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August 21st, 2013 11:04 PM #23
Like other people have said, the -son ending is exclusively masculine -- I would understand appending it to 'Matt' if you were having a son, but with a daughter? It makes no sense. Also, think of the incredible difficulty your daughter will have throughout her life: her name will be constantly mispronounced and misspelled. As someone whose own name is constantly mispronounced and misspelled, I can tell you that it's a huge annoyance and, now that my career is gaining traction, a potential professional liability.
I appreciate that this name has a great deal of significance for you, but it just isn't practical to use. I would suggest using it in the middle or finding an alternative. Bear in mind that you may very well have a son, in which case you'll probably want to use Matthew as his first or middle name.
As for alternatives, how about...
Amata or Amatia
Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael
Just a grad student dreaming ahead...