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April 28th, 2013 04:19 PM #1
A Real Charmer
(I took about half an hour to come up with the pun in the title for anyone who appreciated it. Thank you.)
I have rediscovered a new name which has subsequently really caught my fancy - Charmian. It's Greek, it's Shakespearian, it's rare - what more could you ask from a name really? However, there is a slight problem. There is a name which is, to me, the epitome of all that is evil and hideous (because of a personal association...and also because I just hate it with a passion) which sounds very similar.
Charmaine/Sharmaine/Sharmayne/Shahrmayyne embodies everything I hate in a name. (Not sure why - does everyone have those names which are just unspeakably repugnant?) Anyway, since Charmaine and its posse of equally repelling spellings seem to be very popular at the moment, do you think Charmian would get confused for a rather more attractive mispelling? Would it be mispronounced as a result? Thanks Berries!
(Sorry to anyone called Charmaine or has a daughter/relation/close friend with the name. I just really dislike it for no apparent reason. Sorry.)
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April 29th, 2013 02:09 PM #7
Charmin is everywhere.
I'm a huge fan of Shakespeare, although I have far from read all of his works. I haven't come across Charmian before, but my first thoughts were the toilet paper, and that Charmian must be a masculine form of Charmaine or something along those lines. While the -ian ending is used on both genders (Lillian, Vivian, etc. for girls; Julian, Lucian, Sebastian, Aurelian, Valerian, Florian, etc. for boys), it seems much more prevalent on boys. Straight off, it struck me as quite masculine, sorry. But hey, Shakespeare makes almost everything okay. Maybe you could use it as a MN if you find it not-so-usable as a FN?Ashley
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April 29th, 2013 02:22 PM #9
I love Shakespeare too (although like you, I haven't read nearly all of them) and Antony and Cleopatra is a particular favourite of mine so Charmian is a nice connection, despite her being only a minor character; Cleopatra's maidservant, so basically almost non-existent but still. It's Shakespeare. I do agree that it sounds quite masculine, and so together with the toilet paper fiasco and the potential confusion of Charmaine, I am resigned to it being a middle at most. *sigh* Thank you for commenting!