Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
Plus, there are so many weird names out there! Your kid won't be the only one with an unusual name in grade school. TRUST me!
Plus it is pretty unique, and special, and the fact that it has special meaning to you makes it even more wonderful. If she grows up to hate it as a teenager, show her the movie Gogol. It might help her understand the significance of names to the parents who give them, and the gift that they are giving when they choose your name for you.
The truth is you could name her Amy and she might hate that too. There is little guarantee that any teenager will love their name. Eventually they become their own people, but in the meantime, you do what feels right!
I was talking with my mom about names and she told me that when she was pregnant with me she was talking to someone (she thinks my grandma) and she shared the name they were thinking of naming me and grandma said she didn't like it. That happened to my mom twice - she stopped sharing potential names with people - to heck with them!
I agree with my mom when she says if you wait, either people won't say "yikes, what a terrible name" because they can't change anything at that point or they will love the name because it's associated to a precious baby face.
Go with what you and DH have in your hearts.
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I think it is none of their business and you should do what works for your family. I'm sure this is only the start of peeople giving you unwanted and unwarranted advice, so take it as practice!
Mama to a 3 year old awesome kid, Rowan (aka Mister Boopy) and TTC another at 43!
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I didn't have the best knee-jerk to it only because it has such a strong association with something else. As a word/name, I think it's fine. But my first thoughts when I hear it go to Baron von Trapp.
I got some grief over my kids' names too, and expect more to come for dc3.
With that said, here Edelweiss is a name of a large sausage making company. So its definitely not a name that I would be able to choose for my child.
But if you do want to use it I'd recommend giving her a more traditional middle name then she can use that later if she doesn't like Edelweiss.
I like Edelweiss - it is a beautiful and rare flower. As for a NN - I know a very sweet lady named Adie (pronounced Aid-ee) and I thought that would be a sweet nickname for Edelweiss (spelled Edie or something like that).
Best of luck - and remember, it is a name you are choosing for who you want your daughter to be. Everyone else will learn to love her for her, not her name.
due 1.12.10 w/ #3 - already have one of each, so we're getting a surprise!
Everyone will learn to love it over time. Maybe just act like you have others in mind, don't tell your family what they are, and then announce the name after the birth. We are not telling anyone this time, because after 4 with # on the way I am sick of everyone's opinions and my kids have beautiful names, as will this one. Good luck!
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I do agree that once your kid is named that it becomes their name, but I think Edelweiss will be a hard one for a kid to live with in the US. And for people who know her the name will fit, but there will be people who will see the name on paper before they meet her who might have preconceptions because of it. Likely she will end up with a nickname, like Edie or Adela or something along those lines. Especially when she's younger and her friends have trouble pronouncing it. If you used a name like Adela, and said she was named after the flower, or put Edelweiss in the middle, would it still hold as much meaning to you?
DD2, born at home in the water, March 2010