So, someone (alzora I believe, :)) suggested this name on my combo thread and it reminded me how much I love it. It had totally slipped my mind and had been pushed on the back burner because my husband didn't like it much. BUT, I brought it up to him today and he acted like he never disliked it (men...:rolleyes:) and said he would definitely consider it.
For those who don't know, I'm trying to find a way to subtly honor my father who passed away with the next baby's name. He loved the water and boats, and there is also a Grateful Dead song called "Lost Sailor" that always makes me think of him. So, what are your thoughts on the name Sailor?
I LOVE it. Personally I think it's more middle name worthy, but it really is amazing.
I originally didn't like it, but now I think it would be a super sweet name for a boy because of this blogger I follow (bleu bird blog) who has a handsome and smiley baby boy named Sailor Rhodes. I'm not sure I could see it on a girl, but I typically can't see Rowan on a girl either, so I suppose it fits with your style well. A lovely, more feminine middle name could balance out the masculinity of Sailor, I suppose!
One of the characters (? Not sure... he's dead, but that is not a spoiler, no worries) of my favourite books is called Sailor. But he was a man. This was my first brush with it as a name, and so I see it as being very masculine.
I wouldn't have Rowan and Sailor together. Rowan on its own is just that- Rowan. When you put it with Sailor, all I can see/ think/ hear is "rowin' and sailor". I think it would work as a middle name, though, as it makes the wordiness a lot less noticeable.
I'm really sorry for your loss.
I think Sailor is great. For a boy or girl? I think it works for both.
Hehe, my husband does the same! Men...
EDIT: I looked at your combo thread and see it's for a girl. I think Christy Brinkley's daughter is named Sailor. I see you're considering Cordelia as well, which means "from the sea", which could be a way of honouring your father, too. There's a number of names with watery meanings, which you might like.
Cordelia would only be a middle name. It's one of my husband's picks and I'm just so-so on it, but I told him we could use it as a middle. I guess Sailor Cordelia would be too watery? lol
Originally Posted by sarahmezz
Sailor Cordelia is a bit watery, but I think that would be more of an issue on NB where people actually know the meaning of Cordelia :) In the "real world" her middle name won't be used frequently, and when it is, the average person won't immediately connect the watery meanings.
I think Sailor is beautiful with Rowan (despite the "rowing sailor" connection) and I love the unique way it honors your dad!
Some more nautical name ideas:
Maris - sea/rule
Azure - unisex color name. A gentle lazy ocean comes to mind.
Meredith - "sea lord"...too long? This one could work for either gender, for a first or middle. Sailor Meredith is beautifully unisex.
Zephyr - west wind. unisex and stunning with Rowan
Muir/Muirin - sea/moor
Navy - nautical color and seafaring name. Would make a stunning middle, although not one I'd pair with Sailor.
Kai - sea in Hawaiian, forgiveness in Japanese. Usually given to boys. Kairi is an option if you want the more feminine version
Harbor - loving the imagery of a safe haven for sailors in a storm. Beautifully unisex, and similar enough to the popular Harper to make it as a word name.
Windsor - not oceanic, but has the W sound. "the bend in the river"
Anne - as a middle name perhaps? Anne is the patron saint of sailors
Indigo - deep blue. Not one I'd personally pair with Sailor, but is lovely with Rowan. It is rising in popularity though.
Merlin - sea fortress (and of course the utter awesomeness of the Arthurian wizard)
Alwyn - Welsh reference to the river Alwen. I know you were liking Alys recently :)
Good luck! I confess I'm very interested to see what you end up falling for!
Based on the above list, I like the name Merida! Kind of like Meredith and may have the same meaning...not sure.
While I really like Sailor, I don't think it does with Rowan. As the pp said, I thought of "row and sail" and found it a bit cheesy.
I do like the name Rivers for a girl which is water related, but not so much an active water name like "row" or "sail" part in the other 2 aforementioned names.
Sailor's gorgeous! I'd love to meet a little Sailor girl. I always hear Fiona Apple's O'Sailor song when I see the name (the video's got some pretty spectacular "sailor" girls in it!). I think Sailor Cordelia would be super cute!