Anyone else have names they really love, but aren't quite brave or "out there" enough to use?
I have three, all from books/movies/TV shows I like. :p
For a girl: Rose of Sharon. She was a character in The Grapes of Wrath, which is one of my favourite books, and I just LOVE the name (which is funny, because I don't really like Sharon by itself). I loved how the other characters never called her Rose or Sharon - if they abbreviated it, it was "Rosasharn". And I just think it's pretty and soft-sounding and awesome. But I wouldn't call a baby that. The logistics of a three-parter name just seem too daunting, and I'm also just a bit too conventional - it would get a LOT of raised eyebrows! Also, my mother thinks it's tacky. :p
Also for a girl: Leia. Nixed for the very obvious Star Wars connotations. But not only do I love Princess Leia herself - see avatar! - I like the delicacy of the spelling. Lots of vowels. It looks lacy and feminine and flowy and just lovely. I could go with Leah, but I don't like Leah at all. Honestly, I might just use Leia for a middle name one day, but I'm not brave enough to use it for a first name.
For a boy: Jean-Luc. Yes, after Picard. We actually semi-seriously considered this for DD (before we knew she was a girl, obviously), but I decided that giving a non-French kid a French name could be construed as pretentious. (And then we gave DD the middle name Marie! But that is a family name, at least...) Coulda gone with John Luke of course, but again, I didn't like it.
I also kinda like River (after River Tam from Serenity), but I'm not super-mega tempted to use it. Again, it's just a bit too "alternative" for my comfort zone... and a bit too trendy. But it's very pretty. And then there's Rosemary, which I've liked since I was a kid, but it's SIL's name so that's out.
What about you? :)