Just saw this thread because it was on the front page. We, on baby #3, finally gave up our inhibitions and went with the 'out there' name we really loved.
Originally Posted by Smokering
Ooh - any chance you'd tell us what it is? Samwise? :) I really like Merry for a boy, but I can't see it on a full-grown man... and it does sound a bit close to "Mary". I like Pippin too, but again, I can't really see a Pippin all growed up, as a hard-hitting divorce lawyer... It'd go nicely with DD's name though - Rowan - which is actually a hobbit name (one of Sam's ancestors, and a female to boot!); I like the idea of having all nature-y sounding names, as long as they weren't too obvious. Before we found out this baby was a boy I was in favour of Hazel for a girl, but I wasn't sure if it'd lock us into a cutesy tree-themed-names thing. Although, most people here don't know that Rowan *is* a tree...
Baby #3 is.....wait for it.....Pippin. Well, he's Peregrine (with an 'e', so not completely LOTR, but close enough that DH can pretend we named him after Mr. Took). We started out calling him Pip and Pippin, but that seems to have stopped mostly....we call him Perry usually.
Our boy#2 was supposed to be Lachlan, but we chickened out and totally regret it. Well, not really, because we named him for my Dad and I wouldn't change that, but it was definitely not a name we were even considering before the birth (plain 'ole Jonathan).
I love Wilhelmina for a girl, nn Mina, but DH hates it, so that's what I called the cat. Only she's nn Willa. On cats; when I was a baby, we had a cat named Hamish. I wanted that as a boy name, but DH thought 1) it was weird to name a baby for the cat, and 2) it would get pronounced 'hammish' in the US...v. unfortunate.
Our girl's name, if we ever get a girl, is Philippa. A little out there in the US anyway, but not too bad. Be a bit weird having two 'Pips' though!
I once read a dreadful and entirely forgettable novel with four grown-up sons named after birds. I quite liked that, and I suspect the teenage me had Peregrine in mind from then on. The other brothers were Lark, Dove and Wren, I think.
I like the tree names. I love Hawthorn for a boy. Ash is a great boy name, too. And Rowan and May for a girl (if you really want 'out there', you could name boy-girl twins Hawthorn and May....aren't they the same tree?).
Names I think are great on other people's kids? Rainbow, River, Tamalpias (a friend of my cousin's...she apparently was conceived on Mount Tamalpias. Great name, tough story for the teenaged Tam to be aware of). Scarlett, Sage, Opal, Vintage.
Oh, and I love, love, love Ralph, but it would be tragically mispronounced most of the time, and I just don't like the spelling 'Rafe'. Sigh.