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The one that I most closely think of as connected to a specific race is Ramsey. It seems like a name that would most likely be chosen by white parents. However, I wouldn't be surprised to meet a 10 year old U.S. boy of any race with any of those names. For what it's worth, I have an 11 year old (white)nephew named Alan. He was named after his grandfather.
Congratulions and great name - love that it has special meaning for you. I prefer the Adalie spelling. Because it is not the super popular trend right now I think the Adalie spelling makes the name *feel* more established than Adaleigh. I'm curious if Jeanne will be pronounced the same as the English Jean or the French pronunciation of Jeanne (with a "zh" sound at the front)?
No I won't be "rephrasing" anything. I said Nymbler is a reliable source and I stand by that. I do not believe there is any one "definitive" source (including your much quoted behindthename.com one). Regardless of the subject matter there are always disagreements among enthusiasts about which "source" is best and why I said multiple sources would be preferable. If I had given a different source no doubt someone else would have objected to it. That's just the way it goes. Everyone can choose for themselves. I will continue using nymbler as a source when I post here.
As a single source Nymbler is reliable but certainly further research at multiple sources would be best. My purpose was to provide the OP with a succinct starter list. Thankfully these responses also offer her handy links to further research any names that may be of interest.
I used www.nymbler.com for all of these, a reliable source considering the connection to this site. Where more than one root source was given I listed each definition for the name. For examples, Alana was listed as an Irish name meaning “attractive; peaceful” and as a Hawaiian one meaning “offering”, and Alice was listed as having multiple origins and defined as “truthful” from its Greek origin and “noble” from its German one. There are certainly other sources available to dig deeper into name origins and meanings and I agree that behindthename.com is one.
An assortment of "A" names with meanings:
Alice (Allison, Alicia, Allie) – truth; noble
Alexandra (Alexis, Alessandra) – defender of mankind
Anastasia (Ana, Anya, Asia) – resurrection
Astrid – divine strength; divine beauty
Ariadne (Arianna) – holy
Athena – wise
Andrea – strong, courageous
Audrey – noble strength
Adelaide (Addie, Adeline, Adalyn, Alina, Adele) – noble and serene
Amanda – lovable
Angela/Angelina – angel; messenger
Anna (Annika, Anais, Anissa) – gracious
Annalise/Analisa – gracious and consecrated to God
Annabelle – gracious and beautiful
Aviva – springtime; lively
Arabella – beautiful altar
Alana – attractive; peaceful; offering
Alissa/Alyssa – rational
Augusta - majestic
Some names that might work for you:
I love the name Soren and it fits perfectly with Astrid.
Based on your criteria, my first suggestions all fall below 200 on the current top 1000 list and I believe are well within that "known but not popular" category:
Cecilia, Hope, Cassandra, and Helena (many nickname options for this one but my personal fave is "Laney").
Two other names for consideration that are slightly more popular but still not in the current 100 are:
Ivy and Valerie.
For some slightly more adventurous options that most people will still recognize or at least not find "out there": Nadia, Noelle, Greta, Simone, Astrid, Elodie and Lorna.
If I were concerned the judge's decision would hold up, I would feel differently. As it is, she made me smile. Not because I agree with what she did or her comments about the name but because I can appreciate the utter frustration over dealing with this type of petty bickering between parents everyday. It's like she thought, well fine, how about we just give him both surnames,everybody happy now, next.
Ones that are actual names like Blade and Gunnar sound creative and masculine to me, whereas words turned into names like Dagger strike me as odd and an intentional reference to weaponry/violence.
Magnus and Soren are my top picks from the list for boy names. I think Viggo and Rutger might also go well with Astrid.
I like Ariadne best of the girl names. Some possible additions to the girl's list: Signe (same meaning as Sigrid but without the rhymed ending with Astrid), Annika, and Thora.
I'm from Louisiana (where the number 1 name this year is Mason). I think the prevalence of William in the southeast is influenced by the fact that it is still a strong tradition in this region to give baby boys at least one name that has family significance. William has been a very popular name for more than 100 years so that increases the probability of it being a family name somewhere along the way (it's on several branches of my own family tree). And while the same could be said for other classics, William is the one with the popular modern sounding nickname Liam and I suspect that gives William a large advantage (over say Thomas with it's not currently in style nickname Tommy) when parents are considering otpions from their family trees.
Thomas Eugene is my father's name and my brother who is a junior. My dad goes by Eugene and my brother by Tom. I agree it is a nice name combination. Thomas is too common for my taste as a first name but I like Thomas and Eugene both as middle names. I used to dislike Eugene because it seems like Hollywood turned it into the default name for nerdy characters but that doesn't matter to me anymore ... nerds are cool now and Eugene is starting to sound more and more like a strong traditional name ready for a comeback.
I'm white but live in a predominantly African American city in the deep south where all of the Malcolms I know in the 30-50s age-range are African American. However, I do know two older Malcolms (born prior to the 60s) who are both white. Even though the name does seem predominantly African American to me, I agree with others that it really depends on your age and where you live. I think the fact that you didn't associate Malcolm with Malcolm X until someone else brought it up means that it will be fine for your neighborhood and you should go with it. I should also note that I haven't met any young Malcolms of any race. I really don't see why a naming trend that existed for a relatively short time period more than 30 years ago should keep today's parents from using it (of whatever race).