Monday, April 6, 2009

Names for Alison

This is a toughie! Alison and her husband cannot agree on a name for their baby boy. She likes Theodore, Ewan, Luke and Hugh while her husband suggested Edmund, Lawrence, Lee and Keagan--and he would really prefer it to not be in the top 100. They live in the DC area but Alison is from Thailand originally and she would also like a name that Thais can easily pronounce.They have a four year old girl named Maia.

I actually have several lists! First I tried nymbler but the eclectic mix of names from Alison and her husband had nymbler spitting out gems like Clifton, Leonard and Bertram. I did like

Basil
Cole
Eli
Ellis
Leo
Lewis.

Next I did some research on Maia: the name actually stems from three different languages. In Hindi it means 'God's creative power,' in Greek it's 'mother' and in Latin it's 'great.' Of the Sanskrit names I thought Ashwin and Rohan might be good matches with Maia. Then I went on to the Greek names and came up with

Ambrose
Apollo
Damian
Dorian
Jericho
Matthias
Nicholas
Peter
Sebastian
Thad
Theo
Xander.

Of the Latin names I liked

Adrian
August
Bennett (from Benedict)
Calvin
Dante
Dominic
Julian
Levi
Marcus
Maximus (so much cooler than Maxwell)
Miles/Milo
Silas
Victor
Vincent
Xavier.

And one random Japanese name: Kaemon.

Did I help or make it worse? ;)

2 comments:

SabaiDee said...

Thank you so much for your list Theresa! It is a great help and I will definitely let you know if we pick one of them!

SabaiDee said...

Hi Theresa! Been meaning to let you know for months now what name we ended up with but you know ... new baby and all. We ended up with Aran -- which wasn't on your list all, sorry! Several sources for the name Aran actually but with varying pronunciation. The western Aran (Scottish, Irish, Danish, Hebrew, Arab) is pronounced like Erin / Aaron. But we also found a Thai name Aran (Sanskrit) meaning "forest" and pronounced like "ah run". So, it sort of does double duty for both Thais and westerners. Generally we use the western pronunciation since we're living here in the US.