Today, I’ve been debating [name]Afton[/name], and how viable it is as an option for us, as a match to our surname.
I’ve loved the name for a VERY long time, so it’s always been there on ‘the list’. The main reason for my love for it is the beautiful [name]Robert[/name] [name]Burn[/name]'s poem ‘Sweet [name]Afton[/name]’, and also the fact that I grew up near the [name]River[/name] [name]Afton[/name] in Ayrshire, [name]Scotland[/name], which the poem is based upon. An added bonus for us would be that FIL is named [name]Robert[/name], and [name]MIL[/name] is [name]Mary[/name], a name referred to throughout the poem. Basically, the name has a lot going for it on a personal level for us.
But… I have some reservations.
Firstly, our surname is [name]Jones[/name]. For some (probably illogical) reason when I say the names together, it sounds very Welsh to me. [name]Afton[/name] [name]Jones[/name]…Hmm. We don’t really have much of a welsh connection, so I’m worried it might seem odd. [name]Afton[/name] isn’t even Welsh I don’t think, but it’s bugging me big time. It’s not a typically Welsh combo a la [name]Myfanwy[/name], [name]Carys[/name] or [name]Bronwen[/name] [name]Jones[/name], but does it scream [name]WALES[/name] to you?? Would really like an outside opinion on this!
Then there’s the fact that there’s no obvious nn for [name]Afton[/name] as far as I can tell. Does a name need one per se? Could [name]Affie[/name], like [name]Effie[/name] for [name]Josephine[/name], work in a informal way do you think?
We would probably use something ultra feminine in the middle, 3-syllable most likely. [name]Dorothy[/name], [name]Elizabeth[/name], [name]Isabella[/name], [name]Flora[/name]/[name]Florence[/name], [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Caroline[/name] and [name]Harriet[/name] are all family names we would like to use at some point.