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September 3rd, 2011, 11:42 PM
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I've been thinking of some place names that might work as first names, even though they're not especially common. I wonder what you all think of each of these (i.e. how 'usable' they are), and also which gender you think they would work better for:


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September 4th, 2011, 01:50 AM
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Monroe - To me this is just too much of a last name to be used as a first name. Reminds me of Marilyn Monroe.

Niagara - I used to live a couple hours away from Niagara Falls this can never be anything but a place name to me. If it was used as a name though, I see 'girl' because of the 'a-feminine' ending.

Kentucky - This is only a state name to me. I can't even assign a gender to it lol.

Indiana - Hmm, it's alright. I guess for a boy? Maybe?

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Britain[/COLOR] - I suppose a boy's name as the female version is Brittany. Don't like it though.

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]Nile[/COLOR] - I guess a boy's name but I strongly dislike it as a given name.

Jersey - I've heard this name lately on boys but it's totally not my style at all.

Prussia - Too much a country name and I tend not to like the Pr-names, like Priscilla. I see girl in this though.

Dublin - Nope this is all city to me, but my dog's name was Dublin once.

Everest - This is a boy's name to me, it's alright but sounds kind of preppy to me.

Egypt - I know a little girl named Egypt and she's sooo cute, they call her Gypsy for short. I think it's a sweet name though I wouldn't use it myself. I love the nickname Gypsy though.
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September 4th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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I really only like Monroe from the list- I really like that, and think it'd be for a boy.
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September 4th, 2011, 08:00 AM
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Monroe- girl
Niagara- girl
Kentucky- girl
Indiana- boy
Britain- boy
Nile- boy
Prussia- girl
Dublin- boy
Everest- boy
Egypt- both

I think they're all usable. I like Monroe, Indiana, Nile, Jersey & Everest.

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September 4th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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I'd have liked some of them but there is no hope getting them past DH.

ETA: the only on I have seen use was Britain and it was on a girl. Oh and Indiana Jones of course and anotehr boy by that name.
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September 4th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Monroe - I think of Marilyn Monroe, rather than an actual place. I don't like it on a girl, because of the "sex symbol" imagery, and I don't like it on a boy for the same reason, but if I had to choose I'd say girl.
Niagara - It's pretty.
Kentucky - Can't do it. A dog, or a horse maybe.. not a kid.
Indiana - I really like this. I would think boy or girl.. I can't decide!
Britain - It's cute. I feel like it's a more "grown-up" version of Brittany. Girl.
Nile - Niles is a boy's name, but I can't see Nile as being anything.
Jersey - I think this is better on girls, but I don't personally like it on either.
Prussia - Girl, definitely, but I'm not a fan.
Dublin - Cute, probably a girl.
Everest - Boy, because it's close to Everett. I like it.
Egypt - Girl, because when I think of Egypt I think of Alexandria and Cleopatra - girl names. I like it a lot, and I think Gypsy is a cute name (yeah, Kes liking a nickname.. it IS rather chilly today...).

Some other ones for you:







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September 4th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Persia - I've actually known 2 women named this, it's an okay name to me, though not my style.

America - I think of the movie Where the Heart Is, where she named her daughter Americus. Not my style but I think it's pretty on someone else's kid, it's a big name to uphold though.

Alaska - Weirdly enough all I can think is Sarah Palin lol. So definitely not my style.

Andorra - A girl's name though not my style.

Colombia - Too much of a country name.

Cuba - Boy's name because of Cuba Gooding Jr., but not my style.

Havana - It's a girl's name...I like the nickname Vana.

Grenada - Girl's name, not my style though.

Kenya - Girl's name all the way, I've taught a girl named this and Kenyatta too.

Libya - A girl's name I suppose though not my style. Reminds me of labia lol.

Rome - Prefer Roman/Romeo...I feel that Rome would be the natural nickname for these too.

Sweden - Too much of a country name to picture it as a first name.

Sahara - A girl's name to me. It's pretty but not my style.

Zaire - I've taught a boy named this before, I think it's usable as a first name. Kinda cute.

Olympia - girl's name all the way, it's alright though not my style.

Alabama - Not a name to me.

Maryland - The ''land'' in it, ruins it for me. I like plain old Mary.

Montgomery - Boy's name but not my style at all.

Denver - I guess a boy's name though it's not my style.

Tallahassee - Not a name to me.

Albany - This isn't a name to me, I used to live a few hours away from Albany, NY.

Augusta - Definitely all girl, I like the nickname Augie for this. Wouldn't use it myself but it's alright on someone else's kid.

Providence - Not my style at all, I suppose for a girl but it's too May Flower-ish for me.

Hartford - I suppose for a boy but it sounds too preppy for me.

Raleigh - I love this for a girl, I think it's pretty.

Overall I like Persia, America, Andorra, Havana, Kenya, Rome, Sahara, Zaire, Olympia, Augusta and Raleigh. Wouldn't use any of them except maybe Raleigh. But I prefer Ryleigh.
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September 4th, 2011, 04:36 PM
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Monroe - reminds me of Marilyn, which wouldn't make it work for a boys name. I think it would be best as a girls name.

Niagara - I used to live to close to the falls to consider this for myself, but I see it as a girls name.

Kentucky - I don't see how this works as a name....

Indiana - Love this for a girl.

Britain - Love this for a girl or boy.

Nile - I'm unsure....

Jersey - Love this for a boy or girl!

Prussia - Uuuh, my family is from there? lol I don't see the name.

Dublin - I have never heard of this as a name before, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I'm thinking more for a boy.

Everest - I love this too! More for a girl.

Egypt - I think it's pretty, but can't really picture how it would work...

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September 4th, 2011, 05:34 PM
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I like Nile, Britain and Munroe all for girls! They're so cute and don't really sound too "placey"....they're really pretty!
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September 9th, 2011, 09:03 PM
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Egypt is Alicia Keys sons name..

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