I think it's going to be pretty obvious which series I prefer once I'm through with this, haha:
• Harry or Edward ~ HARRY ~ I have always liked Harry, as a nickname for Henry or just on its own. I find it very charming and sophisticated, and it has a distinctly British sound to it. Edward is too boring for my taste, and the first thing I think of is Twilight when I hear it, so that's ruined. I much prefer Edmund, that's one of my all-time favourites.
• Ronald or Jacob ~ RONALD ~ I'm probably in the minority on this one, but since Jacob has been the #1 most popular boy name for the last two years I could never bring myself to use it. Ronald isn't necessarily my favourite name, but Ron is kind of dashing and it's definitely the lesser of two evils.
• Luna or Rosalie ~ LUNA ~ Luna is pretty, quirky and really feminine. I think it would allow the child to have a lot of personality, whereas I feel that Rosalie would only really "work" on a stunningly beautiful little girl. Luna just seems a lot more realistic to me.
• Hermione or Alice ~ HERMIONE ~ I will admit, I like both, but Hermione, again, has a lot more personality than Alice. Alice is pretty, yes, but it will undoubtedly get a lot more popular. Hermione is very distinctive and (I may be the only one, but) I think it has a really nice sound to it. Although that might just be because I'm a sucker for Greek names, haha :)
• Cedric or Emmett ~ CEDRIC ~ Personally, I'm not a hugh fan of either. Emmett is way too close to Emma, Emily, Emilia, Emmeline, etc for my taste; it's always sounded like the kind of name a slightly feminine boy would have. It definitely doesn't conjur images of masculinity. And while Cedric has (for some reason) always sounded sort of robotic to me, like a futuristic name, I would definitely choose it over Emmett, any day.
• George or Jasper ~ GEORGE ~ Jasper is a little too obvious for me. I used to like it, but Twilight totally put me off it and I started noticing all the things I really disliked about it. I much prefer the variant Caspar (despite the "Friendly Ghost" connotations) But I loved that show when I was little, so it's not really that big of a deal for me :) George is a *huge* family name for me. There are at least five Georges on my mom's side of the family, so it's definitely middle-name material for me. I also have the female variant, Georgiana on my top ten list for girls.
• Sirius or Carlisle ~ SIRIUS ~ Okay, I'll own up - Sirius is a guilty pleasure of mine :P I'm a mythology nut, so I love any name that has mythological roots. And it doesn't hurt that Gary Oldman is my favourite actor ever, living or dead. Carlisle is, again, very obvious. And it makes me shudder to think that at least a third of the tweens reading Twilight pronounced it "car LIZE ul" until the films came out.
• Molly or Esme ~ MOLLY ~ I don't really like either one, but Esme has never been pretty to me. It sound sort of pretentious and "look how much I love my daughter by giving her this name". Molly is a little too nicknamey for me, but when it's used as a nickname it's pretty cute. It's definitely the lesser of the evils, anyway.
• Ginevra or Isabella ~ GINEVRA ~ I adore this name! For some reason I always forget about it, but whenever I see it I think "Oh, I like that." Ginny is the sweetest nickname ever, it's so pretty. I also love Geneva and Genevieve. Isabella is boring, overused and much too "princessy". It's almost like, "Yes, your daughter's a girl, we get it!" The name is drowning in pink bows and frills - it's the equivalent of "Christianabella" or "Tatianarosianne" to me. Plain ol' Isabelle / Isobel is much prettier and less "trying too hard".
• James or Charlie ~ JAMES ~ James will always be a strong, noble boy name choice. A tad boring, yes, but it's still ever-masculine (the girls haven't taken this one over yet, thankfully) Charlie is way too nicknamey for my taste. I prefer Charles with the nickname Charlie, but even then, I would pick James because it's so classic and solid.
• Lily or Jane ~ LILY ~ As popular as it's getting, Lily is still a sweet name. Nothing I would ever use anymore since it's sooo popular, but if it wasn't I would definitely add it to my list. Jane is very boring and dull. They have the expression "plain-Jane" for a reason. It might work as a middle name (especially to a very long or uncommon first name) but other than that, I try to stay away from it.
• Rose or Renesmee ~ ROSE! ~ Rose, Rose, Rose, a thousand times Rose! That's like saying "Which would you rather eat, filet mignon, or this mangled animal carcass?" Rose is a beautiful, classic name (reminds me of the film Titanic, so that's a definite plus). Renesmee doesn't even deserve to exist! It's a complete and utter abomination, and it sickens me that some poor little girls' ignorant, uneducated mothers are actually giving them this horrid, sorry excuse for a name. Phew... Rant over :P
• Albus or Aro ~ ALBUS ~ Aro sounds like a good name for a dog, maybe. Or a kind of chocolate bar. Not a person. Albus is actually a little bit cute, in my opinion. I'm not sure if I'd actually like to meet the parents with enough guts to name their son Albus, but I think it would make for a very interesting middle name, anyway.
• Petunia or Renee ~ PETUNIA ~ Okay, all book connotations aside, I would still choose Petunia. Renee is horrendous to me. I don't know what it is about it, but it strikes me as a low-class, trailor-trash name - but don't ask why! I've never met a Renee like that, but that's the first place my mind goes. Petunia sounds like the exact opposite to me. Upper-class, slightly spoiled little girl with indulgent parents. Personally, I'd rather my daughter be a bit snooty than a lot trashy.
Well, there you go! Big Twlight fan, as you can see :P
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