Some questions about Damaris; your first impressions?

  1. general thoughts about [name_u]Damaris[/name_u]? Is it too ‘‘masculine’’ sounding?

  2. what would you expect her to have siblings named? It’s not my typical style but I’m wondering how other people would group it, in terms of style.

  3. how do you personally pronounce it? i.e.; where do you put the emphasis?

Thank you in advance!

I think of [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] as an unusual Biblical name. I’m familiar with the story of the [name_m]New[/name_m] Testament figure, but I’ve never actually met anyone with the name.

I’d think her siblings might have other unusual Biblical names such as [name_m]Gideon[/name_m] or [name_f]Zipporah[/name_f]. But since I’ve never met a [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] I don’t really know.

I don’t consider it to be masculine sounding but I can see why some might think that - it is pretty close to names like [name_m]Darius[/name_m] and [name_m]Demetrius[/name_m].

I pronounce it DAM-a-ris.

I don’t think it’s too masculine for a girl at all. I agree with the above poster regarding siblings and style. I don’t know how the biblical figure is pronounced, but I always thought it was “duhm-[name_f]AIR[/name_f]-is.” With regard to first impression, it makes me immediately think of [name_f]Daenerys[/name_f] Targaryen from Game of Thrones. I don’t know if you’re supposed to pronounce it in a way that rhymes with the character’s name or not, but that’s what it reminds me of when I see it. I think a lot of people might make that association.

Seems like a boy’s name to me. I said it as Duh-mair-iss

It isn’t too masculine at all! It’s beautiful, and if you had a [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] who absolutely hated her name she could always be [name_f]Mari[/name_f]. I pronounce it Da-mare-is. I think it’s versatile as far as style goes: offbeat Biblical names would be great, as someone mentioned, but I could also see her with [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] and [name_m]Amias[/name_m] from your signature. Your options are wide open.

I love the name [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] for a girl. It sounds so strong and bold without sounds like the parents are trying too hard.

[name_u]Damaris[/name_u] paired with an obviously feminine middle name is my suggestion.

I could imagine a [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] having siblings named: [name_f]Cleo[/name_f] / [name_f]Clio[/name_f], [name_f]Ariadne[/name_f], Melanthe, [name_u]Hilary[/name_u], [name_f]Persephone[/name_f] nn peri or penny, [name_f]Avalon[/name_f], [name_f]Theia[/name_f].

Da-[name_f]MARE[/name_f]-iss. Nicknames demy/[name_f]Demi[/name_f], [name_f]Maris[/name_f], “D”, mari

I don’t think it sounds masculine. I met a girl with this name–she was Hispanic. Her name was pronounced Dah-[name_f]MARE[/name_f]-iss, or at least that’s how people pronounced it in class.

I find it masculine and clunky. After I think about it, I can see more beauty I. It.

  1. I don’t think so. I think it sounds beautiful and exotic. It feels strong, but not masculine, and definitely more girl than boy. I really like [name_u]Damaris[/name_u]!
  2. Maybe [name_f]Ariadne[/name_f], [name_f]Phaedra[/name_f], [name_f]Athena[/name_f], Elaphia, [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f], [name_f]Horatia[/name_f], for girls; [name_m]Ptolemy[/name_m], [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], [name_m]Julius[/name_m], [name_m]Gregory[/name_m], [name_m]Lysander[/name_m], [name_m]Evander[/name_m] for boys. But I think pretty much anything can work, including the names in your signature.
  3. I say Də-[name_f]MAR[/name_f]-iss and, to be honest, I don’t like it any other way.

I don’t think it’s necessarily ‘masculine’ sounding; the only similar sort of boys’ name I can think of presently would be [name_m]Artemas[/name_m]. It is not a lilting, frilly type of name however.

[name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], [name_f]Bernadette[/name_f], [name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f], and [name_f]Camille[/name_f].

I would pronounce it duh-[name_f]MAR[/name_f]-iss, which I think is prettier than the mare pronunciation.

Yes, this. :wink: When I just glanced at it as I scrolled by, I thought it was [name_f]Daenerys[/name_f]; then I saw the M. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all, as I love both the character and the name - but I think it’s something you might want to consider. Thrones isn’t going anywhere for a little while, and I suspect you’ll have more than one person make that connection. Without guidance, I’d intuitively want to say it like [name_f]Daenerys[/name_f], too. ([name_u]Day[/name_u]-[name_f]MARE[/name_f]-is.)

But I’m a Thrones junkie and she’s one of my favorite fictional women, so do with my opinion what you will.

[name_u]Damaris[/name_u] isn’t my thing, but it’s okay. I agree that it feels unusual-Biblical. I don’t really find it masculine, but it does seem rather clunky to me. I like just [name_f]Maris[/name_f] leagues above [name_u]Damaris[/name_u]. I’d expect her brother to be [name_m]Judah[/name_m], [name_m]Boaz[/name_m], [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m], or something along those lines. I could see her sister being [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f], [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], [name_f]Susannah[/name_f], or something like that. I don’t think you have to go Biblical, though.

There’s actually a semi-popular [name_m]Christian[/name_m] singer named Dámaris Carbaugh (apparently she has an accent over the first “A”, so hers is to be said DAM-a-ris/DAM-riss?). My mom was REALLY into her for years, lol, and she doesn’t have a bad voice. Her music isn’t really my style anymore, but I remember my mom dragged me to one or two of her concerts, and I remember her being very funny, and talking about how when she was a teenager she looked into what her name meant, and discovered it meant “heifer” or something along those lines, and was not impressed. lol. I can’t tell the story like she did. She’s probably not going to be a HUGE connection to most people if they recognize the name at all, but, like I said, my mom was a huge fan. She’s not a big-name [name_m]Christian[/name_m] recording artist like, say, [name_m]Jeremy[/name_m] Camp, Casting Crowns, or even For [name_m]King[/name_m] and Country are. (And who knows if you’d recognize any of those, but I think even people who are very familiar with [name_m]Christian[/name_m] music will know [name_m]Jeremy[/name_m] Camp or Casting Crowns, but won’t know about [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] Carbaugh.)

I’ve flipflopped between DAM-riss and dah-[name_f]MARE[/name_f]-iss pretty much my whole life lol. I don’t know which I would say.

Thank you everyone!

I’ve mostly been into it as a replacement for Damla, a Turkish name meaning ‘‘dew drop’’ which I adore but doesn’t feel appropriate for a non-Turkish baby. There’s also the model [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] Goddrie who is so intriguingly beautiful, I see it in the name also.

I’ve been saying it DAM-uh-ris, rhyming with ‘‘amorous’’.

I guess it poses more issues than it’s worth. Sigh. [name_u]Damaris[/name_u] will join [name_f]Lettice[/name_f] in my list of beautifully problematic favourites.