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June 22nd, 2013 03:12 PM #31Senior Member
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June 22nd, 2013 03:31 PM #33Senior Member
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Apart from the matchy R sounds with Rhys, I think I like it the best of the new options. It is a bit more male on the spelling, ala Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But he's irish. And I'm a fan of grouping backgrounds for kids names. And boys names on girls don't bother me one bit as you know
Asa confuses me. I'm not 100% on the pronunciation. Either way, I tend to stay far away from christian names in general.
August is ok. It's not my favorite month name.
All-in-all none of these beat out your other choices so far for me.Mama to ~Rowan Josephine 1/12~
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June 22nd, 2013 03:49 PM #35
I never thought Asa was overly religious, he's not a major player in the bible like Abraham or Moses.
Also Asa is used in other cultures for girls, and it has an entirely different etymology than the male biblical character. For me personally, this negates the argument that it's too religious and the argument that it's a 'boy' name only to be used on boys.Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
June 22nd, 2013 07:02 PM #37
Christian names are off limits. However, I do think the more recently popular names like Asa, Asher, Silas, etc. scream "biblical" while classics like John, Jacob, etc. are just that, classics (although I find an atheist named Mary to be kind of amusing).
Originally Posted by loisvs** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **
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June 22nd, 2013 07:17 PM #39
Asa was a king in the Bible... While it might not offend some, it would certainly offend others... that's the nature of religion and culture... not all interpret it the same way. However, for the record, I was with a group of Muslims last night, and I did inquire as to what they would think if you named your son Aisha or your daughter Mohammed. They all agreed that you don't need to be a Muslim to use those names, but the gender-swapping elicited responses from "I'd think you were crazy" to just being offended I'd suggested it. I don't think it's an issue to use a religious name when you are not religious... but if you are going to swap genders, how will that be viewed by members of that culture? I do think a certain degree of respect and P.C. are called for... but feel free to disagree. This is simply something to consider before giving such a name.INTJ Anthropologist Living in the centre of China, married to a Persian, and just enjoying a completely unpredictable life
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