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For some reason I can't get a proper poll to work, so here's an improper one.

Of these three names, which do you like the best (if you like any of them at all)?

* Arden
* Ariel
* Avalon

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I think Avalon is pretty---but Ariel is cuter and goes well with Ivan!!
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I think Avalon is pretty---but Ariel is cuter and goes well with Ivan!!
You don't think it's still too early, given The Little Mermaid? I love Ariel and consider it to be from The Tempest (because... it is), but others may think I named her after a Disney princess, which kinda bugs me.
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Arden has always been on my short list.

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Avalon is pretty, but I love Ariel. And, who cares where people think you got the name?!

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I'm voting Avalon.
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I love the meaning and sound of Ariel but I hate the princess thing. Ruined it for me. I like avalon.
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Wow, I love them all.

I'd go for Avalon or Ariel myself, pending how they flow with the middle name & surname.
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I like the sound of Avalon. The very first thing I think of when I hear Ariel is the Little Mermaid.

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I had a friend in college named Avalon -- I always thought it was a beautiful name!
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I like Arden. Very Shakespearean.

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I like Avalon the best.

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Of the three Avalon is my favorite!

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Avalon!
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They are all cool names - any of them is a good choice! I like Avalon the best - it is a pretty name and a lovely, sweet place to spend time. It might be a little to similar to Ivan, though...
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You don't think it's still too early, given The Little Mermaid? I love Ariel and consider it to be from The Tempest (because... it is), but others may think I named her after a Disney princess, which kinda bugs me.
I have a friend (she's 20) who was born with red hair, thus her parents named her Ariel at birth after the Disney version princess. She loves it, we all love it. Some people try to call her Arielle (airy-L) but she won't have it . I don't think it's too soon!
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As the mother of a DD with long, red hair, Ariel is one of my least favorite names. People DEFINITELY associate it with the Disney character. My DD gets called "Ariel" by cashiers, kids on the playground, you name it. It's irritating, because we're a Disney limiting family.

Avalon is really, really pretty. Unfortunately, it was/is also the name of a large and popular head shop in Pittsburgh. That's always my first association.

I love Arden. Unusual, but classy and neutral in a good way. The name will grow to suit the child, instead of the other way around.

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avalon first, arden second, ariel over my dead body

too popular, too cutesy, too many kids at the high school where i worked named ariel.

actually, i had never heard of avalon before as a name and i LOVE IT!!

we're pretty much done with kids so i might steal it for a cat

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I vote for Arden!

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Another vote for Arden. Avelon is beautiful, too. Before I had kids, I always wanted to name my DD Ariel. But once Little Mermaid came out, I said no way. I did not want my kid to grow up having a Disney name.

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I vote for Ariel!

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avalon first, arden second, ariel over my dead body
Heehee!!

Well, this is very encouraging... thank you all!! I think Avalon is our top choice right now, though I really love Ardren (we are actors and love the idea of an uncommon Shakespeare name... there's a limited scope, obviously).

I curse the Disney franchise for ruining Ariel!! Bah.

Next question: nicknames for Avalon and Arden?

Avalon:
Avi
Ali
Lola

Don't like: Ava (too common), Val, Loni

No idea for Arden. Don't like Denny. Maybe Ari?

Nicknames aren't *necessary,* but I like the idea of options.
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Another lit major and Shakespeare fan weighing in to vote for Arden. A good friend is due in June with a girl and she has been pushing her DH for that name, but he doesn't care for it. Bummer!

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Avalon is one of my two picks for my own if we have a girl, and the other top pick is Lola--I never thought about using Avalon as the full name and Lola for a nickname! That gets my vote!

(Extra credit if you're using Avalon because of The Mists of Avalon!)
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I adore the name Arden. SOOOO much. Arden Arden Arden, just so pretty!

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I like the sound of Avalon. The very first thing I think of when I hear Ariel is the Little Mermaid.
The first thing I think of when I hear the name Ariel is, 'what a pretty name.'
Ariel was the name of the spirit in Shakespeare's Tempest; the lead female in many films including Footloose, Grumpy Old Men and In America. It's also the name of the pretty teenage daughter in the tv series, Medium. Ariel Winter, Ariel Waller and Ariel Gade are up-and-coming young actresses.There are lots of names that have associations in popular culture...who knows, maybe Avalon will be the name of a cartoon character or a famous porn star down the road. Choose a name that you love. People will comment on any name.
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Most of the time I just discount when people talk about the association between classic names and current TV shows or movies. Maybe because I don't have a TV and rarely watch "popular" movies. But even in my anti-Disney, media-free little bubble, the Ariel-Little Mermaid connection has been well established. Maybe adults won't think of it, but her peers will. I would pass on that.

Arden is very nice and Shakespearian.
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Gosh, they're all so nice!

I really like Ariel! Have you considered eliminating a bit of the "Disney Stigma" by spelling it a bit different; Arielle? Or pronouncing it with a long "ahh" sound in the beginning?


Between Arden and Avalon(this is on our list, we like A names a lot), I like Avalon better. I think its just a titch more feminine sounding. That's my personality though. I like slightly girly names.

Also, I'm not big on nicknames, so cannot help you there.

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FWIW...I do not associate Ariel with Disney at all. In fact, I associate it with one of my favorite movies of all time, who has a kick butt strong female character in it: Footloose! Remember? She was someone who stood up for what she believed in. Off course I guess the trade-off is that my association swaps the "princess" identity to "one who defies her parents", but either way I really like Ariel a lot. And who knows, your daughter could be the one to re-define the name's association one day....president, cure for cancer....you name it. If you like it, that's all that matters.
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