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Thread: Seeking Nirvana!
August 11th, 2014 02:09 AM #1Junior Member
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Hi! My name is Sharmaine. I'm currently 7 months along. My boyfriend and I haven't elected to be told our baby's sex; we would both rather keep the suspense intact until our child is born. If the baby is a boy, we have decided to name him Eric James after the baby's father, Eric, and my uncle James. On the other hand we are having some difficulty selecting (and agreeing upon) an ideal name for a baby girl. We both like Joy as a potential middle name.
I love the name Nirvana, and its' ethereal connotations. My boyfriend, however, has some reservations about this name (pop-culture references to the grunge-rock band Nirvana and its' late lead singer, Kurt Cobain.) Neither of us wants our daughter to dislike her name or get ridiculed for it by bullies among her future classmates and peers (eww.... you smell like teen spirit! etcetera.) But I keep gravitating back to this lovely word due to the Buddhist definitions:
As defined by Merriam-Webster Online:
nir·va·na noun, often capitalized \nir-ˈvä-nə, (ˌ)nər-\
: the state of perfect happiness and peace in Buddhism where there is release from all forms of suffering
: a state or place of great happiness and peace
Full Definition of NIRVANA
: the final beatitude that transcends suffering, karma, and samsara and is sought especially in Buddhism through the extinction of desire and individual consciousness
a : a place or state of oblivion to care, pain, or external reality; also : bliss, heaven
b : a goal hoped for but apparently unattainable : dream
— nir·van·ic adjective
Here is a list of other girl names that I would consider as I find their sound and/or meanings particularly beautiful.
Aiko - love child
Amina - trusted
Amirah - Princess
Charlotte - free
Mirembe - woman of peace
Nnenne - mother of my mother
Amara - grace
Asha - life
Zuri - beautiful
Nadiyah - Announcer
Niloufar - lotus
Taisa / Thais / Taissa
Kamala - lotus, pale red
Nalini - lotus
Tara - star, astral deity, feminine form of buddha
Phoebe - bright, pure. associated with moon grandmother of Artemis.
Amandine - much-loved, also an almond topping for French pastries.
Please help! Feel free to make name suggestions out of the ones I have provided, or share your opinion about Nirvana. Yay, nays, and any of your reasons why. Thank you.
Last edited by sharmaine; August 11th, 2014 at 02:15 AM. Reason: typo
August 11th, 2014 02:28 AM #3Senior Member
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I know a Nirvana and I think it is a beautiful name! I had never heard of the band before so I'm assuming others wouldn't associate her name with it either. There are lots of lovely names on your maybe list, I love these the most:
Other suggestions: Aurelia, Atara, Delphine, Anouk, Tallulah
August 11th, 2014 02:47 AM #5Senior Member
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Sorry i think people would immediately think of the band. They were great but I wouldn't want to be named after them. You have very different taste in girls names to your choice for a boy. I like Naomi the most.
August 11th, 2014 03:04 AM #7Junior Member
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Thank you so much, Brynie and Jakki!
August 11th, 2014 03:15 AM #9
I would pass on Nirvana. Besides the band reference and potential use of the name in sexual jokes as a teenager, the fact that it's an important part of a religion turns me away from the name. But, I'm also not fond of names like Bishop, Cohen, and Messiah for the same sort of reason; I feel like it takes something that people find sacred and makes it mundane. Just my opinion though, as others love those types of names.
Some of the ones I like off your list: Amirah, Joy, Naomi, Aurora, Aurelie (but be prepared for potential sexual jokes during the teenage years), Indigo, Aria, Taisa / Thais / Taissa, Charlotte, Tara, Phoebe, Natalia
Other suggestions: Rhea, Maia, Thalia, Minerva, Avani, MireilleAudrey Bardot ◊ Aurora Maxine ◊ Signy Rafaela ◊ Saskia Lior ◊ Eloise Fawn ◊ Sylvie Kerensa ◊ Moira Lucille ◊ Liora Delphine ◊ Poppy Zephyra ◊ Georgia Nadine ◊ Tessa Loire ◊ Valerie Azure ◊ Zinnia Maud ◊ Freya Marceline
Ivor Casimir ◊ Laszlo Bellamy ◊ Magnus Carl ◊ Solomon Idris ◊ Ragnar Ivans ◊ Ivan Rafferty ◊ Dominic Ozias ◊ Alaric Sinclair ◊ Erik Bertram ◊ Damian Altair ◊ Gabriel Hawthorne ◊ Leo Cagney ◊ Stian Rafael ◊ Alistair Cormac