It’s been awhile since I’ve started a thread, since I’ve had the same names at the top of my list for awhile. But now I’m starting to re-think a couple of things about my favorite girl names, and want the opinions of you savvy Nameberries! My top two are [name]Ailsa[/name] and [name]Maren[/name], with [name]Carys[/name] probably being my third pick. Last name starts with P and is 2 syllables, though I’m not overly concerned with syllable flow. What I want to know is:
1)What do you think of [name]Ailsa[/name] and [name]Maren[/name], both individually and as a sister set?
2)Why do you think Nameberry says, without explanation, that [name]Marin[/name] is the preferred spelling? I think [name]Marin[/name] is more likely to be mispronounced (either as mah-[name]RIN[/name], like the county in [name]CA[/name], or like the word marine), and I think [name]Maren[/name] looks softer and prettier.
3)Which of these [name]Ailsa[/name] combos do you like best? I feel the need for one of the names to have a family connection.
- [name]Ailsa[/name] [name]Harper[/name]-- [name]Harper[/name] is my maiden name, so of course I think of that before thinking of its recent climb in popularity. I like the idea of passing that name down, but I don’t want to sacrifice the sound/style/feel just for that reason.
- [name]Ailsa[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]-- [name]Caroline[/name] is my name. At first it seemed weird to pass down my first name, but I really like the sound and balance of this combo.
- [name]Ailsa[/name] [name]Coraline[/name]-- DH likes this one more than I do. Obviously connected to my name; also, my great grandmother was [name]Cora[/name]. We’re [name]Neil[/name] Gaiman fans, but does this name seem too ‘pop-culture’ after the movie?
- [name]Ailsa[/name] [name]Jane[/name]-- no family connection, I just like the sound of this
[name]Maren[/name] has the family connection built in because it sounds like a combination of our mothers’ names ([name]Margaret[/name] and [name]Lauren[/name])… though I fell in love with it before noticing that So if we decided on [name]Maren[/name], she would probably be [name]Maren[/name] [name]Eliza[/name], which we both just love. I’m open to other suggestions, though!
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions, Berries!