Names on the Edge

What are the names that you privately love but fear might be too much in the real world? For me, it's Cambrian for a boy (as in the Cambrian explosion--I'm a biologist). 


January 18, 2018 9:20 PM

When we were discussing boy names, I was lobbying hard for Theo, but my husband strongly disliked Theodore. I jokingly suggested Théoden (from Lord of the Rings), nicknamed Theo, and he actually loved the idea. We never had a boy so it didn't become an issue, but I don't think I could have ever commited to it.

January 18, 2018 9:22 PM

I don't think Cambrian would stick out at all in today's naming landscape, by the way. To show my utter lack of scientific knowledge, though, my first association when I read it was the Cambria font.

January 21, 2018 10:02 PM

That's interesting! I never would have made the connection to the font. Luckily, it's a moot point for us, too. My husband's last name, which I suppose the kids will have, too, ends in -on, so we probably won't do a first name with similar ending. Just as well, as they've become so ubiquitous these days. 

January 21, 2018 10:00 PM

It's funny that you say that, because I almost included another example in my post: A friend of mine recently had a baby girl, and lobbied hard for Elowyn (which her husband rejected). But for her, Elowyn was actually a compromise--the name she really loved was Eowyn, another Lord of the Rings character! 

January 28, 2018 8:29 PM

I know (unrelated) little girls named Arwen, Winter, and Rowan. (That last is specifically after the Anne McCaffrey title character.) I would be delighted but utterly unsurprised by an Eilonwy or Éowyn or Théoden in my circle of acquaintances.

January 28, 2018 10:00 PM

I teach science, so I love the names Newton and Darwin, which blend nicely with today's sounds, but it seems a little heavy handed to give to a kid.

February 1, 2018 5:18 PM

I love Newton as well I'm also partial to Kelvin which I go back and forth on because it could fit right in because it's so close to Calvin but also it could cause problems for the same reason

February 1, 2018 5:47 PM

I love Tempest, Independence, and Chrysanthemum for girls, but I don't know if I could ever use them... Plus DH is not a fan, so it's moot.