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May 20, 2017 05:33 AM
In Response to FIrst Name For Lórien

We're tossing around using that Belle to break up the alliteration with either a double barreled first or a fourth name.

Lunabelle Lórien Wilder

Luna Belle Lórien Wilder 

might be too much? lol


May 14, 2017 11:53 PM
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Cool beans :)

May 14, 2017 05:47 PM
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You both make good points. I think what has me steering away from anything popular is the way I grew up. I was one of those with a suuuuper popular name born in the 80s (ranked in the top 10-20). There were always 3-7 other girls with my name in my grade (different spellings but said the same - much like all the Ashley/Ashleigh/Ashlees) and in high school a girl transferred to my school who had both my first and last name (buhhh). We all had to be qualified by our last initial or full name (or in the case of the other same first/last - our physical differences lol). 

So I decided pretty early on that I wanted my kid to have something of their own, or at least that they didn't have to share with a ton of other folks. It's just unfortunate for me that most of my long-coveted names are also beloved by many of my peers currently having kiddos - which isn't too surprising I suppose. Zeitgeist and whatnot. :P

May 12, 2017 09:00 PM
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Right that's what's got me a lil worried. I've seen it's hovering around the 30s for 2017 so far, of course we don't know how it'll land for sure until the year is over. I was hoping regionally it might not be so popular around here. I live in in the south. But a girl at my work has a little Luna so I'm waffling. 

May 10, 2017 07:31 PM
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Mhm I concur. :)

May 10, 2017 07:31 PM
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Oooo great points you're making here!

May 10, 2017 07:29 PM
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I'm definitely an over-thinker (obviously!)

Thanks for being a voice of reason haha.

May 10, 2017 07:28 PM
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It is rather lyrical. My family thinks I'm nuts but I just love that middle for sure. Makes anything next to it sound quite beautiful. 

May 10, 2017 07:27 PM
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Hah thank you it makes me feel a bit better know it's not too much! Leona is beautiful but I feel if we *do* go the alliterative route I'd have to stay with Luna because we are already smitten with it (and in addition to LOTR we are big ole space nerds). :D 

May 7, 2017 03:17 PM
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Right!? I got reeeally lucky that my dude is a huge LOTR nerd also. We love that it is beautiful and hardly used at all and the cool meaning (dream). I'd almost be inclined to use it as a first but I don't want her to always be dropping the accent mark or having to correct pronunciation all the time (future baby girl: "No no, it's Lórien, not Lauren"). So I figure it's safer as a middle. 

I like Gwen- names too. They fit well with that old-English sort of vibe but unfortunately hubs does not share my appreciation for that prefix on a name. Can't win 'em all lol. 

May 7, 2017 07:22 AM
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Yes husband is a big fan of Fiona too. I love it also (we aren't really considering anything I didn't throw into the hat to begin with hah, he's not a planner). I'm a big fan of Ms. Apple but almost everyone we share the name with goes straight to Shrek. I'd think that would be a fading trend but daaang has that franchise endured. How many movies are they up to now? Hah. I just don't want our little one to be associated with an ogre forever and that gives me pause.

May 7, 2017 07:19 AM
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You hit on a few of the names we've considered but couldn't use (Stella, Freya, Juniper and Violet). I love Violet as a name but the hard i's in the first and last name together threw us off. 

Hah yea I'm casting a rather wide net bc I don't want to exclude any with good potential. I'm open to a lot.

Other firsts we've thought about: River, Gemma, Zelda, Phoebe, Diana, Astrid, Bellatrix, Tallulah, Lydia, Magnolia, on and so forth. Hah, we've even started throwing around Eleven as we've swam out deeper into the waters of unnamed baby confusion. 

Ive also considered just sticking with Luna and using Belle as a middle (it's a family name) and I find it quite beautiful, but we've been circling around Lórien so long its hard to un-marry ourselves from it.

My hesitation with Luna at this point (which I've loved for years also) is the skyrocketing in popularity recently. Do you guys think our little belly bean will have to contend with lots of other Luna's in her grade?