MarchMadness2014Did your favorite names for girls win their matches?

The girls’ opening round was full of upsets!  The #1 and #2 seeds – Eowyn
and Elodie – both lost to M names.  Proof, I think, that the most mainstream choices tend to carry the day.

That’s not always a bad thing.  Most of my favorites made it through, and I’m particularly pleased that Wren is still in the game.

But it only gets harder as the competition heats up, and I’m already torn about which names to support in the Quarter Finals.

Time to vote!  P.S. – If you are seeing this in a feed reader or email, you will have to click through to the post to vote.  

Can you believe that Milla bested Eowyn in the opening round?  I’m far less surprised that Cora sailed past Aya, a resounding 87% to 13%.  Somehow I think this match will be a little bit closer:

Just as surprising as the Milla-Eowyn outcome was the triumph of #15 seed Margot over #2 Elodie.  Elodie is definitely an up-and-comer, but Margot carried the day.  Now she faces tough competition from nature name Wren.  In the opening round, spare Wren handily bested the elaborate Emmanuelle.

Lorelei just made it past Persephone, in a 58/42 split that shows how many of us love elaborate names!  Now she’ll face the beautifully botanical Iris, who quietly and thoroughly trounced the Biblical Selah in the first round.  Will German folklore’s Lorelei best Roman goddess Iris, or will it be the other way around?

I though that the up-and-coming Beatrix would probably carry the day over Mira, and so she did.  I was less certain about the sweet Clementine versus the sophisticated Soraya, but my darling Clementine came out on top.  The resulting match feels like the most difficult of all this round:

This round will remain open until March 14, 2014.  Check back on March 15 for the semi-finals.  Which names are you cheering for?


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  1. I keep trying to convince my husband to use Clementine for a girl. He just starts singing the song as a “no go.” Same with Jolene. Sigh.

  2. I love Coral and I like Coralie, but Cora leaves me cold. Lorelei is my favourite of those left.

    I’m curious to see what will happen with Elodie. It seems to be popping up on name forums with increasing frequency, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will start getting used more often. I think Margot is more likely to rise up the charts – it has more of a hipster vibe and that O ending that seems to appeal to a lot of people.

  3. I don’t like the sound of Margot although I think it’s popular among other people here. This year the boys names appeal to me much more…if I remember correctly, it was the opposite for me last year 🙂

  4. I’m pleased as punch about Margot, Cora, and Clementine, less so about the others. I do like Beatrix almost as much as Mira so I don’t mind it as much. At least none of these are “bad” names, as in names I don’t like. But I’m still very sad that Eowyn and Persephone didn’t make it. Boo.

  5. Waaah, I voted for Aya!

    I hope Iris does well, I increasingly love it. Its on my shortlist of possibilities for a firstborn daughter.

    Beatrix I love, Clementine I just don’t get. Go Beatrix!

  6. Cannot vote between Beatrix and Clementine. They’re my top two names! What a cruel round!