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  1. #6
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    I love Ariel. I know only two, one is grown up, one is teenager. I think you're safe.
    Cynthia/Luna
    twenty-something name nerd. infj

    Seraphina Juliette Liv. Evangeline Laetitia Odette. Catalina Ariadne. Valentina Bellatrix Yvaine
    Violetta Catherine Lenore. Isabelle Faustina Clare. Valencia Lyra Amoret. Rosalind Belphoebe
    Clementine Audrey Rowena. Annabelle Helena Lúthien. Vanessa Rose Aphrodite


    Peregrine Cedric. Gavriel Alexander Callum. James Luca Auberon. Caspian Felix
    Perseus Arthur Flynn. Cassius Jason Amadeus. Damien Alexei Orion


  2. #8
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    I knew an Ariel (Arielle? Ariela?) in college, but that's the only one I ever came across. A dear friend of mine almost named her daughter Arielle, nn Ari. I find the Arielle spelling more appealing, but they're all lovely. I don't find it downmarket at all (Ariana, either).

    Have you considered something along the lines of Aurelia/Aurelie, Aurora, Araminta, or Arabella, nn Ari? I sympathize--I adore Ari, as well! Arianne (I don't really find Ariana/Arianna downmarket, but Arianne is so obscure it doesn't really have any cultural expectations, imo!) nn Ari is on my own list; I adore it. I would love to meet more Ariannes--I don't understand why Ariana and Arianna and Ariel are so popular, but not Arianne. I think Ariella is also lovely, and much less affected by cultural stereotypes than Ariel(le) might be. Still a very pretty name, and the meaning, "lion of God" is pretty amazing, imo.
    Ashley
    twenty-something namenerd & aspiring novelist

    Isabelle Aurora Grace + Caleb Elias Joseph + Arianne Eleanor Daisy + Everett Joshua Charles + Olivia Wren Camille
    Grant Frédéric Conrad + Violet Emilia Mary + Casper Nathaniel Eden + Grace Odilia Lily + Samuel Gaspard John

    I've recently started a new story--feel free to come along with me for the journey! havengermany.blogspot.com
    Chapter 1 is up! And an author's note! (Alas, don't get too excited.)

  3. #10
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    I think of Ariel Castro, as well as the little mermaid. What about Aurielle? I know a little Aurielle, she is four, totally adorable & she loves her name. I would advise against Ariela, since it mat be too similar sounding to Araeola.
    New username is @ truenature

  4. #12
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    All of the people named Ariel I know are male, since it's a very popular name for Jewish men (as is Ari). For a girl, I see it as very dated to the late 80s/early 90s. How about Aurelia or Aurora?
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    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

  5. #14
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    I second Ariella! Hear, hear!

    I do know an Ariel, however -- a niece-in-law. I thought her name was a delightful surprise. I have no doubt from her age that her mom was inspired by the Little Mermaid, but I am not at all sure that is a bad thing. Belle? Aurora? Names easily transcend to connote so much more. Ariel was a spirit in Shakespeare -- and her name as used by Disney a very clever joke, as it is often taken to mean "of the air."

    I think sometimes we baby name get a little hung up on ideas such as sib sets must be very matchy or a name is "lower class." First of all, that stuff changes all the time -- and from place to place. Many more names hover between and wobble among classes than we are willing to admit. If you love a name, use it with confidence that any daughter of yours will MAKE it classy.

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