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Originally Posted by starling&diesel View Post

Solace, for a boy.  "Sol," for short.

Stormy, Poppy, Anais for a girl.

Story, Lake, for either.

Poppy.  Clementine.  Seven.  Ever.

 

Still might use any of them, though!  I try to imagine if our child grows up to be a corporate lawyer (*eek*), and how he or she would feel with any given name.



 

Solace is the name of my youngest son. My oldest son is named Francis (it means "free")

 

I also like Solstice, Melody, Madison, Saffron, Bertrand....and a few others that have momentarily left my brain. : )

post #402 of 592
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Not going to post the name yet 'til the baby is born since I think I have some IRL lurkers, thumb.gif, but DH and I decided to name the baby a name that we both love, but I have been too chicken to use.  DH never cares what other people think and it's the only name we BOTH really like (and this is girl #5 . . .we have slim pickins since our tastes are so different) . . .so, yeah, we are going to use it.

 

I am not telling ANYONE, though.  Let people make their comments about us once the cute baby is here.  Otherwise, we'll get a lot of flack beforehand!  Again, DH won't care, but it'll make me start from square one, and I have seriously reached the end of the baby name search . . .there are no names out there I have not heard!  I can't take it anymore!



 

Ok, you've really piqued my curiosity now. I will have to check your posts around Dec. 25th ;)

post #403 of 592

Our son's middle name is Rocket, we chickened out of using it as a first name. 

We're expecting another boy and we're kicking around Ulysses with some sort of more normal middle, or a normal first with Luck for a middle.

 

One of our problems is that we don't want to reuse a current family member's name

which rules out approximately 200+ names just of people I'm close to.

Since my side is so big I keep vetoing names my husband suggests because I've got a cousin with that name,

or my cousin just married someone with that name... etc...

 

We keep getting stuck on names we love, but don't like the short version of.  I've seen a couple of posts about that so far.

Almon was my grandfather's name, but I'm not crazy about 'Al,' and just because we wouldn't use it doesn't mean other people wouldn't slap it on there.

 

 

Girls names my husband vetoed:

Albertine

Tallulah

Io (eye-oh)

 

Not because they're too far out, but because he didn't like the flow.

 

 

 

 

post #404 of 592

When I was in high school, there was a girl named Jennifer ("Jenn"), but I found out her real name was Guinevere.

 

When I was pregnant with DD3, hubby wanted to name her Gertrude Temperance.  Gertrude so that we could call her either Gertie or Trudy and Temperance after his grandmother's middle name.  I nixed both.  I told him Temperance was a noun, not a name.  We also considered the name Ashlyn but hubby said it sounded like a stripper's name.  I threw out the name Saoirse (pronounced Seer-shuh) but hubby nixed it.

 

On a different note, I've noticed that the younger the mother is (teens, especially), the more unusual or unique the name is.  For example, my sister-in-law had her first child when she was just 16.  She named her Chalease Cirstyann.  Totally made up the first name.  "CC" (as we call her) also became a very young mother and named her first daughter Tamiyah, also an invented spelling.  She named her second one Aaliyah.  When I was a teen, I thought of naming a future daughter Persephone.

 

A woman at my daughter's school has six girls and gave the last five odd names--Sparrow, Dreamer and Legend are the three that I can remember.

 

I used to work with a woman named Echo.  She named her daughter Harper.


Edited by EskimoDoll - 8/30/11 at 12:43pm
post #405 of 592

Oooh Arwen is a beautiful choice!  My name is Lorien.  Arwen is wonderful because it's not similar to other names (Lauren, Lori-Ann) so people won't constantly be calling her the wrong thing, hopefully!  :-)
 

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Not at all! Her name is Arwen. orngbiggrin.gif The youngest is also named for an Elven princess, just from another set of books: Arya (from the Inheritance Cycle)
What's your name, if you don't mind sharing?

 



 

post #406 of 592

Another one I really like is Damaris.  It's a Biblical name; she was converted by Paul in the Acts of the Apostles and became a church leader along with her husband. 

post #407 of 592

My oldest daughter's name is Lyric :)  She likes to sing about liking her name, so it seems to be appropriate :) 

 

For DD2 my husband lobbied hard for the name Vesper--we had a long list of names that would raise eyebrows: Pascale, Xaria, Skylar, Aubrielle, Deveney, Kyrie, Aria, Persephone, Cadenza, Ember... we had a very long list (there were also several more common names). 

 

Story is the name that 'won.'   I worried about "Story" being a bit out-there for a name, but responses so far have been positive.  The girls both have very traditional middle names that they can fall back on if they think their parents gave them hippy names, lol.

post #408 of 592

I love the name Juniper but DP hates it. He thinks it's too out there. I don't see how it's any different than Heather or Rosemary and those are okay with him. 

 

For a boy I like Wyler and Fisher. He just rolls his eyes at me. Lol

post #409 of 592
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Oooh Arwen is a beautiful choice!  My name is Lorien.  Arwen is wonderful because it's not similar to other names (Lauren, Lori-Ann) so people won't constantly be calling her the wrong thing, hopefully!  :-)
 



 

 

I think Lorien is beautiful as well! Not to mention the fact that Lothlorien is my favorite area in the LotR, with the Shire as a close second. 

 

Funny story about mispronouncing Arwen:

There was this little old (and slightly senile) lady a few years ago whom I encountered often with her son, when I made a Dunkin run with (then) baby Arwen. Once when I was leaving after a bit of chitchat, the old lady waved to the baby and said:"Bye Irwin!"

Son:"It's Arwen, ma."

Ma:"Bye Owen!"

DH and I still laugh when we talk about that. 
 

 

post #410 of 592

My last name is "Way," so we've had a lot of discussions about names that don't go with "Way."  For example, we could never name a son "Noah" (no way!) or a daughter "Heidi" (hide-a-way) or "Rosa" (I end up with pictures of a baby girl floating up into the sky).

post #411 of 592

We liked the name Mathilde (a decidedly different spelling and pronunciation from Matilda, which we weren't keen on), but knew that expecting people to pronounce it the way we intended was ridiculous. We also liked Isolde, but ran into the pronunciation issue again. The name we liked for a boy (and may still use someday) is Linus, though initially I thought only of the Peanuts character. I was worried about the association with weakness (a security blanket) but my husband convinced me that Linus was a badass who stood up for the real meaning of Christmas - that won me over! We ended up going with a gender-bending name for our baby girl: Elliott. We didn't tell people in advance because of fear of disapproving responses, but most people love it! (We confuse a number of people, though: "Elliott for a girl?!" or "Oh, but you'll call her Ellie, right??")

post #412 of 592

I love names that are things. My second daughter's name is Autumn and both girls have flower middle names. I think if we have more girls we will continue that trend and next on the list is probably Heather or Lavender, as long as we don't have so many girls that we have to resort to Chrysanthemum or Rhododendron. I guess flower names are sort of "hippyish" but I just think they're cool. I love tree names for boys (Ash, Cedar).

 

I have to say that my favorite girl name is one I'll never be able to use: Hermione. I think it's a beautiful name, and I am actually pretty pissed that it is so closely associated with Harry Potter that it is probably the only place people hear it so that makes it off-limits (not to me, but to DH). One of my favorite boy names is Arthur but DH thinks it's "lame." Artie is by far my favorite nickname. Another one that DH has vetoed is Cedric, which is probably my top boy name. He said it is "too urban." Which is a nice way of saying it's a "black person name" and I've told him flat out that he's just a closet-racist and needs to open his mind to it but he's pretty against it. The only person he knows named Cedric is "Cedric the Entertainer." I personally don't care where I heard the name as long as I like the way it sounds or the meaning, but DH is someone who will not use a name if there was one annoying kid he knew in grade school with it even if he likes it.

 

DH is working towards being a perfumer and I think he'd secretly like to use names like Chypre and Vetiver. I will veto those.

post #413 of 592

This thread reminds me.. I had a college chemistry professor that had a lot of kids (like 12 at last count) and many girls. He gave them all chemistry related names. It started out fairly innocently with names like "Marie" and "Neils" but, unfortunately, there are not a lot of famous female chemists and he ran out of girl names fast and his poor girls ended up with names like, "Aldehyde" and "Methyl."


So the moral of the story is: It's fun to start a trend but don't continue it if there are no good names left! Let it go!

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Almon was my grandfather's name, but I'm not crazy about 'Al,' and just because we wouldn't use it doesn't mean other people wouldn't slap it on there.

Mm, I rejected Alden for DS for the same reason. Al always reminds me of Home Improvement (and I've hardly even seen the show!). I found lots of lovely, vaguely Arthurian, Old English "Al-" names, but couldn't get over the nickname thing.

 

 

post #415 of 592

We had a family friend named Al we once visited a zoo with and we teased him that the sound peacocks makes sounds like "Hey, Al! Hey, Al!" Whenever I hear the name Al, it reminds me of peacocks. But I think peacocks are pretty cool so it doesn't bother me so much. 

 

It's funny how we get caught up in associations and then refuse to use a name. I mean everyone knows someone that had a pet that was called a name you really like and then you can't use it because you don't want to name a kid after your friend's pets. Then, at the same time we also don't want to use names we've never heard before. It narrows our choices down significantly, doesn't it? 

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Mm, I rejected Alden for DS for the same reason. Al always reminds me of Home Improvement (and I've hardly even seen the show!). I found lots of lovely, vaguely Arthurian, Old English "Al-" names, but couldn't get over the nickname thing.

 

 



 

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Can't confirm this for sure, but I heard of a family who named their baby (girl I think) Meconium because they thought it sounded nice (even though they knew the meaning).

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Our current fave boy name is Nikolas Parker (and we'd call him Parker) and some friends of ours tease us about that since they have a dog named Parker, saying that we are gonna name our (future) kid after their dog!!

 

One of our two fave girl names is Bailey Rae and we know two "problems" with that.

1. Some friends of ours named their dog Bailey

2. The association with Corinne Bailey Rae (but I picked that name out way back in 2002 four years before CBR ever came out with her debut album and I picked it in honor of my grandfather whose middle name was Bailey).

 

Guess we're just gonna have to hope the next one's a girl and use our other girl name: Penelope Sage!!

 

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It's funny how we get caught up in associations and then refuse to use a name. I mean everyone knows someone that had a pet that was called a name you really like and then you can't use it because you don't want to name a kid after your friend's pets. Then, at the same time we also don't want to use names we've never heard before. It narrows our choices down significantly, doesn't it? 

 

 

post #418 of 592

OMG My mom's cat's name is Penelope. I am totally not kidding. biglaugh.gif

 

Please don't let this stop you from using the name, it's a beautiful name. She's a really nice cat. duh.gif

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Our current fave boy name is Nikolas Parker (and we'd call him Parker) and some friends of ours tease us about that since they have a dog named Parker, saying that we are gonna name our (future) kid after their dog!!

 

One of our two fave girl names is Bailey Rae and we know two "problems" with that.

1. Some friends of ours named their dog Bailey

2. The association with Corinne Bailey Rae (but I picked that name out way back in 2002 four years before CBR ever came out with her debut album and I picked it in honor of my grandfather whose middle name was Bailey).

 

Guess we're just gonna have to hope the next one's a girl and use our other girl name: Penelope Sage!!

 

 

 



 

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LOVE the name Penelope Sage!  Gorgeous!

 

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Our current fave boy name is Nikolas Parker (and we'd call him Parker) and some friends of ours tease us about that since they have a dog named Parker, saying that we are gonna name our (future) kid after their dog!!

 

One of our two fave girl names is Bailey Rae and we know two "problems" with that.

1. Some friends of ours named their dog Bailey

2. The association with Corinne Bailey Rae (but I picked that name out way back in 2002 four years before CBR ever came out with her debut album and I picked it in honor of my grandfather whose middle name was Bailey).

 

Guess we're just gonna have to hope the next one's a girl and use our other girl name: Penelope Sage!!

 

 

 



 

post #420 of 592

Linus is my new favourite/risky boys name - my husband was big into Peanuts as a kid/teenager, and big into Linux as an adult so he's on board with Linus, but it also always makes me think "sinus" every time, and I also think about Benjamin Linus from Lost. But I still like it, so it's on the maybe list. 
 

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We liked the name Mathilde (a decidedly different spelling and pronunciation from Matilda, which we weren't keen on), but knew that expecting people to pronounce it the way we intended was ridiculous. We also liked Isolde, but ran into the pronunciation issue again. The name we liked for a boy (and may still use someday) is Linus, though initially I thought only of the Peanuts character. I was worried about the association with weakness (a security blanket) but my husband convinced me that Linus was a badass who stood up for the real meaning of Christmas - that won me over! We ended up going with a gender-bending name for our baby girl: Elliott. We didn't tell people in advance because of fear of disapproving responses, but most people love it! (We confuse a number of people, though: "Elliott for a girl?!" or "Oh, but you'll call her Ellie, right??")



 

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