L names galore

Hi

I love the flower Lotus. I was wondering if you guys thought I could get away with naming a daughter Lotus. I would use it in the middle name spot. 

Another name I love is Lani. It means sky in Hawaiian. This name I might use in the first or middle name spot.

Liselle is another name I love. Liselle I would use in the first name spot and maybe the middle name spot. 

Lux is the final name. It is Latin for light. Would Lux be to unusual?

Thanks for any input. 

Replies

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July 9, 2017 9:14 AM

I love Lotus and Lux alot! Maybe because I have a thing for unusual names? I don't like Lani and Liselle sorry. Lotus and Lux would make great middle names. 

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July 9, 2017 11:58 AM

I have heard Lotus used. I think it is just as usable as all the other flower names.

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July 9, 2017 2:30 PM

I think you can get away with almost anything in the middle name spot (as long as it doesn't make the first name into a joke or give initials that spell something awful), certainly I can't see why there would be anything wrong with using a flower name in the middle spot.

Lani is pretty as is Liselle, Liselle is a bit more princess-y/theatrical and Lani is more cute/bubbly in my opinion.

Lux I am not sold on, at least not for a girl because to me it reads boy (perhaps because of it's similarity to Lex?). I also don't really like that it seems like an abreviation for Luxury and so makes me think of the recent trend of 'exalted naming' [see: http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2016/1/baby-names-are-getting-ready-to-rule ] which I'm not a big fan of. But having said that I don't think it would be too unusual to use, just it is really not my style. 

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July 9, 2017 3:39 PM

I knew a Lotus (a Chinese girl, so this was her English name and I imagine she chose it herself), so it seems pretty usable to me.

Lani is pretty. It reminds me of Lainey and Melanie and fits right in with current naming trends. Liselle is objectively fine but like Natasha-Rhiannon I find it princessy. A similar name that I prefer is Liesel.

Lux works for me and reads female, perhaps because of its similarity to other light names such as Luz and its use in The Virgin Suicides.

Other L names I like: Ludivine, Lyra, Lilibet.

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By Lexy
July 10, 2017 3:36 PM

Thank you for the responses so far. 

I have gone off using Lotus for the reason there is a car manufacturer using the name Lotus.

Lux is a girls and boys name so can be used for either.

Liselle I have found is to princessey for my taste.

Lani is the clear winner for me I think. At least for now unless I find another L name.

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July 10, 2017 4:17 PM

They're all fine. Everyone has different tastes, and I agree with Emily that Liesel is preferable to Liselle. Lux doesn't necessarily sound male to me - just more of a non-name name.

Because I'm older than most of you, Lotus is a spreadsheet. It's like naming your kid Excel. :) 

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July 11, 2017 2:56 AM

Ha! Literature friends of mine were all suggesting Eudora when I was pregnant, and while I liked it and love the writer, I could not get past the fact that my parents had the Eudora email program for about a decade after it stopped working, and that family arguments were frequently punctuated with "you would be able to find your draft if you would just get rid of f&%/ing Eudora!"

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July 11, 2017 3:16 AM

Hawaiians can be very, very sensitive about cultural appropriation and I think it might be best for you to tread very carefully about that.  One workaround is to use Lani as a nickname for Alana or somesuch.

Leni is also a women's name in German.

What about Laura?

 

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July 11, 2017 3:10 PM

Lumina, Lyra, Lydia, Lucia, Luciana/Lucienne, Lavinia, Leilani, Lusine, Lena, Laetitia...

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July 11, 2017 6:34 PM

Unless you're Native Hawaiian, I think it's inappropriate to use Lani. There's the sound-alike Lonnie you could use instead, or you could use Lani as a nickname for something like Alana or Lana.

Lux isn't my personal taste, but I don't think it's too unusual.

A few other L- names you might like are Leonie/Leona, Lora, Lisette, Lenore, and Lorna.

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July 15, 2017 2:35 AM

Lani is lovely,  Lana is nice too or Liselle,  sorry dont like Lotus or Lux

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July 18, 2017 3:18 PM

Have you considered Lea or Leigh/Lee? I like Lotus but can understand not wanting to use a car name. Lily is also nice although quite popular. If you want somethign very unusual how about Lavendar or Lilac?

 

For me "Lux" is a total no go since it is used to abbreciate "luxury" in popular culture.  It's feels like a tacky name trying to sound rich or "classy."  Kinda like Tiffany or Mercedes but worse.

 

13
July 18, 2017 5:15 PM

The word indicating luxury is spelled luxe, but i suppose if enough people don't realize that and think that Lux is in some way an aspirational name, the end result is the same. 

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July 18, 2017 5:42 PM

Lux is a beautiful word, beautiful meaning, but it screams soap :-(

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July 18, 2017 5:51 PM

The correct Latin pronunciation is "Lukes," not with the short U sound like the liquid soap!  Assuming that's the pronunciation that will be used, I doubt anybody will think of soap.

Also, is Lani pronounced like "Lonnie" or like "Lanny"?

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July 18, 2017 5:52 PM

It just makes me think of the book The Virgin Suicides. While that's a wonderful book, it's not an association that I would want for my child.

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July 18, 2017 6:41 PM

Oh, I'd forgotten about that one. Now I think of that show with Shiri Applebee. Life Unexpected? (Too lazy to check.) The daughter character Lux was played by Britt Somethingorother.

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July 21, 2017 11:03 AM

I really Like Lani and its meaning, A name to consider that I really like is Luna (which means moon), I also think Lux is really cute for a middle name :)