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#541 of 592 Old 10-19-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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I love it too, but I it's a bit too hippie for me to use. It also sounds like a geographical feature when you pair it with another name. River Annabelle? Catherine River?

 

I also have a thing for deeply unfashionable old-lady names:

 

Sybilla (LOVE this one, even though everyone I've mentioned it to thinks it's horrendous.)

Esmeralda

Minerva

Elva

Isolde

 

Other guilty pleasures:

 

Lyra (from a book I haven't read)

Winter (too hippie)

Violetta (too dramatic)

Synovia (a medical term lol.gif)

Hrafnkatla (self-explanatory!)

Isalind (too weird)

Raven. (too comic book)

 

ETA: I've only really thought about girl names as I only have girls!

 

I LOVE your selections! I have the same fascination with wonderful antiquated names... Esmeralda is pretty much my top pick if I have a girl. May I add to your list Rosamund and Evangeline? They have been my latest inexplicable obsessions. winky.gif

BTW, I have four boys, two of whom have names in the lower half of the top 1000 and two of whom don't even approach it.

 

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I love this thread.

I'm all over the place with my name tastes. There's no pattern or logic to it at all. Of my 3, the oldest has a normal-but-not-terribly common name, middle has a name that was unheard of when she was born, broke the US top 1000 but not by much last year. Still never heard it up here. And my younger has a classic but not popular name after my lifelong heroine.

 

My 4th and final, I am thinking is going to be my "**** it, I'm using the name I love, not the safe-and-sane names!" kid. This babe is my last for the foreseeable future, unless some day I happen to settle down with a partner and live babies ever after.

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I LOVE your selections! I have the same fascination with wonderful antiquated names... Esmeralda is pretty much my top pick if I have a girl. May I add to your list Rosamund and Evangeline? They have been my latest inexplicable obsessions. winky.gif

BTW, I have four boys, two of whom have names in the lower half of the top 1000 and two of whom don't even approach it.

 

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Heh, I'm glad someone does! And yes, you may add Evangeline and Rosamund. I love those too. I'm all over anything long, old-fashioned, and a bit dramatic & frilly. I'm a sucker for Rose/Rosa names. Rosalind was on our list, and Rosamund would have been too if it worked in DH's language.

 

 


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I love this thread.

I'm all over the place with my name tastes. There's no pattern or logic to it at all. Of my 3, the oldest has a normal-but-not-terribly common name, middle has a name that was unheard of when she was born, broke the US top 1000 but not by much last year. Still never heard it up here. And my younger has a classic but not popular name after my lifelong heroine.

 

My 4th and final, I am thinking is going to be my "**** it, I'm using the name I love, not the safe-and-sane names!" kid. This babe is my last for the foreseeable future, unless some day I happen to settle down with a partner and live babies ever after.


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We found out we're having a boy:) I'm still stuck on Atreyu but it seems kinda difficult to say all the time considering DS has a one syllable easy name. I'm not too fond of Trey for a nickname, maybe Tru or Treyu? Any other suggestions?



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There are about 50 names on this thread that I completely love (some I would definitely be too chicken to use, some I'm seriously considering when I have kids in the next few years).

I love all sorts of word/nature names that I am not sure I'm crunchy granola enough to pull off (Indigo, Remember, Lyric, Rain, Huckleberry, Evening ...) and also Gaelic, Jewish and other ethnic names that I don't feel comfortable using since my family is 99% Puritan New England stock (Rivkah, Shoshannah, Ephraim, Eoghan, Oisin, Mattea/Matteo and Noemie).

Speaking of Puritan stock, my mom and her siblings were/are really into genealogy, and some of the family names I loved growing up for their sweet old-fashionedness have now become so popular that they're off the table, to my infinite sadness--Abigail, Hannah and Benjamin (as both a first and last name). My mother, who died a few years ago, was named Virginia--I would love to honor her by using her name, but can't imagine in this day and age using a name with the word virgin in it (even the origin of the name is from virgin, ultimately). I've thought of Ginger as an alternative, but it has its own sort of stripper connotations in many people's minds, sadly. Also, my grandparents are from a town called Chelsea; when I was little, a distant relative named her new baby Chelsea, and I remember saying to my mom "why'd they name her after a town?" (This was at the height of the name's popularity, mind.) Now I wish it wasn't so dated as a name, as I'd love to make the family reference.

There are quite a few girl's names that I love that seem too nickname-y or cutesy for me, imagining them on a grown-up woman: Pippa (sadly, I think Phillipa is ugly), Clover, Marigold, Tansy, Lainey, Tessa, Gemma. Several other names that I like for their sound have bad associations for me: Juliet, Scarlett, Susannah (that song!), Samson and Shiloh (not only because of the famous baby, but because it's a famous battlefield and that seems a bit macabre).

I love the name Willa, but fear that a little Willa born in the 2010s would spend her whole life saying "No, not Willow. Willa, with an -A."

I remember being fascinated by Picabo Street's name watching the Lillejammer Olympics--it just rolls off the tongue so beautifully, but I would never name a child after a random skier, so it may become a cat's name someday.

I am jealous of all of you who have used LOTR and Star Trek names. My two favorite authors are Lois McMaster Bujold and Terry Pratchett and the names of most of their characters are names I would never use. Most of LMB's are Russian-derived names and Terry Pratchett names his characters things like Bestiality Carter--along the "girls are named for virtues, so boys must be named for vices" line of thought--Havelock Vetinari, Moist Von Lipwig, Annabelle Dearheart, Gytha, things like that. The one Pratchett name I really like is Sam, for Sam Vimes, but it's such a common name and so popular right now, that it wouldn't be taken as a reference at all, and besides, I want to avoid very common names.

And finally, the last and definitely most "too chicken" name for me is Keziah. I had a favorite book about a gypsy girl in England named Keziah (Kizzy for short) when I was little, and I remember telling my mother that I wanted to have a little girl named Keziah. My mother, bless her (I swear) not actually terribly racist heart, said "that sounds like a colored name." Well, at the time it just sounded Bible-y and cool to me, but as I grew older, read a lot more, and left the all-white world of Vermont, I realized that just like Jemima, one of Job's other daughters, Keziah was so often used as a slave name in the antebellum south, that where both names are common in the UK, here in the US there is a very strong link with the African-American community. I hate to believe that would stop me from using a name that I still think is beautiful, but I think about that study with the resumes where subjects hired the candidates with "white" names over "non-white" names regardless of qualifications, and I quail at the thought of tagging my child with a name that is a liability. But, then I get mad because it shouldn't be a liability, and I hate the idea of turning into someone who would make a choice based on such stupid criteria. And I go back and forth....

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I like Presley for a girl, and Conley or Cash for a boy. There are a lot more...I like unique names, but yeah, too much of a bok bok to use em.

 

Oh, and Lachlan for a boy, but thats less of a "too chicken"; someone I know named their son Lachlan before I could use it....would be weird.

 

I like Cobain and Aragorn, but I couldnt. Too many bullies in the world. irked.gif

 

 

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I once read about a woman named Chrysalis in a news article and was smitten with the name immediately.  I think it is sounds so beautiful and the concepts of growth and metamorphosis surrounding it are lovely.  I do not like the name/nickname "Chris" at all so I don't think I would ever give this name to a child.


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So many great names! 

 

We are having a girl her name will most likely be Falon Rae.  We have considered Echo Rae but a little chicken to name her that because it's a little to uncommon for us.  But, I really love it!

 

Others we have considered and ruled out (well DH ruled out) are:

Olivia, Everliegh, Clementine, Corabel, Corabella, Coraline, Cora, Olivette, Paisley, Clover, Willow, Piper, Braelyn, Harper, Theia, Iva, Charlene

 

Boy names we would have used:

Axel James

Chayton


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Most of these are on the no list for us because they have been nixed by my mainstream-name-loving DH.

 

Boy names:

Odysseus (Odys for short, like Otis)

Ajax

Colby

August (family name, but just too heavy for a little boy, I feel)

Derby

Kirby

Oakley

Paxton (turns out this is the name of the local elementary school near us after a recent move.  Dang!)

Tabor

Seneca

Byatt

 

Girl names:

Octavia (Tavi, tah-vee, for short)

Zadie-- actually, would love to use this, as it is a family name.  But it sounds like a nickname, and I can't figure out a more formal name to base it on.  Ideas?

Juniper

Electra

 

 

 

 

 


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I've seen Zadie short for Scheherezade. It could also be short for Mercedes.


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We've actually thought about Scherezade, but our first two are Oliver and Elliot... seems a bit weird?


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Hey Aletheia, guess what, Ajax, Odysseus and Juniper were also on my shortlist that DH has pooh poohed.

Also Blazes, Bojangles and Buccaneer!

 

 

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Most of these are on the no list for us because they have been nixed by my mainstream-name-loving DH.

 

Boy names:

Odysseus (Odys for short, like Otis)

Ajax

Colby

August (family name, but just too heavy for a little boy, I feel)

Derby

Kirby

Oakley

Paxton (turns out this is the name of the local elementary school near us after a recent move.  Dang!)

Tabor

Seneca

Byatt

 

Girl names:

Octavia (Tavi, tah-vee, for short)

Zadie-- actually, would love to use this, as it is a family name.  But it sounds like a nickname, and I can't figure out a more formal name to base it on.  Ideas?

Juniper

Electra

 

 

 

 

 



I like Zadie all by it's self.  :)


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Not pregnant ATM, but I saw this thread and love to talk names...so there ya go!!

 

I used to nanny a little boy whose middle name was Parker and really liked it. The Parker is actually a name on the table. Our current favorite boy name is Nikolas Parker, but we'd call him Parker. We've already also told people our girl name we like as well, which some think is a bit hippie, but I don't care: Penelope Sage.

 

My husband LOVES Star Wars and wanted to name a boy Luke, but since my brother already has a Luke, I said no way. I also vetoed Leia, even though it's pretty just cause it's so obviously a Star Wars name. My compromises are that we named the cat Amidala (but we call her Ami...pronounced Ah-mee)...and that I promised DH that in the highly unlikely event we ended up with boy/girl twins that we could totally name them Walker and Skye (I also used to nanny a little girl named Skye and always thought it was a pretty name).

 

Our angel babies got names that we would have never given to a baby who came to term...but I figured that I could totally use my "weird" names on them, cause who would say something negative about them (if they even care to know...since people are kinda weird about miscarried babies). Our first angel baby is Riley Leilani and our second one is Paisley Huckleberry. 

 

Reading through this thread I saw some names I've seen on friend's kids...like Poppy and Pepper (they are sisters), Malcolm (totally awesome name BTW), etc.


Well, come to find out...when I wrote this back in September, I actually WAS pregnant...but have since lost that baby as well. Totally sucks..as that has been three losses in the last ten months. 

 

Anyway, so after we got the news the baby was no longer with us I decided I must have a name for it as well. I never realized this before, but Riley and Paisley are not only both gender-neutral, but both end in -ley...so that was the criteria for this one too. We decided on Waverley, but have yet to come up with a suitable middle name (we only found out this past Monday).

 

So now I have a Riley, a Paisley, and a Waverley as my angel babies. Not particularly unusual...but as pretty as they are, I don't think I would have named a born child those names.

 

 


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My oldest is Julian! We pronounce it in Spanish though, with the J as an H. It's been a favorite name of mine since I babysat a Julian when I was in my teens.

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Uriyah

Julian

Angel

 

(all for boys)

 

my hubby is too chicken. i'm not really. he doesn't like julian at all and i love it.



Julian has always been a favorite name of mine. In fact, we named our oldest Julian. He's now 11 years old. We do pronounce it in Spanish, with an H sound instead of a J. :-)

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Hey OP, I see you like Jean-Luc....we named our daughter  a cool name.  People are always giving us double takes when we say her name because I guess it is a little unusual, but we love it!!!  And lol because Jean Luc (yes after Picard) was a name we kind of joked about if she was a boy.  We tossed around the name Dax for a boy also, but I just couldn't do it.  But, oddly enough, not Dax from DS9....there is a guy on the show Parenthood with the name Dax.



Magali, I love your name! My first daughter is Magali Soleil. In my humble opinion, sweetest name in the whole world! :-)

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My husband's name is Sky--no "e" at the end.  He says that's for girls lol.  Anywhoo....he says his parents liked to smoke the wacky weed back in the day.   All 4 of their children were given "normal" names and middle names followed by earth names.  All of the children go by their earth names with the exception of the last.  His parents felt she didn't fit her earth name but her "normal" name suited her better

 

Here they are


Morning Star

Silver Cloud (he's a doctor and goes by doctor silver)

Night Sky (that's my guy)

Crystal Star --goes by her normal name Gabrielle



Those names are so cool! I'm actually considering "Sylver" for a little girl :-)

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It doesn't, but just for the record, I recently heard of a kid called Bastian. Presumably short for Sebastian. Not sure I'm that keen on it, but it does exist.

 

I always wondered if the name Dwight went up or down in popularity after The Office came out. :p



My second boy's middle name is Sebastian. In Argentina, where I'm from, is widely popular, and I love it! We call our Sebastians: Seba or Sebi. :-)

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I have a very unusual name myself: Yamile. I pronounce the Y as an SH, sha-MEE-LAY.

I LOVE my name, and I have named my kids all uncommon names in the States:

Julian (pronounced in Spanish, with an H sound)

Magali Soleil

Joaquin Sebastian

Areli Estrella

For this new baby I can only think of girl names! The one that keeps popping up is Sylver Lujan (Lujan is the patron of my country Argentina. I'm not even a Catholic, but I've always loved this name :-)

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My brother's daughter is Salome, which I suggested because i love it and I didn't want him to take the name I had for my own girl!

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Vindication!  Someone else liked the name Jezebel too!  So glad to hear it.
 



 



 



 

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When I hear Lucius I think of The Village. Not a bad thought. I really like that movie.



I adore the movie, the name Lucius, and Joaquin, the actor's name (my son is Joaquin ;-)

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Hey Aletheia, guess what, Ajax, Odysseus and Juniper were also on my shortlist that DH has pooh poohed.

Also Blazes, Bojangles and Buccaneer!

 

 


Too funny!  What are the chances??!

 

 


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Most of these are on the no list for us because they have been nixed by my mainstream-name-loving DH.

 

Boy names:

Odysseus (Odys for short, like Otis)

Ajax

Colby

August (family name, but just too heavy for a little boy, I feel)

Derby

Kirby

Oakley

Paxton (turns out this is the name of the local elementary school near us after a recent move.  Dang!)

Tabor

Seneca

Byatt

 

Girl names:

Octavia (Tavi, tah-vee, for short)

Zadie-- actually, would love to use this, as it is a family name.  But it sounds like a nickname, and I can't figure out a more formal name to base it on.  Ideas?

Juniper

Electra



Did you get Octavia from the Southern Vampire Mysteries series? That's the only place I've heard of that name. :-P


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Well,  I always wanted to name a boy Phoenix - but DH said no - that's a superhero name! lol  Then I Loved the name Dax - but he said Dax was too short for a first name.  So we went the whole 9 months without a name - boy or girl!  We had a baby boy - still no name! But after I had him I asked Dh what he was going to name him (we had made a deal that if it was a girl I would name her and a boy he would name him) and the first thing he said was "You can name him Phoenix if you want to! "  But I wanted him to have a name that he loved too so i just let him think about it for a while. Finally after a couple of days we settled on a name Daxton Gabriel Phoenix.  We will probably call him Dax as he gets older though - we do now sometimes actually.   


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Did you get Octavia from the Southern Vampire Mysteries series? That's the only place I've heard of that name. :-P



 

Nope!  My grandfather's middle name was Octavio.  


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I have a very unusual name myself: Yamile. I pronounce the Y as an SH, sha-MEE-LAY.

I LOVE my name, and I have named my kids all uncommon names in the States:

Julian (pronounced in Spanish, with an H sound)

Magali Soleil

Joaquin Sebastian

Areli Estrella

For this new baby I can only think of girl names! The one that keeps popping up is Sylver Lujan (Lujan is the patron of my country Argentina. I'm not even a Catholic, but I've always loved this name :-)

Love the names.  Joaquin is one of my favorite boy names.  Oddly, my daughter's elderly female piano teacher has this name-- think it's a saint?  Julian was also on my list!

 

I used to have a Magali as a student.  She was fabulous!

 


 

 


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I once read about a woman named Chrysalis in a news article and was smitten with the name immediately.  I think it is sounds so beautiful and the concepts of growth and metamorphosis surrounding it are lovely.  I do not like the name/nickname "Chris" at all so I don't think I would ever give this name to a child.



I knew someone who named their DD this about 10 yrs ago.


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Just read this one on another thread: "Harvest" for a boy. LOVE. But I have an H last name, so, NO.



I am over avoiding alliteration.  Now I am desperate!


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