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August 28th, 2013 11:40 PM #71
What a lovely bunch of messages to come home to this evening! Thanks for the reviews and the thoughts on each.
By the way, I informed Hubby that he is now Rory Pond, as my Berry Friends have dubbed him Mr. Sarah. He seemed to think it was pretty hilarious.
So I have a list of several names to which I am Saying Goodbye. Thanks for the great feedback to help me clear these up right off.
Roxanne. Um…so I have no idea how it came to pass that I have NEVER heard that song before. It came out before I was born but I listen to a LOT of oldies, though come to think of it my favorite station played through 1969, so it would appear that I managed to miss this one. Uh… so yeah, I was going off Cyrano de Bergerac as my one association with the name, which I happen to like even if it is a bit tragic. BUT I do see how that song could make Roxanne a real doozy for the grandparents to have to announce to their colleagues. So…goodbye, Roxanne. Your name is like a golden bell.
Lilac. Ugh, most excellent point: she WILL get confused for Lila. This is a case where the “similar replacement name” is too obscure, and still too similar, to stand on its own without a lot of hassle. Goodbye, Lilac, you were dewy and fresh and sweet, but Lila is not, and I don’t want you to be Lila.
Fiora. Another comparison to a familiar top name shoots this one down. Fiona has been on a steady rise for the past decade and is almost certainly headed for Top 100 status or more. Fiora will just come across as Fiona misspelled, or worse, a “we’re being creative and changing a top name just a little bit!” name. Sigh…Goodbye, Fiora. You’re so fiery and interesting, and I thought maybe you would be a good Fiona stand-in…but that’s all you would be, a Fiona stand-in.
Ffion. If Berries don’t know how to say this one, nobody will. I thought it was like Fiona without the final A, but again, it’s just going to fall into the same pitfall as Fiona. I’d rather just pick Fiona and have people know how to say the poor kid’s name. And since Mr. Sarah can’t get over the ogre, well, I think this is the end of the line for the Fiona-type names. Goodbye, Ffion. You look exotic but nobody knows what to do with you.
Nadia. I don’t actually love this one, I just can’t seem to permanently shake it off my list. I don’t think it would be a good choice in the long run for that reason, and besides, there are others here I like better. Since people reviewed this one as cutesy I’d rather pick Daisy on that point, and since it was also reviewed as elegant I’d rather pick Gwenyth for that description. So goodbye, Nadia. You’re pretty and sweet but this time you got beaten.
Lydia. Because of the on-again-off-again status of this one, I’m officially moving it to the Middle Name List. Good points have been mentioned here. I think I might regret not using it. But I might regret using it in the first name spot. And yes. Somber. That’s what I’m looking for on that. And the Snore. That too. So Goodbye, Lydia, but only sort of, because you’ll make an awesome middle or second-middle name.
Zoria. This. Is. New. I like it. I’m not even going to try to guess whether I can get the hubby on board. But I’ll run it by him.
Zelia. I’ve never particularly noticed this one either, but I like it. Apparently, I like the Z names… Also, I should note that I loooooooove Zia, and I guess I should have thought it through because I nn’d a kid just plain “Z.”
In danger of leaving:
Zora. At least one person mentioned a similarity to Zoe. Which we already have as a cousin. With the same surname. We don’t see them a lot, but it’s a strike against to consider.
@averelladavina – thanks, I like your combo Daisy Lydia, those two do balance each other, and I like the repeating Y’s. Haha, you’re right that Gwyneth, Magdalene, Magnolia & Fiora are all ones I seem to love – the former three have been at the top of my list for two years and I have not been able to get DH on board. We’ll see what he says after he has some time to ponder the list for a day or two. Thanks for your comments about Lydia, too. I think you’re right. The issue with Tesla is we REALLY don’t like the T.T. alliteration. It works for some letters, like actress Amy Adams, but T’s just start to give me a headache. Interesting approach to extract that nn though, thanks!
@ottilie – Thank you for all your helpful comments! I’m actually sort of relieved to see SOMEONE not hate Ms. Paltrow. I feel like every time I say the name, somebody has to tell me about how terrible the actress is. Ugh. I mean, I can handle it for the next couple of years while the kid is little, and I can’t see this lasting for the next 20 years, you know? But sorry to make you sad on that point ;-)
I’m glad to hear of a grownup Daisy, I wonder if that name fares better on your side of the pond?
@handsallover – Hi again! Yeah, I’m trying to keep the first page updated so it’s easy for people to leave comments that will be helpful & relevant, without having to wade through pages and pages of chatter and comments (interesting though it has been!). Everything here is very helpful, and you’ll probably have noticed your influence above in some of these already being cut (and some staying!). Thanks!
@ana106 – Oh, Lorna DOES seem rather in keeping with Tesla and Zelda, doesn’t it. There’s just something not quite right though…I think maybe my grandma had a friend by this name and I can’t quite shake the “old lady” feel of it yet. Thanks for the new ideas. I think Magdalena was on the list before as an attempt to get away from all the names that end in N. Yes, Wendy could work for some of the Gwen names, I just like Gwen better, more streamlined and elegant to me.
@rhiatayler – Haha, well, *I* certainly won’t stop you from coming back for more. Haha! All very helpful while I sort all of these out. Laura is a bit ho-hum for me, though DH would probably love it. Oh, good. Someone else out there understands the woodsiness of Gwyneth. This makes me happy.
@lavenderbelle – ALL very helpful, especially about Iverine, I will note to see whether that is a frequent problem. I did consider Anna-Rose a bit, but I was afraid it sounds like Ann Arose so I wasn’t sure. I wish I could love more of the Rose-variations, Rosalie is so cute and spunky, but it always makes me think of the disease roseaola. Boo, you’ve mentioned many of my favorite flower names, but hubby has already nixed them. Thank you for the new suggestions.
@marywash08 – Wendy Magnolia and Thessaly Willow are my favorites of your combos, though I still don’t think I can get behind Thessaly…Thessalonica, Thessalonians..it just seems a little bit weird to me. Piper rhymes with our surname, which is also an occupation name, so that one works less than most. :-P Zinnia, ah…I didn’t even have the heart to put that one back on the final considerations. My husband really, really doesn’t seem to like that one.
@kala_way – Shenandoah is a song DH and I love so that’s why it’s on the middles list. There’s already a Shannon in the family. Ooh, hadn’t thought of Amaryllis being a Toddlers/Tiaras sort of name, that’s something to consider for sure.
To Be Continued because I maxed out Nameberry's character limit...
Baby the Fifth is a GIRL!
Dulcinea Liberty Lanz nn "Daisy"
Coming on (or around) March 7, 2014
For a boy: Ragnar Ethan Wade
August 28th, 2013 11:41 PM #73
...Continued from the post above...
@sleepysessha – Okay, yes, this one was a book. And quite an enjoyable read, so thanks! I was talking with…Mr. Sarah… last night and mentioned that I just couldn’t picture a Willow on our kid. He said that Willow is someone like my sister R. And I said, yes, that’s the thing… Willow is a Hippie name and R is a Hippie. I actually LOL’d at your description, because sister R DID run through the woods in a fairy dress – or made camouflage jackets to wear with her prom dresses – and, yes, grew up to be introverted/intelligent/creative/bohemian style/reads like a loon/gentle earthy mother…she cooks alright but the garden is pretty spectacular…builds her own chicken coops, does historical re-enacting, uh…yes. I think that you and I and the Mr. may share about the same image for that name. And since we recently moved away from the country home for a place in the suburbs, I almost feel like it’s now almost laughable for us to up and use Willow. If that makes any sense at all. The children really and truly are likely to take fencing lessons, but running through the brambles day and night just really isn’t going to happen anymore.
Your genius nn ideas might make me die of happiness. Adelaide nn Daisy? I’d come up with Adele and some others, but never, not ever, Daisy. You might even give me a reason to consider Adelaide here.
And Dagny as a nn for Magdalene…Oh. My. I’m definitely telling Mr. Sarah about this one. If YOU give him reason to consider Magdalene, I might have to hop a train to Oregon to personally shake your hand.
Thanks for even more nn options on Magnolia as well. Eek, you’ve made my day happy.
Daisy Duke, eh, I wondered if I would hear about her. Some of my mom’s extended family is pretty Deep South so that might not be a good tribute name after all. Shasta, now that’s a good suggestion and maybe a better approach. Will also ponder that one.
Yes, unfortunately…Eve and Iverine are pretty similar. That’s a definite drawback. Yes, pronunciation is EYE-va-reen. Though apparently in Norway it’s EVE-ah-reen, and the Norwegian Berries so far don’t seem upset that it got changed by my great-grandparents.
Gwyneth – Oh, sorry, it just seems like every time I bring up that name someone has to tell me how she has a crazy diet or did some horrendous thing or other and is completely crazy. Ugh. I actually think she’s pretty gorgeous and I’ve always enjoyed the movies I’ve seen her in.
Ok skipping down to the new ideas – I actually really like Esmerelda, but I was afraid it would be too Hunchback of Notre Dame… but nn Zelda is ever so tempting.
LOL well you’ll have to find someone else to pick Nazareth. It does make sense along with the other Biblical place-names, but I named my guitar Bethlehem so that just seems weird, lol.
Aubrey, ahhhhh you slay me. I love, love, love Aubrey. For BOYS. I’m hearthbroken that the girls took it into Top 20 land, and now I must leave Captain Aubrey forever sailing the seas and never championing his way through my living room with a play sword and a pot lid for armor.
Arietty – I’ve thought of this one. I sort of think one of my sisters will be heartbroken if I take this. I don’t know for sure, but since I’ve never LOVED it and she has for years, I think I’ll stick with others I actually have a more legit claim to.
@mousehouse7 – Thank you ever so much for your comments and top favorite nominations! I appreciate all the feedback to help me sort through which ones I love and which ones do deserve another look!
@jem – Yes, Evie/Ivy/Iva is definitely a possible problem there. Rena maybe? Probably flirts too much with DH’s dreaded Eileen…
Wow, you have a lot of fantastically-named friends! Thank you for all your comments, and also thank you for adding to my suspicion that the under-30’s are not as aware of Ms. Paltrow! Gretel is very sweet, but I was afraid it might be too overtly fairytale-ish, considering the set we have going on so far…
@indecisive – Thanks for your suggestions and don’t worry about skipping the other pages. I try to keep the front page up-to-date so nobody has to bother with all that. SOOOO many people have suggested Marin/Maren. I think it’s ever so pretty, but a friend of mine is named Maren and she thinks it’s just the most awful Hippie name ever. I’m pretty sure she would die of heart failure if I used her name after she has bashed it so much herself!
Okay these are still standing:
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone for all the feedback and thoughts. I learned some connections I didn't know, I collected some new nns, and overall, found a very productive bunch of information here.
Baby the Fifth is a GIRL!
Dulcinea Liberty Lanz nn "Daisy"
Coming on (or around) March 7, 2014
For a boy: Ragnar Ethan Wade
August 29th, 2013 01:11 AM #75
What about Zafrina? I know its kind of off the wall, but I was just sitting here reading through your updates and as I saw Serafina, this one just popped into my head. Annnnnnd, you could use the nn Fia.
Just a passing thought.
Anyways, I thought Rose was... Snore? I love the nn Rosie, though berries seem divided on that one.
I like Sunday nn Daisy. I dont know why. Random names are just swimming around in my head. Has someone suggested Sunniva?
I love Willow, its just so breezy. Before this thread, I just sort of liked it, but all of the imagery has just made me fall in love with it. If Sessha doesnt quit adding names to my never ending list i dont know what Im gonna do. How does she come up with this stuff? Scarlett nn Star? I adore it. Your thread is adding to my list lol.
Iverine is cute, but dont you have a peregrine? Its a tad matchy. If im confusing you with someone else im soooooo sorry. Its very late, and Im exhausted.
I like Magnolia more than Magdalene. Its just so fresh. Magnolia. Beautiful flowers and a beautiful name. All sunshine and warmth.
Couldnt Winter nn Wendy/Windy work, or is that just plain weird? *sigh*
Gwen is so spunky. Definitely has the cool factor. I think Gwen is fiery and fiesty.
Has someone suggested Soraya? Sora is close to Zora.
River is cute, but in a way I find it a bit masculine. Idk why.|Penelope Winter Rose | Alexander Gideon Delayne | Luna Aurora Belle | William Owen Emrys | Liliana Tallulah Grace | Micah Isaac James | Dahlia Winter Carys | Elijah Samuel Leon | Coraline Lavinia Jane | Jasper Everett Greer | Gianna Francesca Maryse | August River Jordan | Magnolia Gwyneira Hesper | Silas John Paul | Anastasia Beatrix Pearl | Leland Samuel Delayne | Artemis Elektra Victoria | Lachlan Isaiah Rhys | Arcadia Callista Maeve|
August 29th, 2013 02:38 AM #77Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Ender _____ ~ Caspian _____ ~ Tobias _____
Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Fawn or Ophelia Wren ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ and second-guessing River Selene
Cirina Wryn, Narnia Rose, Luna Seraphine, Parthenia Nyx, Astoria, Illyria, Gwyneira, Farasha, Serafina, Senara, Soraya, Faerydae
Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Hawthorne, Kenshin, Bastion, Remiel, Atreyu
August 29th, 2013 04:28 AM #79Victoria
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* Hector & Leontine
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