Using Things that Aren't Names as Names

If you’ve read my previous thread at Nameberry - Welcome to the Nameberry Forums, you might remember that I’m looking to change my name soon. While looking through the internet in every place imaginable for a name that feels right, I’ve realized that many names I like don’t even belong to people.
The example that I think about the most is Alegreya (A-le-[name_u]GRAY[/name_u]-ah), a beautiful and sophisticated-sounding name that actually belongs to a font. Since I’m running out of time very quickly, I’ve started thinking about the less obvious options like this one. (So many fonts have amazing names like Averia, Helvetica, [name_f]Lucida[/name_f], and Verdana.) Alegreya also got me thinking about whether it’s a good idea to pull names from unlikely places like this.
Unlikely sources of names could be fonts (e.g. Alegreya, Candara), obscure brands, everyday words in another language, and SAT words (e.g. Erudite).
I’m a little torn over an option like Alegreya, since it so perfectly fits all the criteria I set, yet it was only ever meant to be the name of a typeface. It’s not a common font, so not everyone would immediately think of that upon hearing the name, but I still hesitate.
What do you all think? Would it be too far-fetched to name a child or yourself with something that was never meant to be a name?

([name_f]Edit[/name_f]: obviously the names chosen would not be conspicuous references–for example, no extremely popular brand names or commonplace fonts. I mostly mean the more obscure ones, from which people wouldn’t immediately make the connection that it was a brand or font)

I think it would be a great name! I didn’t even think about the font until you mentioned it, and if it fits all your criteria and you love it then I think it would be perfect. It’s definitely very unsual, but names can come from anywhere so don’t feel that you should limit yourself to words that have already been used as names. I think most people will just see an unusual name rather than a font :slight_smile:

I’d never have known Alegreya was a font, so I don’t think you need to worry about that. It’s definitely not my style, but I do see how it matches your criteria. I think for me it’s just a bit too out there, you will get asked about it all the time etc. and it’s just… too distinctive (?) for me, I prefer things with history and at least a few people sharing it. It sounds a little bit like a weird version of [name_f]Allegra[/name_f], but that’s ok. Also I love the name [name_f]Althea[/name_f], which is similar to the one previously on your short list.

Having said all that, if you feel Alegreya is your name, then go for it.

Ooh that’s such a great idea. Alegreya sounds wonderful and if you really like it, use it. I think the simple nickname [name_f]Aly[/name_f] could work well too if you are open to that.

I think a lot of it depends on how you view the meaning of “name.” I think a name of a human to be something historical and long-lasting, something with meaning and an etymology. I think of it as something a person is bestowed or gifted from history rather than something that is created. I think of it as a connection to the past in a way. I find names to be sentimental. I don’t like the idea of a random name of a prescription drug or a font or a clothing brand or an obscure word to be name worthy. People picking random things to name their kids after is why there are babies being born named [name_f]Bloodrayne[/name_f], Paxil, Brixton, Espn, etc.

Alegreya will almost always be confused with [name_f]Allegra[/name_f]. It also reminds me of Viagra, which is a pretty word but a bad name. Anyway, I don’t think in today’s world that anything is really too far-fetched in regards to names, but it’s nothing something I am a fan of.

The idea is fine, but I’m not a fan of any name sounding like the giver (even if the giver and givee are the same person) is trying too hard. I have to suspect that Alegreya will make most folk think you mispelled or ‘creatively’ spelled [name_f]Allegra[/name_f]…