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Wow, Roosevelt Douglas. That's an awesome name.
Tell me about Shprintza. Normally, when I think about Yiddish, I think of the Germanic roots, but Shprintza reminds me much more of Esperanza, with Latin roots. Is that where Shprintza comes from, or is it a false friend?
Vanity (g), Ransom (b), Miracle (g), Tempest (g) Maverick (b), Princess (g), Atlas (b), Unique (g), Aura (g), Zodiac (b),
and Oberon (b).
I keep looking over this list, and there's one name that keeps coming to mind as flowing with the family names, despite being dated: Lisa. Lisa Guinevere, Lisa Nora, Lisa Juliet, I think it would work.
There are other names (more popular now) that you could use if Lisa feels too dated: Liesl, Anneliese, Elisa.
A few other names that I'm thinking of (in my standard uncommon name mode): Philomena, Millicent, Delia, Severina, Alexa (more common), Coris, Ina, Glynis.
I've got one Theodore-but-not name to suggest: Thaddeus.
I know Beatriz. Beatriz is the Spanish cognate of Beatrice/Beatrix, so it has more traction in the Latino community. That might explain the stealth popularity.
Regarding famous battles, I was thinking of Clothilde, because the name means "famous battle."
There's a whole style these days around Sebastian/Bennett, so it's not ridiculously unusual.
So, it's your child, and lots of people come around to a name once they see a child with it. So if you like a Sebastian, Rafferty, or Bennett, that's great!
But if you need a name a bit more "run-of-the-mill" while maintaining your style, here are a few suggestions:
Here are a few that stand out a bit more, but not too much (like Sebastian):
And if you're looking for a rare gem (like Rafferty):
Any hits? Misses?
I'm sorry to hear that, PPP, but glad you're all right. Next time, then!
I definitely have no problem with changing the pronunciation. Just as someone might adopt different nicknames at different times, a change in pronunciation is no problem, either.
Incidentally, my initial expectation would be to say Ann-ik-ah, rhyming with Attica. If you get lip from others, you could just tell them it's the Danish pronunciation, not the Swedish.
and Tarquin (b).
If we are going to start a list of "modern virtue" name (like the earlier discussion of Logic), then I'm definitely including Curious or Curiosity.
My name's John Baker. I greatly enjoy the anonymity my name offers. Combine it with an "unlikely" middle name, and your daughter can use the middle name to remove ambiguity whenever desired.
Our family also invented the larger-than-life centurion Dallus Texus. He rode around in a giant chariot with huge bull horns on the front, and wore a ten-gallon helmet.
Rover, huh? That's a name that would make the dog-to-human jump. But yeah, Rover is out for dogs, but it does hit style points as a boy's name today--kind of a Rowan meets Cooper by way of Logan.
From last night's Mars landing: Curiosity.
In Spanish, -aea is ah-eh-ah, which most easily Anglicizes to igh-ah (igh as in sigh or thigh). It's what my mother, Micaela does.
If what you're doing is guaranteeing an AY sound in Spanish, then there's only one spelling that will work: -ei-. However, "ei" is pronounced igh in German. So Laneia could be Lah-NAY-uh or Lah-NY-uh.
There is no pronunciation that is fully unambiguously what you're looking for. Using history with Linnaea helps, but the name will always need to be spelled out and there will be risks of mispronunciation at any time.
Lannea: LAN-ee-uh. LAN rhyming with MAN.
The sound is a name that invites itself to mispronunciation, mainly because there is no established spelling for it. However, there is a name with that sound, and a history behind it:
By choosing that spelling, you'll still have to occasionally correct people who pronounce it LIN-ee-uh, but you will meet people who will, because of experience, pronounce it lih-NAY-ah.
The name is Swedish, and the Swedish pronunciation is about halfway between LIN-ee-uh and lih-NAY-ah. It is a name based on Carolus Linnaeus, the man who invented the scientific naming of species. It's a name with a full history, and is presently very popular in Norway and Sweden.
Come to think of it, Linnaeus is unambiguously pronounced lih-NAY-us, so you can get the lih-NAY-uh pronunciation with a spelling of Linnaea.
As to the three above pronunciations, the first is Lan-ee-ah-ya or LANE-ee-ya. The second is Lan-ay-ah, and the third is luh-NY-ah. Personally, I think Linnea or Linnaea is your best bet. You'll have history on your side.
We already use Iris. Maybe Cornea, Retina, or Sclera might work. A sibset of Incus, Malleus, Stapes, and Cochlea?
I always imagined a married Roman couple in the Asterix world named Esophagus and Trachea.