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post #41 of 89
I'm still loving Moira. I also like Ava or just Eve.

Fun thread!!
post #42 of 89
Seeing you have Anwyn on the list, how about Anwen, (said AN WHEN) that was my best friend growing up in Wales, it's well known but not all that common even over there.
Her parents were very Welsh, and named the kids Elwyn (boy) Anwen (girl) and Marc (no idea where that came from). Mom was Valmai (said VAL MY)
One of my favs growing up was Mair, and old welsh name (said- my er)
I'm startiNg to notice lots of Ellies and Evelyns and Elinors around here.
Theres always Evalyn and Elanor.
post #43 of 89
Is Evelyn really popular in your area? The top 100 list is a compilation of everywhere, so it may not be accurate in any given place.

I dunno. I suppose I don't get the sentiment that you must not name your child in a nation-wide top 100 list. Why not? Our population is largely concentrated in urban areas, and there are regional favorites (like how in Mpls/StP you can't spit without hitting a Linnea of various ages, yet it's not popular at all outside MN/WI as far as I can tell), so just because something is pushed to the top 100 doesn't mean that there's going to be 5 in her class.

Also, there's a turn around of names in a very short period of time. Around here, Emma was super popular in the late 90s/early 00s. Now there's hardly any, except in that age cohort.

I had people screech at me for naming one of my boys Dylan. We've maybe run into 2 other kids his age with that name. Thomas is constantly in the top 100, but actually we've NEVER met another Tom his age. Fiona hasn't cracked that list, but I know in other areas it's popular--we do know 2 other Fionas that we've met around town through the parks and rec dept. It hasn't bothered my kids.

I guess if the name Evelyn is now destroyed for you, then that's one thing. But really, if that's the name you like, and it seems to fit her--then honestly? Screw the top 100 list.

I've seen all the names on your list a couple of times. But I live in a pretty diverse area, and have taught preschool and been a registrar at a toddler program, which means I get exposed to more volume than most people (and I think that influenced my decision to screw the top 100 no-no, mostly because even people who think they're being original or unique--aren't in reality as much as they think they are. So I figured I'd pick names that meant something to us and sounded good with our last name.).

I can understand the sentiment of staying away from strongly super-ethnic names, though. I do know quite a few <insert Celtic name> <insert asian last name>s. It can be kind of cool. But I kind of understand the discomfort in naming your kid Brunhilde Ericksson when you adopted from Zaire. I think in large part it's not a big deal for the kid, though. It's not like there's not people in Brazil and Argentina who have 100 percent teutonic names but look beautifully Brazillian, and no one seemed to bat an eyelash at someone named Alberto Fujimori in Peru. So even there, I think that's probably a hangup that you can safely ignore if you love a certain name.
post #44 of 89
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I'll one-up you. Here's dm's official coming out ...

My name is Daneille, and I LOATHE it. So much so that I am thinking of changing it.
(Not at your name, but that this is your "coming out"!)

When you do decide to switch it (and I think you should), can you do a name thread here? Your taste in names is so cool, and I would *love* to see what you come with for yourself.

As for Theresa... I don't like the name so much, but I love the nickname Tess. Theresa is similar to my mom's name, which she never liked, so I think my view of it is a little biased.

Okay, off to see the rest of the names.... I'm feeling very Elinor and Moira today, but all the Adeline, Adelaide, and Adeles have me thinking, too.

Tigerchild~ I'll have to check our regional names. Good idea.
post #45 of 89
My dh's grandma is Darlene, nn Dara. She pronounces it Dar-uh. I really like it and want to use it as a middle name someday.

I love love love Lilika from your list. Both that and Annika are two of my favorite names. Dh isn't completely on board with them, but if I do get my way I am going to have to choose between the two, and I don't know how I can do it.

I also love Kennedy and Mikhail. Kennedy I have always loved but now I hear it all the time and it bums me out. Nobody seems to have ever heard of Mikhail (mick-elle), but it's the name of a famous Russian ballerina and dh absolutely loves it.
post #46 of 89
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Oy. Tigerchild, what you wrote had me thinking "yeah, we DO like Evelyn, dammit!...." So I went and looked up the popularity locally. It's in the low 40's and has been shooting up like crazy over the past two years. At this rate, it'll be in the top 20 in no time.

I don't need to name our girl something "ooh and ahhh" unusual, but I do want her to feel like her name is unique...I don't want her to have to be the "Sarah M" or the "Jessica B" from when I was growing up, you know?

I found a really cool site that gives the most popular names by state, plus has a search engine that will map out a name popularity world-wide and regionially in the US.

Eleanor is really popular in Vermont and DC (and I'm assuming on the East coast)...even going up to #70 in DC. But in the rest of the country, it's #277.

Hazel seems to be getting popular on the East Coast, too, though as of 2006 it was still in the low 300's. That doesn't seem too common. It does seem a little trendy, though. In Alaska, , it's #88. Darn Julia Roberts.

Are the PPs who are seeing Elinor/Eleanor as more popular names on the East Coast?
post #47 of 89
Right now I love...

Analyn (with a soft Ana- like Ah-na)

A friend just named her LO Lallitha and I think that's pretty....

I can't think of one child I know name Evelyn, although Eve/Evie/Eva are popular.

My non-existence little girl will likely have a name that ends in -lyn
post #48 of 89
Huh, that is weird that the site says Emma is #1 popular in my state!

For real, I must have registered and/or answered inquiries about around 600 kids in the toddler registrar job I did a couple of years ago, and I had 1 Emma. Total!

Now, when I did preschool, there were 4 in the school. So it was a little more common. Maybe my experience is skewed because of being so close to Microsoft, which gives the local schools and ECE programs a very international flavor.

My all time favorite girl's name is Ishani (though that's a VERY popular Indian girls' name. I saw 5 Ishanis in the toddler program, compared to the 1 Emma!). It sounds really bad with our last name though. If we had a plainer last name (like Jones or Brown or Smith or something) I would have totally gone for it.
post #49 of 89
I really like a lot of the names you all are listing! Some of my favorites:

Lucia (nn Lucy)
Lucille (nn Lucy)
Eleanor (nn Nora)
Josephine (nn Josie)
Catharina
Adelaide
Cecilia
Clara
Rosemary
Violet
Lydia
Charlotte
June

As you can probably tell, I love the more old-fashioned names!
post #50 of 89
I'm in VT and I don't know a single Eleanor or Elinor. I have a cousin in Scotland named Eleanor though
post #51 of 89
"Nobody seems to have ever heard of Mikhail (mick-elle), but it's the name of a famous Russian ballerina and dh absolutely loves it."

Are you sure you're not thinking of Baryshnikov, who is a famous male ballet dancer (also of Sex and the City fame)? I believe Mikhail (Mic - kael) is just the Russian version of Michael.

http://http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000864/bio
post #52 of 89
Yes, that's the one. However, the pronunciation here is a little different than it's supposed to be. I know it's pronounced like Mic-kael in actuality, but here it's always Mick-elle. My dh went to school with a girl by that name, however she spelled it Micael.
post #53 of 89
I only know one east coast Elinor, called Ellie for short.
post #54 of 89
I haven't read this whole thread, but I love HAZEL too. And Moira. And Clementine. My DD is Cambria.

Evelyn is super popular in my area. I like it, but it's popular.
post #55 of 89
Okay! Just didn't want anyone to be confused as to it being typically a boy's name. Of course, if we want to talk about boy's names that have become almost irretrievably female, Evelyn is an excellent example!
post #56 of 89
I have a Nora, and was going to suggest Elinor (or other spelling) w/nn Nora. But then I realized that you have a Noah. I have a brother Noah, and it does get a bit tongue-tied trying to talk about them in the same sentence!

I agree with the others not to rule out Evelyn. I don't know any Evelyns IRL, and have considered the name in the past. You have kids, and if you haven't heard it around much, it isn't likely that it will be too popular in your area. (I've lived in Ann Arbor, MI and Madison, WI for a few years with kids, and never heard the name there)

Others that I've liked, and we seem to have similar name tastes:

Orlee (a friend just named her daughter this, and I love it!)
Hazel (likely choice for my last child had he been a girl)
Meredith
Jane
Willa (other possible recent choice in case of a girl)
Sage
Greer
Bethany
Edith
Miriam
Verity
Vivian
Joanna
Alice
Audrey
post #57 of 89
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Originally Posted by bczmama View Post
Okay! Just didn't want anyone to be confused as to it being typically a boy's name. Of course, if we want to talk about boy's names that have become almost irretrievably female, Evelyn is an excellent example!
From what I read, Evelyn started as a female name, then became a male name, and then back to female.
post #58 of 89
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Originally Posted by sleet76 View Post
Others that I've liked, and we seem to have similar name tastes:

Orlee (a friend just named her daughter this, and I love it!)
Hazel (likely choice for my last child had he been a girl)
Meredith
Jane
Willa (other possible recent choice in case of a girl)
Sage
Greer
Bethany
Edith
Miriam
Verity
Vivian
Joanna
Alice
Audrey
oooooh. Pretty name choices!!! I love the meaning of "Vivian"...full of life! Miriam is pretty, too...I think it has the same meanings as "Moira," actually. Depending on where you look it's always different, but a couple of our name sources say it's "wished-for child." Miriam. My friend knows a Miriam who's called "Mira" as a nickname.

Evelyn isn't off the table, but I do wonder if we'll regret using the name. I'm trying out "Elinor" right now, and re-reading Sense and Sensibility , so we'll see if that name really grows on me. Our youngest was party named after a character from a book, so it might be fun to continue that.

One worry I have with Elinor is that the nicknames for it "Ellie" and "Ella" are SO popular as names. So we'd want to call her "Elinor" all the time, I think. "Ella" is near #5 in our state--so I'm imagining that there will be several Ellas in her class some day.

Part of me wonders, since the nicknames for Elinor are so popular anyway, if we should just name her Evelyn! I do like to think of her as an adult someday...Evelyn is such a feminine, breezy sort of name, but Elinor seems much stronger, much more grounded (while still being lovely). I wonder if maybe she'd like having a more serious, more (for lack of a better word) powerful name.

I love Moira, and I've been looking at it for years (it's been on the list for each child), but....I don't know if I have the, er, cohones. It's such an unusual name, with such unusual sounds. The "MOY" part is really a mouthfull. Plus I know an adult Moira that now goes by "Mo," which would not be my favorite outcome.

With all the uncertainty about her name, part of me is actually glad we haven't gotten a referral yet. I think I read somewhere that we wouldn't have to name her until finalization (six months after we bring her home), but that agencies really frown on that. They usually want a name with the referral acceptance. Brgmf.
post #59 of 89
Our girl name is Caroline Olivia or Caroline Grace.
post #60 of 89
Miriam seems to fit well with your other children's names. And it keeps a meaning that you were fond of. I like Hazel, too, but it doesn't sound as "soft" coming off the tongue as your other choices seem to do. Even the harder consonants in Evelyn are not as sharp. At least you have some ideas of what you want.

My routine has been to not decide a name (although with Jimmy and Sam we had a few possibles) until we have seen them/seen a picture. But both referral's were so unexpected (Connor's was a boy and 6m or so earlier than we were expecting one) that we were left struggling for a name to call "the baby". For Jimmy, although we named him right away, we didn't settle on what we would actually call him for about 6 weeks All of his NICU stuff is for "baby Richard", which is what the nurses called him
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