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Subject: Re: Opinions Please
Author: Petra   (Authenticated as curiouslystrong)
Date: April 2, 2013 at 3:10:46 PM
Reply to: Opinions Please by ABCDE
None of them are unusable! Ambrose and Hermione are probably the least usable, though.

Tobias "Toby" - I want to like this so much, but with Tobias now all I can think of is Tobias Funke, which, you know, no one deserves to be associated with that. Toby, meanwhile, is the name of this house-crashing, smarmy British hippie I met last summer in Boston. He proudly told a homeless man on the train that he didn't believe in marriage and later expressed the opinion that all this "junk food" in America is quite the novelty. (I hated him.) I do, however, like Tobin.

Cormac - This is on my list. I think it's great. This guy named Cormac Cannon took over as assistant director for my old college marching band and I am of the opinion that it is one of the most badass names in the world. Drawbacks include: somebody might try to call him "Cory".

Oscar - I get the appeal, but it doesn't appeal to me. I don't dislike it, though. Recently I realized that I no longer instantaneously associate it with Oscar the Grouch, so there's that, at least.

Gabriel - It's nice, though I'd never use it myself. I think it makes a more interesting middle name than a first name.

Ambrose - The first time I heard this name, way back in the day, I thought it was a girls' name. It has a very fusty quality to it, but I can see it being kind of clunk-chic, and I don't really have any strong objections to it.

Jasper - I consider this a primo hipster name. I like it, like to see it on others' kids (though this may change, as it's starting to feel a little overplayed), wouldn't use it myself. It's very green.

Leo - Another name that is very hipster, except whoops all the hipsters like it and now it's becoming semi-mainstream. I'm less tired of it than Jasper, though, and none of this has stopped me from liking it, anyway.

Rupert - It's very British. I do like it, though rather more from afar than some of the other names on your list. Roo is cute for a baby, but I feel like it's a nickname that would be outgrown very quickly. Luckily, Rupert is plenty "adult" of a name to fall back on.

Rory - This is also on my list. I added it to my list just this week, in fact, when my boyfriend decided that it is a "cute name". And he's right: it is a cute name! Better still, it's the kind of cute name that actually works well on all ages.

James - Boring. It's aesthetically appealing, but oh my god it's so boring.

Lydia - It's pretty, but it doesn't excite me. I feel like it should belong to a very put-together, bookish person.

Cordelia "Cordie" - The nn Cordie/Cordy is very Buffy the Vampire Slayer to me. I like Delia better, though not by loads or anything. It's a pretty name, and I used to like it a lot, but I think I made myself tired of it. I'd rather see Cornelia.

Iris - The way I feel about Jasper and Leo is the way I feel about Iris. I get a pretty similar feeling from Opal and prefer that by a mile.

Audrey - I'm conflicted about Audrey. It's got the whole vintage, classy Audrey Hepburn thing going on, but I have also known some mean and/or trashy people named Audrey. I guess I do see it as a pretty versatile name, though.

Hermione - It's still very tied into Harry Potter, but I like it. Don't really have any strong feelings about it, though. "Herm" is kind of an ugly sound on its own, but I'm not particularly bothered by it.

Elodie - The sounds in Elodie are just so gorgeous and lyrical. It's pretty. Very pretty.

Eleanore "Elly" - Elly (or any permutation thereof) is a very expected and tired nn. I don't really dig the 'e' on the end. Eleanor(e) in general is mentioned often enough that it's become rather tedious. That said, I don't think it's bad. It's just not very interesting.

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