it is on the rise in popularity. She will probably not be the only Ava in her school or even in her class. No NN come to mind.
Bianca - This name intrigues me. I used to dislike it but recently have come to like it more. I think it has a kind of harsh sound to it, but that also makes it a really strong name. People are not likely to forget her name. It strikes me as sort of foreign, like Nadia. It is pretty uncommon and probably not going to become too popular. I can't think of any NN for it except maybe "B".
Catherine - Compared to some of your other choices, this is a safe and kind of boring choice. Even though it's a very classic name, it doesn't have the same "presence" that names like Bianca or Ophelia have. NN: Cathy/ie, Cate, Caty/ie
Claire - Very sweet. I think you have to pair Claire with the right last name to sound really great.
Cosette - The first name on your list that I really dislike. If you are drawn to the -ette ending there are many other French names that seem prettier to me, like Lisette, Colette, Nicolette, Rosette.
Daphne - I do not like this name. It reminds me of Daffy and of Scooby Doo.
Eva - This is simple and pretty, but becoming rather popular along with Ava.
Evelyn - I like as an alternative to Eva. It is a more substantial name IMO. Very classic and elegant. NN: Eve, Evie, Lyn
Evette - Was going to suggest this (and Juliette) above, but saw you had it here. I like it as an alternative spelling to Yvette. It's different without being weird. NN: Evie, Vette
Gabriella - This was one of my favorite names until it started popping up literally everywhere. It's super popular for a reason - it's very pretty and feminine, frilly but classy at the same time. Just too popular for my personal taste. NN: Gabby, Brielle, Ella
Grace - I want to like Grace, I really do, because it has a beautiful meaning. I just can't like this name. It's so popular that it's becoming filler.
Holly - I associate Holly with my generation and therefore with the 80s. I prefer spelling Hollie to take away the Christmas associations.
Hope - Better than Grace in my book, but a bit cutesy. I always assume kids named Hope were like midlife miracle babies for infertile parents, or had serious complications during pregnancy/birth and didn't think the child would pull through. I only say that because every Hope I've met personally had that kind of a story behind their name.
Isobel - See Gabriella. Isobel is a more interesting spelling, but it boils down to being one of five Isabelle's in her class. NN: Izzy, Bel
Julia - I'm a fan of Julia because like Abigail, it is traditional yet still pretty, is not super common but not out-there, and will serve the child well into adulthood. NN: Jules, Julie, Lia
Juliette - I like Juliette as an alternative to Julia if you want something a little less common. Be warned she will probably hear Romeo jokes throughout life (not that it's a terrible association!). NN: Jules, Julie
Lily/Liliana - I LOVE Liliana and prefer Lily as a NN for Liliana. I think Liliana has almost everything you could want in a name, but it is on the softer, feminine side and not at all "edgy" or "hard."
Naomi - Now this is one of those "edgy" names, similar to how I think of Bianca. I prefer pronunciation "Ny-oh-mee" rather than "Nay-oh-mee". It has an interesting combination of sounds. Be warned that backwards it spells "I moan" which the boys are likely to figure out around the 4th grade.
Nora - I prefer spelling Norah which seems to update this name. Nora seems a bit too old-fashioned for my tastes.
Olivia - This name has become very, very popular - for reasons similar to Gabriella/Isobel. Everyone wants to use it because it is very pretty and is one of those names that was revived from two or three generations ago and is enjoying a second life right now. NN: Olive, Liv, Libby
Ophelia - Wonderful, beautiful name! Not everyone will like this name choice at first (prepare for some funny looks from family members when you first announce it) but it's a very strong and kind of "edgy" name. I'm sure that it would grow on anyone who wasn't crazy about it at first. Consider also the name Odessa if you like ancient/classical O names. No real NN come to mind, except maybe Lia.
Rose - This has become somewhat of a filler middle name. As a first name it is refreshingly simple. You might also consider Rosa or Rosalie with NN Rose.
Rosalind - Another alternative to Rose. I prefer pronunciation "Rose-a-lind" to "Rozz-a-lind".
Tovah - This name seems to come from left field compared to the rest of your list. I have actually never heard or seen this name before. It doesn't really roll off the tongue. NN: Tovie?
Victoria - I LOVE Victoria. I am a huge fan of V names, they all seem so strong and yet very feminine at the same time. Consider also Veronica, which I actually prefer even more than Victoria. NN: Vicki, Tori
Violet - LOVE!! It combines the strong V with the -ette ending with a beautiful meaning. It may be creeping ever so slightly up the popularity ladder but not enough to make a difference in how I feel about the name. The one and only drawback to this name is that it is one letter away from the word violent. So I prefer spelling Violette even though it makes the name a bit heavier-looking. NN: Vi
Vivian - LOVE!! This spelling does strike me as more "mature" (i.e. more for a grown woman than a baby). I prefer the spelling Vivienne which makes it a fresher-looking name. Consider also the name Viviana. NN: Vi, Viv, Vivi ("viv-ee" or "vee-vee")

Boys:

Adam - I've always thought of this as a rather boring name.
Adrian - I really like Adrian on a boy. It's a nice alternative to some of the super-masculine names out there like Hunter. He will at some point realize that his name is somewhat unisex and hopefully he would not grow to dislike his name because of that.
Aiden - I like it well enough and I do prefer this spelling. It has been pretty popular recently along with the endless variations (Jayden, Hayden, Caiden, Braiden, etc). Of all the -aden names, I prefer this one the best. But little Aiden is likely to rhyme with half of the boys in his class lol. NN: Aid
Carter - It's ok. It's been getting more popular with the explosion of last-names-as-first-names. I don't get super excited over Carter but I don't think it's terrible either.
Chase - This name has a ton of personality. On a little boy it's very cute, but on a grown man it would be very strong, even sexy! I really like it and would consider using it myself.
Cole - You only have 2 one-syllable names on your list, and of those two I like Chase better. Cole is a little boring in comparison.
Davis - I don't like it. It seems like you might as well just name him David, and between the two I much prefer David anyway. NN: Dave
Ethan - This name has exploded in popularity. It's a great name, just too popular for my tastes.
Elijah - This name is also very popular but it doesn't seem as modern/trendy as Ethan. I also like NN Eli. Consider also Elias or Eliot both of which I like just as much as Elijah, and still have NN Eli, but aren't quite as popular.
Ian - I don't care for Ian that much. It seems insubstantial to me. What about Ivan?
Jude - LOVE! I just love this name, it's simple but strong. Be warned he will probably hear people sing "Hey Jude" to him off-key throughout his life, but hopefully by the time he's older people won't have that immediate association as much.
Levi - I think of this name as an older Jewish gentleman. It also has the jeans association. It's not a bad name at all, but something about it puts me off a bit. The sound of it comes off a little fussy to me.
Liam - This is a nice name, however, it also sounds a bit fussy. Probably because it's a very English name.
Noah - It has become a lot more popular in recent years. It's a great name but not necessarily the strongest sounding name out there.
Oliver - I like Oliver a lot. It makes me think of a bookish, quiet kid. NN: Ollie
Robert - This is one of those so-common-it's-boring names. I put it in the same category as William or Thomas. It won't ever be out of style per se, but it seems like the parents lacked creativity. I also associate it with my parents' generation so I think of a pot-bellied middle-aged man. NN: Rob, Robbie, Bobby, Bob
Samson - I really dislike this name. I don't like the Bible character it's based on, and I just don't like the way it sounds. NN: Sam, Sammy
Stuart - I really dislike this name too. Like Robert, it makes me think of a middle-aged man, and I really don't like NN Stu.
Tobias - LOVE!! This is one of my favorite boy names and I may even use it myself. I like that he can go by NN Toby when he's younger and the full Tobias as an adult/professional.
Tristan - I really like Tristan because it's modern-sounding and well-known without being too popular. However it can also sound a little cutesy on a professional adult male.
Wesley - I can't get into Wesley no matter how hard I try. It seems like a name I would like, but for some reason I just don't like it at all. It kind of reminds me of Weasely (like a weasel). NN Wes is better than the full name Wesley. I might like it slightly better spelled Westley with NN West.

I hope this helps!
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LOVE- These names I love and think are beautiful
Adam
Adrian

Cole
Ian - This is on my list too, except I have the Iain spelling on my list (Iain is the traditional Scottish spelling, Ian is the modern Scottish spelling).
Levi - again, one of my favorite Hebrew names.
Liam
Oliver
Tobias

LIKE- These are good, though they don't make me leap with joy, lol.
Aiden- I like it a lot (though prefer Aidan), but it's just SOOO popular.
Jude- I like Judah more, but both are ok.
Wesley- I used to hate this name when I was a kid, but it's grown on me over time and I like it a lot.

INDIFFERENT- These aren't good, but not bad. In a nutshell, there's nothing really *wrong* with them, I just find them boring.
Ethan
Elijah
Robert
Tristan

DON'T LIKE- There may be a real reason why I don't like these names, but it's probably more of just a preference thing ("I just don't like it" sort of thing).
Noah- This one is verging on hate. I just REALLY don't like it. I probably couldn't give you a good reason why though.
Stuart

HATE- For some reason these names really grate on my nerves.
Carter- ugh, I hate these kinds of names (Carter, Carson, Parker, Cooper, etc etc.), I find them very juvenile. I have a hard time taking an adult named Carter or Parker seriously.
Chase- This would be a lot better if it was just used as a nick name. Chase is a nickname for Charles. Charles would be great (it'd be on my Like list), with the nickname Chase.
Davis- David is miles better
<span style="color:#ff00ff">Samson- Samuel would be miles better.
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