thoughts on Ditmas//sibling for Florence
Hey everyone! I was in here about a year ago asking for thoughts on a series of names for a little girl who ended up being Florence Imogen. We just found out we're expecting again, so now it's name drafting round two. Some thoughts about our taste: I grew up with an extremely common name and really prefer things to be as unusual as possible , if possible, but hubby vetoes most of my more admittedly bizarre ideas (Astilbe and Elowen were no-gos).
However, I am currently infatuated with probably my worst idea yet: Ditmas (boy). I know it's an ugly combination of sounds that sounds like something between 'zit' and a swear word, but it's got a lot of meaning. Ditmas Park, for those of you not familiar with the area, is an old Victorian neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY that is sort of this sheltered suburban enclave not far from the city. When my husband and I were first dating, some friends dragged us to a random Mexican restaurant out there and we ended up wandering the neighborhood and becoming sort of obsessed, and for years living in crowded Manhattan and central London we've held onto this fantasy of "let's quit and move to Ditmas." Even more, Florence is named for the street (also in Brooklyn) where my husband's grandmother lived, chosen last minute when he returned there for her funeral for the first time post-Sandy. I kind of love the idea of these random, obscure little places (especially so close together) tying the names together, and to their background (we no longer live in New York, but my husband's family has historically lived in BK and we spent several years there ourselves).
My question is: is Ditmas just too ugly? Even as a middle name? Alistair/Alastair Ditmas has a nice ring to it, but I might be pregnancy delusional.
Other names we like:
boys- Arlo, August (dh doesn't like this one, and I'm worried about popularity, so probably not), Eames, Ives (do like this one because we used to visit St. Ives when we lived in London, so that's a milder place connection), Atlas, Rhys, Ansel
girls- favorites from the last pregnancy were Gwyneth/Edith/Beatrix, although none of those we could quite settle on for various reasons. (we almost rented a flat on Edith Street in London, really wishing we did now haha). Also like Winter, Blythe, Enid, Faye, Ingrid, Wren, and Lois.
I haven't done too much popularity research yet, but the main holdup with Edith, our top pick for most of the pregnacy last time, was that the numbers were making me nervous.
Opinions? Ideas? Any more unusual shoutouts?
Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:23pm