You know, Ironica, you're not too bad on the rules.
Here are ours:
1) No R, S, B, L, E, or M names.*
2) No single-syllable first names, as our last name is a single syllable, so it would sound too abrupt.
3) Cannot end with long E, short A, or ER sound, as those are the ending sounds of our first three kids' names, & rhyming is out. Last time around I was just trying to avoid long E & short A sounds, and that one rule knocked out a lot
of girl names.
4) Cannot be in the top 100 popular names on the SSA's list, and preferably not in the top 200. (Our most popular name is Esther, at 298.)
5) Preferably doesn't have an obvious nickname, as our first three names don't.
6) Should follow this rhythm: 2 syllable first name, 3 syllable second name, 1 syllable third name. I'm flexible on this one, though.
7) The pronunciation has to be readily obvious from just looking at the name. I grew up having my name mangled by nearly everyone I met; it's not something I'm going to inflict on my kids.
8) No funky spellings.
9) Has to have a good meaning. (Linda does not
mean "pretty", by the way.)
10) Family member or friend's name far preferred, but no one's grandparents.
11) The name has to not only be uncommon, it has to be obviously a real name. Random nouns and made up names need not apply.
*Yes, I am fully aware Evangeline violates this rule, & #6 as well. I can't explain it, but this name came to me before I knew I was pregnant, possibly before I was
Oh, & I love Randall. I just don't like the nickname Randy, which is why we had the name Randolph for our boy's name the last two times.