Alexis (or Lex) - Sounds like a daytime soap opera star. Or a made-for-tv movie whore.
Alice - She's a druggie. [Note: I didn't get it at the time, but this was presumably a reference to the book Go Ask Alice.]
Amanda - They'll call her Mandie. We don't like Mandie.
Amber - That's a whore! (No offense, Amber. It's one of my top 20 favorite names, but it's apparently one of Dani's most-hated.)
Amy - I don't have any violent feelings against it.
Aria - I like it, except people will think it's from "The Little Mermaid."
*Inspiration: We actually went though all the names of the guitars I own, and this is the only one I cared for. I love Gretsch guitars, so Dani liked the name Gretchen (or another spelling), but I think that's gross. Fender is too obvious, and Katherine and AleC are already Gibsons, so....
Arianna - Sounds like a movie George Clooney was in.
Aurora - People will never be able to say that. It sounds like something a pug says that comes on David Letterman for a Stupid Pet Trick.
*Inspiration: This is one of several astronomy terms under consideration. I went so far as to peruse the index of my college astronomy text for additional candidates.
Beryl - How do you spell that? For a girl? No. It doesn't sound like a name. It would be pronounced Berl... like Milton Berl.
*Inspiration: It's the name of a mineral, but it's also a traditional Jewish name. I knew a girl in college named that. She was a geology major.
Chani - It sounds stupid. Like Chachi. Or a combination of Connie and Chung.
*Inspiration: Paul's sister in "Dune." Also on the list is Alia, although if we have a daughter named that, I hope she'll forgive me after she reads the book(s).
Chiana - I don't like anything with "Chuh." It's like Chia Pet.
*Inspiration: "Farscape." Sorry, I thought it was cute.
Djanga - People will think we're talking about the pick-up sticks. [Me: You mean Jenga?] Whatever.
*Inspiration: Female version of Django, as in Reinhardt.
Eleven - Why not Twelve? [Me: Eleven sound better.] I thought you didn't like multiple syllables. [Me: How many syllables would be okay?] I thought you liked one. [Me: How about "One"?] Okay.
Emily - It's too little-girly.
Emma - Same problem as Emily.
Erin - We don't have enough fucking Erins in this world? (Sorry, Erins.)
Five - They'd think it was a what d'ya call it from "Battlestar Galactica"? [Me: A cylon.] Yeah.
Fresca - How about "Martini"? Or "Boone's Farm"?
Gail - No. Gail is an ugly lesbian, not even a lipstick lesbian. I'd like for my child to have the option of being a lesbian or not. Not based on her name.
Ginger - It's a dog's name.
Gwen - We have a neighbor named Gwen. You don't want her thinking we're naming a child after her. [Me: We don't really talk to her.] So she'll think it's really weird we're naming a child after her.
Helena/Helene - I don't mind Helene. I don't like Helena. One sounds elegant. The other sounds stupid.
Iris - No! Because that's the name of Chris Martinez's wife who he cheated on me with. She's a bitch.
Jade - Mmmmmeh. I don't really like it. Why not Opal and Sapphire and Diamond?
Jane - That's okay. It doesn't offend me in any particular way.
Janet - Sounds kind of old. [Me: She won't be a baby forever.] A teenager named Janet just isn't going to make it in the world.
Joan - Joan of the Jungle, Joan of Arc. [Me: What?] Maybe it's George of the Jungle, but he was dating Joan. The only good thing about Joan is Joan Jett.
Karen - It's okay. [Me: And?] I cannot be expected to have a witty comeback for everything.
Kayak - No. [Me: Why not?] Don't be a moron. [Me: Pause.] I could go for Kaya.
*Inspiration: A guy I was friends with in college came up with this years ago, and I thought it was hilarious.
Kayla - I hate Kayla. She's a whore. A white trash, trailer trash whore.
*Inspiration: Character on "Days of Our Lives" in the early '80s. Her appearance on the show actually catapulted this name from obscurity into the top 20 for several years.
Keira - I like Keira. She sounds very fairly-like.
Kim - Not a very bright girl.
Labyrinth - Too hard to spell.
*Inspiration: We looked to a number of sci-fi/fantasy films, and the name alone was good here. Dani also liked Kira from "The Dark Crystal," but it wasn't on the list when I was collecting her responses.
Lana - No. For the very reason that you have to say Lana (nasal American "a") and Lana (soft English "a"). There is no pronounciation key that goes with it.
Laura - That's fine. No, you'll always argue with me about how it's said. I'll always be saying it wrong. [Note: Dani pronounces it without the "u" as Lara, which is a completely separate name, obviously.]
Loreili - (shakes her head.) Because that's just totally "Gilmore Girls." Everyone would pick up on that and think we were total dumbasses. [Me: They wouldn't.] They'd get too excited about it and we'd have to say, "No, that's not why."
Lyra - It's like a Dr. Seuss character. If they were twins we could name them Lyra and Lorax. Save that for the next time around.
*Inspiration: "The Golden Compass."
Lyric - I like it. [Me: Why?] It's good. It's lyrical. (Pauses follow that thread.) How about Cleft? Like treble cleft. Or Pick? Or Tremolo!
*Inspiration: Shanna came up with this one.
Margerine - Why not Butter? Would you name your child Butter? How about Oleo? Crisco? All of the short-name baking products!
Marmalade - That's a cat's name.
Maura - I don't know. I used to know a cook named Maura and I wasn't sure about her.
Myra - It's a fat lady.
Nova - That's a National Geographic series.
*Inspiration: No, it's not a Nat'l Geo series. They're produced independently. Actually, I was thinking of a comic book character (any FF fans here?) although this is what started me on the whole astronomy theme.
Ovum - How about Ovum? We could call her Yolki for short.
*Inspiration: I tried shooting for biology-inspired names, but there aren't many good ones. A few made it to the boys' list.
Rama - Like llama or drama or Ramen noodles.
*Inspiration: I had a huge crush in high school on a girl named Ramona, but I thought her name was gross. I shortened in to make it more palatable. This was maybe a couple years after I had read Arthur C. Clark's "Rendezvous With Rama."
Rena - I just don't like that name.
River - How about River and Kayak? And Boulder? [Me: How would Boulder fit in there?] It's what's in the river that makes the rapids.
*Inspiration: I was thinking of the character that served as the McGuffin on "Firefly"/"Serenity," though Dani's first thought was of River Phoenix.
Robyn - It's birdy.
Salsa - You don't even like salsa. [Me: But as a name?] No, because you wouldn't like the kid either.
Samira - Too ethnic. We're a bunch of white people, so it would look stupid. [Me: We're just two white people.] Oh, yeah.
*Inspiration: Had a college chemistry teacher with that name. I think it means "success" in Arabic, but I've never looked it up.
Selene - No. You have some stupid fantasy about Celine Dion. That's you. [Me: It's spelled completely different.] I don't care.
Shawn - Not for a girl.
Sidney - I have just always liked that name and Sid.
*Inspiration: Probably because Dani was a fan of "Alias," although I didn't especially like the name.
Sonya - Too ethnic.
Stella - It has too much history with it. You know, Sylvester Stallone. [Me: WTF?] He yells it. [Me: That was Marlon Brando.] Oh, yeah. "Adrianne!"
*Inspiration: Short for "stellar" (as in pertaining to a star). Another astronomy one.
Taylor - Too trendy. [Me: I think the trend will be over by that time.] Then we'll just look like we're late.
Thora - No. Because Thor (a mutual friend) will think we're naming her after him. And then Stacie (his wife) will get angry, and it'll turn into a big, ugly mess.
Tope - That's not even a color according to you. [Me: So they have to be named something that's not a color?] Sure.
Tumble - That's a verb. You don't name your child a verb. [Me: What about Trace? (Steve's brother.)] I like Trace. [Me: I mean Trace is a verb.] His parents were just stupid. (Sorry, Steve.)
Tyra - Tyra Banks? [Me: That's the entirety of your response?] Yes.
Valda - It's like "vulva."
Valeria - As in "malaria"?
Valley - No. It evokes some sort of sexual connotation. [Me: Like what?] I don't know. It's subliminal.
Willow - It's kinds of stupid. [Me: You suggested it.] I know. I hate it. It's too... weak.
*Inspiration: Dani came up with this, maybe because of "Buffy" but maybe because a friend of ours named her daughter Elora after the baby girl in the movie "Willow." Another good one someone beat us to.
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