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August 5th, 2013 12:53 PM #1
Befuddled & Bemused. Boys Round 1
I need some feedback on my preliminary name list for baby due March 3. I generally keep a list of favorites around, and run them by DH from time to time (because he has a pretty short attention span where names are concerned lol), but of course, as soon as I find out we are *actually* expecting, I freeze up! But I also know it takes us a longgggg time to think through a name - we'll talk about it and let it sit for a month, then come back to it - so I guess I'll start the process here. Also, look for the girls thread on this subject if you're interested! This is Baby #5 and our other children are C@spian, Zeph@n, Eve nn Evie, and Per3grine nn Pip/Pippin.
Ragnar - this is the one boy name that we have both been loving over the past year (yes, YEAR). I have Scandinavian heritage, and I never can seem to get DH on board with anything remotely Scandinavian, but he really seems to like this one. Part of me is ready to run with it because he ACTUALLY agreed to a Scandinavian name. I honestly do love it. But, the other part of me is wondering...is this one just really too "out there"? In the last 20 years, Ragnar has only ever made the Social Security list once, in 2011. That tells me it's...really, really obscure. More obscure than my other boys' names (which scrape the bottom of the lists but do get about a dozen new recipients of the name each year). I might use Ron as a nn. I've thought of Rainier, which is alright, it might need to grow on me though. I'm mostly afraid of people saying "rainy-er" instead of "ray-NEER," but I suppose I can say "like the mountain," which does at least offer SOMETHING that is familiar to people. Also have seen Raynor, it's...nah. Raghnall is a similar name that I do like, but I'm afraid the spelling will be more trouble than it's worth.
Roderick nn Rook - my other love. It's swashbuckling and cool, and the name plus the nn are both awesome. I love it that it's Germanic (I also have German roots) and Rook seems so medieval and chess-piece and fun and cool. But, I think I might need some outside feedback to help this one along the way, because all I've ever gotten out of dh is "meh, I really like Ragnar!"
Riordan. This is the only other name DH has approved from my Top 15. Thanks to @mclevine nomination of nn Rio, this one has made it into top consideration with my other two favorites. It didn't occur to me because I pronounce it something more like "reer-den," but REE-er-dan is more subtle and I like it better; and there's the Rio looking right at me; plus it's more intuitive than Rook is to Roderick, so I give it official approval.
Others of my top names that have been vetoed or otherwise ruled out are: Viggo, Ivo, Rhett, Lorenzo, Caradoc, Cormac, Quentin, Devereaux. Hubby's favorite name from last time was Quillan, which I vetoed, even though Q names are AWESOME, because I kept hearing "quill and..."
I'm definitely open to other ideas if you guys have them, especially this early in the process. If you want to throw ideas out here, I'll sort through. If you want to know the "criteria" here they are: 1) I'm not necessarily looking for an R name, it just so happens that my favorites right now are R names. 2) I DON'T actually want another name ending in N. I feel like we have exhausted that theme so I want to consider others. 3) Our surname begins with T and is a very common, two syllable, occupation name. 4) Names ending in T, S, and - ER usually don't work with our surname. 5) No C, Z, E, P, or T names. 6) Meaning is important to us. 7) Cool nicknames are bonus.
Thanks for reading through and I appreciate your thoughtful & helpful advice, Berries!
Edit: The girls' list is here: http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...-can-both-love!
Last edited by saracita00; August 7th, 2013 at 12:10 PM.
August 5th, 2013 01:24 PM #3
I like Ragnar. Even though it is extremely rare in the US, it doesn't feel any rarer than your sons' names. Your average American has probably never heard the name Ragnar, but chances are they've never heard Zeph@n or Per3grine either. Ragnar doesn't strike me as out of place in your family at all. Since you and your husband both love it and nothing else seems to get you as excited as Ragnar, I think you should stick to it.♂ | Samuel ◊ Edward ◊ George ◊ Silas ◊ Arthur ◊ Ezra ◊ Freeman ◊ Dean ◊ Tobias ◊ Jasper
♀ | I'm taking a break from girls' names at the moment.
August 5th, 2013 02:55 PM #5
Thanks Emily, you've hit the issue. With C@spian, people were surprised at his unusual name but thought of C.S. Lewis or the sea. Since we actually did name him after the book, that was fine with us. Now the name is becoming much more popular so he gets a lot of compliments now. He really loves his name.
But, nobody, and I mean NOBODY knows what to do with Zeph@n, which we totally and completely did not predict. It's a truncated version of Zephaniah, which we thought made it sufficiently familiar to avoid weirdness -- and it's not even outside the trends...Aidan, Mason, Colton, et. al. But I was so, so wrong. It seems like people just have no idea where or how to place it so they just don't even know what to think. It's sad because I really did put a lot of thought and consideration into his name; it has special meaning to us, and I thought it was just the best name to gift my son. I calculated it to be unusual-but-not-weird, but the poor kid is always having to repeat his name and spell it. We purposely gave him a Top 20 middle, and I've told him he can switch to it if he wants. He hasn't thus far, but I won't be surprised if he does eventually.
So when boy #3 came along we purposely looked for something that did have a connection of some sort. Per3grine has the falcon, the hobbit, a saint, and a Mayflower Pilgrim, plus the cute and memorable nn Pip, which seems to be very popular. We do get some "huh" looks over it but lots of people do say, "Oh, like the _____" which I hope will keep him from Z's lot.
So, that's really the root of the question with Ragnar... whether it's just so obscure that it will be a pain for him. On the other hand, maybe he would have an ally in big brother Zeph@n? I don't really know. I mean, I can love a name and it can have a ton of special meaning, but at what point is the popular reaction just not worth dealing with? It's hard for me to figure out once I get all crazy with pregnancy hormones. :-P
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August 5th, 2013 03:31 PM #9
Oh, I LOVE Ragnar! And Roderick too. Both are amazing. R names rock! I also really like Rainer and Rainier, gorgeous names. I think all of them would look fantastic with your other little ones (all wonderfully named!). But Ragnar's got my heart.
Other Scandinavian names you might like, not that you really need them, but I thought I'd throw them out there! (I know I broke you're ending rule, but you said usually don't work...):
Aksel (my father is peace)
Arvid (eagle tree)
Bertil (bright ruler)
Brage (the Norse God of poetry)
Hampus (same as Johannes)
Henrik (home ruler)
Johannes (Yahweh is gracious)
Ludvig (famous warrior)
Marius (male) - Mars
Melker (king city)
Mikkel (enormous/who is like God?)
Sivert/Sigvard (victory guardian)
Svante (blessed people)
Ulrik (wolf power)
Vidar (forest warrior)
Wilmer (will/desire + famous)My darling Roo, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014