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    Romanov: I've totally fallen for it even though I know it's not usable

    I've started keeping a list of words/place names that have a cool sound but aren't really usable as names. One of my favourites is Romanov. Do you like it (based on sound alone)? It sounds dashing and handsome to me

    There are a few names of royal houses that have become acceptable names- Bruce, Stuart, a friend of a friend is named Tudor... what makes these any more usable than Romanov? Is it because of the Revolution? I guess people tend to think of Nicholas II but there were strong Romanov monarchs like Catherine the Great... Would the useability of royal house names depend on what the monarchs were like? (If so, where does Stuart come from?!) BTW, I love history but don't know much compared to a lot other Berries, it seems!

    Sorry this post turned out so long. I'm nowhere near having kids, just want opinions! TIA, Berries
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    I can't separate it from the Romanov family, which definitely isn't an association I would wish on a child. How about Roman, Romilly, Romello or Romere? Or maybe Dov or Angelov?

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    THe Russian imperial family didn't legally have a surname. However they were called the Romanovs since the 18thc, and the name comes from one of the earliet ancestors of the Russian Imperial family whose given name was Roman. It was a patronymic that just stayed attached to the family (doubtless they liked the comparison to the Roman Empire).

    Stuart comes for steward, actually.

    As to their adoption-- well as anglophones we'll always use English words and surnames more easily than foreign ones. Some words are more ripe for the plucking than others-- why rose versus chrysanthemum, or opal versus chalcedony? Familiarity and ease are important.
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    blade, I didn't know that bit of Russian history, thanks for telling me. And good point about familiarity and ease. Though I wonder if it's just me who thinks foreign words often sound much better partly because they're unfamiliar and exotic.

    augusta_lee, I don't think I'd actually use Romanov. More of a guilty pleasure I guess.
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    If I could separate it from the imperial Russian family (which I really can't), I would think it has a cool sound. Then again, I appreciate languages a lot and love the sound of other nationalities and cultures, if that makes sense. I think what makes Bruce or Stuart usable, for example, but not Romanov, is the perception of how surnamey it is. For example, the surname Grant is also quite popular as a FN (quite a dashing FN, imo!), and it has similar aspects to other common FNs, imo. But something like Wlasniewski or Romanov? Wlasniewski is a *lot* worse than Romanov, imo, haha, but it's just too strongly a surname, it doesn't really sound like a FN. That's where it gets into the whole pretentious/strange sort of area, I think. I mean, Hammitt is a GP of mine, but I wouldn't use Hammitt any more than I would use Romanov or Washington or any other too-surnamey surname.
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