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August 1st, 2013 08:51 AM #1
What associations make or break a name for you?
I was just wondering what types of name associations add to the appeal, which don't really sway people one way or the other, and which incline people to not use them.
For example, I love the name Duncan, and even though lots of people have said they think of Dunkin' Donuts or Duncan Hines, I think I would still consider it for a future child anyway. In contrast, the first (and only, for a quite a while) time I heard the name Declan, it was used as a character on the TV show Kyle XY. Even though Duncan and Declan are so similar in sound, spelling, and origin, I don't think I'd ever be able to use Declan because I always immediately think of that show.
Another example: I don't think I'd ever be able to use Lake as a name because it's just too much of a word name for my taste. However, I do think I would consider the name River, because Summer Glau in Firefly/Serenity made it seem like much more of a name to me than a strict word.
So how about all of you? So far I haven't really found any sort of pattern in my reactions to name associations, but maybe some of you have?
ETA: I found it amusing that this post makes it sound like all I do is sit and watch TV, when in reality I don't even have cable! Maybe pop culture has more sway with me than I'd like to admit..