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Thread: Does meaning trump flow?
June 27th, 2013 06:29 AM #1
Does meaning trump flow?
I've been pondering this one a lot recently- when we have our second baby (which will be our last) we really want to use two names that have great meaning for us, like we did with our daughter's name. Unfortunately, a lot our most meaningful names don't sound brilliant together and I'm having trouble coming up with cohesive combinations, so something's gotta give. So which matters more in your opinions- perfect flow or meaning?~ Mama to Juniper and Arlo and our pooch Crazy Chester ~
a hypothetical 3rd/4th child would be Susannah Liberty ~ Tait Henry Miles
June 27th, 2013 06:38 AM #3
Definitely meaning, if it is a super important one. However, can a compromise be made? For example, in honoring a family member, you could choose a variation of that name or choose a different name with the same meaning. (For example, if the name meant "of the sea" or something, you could find a name with a similar meaning. That way, the name itself is different, but its root is the same.)
June 27th, 2013 06:40 AM #5
For me meaning is the most important part of choosing a name. Meaning trumps flow, popularity etc. every time for meThe 3 Princesses in my life...
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June 27th, 2013 08:17 AM #9Senior Member
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What's important is different for everyone. There are some people like me, who don't care what the actual meaning of the name means. For example, I love the name Claudia and don't care if it means lame. Its not as though my child is going to end up that way. However, I do like names that have literary connections like Daisy, Alice or Dorian for example. I could see myself giving my child a name from a favourite book or something like that. I guess one could argue that name would hold some special meaning.
It seems like meaning is important to you. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up on flow. There is an advanced search here on nameberry. If let's say the meaning is "kind" you can search names that mean exactly that. You might find a name that you like, that also flows well with the rest of the name.