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  1. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashthedreamer View Post
    Fonya and Sagelle are meh. Okay. But I actually sort of like Kelesi! It seems reminiscent of both Kelsey and Lacey, but much fresher and unexpected.

    I feel the same way, btw. I actually think about the people I have gone to school with, and I am like, "How did I not realize these were weird names?!" Names like M@rwayne (a smoosh of his parents' names, Marsha and Duane), Jordana (not completely out-there, but it was never that popular!), Sebastian (which is popular now, but he's still the only Sebastian I've known personally!), Ioana, Augustus (lol, I saw the yearbook, and didn't even remember going to school with an Augustus! And my school was incredibly small, haha), Mariela, Dawson, etc. And my siblings have just as many from their classes. Ivelisse is one I can think of, off-hand. And there are just as many little kids in my church and its ministries with made-up, or strange names: R@hasha, K@biliyza, D'Morn@y, Thoujm@rie, Nor@lys (pronounced like Nora-Lise), Ch@ntique "Tique" (pronounced like Tiki), Jonas, etc.

    No wonder I have no problem naming my daughter Isabelle; it's nice to have normal amongst all that! I like that the names of the people I know are so varied, but maybe that's why I gravitate toward the familiar in my own tastes.
    Oh I didn't even get to some of the more unusual names!!! lol I went to very large diverse schools, so I've known people with all sorts of names: Shalaundria, Roshaunna, Nikisha to Sundi (sun-dee not sun-day) to Yudiana. Most were Tiffany/Ashley/Jessica/Jennifer/Sarah/Brittany, so I actually appreciate the ones with the more unusual names because they are easier to find on social networks. Classic names are great especially now with so many cutesy pie names... But having a truly memorable name could be a plus too

    As to your list, the mothers of Sebastian, Augustus and Dawson were ahead of their time!!! I've always loved Ivelisse and seen it a good dozen times. Apparently, it is popular with Puerto Ricans.
    James ~ Ariston

    Aurelia ~ Sidra ~ Elizabeth ~ Gia ~ Julia


    The others I hold close.... Quade ~ William (Liam) ~ Dresden ~ Giordana ~ Lydiana ~ Laurenza ~ Vivara ~ Fonya ~ Sagelle

  2. #8
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    I actually have been pondering Fonya Brynn
    James ~ Ariston

    Aurelia ~ Sidra ~ Elizabeth ~ Gia ~ Julia


    The others I hold close.... Quade ~ William (Liam) ~ Dresden ~ Giordana ~ Lydiana ~ Laurenza ~ Vivara ~ Fonya ~ Sagelle

  3. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by beautiful_haiku View Post
    As to your list, the mothers of Sebastian, Augustus and Dawson were ahead of their time!!! I've always loved Ivelisse and seen it a good dozen times. Apparently, it is popular with Puerto Ricans.
    Well, in all honesty, his first name wasn't Dawson, it was his surname. His first name was Steven, haha. But he only ever went by Dawson, although I'm not sure why. I don't believe there was another Steven at the school at the time. Dawson was weird, though, haha--he wanted to change his name to Steven Thomas Dawson, so his initials would be STD. :/

    I also knew a Jonathan who went exclusively by Hadji? I'm not sure the story there, especially since he and his family weren't Muslim at all--he was an English-Indian Christian... There were "normal" names like Brittany, Benjamin, David, Kristen, etc., but there were also a lot of less common names.
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  4. #12
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    I like Kelesi the best.

    The thing is, I went to a private school as a child and I went to school with kids from all different ethnicity from different parts of the world. They weren't in the majority but they definitely were more than a handful.
    Quite simply I never put any second thoughts into their names other than how well they wore them, ir their personality had the most input into what I thought of their names.

    Sagelle and Fonya I'm not fond of, they're not terrible just not my cup of tea. (I may be biased as I grew up with a Khalil, Kahlila and a Kelsey)

  5. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by mischa View Post
    Kelesi - This one reminds me of the name Khaleesi from the Game of Thrones. I remember a Canadian-born tennis player named Helen Kelesi who was coached by her father Milan so I know it as a surname (I can't recall where her family originates - whether it's Hungarian, Slovak or Greek). Kelesi in Hungarian means "a person from Keles" which is a province in Turkey so there may be a Turkish connection too. I think I'll stop there because I'm getting confused!
    Milan Kelesi is Slovak origin, but certainly with Hungarian roots (by his surname).

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