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« Topic Start: July 08, 2008, 08:29:23 pm »

So the newest member of the Sperran family is due about 2 months from now, and we still have no name.  Choosing a name the last time around was very difficult, and we literally had one boy's name that we both found acceptable (which makes looking for a new boy's name even more difficult).  So, I am scrounging for suggestions.  If you all have any ideas for a baby name, please feel free to contribute first and/or middle name ideas.  Here are a few guidelines that should make the task a little easier:

1.  The ultrasound tech wasn't able to determine gender, so we are looking for both girl and boy names.

2.  We like unusual names, but prefer names that are easy to spell and pronounce.

3.  We absolutely do not want a traditional name spelled in a non-traditional way (e.g. Cindy spelled Sindee, or David spelled Day-Vud).

4.  Bonus points if the name has a cool literary or historical connection.

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« Reply #1: July 08, 2008, 09:28:48 pm »

So the newest member of the Sperran family is due about 2 months from now, and we still have no name.  Choosing a name the last time around was very difficult, and we literally had one boy's name that we both found acceptable (which makes looking for a new boy's name even more difficult).  So, I am scrounging for suggestions.  If you all have any ideas for a baby name, please feel free to contribute first and/or middle name ideas.  Here are a few guidelines that should make the task a little easier:

1.  The ultrasound tech wasn't able to determine gender, so we are looking for both girl and boy names.

2.  We like unusual names, but prefer names that are easy to spell and pronounce.

3.  We absolutely do not want a traditional name spelled in a non-traditional way (e.g. Cindy spelled Sindee, or David spelled Day-Vud).

4.  Bonus points if the name has a cool literary or historical connection.

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Honor, after Honor Harrington in the Weber SF series. It's a female character.

Delenn from Babylon 5, or Ivonava also. 



Got a lot of names that will be easy to spell in Hebrew along with English from my relatives.

Tevia after my father and the lead character in Fiddler on the Roof. 

Lena, meaning "light", probably in Yiddish. Also my grandmother's sister.

Esther.

Ruth.

Ephriam.

Celia / Tzelia.  It might mean cedar, but not sure.




Celia, or Tzelia. 



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« Reply #2: July 08, 2008, 09:51:06 pm »

Honor, after Honor Harrington in the Weber SF series. It's a female character.

Delenn from Babylon 5, or Ivonava also. 



Got a lot of names that will be easy to spell in Hebrew along with English from my relatives.

Tevia after my father and the lead character in Fiddler on the Roof. 

Lena, meaning "light", probably in Yiddish. Also my grandmother's sister.

Esther.

Ruth.

Ephriam.

Celia / Tzelia.  It might mean cedar, but not sure.

Some of these are really cool.  I especially like Ephraim and Celia.

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« Reply #3: July 08, 2008, 10:09:04 pm »

Some of these are really cool.  I especially like Ephraim and Celia.

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Those were the names of my mother's parents.  Ephriam is also mentioned as part of the traditional Friday night blessing of the children. 

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« Reply #4: July 08, 2008, 10:25:58 pm »

So the newest member of the Sperran family is due about 2 months from now, and we still have no name. 
Just some random thoughts... Smiley

Boys:
- Leon
- Dmitri (or Demetri, may be easier to spell?)
- Grant
- Lysander (from A Midsummer's Night Dream and a Greek name)
- Bjorne (too hard to spell?)

Girls:
- Autumn (personal fave)
- Margot
- Helene (variant of Helen, as in 'of Troy'! lol. I think Helen sounds a little rough, however.)
- Fiona

Boys or Girls Name:
- Paris (again, could be as in Troy...)
- Ray or Rae

A name site I love: www.behindthename.com I go here when I'm having trouble finding a name for a character I'm writing.
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« Reply #5: July 09, 2008, 07:29:51 am »

So the newest member of the Sperran family is due about 2 months from now, and we still have no name.  Choosing a name the last time around was very difficult, and we literally had one boy's name that we both found acceptable (which makes looking for a new boy's name even more difficult).  So, I am scrounging for suggestions.  If you all have any ideas for a baby name, please feel free to contribute first and/or middle name ideas.  Here are a few guidelines that should make the task a little easier:

1.  The ultrasound tech wasn't able to determine gender, so we are looking for both girl and boy names.

2.  We like unusual names, but prefer names that are easy to spell and pronounce.

3.  We absolutely do not want a traditional name spelled in a non-traditional way (e.g. Cindy spelled Sindee, or David spelled Day-Vud).

4.  Bonus points if the name has a cool literary or historical connection.

Sperran

Well, they are traditional but also unusual now:  Stanley and Victor.  THere are no other child Stanley's in my son's school system.  There's maybe 2 VIctors in the high school.  More Victoria, but not near so many of the male version.
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« Reply #6: July 09, 2008, 07:44:46 am »


For girls--some of the ones I liked but couldn't get past Hubby were Chloe, Thea (which was going to potentially be short for Althea, or maybe just stand on its own), Clea, Tabitha, and Helena.

Unfortunately, we never did come up with a boy's name, so I don't have a lot of suggestions there; we were going to default to Nathaniel if necessary because it sounded similar to the girl's name we'd decided on, but we didn't even have a middle name...
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« Reply #7: July 09, 2008, 11:23:17 am »

Well, they are traditional but also unusual now:  Stanley and Victor.  THere are no other child Stanley's in my son's school system.  There's maybe 2 VIctors in the high school.  More Victoria, but not near so many of the male version.

I wouldn't be able to suggest either of those names.  I have living relatives with those names, and no dead relatives with the names.

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« Reply #8: July 09, 2008, 11:40:33 am »

I wouldn't be able to suggest either of those names.  I have living relatives with those names, and no dead relatives with the names.



Isn't that a Jewish tradition, naming after dead relatives, and not after live ones?  I was really just pointing out that there a traditional names that are very unusual now.    Besides, if the newest SPerran is not a relative of those living relatives of yours, what's the problem with you suggesting them?
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« Reply #9: July 09, 2008, 11:45:05 am »

A name site I love: www.behindthename.com I go here when I'm having trouble finding a name for a character I'm writing.

I love that site too and use it for the exact same purpose that you do.

Now to get back on topic:

I don't plan on having kids so I gave my characters names that I like.

The most unusual names probably go to my ancients (Ahmose, Nefertari, Argyros and Amarante to name a few) or to foreign characters whose names are less unusual and normally variations on English names.  I think my favorite might be Izaak which is a Polish version of Isaac.

There are also Ivan and Anton which isn't used much in the US and is easy to both spell and pronounce.

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« Reply #10: July 09, 2008, 11:50:45 am »

I love that site too and use it for the exact same purpose that you do.

Now to get back on topic:

I don't plan on having kids so I gave my characters names that I like.

The most unusual names probably go to my ancients (Ahmose, Nefertari, Argyros and Amarante to name a few) or to foreign characters whose names are less unusual and normally variations on English names.  I think my favorite might be Izaak which is a Polish version of Isaac.

There are also Ivan and Anton which isn't used much in the US and is easy to both spell and pronounce.



My future son in law is names IVan. He's 7, and adorable.
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« Reply #11: July 09, 2008, 12:01:16 pm »

Isn't that a Jewish tradition, naming after dead relatives, and not after live ones?  I was really just pointing out that there a traditional names that are very unusual now.    Besides, if the newest SPerran is not a relative of those living relatives of yours, what's the problem with you suggesting them?

You are correct on the tradition.

If I suggest those names, or names of other living relatives, it's in reference to my relatives and sort of naming the kid after them. Bad juju.

If you suggest the name the kid would be named after your suggestion. 
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« Reply #12: July 09, 2008, 12:47:40 pm »

You are correct on the tradition.

If I suggest those names, or names of other living relatives, it's in reference to my relatives and sort of naming the kid after them. Bad juju.

If you suggest the name the kid would be named after your suggestion. 

as I understand it, it's basically saying that you'd like the person to be honored dead, yes?
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« Reply #13: July 09, 2008, 12:52:48 pm »

Isn't that a Jewish tradition, naming after dead relatives, and not after live ones? 

This is an Ashkenazic, but not Sephardic tradition.  Since my rabbi comes from a Sephardic background, I'm probably not so opposed to naming after a living person as Peter.

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« Reply #14: July 09, 2008, 02:23:59 pm »


I came up with a huge list for possible character names a couple years ago. These are the ones I'd actually name someone in real life.

Boys: Orion, Adair (boy or girl), Alexis, Caelan
Girls: Adair, Nathalie, Aria, Artemis, Carina, Celeste, Corinne, Elena, Guinevere, Rowan, Cailin
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