We’re expecting our first child in [name]August[/name], and won’t know the sex until, at earliest, my 20-week ultrasound in two weeks, so we have plenty of time to find a name for the baby, but…
I am extremely picky and my partner is maybe even pickier. So far I have only come up with a couple of potential names I don’t hate, and my partner has summarily nixed each one. Until I came up with “[name]Edith[/name]”.
I love the soothing sound of the initial long “e” and “th” ending, and I love that it is a very old, classic name that is also #730 on the SSA popularity list. Most of all, I love it’s association with [name]Edith[/name] [name]Piaf[/name], [name]Edie[/name] Sedgwick, and [name]Edith[/name] [name]Wharton[/name]: all mysterious, artistic icons who represented the zeitgeist of their times (albeit eccentric and sometimes tragic).
I told my partner, and this was the first time he didn’t shoot down a name instantly. Then we mentioned it to my mom, and she said “Ewww… No! [name]Edith[/name] Bunker!”
So apparently there was a show on TV decades ago, with a character named [name]Edith[/name] Bunker who was a ditzy, frumpy old lady. Neither I nor my partner have ever seen the show or heard the name before (and we’re 31 and 32, not kids) but it seems it was very popular, and after my mom made that comment, two people in my yoga class agreed. I admit when the name [name]Edith[/name] first occured to me, I had to shake a vague feeling of “fustiness”, or that it is an “old-lady” name, but once I got to thinking about it, I really fell in love.
Here’s where I would really appreciate some help:
First, how hard is it to shake a name association, especially when the person bearing the name is the opposite of the association? For example, I hardly think “Aunt [name]Selma[/name]” when I see the pretty young actress [name]Selma[/name] [name]Blair[/name]. Why do people think [name]Edith[/name] Bunker instead of [name]Edith[/name] [name]Piaf[/name], and will they do so when the name comes attached to a pretty toddler? Is there a way I can change the association for people we know?
Secondly, while my partner and I both love the nickname “[name]Edie[/name]” he’s less enthusiastic about “[name]Edith[/name]” than I am. Is there a similar name with the nickname “[name]Edie[/name]”?
Finally, I secretly worry that “[name]Edith[/name]” won’t be such a best-kept secret for long. Its nameberry page said it’s already becoming stylish in [name]London[/name], although not here yet. With the films “Factory Girl” and “La Vie En [name]Rose[/name]”, I worry that in the next few years it could get noticed by the avant garde, only to become the next “[name]Emma[/name]”, “[name]Olivia[/name]”, or “[name]Stella[/name]”. Anyone else see this happening?