Akwe (pronounced Ahk-way, with the A as in All)
Kamishak (pronounced Cam-ih-shack, with the cam like camera, i like is)
Aialik (pronounced Eye-al-ik)
The second I just keep seeing Caddyshack.
The first....don't like it. To me it sounds like you'd be naming him Agua.
ETA: I wanted to find out what Akwe was so I Googled it. The pronunciation there is Uh-gway. If that's the same name as you're using, then I for sure don't like it....too gutteral or something for me; too much a combination of agua and ugly. sorry....just saying what comes to mind!
I like the sound of Kamishak, but I read once that kids with names that start with A do better in school because teachers often place students in alphabetical order. I teach and have always memorized my students in alpha order by first name. Their seating chart doesn't go in alpha order, nor does they way they take turns. But whenever I prepare materials after work, I start with the A name and go on down the line.
If these are local places and those around you would be familiar with the pronounciation than I'd go with #3
To answer the pronunciation question - I'm not too worried about it for the childhood years. These are fairly local places to us, so many will know them. And I live in a small enough town that most of the community will know the kid's name from birth. Of course, as an adult, he could go anywhere. But by then, he could certainly choose to go by whatever nickname he prefers.
To those who like Aialik: Does it "sound like a name" because it sounds similar to "Alex" and "Alec"? I find that's one of my hesitations about it, I don't want it to be too much like something that's super popular, and am not sure if it's too similar or not.
And, my mind went to the song "Love Shack" with the K name.
Thanks again for everyone's input. Keep it coming!
I like Kamishak, even though it sounds like Caddyshack, but Kam is a great nickname, and if he plays basketball he can go by Shak!
Maybe choose a more normal name for a first name and give the cool place names as a middle name? That might make your kid happier down the road.
Second thought: Kamishak immediately makes me think Caddyshack, which has vulgar, buffoonish mental associations for me.
Overall thought: these are very obviously native American names. The whole thing really smacks of cultural appropriation. Maybe that's not a rational criticism, seeing that so many names come from other cultures. But these seem overt. (Unless you are members of the cultures they're from, of course!)
If I had to choose, Aialik sounds most plausible as a first name.
I agree with the pp that these would be great as middle names.
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Oh, and at first Kamishak sounded good in part because "Kam" is easily recognizable as a boy's name, etc. But I do agree that the whole name could come up with some poor associations.
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I don't like the last one because it is so similar to alec, a name I really don't like. the last one just sounds like camera shack to me and honestly brings up images of the high dude in that 70s show who ran a little film hut.