I love the name Azalea, but my family doesnt

I found the name Azalea in a baby name book. We have tried it out, and it feels right. But, my family doesn't like it because of Iggy Azalea. I didn't even think about that when I found the name, I thought of the flower. Do you think my daughter would be associated with the rapper if I name her Azalea?

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February 16, 2015 11:29 AM

I don't think that is somthing you can predict.  It will mostly depend on how relevant Iggy Azalea still is when your daughter is old enough to start school.  Like most musicians, my guess is probably not very, though there are exceptions.  You could consider the use of a nickname (perhaps Lea) at least part of the time.  That way she has something to fall back on if Iggy Azalea is still relevent.

Like you, I think of the flower.  Azalea strikes me as a nice vintage name, flowery but not frilly.  

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February 16, 2015 12:05 PM

My inclination is that Iggy Azalea won't be relevant by the time your daughter is old enough to get questions from her peers. If you would be frustrated with people asking about the possible connection, I wouldn't recommend using it. I do think it's a pretty choice, and if you used it, your family would get used to it, and your daughter would become their overriding association with the name.

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February 16, 2015 12:09 PM

For comparison, I looked up the artists who sang the top songs of 2008 to see how many I still remembered: Flo-Rida, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Timbaland. Out of the three likely names (Leona, Alicia, Wayne), there isn't one that I would associately primarily with the singer. Therefore, I think most of the associations with Iggy Azalea will come from adults in the years prior to your daughter entering school, and by the time she enters school, children her age will not have that association.

If you like flower names (I do too!), some other suggestions are: Camellia, Dahlia, Jessamine, Lavender, Lilac, Marigold, Zinnia. 

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February 16, 2015 12:30 PM

There is another rapper named Azealia Banks.  When pronounced the name sounds like Azalea, at least to my ears.  Ny guess: neither of these rappers will be relevant in a few years.

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By mk
February 17, 2015 4:48 PM

Who? I can never remember who she is. So my guess is, no one will remember or care who this rapper is in a few years.

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March 9, 2015 9:25 PM

Love this name! I highly doubt Iggy Azalea will be on anyone's minds by the time your daughter is in grade school, and even if she were, I am sure it would be for no more than a year or two- no sense in missing out on a name you feel is perfect for your little girl simply because of a rapper that will surely come and go, whereas your daughter will have this name for a lifetime! :) I think it's beautiful, and it is one of my favorite flower names. Would love to hear it more often, definitely go for it! At the end of the day, as others said, your family will grow to love the name as they grow to love your daughter; and her name is up to you and your partner. Good luck and congratulations! :)

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March 17, 2015 4:13 AM

Azalea is great. I didn't thing of the Iggy person at all - I thought only of the flower.

If you're open to similar names you might want to road test the following:

Azaria 

Azora (like the Azores Islands)

Azania (which I think is a Hebrew name)

 

Or flower names:

Dahlia, Zinnea, Celosia (Sell-OH-zee-ah), Linnea, Acacia (Ah-Cay-sha - an Australian flower better known as Wattle), Iris, Nigella, Nerine, Viola, Salix (the botanical name for Willow, which is also nice)

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August 5, 2015 5:02 PM

I agree with hearnoevil8, I didn't immediately think of Iggy, as a person with a flower name myself and a family tradition of naming children after flowers, I thought it was a lovely name, at the end of the day darling, it's your daughter, not theirs and its up to you whether you name her Azalea or not

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By Fly
August 6, 2015 8:50 AM

Iggy Azalea is irrelevant (this coming from an Australian who listens to pop music on the radio). Her demographic seems to be the teens and the teens-at-heart, short lived, overdramatic, and gets a couple of headlines for things that have nothing to do with her music. I guess it'd be like calling your kid Kim and feeling like people will assume it's about the Kardashians.

To me it's a flower, and a very pretty one. If I was looking for a nature name it'd be at the top of my list. :)

It is common when families find out names ahead of time that they will try and dissuade you for whatever association they have. The fact is though, that when they meet your child, 99% of the time the only association they have after the first 5 minutes will be of your child.  Unless it's something really blatant, like Elvis, middle name Presley.

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August 30, 2015 1:50 AM

Azalea is floral. The rapper will be old news in a yesr or so. Always go with the name you love, once your baby is called that name your family will fall into line.

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January 12, 2016 8:13 PM

I immediately think of the flower, and also of a children's book I read years ago called "A Giant named Azalea"

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January 13, 2016 6:21 PM

I know an Az@lea J@ne who is 3. She goes by AJ. Her mom is one of my friends, and they jokingly called her Azalea because of her spring due date, and it just stuck with them. I personally have no real feeling toward it one way or another- I think of it as just another flower name! I don't think Iggy Azalea will be around long enough for this to be the only association, IMO.

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February 22, 2016 6:27 PM

I know of someone with this name and she is pretty and accomplished Asian American, however I really can't say I find it appealing at all.  It is kind of lauhable to me.

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March 26, 2016 12:11 PM

This may be a rotton thing to say but idk I just have a feeling that rapper won't be that relevent by the time she would be honestly bothered by someone making the comparrison? If you gave your child the name "Madonna" or "Cher" the association would probably live on for some time after they are dead but idk I just don't feel that way about her? IMO it is a beautiful name, just beautiful, and once the face is here to match the name she will make that name come to life!! People will end up loving it, it's just when you suggest to people a name that is a bit more different than what they are used to they don't know how to react except "I don't like it" or "ugh that's different" or "one celeb has this name so the name is ruined for babies worldwide" thats just dumb, a lot of people probably have that name, that is why I just probably won't be telling my family my ideas that much this time around

Iggy Pop was Iggy before her, btw lolol