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October 20th, 2013 01:58 PM #1Senior Member
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standing out while fitting in
So I'm just wondering where my names fall. Ideally, i want names that fit into that "sweet spot" where they're familiar, yet different. Normal, yet unique. I don't care about my kids being the only one with their name in the school, but i also don't want them to be one of 5 in their class.
The thing i worry about is that the named that i love, that sound so fresh and delightful to my ears, will sound either absolutely bizarre or completely pretentious to other people. I know that everyone has different styles, and inevitably people will think my names suck. I just don't want the majority of people who hear my future kids' names to wrinkle their noses in disgust.
My top two favorites are Clementine and Xanthe. Oh how i adore these names! Just imagining a pair of sisters named these makes my heart sing. I love their meanings, especially with the middles I've picked out for each. And the flow and style of each seem to complement each other so well.
My other favorite names include Rosamund, Imogen, Eliza, and Louisa. Also names i think i love (but occasionally change my mind on) include Florence, India, and Claudia.
All of these feel like names I'd settle for. I love them, but they feel more like safe alternatives to the ones i really love.
So...i guess my question, after all this rambling, is just: are Clementine and Xanthe too "out-there"? In my mind they work perfectly, are on-trend without being trendy, are familiar without being overdone or tired. But in mentioning them to a few family/friends, i got wrinkled noses, and some comments about how unusual they are. But i got wrinkled noses in response to Imogen as well, so it may just be a style preference.
What do you think? How would the real world react to Clementine and Xanthe? And what names go best with them if they have a sister?I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.
My apologies for any typos; i post from my mobile phone.
October 20th, 2013 02:02 PM #3Senior Member
Amedeo - Enjolras - Dimitri - Victor - Leo - Nikolai - Mischa - Liam - Benedict - Milo - Frederick - Isaac - FitzwilliamRosaline - Mirabelle - Artemis - Piper - Coralie - Ophelia - Elisabeth - Titania - Elowen - Stella - Andromeda - Thalia - Astrid
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October 20th, 2013 02:03 PM #5Senior Member
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Clementine strikes me as a very normal, well-accepted name (and pretty!), but I don't have the same reaction to Xanthe. I'm much newer to Nameberry, so you may get more positive reactions from others.
Disclaimer - I'm automatically a little skeptical about any name that starts with an X as being a little over the top.in the earliest stages of TTC with a freakish love for planning ahead - bordering on obsession
Why yes, I probably should be working!
October 20th, 2013 02:05 PM #7
I think Clementine and Xanthe would be fine in the real world. The only issues I can see is that one girl may well be serenaded with "Oh My Darling Clementine" a few times in her life and the other girl may get her name mispronounced with an "x" rather than a "z". Neither issue is a big deal. I also like Rosamund, Imogen, Eliza, Louisa and Florence. Unless you have a special tie with India, that name comes with too much baggage and Claudia isn't a favourite of mine.All the best,
October 20th, 2013 02:08 PM #9Member
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I love Clementine, it would be on my list if my partner hadn't said 'no way' when I suggested it!
Xanthe on the other hand I'm not a fan of... It has an entirely different feel to Clementine, which is classic and dainty, Xanthe feels like it's out of a SiFi film to me!
I love all your other favorites they are all beautiful, I just feel Xanthe has an entirely different aura.