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Salome - haven't heard of this one?
According to behindthename.com: From an Aramaic name which was related to the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם (shalom) meaning "peace". According to the historian Josephus this was the name of the daughter of Herodias (the consort of Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee). In the New Testament, though a specific name is not given, it was a daughter of Herodias who danced for Herod and was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist, and thus Salome and the dancer have traditionally been equated.
As a Christian given name, Salome has been in occasional use since the Protestant Reformation. This was due to a second person of this name in the New Testament: one of the women who witnessed the crucifixion and later discovered that Jesus's tomb was empty.

There is also:
Eve
Anna
Eunice
Lois
Mara
Martha
Priscilla
Rhoda


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Some I'm thinking of now:
Girl names: Josephine, Frances, Penelope
Boy names: Luc (but cul backwards and we both know that's baaaad!), Louis, Pascal
I love Penelope

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What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.

For girls, we like Francesca and India best, for now.
The only boy name that I am really drawn to is really popular, esp on MDC. But actually it is 140 on the top 1000 list, and Sebastian is in the 70s... I just hear Oliver a lot more often than I hear Sebastian. I think as long as it's not in the top 25 it would be OK. There is a lot of variety out there now so even the top names its not like ALL the kids have that name any more.
post #22 of 52
When I realized I was pregnant (I'm a dummy and didn't realize, stopped charting, etc.), the first name that popped into my head was Declan. DH is Irish and French, I'm Native American and Swedish.

We have a weird naming convention in our house. No first or middle names start with the same letter as any other child. We have a Chris, Tania, Kaycee, Shayna, and Patricia. Their middle names are Alexander, Nyssa-Luna, Illiana, Brianne, and Jean. See what I mean? That's 11 letters that we can't use. Yes, yes, I know that there are 15 other letters, but none of the names we are coming up with sound good...

Oh, the other naming convention... the names have to sound good when they are yelled down the street to come home for dinner. We're a little weird, I know, but you should hear some of the names being yelled up and down the street...it's enough to make you cringe!

So I went to a baby names site that listed Irish names and really the only ones we've liked thus far are Declan, Deaglan, Finley, Gaelin, and Quinlan. I think Finley and Quinlan are pretty popular in their shortened versions, and I've seen quite a few Declans on MDC.
post #23 of 52
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When I realized I was pregnant (I'm a dummy and didn't realize, stopped charting, etc.), the first name that popped into my head was Declan. DH is Irish and French, I'm Native American and Swedish.

We have a weird naming convention in our house. No first or middle names start with the same letter as any other child. We have a Chris, Tania, Kaycee, Shayna, and Patricia. Their middle names are Alexander, Nyssa-Luna, Illiana, Brianne, and Jean. See what I mean? That's 11 letters that we can't use. Yes, yes, I know that there are 15 other letters, but none of the names we are coming up with sound good...

Oh, the other naming convention... the names have to sound good when they are yelled down the street to come home for dinner. We're a little weird, I know, but you should hear some of the names being yelled up and down the street...it's enough to make you cringe!

So I went to a baby names site that listed Irish names and really the only ones we've liked thus far are Declan, Deaglan, Finley, Gaelin, and Quinlan. I think Finley and Quinlan are pretty popular in their shortened versions, and I've seen quite a few Declans on MDC.
That's more complicated than my requirements! I think it's neat though.

I like Finley, I think it's way cute.. and Finn is a great nickname
post #24 of 52
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I love French names. I minored in French, and if it'd help you could PM me the name and I could brainstorm similar stuff with you.
I'll think about it. Thanks!

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Voltige- use the name that you like best. It really doesn't matter if it's uncommon in America- I teach school and see all kinds of names! There is even a girl in the elementary school named La-a (pronounced Ladasha). Why you would do that to a kid, I'll never know...
Oh, the name is very easy to pronounce, even if you've never seen it before. Only four letters- really can't get it wrong. I just come from such a conventional family and everyone had conventional names. If we use this name it will just be different, is all. And I guess that's not so bad.

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Voltige - I'm totally with you, both in the uninspired and the French names too. My dh is French speaking Swiss and finding names (especially boy names, most of which I either don't like or he knew someone growing up....) so terribly difficult. Our dd is named Annabelle which suits my Anglo self and his French sensibilities, but she was nearly a week old before she was named.

Some I'm thinking of now:
Girl names: Josephine, Frances, Penelope
Boy names: Luc (but cul backwards and we both know that's baaaad!), Louis, Pascal
Annabelle comes up quite a lot on our lists, and I LOVE Louis! DH does not though, despite it being very traditionally French. Luc was in our top five boy names last time

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Originally Posted by Beauchamp View Post
What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.
Tristan is in the top 50 I believe, and we NEVER hear the name elsewhere. Some people have to ask a couple times when I say his name, they've never even heard of it. I find that odd, but there it is. I think that unless your name is in the top 10 it won't be THAT common.

I'm loving this thread, ladies! Keep it coming!
post #25 of 52
I wouldn't worry TOO much about name popularity lists. For one, it's going to vary regionally. Joshua was in the top 5 (maybe #2 or 3?) for his year of birth, IIRC. But I've actually not run into ANY Joshuas his age! I've met a couple a few years older than him at some mom groups, but even at church (where a lot of kids are given Biblical names), we haven't had any Joshuas. We'll see if there's one in his Kindergarten class next year (going to a Bible school, so higher chance of that name probably). So far, the kids I know of that are going to be in his class have very different names from him.

I guess around here, the popular boy names haven't been as popular? The girl names have been. I know a TON of Abigails, and I think that was #1 for a while (may still be). I also know some Madisons, which was another high up name. But Jacob was #1 or 2 on the boy list, and I haven't been around any Jacobs lately. It's weird.

I certainly wouldn't worry about a name that's down in the 30s. You'll probably hardly notice any others that far down the list. I can't think of ANY Jacksons around here that I've come into contact with.
post #26 of 52
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I certainly wouldn't worry about a name that's down in the 30s.
I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.
post #27 of 52
For a lovely, Old Testament name, you can't beat Mara. Sure, it's my name, but I give you all permission to use it.

One of my problems stems from the fact that, apparently, we can't use any name from DH's side of the family, from any deceased relative that his mother didn't get along with. Which, apparently, is ALL OF THEM. DH says that after we named our dog, she asked him, "Why would you name your dog after your Aunt Alice?" (We didn't. We named her for Alice in Wonderland, because of her perpentually dumbfounded, wondering expression. DH forgot all about Aunt Alice.)

So there are all of these lovely, classic names, that represent women DH would like to honor-- aunts, grandmothers-- that we can't use because it would tick her off. I don't get it. Seems to me that if we want to name our (potential) daughter Violet or Elizabeth, MIL can get over it. But DH says there are enough names out there, that we can pick one and keep the peace.
post #28 of 52
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I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.
If it is significant to you, you should do it. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the named Isabelle, which was my mother's name. My mom died about 18 months before my daughter was born, so the name was even more special to me.

The very close variation, Isabella, was ranked 11th the year she was born and was 2nd in 2007 (although I had no idea of this at the time, I didn't even check on the popularity of it). The popularity doesn't really bother me since it has such familial significance. It gives us the opportunity for me to tell my daughter about her Grandma Issy and how much she would have loved her and her brothers
post #29 of 52
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I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal. My mother tells me to pick whatever name I love, despite where it falls on the popularity list. I think that's true...to an extent. I think anything in the top 10 out for sure. (for me.) 33 is easier to swallow. Plus, we would spell it Jackson, not Jaxon or Jaxson, which can be trendier.
I love Jackson, and spelled exactly that way!

Volitge you have me ever curious!

AFM- I had my heart set on Brenna Elizabeth for the longest time. DH doesn't really care for Brenna, although I think it's a beautiful name. So, somehow I saw the name Lilah. He wanted to spell it Lila, but there was no way that I would even consider that, and so... Lilah Grace it is. I love the name Grace, even though it's so popular. But I totally understand not wanting to share your name choices. It's a little daunting, especially given that so many people have so many opinions, KWIM?

I do remain open to changing it if she doesn't look like a Lilah, so I'm NOT going to embroider the quilt I'm making.
post #30 of 52
I think we're going with Elsie if it's a girl and our 6 year old picked out the name Sam (Samuel) if it's a boy. We don't care too much about popularity, only that it goes with the other 3 kids' names, which are Max, Lucy and Gabe (Gabriel).
post #31 of 52
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I think we're going with Elsie if it's a girl and our 6 year old picked out the name Sam (Samuel) if it's a boy. We don't care too much about popularity, only that it goes with the other 3 kids' names, which are Max, Lucy and Gabe (Gabriel).
I love Elsie! When we chose Elise last time for a possible girl, my mom was concerned that people would mistake it for Elsie. Apparently my great grandmother (Elise) was always upset when confused with Elsie. . . but I happen to love Elsie as much, if not more than, Elise!

I wish DH felt the same

I also love Samuel for a boy, but one of my best friends in real life has a son by that name. I don't think I could use it. Fortunately, or unfortunately, DH doesn't care for it either
post #32 of 52
We have no names on our list...everyone keeps asking and we keep telling that we don't share names until birth. Whew...off the hook until then LOL!
post #33 of 52
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the names have to sound good when they are yelled down the street to come home for dinner.

OH yes! We also think about it taking an oath of office, as a supreme court justice, preceded by "the Honorable/Reverend/Doctor" etc., on a diploma, and even bubbling it in for things like the SAT (too long/run out of spaces? haha) AND having a teacher try to pronounce it on a list full of kids' names. While we don't want to be too bland, we really don't want the kid to have to constantly explain or defend.

I wouldn't worry too much if it were super popular--it's definitely regional I am sure.

http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager

This website is awesome because you can see the popularity by year and region.

Calah, Darah, and Chloe are also girl Biblical names.
post #34 of 52
voltige- here's a link to French names for boys:
http://french.about.com/library/trav...fr-names-m.htm

I had forgotten how nice some of the names are: Didier, Remi...

Of course in SC someone would say Dee-dee-ear because they have no clue.

If you like Luc, you could also consider Lucas
post #35 of 52
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I was probably just getting obsessed over not choosing a popular name. It's nice to hear, though, that it's not a big deal.
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I wouldn't worry too much if it were super popular--it's definitely regional I am sure.

Yep, definitely regional. DD's name was #9 the year she was born and I have never met another one. However, DS's name was in the 80s or 90s his year and we know several. There is a site (SSA, I think) where you can search by state for the top 5 of each gender.
post #36 of 52
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What if a name you loved WAS on the "popular" list? :

I am really torn, because the ONLY boy name I like is #33 on the 2007 list. (Jackson) And this is because when I was a little girl, my grandfather used to call me Jackson as a nickname (it's nowhere close to my real name, so it's kind of a goofy/cute nickname). Somehow it stuck with me, and it's sort of a "family name", but not, if you know what I mean.

I didn't want any name from the top 50 most popular. But I seriously don't have any others. I sort of liked Julian, Curran and Roman, but DH doesn't like them.

For girls, we like Francesca and India best, for now.
I hear you on this one, I really like the name Aiden...but I have ALWAYS had a problem with following the "trend"...I guess you just go with what you like, Jackson is a neat name, and has a neat meaning to you!

We pretty much have the decision made on a girl, have a couple possibilities for a boy...but I can't commit to either of them for some reason I love one of our friends last names to use as a first name...but somehow I don't know if that is "okay".


Isn't the name game fun!!!
post #37 of 52
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Isn't the name game fun!!!
I wish naming a child was as easy as naming a pet...
post #38 of 52
I'm having the same problem. I'm having a girl (due in June), and I've got nothing. Maybe I'm just really picky, but I can't find any names I like. We know we don't want anything trendy (like in the top 50 most popular names), and nothing too unusual. Hopefully by June we'll have found something that has a nice flow with our last name.

If I do find one I like, I probably won't reveal it to people either, in case they groan & I change my mind!
post #39 of 52
We haven't put much thought into names yet. I do have a few written down that have crossed my mind.

Olivia
Sadie

If it's a boy I want Angus to be the middle name, but I know my h will fight that. He vetoed it with our son.

I tend to like short names which probably has something to do with having 9 letters in my name.
post #40 of 52
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If it's a boy I want Angus to be the middle name, but I know my h will fight that. He vetoed it with our son.
maybe we should switch husbands. Angus was the first name dh suggested if we have a boy, but it just doesn't do it for me.
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