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Thread: Ariel - My Biggest Quandary
October 20th, 2013 04:49 PM #6
I love Ariel. I know only two, one is grown up, one is teenager. I think you're safe.Call me Cynthia, Angie, or Luna. 22. Name nerd.
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October 20th, 2013 05:11 PM #8
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 and aspiring novelist
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October 20th, 2013 05:21 PM #10Senior Member
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October 20th, 2013 05:25 PM #12Simon Valor | Eloise Lily | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Faye | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan
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October 20th, 2013 05:32 PM #14Senior Member
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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.