[name]Hero[/name] — for a girl.
When I first brought up the name [name]Hero[/name] on the literary baby names post I made, it got a majority of good reviews. Then when people saw it on my long lists, it got terrible comments — and just last week when I asked about [name]Hermione[/name] ‘[name]Hero[/name]’, I had more than one person tell me to just use the name [name]Hero[/name] as a full name!
It’s probably irrelevant, since SO is not on board yet with [name]Hero[/name] as the full and only name for a daughter, but I sat down and tried to figure out what the advantages and disadvantages to this name are.
1 - Obviously, she will be the only [name]Hero[/name] in her class.
2 - The name is short (we have an 8-letter last name).
3 - It is easy to pronounce and spell.
4 - It has a literary connection to [name]Shakespeare[/name] (for our first [name]Valentine[/name]'s day, I got SO the complete works of [name]Shakespeare[/name])
5 - LN starts with an H, so it is alliterative - like my name, [name]Kaitlin[/name] K., which I always loved.
6 - [name]Hero[/name] has a very positive connotation. It’s a name that conveys strength, honesty, and bravery.
7 - Very few negative nicknames.
1 - People will think she’s a boy before meeting her.
2 - This might be a name that is hard to live up to (but does the child define the name or does the name define the child?).
3 - The only negative nickname I can think of is ‘Heroin’ like the drug. Or comments about heroes and villains or something.
4 - It would be hard for mom and dad to come up with names that sound nice with [name]Hero[/name]! lol :o)
Other than that I really can’t think of any reasons not to use this name, except that it takes guts. I don’t know if I would have the guts to actually do it.
But why the wishy-washy opinions on [name]Hero[/name]? What am I missing?