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On this topic, and especially since Marian just came up, my DH has always commented that Marian the Librarian (from the Music Man) and Hannibal the Cannibal (from Silence of the Lambs) are the only literary characters whose names rhyme with their vocation. Now that we have a kid, we also discovered Angelina Ballerina and Dora the Explorer (only a near rhyme). A fun thing to keep an eye out for in character names!
What I like about Hannah is the fact that it has biblical origins but doesn't come across as overly biblical. That is, it's pretty well assimilated as a normal American name. I also like the sounds in it. Just the popularity is a turnoff.
These are great lists. Anyone have suggestions of alternatives to Hannah?
@Sol's_mom – Good thought to look for names from the same era as Naomi. As I’ve been thinking about a second name, I’m more and more leaning towards non-OT/Jewish this time to avoid being too themey. I’ll have to look at the SSN list from the 20s.
I ran everyone’s suggestions by DH and here are ones we’ve liked, as well as some thoughts
Rebecca, Rachel – we had ruled these out because they’re just a little too ordinary/ expected, but they are nice names so we might add them back to the list
Delia – nice alternative to Dalia without the spelling issues
Daphne – this was actually near the top of our list until we realized that the first syllables in daphne and our LN sound harsh together --- dAAAphne kAAAAplan. Ok, this might be a little crazy so it’s still on the list.
Dinah – I actually like this one a lot, but DH has vetoed on the basis of the song
Phoebe – this was also already on our list, though DH has some qualms about the Friends character
Others we liked...
Eleanor, Sadie, Judith, Nina, Heidi, Helena, Adela, Linnea, Margot (I prefer this spelling), Rosalind, Beatrix
As I said, we tend to overthink things. Here are the some of the considerations we’re taking into account. We both like names that are very recognizable as names, nothing that sounds made-up or requires a second hearing to understand what the name is. I don’t really like names that are words or have a strong meaning in English. DH tends to veto any name that’s in a song, hence no Dinah or Lola. DH sister's name is an alternate spelling of Alyssa, so that rules out a lot of names with similar sounds. Both my and DH’s first names start with “T” so I prefer not to have another T name. Also, no rhyming or alliteration with the LN – so no starting with K/hard C or ending in N.
Sorry for the long post and the many rules. Thanks again for all your help.
Wow, thanks for the great responses so far. I'll have to think about these.
Though we did like that Naomi is an OT name, we are not limiting the second name to that category. We're both "secular Jewish" but not religous at all. The main benefit with Jewish names is the LN. There are many e.g. french or irish names that I think are great but just clash with K@pl@n.
emilyrae, it's funny that you should mention dalia. DH and I have been disagreeing about how to spell this name. It looks like (from BNW and name voyager) that dalia is the more traditional spelling. But DH likes dahlia better and thinks dalia would be mispronounced as da-LEE-ah. Plus, everyone he’s asked how they would spell it has said dahlia. But this issue is one of the reasons that I’m not sold on the name.
I've been reading the comments on this blog for a while and you all give great advice. So now I need your help.
I'm pregnant with baby #2 -- another girl due in Sept. The first time around we found what we felt is the perfect name for us, Naomi. It's
timeless (in that category in BNW2), historic (OT biblical), sounds good with our very jewish LN (K@pl@n), has a soft, lyrical, vowel-heavy sound. It sounds familiar without being too popular, though the popularity has continued to rise since we chose it :(
Now we're having a hard time finding another name that works as well. The current front-runners is probably Dahlia, which my husband really likes but I'm not loving. The name that most often comes up in the same categories as Naomi is Miriam, but neither of us really like the sound of it.
We would welcome any suggestions and I can provide more lists of names we've been mulling over, if that would help. We do have a tendency to overthink this... but I think that will fit in well here :)