Gain fame and prestige - help me name my daughter!

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  1. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    While I realize that, ultimately, I will end up bowing to my wife's decision regarding the name of our daughter, scheduled to come into this world June 16th at 7:30AM EST, I'm hoping for some input from the community regarding possible names.

    My wife has some definite ideas, none of which I'm all that happy with (currently), and I'm trying to find a name which isn't particularly common but is still beautiful and applicable both to a young girl and to the woman she'll become.

    Two constraints:

    (1) My last name is Wood. Holly, for instance, won't work.

    (2) Mackenzie, Apple, or other Mac-centric names aren't going to fly. Also, Keira is out. I like it, but it's been shot down.

    Anyone have any suggestions? If your name is picked, you will affect the course of a child's entire life by naming her.
     
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  6. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Now, see, unfortunately, I can't answer that, as my brother is a fellow member and frequent reader/poster. If I mention the current choices, and one of them is used (well, there's one under consideratiopn that I actually like, but the rest I don't really want), potential family crisis could ensue.

    This way, I am free to either report that a name suggested by the community was used or report that the one good (in my opinion) name was chosen.

    As mentioned, Holly, Keira, Apple, and Mackenzie are out. I'd prefer not to have a name in the top 25 in this list (choose top names in 2003, the latest available) as I'd like there to be a reasonable chance that her name isn't shared by a classmate. Also, my surname is boring enough already, so I'm hoping to have a name which isn't so plain (i.e., Jane is also out, even though I actually like that name).
     
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    What's your "heritage"? It would be nice to use names related to where your families came from. For instance we called our daughters Alannah (from the Irish 'a leanbh': 'O child') and Síofra (from the Irish 'little fairy')
     
  8. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I like Emily - a lot - but it's phenomenally popular. Zoey - and I sort of prefer Zoe, the classical spelling - is one I like but am having a hard time getting it accepted.
     
  9. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Mine is Irish, English, Scottish, German, French, Swiss, and a bit American Indian. My wife's is Russian and Polish.

    We therefore have a few names to choose from. ;)
     
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    Well, definitely not Evelyn...:rolleyes:
    Rose is nice, but equally not a good option with your surname.

    I like:
    Alexandra (Alex for short)
    Rhaine
    Rebecca
    Zoe
     
  11. vniow macrumors G4

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    Anayah
    Alera
    Shartel

    The last of which I'm naming my daughter someday.
     
  12. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Kyleigh/Kylie is a possibility (to trendy, perhaps?). I like Jane - really - but think that combined with Wood it's a bit too simple. Iris... probably not.
     
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    Elora
    Maxine
    Petrified

    Oh, and congrats to you and the missus!
     
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    two more great names. I kinda like Claire, also.
     
  15. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Hee hee! Although I like the name, I don't think it'll fly.
     
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    Congratulations... maybe I missed the announcement 8 months back ;)
    Ann, Tahlia and Helena get my vote.
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    hmmm i never realized that Emily was so popular, and i love the anme Zoe, whichever way you spell it.... howabout...

    Isabella
    Mandy
    Kacey

    edit: i like Halyna as well as brap suggested
     
  18. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I agree with Siobhan and Grace. I love Claire - honestly, it's one of my favorites and might make it to middle-name status, but I think it's not going to make it to the first name position.
     
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    Did you explain to your wife how it would be great when she got older because hordes of geeky forum guys would lust after her? Oh, wait, maybe that's why it didn't quite make the list. ;)

    As for names, I always hate picking them, even for my own kids (though I guess we did okay).

    You have to make sure the initials don't cause problems. For example:

    - BMW. Great initials for a guy, perhaps, if they like cheesy pickup lines ("hey babe, I'm the ultimate driving machine"), but it's not always fun to have something that's so common.

    - SOW, COW. Do I need to explain?

    - BOW, FEW, NOW, PEW, POW, etc.

    You also have to be careful, because you may love a name like Natalie, but kids are both creative and cruel. You're daughter won't be Natalie she'll be "Fat Nat the sewer rat" (that's a true story from one of our friends). Perhaps that's a bad example, but you know what I mean.

    Anyway, I wish I could be of more help...
     
  21. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Helen was ruled out, but perhaps Helena might not be....

    I like the others, but they won't fly.
     
  22. jsw thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Definitely. If I get Claire as a middle name, I'm pretty safe with any first name initial.
    Not to mention Natalie Wood, although that will be an exceptionally dated reference for this kid's peers.
     

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