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Hmm... they're all nice choices! For what it's worth, I like your "favorite" the least - Hazel Naomi is hard to separate for me verbally, so unless I consciously pause, I come out with syllables kind of like "Hay-zeln-i-oh-mi". But then again, you're the only one likely to call her by her full name, so if that's not an issue for you, I wouldn't worry much.
I think my favorite of your list is Hazel Victoria.
Hmm... I love Iris! I wonder... Maybe Iris Gwendolyn instead? Guinevere is a beautiful name, but I'd personally be hesitant to give a little girl the name of a famous adultress.
If you like Eliza and you like plant-ey names, have you considered Azalea?
I've always thought that one should be more popular - a pretty flower with a lovely name. :)
Wow, what an extensive list! I see several on there that we hadn't been considering that have some appeal. I look forward to going through it with my husband when he gets home.
It's definitely true that our original list is pretty eclectic - we wanted to find a name we both liked and it became clear quite quickly that that was going to take some flexibility on both our parts.
I like "Zane" and the husband says it's "okay". I could see Ronan too, but his response was "Only if we spelled it Ronin!" (We are not Japanese :P)
I don't think Conrad or Dashiell are doing it for us, but we appreciate the suggestions.
/sigh We had so many girl names that we liked! I don't know if we'll find a boy name we can agree on. =(
I like Xavier and could see Caspian... but no winners with the hubby. Thanks for the suggestions anyhow!
Titus is pretty good to both of us, but unfortunately some friends named their son Titus... They live in another town so we do not see them often, but the name is unusual enough that I'd feel a bit awkward - especially since they have several mutual acquaintances with us through my husband's work. I like Ezra but my husband thinks it sounds like a girl's name :P I'd consider Orrin, Lucius, or Lucian too... but... nope.
Hmm... I actually really like Corwin! My husband says it's "not bad" - haha. Still, that makes it a contender at this point. Some of your other suggestions aren't bad either, but they're not quite catching our fancy. Thanks a lot for taking the time to respond.
Hmm... I love the sound of the name Guinevere, and the knights-in-shining armor association, but I've never considered it as a name choice for myself simply because in most versions of the tale, Guinevere cheats on her husband and ends up setting off the chain of events that leads to the fall of his empire.
Now, this might not bother you, but I did think someone should point out that the sole famous Guinevere isn't exactly role model material.
In general, you have a very lovely list of choices!
EDIT: Oops! I was trying to respond to the first post, not Coll's! Sorry!
Ah, nice! I tried a few search terms, but for some reason that didn't occur to me. I appreciate the aid. :)
Quite. =( I also generally see it used to characterize actions that are ill-considered or even malicious or spiteful, i.e. "After we had worked so hard on the project together for so long, her decision to choose another partner two days before our due date struck me as pure caprice."
"2) Choose classic/more common names to "go with" the traditional last name, because most people are using the strategy #1 and a little Jane Smith or Mary Jones will be unique among her peers in reality anyway."
Even if this is true, there are still tons of older "Mary Smiths" and will be for most of your daughter's life. A Mary who's 40 now may still be kicking when your daughter is 40 herself.
If you do go this route, do her a favor and give her an EXTREMELY unusual middle name, because she won't otherwise be able to use her real name for business or creative purposes.
I saw the name "Brazen" come under fire in another thread, so I'm surprised to see such a neutral/positive reaction to Caprice. Brazen actually has a far more positive connotation to me than Caprice.
To me Uziel sounds more like Uriel (the fourth archangel, according to some) than like Uzi.
I think you're right about it being a defense mechanism against the unfamiliar.
I thought this comment thread at Reddit was really interesting:
It's full of people explaining how their names were made fun of growing up, and some of the most normal, common names came in for the most abuse! Long story short is that well-known names don't defend you from name-related teasing, and in some cases may even make it easier!
Some quotes from that thread:
I understand the issues guys face :( When I think of his co-workers and high school friends, I can only think of a few that aren't named the sort of cross-generational classics (i.e. Tom, Matt, Joey etc.) and those few aren't really unusual names, just not super-common.
To be clear, he'd prefer a more unique name, but I think he's overly concerned about how "wierd" some of the ideas we've come up with will seem in a classroom five years from now. :) I thought if I could find a bit list of the names of actual four or five year olds, it would give him more confidence.
This might sound like a strange question, but does anyone know of someplace I could go to look at current elementary school yearbooks?
I feel like, as my husband and I discuss names, he's got a perception of what's "normal" and what's "strange" that is very 20 years ago. I can point out the lists of the most popular names nowadays, but the concrete has always been more persuasive to him than the abstract.
Beatrix is a lovely name, but it may strike Harry Potter fans as being similar to the name of the villainess Bellatrix - that may be holding it back.
The "Au" combination at the start of a word inevitably makes me think of "gold" ("Au" is its symbol on the periodic table, and the Latin word for gold is "aurum").
That's not a bad connotation, I think.
Let me throw in another vote for Matilda, although I agree that a different middle name might flow better - I liked the suggestion of Lucille.