About Me

Lorelei was my childhood nickname. It always made me wonder how people would have responded to me if it had been my given name instead. I have one kiddo, $tell@n Th0rv@ld

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April 2, 2017 08:04 PM
In Response to Mads. Yea or nay?

Yes, he does seem to be prolific in American film these days, doesn't he?  Hannibal on TV, Star Wars, Dr. Strange...a ton of stuff from before all that...

Considering our firstborn's name plus our cat, Viggo, I think I am heavily influenced by representation on the screen when it comes to European names. It does help it permeate the culture, doesn't it?  (That being said, very few people know of Mr. Skarsgard when I bring him up as an example of our son's name in use)

April 2, 2017 08:00 PM
In Response to Mads. Yea or nay?

Yes, my mother is 100% American-Danish (2nd generation from her father's side, 3rd from her mothers).  I was thinking MADZ.  From my cousins who live in Denmark I've heard it pronounced MAdS with a sort of hint of a d in there.  It's not exactly the same but if it were way different (like the Polish name Jerzy which looks to us like a comfortable shirt but is pronounced something like Yair-tzee) I'd probably not be considering it.

With respect to the husband, his not caring for Maddox/Madoc is more about them feeling somwhat twee and the clunky second syllable.  

And of course you're right.  We might have a girl, for whom there are MOUNTAINS of names we both like. A whole different kind of problem. :) 

April 2, 2017 07:53 PM
In Response to Mads. Yea or nay?

I appreciate you sharing this perspective.  It's what does give me pause, although I was thinking that it would lean more towards the "mad = crazy" angle, as pop culture seems to lean more heavily on that definition.  But yes, people can be awful and I suppose that's something to think about.  

That being said I know plenty of women who go by Maddie, and to my knowledge they don't get that sort of comment.  But perhaps familiarity is a lubricant there,

April 2, 2017 10:33 AM
In Response to Mads. Yea or nay?

I know, right??  I do like Madoc/Maddox (literally due to Madeleine L'Engle) but happen to already know that my husband doesn't care for those.  I'd maaaybe consider Mats, but I'd have to sit with it for a while. That one kind of makes me think of "matted," as in hair/fur. Either that or it's so close to just "Matt" that it'd almost be more confusing.  

Le sigh.

February 18, 2017 11:52 AM

Beautiful choice! Congratulations!

February 4, 2017 02:39 PM

LOVE Nicodemus. Tragically it was vetoed by my husband.  Ah, well.

August 22, 2016 06:56 AM

Aha! I knew someone would stop by who knew where to look for those stats. And I guess my perception of those names must have had a lot to do with them being about to fall off a cliff. The anecdata I was working from includes having aunts named Nancy and Barb, and a grandmother named Barb as well. My cousins who are in that age group include Lori, Jenny, and Kristi. That tail end is so easy to see in hindsight!

May 13, 2016 12:13 PM

Thanks! I agree, it's strange how uncommon it is. Apparently it was only given to 63 babies (In the US) in 2013, which is the most recent data I could find.

April 3, 2016 11:12 AM

You know, that's actually the only thing that gave us momentary pause about the name. The two syllable, ending in -n pattern is so pervasive that we realized we were exactly on trend.  But ultimately avoiding boy's names ending in -n is like avoiding girls names ending in -a.  And besides we loved the name more than we wanted to indulge our contrarian natures. :)

I was thinking about this last night, and you're absolutely right in that he'll fit right in with his peers who not only have the two syllable, -n ending, but also northern euro/british isles derivations.  I plugged $t3ll@n into the name matchmaker and among the results:

















This completely leaves out the bell tone names, of course, of which I am not particularly fond. 

Anyway.  I already have one relative who is just skipping his first name altogether and calling him Th0rv@ld, though that may be because my grandfather was her uncle and she's pleased we used the name.

March 29, 2016 04:57 PM

Thank you!  So far we have no regrets.  The response has been either very positive, or poker face neutral, which I think may be due to people suspecting we made it up. As a result I may be going overboard telling everyone it's an old Swedish name, but in any case, I'm overjoyed to have him here.  He suits his name quite nicely, I think :)

March 27, 2016 02:12 PM
In Response to Middle Name Stalemate

Thanks, Karyn! It's still showing up but I think google results take a few weeks to change.  I'll check back in later and see if it's still the top result.  

March 27, 2016 02:11 PM
In Response to Middle Name Stalemate

OK, I'll try that, thanks!  I had figured it'd probably take a few weeks for the google results to change in any case.  And it's not like I share any terribly personal details on these forums; I just don't want any nosy friends or relatives stalking me on this site and potentially figuring out names of future offspring, ha.

March 25, 2016 07:35 PM
In Response to Middle Name Stalemate

Heyo, I'm back! Can a moderator step in and help me adjust my original post and maybe some of the responses to be less Google-able? We just welcomed our little guy Stell@n Th0rv@ld into the world and when I google his first and middle combo, this thread is the top Google result. I didn't quite think that through with how unique his name would be :)

March 20, 2016 04:15 PM
In Response to Middle Name For Sarah

Is there a reason you reposted this all over again instead of bumping up your old post/s?  I think commenters can give more helpful input when they can see what others have already written.  And did you scrap the name Sofie in favor of Sarah?  I'm a little confused.

March 20, 2016 04:01 PM

Hey, thanks! (FWIW, Amalia is one of my favorites, too.)  And I totally agree - I had initially agreed with the others about getting more information on what the OP was looking for, but I'm really enjoying reading everyone's lists, and sometimes I don't contribute when I can't think of anything within someone's specifications.  This is a great brainstorm thread. 

March 17, 2016 01:13 PM

I agree with everyone else re: letting us know your style, but I'll go anyway.

Currently my top 5 include Thora, Mariel, Coraline, Ariadne, Juniper.  I didn't get to use any of these since I'm expecting a boy, uh, imminently.  

February 24, 2016 09:16 AM
In Response to Thoughts on Ander?

Yes, having taken German throughout high school and college, I have the same association.  When I try to think of it as a name, it has an unfinished feeling, so I much prefer Anders. 

February 21, 2016 10:12 AM
In Response to Iris?

For what it's worth, my husband and I read through these forums together on Sunday mornings, and when we got to your boys' list we both shouted at the iPad in unison "DON'T USE IAGO." Maybe it's because we both have degrees in theater AND came of age when Disney's Aladdin made the name famous via a villainous parrot, but that is just far too much Shakespearean and pop culture baggage to bestow on a presumably angelic child. I am rarely so forceful when it comes to expressing opinions on here, but we both had such a strong reaction that we'd encourage you to explore your other choices more.

February 1, 2016 04:21 PM
In Response to Middle Name Stalemate

Wow, thank you for all of the input! I've been out of town and unable to respond individually because my iPad autocorrect is infuriating when I try to post in the forum here, so now that I'm back to my laptop, I'll just respond to all the points I can remember at once.

1. Both men are deceased, sadly.  I agree that would be an excellent tiebreaker if it were applicable.

2. I have given some thought to future namesake possibilities down the road.  Husband has expressed some interest in using the name of his step-grandmother, Leszek's wife, for a girl.  I'm not averse to the idea, though I have wondered if his biological grandmother, who is still living, might be hurt if her ex-husband AND then his wife were both honored namewise. As far as female namesakes from my side, I do have some ideas, but the woman I'd most likely honor has already had a namesake in my niece, so it is lower priority for me.  We had also tossed around the idea of Thora for a girl after my great-great-aunt, who had a pretty compelling life story.  I know it's another Thor name, but to me Thora and Th0rv@ld are completely different namesakes and Thora could not "replace" Th0rv@ld as a catch-all for honoring my grandfather.  Maybe that's because Th0rv@ld specifically was the middle name of my grandfather AND his father, so by using it we would be continuing a very specific name down the generations. (Interestingly, Thora the great-great-aunt was that great-grandfather's sister, and it apparently wasn't Thor-overkill for that family)

3. I hadn't even considered the fact that our patrilineal naming system already represents my husband's side.  But yes, Leszek is a paternal grandfather, so baby will indeed already have his last name.  In contrast, my grandfather had three girls (my mother and my two aunts), so none of his grandkids (or great-grandkids) have his surname. It's a point definitely worth thinking about for the tie-breaker.

4. I do think the suggestion to take turns with who gets final say or "namesake" rights is a good one.  

5. In this instance, my MIL won't have a horse in this game.  :) While she has lost plenty of loved ones, her side of the family has been pretty robust with the namesakes.

January 2, 2016 04:03 PM
In Response to Schuyler

Yeah, literally the only reason I know how to pronounce this name is because I read an interview with Schuyler Fisk, Sissy Spacek's daughter, and the journalist made a point to include the correct pronunciation of her name.  Before then I'd always read it to myself as "Skoo-ler"