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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Does meaning trump flow?

    Hi Berries,
    I've been pondering this one a lot recently- when we have our second baby (which will be our last) we really want to use two names that have great meaning for us, like we did with our daughter's name. Unfortunately, a lot our most meaningful names don't sound brilliant together and I'm having trouble coming up with cohesive combinations, so something's gotta give. So which matters more in your opinions- perfect flow or meaning?
    ~ Mama to Juniper and Arlo ~

  2. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Definitely meaning, if it is a super important one. However, can a compromise be made? For example, in honoring a family member, you could choose a variation of that name or choose a different name with the same meaning. (For example, if the name meant "of the sea" or something, you could find a name with a similar meaning. That way, the name itself is different, but its root is the same.)

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    South Australia
    For me meaning is the most important part of choosing a name. Meaning trumps flow, popularity etc. every time for me
    The 3 Princesses in my life...

    Elizabeth Hope
    Annabelle Cadence
    Madeleine Pearl

  4. #7
    Meaning definitely

  5. #9
    What's important is different for everyone. There are some people like me, who don't care what the actual meaning of the name means. For example, I love the name Claudia and don't care if it means lame. Its not as though my child is going to end up that way. However, I do like names that have literary connections like Daisy, Alice or Dorian for example. I could see myself giving my child a name from a favourite book or something like that. I guess one could argue that name would hold some special meaning.

    It seems like meaning is important to you. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up on flow. There is an advanced search here on nameberry. If let's say the meaning is "kind" you can search names that mean exactly that. You might find a name that you like, that also flows well with the rest of the name.

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