Kairi

Meaning: Sea

Origin: Japanese

Reason for Choosing: I discovered it recently and added it to my K list, which had very few names!

Opinion: I think it’s nice! Nice sound, nice meaning. I would not use it, but it is a very usable name!

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Guy

Meaning: Guide

Origin: French

Reason for Choosing: In light of Daft Punk’s new album being released early onto the internet, I figured I would honour Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (known as Guy by most fans, etc), who, with Thomas Bangalter, is Daft Punk.

Opinion: I dislike it. I dislike the sound, the shortness of it, the way it might be mistaken by English speakers as the slang word “guy”. It is not a very nice name and I would suggest using Thomas if one wanted to honour the duo

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Fox

Meaning: Fox

Origin: English (animal name)

Reason for Choosing: anyone who knows of my tumblr knows that I am watching (and liveblogging) The X-Files. Fox Mulder is one of the main characters.

Opinion: At first, I was astonished. Who would name their son Fox? It seemed absurd! But as I continued watching the show, I realized it is a very nice name! It’s sleek, with that x ending I do love (as with Beatrix). It brings to mind the cleverness and speed of the animal as well. No accessible nicknames and I doubt I will be using it at any time! But it is definitely joining Dean, Sakura, Yorick, Desmond, Castiel and Willow in my list of fandom-inspired potential middle names.

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Aella

Meaning: Whirlwind

Origin: Greek

Reason for Choosing: discovered it and thought it was nice

Opinion: I prefer the AY-el-a pronunciation to the AY-la pronunciation by far. AY-el-a has a nice flow and is quite unique. It would be very difficult to spell and prounce though, with Ayella being a more likely approach. The meaning is nice though, and encourages a free-spirited child!

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Tiernan

Meaning: lord, chief

Origin: Irish

Reason for Choosing: Mentioned on a nameberry forum

Opinion: I like it. Like Kieran, with a couple twists. No easy nicknames though. (Tier would probably be the best.) It is currently high in Ireland (and has been used for many kings and saints there), but not in the top 1000 in North America. Great unique choice with a lot of history!

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Daphne

Meaning: laurel tree

Origin: Greek

Reason for Choosing: no reason

Opinion: I really like it. Well, I respect it. And I respect anyone who would use it. It has a nice sound, an interesting meaning (which is also related to nature) and a connection to a very good cartoon (Scooby Doo). It’s attractive and unique, but well known through pop culture.

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So apparently the names I’ve been posting for the past couple weeks actually haven’t been posting (??)… I’m really sorry about that! I’m actually pretty upset that I lost all of those names, but I guess I can’t really do anything about it now. *sigh* well I’ll start rewriting them tomorrow.

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Sabin

Meaning: from the Sabines

Origin: Latin

Reason for Choosing: discovered from this list on nameberry.com

Opinion: (Pronounced SAY-bin) I think it’s nice. I do prefer the feminizations, Sabine and Sabina. I really like it as a middle name; I don’t think I’d be brave enough to use it as a first name. It has a nice, strong sound with a solid end. The meaning is lacking a bit, but if you like place names, then it’s perfect!

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Anastasia

Meaning: Resurrection

Origin: feminization of Greek Anastasios

Popularity (US – 2011): 371

Reason for Choosing: Don’t have one.

Opinion: I like it quite a bit. It’s original, very pretty and has a lot of nickname opportunities (ranging from Ana to Stacy). It’s also well-known enough that people should know how to spell it. It has slightly tragic links to the daughter of the last czar of Russia. It can also be connected to one of the stepsisters from Disney’s Cinderella, Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey and the titular character of the animated film Anastasia.

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Amira

Meaning: Treetops

Origin: Hebrew, feminization of Arabic Amir

Popularity (US, 2011): 503

Reason for Choosing: Discovered via a random baby namer. I considered it for a character before I decided to give up on the story.

Opinion: I like it. It’s a nice sound, quite rhythmic, with a very feminine ending. It’s a very feminine name all around, honestly. Now of course it’s a feminine name and that requires a certain amount of femininity, but some names manage to be more ladylike than others (like Arabella and Valentina). These names possess a sort of fancy quality that makes then seem very dainty. Amira is one of those names. It has a lovely sound, an easy spelling, and a wonderfully fun meaning that will ensure your little girl is an adventurer.

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