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I think Bartlett is terrific and blends in nicely with Bennet, Beckham and Beckett.
I had an unsual name and common last name for the first 15 years of my life; then Megan exploded in popularity. It is worth trying for an unusal name, but know that times change.
I live in Eastern PA in a pocket of Ryans. (My sons both have good friends Ryan D.) While it didn't make the PA list, it did make the nearby NY list.
Ibrahim, Talu, Kayra and Omur are some of the ones that English speakers will have an easier time with.
Asma Khalid is on NPR all the time if you want to hear her say the name. It does sound more like asthma.
I confess, this has been my issue. I'm more than impressed she transistioned so publically. Caitlyn seemed tired to me when she chose it. She could have gone trendy with Emma or stayed classic with Kate. She found the unhappy medium in my book.
Sebastian was the name that occurred to me too. It just seems to fit.
I can't get past the 57 varieties! I knew there were LOTS of spellings of this name, but holy cow! I thought the Megans were out of control, and I'm only aware of a small handful.
I wonder what is the most re-spelled name? (Very hard to know how people intend to say a name, so I realize it is almost impossible to quantify). But I wonder if the variety of spellings makes Caitlyn the "it" name of the early 2000s.
I had to track down my Grandmother's birth certificate to get a college scholarship. (It proved she had a Scottish parent, thus entitling me to the scholarship). Discovered her birthdate and name had some fudging/blurring along the way. Her younger brother only knew that he was two years younger, so his age eventually got altered (in usage) too. The precision just wasn't so important, but nicknames to distinguish which Jane or which John you were had great importance in my family.
I had a student rename himself Leif, because of the nod to the word "leaf". It worked well for him.
I personally know a Jane Ann, and rather like it for doubl-barrel names. That said she's always called Mary Jane or Mary Ann because those two are so much more common.
We swore our Timothy would be "Tim" not "Timmy". When he was 3, he decided he did not like having just Tim written on his sippy cups at daycare and coached me to spell the name with the MY at the end. He still uses both Tim and Timmy. (And of course, Timothy when he's in trouble or at Catholic school!)
What about Max from "Where the Wild Things Are?" Or Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" (Or Maurice and Lewis as a nod to the authors). Those characters go on terrific adventures. I like Max, because he goes home to a warm loving dinner.
I do wonder what names will be the 20-teens names.
Nevaeh? Creatively spelled names? -ayden names?
I always confuse Scarlett with Savannah and Shannon. They seem quite different when I put them side by side, but when faced with just one person, I have to think first and then use the name.
I think there is a larger trend of (traditionally) boy's names for girls with a cutesy nickname to make the name more feminine. Elliot, Emerson. I have a female Josiah in class with a feminine nickname like Josie.
In general, if you use a non-obvious name for your local culture, you need to be willing to answer to many variants and to help people pronounce and spell it. Even Anna needs to be willing to say "Ah-na" vs. "Ann-a" and answer to both at the doctor's office.
I have identical twin cousins with a similar vowel difference in their names. The way to tell them apart is "Bob" has the rounder face like the "O" and "Tim" has the more oval, up and down face like the "i" in Tim.
Clearly, like me, you like traditional names! Here are some boy's names in that vein:
This week's list by Laura of 1920s names with comeback potential included a number of traditional boys names that I have only known on older men and younger women:
Arden, Merritt, Merrill, Emory, Hollis, Newell
I think all of these could work for you. (And yes, I have known women under 25 with each of these names).
I've always thought that Est(h)er and Lauryl (both Chemistry terms) would be a fun pair.
Timothy and Heather are both types of grasses. (Heath perhaps?)
I knew a sibling set of Isabella, Beatrice and Amanda who all have forms of "to be" in their names: is, be, and am.
I wonder if names have become more regional in this time. I live in a pocket of Ryans, which just about never makes these lists. (There are so many Ryans in my children's small school, that both my sons are friends with a Ryan D., and there are two Ryan Ds in one sons class.)