I adore Anastasia, so much so that it's in my top 3! The one thing that used to turn me off about it (now I don't mind) is Disney! But really, the name has so much history with the Russian family anyway that even without the Disney movie, it'd have been connected so...I still love it!
I also love Esmeralda nn Esme! However, with this one, I think that the Disney pull almost makes it unusable (for me). I guess because she's a gypsy and they portray the gypsys in not the best light...
Fantasia.. I think it's a gorgeous name, and I had one in my sociology class this semester (college) she's probably in her early twenties now... But I will admit I thought it was rather weird when she introduced herself!
Many of the names I do think of the characters but it doesn't have THAT much of a pull for me, ie Alice, Wendy, Belle, Aurora, Bianca, and Oliver
On the flipside though, I am currently debating whether or not Penelope should be crossed off my list or not due to the new exposure and the "pig" connection becoming even stronger...
I don't want my beloved Penelope becoming like Annabelle! (the cow)!
Another favorite of mine, Saphira (will probably be my first daughters name) was used in Eragon as the dragon! I was so mad when Eragon came out and I read it! Saphira was a girl I knew in FOURTH GRADE, and it's been in my head ever since! How dare they uncover that gorgeous gem before I get to use it! lol
Anita full time student, name-nerd, and single teen mommy to Donovon Cole Michael