Originally Posted by cabbitdancer
We're considering the name Astrid. My husband rolled his eyes at me when I first suggested it, since it's the name of a character from one of my daughter's favorite movies, but I think it has grown on him. I'm having trouble coming up with a middle name that I like, to go with it, though! Part of me wants a "plant" name. Part of me wants to use a family name. And part of me just wants something that sounds good, whatever it is. XD
My name is Sigrid, which is scandinavian like Astrid. I have to say, I didn't like it a whole lot as a kid. People always called me "Cigarette" or "Siegfried." It didn't sound very feminine to my young brain and I kept wishing my name was something more girlie like "Tiffany." Haha. (Which I think is hilarious now...). Then... I grew up. I was the ONLY one in my town, heck, even my county, (maybe even the region) with my name, but it was still something that some people had heard of before. It has a history to it and a beautiful meaning (beautiful victory)-- it isn't made up or spelled in a strange way. I can really appreciate having a solid but unique name. When people think of my name, they think of ME. I am really the only association many people in my acquaintance have with that name, which can be a heavy burden to some, but I think it is cool. :) I am a nurse and introduce myself to new people every day, and I do get tired of people saying: "What is it? Secret?" and having to spell it "S-i-g-r-i-d" and showing them my nametag. But... worth it to have a very unique name. It sets me apart, and as an extrovert, I totally dig that. :) Once people meet me, they never forget me.
Astrid is beautiful (It means "Fair and beautiful") and I love the uniqueness. It will get some unwanted nicnames (ever see that episode of the Office? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0UTsVmCuZc&feature=related ) But... it is a lovely traditional and foreign name that your DD will be proud of as she grows. Kids will ALWAYS be mean with names. Even a name like "Stephanie" -- there was a whole episode of full house where Stephanie comes home from school crying because kids called her "Step on me." HA. So... as long as you and DH both love it, go for it.
As far as middle names: have you thought of other scandinavian names to go with it? Dagny, Tindra, Maja, Linnea, Elin, Johanna, Lovisa, Mira ?