I cannot believe this thread is from february!
Well... it's a girl and I went for it. I love her name! Because she was born on my nana's birthday her middle name is Lucia (it would've been Rose otherwise...)
My general observations so far (she'll be four weeks on wed.) is that people in my mother's generation and older think I'm 'a nut' and that 'poor baby' will be doomed to a life of blah blah blah. People in my generation (35yo) think the name is unique and they love it and think it's only a small deal that she will have some issues.... Or maybe just the older generations feel free to share their negative thoughts more than my peers? I dunno...Generally, though, most people in my generation say "ooooohhhh pretty" when they first hear it vs. looking at me like they didn't hear me right from the 50+ group.
There was rumor a while back that angelina jolie had given birth (it wasn't true at the time) and that it was 2 little girls, one named Isla. I was bummed b/c it was before I'd given birth and I didn't want to appear to have 'copied' her.... Then after I'd had the baby I kinda thought it would be good if she used the name to increase knowledge in the general public. But she didn't. oh well!
Funny story: I was in the grocery store the other day and this busy-body older woman stops by to admire the baby. She asks the name and says 'oh that's unusual' then asks the spellling and says 'oh i would IZ-la' (which I find hilarious because shouldn't it be EES-la if we're going that route?). So I'm like 'yes, I know it's not phonetic'.... She asks about her middle name and I tell her and she goes on about how I shoulda used Lucy instead!!
I was like "OMG get outta my business lady". Really miffed me. Of course, living in New England...*and* the suburbs...what can I expect?
Finally, the best: my aunt, who identifies as very Irish (though born and raised in the U.S) and who is painfully traditional/old-school...I knew wouldn't 'approve of' the name... She asks the middle name and I tell her and she says "My God, it sounds like she just stepped off the boat from Italy"
What's so wrong with that? I *am* half Italian you know!
People are just. so. wrong.
So, I've learned a lot from naming my baby and I'm very glad I've stepped out of the uber-traditional route (for the first time ever....actually, no, I think her homebirth is the first time ever and then her name would be second
). I hope she'll appreciate being a 'little different' as well...even if it is a PITA at times.