first of all, let me just say i LOVE this thread! so many great ideas, wish i'd found it sooner. i found it last week, but didn't have the time to read through them all, so decided to look for it today. i remembered it had the word "chicken" in it and that Smokering started it. did a search with "chicken" keyword and Smokering username...Smokering, do you have any idea how many threads with the word chicken in them you've posted to? a lot!
also, i just recently realized that your username is Smoke-ring and not Smoker-ing. i must say i'm having a really hard time breaking the habit of thinking of you as Smoker-ing.
after reading all the names here, i realize any names we've considered (or nixed) aren't too out there at all, but i thought it'd be fun to post nonetheless.
i loved gus for a boy, dh hated it. he loved otis, i hated it. well, that settles that.
i also loved chance, but dh nixed that one as well. i must say i prefered chance when my only association with it was the peter sellers character in being there and not one of the characters on my favorite soap.
we talked about penny (not penelope, just penny) and ruby for a while. both dh and i really liked both, but in the end decided against them both. just couldn't see either of those names following someone through life.
we seriously considered willow (for a middle name at the very least) for a while because babe was conceived under the willow tree in our backyard, but then that annoying (well, i find her annoying) daughter of will smith and that awful song of hers became really popular and i said, "no, way". turned out we had a son, so it became moot.
i'm a huge nina simone fan and have always said i would love to have twin girls (how do you make that happen?) and name them nina and simone. i actually really like both names and it's such a lovely little tribute to the singer.
dh was really hooked on miles for a while, but he utimately nixed it. he's an avid runner as well as a cross-country and track coach and felt like it would be too much pressure on his son.
so, our children's names are tess and jude. on the rare occasion that someone catches the thomas hardy reference, i like to pretend that we did indeed intend to name our children after hardy characters, but alas we did not. when i was pregnant with our first, the name tess just came to me and i fell in love with it. dh wasn't totally on board in the beginning. he suggested tessa, saying it was more feminine. i was firm and insisted on tess. and he's so glad i did. he definitely agrees that she (now four) is very much a tess, not a tessa. our son jude, was actually named after a beloved uncle of mine. while we didn't deliberately name our children after protagonists in hardy novels, i must say that if we have anymore, we will have to consider continuing the trend. perhaps gabriel or bathsheba.
Originally Posted by clovergirl
For a boy: Lucius. My husband HATES it and since Harry Potter mania has taken over my house it probably wouldn't fly with my kids either.
i haven't read any of the harry potter books or seen any of the movies. so, when i hear the name lucius, i think of zira's nephew from planet of the apes.
Originally Posted by Lisa1970
I like True for a boy.
ooh, i like that too.
Originally Posted by morganlefay
I also love Cash for a boy, after Johnny Cash and one of my favorite characters from a Faulkner novel.
ooh, i like that too. and dh and i are HUGE johnny cash fans. my FIL even recited some johnny cash lyrics at our wedding ceremony.
Originally Posted by copperfox
I love the names Piper & Cinnamon, but I'd never feel comfortable giving my own kids these names.
love piper, but the kids' last name also ends with an "er" and it would just sound weird.
Originally Posted by Megan73
Jasper (sounds a little fey with DH's alliterative last name), Magnus and Ronan.
I just try to imagine 1) yelling the name across the playground and 2) that person running for office some day.
love jasper, but it's also the name of dh's best friend.
i love your two name tests. those are great. now every name i hear i imagine yelling across the playground or in the supermarket, etc.
Originally Posted by *bejeweled*
Sadie. But too many people name their pets Sadie. So that's our cat's name.
i love it too, but can't hear it without breaking into "sexy sadie..." it's also true about the pet thing. i've known lots of canine and feline sadies. i feel the same way about the name riley (and yet i'm hearing it more and more on little boys and girls).
Originally Posted by starling&diesel
Poppy. Clementine. Ever.
love poppy and clementine (i think clem is so cute). someone in my ddc just named her son ever.
Originally Posted by treeoflife3
I really like the name Gregory but I HATE greg so I could never name a kid Gregory. Everyone will call him greg.. he might prefer greg! It would drive me bonkers hearing it.
this is how i feel about david, james and michael. love them, but hate dave, jim and mike. dh's name is robert. thank goodness he goes by rob and not bob.
Originally Posted by Hey Mama!
I also like Oskar, Rueben, Beatrix, Jane, Malcolm, Vincenzo, Blythe, Neve
i love the name beatrix, but dh hates it. i think trixie is such a cute nickname.
Originally Posted by justrachelmarie
I have an Adelaide and am expecting little Imogen in May.
love both of these.
Originally Posted by SuburbanHippie
Elise- DH just hates it. I have no idea why. I think it's simple and beautiful.
dh hates it? that's odd. what's not to love?
Originally Posted by AmaraMonillas
I love the name Aurora (for a girl), but here in Seattle is the name of a main road known for prostitution so it is out
Originally Posted by tourist.
I guess this name belongs in here because I'm definitely too chicken to name a baby this name (or perhaps I'm just not crazy):
Yea, like howling at the moon, howling like a wolf etc. My husband thinks its AWESOME and I think he is absolutely nuts. He doesn't understand why this is a poor choice of name for a baby (or human even). Sure, it's cool, maybe for a nickname, but not for an actual name. Ugh. Thankfully he's not going to push for it because I absolutely hate it, but it annoys me that I even have to explain why it's weird.
is your dh a blues fan? my dh is and would LOVE the name howlin (after howlin' wolf). glad he never thought of it.
Originally Posted by L&K'smommie
I feel the same way about having different names for my kids...my name is Samantha...way too popular for my liking.
sam, do you mean because it's popular now or was it popular when you were growing up? i'm also a samantha, but it wasn't popular at all when i was growing up. i think i went throughout my entire school career without meeting another samantha. perhaps you're a lot younger than me. i was born in '72. i've always also enjoyed having a "boy" nickname.
Originally Posted by Smokering
That consideration eliminated so many awesome Irish/Celtic names from my list! (I only came across the name Siobhan a few years ago, and had NO idea how to pronounce it... and that's one of the more common ones.)
i love so many gaelic names, the way they sound and the way they look, but just can't bring myself to use them. i am irish on my mom's side, but neither dh nor i have an irish last name. i am scottish on my dad's side and i have a scottish last name, but not a really obvious one (not one that sound scottish).
Originally Posted by Fnord
I'm sort of a big fan of Law & Order SVU because I find the plot twists and the acting and the one liners to be completely campy and hilarious. So I was looking it up on IMDB and saw that "Fin", Ice-T's character's full name is Odafin.
Which I thought was just awesome.
But it's Ice-T's character on Law & Order SVU...
so what, i think it's great. never knew that was his full name. i also love the show.
Originally Posted by nilatti
I've always kind of liked "Grover," but thanks to a certain adorable blue monster...nope.
oh, but he's an "adorable blue monster" and there aren't nearly enough grovers. i say bring it back.
Originally Posted by nmouse
My partner and i have always joked we would name our babies after vices and misbehavior. Like the opposite of calling your kids Charity, Patience, etc.
We came up with Malfeasance, Impropriety, Fury, and Haste.
this is great!
Originally Posted by yippiehippie
For a girl I love Daisy (DH hates, but DS is named after him, so I figure I get full power for this one -- I don't especially like his name, but did it for him!)
i love daisy (my dh hated it too).