Okay, we had a girl name ready to go, I was happy with it, but we aren't having a girl! Found out yesterday. We have some pretty specific parameters for names and have a good list going. So 1. I'd like feedback on the list we have and 2. any suggestions if you have some that fit in our limited parameters (not sure if any more exist that I haven't seen but I'm open to it). So...
1. Husband is Danish and I have German heritage, and we have a whole northern Europe name thing going on. Want to stick with that, regionally speaking.
2. DS will get both last names, mine as a middle name. Both last names are longish (11 letters) and three syllables. So his middle name will sound like Lundenberg and his last name will sound like Borgensen. It's a cumbersome name, but we all have them both, and that's important to us. So we all have names that sound like FIRST NAME Lundenberg Borgensen. So we lean to 1 syllable names, 2 syllables maximum.
3. DH's name is a Danish name that is commonly (very commonly) mispronounced. So he really has ONE rule about names - that it be Nordic-ish or whatever but that people won't screw up pronouncing the name for the kid's whole life. He hates having to explain his name to strangers all the time and doesn't want DS to have to do that.
4. My son's name is a K name and my name is a K name so I really don't want any more K names.
Okay, I think that's it. Here's the list (with annotations)
#1. Bjorn (I do hear this mispronounced so I'm leaning against it, but it is on the list. For now...).
#2. Jan (again, mispronunciation here. This sounds like "yahn" in Danish/German/Scandinavian and I really woundn't like to spell it with a Y as in Yan/Yann. Could also spell with two n's or two a's, neither of which I like as much as the original).
#3. Sigmund (this is currently my tip-top choice but I still need to convince DH. He thinks it's too "old fashioned" and I'm having trouble showing him that's back in style! Also major points for this name: Totally bad-ass hero from Norse legend Saga of the Volsungs, has great capacity for pet names - Siggy and/or Ziggy for a kid, plain old Sig for a grown up. DH has no arguments to these points except a scrunchy face. But let's hear his faves...) (ETA: yes I do know this was Freud's first name and I really don't think that's a big deal. Yet other people I've talked to cite this as the reason alone not to use it. )
#4. Freyr and/or Frey (our girl name was Freya, she's the norse god of love, along with her brother/husband Freyr. Hence the name is on the list. DH really likes this even though, as I pointed out, it doesn't pass his mispronunciation rule. And I think it's way weirder than Sigmund)
#5. Hagen and/or Haagen (DH likes. I don't. I don't know what my problem with it is, exactly, except maybe it sounds too Scottish?)
#6. Soren (again, DH likes. I don't. Sounds like something that happens to your legs after you exercise.)
Okay, whew. If you read all that, congratulations. If you respond with feedback, even better! Thanks!
Edited by MovnMama - 2/16/12 at 5:20pm