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View Poll Results: Which one (or two) of these names should we cut from our possibility list? Why?

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  • Jasper

    19 16.81%
  • Conrad

    47 41.59%
  • Roland

    74 65.49%
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  1. #11
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    I don't mean to at all be disrespectful, but just to point out a bit of an oversimplification. Actually, the Chinese naming system is extremely complex. And although there are "natural" elements in characters, Chinese names tend to be no more "nature" related than Western names (you find the occasional Lily or Ice, but there are even more Upright Men, Broad Love, Shining on the East, etc.). They do relate the naming process to nature (choosing names which balance one's elements), quite similar to the Indian system, but that has no bearing on choosing Jasper. Sorry, I've lived in China for most of my adult life (I'm an anthropologist), so this is just a pet peeve of mine...

    I do love the reference to the Magi, and Jasper is ok. However, it seems very trendy. I'd actually prefer Casper over Jasper. Based on the name (which happens to be my husband's name), I am assuming you might be Persian? If so, I'd also recommend Kian and Cyrus. Out of your list, my favs are actually Emrys and Jasper. I know a Conrad, so it doesn't have the best connotation with me. Roland sounds, well, a bit rolly. However, I do love "The Song of Roland"... maybe if you could find a nice nickname or put it as a middle name... Evander sounds like the ear-biting boxer. I've never heard of Amias before... I am undecided on that one.

    It does, however, depend on your surname.
    INTP Anthropologist Living in the centre of China, married to a Persian, and just enjoying a completely unpredictable life

    Emiliana Pari 郑煜曈 '14

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    Currently stuck on girls

    Names I love, but cannot use:

    Soren Pasha, Caspian Bardia, Caspar Siavash, Elias Rostam, Simon Kasra
    Valentina Parvaneh, Rosalind Tala, Viola Katayoun

  2. #13
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    I would lose Conrad. I'm in love with Jasper, and really like Roland.
    | 18 | INFP | Passions: art and psychology |
    (Changing my name to Zoie Alyssa Willow.)

    For a future...
    Darling Little Girl:

    Lavender Sophia (Mae) ~ Opal Eleanor ~ Magnolia Isobel ~ Luna Penelope ~ India Alice ~ Rose Ophelia

    Splendid Little Boy:

    River Henry William - Sebastian River - Hugo Timothy Arthur - Phoenix Hugh - Silas Apollo Jack - Axl Benjamin Wolf

  3. #15
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    Mar 2013
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    Love love love both Emrys and Amias!
    Cora Vivienne ~ Eliza Margot ~ Esme Caroline ~ Fiona Hazel ~ Gwyneth Rosalie ~ Madeleine Vesper ~ Sylvie Meredith ~ Zara Penelope
    Archer Nathaniel ~ Callum Jasper ~ Emrys Julian ~ Leo Sebastian ~ Lucian Matteo ~ Milo Vincent ~ Rhys Donovan ~ Theo Francis

  4. #17
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    May 2011
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    Conrad - I really dislike this name so much. I don't have a distinct reason, I just don't like the sound of it at all.

  5. #19
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    I'm having a hard time with this question. Roland is my personal favorite of the three, and, since it's German, it honors part of your heritage. It's also significantly less popular than Jasper in the U.S., so to my "trend-sense" it's a better match with Rayhan. But since he'll be born in China and may or may not end up living in America, the popularity factor probably isn't too relevant. Roland looks and sounds matchy enough with Rayhan that I'd probably choose Roland to scratch from the list.

    Jasper, with its Persian origins, and Conrad, with its German ones, also honor your values and heritage, and both--especially Conrad--look and sound good with Rayhan. Personally I prefer Jasper, but Conrad's sound, look and lower popularity are all better with Rayhan.

    Best wishes!
    "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names."
    Psalm 147:4

    Still dreaming:
    Tobias Rory Benjamin ~ Crispin Isaiah ~ Ransom Horatio ~ Lucius Olórin ~ James Deliverance
    Una Marguerite/Oona Sylvestra ~ Jessamyn Agnes ~ Branwen Evangeline ~ Alice Emmanuelle ~ Christiana Linnet

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