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July 9th, 2015 03:56 AM #1
What's more important: sound or meaning?Alaric ~ Caiden ~ Emrys ~ Frederick ~ Ian ~ Ryan ~ Terrence (Renny) ~ Theodore
Alexandra ~ Caytlin ~ Cassiopeia ~ Eleanor ~ Megan ~ Zoë
Please vote on my name list, Thank you!
July 9th, 2015 05:12 AM #3
I guess it all depends. For some people, the meaning really affects the name as a whole. Take Cecelia for instance. It means 'blind'. To me, it's not a big deal because I don't think of it as dooming my child to a life of blindness or anything like that, but for other people, they might not want to give their child a name with such a dark connotation, and I understand that. Names like Ophelia, Desdemona, and Portia all sound attractive enough, but their background and ties can really be a damper for some people. Take it from me, I was named after a character in a book that had some less than dignified things happen to her. So moral of the story, I prefer sound over meaning.
As for your situation, I can't tell you what to choose, but my advice would be to pick whichever you think your child would be more proud to wear. Both Ryan and Ian are very nice names, so you can't go wrong with either choice
Bookworm - Biology Major - Mythology Enthusiast
Mostly just a reader, but occasionally a writer as well. I also just really like names.
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July 13th, 2015 02:54 PM #5Junior Member
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I prefer to go for sound as you will hear it much more frequently. As your child grows their name will change meaning to you anyway and you will thunk of them, not their original meaning!
July 13th, 2015 07:02 PM #7Senior Member
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Ciaran David Eugene * Peter Malachi "Machi" * Jonah William * George Abraham Wolf * Sidney DeanNoel * Hamish * Hugo * Arthur * Benedict * Rory * Jonathan * River * Westley * Harper
Jane Silvia Hero * Mary Odilia Lark * Susannah Miriam "Annie" * Alice Thisbe * Victoria Ivy
Eden * Daisy * Georgiana * Niamh * Phoebe * Marigold * Juliette * Isobel * Esther * Ruth
July 13th, 2015 09:28 PM #9若兰
I'm just a third-culture girl with an affinity for names.
In loving memory of Margot