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Our reception was pretty low key since it was a box lunch reception at a botanic garden, but for the theme we found a disney ceramic sculpture of Robin and Marian walking arm in arm in their wedding outfits for the top of the cake, which was decorated with water lilies. My brother made button pins for favors with the picture of Robin and Marian in the coach where you can see the just married sign on the back. It was simple, but cute.
I think Ptarmigan is quite interesting, but it is out of our comfort zone. It really is an intreging choice.
I think you really just summed up my current feelings abour Robin. It just fits our style better. I like Percival a lot, but it just isn't as soft and wondrful as Robin. We've officially agreed on Robin for a boy (for now). Christopher Robin was one of our positive associations, but really it's after Robin Hood. I've always loved Robin Hood stories, and our wedding reception had a Disney Robin Hood theme, so the family will get the refrence. Even so, I have family members who will love the Batman and Robin connection even more.
I'm not sure which middle name we'll choose for it, and I'm not really that worried about it either. I think Robin Oak and Robin Samwise are in the lead, but Robin Humfrey and Robin Moss are also possibilities. We'll just choose one when it speaks to us I guess.
I feel so much more settled after hearing all these opinions and making a choice. Percival/Percy will remain in the second option slot for a boy, it is a great name, but we think Robin fits.
On a side note, since the baby will likely be a Betty or a Robin my husband has suggested we use the nickname "bobbin" until baby arrives. It's pretty cute, and fits in with my hobby of knitting and spinning wool.
Thistle is a name that could grow on me, maybe. However, since we live in Japan/my husband teaches Japanese it would be so difficult for Japanese people to pronounce if this kid ever returns to Japan. I don't know how they would spell it. Se-tsu-ru? lol
Percival will be a little tricky, but Percy becomes Pa-see more easily. Robin is very straigforward for them to say.
Gareth is a name I ADORE. I tried suggesting it over and over over the last year and a half, but he still doesn't like it. It also sucks that my father in law (who is awesome) had a a terrible time growing up with a family member named Gary. even so, I think I may ask him again just to check...
I am beginning to think Robin may have the edge here. I do love soft boys names.
I've loved Peregrine/Pippin for ages because of Lord of the Rings, but my husband still hasn't come around to it. It used to be a veto, but when I asked him today I got a "but he is the dopey hobbit." I fought for Lord of the Rings names for years, but the only one I can get through is Samwise. Unfortunetly, it isn't first name material with a Sam in the close family.
Perry is too close to the name of a person I have bad memories of.
I admit, I'm not excited about Thomas the Tank Engine taking over our lives, but I have some little cousins who are already deeply entrenched. I beleive that it is unavoidable. At least it is a comfort to know Percy would go over well with that crowd. (But then If we choose Robin I cannot tell him that I nearly gave him a train-name).
We noticed the Val nickname too, and I really like it! We're not sure if we should use it because my brother has dibs on Valiant for his first son (someday) and Val is the perfect nickname. Maybe Val could be used at school if he wanted a cool sounding name.
Percival wasn't a name I would expect my husband to suggest! It does sound a little too formal for the girls names, but Percy fits right in I think. It's reassuring to know that rare names aren't hard to live with.
I thought Robin softened it a bit too, so it is good to hear another person feels the same. Thanks to all the wonderful advice on this thread I'm going to give up the name hoarding idea, but now I wonder if I'll be happy with Robin in the middle spot instead of a first. In the end, I think your absolutely right that I'd regret not using Robin somewhere in a son's name. So I'll just have to use it one way or another.
For some reason Orion doesnt appeal to us. I'm not sure why.
Merlin is too "magic" and would give my grandmother fits, but I do like it. Still, I think it is off limits. Emrys would really blend in to all the E and Em names circulating right now, so I'll pass on that one too. I think we could find other inspiration in the Authorian legends, but it would be difficult. Percival was innocent/worthy enough to find the grail. Every time I suggest another knight, my husband lists all the women they shouldn't have slept with.
thanks fo the advice and support, we really may take them both with us to the birth center in the end.
Deep down, I know that name hoarding won't get me ahead. It helps to hear it from people with experience though! I just need to stop thinking about all the possible children and pick what really fits our family best right now.
I do love Gawain, but pronuciation seems to vary and that bothers me. Also my husband didn't seem enthisiastic about it. I also love Caradoc, but it got nixed from the beginning.
Percival is a name that seems more reasonable the longer you consider it! I think that is why it is hard to judge how I will feel about it the future.
Thank you for the advice and perspective. Today I'm leaning more towards Robin for just the reasons you mentioned. and it is encouraging to know that we won't be making a "wrong" choice either way.
Thats a good option. I think you are right that Percy will go up as the Percy Jackson fans get older.
If you enjoy research like I do, it is fun to get the full list of baby names from the year you were born and find out just how many babies were give your name in that year. Since you like how your name is known, but not common that data will give you an idea of what area of the top 1000 (or beyond) you might want to look at.
Keep in mind that even if your name was ranked at 100 the year you were born, the number of babies receiving the 100th most popular name now is probably lower than it was decades ago. I was surprised by how many babies got my name in the year I was born, and yet I've only ever encountered one other in passing. Then again, my name was popular only for a brief span of years.
My family is very into comics and I had to look up the connection too. I actually think it is super cute! If it was really well known it could be a little strange, but as it is I think it is a charming connection.
I'm not really interested in a longer name for Betty because we would only call her Betty. What use is a long name which is obscurely related to the name Betty if we don't use it? If anyone points out that Betty isn't a nature name she can tell them her middle name is Nightingale. I'd even be fine with her going by Nightingale if she wanted to.
I was hoping that Betty wouldn't stick out so much by having Robin on the list and putting Maple ahead of Lavender. In the end though, I think we like Betty enough for it to be a bit of a mis-match on the surface.
I'll be sure to stick around! Even if I don't post very often I'll be sure to post what name we use!
I've been trying to get my husband to agree to Lorien or Lothlorien for years! (It's not going to happen) I'm so excited that someone is planning to use it. My personal favorites were Gwendolen Lorien and Gweneth Lothlorien.
Woot! I'm glad Maple Josetta can keep up With Betty Nightingale.
That is great advice, we'll keep our minds open to new names that come along.
I'm glad you like Maple Josetta. I really like the sound of it, I think it has something to do with the long A sound at the beginning of Maple combined with the long O at the start of Josetta. I've also begun to appreciate how Maple shares that A sound and an L with out last name. I think Maple is growing on me.
If we use Lavender, I'll still be fighting for Mirth to go with it! I think he'd let me use it for a third girl.
I agree that I can't use Samwise as a first because of the reason Miriam brought up, but also that I don't want Sam as the nickname. I think the middle names slot will keep it a bit more private and personal. My husband likes that he could use the "just Sam" option if he didn't want to tell folks his full middle name. The only down side is that now the initials are BSS, which isn't as bad as simply BS, but it isn't grand.
Thanks for the information on Samwise, I think it is really important for us to consider that. However, I don't think it makes a huge difference in our choice. One reason I like Nightingale is that it is a plain brown bird, it doesn't look special. It is what the bird does that has earned its fame. Samwise is a similar lesson in how the expectations of this world don't define us.
Since it is a middle name, I dont think it will come up too often with strangers.
Well my husband and I sat down for a serious chat about names and went over some of the opinions and fabulous options suggested on this thread. We discovered a few things about our preferences and motives, an interesting point being that the only word names he likes are botanical ones (I think Robin falls into the classic category for him). As much as I adore virtue names, he doesn't. Apparently he still doesn't care for Mirth. I was miffed that he didn't like Quest at all. It was a necessary but stressful conversation.
Unfortunetly, the lovely combo Mabel Lavender was shot down because Maple and Mabel are very different to him.
So we took a step back and took EVie's suggestion to use Robin Oak and started brainstorming new middles for Briar and Maple. Without word names the common ground was characters from books and games. So we talked about our favorite characters with nice names which are a bit less wild. From this we have a renovated list:
Betty Nightingale and Briar Samwise
Runners up: Maple Josetta, Robin Oak, and Lavender Mirth
We'll see how these names settle in, but I think we're both feeling good about the top names. I feel like the middle for Maple could still go to Dulcia or Gwendolen, but right now Josetta has the lead. I'm interested to see what you all think of our new list. None of the cool names suggested made the cut, but they inspired some meaningful conversation and the comments were very helpful.
Wow! What a process. Thank you to everyone who commented. I wanted a final review (and overhaul) and that's what we got.
They are leaving this summer after a four year stay. They recently had their second child and gave him a Japanese name too.