Originally Posted by Angelorum
My dh really likes the sound of Lucifer, but of course it's completely out of the question.
My husband too! He likes the sound of it, and he likes the "meaning" of it - ie. "lightbringer". We're not religious, and I think he has this idea that we shouldn't let religion's views of the name affect our choice. I suggested Lucian and Lucius as having very similar meanings and sounding somewhat allike, but he wasn't interested in either of those (I don't think he likes the double vowels, or something.) I tried to get him to see the truth of the matter (that it would be cruel to give a child this name), and he continued to come up with reasons that it was good - like that we could call him Lucy for short . . . sigh. So in the end, instead of trying to convince him, I just said that I vetoed it.
Names I'm too chicken to use include:
Adley/Adlai - nerdiness factor = high, but great name
Lahual - this means "larch tree" or tamarack tree, which is my favorite kind of tree. But the name is just too weird.
Like Sparks, I am a little too chicken to use Nigel (also, my husband doesn't like it, and if I want to veto names like Lucifer I have to let him have veto power too).
Tamonash - this means destroyer of ignorance, which is a fantastic meaning, but again, it's just too weird.
Ulrich - just too . . . Skeet Ulrich, who usually plays someone a little skeezy.
Zoe - I actually would love to use this name, but it seems awfully popular now. :(
Esme - Again, I loved this name and thought it was SO unique, but apparently I was wrong - I just checked babynames and now I know why - curse you, Twilight!
Cam - not short for anything. I actually LOVE this, and it's a gypsy name (which I like) and it means beloved (which I like). It even has good personal connotations, because I have a childhood friend named this who is like a brother to me (well, Cameron, in his case) . . . sadly, said friend's brother is obsessed with me and won't give up the idea that we were meant to be together - I think using a name from that family is out of the question. Given his past behaviour, I am 90% certain that he would take that as a personal message from me to him.
I'm not sure I'm brave enough for:
Shade (because I play RPGs and it makes me think of ghosts)
Sayid (even though it has a great meaning, happy, and my husband likes it) because I don't know how people might pronounce it - I could spell it Saeed, but that's really ugly in my opinion . . . and I would worry about racism - we're both dark and easily mistaken for being the "wrong race" according to current US policy, and an arabic name on a kid might not help that for them.
Llewellyn. I can just see people saying, "What, a boy named Lou-Ellen?" every time they heard it (although we might yet use it).
Corbin - it means raven. I would use this, but hubby didn't like it - maybe I'll bring it up again, I bet he's forgotten - it worked with Ramona!
I agree, this thread is fun - I'm usually a little afraid of name threads, because I have an enduring fear of finding out that a name I like and might want to use is popular (like Esme, who would have thought?), but this thread seems pretty safe. And if anyone "steals" these names, I can hardly complain, since I'm not sure I'd use them anyway!