I love this thread, such creativity!
I'm another of those with a weakness for LOTR names, but who can't actually bring themselves to use any in real life! :LOL Although Pippin and Merry would make such FUN boys' names, wouldn't they?
Anyway, I love the whole baby name concept, such fun! I can amuse myself for hours thinking up baby name combos; what great, free entertainment!
DH and I always go round and round, starting about now, 'cause it'll take about that long to come to an agreement :LOL....
(Oh, not to mention the various other suggestions of "Harry Potter! Poo-poo Head! Briar Rose!" -- gee, 100 pts. if you can guess which dear child suggested which -- from the family peanut gallery.
So helpful. So productive. Of course, Charlie did end up with Fiona in her name thanks in small part to the movie Shrek (and b/c of a distant cousin), so maybe we do pay more attention to their input than I'm letting on...
If this one's a boy (and I'm hoping it is), my current favorite is Ian Edmund. Ian is negotiable, but Edmund is pretty firm -- we started a family tradition of using our fathers' names as boy middle names, and my dad and DH's dad got the first two, so now it's my stepfather's turn!
I also like Devon, Gavin, and Duncan (and they go well with our other boys' names, something I always give weight to.) Because I like them, typically, DH hates these names. He likes Alec, which isn't bad, but I prefer Alex, which he hates. He also likes Graham; eh, I'm lukewarm. Ah, but it's all good, it's all part of the negotiation process :LOL ...
I'm having a FAR harder time with girls' names this time around (probably b/c I'm so set on this baby being a boy; hmmm, I'd better watch out with that attitude!
) But...whine...we've already used up our favorite ones, lol -- Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Fiona Marie (loooong story on why the wee lassie was saddled with TWO middle names; alas, she's a victim of internal family politics), and that impressive configuration of letters pretty much used up all the girl names we had liked.
Hmmm, let's see.... I like Maeve, I like Moira. I like Juliette (but that would be overkill with Charlotte.) I like Keeley. Dh likes Niamh... Darn those Celts, mucking up perfectly good names with random and unnecessary letters!
Obviously, we have a ways to go yet!
To the poster looking for good German girl names, some of my favs when I lived there (that aren't hard on the ears
-- and I know what a challenge this is, being a former German interpreter myself!) were Julia, Mia, Ava, Sabine, Klara, Corinne, Emilie, Karina, and Lotte. But yep, I'd probably steer away from Gudrun, Helga, Ulrike, and the like!