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I didn't realize Glenn was so unpopular! I would have thought the Walking Dead character would have made the name rise in popularity.
I'm not the OP, so she could have a completely different take than me. I like the concept of gender neutral names simply because they don't push a gender onto children.
Unfortunately the ones considered "gender neutral" today are the ones that were boys' names and are starting to be used on girls, which speaks to current sexism.
How about Donald? Due to his high-visibility, high-controversy presidential campaign, this is probably the first year that the first Donald who comes to mind is Trump rather than a cartoon duck.
For me, Charlotte and Georgia share a similar "southern US" vibe.
First, multicultural names are a great way to honor all parts of a kid's heritage (and I think they sound very cool), so I wouldn't automatically consider your family names out of the question.
Are there any family names that would honor people in multiple families? Ex: Someone named Carlos on your side and someone named Charles on his side could be honored with the same middle name. Since you have decided on two middle names, it gives more room to honor an extra person.
I think if anyone's family would be offended by not being honored in a middle name, the diplomatic option would be to honor them all or choose a non-family middle name.
If you live in the US, a middle name is not actually required.
Crato, the new crate I got for my dog, and Cuppa, a plastic cup scavenged from my company's swag closet.
I like the idea of each kid having their own letter, and personally my preference is Avery over Nicole.
However, Avery is not solidly a girls' name like Naomi is, so if you mention to someone that you have 4 kids, Kyle, Evan, Naomi, and Avery, they might assume you might three sons and one daughter.
Mulan means "magnolia", so maybe a flower name for her kid as well.
Sorry to say, but racists are gonna be racist either way. If not due to her first name, then due to her last name, or due to her appearance when she shows up in person. It would suck to work for a discriminatory office or manager, so she should count that as a bullet dodged.
So that's kind of a pessimistic way to say: pick the name you like!
But my 2 cents is that Tracy Tran sounds like a superhero's secret identity. :D
That article on Wait But Why was actually how I found this site!
We actually nicknamed my sister after my cousin's dog, just like in Indiana Jones. (It's not Indiana.) 20+ years later, and my cousin and I still call her by the dog's name.
Some of my thoughts based on your list:
I named my younger sister! My parents are immigrants from a non-English-speaking country, so they had already picked a name in their native tongue. I was three then, but I remember clearly sitting at a big table with my extended family and everyone suggesting similar-sounding English names. I suggested the name of my preschool teacher, condemning my sister to being one of many Jennifers in every single classroom setting.
If I have kids, I won't be letting older siblings choose the names of younger ones.
I think Kevin would be a good name for you if you like it. All the people I know named Kevin are between the ages of 25-40, and many of them have Chinese ancestry too.
Vidia brings to mind the company Nvidia, which makes graphics cards. I don't that's a reason you can't use it, more just be aware that some people will think of it.
Personally, as someone who grew up in a tight-knit Taiwanese American community, I prefer first names that are a little less common to reduce the chance of knowing someone with the exact same first/last combo. I've had so many conversations along the lines of "Do you mean Jenny Chang your cousin or Jenny Chang from swim team?" Just something to consider.
We probably have a similar naming style, since I like the "antique charm" feel of the names you've chosen. I've read on the internet that it's considered inappropriate in Chinese culture to name a baby after someone. I don't know how widespread or current this belief is, or if it's even relevant to English naming, but it might be something to run past your husband's family (if you want their input). That aside, I think the girls' names are fantastic, managing to honor relatives (if this is culturally ok) as well as have meaning. My favorite on your list is Gwyneth.
For the boys' names, are there any male relatives that you could honor in the middle name position? It just seems like your girls' names have a bit more family connection. My favorite is Gideon, and I think the nn Deon could work, but Ian would be a stretch. Caleb is a little too popular for me, but if you love it, that's all that matters! Some other Biblical boys' names you could consider: Abraham, Darius, Samson, Solomon, Thaddeus.
Best of luck!
Transgender name nerd here. It takes me hours to name an RPG character, but surprisingly, much less thought went into my own name. It's a nickname that I picked up in school and has nothing to do with my birth name or family. But let's pretend I hadn't been lucky enough to find a name that just clicked...
Had my parents given me a male name at birth, it might have been Andrew or Anthony. Of those two, I prefer Andrew for the nickname options. "Tony" screams Italian, and I am not the slightest bit Italian.
Male names that I would choose for a son tend to end in -us. Thaddeus. Julius. Cornelius. But would I want to name myself as I would name my child? Probably not.
The only name other than my own that I could envision using is Abraham/Abe, but technically that shouldn't count, as it's a name I've used for RPG characters specifically based on its similarity to my name.
As for my name... Thankfully it's not an anachronism, as it's a nickname for a top 200 name in my year of birth.
Thanks! Mostly I was thinking along the lines of your first paragraph, but it being the name of a superhero makes it better in my opinion.
Cora is already on your list and could work with Coco. Also, Corinna/Corinne, Constance, Cosette.