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#1 HarmonyP

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 06:49 PM

My head is soon going to explode with all the stories I'm trying to take on, but I don't really mind.
So what I'm looking for today are names you find commonly in the South.
I don't just want Annabelle or Clara or Scarlett. I want deeper, more Southern names. Names you might find in Texas or maybe Georgia.
I also need last names and boy names, so if you could take the time, please give me a few suggestions for each.
Thank you, you wonderful, smart people! Thank you.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:32 PM

I know a lot of people (as I do live in the South --- Georgia) that use a maiden of the mother or other female family member to name either boy/girl! You could use this and pick some Southern last names to name them, especially for the boys!

Here are some suggestions:

Girl:
Suellen
Nellie*
Bess/Bessie*
Mabel*
Arnette
Carlene
June
Dixie
Claudell*
Cordelia
Daisy
Darlene
Dollie
Essielou*
Flossie*
Ida/Ina/Ima
JoEllen
Lottie
Maggie
Pansy
Pauline
Reba
Sadie
Winfred*
Zadie
Carleigh
Harley
Cornelia
Clemmie*
Fannie*
Kellieann
Nettie*
Stella
Ida Mae
Alva Grace
Betsy Ann
Dixie Lee/Rose
Nettie Bell
Evie Sue
Peggy Sue
Sara Jean/Jane


Boy:
Angus*
Bo/Boe
Buford
Claude
Duke
Earl
Felton
Harlan
Hoyt
Jed
Pascal
Vernon
Cappie
Willie


Last Names - To use as first names or last name
Bedford
Buford
Claiborne
Delford
Haywood
Montgomery
Pellman
Singleton
Covington
Buchanan
Carmichael
Sinclair
Harrington
Sorenson
Dixon

* May be to old fashioned

Mae, Jean, Lou, Faye, Lynn and Ann/Anne are probably the most common Southern middle names!

Hope these help! Please let me know if you like any!


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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:28 PM

Wow.
That is exactly what I needed!
Those were great names, thank you sooooo much.
I definitely have a better idea of what I'm looking for, now.

I'd still like some more boy names and last names to anyone else who'd please contribute!!!!

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:37 PM

I think JMC1988 got, like, all of them, but on my personal opinion, I think these names sound southern (though, it may just be me, lol)/some I got from a website:
Gals:
Kathryn/Katherine nn Katie or Kate
Jo/Joanne/Joanna
Hallie
Anne/Anna
Belle/Bella
Emma/Emma-Kate (or most names with a hyphen between)
Elizabeth
Georgia
Jolene
Hannah
Savannah
Caroline
Daisy
Peggy Sue
Scarlett
Virginia
Lorette/Loretta
Cheyenne (name of a country movie my grandpa likes, lol)
Christine

For a boy:
Jose
Juan
Luis
Andrew nn Andy
Matthew nn Matt (maybe...)
Tyler
Beau
Blake
Brett
Clay
Sawyer
Thomas nn Tom
Jackson
John
Luke/Lucas
Mark
(My brother-in-law says biblical names would probubly be very southern, too).

As for last names.... no clue, but I've always thought my last name (Taylor) sounded southern. Good luck with it!

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:40 PM

Though, you live in Texas, don't you, lol? Or do you mean olden-time southern names?

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:39 AM

I live in the south, North Carolina to be exact. My family is split between White and Cherokee/Lakota Sioux Indians. My family consists of Williams, Davids, Johns, and a LOT of people named Thomas. MY whole family comes from Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina, so it doesn't sound too much like what your looking for, which is more south-central/west, since you used the state of Texas as an example. My parents lived in Texas for a while, and I've came u with deep south surnames:

 

  • Sizemore
  • Harris
  • Perry (To make it sound more southern, to me at least, would use the name "Jim" as the first name to this surname)
  • Royster
  • Hill
  • Begay (Surname derived from Navajo Nation, southwest surname of someone with Navajo ancestry)
  • Thorpe
  • Conley
  • Calhoun

 

Boy Names:

 

  • John
  • Cooper
  • Aaron
  • Django
  • Adam
  • Thomas
  • Jacob
  • Peter
  • Jim
  • Duke
  • John
  • Hank
  • Dale
  • Merrill
  • Graham
  • Lewis/Louis
  • Luis
  • Johnathan
  • Owen
  • William


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 01:27 PM

As a Southern, let me tell you two trends youre really going to want to use:

1. Double names for both genders
Examples:
(girl) Mary Delaney, Anna Ryan, Hannah Grace, Abi Beth
(boy) Jon Brent, John Robert

2. The mothers maiden name as the childs first name
Examples: Caldwell (nickname Cally for girl), Hudson, Brewer, Bryson, Braxton, Everett, Tucker, Bailey, Campbell, Davis, Dawson, etc.




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