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For political names, Drumf has more naminess to me because of the whole idea of who should control their name and because of the whole discussion of family heritage. Stewart refused to use Trump precisly be cause of the pride Trump has in his name and because he was critisized for changing his own last name. It brings up the question of who controls what they go by, the person with the name or the person using it. For those that prefer to ignore the politics this year, I think Boaty McBoatface also brings up the idea of letting a name be crowdsourced and whpo controls the naming process.
My husband is named James and I find it almost more annoying than he does that strangers automatically call him Jim sometimes. If he introduces himself as James, why would they presume to shorten it? It seems to be a generational thing, mostly people his dad's age. On the flip side, Charlie is the only one of our boys that goes by a nickname. It makes it confusing for his brothers that his actual name is Charles, but we wanted to give him options. I am not too worried about it simply because Charlie and Charles are so close together that it isn't quite the stretch that some other names are. And I try to call him Charles often enough that it will still feel like his name.
Just to update, Timothy Ferris was born last week. In the end, Timothy seemed the name that best fit our style, was a train name, had a bible connection, and while not a family name was the name of a good family friend. So the best package all together. We picked Ferris as a middle name because of some particular symbolism of Iron (religous song and where we live). The funny thing is my husband's side of the family all immediately asked if we were spelling his name Ferous, while my side of the family had no idea there was any connection between Ferous and Iron. It was my husband's idea and not a typical suggestion from him but it felt right. Anyway, thank you all for your advice.
You also have to take into account that some of these errors can be not typing errors but misreading handwriting. That makes the n and m mistake even easier to see happening as in cursive it is easy to mistake the two. Also, maybe the chanel and channel discrepency may be different spelling choices. Did the parents mean the same name but not know the "correct" spelling?
In high school, our guidance counselor said that she was named Phyllis precisely so she would be unique in her class. Then another Phyllis moved accross the street and was with her in all the grades through high school. You can't predict it exactly. My kids haven't had to share a name yet in grade school, but in the workplace they almost certainly will because they have consistently common names like James that can be found in all the ages. I grew up never knowing any other Melanies until I went to college. On the flip side, I always thought it was cool when I saw my name in a book.
I vote for ISIS as well. I wish I could come up with another suggestion to add to the discussion, but I don't feel like I watch the news enough to have a clear pulse on current events. I do hear enough, though, to understand how ISIS fits the criteria.
Thanks everyone for your input. I have looked at several of those names, but had missed a few. Especially thank you for your thoughts about the train theme. I'll have to talk these over with my husband. William, Spencer, Douglas, Benjamin and Samuel are kind of taken by near relatives and I am sure my husband won't go for Percival or Tobias, but maybe some of the others will appeal more than Oliver and Timothy.
I like the idea of thinking of distinctive names that . I have been trying to think of what I could come up with off the top of my head: Gilbert for L. M. Montgomery, Jo for Louisa Alcott, Almonzo for Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anyone else think of any?