I like Lsura. Really. Unique, difficult to pronounce…all things you look for in a name, right?
Grace (I know it’s gotten popular, but I love it anyway)
Sarah (again, popular…but I like it)
Frances (as a middle name)
I’ve always loved the name Lisa…
Andria pronounced > Awn dree ah
I knew a guy who claimed he’d name his first-born daughter Chruck (pron. like truck).
Reading this thread I’ve come to the conclusion that people’s tastes in names vary a fair amount.
I knew plenty of kids with pretty odd names. I don’t think it’s such a very big deal if it is a good name. (It’s good if they have a good set of friends too).
I have a pretty normal name and I like it a lot, so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Here’s a couple almost normal names I like:
Beatrix (know a cute-as-a-button girl with this name)
I think that it can be good to give your child a name that jibes well with English sound-patterns (if you are living in an English-speaking place). This is not a requirement, but it is nice if people can get it right when they read it most of the time (with a little brains). I know several people with names like this and it helps a lot because although their names raise eyebrows others can get used to it pretty quickly.
(kidding kidding kidding)
Nothing from the top 100 baby names in America. Other than that, knock yourself out.
Thanks to all!!
I purposely left this very wide open because I really wanted to see the range of names suggested.
So now a few more details.
This will be my third and final child. I have a boy and a girl and we have no intentions of playing naming games with them.
I have an irish last name, so I was considering an irish or gaelic first name. Perhaps something along the lines if Erin. I was thrilled to see Irishgirl’s response for this very reason.
I love the name Sarah, but because of its popularity and other reasons, I’m kind of backing away from it.
I couldn’t agree more that I want something common but not too common. I think almost all parents want that, but somehow there are still serious clumps in the naming game.
So keep the suggestions coming. We are shying away from any “A” or “M” names, simply because our two other kids’ names begin with those letters.
I know names are highly personal, so I don’t really expect there to be any consensus here. But it is still nice to see the suggestions.
Sorry, was meant to read: Phaedra
I’ve always had a fondness for names that end in “N”:
Ellen (or Eleanor)
Maren (the first syllable rhymes with “car” not “care”)
I’ve always thought these names were beautiful names for someone who will eventually be an adult female. One couldn’t possibly be a dingbat if their name was Marion, right?
You mentioned Erin. In Robin McKinley’s wonderful book The Hero And The Crown*, the heroine’s name is Aerin. She had beautiful flame-colored hair and a brave heart.
Runa (“secret”, Old Norse)
Brigid, Brigit, Birgit (don’t remember any meaning, but it’s from an old Irish/Celtic godess:)
Audrey, of course… with a nod to Osbie. (And, ftr, Audrey is not my actual name. I hate my actual name so much that no one on this board will ever find out what it is. I can only hope that the OP won’t pick it, or anyone else for that matter. My parents have a lot to answer for. :D)
And finally, my personal fave and what I plan on naming a daughter if I have one:
‘Course, it’s a bit difficult to pick a name without knowing the last name. Stella goes perfectly with Mr. Levins’ last name; I personally prefer names that aren’t too race/period/trend oriented.
And my personal motto on naming is
Never name your child anything that wouldn’t make him/her a fine Presidential candidate.
I’ve always liked Cassandra Hope. (If we had daughter #2 that would be her name.)
Then you can call her Kiss for short, which I thought was cute.
My daughters name is Erin, and it goes wonderfully with our Irish last name. Mr.Insomnia has a Gaelic ring with Erin spelled Eirinn and we decided at the last minute not to spell it that way, simply to avoid the troubles we know she’ll have.
I second Grace. That’s Erin’s middle name.
Grace is a great name.
Solar (call her “Sunshine” for a nickname)
Kerridwen (That Irish enough? )
Dea (“Goddess” in Latin)