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  1. #6
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    I actually strongly dislike this name. I think it has such an ugly sound to it! It's been suggested to me a lot b/c it's a gaelic M name which is what I've been looking for but can't find. But I just can't stand the sound of it. I know someone who named their little girl Maeve and just sounded so ugly to me.

  2. #8
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    Maeve is tied for first place on my girls name list with Regina. Maeve is beautiful. I love the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it feels. I think the sound is gorgeous. It has a bright attractive quality and I can see it equally well on a sweet, curious toddler and a grandmother dandling her grandkids on her knee. I think part of Maeve's attractiveness is just like you said...it is different but familiar. It doesn't sound compeltely foriegn to us even in America where Emily's and Jayden's are sort of par for the course (and it even has the sweet, vintage Mae in it) but it isn't everywhere we look either. It's refreshing without being weird.

    I don't think Maeve is getting too popular. In fact I was just talking about this with one of my friends the other day when discussing the merits of my two favorite girls names and which I should choose to use first. She argued that Maeve was getting super popular. I have never met a Regina myself. A friend of mine over on the east coast met one three year old Maeve a couple of years ago right after having her son. Her nurse's daughter had the name and she said she was a very cute little girl. That's the only Maeve I've ever heard of in real life. So I asked her where she got the idea it was becoming popular and she said a lot of berries are always mentioning it and it pops up on the little cloud of names on the homepage a lot. I wouldn't let that bother you if you like. Berries seem to be ahead of the naming curve a lot of time (and again, how often it is mentioned vs how often it is actuall used is probably a fairly large disparity). I think Maeve is more of...what did a pp say? A nameberry delicacy? I think that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

  3. #10
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    I know a Maeve in her early 20's, but that's the only one I've ever met. I think the uncommon-but-familiar thing is huge for parents, and Maeve falls into that category. It's easy to pronounce and spell, quite strong and simple, has a distinctive one-syllable sound, is clearly feminine but not over-the-top flowery, and has a pretty appealing sound- the classic Mae with the trendy sounds of the long "a" and "v." I think it sounds fuller as a name than Mae or Macy. Cons I think would be no easy nicknames and its length- some people love shorter names so that would be a pro for them, but some people prefer to have a longer name with a short nickname. I think Maeve's brevity and strength would appeal to people who like unisex names but want something that's more clearly feminine. I definitely like and get the appeal Maeve, although personally I prefer Maeva. There's no real reason for it, I just like Maeva more.

    Maeve's had a pretty slow, steady rise since 1997 and seems to be evening out in the 500-600 range, so barring any major Maeve-related events I can't see it exploding into popularity. It may continue to rise, but I don't think it'll reach the top 10 (or even top 50) any time in the next few years.

  4. #12
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    I think it's vintage, which is popular right now. It also sounds a bit european..or Irish I guess. Which I find popular in America(where I live) I love this name, I see no cons. I do agree that it is used commonly as a middle name but I think that makes it feel refreshing in the first name spot.
    I don't think Maeve is becoming too popular, I think it's just a Nameberry thing!
    All the best,
    Shannon

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    Baby boy due February 16th, 2013

  5. #14
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    I find nothing great about Maeve... to echo someone else, I think it has a really unattractive sound. It's so abrupt and... blah. I can't really explain it. I just think of pave, slave, etc.
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