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August 27th, 2013 08:44 AM #31Member
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain.
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August 27th, 2013 09:45 AM #33
This is a slightly out-there suggestion, but have you considered using the initials F.I.A. to get to the nn Fia?
Here are some suggestions (using hyphenated middles if you don't want to change to three):
Other random thoughts:
Good luck! Hope you find something soon
August 27th, 2013 10:40 AM #35Senior Member
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August 27th, 2013 10:57 AM #37Top Girl names:
~Combos I love~
Elizabeth Winona "Elsie" ~ Adelheid Ruby "Addie Rue"
Marilla Delyth "Millie" ~ Casilda Josephine "Cassie Jo"
Hildemara ~ Isannah ~ Magnolia
Top Boy names: (a work in progress)
~Boy combos I'm considering~
Gideon Walker "Gid" ~ Evander Lane "Evan" ~ Malcolm Wesley "Cal" ~ Alaric Marion "Lark"
~Other Possible Firsts~
Mathias ~ Reuben ~ Gilbert ~ Cadmar
August 27th, 2013 12:15 PM #39
Oh wow, lots to come back to this morning! I started reading through a couple of these messages before I dozed off last night, and I’m officially blaming whoever mentioned Heidi for the marathon dreams about puppy dogs, haha! My mom used to have breeding pair of dogs and the female was named Heidi. It was funny. When I woke up I was like, “where did that come from?” and then I skimmed through the messages and saw Heidi again and was like…Oh, that. Haha. Anyway.
I think it might be time to close up shop here, I don’t think there’s anything else out there to be found. I started reading through the Social Security list in hopes of finding something I love, that isn’t just so “out there” that it gets zero use, you know? I made it down to the names that got 67 uses last year, before my eyes started bleeding from all the abominations of Michaela, Caitlin and Jazleen that habitate the list. You might find a good one like Marguerite, but it’s hidden in between “Gema” and “Paizley.” *shudder* As unusual as many of my picks are, there's nothing like a refresher with the SSA list to remind you that what's actually getting used out there is probably far, far worse.
@sleepysessha – Wow, you wrote me a whole book here, that was awfully nice of you.
YOU!! Haha, it was YOU who brought up Heidi. AND Belle. My sister had this dog named Belle. No wonder I dreamed about puppies all night. Bahahaha. Too funny. Also, Phoebe & Shirley are out because of pets.
I did mention Wendy to DH a couple of weeks ago, but he liked Gwen better, and he’s not crazy about Gwen so I guess he really doesn’t care for it, but it’s kind of growing on me so maybe we’ll come back around to it. He’d probably like Amelia for Dr. Who, but I don’t care for the “mealy” part of it. River actually came up somehow just yesterday, and he sounded surprised and like he maybe didn’t hate it, but it didn’t get further discussion (which probably means we’re both wondering…too much?).
Isabella and Isannah have already been dismissed – DH cannot believe it’s a top name because he thinks it’s the ugliest thing ever; Isannah is pretty but I decided I don’t really love it. Lyra is…nonononono. Satine is also, uh, no, sorry. Bridget just makes me think of, well, bridges and I never can decide if I actually like Fern or not. My cousin made me read Dealing with Dragons, and I’m afraid I wasn’t nearly so impressed as I was supposed to be. Really fun review of different names here though, it must have taken you a long time so thank you for being so thoughtful.
@sweetpea2peanut – You know I was just thinking about Hadassah but there’s something about it I don’t like I can’t quite put my finger on…looks too much like harassment, maybe? Haddie would be awfully cute though. I tried to get DH on board with Halle, Eve and Halle are pretty adorable, right? But he could only think of the actress and he can’t stand her so out it went.
@marywash08 – Thanks for the combos and new ideas! I always think Melisende is so elegant, but I’m pretty sure DH would hate it. Still, I think I’ll run it by him, just for kicks.
@averelladavina – I considered Isannah a few months ago and ultimately decided it’s too much like Isaiah. Hadassah isn’t quite hitting the mark for me, it maybe just overly Hebrew. Priscilla is a bit too Puritan, it seemed like Peregrine and Priscilla would just be way too Pilgrim, you know? I’m not sure if I can ever shake the old-lady image of Marilla thanks to Anne of Green Gables, she is a great namesake in her own way though. Daisy was on our mutual list for awhile, but it just seemed so cutesy I ended up dropping it. I do like it, it’s one of my favorite flowers and it could be a tribute-name for my mom, so that’s what keeps it around.
@jem – I had Zara on my list for the longest time, but I found that while I love it pronounced “czar-uh” if it’s pronounced “zare-uh” it just sets my teeth on edge. So I decided it was prudent to drop that one. Roxanne is on my favorites list, and I’d actually use it, it’s not just one that I like, but my hubby hates it. My only chance there is if it “grows” on him.
@jem – lol, yeah, Merida has a cool name but she’s not our favorite. Fun suggestion though.
@orphanedhanyou - Thanks for your comments. Zinnia, marigolds and azaleas are legitimately among my favorite flowers, hence their appearance on my list, but since the average stranger you meet doesn’t know that, I can see how these would easily fall into the “trying too hard category. Willow IS a Will Smith kid name and she’s likely to be around well into the future; realistically she should probably be a bigger consideration that Gwyneth, who may be a crazy flake but is bound to be nearing the end of her career at this point. If Fia out of Serafina makes you crazy, you’d hate to see my other nn ideas, lol.
Shenandoah: I feel like middle names are pretty open territory, but since you ask: it's an American folk song. Hubby and I used to perform it together a lot, and it seems like a musical choice with far less pressure than Aria, Melody, Harmony, or any other musical term DH has put on campaign. At the same time it carries some serious American heritage which I like, not to mention we have Native Americans and European settlers from BOTH sides of our family so the whole being in love with the Chief's daughter story is a fairly realistic scenario in our family heritage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebwn9AYga0w
Yes, the kid could turn out to be a froufy-frou. I knew the description had the potential of bringing in negative comments; I was simply trying to answer a question as to what kind of style I’m after, an attempt to adequately explain why Serafina is too frilly for me while Roxanne is just right. Serafina SOUNDS overly frilly and even you agree with that; Roxanne SEEMS strong and feminine, so stylistically that's what I'm after. I'm going to like names that fall closer to the latter. That's all. If there were magic names to make your kid turn out right, well, that would be pretty fantastic.
Anyway, thanks again for your comments, is good information to put into consideration. Several of your suggestions are names already used in the family, but Victoria/Vittoria, Cordelia and Veronica seem stylistically appropriate.
@ottilie – Darling sisters, hehehehe. I have to say, Wendy is growing on me a good bit. DH doesn’t seem to like it, but I’m still going to keep it around for the “growing on him” potential. After I came upon Zelda and Zora, I rather wondered if you had considered suggesting those but edited. In spite of already having a Z name, I would totally campaign for Zelda if it were not for that video game. Grr. I like Tesla even better, but the surname! Augh!
@jem, don’t worry, orphaned was nicer here than in most comments I’ve seen around, and if one person thinks it then there’s bound to be someone else out there who thinks the same, likely my brother-in-law, hahaha. It’s relevant information to consider and I’d rather at least hear a negative comment or two before I make a decision, than to be totally blindsided by a horrific reaction after I’d used a name. The nn thing doesn’t bother me either; I’m not exactly what you would call a nn traditionalist, in fact my FAVORITE kind of nns are the ones that pull from the sounds contained within the name, like Mia for Magnolia. Hearts, hearts!
@owlett – Ondine is interesting, hadn’t considered that before so I’ll snag it. I seem to like the Welsh and Scandinavian options better than my husband. Ooh, that knights post is a good idea. I’ll see if the search will condescend to work for me.
@irelandrose – Hi, thanks for commenting! Your girls have very pretty names. I hadn’t considered Azora, I’m not sure if I like it on first glance but I’m going to look it up. A lot of these others have been suggested before so you’re in good company!
@mckaylalove - YES! This is the happy-middle ground here. Urgh, I can’t get my husband on board with some of these (Isla, Faye); Phoebe out because of a pet; Ariel is a relative; Venus takes it a step too far. In general, your list is “just right” though, so really good suggestions here.
@jem – Ha, I’m crazy enough I already did think of initials FIA, but then when you add the T on the end it’s a car. I’m not sure I can sell the initials as the nn but stop it at Fia and not have it be Fiat. LOL The whole car thing was a bit of a tick against Fia anyway, even Fia T. might end up being too silly. All the brainstorming on Fia has been extensive and at this point, exhaustive. It’s probably time for me to put Fia away with Magnolia and Roxanne as my long-lost loves I will never get to use.
Oh, also. I came by Zenobia, pretty cool, but pretty out-there so probably better just have it as middle name material. Still, I did turn up a couple of goodies by using it as a source name on Nymbler.
@owlett – Hubby doesn’t like Finoula. I had a different thread where I collected ideas on names that could use Fia as a nn and this was one of them. I think there were 115 names on that list. Thanks for the idea though!
@averelladavina – Faith nn Fia would work, and it meets on the stylistic middle ground. Unfortunately we knew a Faith who completely ruined the name for us.
New ideas (can't believe you guys are still turning these up): Melisende, Ondine, Azora and ones I forgot to run by DH: Adelie, Nadia, Violetta,
EDIT: Oh! And update on suggestions from last time: I decided the Ing-nameas didn't have an appealing enough meaning to campaign for them against DH. I did ask him about Nessa, just Nessa, and he said, "Uh...Loch Ness Monster?" LOL.
Last edited by saracita00; August 27th, 2013 at 03:16 PM.
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Dulcinea Liberty Lanz nn "Daisy"
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