I'm looking for thoughts on the girl's name Melrose.
I really love it but fear it's a bit too unusual/"out there." Recently I lost someone very special named Melvin and love the idea of Melrose as an honor to him.
I've tried to think of detractors, but I don't know that any of them are deal breakers for us:
Melrose Place -- I don't think her generation would think of that
Melrose Avenue -- We do not live anywhere near there so I doubt that would be top of mind
It's a surname -- I know many people on this board do not favor surnames as first names, but I am not bothered by this one. I actually like a few other surnames as first names. So perhaps I'm asking the opinions of the wrong group ;) I also have never met anyone with this surname before.
My husband and I like girl's names that are not overly dainty/feminine/flowery. That doesn't mean we like names that are overtly masculine, but in general we gravitate towards names like Reese, Sloane, Blair, and even Collins over names like Evangeline, Gabriella, or Seraphina (these are lovely names, I just have a hard time picturing them on a child of mine). We do want to steer clear of names that are too trendy and names that have a "made up" vibe. And we prefer names that are relatively easy to spell and pronounce.
Because Melrose is unique as a first name does it give off a "made up" vibe? Or does it seem to fit in with the criteria above? To me, it's definitely not overly feminine but I think the "rose" keeps it from being incredibly masculine. Am curious if others agree/disagree. Are there other things I should be considering? While I am confortable with the fact that a name will not please everyone (or even most people), if this is a widely despised choice we would certainly reconsider as we wouldn't want to saddle our daughter with something universally negative.
Would love your thoughts and perceptions of this name.
Sat, 11/14/2015 - 12:34pm