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Help name my child!

Postby VeganPirate » Fri May 25, 2012 7:05 am UTC

Maybe this should be posted in the help section instead...

My partner and I are having a baby come October. Which means we have to think up names. I'm terrible at that - throughout life I've always named game characters after myself. However, you lot are a awesome, geeky, hilarious bunch, and I trust that you'll be able to come up with some.

We are both white peoples from NZ, with ties to Aboriginal Australia, but no other culture. We don't really want names from other cultures, cause they don't really reflect us/the child. However, latin and greek are okay, because they're scholarly and I guess that would be my culture.

P.S. I have purposely left out the gender - so gender neutral names please :)

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Angua » Fri May 25, 2012 10:08 am UTC

May I first suggest you check out this thread on what not to name your child.

Ashley is quite a nice name, and it's gender neutral. Cameron seems to be quite popular these days. There's Courtney as well (though for some reason, I don't like it that much, but that's just personal opinion).
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby yurell » Fri May 25, 2012 10:22 am UTC

I've always been fond of 'Alex'.
'Sam' is another nice choice, or 'Jessie'.
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Postby Sytri » Fri May 25, 2012 10:54 am UTC

Gabriel or Gabrielle?
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby natraj » Fri May 25, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

i like riley. and logan.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Роберт » Fri May 25, 2012 2:24 pm UTC

Angua wrote:May I first suggest you check out this thread on what not to name your child.

Ashley is quite a nice name, and it's gender neutral. Cameron seems to be quite popular these days. There's Courtney as well (though for some reason, I don't like it that much, but that's just personal opinion).

Those are not gender neutral names.

River. Ash.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby natraj » Fri May 25, 2012 2:26 pm UTC

huh? those are all three gender neutral names to me. i mean they are traditional names but they are traditional names you can apply to any gender person.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Angua » Fri May 25, 2012 2:29 pm UTC

I know people of both genders named those names.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Роберт » Fri May 25, 2012 2:30 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I know people of both genders named those names.

And I know of a girl named Evan. That doesn't mean Evan is gender neutral, it means that someone named their girl a traditionally boy name.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby AvatarIII » Fri May 25, 2012 2:30 pm UTC

Nova aside from being an awesome name is Latin for "new"

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Postby yurell » Fri May 25, 2012 2:32 pm UTC

Don't know about the others, but at least here Ashley could easily be a boy or a girl.
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Postby meridian » Fri May 25, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

Роберт wrote:
Angua wrote:May I first suggest you check out this thread on what not to name your child.

Ashley is quite a nice name, and it's gender neutral. Cameron seems to be quite popular these days. There's Courtney as well (though for some reason, I don't like it that much, but that's just personal opinion).

Those are not gender neutral names.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Fri May 25, 2012 2:35 pm UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_name
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_nomina
From these lists
Personal favorites, female: Sophia, Penelope, Zoe, Maria, Julia

Personal favorites, male: Andrew, Daniel, Joseph, Lucas, Marcus Aurelius

There are a lot of good names in those lists (less so the list of roman nomina). But yeah, you said you weren't against roman and greek names, so...

Also, [sound of record scratch] is a good gender-neutral name.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Angua » Fri May 25, 2012 2:43 pm UTC

Ashley and Cameron come up as unisex on the first UK babynames website. Courtney came up as a girl's name there, but other websites have it listed as a boy's name.

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Courtney
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Postby Роберт » Fri May 25, 2012 2:49 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Ashley and Cameron come up as unisex on the first UK babynames website. Courtney came up as a girl's name there, but other websites have it listed as a boy's name.

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Courtney

Hmmm... I'm from the US, not the UK. I have no idea what is unisex in NZ. I didn't realize it differed.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby yurell » Fri May 25, 2012 2:52 pm UTC

Wikipedia says that Ashley became popular as a girl's name in the US because of a famous woman whose first name was Ashley, but everywhere else in the English speaking world it remained unisex.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby PictureSarah » Fri May 25, 2012 3:16 pm UTC

I like River. I also like Aspen, Ember, Iris and Aurora. I am big on naure names.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby TimelordSimone » Fri May 25, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

I quite like Paris, but I fear a girl named Paris would just seem to be named after Paris Hilton, which may not be the sort of impression you want to give.
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Postby Роберт » Fri May 25, 2012 3:52 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:I like River. I also like Aspen, Ember, Iris and Aurora. I am big on nature names.
They're a good bet for gender neutral stuff.
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri May 25, 2012 7:21 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:I quite like Paris, but I fear a girl named Paris would just seem to be named after Paris Hilton, which may not be the sort of impression you want to give.

When I hear Paris for a girl's name, I think of Gilmore Girls.

Elliott, if you're a fan of Scrubs. Then there's the rather common Jesse and Jordan.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby mercutio_stencil » Fri May 25, 2012 8:51 pm UTC

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TimelordSimone wrote:I quite like Paris, but I fear a girl named Paris would just seem to be named after Paris Hilton, which may not be the sort of impression you want to give.

When I hear Paris for a girl's name, I think of Gilmore Girls.


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Postby apricity » Fri May 25, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

I like Corbin, Andy, Rowan, Skyler, Dillon, and Ryan.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby pyronius » Fri May 25, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

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Edit: and thus i suggest Sweyn Forkbeard or, if that's a bit much, you could always go with one of the classics like Æthelberht or Harthacnut. all valid options.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby PerchloricAcid » Fri May 25, 2012 11:21 pm UTC

PictureSarah wrote:I like River. I also like Aspen, Ember, Iris and Aurora.

These names are nice if you ask me.
However, they seem mostly female to me.

Why is the whole ''culture'' thing so important to you when it comes to names, btw?

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby PictureSarah » Sat May 26, 2012 12:55 am UTC

Iris and Aurora definitely seem feminine to me, but I can see River, Aspen or Ember really going either way.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Thesh » Sat May 26, 2012 4:52 am UTC

EDIT: I suck at reading.

For gender neutral I would go with Vela.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby VeganPirate » Sat May 26, 2012 5:01 am UTC

AvatarIII wrote:Nova aside from being an awesome name is Latin for "new"


This has to be my favourite name so far. +1 to AvatarIII


PerchloricAcid wrote:Why is the whole ''culture'' thing so important to you when it comes to names, btw?


As soon as you ask that, I am now questioning myself. You know, it doesn't really matter does it - a rose by any other name would smell as sweet (Shakespeare, 1597). I do feel like it would be bizarre to delve into another culture i'm not associated with just to take a name.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby PerchloricAcid » Sat May 26, 2012 11:17 am UTC

Well, I don't mean to be intrusive or anything, but I think it'd be really fine if you liked a name from another ''culture'' to give it to your child. :wink:
Now that I've said that, I really don't have any ideas. Sorry!

I really like PictureSarah's suggestion River, but that's because of River Tam. :mrgreen:

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Postby Zarq » Sat May 26, 2012 11:27 am UTC

Vela, Aurora


Names ending in -a will more often than not be interpreted as feminine.
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Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Sat May 26, 2012 9:52 pm UTC

How about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nurnburger-bratwustle-gernspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shonedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

Or maybe this or this?
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Vaniver » Sat May 26, 2012 10:50 pm UTC

Your child is going to grow up in the age of the internet. Having a name with an unambiguous spelling is going to be a big help. That rules out most "unique" names, as well as common names that are poisoned with variants ("is it Stephen or Steven?").

How it combines with your surname is the other big thing to optimize on- both for sound and uniqueness (I am not any of the six different people whose sites show up when you google my first and last name)- but your surname is a pretty hard constraint here, and so it's hard to give advice without knowing it.

I would recommend against gender-neutrality as a hard constraint, though it can be a plus. It gives the child a bit more choice in how to present themselves, but other people will have preconceptions about your child: you might as well make them positive and accurate.
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Postby Zarq » Sat May 26, 2012 11:15 pm UTC

Vaniver wrote: but other people will have preconceptions about your child: you might as well make them positive and accurate.


Could you explain this part here?
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby pyronius » Sun May 27, 2012 4:28 am UTC

In regards to the gender neutrality bit:

I may be totally off base here but let me take a few shots in the dark (thank god autocorrect just caught that...). I'm guessing it's a girl. I say this because it seems unlikely that you would look specifically for gender neutral name for a boy. In general parents are less worried these days about breaking the preconceived notions of what it is to be a boy than they are regarding what it is to be a girl. This, of it is a girl I imagine you're looking for a gender neutral name in order to give her some hint of tomboyishness or in the hopes that it will lead her to choose a lifestyle based less on her gender. Assuming all the above is true I suggest you reconsider at least accepting gender aligned names as options. A girl will not be any more prissy nor a guy any more macho just because their name is traditionally gender oriented. It's all about how you raise them. Honestly I find tomboys with strongly feminine names to be awesomely sexy. Not to imply a girl with a neutral name couldnt be sexy as well... As for guys, well... Like I said before, people care less about it when it comes to guys. In my experience it affects guys even less than girls to have a neutral name.

Once again, I could be totally wrong, but consider what I said anyway. It's all about how you raise them.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Vaniver » Sun May 27, 2012 6:13 am UTC

Zarq wrote:Could you explain this part here?
The positive part means picking a name that has the connotations you want. The accurate part means a name that will cause as little confusion as possible. (A woman named "Sam" may get tired of people who don't know her parsing that as a man's name, whereas a woman named "Samantha" won't have to put up with that and can still go by Sam if desired.)
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby VeganPirate » Sun May 27, 2012 6:32 am UTC

pyronius wrote:I may be totally off base here but let me take a few shots in the dark.


I think you just hit an Iraq hospital with that shot...

We decided on gender neutral names before we found out the gender of our child. While we wont rule out gendered names for our child, or even a name from the opposite gender, we wish to raise our child in a gender neutral manner. That means we don't want to give them a name which immediately reinforces some stereotype.

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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Sun May 27, 2012 9:02 pm UTC

I just noticed that these might be names: Vaniver, Pyronius, Zarq, Thesh, Lanicita, Yurell, Angua. Like, not those (might be a bit weird naming a child after someone you've only met in this forum), but like those. They are gender-neutral (or at least give a moment's pause before assuming a gender), don't have a weird/variant spelling, and are unique but sound like names*. Or is that too odd?

*don't call the child "VeganPirate" or "Perchloric acid". Just don't.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun May 27, 2012 9:22 pm UTC

I like Angua as a name a lot, except for how close it is to anguish.
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Re: Help name my child!

Postby Noc » Mon May 28, 2012 12:32 am UTC

I do think of Angua as female-gendered, however, but mostly because of the character I think. It's still a good name.

But I also think Little Perry Chloric is a perfectly acceptable name, so what do I know.
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