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August 28th, 2013 11:40 PM #21
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...
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