[name]Do[/name] you have any other qualifications? For instance, how much do you care how popular a name is or isn’t? What types of names have appealed most to you in a neutral setting (such as offering advice to other moms or spectating some of the threads)?
Here are a few of the sorts of qualities I am looking for in a name:
Generally, I prefer longer names (3 syllables), though I am open to a name of any length (one, two, or three syllables). Our last name is 3 syllables, so a really long name might be a bit much.
I would like the name to sound like someone intelligent and serious, but it doesn’t have to be too heavy.
For this reason, I don’t usually like most botanical names (at least for a first name). Naming a girl after a flower just seems a bit trivializing (But that’s just me …) I would have considered the name [name]Viola[/name], as it has other associations besides the flower, but our last name starts with a V, so it just doesn’t work.
I would like the name to have a positive meaning. Meanings like “a person from [name]Crete[/name]”, or “mighty in battle”, or “beautiful” don’t appeal to me that much. (I would consider a name that means “beautiful”; it’s just that, as I said, names with this sort of meaning don’t strike me as all that serious.)
I don’t usually like names with strong religious overtones, though I would have made an exception for [name]Grace[/name] (since I think more of the meaning “grace in life” than “religious grace”), but this name is too popular. The religious aspects are what are making me second guess the name [name]Bernadette[/name].
I would like the name to have a cute nickname, but it shouldn’t be the kind of nn I would give my dog (e.g., [name]Fifi[/name], [name]Daisy[/name]).
Generally, I prefer names of English, Welsh, [name]German[/name], French, Greek, or [name]Roman[/name] (Latin) origin, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
Generally, I prefer less popular (more rare) names, though I would accept a name of mid-range popularity (just not super-popular).
If a name is strongly associated with just one person, it’s often a problem for me. For example, I used to like the name [name]Camilla[/name], but I just can’t get away from [name]Camilla[/name] [name]Parker[/name] Bowles on that one.
I usually don’t like place names. Without the place associations, I would like the names [name]Adelaide[/name] and [name]India[/name], but the place associations kind of do those names in for me. ([name]Adelaide[/name] is also done in by the fact that it is related to [name]Heidi[/name], and I have very negative personal associations with this name.)
I would like the name to strike a balance btw being elegant and being simple or straightforward enough to suit “the girl next door”
Well, those are a few of the things I am looking for in a name! Yes, I am probably too choosy!
I do appreciate any help I can get.