I Need an Alternative to ...

I named a character Adrian.

I really like the way Adrian Riley sounds; (with Riley as a surname, not a middle name,) but I can't use it, due to personal reasons. (The personal reason would make using Riley on a character awkward.)

So, I'm open to any alternatives, which sound just as good with Adrian.

*Criteria:

- Preferably also a unisex first name
- Preferably not unusual for a boy as a first name
(The criteria above is to fit the story.)

*Note: The criteria isn't a deal-breaker. The criteria fits a small part of the story, so is re-workable if necessary.

Replies

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April 18, 2013 4:21 PM

Their degree of "unisexiness" varies greatly (in both directions), but here are some two-syllable word/place/surnames from NameFinder that have both boy and girl entries, or are used for both genders in my experience:

Amber
Arden
Bailey
Camden
Carson
Coley
Devon
Finley
Harley
Harper
Jordan
Kelsey
Kendall
Kerry
Kirby
Larkin
Leighton
Lindsay/Lindsey
Marley
Oakley
Payton/Peyton
Reilly/Riley
Robin
Shannon
Sidney
Stacy
Taylor
Tracy
Tyler

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April 19, 2013 2:56 PM

Thank you!

 

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April 21, 2013 11:45 PM

My first thought was "Rylan", but then I'm not sure if both of the names ending in "n" sounds as good.  Adrian Rylan. 

Ryland, Riker, Ramie...not really girl's names (that I know of), but then again, it seems ANYTHING is game for a girl's name nowadays.

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April 22, 2013 2:50 PM

Adrian Rylan -- I've been thinking about the name Rylan lately... but I don't think it's a surname, & I'm not a fan of both "n" endings. 

Adrian Ryland -- Sounds kind of choppy to me... I don't know why.

Adrian Riker -- It's the closest one I like to Riley. This is definately a contender.

Adrian Ramie -- Hmmm... it doesn't sound right somehow... I think it's just really close to Romney to my ears.

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I definately like the "IY" sound in Adrian's surname. You nailed that with your examples. :)

5
April 22, 2013 2:57 PM

& I agree, EVERYTHING seems game for a girl's name nowadays.

I wouldn't be surprised if in the future, all names became unisex. To each their own naming preferences.

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May 5, 2013 10:19 AM

I like Adrian Taylor. Thank you!! :)