Naming my lil girl Pandora

Just want to get some other ppl's ideas on me naming my soon to be baby girl Pandora...both me and the father love the name and we both like idea of giving her a different name, b/c our names are different.. My name is Phaidra and his name is Lamont tho he goes by his middle name Craig...I come from Greek background, in fact my great-grandfather was born in Sparta, Greece in 1880. Most others i have told that im nameing her Pandora Maire Lee dont like the name...I love it tho.  we are going to call her Pan and/or Panda for short.  Any thoughts ppl???

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By EVie
November 14, 2013 4:53 PM

I think Pandora is very cool, but I really love classical Greek names. I think it's especially great, given that you have Greek heritage and a classical Greek name yourself. The only hesitation I would have is that the myth of Pandora's box is not the most positive one—I'm sure you're familiar with the story (and if not, you should definitely look it up).  Still, I don't think it's so negative that the name is unusable (like Medea, for example). Be prepared to get a *ton* of "Pandora's box" references, especially if your little one turns out to be a mischief-maker. If you think you can deal with that (and teach your daughter to deal with it), and you and your partner both love the name, I think you should go for it.

I would also advise you to stop telling people the name, if you don't want to hear negative opinions. People will be much less likely to criticize after the baby is already named than when they still think there's a chance of talking you out of it.

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November 14, 2013 5:35 PM

One of my strongest graduate students was named Pandora V@nessa.  Her mother simply liked unusual names--there was a brother named Tobias G@ndalf.  AFAIK Pandora enjoyed her name, and I don't remember any problems.  Growing up (and later), I knew many children/people of Greek heritage with classical names: Socrates, Aristotle, Athena, Artemis, Eurydike, and so on, and no one batted an eye.

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November 14, 2013 10:35 PM

thanks for the input..and yeah i know the story behind the name which is better then the story behind my name, lol...but i learned to live with and am thankful for my mom for picking that name...Ill teach her to hopfully think the same way...and its funny everyone i have told the name to likes it but everyone the fater has told the name to dont.. guess its the older crowd that doesnt like it/// my freinds like it his dont, lol.

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By Sock
March 23, 2014 9:34 PM
  1. Did you use the name?

 

my daughter born and registered just before you posted this is a Pandora.obviously I think it's lovely 

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November 14, 2013 5:44 PM

I think that Pandora is a beautiful name. I, too, have a love for mythological Greek names, though my husband thinks I'm crazy every time I suggest one for a girl. =) And if your little Pandora doesn't adore her name growing up, she can always go by Dora - which is much more mainstream, though still not that common (at least not in my neck of the woods). 

It's great that you're tying your heritage in with your name choice! I will, however, agree that you should stop telling people the name if you don't want to hear any negative comments. Once the paperwork is filled out, people tend to hold their tongues MUCH better.

I actually know a woman in her 50s whose name is Athena (I love the name). She says the most annoying thing about it is that people always assume her family is Greek because she's got dark hair, an olive complexion, and her name is Athena, but her family doesn't have a drop of Greek blood that she knows of; her mother just liked the name. Aphrodite is another one that you hear about A LOT in Greek families. So I really don't think Pandora is a "weird" choice. 

Let's hope you get more "Pandora's Box" references than Pandora radio references; I'd like to think that everyone's first association would be with the myth intead of the company! 

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November 14, 2013 10:44 PM

lol.. hopfully most ppl will know the myth behind the name.. tho most ppl she will grow up w/ will be thinking of the music station and the jewerl compay...which is fine w/ me.. at least ppl will be able to say her name easliy.. but like w/ mine ppl still cant say it or spell it right, lol.. and its funny that your freind as a greek name and looks greek.. I on the other handi  am greek.. last name is Trakas...and i look like im from ireland/scottland... thats to say i have red hair and freckles, lol do not look greek at all...i like the name Atehna too and was thinking about that, but its mor common then Pandora.. Now ...Medea i was thinking about that too... its too bad that in the greek myth that "Pheadra" never had a lil girl just two lil boys.. or i might have neamed her that, lol...chessy i know.  Thanks for the input.

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November 15, 2013 6:48 PM

I think the myth is pretty wide spread, I just always think that some things everyone should know and am then surprised when they don't. Hopefully, this won't be one of those cases. And I totally forgot about the jewelry company! Oh well. Their bracelets are pretty, so hopefully that's not a bad association to have. =) I think even without the companies to associate it with, Pandora is spelled phonetically, so I don't think you'd have much of an issue with spelling/saying it correctly. For some reason, I think people freeze when they hear a phoentic sound that isn't in super common every day words - "pan" and "door" are both sounds that we hear day in and day out, so Pandora is a breeze. "Fay" and "drah", however, aren't heard as commonly. I think it intimidates a lot of people. Personally, I don't think Pheadra is a difficult name, but I'm also familiar with a lot of Greek mythology AND a name enthusiast so I'm a bit of an outlier. =) 

I don't mind the name Medea, I actually liked it a lot when I was younger. Even her myth doesn't bother me. However, with all the Tyler Perry "Medea" movies out, it makes me less inclined towards the name. The advantage is that the popularity of those movies has made the mainstream familiar with the name. I just think there's a lot of other Greek options for girls that are a bit prettier, although not as well known so that has pit falls of its own (Ariadne for instance).

Cheesy, possibly, but it would have made for one heck of a story! LOL! No problem. Best of luck with this pregnancy! 

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November 15, 2013 5:51 PM

I've always liked the name Pandora. Yes, you will get Pandora's Box references but I don't think that is the worst thing in the world.

There is a gorgeous little Pandora who is in the swim class after my daughter and she has made me like the name even more.

 

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November 19, 2013 10:11 AM

Congrats! A absolutely amazing name for your little one. Love this unique and timeless combo

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November 25, 2013 12:27 AM

OK, "Panda" is a RIDICULOUSLY adorable nickname.

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January 22, 2014 6:42 PM

I love Pandora as a name.  I just wanted to throw it out there, in case you didn't know, that "box" is a slang term for a woman's private parts.  So Pandora's Box is a double entendre.  I wouldn't let that stop you though.  I just that it's good to know pros and cons of any name.

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November 13, 2016 2:21 AM

I know that you wrote this a couple years ago and was wondering if you named your child Pandora? My name happens to be Pandora. I would be rich if I had a nickel for every time I have been asked how I got my name. I dont mind it but it does get exhasting. Also I am refered to as the radio station. It is nice to have a name that is so unique. I have only met one other named Pandora. People also remember my name very easily. If you did name your daughter Pandora, I am glad to know that there is another out there.

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August 10, 2019 8:32 PM

Hello I was just reading through and came across u r story....My name is Pandora growing up people use to say my name was very beautiful and mystical.

The name is very strong so if u r little girl did get this name she is a very lucky little lady....God bless