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  1. #11
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    I think of the name Scarlett for the "Gone with the Wind" connection. I think it pairs well with Rowan. Virginia might be another good option and would also compliment Rowan.

  2. #13
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    @notcinnamon, First of all, Wellsley is such a cool name for a girl. Do you call her Wells? I actually have friends and relatives with a lot of these names!

    Anyway, the names I like and are usable are as follows...

    Mabry
    Maren
    Hollis
    Lael
    Riordan (always worry about pronunciation issues with this one)
    Merritt
    Callaway

    I like Wilder, Abram, Lennox, Reece, and Archer for boys.
    My cherished daughter, Rowan Jane. ~b. 10/2011~


    Sawyer ~ Aven ~ Elowen ~ Sage ~ Eilonwy ~ Eleanor
    Morgan ~ Asher ~ ___ ~ ___ ~ Currently trying to fill the blanks...


    Trying for #2 in January 2014.

  3. #15
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    I've lived a majority of my life in the same place that your grandmother is from, so hopefully I can help!

    These are all women/girls I've come across:
    Capers
    Dunlap
    Preller
    Darden
    Greer
    Satterlee (middle name, but it still counts)
    Collins
    Simms
    Kittrell nn Kitty
    ...and more.
    Last edited by garnet; February 21st, 2013 at 09:14 AM.
    Henry John, Charles Wesley
    Eleanor June, Clara Sparling

  4. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowangreeneyes View Post
    I am from the South, and I have always been slightly obsessed with all things Southern. And I'm not talking Larry the Cable Guy or anything from the "modern" South. I'm talking Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, live oaks, Mark Twain, balmy Southern nights, fireflies, sweet tea... I love Rowan's name for so many reasons, but one of them is because my 88 year old Southern aristocratic grandmother, with her lilting Charleston SC accent, approved of it and said it was a perfect name for "a strong, Southern lady." So, what are some more names that give you that image? I'm looking for more surname-y type names, so no Charlotte's or Josephine's. Help berries!
    I am a Texan now living in South Mississippi and I too love old Southern names. Rowan is one of my fave for a girl. It will always be a girl name for me.

    Here are some other ideas, some from Anne Rice novels, where I first saw Rowan as a teenager. Her books are of questionable literary value unless you are 15, but some great names!

    Clancy
    Quincy
    Destry
    Alafair - an old peculiar Louisiana name
    Haviland
    Mayfair
    Wells
    Yeats
    Yardley
    Walker
    Lee
    Shiloh
    Jasper
    Rue
    Blair
    O'Hara
    Laramie
    Darby
    Lane
    Leighton

    This site has a list of old Southern surnames: http://www.heiseonline.com/southern/wgbsurs.html

    A few from here:

    Abbott
    Darcy
    Flynn
    Frost
    Garland
    Gatlin
    Holloway
    Lindley
    McVeigh - kidding! Seeing if yre paying attention ;-)
    Snowden
    Sutton
    Wimberly

    Bet you'd get a lot of ideas just browsing genealogy sites. Good luck!
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    Trying for our first.
    Jack . Walker . David . Gabriel . Joe . Michael
    Clementine . Marina . Nadia . Vesper . Georgia . Emerald
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  5. #19
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    Alabama native here that wanted the EXACT same thing as you when we were naming our first, now at it again for potential #2 some day. Personally, I don't think it gets more southern than using unique names from your own family tree! I actually joined ancestry.com just for baby naming. DS is Jackson Fielding (Fielding is a name that has been used by my grandfather's family for generations) and if we have a little girl next time she will be Annabelle Montgomery (Montgomery is my great grandmother's maiden name). I also know several other kids named the same way.

    Some other southern surnames I know:
    Mills - boy
    Reid - Girl
    Mary Owen - girl
    Ivy Livingston "Livy" - girl
    Bradford - boy
    Forsythe - girl
    Carlton - girl

    In the mean time, Rowan makes me think of place names since Rowan Oak is the name of William Faulkner's home in Oxford, MS so here are some other place names that you might like:
    Evangaline (city in LA)
    Georgiana (city in AL)
    Augusta
    Florence

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