Oh no =(

[name]Hi[/name] Berries. Havent been on here in awhile do to work. But now I’m back with an “how awful” moment.

Me and the BF have been talking about names a lot lately. We’ve decided that if we have a kid, we want its name to start with an A. [name]Reason[/name] being, our names are [name]Allison[/name] and [name]Alex[/name]. His brother and sister are [name]Antoine[/name] and [name]Andromeda[/name]. My brothers name is [name]Eric[/name], which obviously doesnt start with an A, but it has a similar sound.

So anyways, we start talking A names… He wants Azai (uh-z-eye) or Azahn for a boy. And [name]Anais[/name] (he pronounces it uh-n-eye-us.) I know [name]Anais[/name] is a real name, but is that really how its pronounced? I dont like that at all.

Ugh. The only one I can even remotely stand is Azahn, and I’m not all that fussed on it.

I told him I like [name]Annika[/name] for a girl and [name]Atticus[/name] for a boy, and he had a similar reaction that I had to his. We do both like [name]Anastasia[/name], but we’d be worried about the reaction to it from school kids.

[name]Annika[/name] and [name]Atticus[/name] are cute! I don’t really care for Azai or Azahn personally. Also I would pronounce [name]Anais[/name] ann-eye-EES.

I forgot to mention that those are quite tame compared to other names he likes. He likes Japanese culture, and how some downright tradional sounding Japanese names picked out. Like ones that I couldnt even begin to know how to pronounce. Good gosh.

I would never use [name]Anais[/name]… Looks like “anus” to me and I wouldn’t want that poor kid to get made fun of… Too easy :confused: [name]IMO[/name]

I pronounce [name]Anais[/name] uh-[name]NYE[/name]-uhs. I like [name]Anais[/name] and [name]Atticus[/name], so one from each side. I think [name]Anastasia[/name] is nice, and I don’t think it should be received too poorly. The only issue would be if you don’t like the nn [name]Ana[/name]. My name’s [name]Eros[/name], the greek good of sexual love, and a male, and I never had any issues.

ferntailwp, how do you pronounce your name. Is it like ear-Ose or an air sound?

Does anyone have any unusual A name suggestions? Boy or girl.

I pronounce Anais both ways: Ahn-eye-EES and An-EYE-is since the former is the French way and the latter is the…other way? Anglo way? I actually really like it, esp. with the French pronunciation.

I see where compromise looks tough. Annika is an unusual, soft but edgy name, so I’m a tad surprised that he doesn’t like it when he likes Anais… I think Anastasia would work fine. I bet you’d come to use a nickname, but it could develop from a mannerism or quality of hers if you don’t like ones associated with the name (Ana, Ani or Annie, Sia, Stacy, Asia, etc). If you’re looking for any suggestions, I’d be happy to try my hand.

EDIT: Just read what you said above, haha! These might be too out there, but how about…

Atlas (maybe as in Atlas Shrugged by Anais Nin?)
Abraxas (Abe or Brax)
Absalom (Abe, Sal/Sol, even Sully)
Arno or Arlo

Anya or Aine
Anthea or Althea
Alys (Welsh variant of Alice)
Amabel or Amalia
Azure or Azura (love this and it has the zjuh sound that your boyfriend likes!)
Aphra (famous woman playwright by this name)
Artemis or Athena

I’m actually suprised he doesnt like [name]Annika[/name] as well. I didnt think he’d hate [name]Atticus[/name] either, actually.

It’s air-ohs, either can be accented really although [name]AIR[/name]-ohs is more common.

Speaking of greek names I love [name]Athene[/name]/[name]Athena[/name], it’s my pseudonym ln. I might suggest some swahili names, though, because they kind of have some aspects of the names both of you are going for.

I do like [name]Athena[/name], but Idk if I’d ever use it. Not familar with swahili names, but suggest away!

I don’t care for Azahn or Azai. In my honest opinion (and when it comes to decide on names for a real child honest opinions are the only valuable ones!), Azahn and Azai look made up and tryndee. They will run into pronunciation problems; I am quite good with figuring out pronunciations but these ones had me puzzled.

[name]Atticus[/name] and [name]Anastasia[/name] are great names. Other names you and the BF might like are…



Haha, I had just looked at the name lists and picked some of the same names. I do really like some of them.

[name]Anastasia[/name] is a beautiful name.

Some others that I think you and the boyfriend may be able to agree on are


I’m reminded of Akane. Sweet Japanese name similar to [name]Annika[/name] and not too difficult to pronounce.
Other nice and strange A names:

BOYS : [name]Abel[/name] + [name]Abram[/name] + [name]Absalom[/name] + [name]Adonis[/name] + Agenor + Aidric + [name]Alasdair[/name] + [name]Alaric[/name] + [name]Albion[/name] + [name]Aldous[/name] + Alfeo + [name]Alonzo[/name] + Alvarin + Amator + [name]Amaury[/name] + [name]Amias[/name] + Anand + [name]Anselm[/name] + [name]Apollo[/name] + [name]Aquilo[/name] + [name]Arbor[/name] + Aredian + [name]Arroyo[/name] + Asterion + Astropher + [name]Aubin[/name] + [name]Augustin[/name] + [name]Avner[/name] + Aymeric + [name]Azaiah[/name] + [name]Aziz[/name]

GIRLS : [name]Acantha[/name] + Aderyn + Adleis + Aello + Aelwen + Afonwy + Aglaia + [name]Ailsa[/name] + [name]Ala[/name]ïs + Alcina + [name]Alcyone[/name] + [name]Alethea[/name] + Alifair + [name]Alma[/name] + Alodia + [name]Allura[/name] + [name]Amabel[/name] + [name]Amadea[/name] + [name]Amandine[/name] + [name]Amparo[/name] + [name]Amica[/name] + [name]Anemone[/name] + Anesia + Anjou + Annevieve + [name]Anona[/name] + [name]Anwen[/name] + [name]Apolline[/name] + [name]Aquinnah[/name] + [name]Ariadne[/name] + [name]Artemis[/name] + [name]Audra[/name] + [name]Aviva[/name] + [name]Ayelet[/name]

They feel the same way to me, too. I HATE Azai. It doesnt even look like a name. I like the sound of Azahn alright, but its still NOT A NAME. Ugh.

[name]Aaron[/name] - No. [name]Way[/name] too plain and common.
[name]Adam[/name] - Same as above.
[name]Adrian[/name] - I personally [name]LOVE[/name] this name. I dont think he’d feel the same way though.
[name]Anthony[/name] - Same as the top two.
[name]Asher[/name] - I like it, especially for the NN [name]Ash[/name].
[name]August[/name] - No. [name]Just[/name], no.
[name]Axel[/name] - Too trendy for me. Plus I know like 5 dogs named this.

[name]Annelise[/name] - [name]Love[/name]! I have it on a list in the girls section. Idk if he’ll like it or not, but I plan on showing it to him.
[name]Amelia[/name] - Dont like. Too common, plain and trendy.
[name]Alana[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Adaria[/name] - This is kinda cute.
[name]Arabella[/name] - LOVELOVELOVE. Its on my list.
[name]Arden[/name] - Idk… I cant make up my mind about it. I REALLY want to like it, but I just cant.
[name]Arielle[/name]/[name]Ariel[/name]/[name]Ariela[/name]/[name]Ariella[/name] - I like, but I dont know if he will.
[name]Audrey[/name] - I like, he doesnt.
[name]Ava[/name] - Too simple.
[name]Athena[/name] - Like, but I dont really see myself using.

Thanks for the suggestions!

[name]Akira[/name] - Its the name of a porn star. Specifically, its the name of his favorite porn star. XD So thats out. I do like the name though.
[name]Aziza[/name] - Have no idea how to pronounce, but I dont think I like it.
[name]Arabella[/name] - [name]Love[/name].
[name]Aurora[/name] - Like, but Idk if I’d use it.
[name]Acacia[/name] - Too trendy.
[name]Acadia[/name] - [name]Love[/name].
[name]Akilah[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Ainsley[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Arlie[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Astra[/name] - [name]Love[/name]. Its on my list in the girls section.
[name]Alma[/name] - Like, but has a bad memory for me.
[name]Amara[/name] - Its okay. Cant see myself using it.
[name]Amorie[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Astoria[/name] - [name]Love[/name]. Its also on my girls list.

[name]Adair[/name] - Part of me likes it, part of me doesnt.
[name]Asa[/name] - I like it, but its just so plain.
[name]Abbot[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Arlo[/name] - Dont like.
Abu - Dont like.
[name]Absalom[/name] - Like, but wouldnt use.
[name]Aiken[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Alamo[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Atticus[/name] - This is in the original post. XD
[name]Ajax[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Amos[/name] - Its okay.
[name]Arrow[/name] - Its on my boys list. I’m not all that fussed on it personally, but I think he will love it.
[name]Alfie[/name] - Dont like.
[name]Alden[/name] - Dont like.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Whoops. It’s just my go to boy’s name that starts with A. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorites. Haha.

Also, I didn’t like [name]Arrow[/name] at first, but the more I say it, the more I love it.

lol, I understand. Its one of my favorite boys names also. I dont hate [name]Arrow[/name], its just not something I would pick on my own. Maybe if he likes it then I’ll consider it more. It would go great with the MN ([name]Earl[/name], which is BF’s family MN for boys.)

I had always thought it was pronounced uh nye us. But then I met a girl actually named [name]Anais[/name], and she pronounced it an-na-ees


I cannot find an English prn of this name and as far as I know the name is always prn the French was but maybe Im wrong. [name]Ive[/name] never met an American or British [name]Anais[/name] so I have no idea.