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  1. #1
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    Family names - cool vintage names or just too old?

    It is very important for me to use family names for my children. My daughter's first and middle names honor 4 women in my family.

    My problem: I'm not sure if my family names are usable as first names. Do you think they are cool and vintage or old and ugly? :P

    The names:
    Glenn
    Victor
    Phillip
    Robert
    Harlen or Harley
    Eugene
    Richard
    Wally (I would probably find a longer form for this one.)

    So would any of these be good first names?
    My Top Names:
    Bernice, Eugenia, Harlow, Lillian, Rosemarie, Ruby

    Alden, Davis, Rudy

  2. #3
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    I like Victor and Harlan a lot. Victor I feel like is very underused.

    Philip I can never decide if I like or not.

    Glenn is a good one-syllable middle that doesn't clash with much. I wouldn't use it as a FN though and it feels a little bit androgynous.

    Richard and Robert are classic but I just don't like them, honestly. I don't think they're unusable though.

    [Something] Walton is what I would do with Wally if I had to use it.

    I don't like Harley or Eugene at all. But I've seen Harley used on both genders of little kids so obviously a lot of people like it, I just don't. I do like Harvey but I don't know that that's close enough.

  3. #5
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    The names on your list are great! Glenn and Harlen would be my favorites, and Eugene and Richard I would only consider for a mn. I like using names to honor family members; it gives children an important link to family history. You don't have to use the exact name, though. You could use a variant, a name with a similar meaning, or even a name with the same initial.

  4. #7
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    i would say harlen/harley as first name..

    so maybe
    harley phillip glenn
    harlen richard eugene
    harlen victor glen
    harley richard victor

    i mean you could use Harlen richard phillip victor ...
    or harley philip victor eugene..
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  5. #9
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    I like Harlen, but it can easily sound like Harlem. So he may have a lifetime of correcting. All others I think make great middle names if you're not sure, they are cool vintage names.

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