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  1. #6
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    Re: Minorly Offensive Names You Love (but can't use)

    I love the name Madeleine, but in the UK it's too evocative of a little girl who went missing. The same goes for the name Holly - I loved this, but it was the name of one of two beautiful little girls who were murdered a few years ago (the other was Jessica, but somehow it didn't stick in my mind as much), and now it would just feel wrong to use it. I suspect stats on both names have dipped massively in the last few years because of the tragic associations, especially since they're to do with children.

  2. #8
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    Re: Minorly Offensive Names You Love (but can't use)

    I like the name Jezebel, but it has too bad of an association.

    This is sort of different, but I love the name Juliet, except it was painful for me to read Romeo and Juliet. Did not like that play at all!

  3. #10
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    Re: Minorly Offensive Names You Love (but can't use)

    Yeah, I love the names Desdemona (Desi-cute nn) and Ophelia (nn Lia), but both of those have such tragic connotations as well, that I could never use them. Same goes for Juliet as the pp mentioned.

  4. #12
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    Re: Minorly Offensive Names You Love (but can't use)

    I actually don't worry about using Juliet and Ophelia, as they were both good persons at heart and that makes them worthy namesakes... I really really would want to use Iago though, but EVERYONE thinks of the villain in Othello, and he wasn't a worthy namesake you could say... It's one of the few names Shakespeare actually ruined by using IMO... It's so beautiful!
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  5. #14

    Re: Minorly Offensive Names You Love (but can't use)

    Quote Originally Posted by dearest
    I actually don't worry about using Juliet and Ophelia, as they were both good persons at heart and that makes them worthy namesakes... I really really would want to use Iago though, but EVERYONE thinks of the villain in Othello, and he wasn't a worthy namesake you could say... It's one of the few names Shakespeare actually ruined by using IMO... It's so beautiful!
    That's funny b/c when I hear Iago I think of the parrot on Aladdin!

    Anyway, I really like the name Arian/Arien but when you say it aloud it sounds like Aryan, and I feel like a lot of people would take offense to it.

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