Ha, ha. . . add me to the group of gals reading through your original post looking for a name like, "Escargot" or "Brick" (yes, that second one is real!)
I agree with a number of the other posters who noted that "Warren" is "just right": easy to pronounce, easy to spell, not overly common, but not so "cutting edge" that it draws a lot of attention simply due to its strangeness. You like it = go for it. Nice name.
And I echo the advice that if people hear the name and already have the sweet little baby in arms to associate with the name, it's an entirely different impression. We all do name association (good and bad). Think back to some pesky kid you didn't like in your own elementary school years. Think about how that very name recoiled you years later. But somewhere along the way, you probably met another person with the same name. Once you were over the initial "mental block" you probably found that your associations with that name changed entirely. The same will likely be true of your friends and family.
Originally Posted by stacey2061
but now everyone we tell is like, "oh, well, it's not something i would choose..." or "i'll let you know what i think in a few days, maybe it will grow on me..." part of me just wants to say screw them, it's my kid but then another part of me doesn't want my kid to grow up with people making a face whenever he's introduced!
Try not to be too upset with these kinds of remarks. Although they aren't as nice to hear as "Cool! I love
it!" I don't really think they are rude and/or hurtful. It would be a lot more rude/hurtful (IMHO) for people to be giving you that vague-sounding, "Oh, that's nice" or "What an interesting choice!" I think honesty is less hurtful than social nicieties because honesty is respectful.
Beyond that, the opinions of other may play a role in naming a child. I know we all love that opportunity to choose someone's name and do it however we like. But it's also practical to recognize that your child will be in contact with others in the world and impressions will be formed (and treatment sometimes determined - at least initially) by what that name sounds like, looks like on paper, etc. It's a tough decision. However, in this case you now have lots of comments on the "good" side to balance what you heard at home.
(And please no one flame me if your loveable child's name is Brick! It's just one of the very strangest names I've heard of)