I disagree with the surname criticism a bit, but I do agree that if they literally have NO connection, it is a bit weird. But, then again, my mom’s maiden name would make a terrible first name, and mine, [name]Miller[/name], would be like the ‘modern’ [name]Cooper[/name]. I do, however, like [name]Archer[/name] ([name]Newland[/name] [name]Archer[/name] in [name]Edith[/name] [name]Wharton[/name]'s ‘Age of Innocence’), [name]Bennett[/name] (oh, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, how I love thee…), [name]Austen[/name] (for [name]Jane[/name], of course), and [name]Lennox[/name], though I can’t quite explain that last one. I think they’d make fine middle names for a boy! That being said, many “occupation” names, such as [name]Fisher[/name] and [name]Sailor[/name], just get me. Does that mean it is okay to name your child Plumber?
Oh, the many names I don’t like. Well, I don’t care for any of my grandmothers’ or great-grandmothers’ names ([name]Irene[/name], [name]Marion[/name], [name]Ruby[/name], [name]Esther[/name]), I don’t care for the trendy [name]Levi[/name] and [name]Aidan[/name] - although I acknowledge their legitimacy as names, I don’t care for names ending in -belle, though I don’t write off all names containing the syllable (i.e., I don’t like [name]Isabelle[/name] or [name]Anabelle[/name], but [name]Isabel[/name] and [name]Annabel[/name] are fine, as is [name]Arabella[/name]), I don’t like gem names because they look cheap in my opinion ([name]Crystal[/name], [name]Emerald[/name], [name]Diamond[/name]), I don’t like made-up/misspelled names, and I don’t like the names [name]Corey[/name] or [name]Nolan[/name] - they are just so nerdy and geeky and dated and terrible! Sorry! Rant over now… :-/
(I must admit that I did have a doll named [name]Mackenzie[/name] when I was younger, and my sister had her “fraternal twin”, [name]Morgan[/name]! I still think [name]Mackenzie[/name] is the best name of those like it - [name]McKenzie[/name], [name]Makayla[/name], [name]Madison[/name] - though I would never use it for my child. In my defense, my favorite doll when I was growing up was named [name]Charlotte[/name], a name I still love despite its “popularity” today (I quote this as I know just one [name]Charlotte[/name]) and would use on a future daughter.)