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As a mom of a 6 year old and 2 year old, the only name in this list that I've come across in the Pacific Northwest and SF area where I've lived is Etta. I personally like Chester with Chet as a nickname.
I know a number of Brookses in the kindergarten set. And their nicknames are always Brooksey.
Thanks everyone, great ideas! And we've narrowed our list too. It mirrors what people have suggested. Barron is out, Rex and Clark are out too. Walter is out, but now I love the idea of Walter Bear...
That leaves Felix, Bruno and Hugo.
DH wants to bring back Oscar a name he really likes but me no so much.
Paul is a family name on my side and Laurent is a family name from his side. I'd like to use both of them and give the baby two middles but he doesn't like that. :( Maybe I will work on him some more. I still have some time! :)
Hugo Laurent and Felix Gerard are good ones. DH passed on Roland...but I like it. There's a King Roland on Sophia the First and his wife calls him Rolly sometimes, which I find adorable. And yes, we'd pronounce Laurent the French way. :)
How about Celeste? a timeless classic with a beautiful meaning
i second Sybil and Emmeline as well.
Land will add Calista and Aurelia to the mix!
I'm having a boy in June...if I can convince my husband to go for either Walter or Hubert I'd be happy. I'd pronounce Hubert the French way (or the Stephen Colbert way): Hugh-BEAR!
Aurelia is one of my all time favorites. hoping to use it some day...
How about Bain?
The private equity firm definitely was top of mind during the election with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
It is a surname like Lane that might make a comeback but it has a lot of negative associations not the least of which is the synonymn "bane".
However, what Bain has going for it as the name of the year is the election reference and now it has been transformed into a verb. "To be Bained" means to have a company be financially raped and pillaged by a private equity firm. See NYTimes' Dealbook article:
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