This or that: similar names on my favourites list?

I can’t seem to decide between these names - which ones do you prefer? If you don’t like either, pick the one you dislike the least, don’t say both or neither.

Emmeline or Evangeline

Catherine or Madeleine

Serena, Selena or Celia

Leah or Lola

Lola or Viola

Anneliese, Adeline or Adele

Eleanora or Helena

Isobel or Amabel

Ivy or Isis

Rose or Ruby

Valentina or Valencia

Alexander or Alastair

Alastair or Oliver

Oliver or Elliott

Elliott or Everett

Leo/Leon or Lucas

Andrew or Arthur

Reid, Roman or Rhett

Roman or Saxon

Tristan or Thaddeus

Corrigan or Callaghan

Leah (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy)

Thanks!

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    Oh my goodness, Char! It's not every day you ask a question on here; I'm so excited!!! =D

    GIRLS

    Emmeline or Evangeline ~ EMMELINE (If I'm remembering correctly, I'm thinking you said back in one of my past Emmeline questions that you pronounce it emma-leen, right? In that case, I think I'd change my vote to Evangline. They both end in the same letters, but I pronounce them with different ending sounds: EM-uh-line and ee-VAN-juh-leen. I'm just not a fan of the pronunciation emma-leen. I think emma-leen is a legitimate pronunciation though, and maybe where you live--the UK, right?--people would pronounce it emma-leen.I live in the US and, although I've never met an Emmeline before, I'm fairly certain most people here would pronounce it EM-uh-line.)

    Catherine or Madeleine ~ CATHERINE (I prefer the spelling Katherine. I have Antonia Katherine on my favorites list. I just don't like how the c-spelling looks for some reason. Catherine is a perfectly legit spelling, I'm just not a fan personally. I can't find anything "wrong" with it. Madeleine is nice, too, but I think Catherine is classier.)

    Serena, Selena or Celia ~ SERENA (Serena is lovely. I've actually been thinking about it a lot lately. I may add it to my own list. I think Serena sounds much better than Selena. When I say Selena out loud the "s" and "l" tend to merge and make it sound like SLEE-nuh. I don't like that. Out of curiosity, do you pronounce Celia SEEL-yuh or SEE-lee-uh?)

    Leah or Lola ~ LEAH (Leah is gorgeous! I don't really like Lola. I have a hard time picturing a human with the name. To me it sounds more like a dog, to be honest.)

    Lola or Viola ~ VIOLA (I'm not fond of either, but I prefer Viola over Lola.)

    Anneliese, Adeline or Adele ~ ADELINE (If pronounced ad-eh-leen; if not, then ANNELIESE. Oddly enough, I prefer the "line" ending for Emmeline and the "leen" ending for Adeline.)

    Eleanora or Helena ~ ELEANORA (Eleanora is also a name I've been pondering lately. It's so elegant and classy.)

    Isobel or Amabel ~ ISOBEL (Isobel is pretty. My personal favorite spelling is Isabelle, but I quite like the spelling Isobel, too. Amabel sounds off to me. I'm not very familiar with it, so that may be part of the reason, but it makes me think of the much more common Annabelle/Annabel, and makes Amabel look/sound "wrong" to me.)

    Ivy or Isis ~ IVY (Ivy is cute. I have an aversion to Isis. I hate how it looks and sounds. :-/)

    Rose or Ruby ~ ROSE (I love Rose! I have Shannon Rose on my favorites list. Ruby doesn't feel right when I say it. It almost leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I have absolutely no idea why.)

    Valentina or Valencia ~ VALENCIA (This is interesting. I don't know that I've ever seen Valencia before. Either that or it's just been a really long time. I wasn't sure at first, but I think I'm kind of liking it. There's just a distinctive sound to the name. Wait...I don't even know if I'm pronouncing it correctly. Is it vuh-LEN-see-uh?)

    BOYS

    Alexander or Alastair ~ ALEXANDER (Alexander is ok. I neither love it nor hate it. I don't like Alastair. I dislike how it sounds. It's just not my taste, I guess.)

    Alastair or Oliver ~ OLIVER (I'm not very fond of either one, but I prefer Oliver over Alastair.)

    Oliver or Elliott ~ ELLIOTT (I have Elliot Raymond on my favorites list.)

    Elliott or Everett ~ ELLIOTT (I've never liked Everett much.)

    Leo/Leon or Lucas ~ LEON (I have Bennett Leon on my favorites list, as well as the feminine Leona.)

    Andrew or Arthur ~ ARTHUR (I don't mind Andrew, but I love Arthur, and to me it is just so much more interesting than Andrew. I have Edwin Arthur and Arthur Miles on my favorites list)

    .......

    Well, after I finished my answer, Y!A told me that it was too long. So I made it short enough to submit and I'll e-mail the rest to you!

  • 9 years ago

    Emmeline or Evangeline --> Evangeline

    Catherine or Madeleine --> Catherine

    Serena, Selena or Celia --> Serena

    Leah or Lola --> Leah

    Lola or Viola --> Viola

    Anneliese, Adeline or Adele --> Anneliese

    Eleanora or Helena --> Eleanora

    Isobel or Amabel --> Isobel

    Ivy or Isis --> Isis

    Rose or Ruby --> Rose

    Valentina or Valencia --> Valentina

    Alexander or Alastair --> Alexander

    Alastair or Oliver --> Alastair

    Oliver or Elliott --> Elliott

    Elliott or Everett --> Elliott

    Leo/Leon or Lucas --> Lucas

    Andrew or Arthur --> Andrew

    Reid, Roman or Rhett --> Roman

    Roman or Saxon --> Roman

    Tristan or Thaddeus --> Thaddeus

    Corrigan or Callaghan --> Callaghan

    Leah (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy) --> Leah (girl)

    :)

  • Emmeline or Evangeline -- Evangeline. Emmeline seems just a little too much like a dressed up Emma.

    Catherine or Madeleine -- Catherine. It's my all-time favorite girls' name. I love its literary heritage and its simple elegance.

    Serena, Selena or Celia -- Celia. This one is quickly moving up the ranks on my favorites list. I love how it manages to sound both innocent and sophisticated.

    Leah or Lola -- Leah. It's just a bit sweeter.

    Lola or Viola -- Lola. Viola still reminds me of the evil substitute teacher from the "Miss Nelson is Missing" books.

    Anneliese, Adeline or Adele -- Ooh, probably Adeline. But we're going to use Anneliese to honor family members.

    Eleanora or Helena -- Helena. Good Shakespearean name. Eleanora feels a bit too elaborated. If you had said Eleanor or Helena, it would have been harder to choose.

    Isobel or Amabel -- Amabel. Love its medieval history and its meaning. Isobel is too close to the #1 Isabella.

    Ivy or Isis -- Ivy. Very fresh-sounding botanical choice; feminine, but not overly frilly.

    Rose or Ruby -- Rose. Nameberry has pegged Ruby as the prototypical "hipster" name, so that has turned me off it a bit.

    Valentina or Valencia -- Valentina. Neither is completely my style, though.

    Alexander or Alastair -- Alastair, hands down! Alexander is boring in comparison.

    Alastair or Oliver -- Alastair. Less common but just as handsome.

    Oliver or Elliott -- Elliott. It's a familiar, "normal"-sounding name that's not too common (yet!). We almost chose this for Julius.

    Elliott or Everett -- Elliott. For some reason I've never been a fan of Everett, even though it really seems like one I should like.

    Leo/Leon or Lucas -- Leo. Less common (although I think this one is a fast riser). Plus, it's just so spunky and cool.

    Andrew or Arthur -- Arthur! Our son's middle name. Andrew is way too common.

    Reid, Roman or Rhett -- Ooh, maybe Reid. None of these are quite my style, but I do know a really cute baby boy name Reid, so that probably predisposes me toward that one.

    Roman or Saxon -- Um, Roman is more normal. I think I like Saxon better, but it's kind of a guilty pleasure sort of name. It sounds a but brutish, doesn't it?

    Tristan or Thaddeus -- Thaddeus. Nickname Tad. Very cute.

    Corrigan or Callaghan -- Callaghan. I love the sound of this one. And Cal's a great nickname.

    Leah (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy) -- I like all three. Leo is probably the cutest.

    Overall, these are great names, Char. I really like your taste.

  • Me
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Emmeline

    Madeleine

    Serena

    Leah

    Lola

    Anneliese

    Eleanora

    Isobel

    Ivy

    Ruby

    Valencia

    Alastair

    Alastair

    Elliott

    Elliott

    Leo

    Andrew

    Roman

    Roman

    Tristan

    Callaghan

    Leo

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Emmeline or Evangeline EVANGLINE

    Catherine or Madeleine MADELEINE

    Serena, Selena or Celia CELIA

    Leah or Lola LEAH

    Lola or Viola VIOLA

    Anneliese, Adeline or Adele ADELE

    Eleanora or Helena ELEANORA

    Isobel or Amabel AMABEL

    Ivy or Isis IVY

    Rose or Ruby ROSE

    Valentina or Valencia VALENTINA

    Alexander or Alastair ALASTAIR

    Alastair or Oliver OLIVER

    Oliver or Elliott OLIVER

    Elliott or Everett ELLIOT

    Leo/Leon or Lucas LEON

    Andrew or Arthur ANDREW

    Reid, Roman or Rhett ROMAN

    Roman or Saxon SAXON

    Tristan or Thaddeus THADDEUS

    Corrigan or Callaghan CORRIGAN

    Leah (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy)LEON

  • hunt
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Emmeline or Evangeline EMMELINE

    Catherine or Madeleine CATHERINE

    Serena, Selena or Celia CELIA

    Leah or Lola LEAH

    Lola or Viola LOLA

    Anneliese, Adeline or Adele ADELINE

    Eleanora or Helena HELENA

    Isobel or Amabel ISOBEL

    Ivy or Isis IVY

    Rose or Ruby ROSE

    Valentina or Valencia VALENTINA

    Alexander or Alastair ALASTAIR

    Alastair or Oliver OLIVER

    Oliver or Elliott ELLIOTT

    Elliott or Everett EVERETT

    Leo/Leon or Lucas LEON

    Andrew or Arthur ANDREW

    Reid, Roman or Rhett REID

    Roman or Saxon ROMAN

    Tristan or Thaddeus TRISTAN

    Corrigan or Callaghan CORRIGAN

    Leah (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy) LEON

  • Kelp
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Evangeline

    Madeleine

    Selena

    Leah

    Viola

    Anneliese

    Helena

    Isobel

    Isis

    Ruby

    Valentina

    Alexander

    Oliver

    Elliott

    Elliott

    Leo

    Andrew

    Roman

    Roman

    Tristan

    Corrigan

    Leo

  • 9 years ago

    Emmeline or EVANGELINE

    Catherine or MADELEINE

    SERENA, Selena or Celia

    LEAH or Lola

    Lola or VIOLA

    Anneliese, ADELINE or Adele

    ELEANORA or Helena

    ISOBEL or Amabel

    IVY or Isis

    Rose or RUBY

    VALENTINA or Valencia

    ALEXANDER or Alastair

    Alastair or OLIVER

    Oliver or ELLIOTT

    ELIOTT or Everett

    Leo/Leon or LUCAS

    ANDREW or Arthur

    REID, Roman or Rhett

    ROMAN or Saxon

    TRISTAN or Thaddeus

    CORRIGAN or Callaghan

    LEAH (girl) or Leo/Leon (boy)

    :)

  • T ♥
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Emmeline -- prefer this spelling, and I chose it because I like the nickname "Emmy" as opposed to "Evan" for a girl.

    Catherine

    Celia

    Lola

    Lola

    Adele -- I would have chosen Adeline, but I like Emmeline over Adeline, and those two are extremely similar.

    Helena

    Amabel -- different than Isobel!

    Ivy

    Rose -- I love the idea of Rose as a first name instead of a middle, though I love Ruby, too.

    Valentina

    Alexander

    Oliver

    Oliver

    Elliott

    Lucas

    Andrew

    Roman

    Roman

    Tristan

    Callaghan

    Leah for a girl over Leon for a boy.

  • 9 years ago

    [g]

    • Emmeline

    • Madeleine

    • Celia

    • Leah

    • Viola

    • Anneliese

    • Eleanora

    • Amabel

    • Ivy

    • Rose

    • Valentina

    [b]

    • Alastair

    • Oliver

    • Elliot

    • Elliot

    • Leon w/ Leo as a nickname

    • Andrew

    • Roman

    • Roman

    • Thaddeus

    • Callaghan

    • Leon

    Favorites: Celia, Viola, Eleanora, Ivy, & Rose; Alastair, Oliver, Elliot, & Leon.

    Least favorites: Evangeline, Serena, Lola, & Isis; Everett, Reid, Rhett, Corrigan, Callaghan, & Saxon.

    Best wishes! ♥

  • 9 years ago

    Evangeline

    Catherine

    Celia

    Lola

    Viola<3

    Anneliese<3

    Adele<3

    Helena<3

    Amabel

    Isis<3 I love both though!

    Rose

    Valencia<3 I like Valentina as well!

    Alastair<3<3I love it!

    Alastair <3 Alastair appears on my list a few times!

    Elliott,3

    Elliott <3

    Leo/Leon <3 It's more manly I picture a little boy named Lucas.

    Arthur

    Roman<3

    Roman<3

    Thaddeus<3 so underused!

    Callaghan

    Leo/Leon<3 Overall a very manly name!!!

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