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November 21st, 2012 11:18 AM #21
I'm right there with you! All of my names get more than just a nose-wrinkle. They get a head-rearing-back, jaw-dropping-open, you-want-to-name-them-WHAT??? face...every. single. time. And I'm not even pregnant yet! My husband and I both come from really conservative families where we are the one odd out, and so I dread the time when I am actually carrying a little one and we have to tell them the name we've decided on.
That being said, I know that if you let other people make a decision for you, you will ALWAYS regret it. You have to stay true to what you love It is the family's job to support you, and if they aren't doing their job, that is not on you, nor on your child. Go with what you LOVE. Every child goes through a name crisis in their life, whether they are named Ashley or Hepzibah, and it is far easier to explain to a daughter "I chose this name because I loved it more than anything else in the world" than it is to say "I wanted something else, but settled on this because of the reactions from the family."
I for one LOVE Arya, and all its fantasy associations (Game of Thrones, the Inheritance saga, etc). It just has so much more substance than Poppy or Ruby or Ellie, and goes so much better with your sons' names!Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Caspian _____
Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Juliet Snow ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River Seraphine ~ Elowen Briar
Narnia Rose, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu