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So we were considering Zelda for our baby around a year ago. We weren't interested in naming a child after a video game. While we enjoy the game I wouldn't call us fans. If anything it's just a fashionable sound right now and more influenced by the jazzy feel it had due to Fitzerald. If we were to have another we would also probably consider it again. We did end up naming our youngest Anastasia, despite the 50 shades. It was a name I've always loved and we just decided it was worth it even if some people might incorrectly believe we were fans of the series.
My real name is not Georgina. It is a rare name and I don't know anyone else with the name nor do I have any cultural references attached to it so my feeling about my name are largely influenced by how I feel about how other people see me. As a child I wanted to be a Jennifer because in my mind somehow the name would impart popularity, many of the popular girls were Jennifers. It never crossed my mind to change it even though I didn't like it but that could have been because I was an overly accommodating child. i wouldn't have wanted to upset my mother who loves the name and how unique it was. I grew out of my desire to be common as a teenager but I still wanted to be cool, I would have likely picked a romantic name but I didn't really think about changing my name. Now I feel pretty neutral about my name, its not necessarily the name I'd choose for the image I'd like to project. I'd rather have a classic but unusual name but I don't feel strongly enough to do anything about it and I'd feel weird being called anything else. As an adult I realize changing my name won't change who I am and the thrill of the name would wear off anyway, since my very unusual name feels very ordinary to me. I do get compliments on my name sounding pretty so that's nice although it would fit right in with the bell tone trend so it probably seems very youthfull to others and explains the compliments.
I've always liked brussel sprouts, even as a child. I also liked spinach and grapefruit so I guess I like bitter. I was also very independent so I wasn't inclined to like or dislike something because of what the other kids said. I also didnt have as much of a sweet tooth as most of the other kids. So I think the social aspect plays into it as well. My kids are not in grade school yet but they weren't initially picky but got picky as toddlers but then a year or so later started to become less picky. Their picky stages were different in timing and content. I try to balance food groups and generally make sure there is at least one but most of the time two things in a meal they will eat so it's similar to others. I also try to continually expose them to things they don't like both new things and things they've rejected before. I don't force or bribe them to eat what they don't like or don't feel like eating. They can eat dessert first if they like but dessert is very limited so it's not like something they'd fill up on. I personally don't feel that forcing them to eat anything is productive, if they resist my strong nudges to eat something and then choke it down (for dessert for example) will only reinforce their dislike of the food. That was how it was for me when I was young I remember. I've also found they are more likely to try something if they've already eaten what they like.
Congratulations! It's a great name, I love it!
Louisa, Laura, Diana, Beatrice, Georgiana, Helena, Matilda, Susannah, Cecilia, Sylvia, Genevieve, Anastasia, Phoebe, Daphne, Cassandra, Francesca, Margot, Veronica, Gwendolyn, Miriam, Agatha, Dorothy, Claudia, Esther, Marguerite, Petra, Rosalind, Simone, Theresa, Olympia, Pamela, Isadora
Edmund, Edward, Frederick, Philip, Richard, Robert, Patrick, Paul, Arthur, Lewis, Martin, Peter, Simon, Gregory, Benedict, Stephen, Amos, Harry, Harold, Alfred, Elliot, Felix, Atticus, Gideon, Hugo, Harvey, Linus, Otis, Casper, Lemuel, Winston, Cyrus, Wolfgang,
I prefer Max, I don't really like the sound of Shay.
Joan still feels middle aged and unfashionable to me but otherwise I think it goes pretty well with the sibling names. I prefer the other feminine versions of John, I've been loving Jean lately and Jane is fashionable again. June is another good sound alike name.
How about Anne, Gail, Gwen, Ruth, Claire, Eve, Kate, Mae/May? I particularly like Gwen with the siblings.
Alice Joan is great and I love it but it sounds like you are hesitating because you prefer Joan? or maybe because husband prefes it. I do think Alice sounds better and fresher but the important thing is how you two feel about it.
Anastasia will never be completely free from needing to be spelled but since there is a standard by usage that is the best spelling to use. It will get spelled correctly more often and won't look like you were going for a creative spelling. Some of those variations are not creative spellings but authentic variations in different languages but unless you have a particular reason to want that version (honoring a person or a connection to heritage) I'd still recommend using Anastasia. Great choice! But I'm biased as we just named our daughter Anastasia. Picked partly because we liked the nickname Annie so much.
I think it has to do with (for me) the similarity to a bunch of unpleasant words that start with the sl- sound like slime and slug, slog, slum, slob, sludge, slut, slop.
I find it interesting that moist is so hated. I kind of like the word, it makes me think of delicious cake rather than body fluids. Mildred has also been growing on me as a name, mostly dur to the Mil beginning but Ive been into names with the d sound and more consonant heavy lately. We considered Gwendolyn for our newborn. Some of the names that give me a strong negative reaction to the sound are Blanche, Bianca,Phoebe and Sloane. None of them are made up, I find that made up names are usually pleasant to hear. That's how they came into existance after all, they were created for their pleasant sound. Instead of moist, one of my most disliked words is pink. Something about the nk sound I really dislike, enhanced probably by my rejection of the color when I was a young girl. I actually rather like the color now as an adult but still dislike saying the word.
Baby has arrived! Near the end of the pregnancy I needed a break from the naming forum so that I could name based our preferences taking precedence with everyone's excellent advice in the back of my mind but not at the forefront. I've seen too many people get caught up in worrying about other people's opinions and I know it's a trap I can fall easily into myself. So the break was very useful. During this time our list also changed a bit. The hospital list ended up being 10 names long! I went in confident we would be able to pick out a name and while we didn't know immediately this time, we were able to pick a name before leaving the hospital. The list we took in was: Anastasia, Juliet, Annabel, Mirabelle, Coraline, Iris, Miranda, Winifred, Elizabeth "Eliza", and Ivy. As soon as we had a minute to talk and get to know our daughter we crossed off over half the list and we were left with Anastasia, Juliet, Coraline, and Elizabeth "Eliza". The other names were just not right for her. By the next morning we had it down to two names, Juliet and Anastasia and that was a harder decision. We were both split almost 50/50 between the two names. We ended up going with Anastasia because we loved the nickname Annie and didn't have any nicknames we loved for Juliet. We love her name and think it's the perfect fit for her. We call her both Anastasia and Annie. I've heard people describe Anastasia as a princes name but that isn't how we feel about the name. To us it has a similar feel as Elizabeth or Charlotte or Caroline. Regal and elegant and classic with great nicknames but not as ubiquitous. It was the name we had agreed upon when we first started dating in fact. Plus I really like the meaning which seems very appropritate for a baby born around the start of spring. 50 shades of Grey had held us back for some time but I'm glad I got over that. Thanks everyone for your help!
You took what I said way too personally. I have never heard either term used in real life as anything but an insult and so therefore it seems to me somewhat insulting to be called that. Much like in some places I guess it's normal to call women honey or baby but it's just not done here and I would be very offput to be called honey or baby. I did read the thread, which is why I was contributing my personal experience with the terms.
I have never lived south of the Mason-Dixon line and I don't know any of these people either. The only person I am aware of is Sissy Spacek and for the longest time I wondered why she would have that as a name since I've only ever heard the term used as an insult. Am I ignorant of southern culture? Well yes, I suppose I am. I am only saying how the words are percieved to me from my personal experience of their usage. Sissy I have only ever heard as a playground taunt and bubba from references such as Bubba Gump shrimp. Until I read this thread I wasn't aware that it was related to the word brother or grandmother.
Buddy and Sissy are just not used anywhere I've lived, although I've heard of the terms from TV and whatnot and I'm an American. I find the usage pretty off putting actually since it's seems kind of an insulting term. Bubba always seemed contextually the same thing as calling someone a hick to me, and sissy is a put down even when applied to girls.
I agree that listening to your feelings about the name is important. with the exception on Allison and Emilia, I don't think there are any strong reasons to cross off a name. Fiona is well known and gaining in popularity, I think it would be a very very unlikely that have a child consider it too unusual and want a more common name. Popularity is very overblown anyway, as it is the most popular name just isn't popular enough for it to be a concern that there will be more than one or maybe two others in the grade at a time. Having several in one class won't even occur that often for the #1 name. So of the three, Ella, Fiona or Lydia I'd say pick the one that you both like the best. maybe have you both rank the names according to how you feel about them and not overthink it.
Clara is one of the names I see on multiple babies frequently. For reference, Henry, Oliver, Theo, Charlotte and Lucy are other names I see most frequently on those under 5. I think it's still a classic name, even if it is popular now. I think it would compare to Rachel, Rebecca and Laura for Millenials/gen x and Diana, Carolyn and Helen for boomers.
We were strongly considering it ourselves for our little one on the way, but were put off by how often we come across it and in the end it just didn't feel right even though I still love it.
I had this concern, I didn't mind fashionable but I didn't want a dated name. To answer this question for myself I looked at names from the top 100 in my generation and picked out which ones I felt were dated and which I didn't and checked out their popularity graphs. For me it was basically a witches hat spike and came out of nowhere, a number of names spiked but had been in continual use beforehand so didn't feel very dated to me. Of course then I threw that all out the window as a couple of names I'm taking to the hospital have the potential to spike.
I must be missing something because I don't really see a pattern. Any of those names seems fine to me.
I agree with everything that's been said here. You and your husband are the only ones that need to be satisfied here. It sounds like she is Olivia to you and your husband is ok with the name. It really is just a straightforward and simple thing to change it. It is ok to change your mind and it doesn't reflect badly on you or your husband. Anyone who tells you differently just has their own issues. the main issue here is you and your husbands anxiety over how people will think of you. This really is just a minor thing to change her name not worth agonizing over. In the long run you will both look at it and wonder why you placed so much importance on it, like you did with the popularity of Olivia. Is your husband usually this socially anxious, or perhaps he is stressed out by the new baby. Post-partum is a difficult time for fathers as well as mothers but men often aren't allowed to express their feelings and are expected to be the strong one which can make it even harder for them to deal with it. or, Is it possible he doesn't like the name but can't admit it but must come up with an excuse to reject the name? The name issue sounds like it is dealing with deeper issues than just the name. Whether it's unhealthy family dynamics, post-partum anxiety or perhaps just unaddressed social anxiety only you and your husband can figure out what is holding you back from making the change. Counseling is a good idea if it is hard for you and your husband to talk this out. I agree that this shouldn't just be on you as the only one that has to deal with the regret.
Unless you plan on calling her by her middle name, the first name is most important. The middle name is rarely even known. Forget about flow and get a list of names you like pretty equally, at that point you can reconsider flow and then it doesn't hurt to consider flow. Don't let the middle name, which will rarely be known or used, dictate your first name choice.
I think other than Jordan your name choices sound nice with Georgia. In fact I quite like Madeline with Georgia, either way of saying it. But even Jordan is fine. There are a few things you can do do change the flow to something you like better. You could use a different form of Georgia, Georgette, Georgiana, Georgina. You could add in another middle to create better flow. Jordan Elaine Georgia.
Trust me, years from now or even in less time you will wonder why you worried do much about name flow with the middle but you are potentially going to regret not picking the first name you like.