I love the name Esperanza, but it was the name of an ex-boyfriend's mom and the few times he and I fantasized about children we put that out as a potential girls' name so before my partner and I knew we were having a boy I had crossed that off of our girls names list. My partner also suggested Virgilio for a boy and I vetoed it because my college boyfriend's middle name was Virgil. It's funny how personal associations make such a big difference. One of my uncles was a bit of a playboy and when he got married and had a daughter one of the naming rules was that any names of ex-girlfriends of his were automatically vetoed. It was a long list of prohibited names.
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Baby names....anyone brainstorming? - Page 21post #401 of 5425/6/13 at 2:30pmpost #402 of 5425/6/13 at 6:39pmQuote:Originally Posted by Jennyanydots
vc, I thought Marion was a boys' name that had become popular with girls later, but I just looked at a few sites and it seems like the consensus is that it's a traditionally female name, and a variant of Mary. Still, looks like it has been used as both, and some high profile men have had it. I think it makes a great male name.
DF's grandma's name was Marion. i didn't even know it was used as a male name? i only know women with that name.
since my grandma's name was Maria, we were thinking about combining both those names into Marian. i only know Marian as a male name, but i was wondering if that could possibly work for a girl as well.
(i love androgynous names, and am usually not very fond of the whole male/female distinction. it's just some names that i feel like if they've traditionally been used as male or female, maybe they should stay like that.. take Maxwell for example, it's traditionally a male name and so it confuses me to see it on a girl. so i'm wondering if Marian fits into that same category.)post #403 of 5425/6/13 at 7:48pmpost #404 of 5425/6/13 at 11:47pmVC-- if you like Maxwell, what do you think about Maxine? It's my sisters name and I love using Max as a nickname. I think this is why I'm digging Samantha. I think Sammy is so cute.
But this can backfire. Justine is my baby sisters name and she gets called Justin constantly! So there is that. I just wish I could discover more then just one name I like. Maybe I should write to that swizzle (was that the name?) blog you ladies keep mentioning.post #405 of 5425/7/13 at 4:13ampost #406 of 5425/7/13 at 7:06pmMyQuote:Originally Posted by tillymonster
VC-- if you like Maxwell, what do you think about Maxine? It's my sisters name and I love using Max as a nickname. I think this is why I'm digging Samantha. I think Sammy is so cute.
But this can backfire. Justine is my baby sisters name and she gets called Justin constantly! So there is that. I just wish I could discover more then just one name I like. Maybe I should write to that swizzle (was that the name?) blog you ladies keep mentioning.
My nieces name is Samantha, we call her Sammy or Samma-lamma.
My best friends name is Justine, and the only nickname any usually calls her is Jus...and that's usually only her husband, brothers, and me.post #407 of 5425/8/13 at 11:54ampost #408 of 5425/8/13 at 1:39pmpost #409 of 5425/8/13 at 1:46pmThread Starterpost #410 of 5425/8/13 at 7:34pmQuote:
Nice! Glad you got it worked out! You sounded pretty attached to it.
Ugh! I thought finding out the sex was going to make the naming thing so much easier, but instead, it's become harder. NOTHING seems right anymore! I feel like I'm going to have to start over from scratch and look at ALL girls' names again. Anyone else feel like this, or am I crazy?post #411 of 5425/8/13 at 10:36pm
Bromache: When we decided to have another child, I wanted to revisit the original boy name choice we'd made. Turns out there was a very bad great uncle who had the same name on DH's side. DH was resistant and I think it took us nearly a YEAR to come up with a boy's name we could both agree on. However, it was all a moot point upon finding out we're having another girl. Girls' names came easily to us, and this time it was his suggestion: Gwendolyn.
TLDR: Yes, we did.post #412 of 5425/8/13 at 11:30pmQuote:Originally Posted by Bromache
Nice! Glad you got it worked out! You sounded pretty attached to it.
Ugh! I thought finding out the sex was going to make the naming thing so much easier, but instead, it's become harder. NOTHING seems right anymore! I feel like I'm going to have to start over from scratch and look at ALL girls' names again. Anyone else feel like this, or am I crazy?
Totally agree! We threw out our list with news we were having a girl. I like a few of the old names still but it's SUCH a battle with DH! I even started a thread about it. He finally contributed and now I'm obsessing over the right name. I want to just forget about the choice until I'm closer to being due. I feel so uncertain and exhausted with the whole process! Good to commiserate with someone!post #413 of 5425/10/13 at 12:16amQuote:
I love Gwendolyn! I have been suggesting that but my DF doesn't like it, thinks it doesn't work in his mother tongue, and is too long and complicated. I usually hate really short and plain names, though! ARgh!post #414 of 5425/10/13 at 7:22ampost #415 of 5425/10/13 at 7:38ampost #416 of 5425/10/13 at 9:00ampost #417 of 5425/10/13 at 10:20ampost #418 of 5425/10/13 at 12:59pmpost #419 of 5425/10/13 at 5:17pmpost #420 of 5425/10/13 at 5:37pm
they say that contemporary parents are more creative with names, so it is like the baby name pool is wider and shallower. for example, in 2012, 1.1531% of all females born in the US got the name "sophia." In 1912, the #1 most popular name was Mary, and 5.5058% of all female babies got that name that year. And we're all products of our culture, so there is a reason those top-100 names sound so good to us. it hits some kind of sweet spot we probably can't even identify.
Nameberry did us the favor of combining all the alt-spellings and re-ranking. Names like Aiden, Jayden, Madelyn & Riley rank much, much higher when you combine the spellings.
Serena - I found a list of the most popular names in England and Wales from 2011 (2012 doesn't seem to be released yet) after you posted that and now I'm pouring over it. Naming styles are so different from country to country. The top boy and girl names in England & Wales are Harry and Amelia.
this has a link into the official records as well. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/harry-amelia-top-baby-names-england-wales_n_1774147.html
I really love this stuff. I have a close friend who has a daughter with a name that doesn't even rank in the top 1000, but her favorite boy name is #1 Jacob.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd for all my musing, my Baby B still has no name.
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