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help me vs. please :)

Since Vienna got such a negative response: I need a first name for my daughter. Her twin’s name is Indigo Dresden. Older brother and sister- Obidiah and Twyla. I like the middle name Garnet. Last name is Smith. Thank you!- Astrid

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Help me 67% (4 votes)
Please :) 33% (2 votes)

Comments

Tempest Garnet Smith
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:03:45 | report
Flannery
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:04:34 | report
I liked Vienna, but not Indigo. I think you should change the other name.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:04:46 | report
Karma
Orchid
Cadence
Serenity
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:05:15 | report
We are very much set on Indigo Dresden. Indie for short. I never thought of the mocking things people could say about Vienna. What a shame...it is a beautiful city. However, no little girl wants to be asked "like the sausage?" all her life. We were really looking for a place. I want to twins to have connected names: a location, a color. You know?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:08:04 | report
Geneva?
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:09:41 | report
London
Paris
Both very popular...
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:10:16 | report
Larissa. It is a city in Greece. Or is Larissa too normal?
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:10:25 | report
Brooklyn, Montana, Laramie, Paris, London (place names) and I also like Sienna as an alternative.
posted by guest: Deanna :: 2008-03-16 23:10:56 | report
Azura Garnet Smith
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:15:07 | report
I was hoping of less popular city name. My husband and I have traveled all over Europe so any European city would probably be most meaningful. Especially French of German. We also considered Onyx as the middle name. Thoughts?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:16:40 | report
Verona
Africa
Asia
China
Holland
Italia
Lourdes
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:18:10 | report
I’ve noticed that often when people decide they’re going to do a "motif" (like your thing of a place and a color) that one kid ends up with the obviously better one while the other with a name that soooo seems like just trying to fit into the motif. Like people will decide to give all their kids "V" names and they have Vincent, Victoria, Vivian, V....V....what they heck else starts with V...and the kid ends up with something like Valor or Vivace.

I guess what I’m saying is to just choose names that you like rather than trying to shoehorn the kid’s name into your motif.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:18:47 | report
Sicily
Olympia
Rio
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:19:32 | report
What about Toulouse Garnet Smith?
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:20:17 | report
Daveney
Casilda
Benicia
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:22:34 | report
Why not name your baby India instead of Indigo? You could still use the nn you have in mind and it has the advantage of being more obviously a girl’s name. Indigo seems like it could be a boy or a black lab or a hamster or anything. Dresden isn’t a very happy thought for anyone who has studied WWII, either. Very sad, the bombings there. It’s kind of like naming your kid Nagasaki.
India Garnet would be a cool name. India Garnet and Ophelia Pearl.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:22:38 | report
I understand what you are saying. The truth of the matter is, I just feel like twins have such a strong bond, their names should be connected.

I like Toulouse. That’s a very beautiful city.
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:22:57 | report
Dresden, though it has had its fair share of tragedy is an absolutely gorgeous city, very rich in history.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:24:09 | report
Why not do anagrams? That’s very connected.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:25:50 | report
Toulouse Garnet Smith. That’s nice. I agree that India would be a better option though.
posted by guest: anon :: 2008-03-16 23:27:43 | report
Twins have a strong enough bond that their *differences* should be celebrated. I think it’s too bad when twins are made out to be some kind of matchy-matchy set with matchy-matchy names. Yes, the names should feel as if they’re part of the same family (no Moon Unit and Elizabeth, for example), but it’s much better if they have names that are no more alike than any other sibling names. They are NOT primarily twins -- they are primarily themselves.
posted by guest: Lauren, twin of Jennifer :: 2008-03-16 23:27:47 | report
Does anyone else have any thoughts on that name?

Toulouse Garnet Smith and Indigo Dresden Smith
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:28:22 | report
The concept of "too loose" might not be very fun for a teenage girl.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:28:46 | report
Anagrams:
Hallie & Leilah
Anise & Siena
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:28:54 | report
I really like Onyx (and I’m so happy that you liked it. I suggested it on the other poll). I think it could be a fn. Personally, I didn’t think of the sausage when I heard Vienna. I think it’s nice.

Onyx Vienna is how I would go because I don’t like the matching "ah" sounds so close together if you switched it.

Other city names:
Iago
Milan
Rio
Raleigh
Salem
Tahoma
Barcelona
Bergen
Adelaide
Iliana
Delancey
Medina
Mecca
Roma/Rome (Romana - From Rome)
Valencia
Sedona
Verona
Venetia
Zohra
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:29:27 | report
I don’t think if I heard those names together I would think "Oh, a place and a color." I think they sound individual enough. But I understand what Lauren is saying. And I think Garnet is a strange mn. Toulouse Lily is pretty.
posted by guest: Catie :: 2008-03-16 23:30:02 | report
Is it pronounced like "too loose"??
Oh NO ... don’t do that to her! Poor thing!
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:31:00 | report
Oh I never thought of the "too loose" implication!

What about Valencia Garnet?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:31:49 | report
India Garnet and Emerald Milan.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:32:54 | report
I like Valencia!

Valencia Pearl
Valencia Opal
Valencia Rose
posted by guest: Catie :: 2008-03-16 23:33:09 | report
I like the name Indigo, I am sticking with that. Valencia Garnet is very nice. My husband likes that one also. Any thoughts on that?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:34:25 | report
Some people say "too loose" and others say "to lose." Neither one sounds too great in English.
India Garnet and Tallulah Emerald. Having the middle name both be gems is plenty of matchiness.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:34:46 | report
What about Holland? I’ve always loved that name, but don’t see it used very much. There’s also Siena for Siena, Italy.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:34:59 | report
How about just going with what YOU like and not worrying what a bunch of strangers think.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:35:25 | report
Middle names for Holland? We like that.
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:36:00 | report
My sisters dog is named Indigo.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:36:51 | report
So is Valencia being a color or a place or a fruit? I’ve lost track of what you’re trying to do here. Indigo and Valencia will just make people think "Oh, one is Indigo blue and the other one is Valencia oranges."
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:37:02 | report
I’m just trying to get suggestions. I AM ultimately going with what I like, but this is very helpful because I would never think Vienna sausages about someone named Vienna or too loose when I hear Toulouse BUT other people do apparently and I don’t want my child to be subject to that sort of thing.
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:37:26 | report
Hagen Garnet
Essen Garnet
Kerchen Garnet


Meribel Garnet
Arras Garnet
Olivet Garnet
La’Bresse Garnet
Calais Garnet

first group are German cities second group are french cities
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:37:47 | report
There’s no need to get mean about it. I like Holland and I like Valencia. I like Onyx and Garnet. Is there a way to combine these to make a name? That is all I want help with.
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:39:10 | report
I’ve always thought of Toulouse being a boys name. It certainly was on the "Astrocats" (you can see how much I get out nowadays..)
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:40:00 | report
I’ve only ever seen Toulouse used on a boy. Have you ever heard of Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome? Named for its most famous sufferer, it is a degenerative disease of bone and connective tissue which causes the long bones of the legs, under the stress of bearing a body upright, to crumble and collapse upon themselves.
Bottom line, pick another name.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:40:03 | report
I didn’t notice it until now, I’m sorry.
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:40:14 | report
Valencia Onyx
Holland Garnet

Icelyn Garnet
Greenlyn Onyx
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:41:58 | report
Again, no need to get nasty. When I hear Toulouse, I think French city. I find things like this very helpful because I don’t necessarily think the way everyone else does. Again, we’ve narrowed it down to Holland, Onyx, Valencia, and Garnet. Any suggestions as to pairing and order?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:42:02 | report
Unless you’re sounding out a name you’re unsure of, you may not get the "too loose." I didn’t because I know how to pronounce Toulouse. To-Louzz. Or To lose.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:43:21 | report
Astrid, I understand what you’re saying. Some people are out of line. I like Onyx Valencia and Holland Garnet. Good luck :)
posted by guest: marta :: 2008-03-16 23:43:38 | report
I really like Verona Garnet. Verona has a similar flow to it as Indigo.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:43:39 | report
You need help pairing up 4 different names??
There are only so many combinations there.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:43:50 | report
Valencia Onyx
Holland Garnet
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:44:16 | report
Valencia Onyx
Valencia Garnet
Onyx Garnet
Holland Valencia

I think Holland is too boyish. I like Valencia and Onyx.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:44:46 | report
Are you looking for a "gem" name as a middle name? I love Indigo Dresden. Not sure what you’re looking for as a middle name and haven’t had time to read all the entries on this poll, but here are a few ideas....

Holland Amethyst
Holland Anastasia
Holland Esme
Holland Peridot
Holland Evangeline
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:44:54 | report
I like Valencia & Holland. Use these 2 instead of Inidgo & Vienna.... If you don’t I guarantee Indigo is going to feel like she got the crappy name and Valencia or Holland got the "pretty" name.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:45:10 | report
Indigo Dresden * Valencia Onyx
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:46:07 | report
Honestly, if you’re commenting on why she needs help naming her children, then you, yourselves, shouldn’t be on this site. That is what it is here for. Help not nasty criticism about the point.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:46:25 | report
Thank you for being understanding. My husband and I have decided on the following:

Indigo Dresden Smith
Holland Valencia Smith

We can call them Indie and Holly for short. They both incorporate a location we love as well as a color, which I like the idea of. Any feedback on that?
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:46:30 | report
Indigo? Poor baby. I hope you at least give her a normal girl middle name so if she doesn’t want to go around with an androgynous hippy name that she’ll have a sensible middle name to fall back on. Really, I don’t mean to be offensive, but Indigo is really terrible. Please reconsider. India is a good substitute. India and Emerald would be great names.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:47:09 | report
>>Unless youíre sounding out a name youíre unsure of,

Which 75% of the people this kid comes across will be doing.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:48:11 | report
Indigo is a pretty color and Indie is a darling nickname.
posted by guest: Catie :: 2008-03-16 23:48:17 | report
Valencia is a place, Holland is a place. If you’re looking for color, add a little Onyx in there.

Perhaps two middle names?

Indigo Valencia Dresden Smith
Onyx Vienna Holland Smith
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:49:51 | report
Like I said earlier, I just got onto this poll and haven’t read all the earlier posts, but I just want to say that I love Indigo (and Holland). Absolutely beautiful and really unique. I love to see some creativity so kudos to you. Good luck.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:50:12 | report
I like Verona and Indigo, but I also like Irelyn Garnet. Is that pretty?
posted by guest: Deanna :: 2008-03-16 23:50:34 | report
Indie and Holly don’t really go together as nicknames. Indie is kind of edgy -- you’d meet a goth girl named Indie. Holly is just any 30-year-old typist in a suburban office park, totally bland.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:50:49 | report
I love the names, good luck! Sorry some people are being such jers, a lot of teens play on this site for some reason. I don’t think Indigo is a hippie name, it sure beats the Aiden/Kaeden/Jayden, Ava/Olivia/Isabelle fads!! Not that those aren’t nice names of course, but I think we have enough already!
posted by guest: Em :: 2008-03-16 23:52:24 | report
They don’t have to "go together" as nns or really as names. They both are just "odd and out there" like the rest of the family names. A goth girl named Indie? Really? I didn’t realize that your nn added to your musical tastes and personal style choices. If I named my child something really classy does that mean she would be the type to only play piano and have a coming out party? No. Plus, people who listen to "indie" music and dress in the way an "Indie" person would, aren’t "goth"
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:53:46 | report
Indigo Dresden Smith
Holland Valencia Smith
I like it and I think you made a good choice of nicknames..
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:53:54 | report
Holland isn’t feminine at all. And Indigo is just unattractive as a name.
posted by guest: Taylor :: 2008-03-16 23:54:10 | report
Some people should be required to choose their children’s names from a list of the 50 most popular Catholic saints.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:54:39 | report
I am actually 33, thank you and I am not Catholic so why name my children after saints? I’ve made my final decision. I appreciate the input and suggestions you all have made. I suppose this site wasn’t as friendly as I assumed it was, but that’s okay. I hope you all have a nice evening.
-Astrid
posted by guest: Astrid :: 2008-03-16 23:56:44 | report
the 50 most popular Catholic saints have names that most wouldn’t consider, either.

I think it’s utterly ridiculous when children have names only from the bible. Get creative.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:57:01 | report
>>>If I named my child something really classy does that mean she would be the type to only play piano and have a coming out party?

Well, statistically speaking, yes, but only through correlation, not causation. I don’t think you have to worry about your child spontaneously being upper-class while the rest of the family is blue-collar. :-D
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:57:24 | report
India Garnet and Holland Onyx would be much better.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:57:46 | report
Most of the saints aren’t mentioned in the Bible, silly.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:58:12 | report
I’m not saying they are. It was a separate thought. Notice the:

blank spaces ^ (above)
posted by guest :: 2008-03-16 23:59:49 | report
"I didnít realize that your nn added to your musical tastes and personal style choices."
They tend to match somewhat -- parents who favor certain types of names tend to raise their children in certain ways. You obviously hope to be seen as creative and vaguely artsy. It must be difficult to be seen that way when you have a kind of wooden ear. So it’s a good thing that you check in with people who are better at language nuances.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:02:05 | report
Yes, now she can get back to watching TV and studying for her Social Studies test.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:06:48 | report
LMAO! That was great!
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:07:34 | report
Hey, listen people. Why are you bothered about what SHE is naming HER kids? SHE is the one signing the birth certificate. Not you.

You might also consider the fact that pregnant woman are more emotional than non-pregnant woman. It hurt my feelings just reading this, and I’m not even pregnant! Just something to think about...
posted by guest: Ariel :: 2008-03-17 00:08:48 | report
Quit talking to yourself and go to bed.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:09:52 | report
I agree with Ariel. Terrible comments. And for what? No reason I can see.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:10:08 | report
Cuz I can. :)))
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:11:11 | report
Who is bothered? Seems like most of us are having a great time.

She asked for opinions. Offering them doesn’t mean anyone is bothered, merely that they have opinions. If you’re too wussy to read opinions about baby names, then this is the exact wrong place for you to hang out.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:11:23 | report
Are you sure your name isn’t Sybil?
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:15:04 | report
Jeez people! Baby names are things that should be picked out along with nursery decorations! Not a matter of how tough you are!
I believe that people should give opinions.
That just doesn’t mean that you have to be rude about it your opinion. You can be honest without being inconsiderate.
posted by guest: Ariel :: 2008-03-17 00:16:09 | report
or we can be rude :)
now quit talking to yourself and go to bed already! sheesh!
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:17:44 | report
I’ve got the perfect name/color name!
Florida Orange .... isn’t it unique?
bahahahaha!!!
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:25:18 | report
lol, that should have said place/color name
time for bed! nitey nite
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:26:16 | report
Good grief. This is a site designated to finding names for children. I didn’t realize that the people commenting and leaving their strong and unnecessary opinions were childish, themselves.

Also, names don’t necessarily mean anything to the way you’re raised. You certainly are your own person and many parents with preteens and teenagers are at a loss at what to do with their "rebellious" children. Does that mean that they raised them that way or their names had anything to do with it? There were plenty of "druggie"/"Goth"/"Indie"/etc. Sarah’s, Michael’s, Jacob’s, Mark’s, Rachel’s, and so on, when I went to high school. There were also plenty of those who were artistic and talented elsewhere. My name is Alexandra and does that say anything for how I was raised?
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 00:29:41 | report
>>>My name is Alexandra and does that say anything for how I was raised?

Every child’s name says something about the parents’ hopes, dreams, tastes, education, etc. And yes, those things do often point to how a child might be raised. (Any kindergarten teacher who has been at it for a few years can tell you which names are "uh-oh, look out, this kid spent his toddler years parked in front of the TV" and which are "this kid’s parents probably bought him flash cards when he was 2.") Obviously it’s not an exact science -- there are smart, cultured people who name their children Kheelynne and idiots who name them Alexandra. Overwhelmingly, however, Kheelynnes will be the children of less educated parents than the Alexandras will be. If you don’t understand this, then you either have a basic lack of understanding about how statistics work or have never been observant enough to notice which families tend to name their kids Starla vs. which families tend to name their kids Katharine.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 02:32:13 | report
You are all very rude. So what? She wants to name her kids something different. Why does it matter to you? If you are just going to be rude, why bother leaving a comment at all? This is a site to HELP not hurt.
posted by guest: Catie :: 2008-03-17 02:36:20 | report
When I was expecting, I posted an idea here and got many rude comments about it, and I am SO GLAD! There was something about my idea that was really embarrassing that I would never have noticed because I don’t have a very big vocabulary of dirty words.

Anyway, the things people say are just what everyone is going to be thinking when the kid is named. May as well find out now what your kid is going to have to put up with for her whole life.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 02:42:30 | report
Leave the poor girl alone...

It’s her baby she can do what she wants...no one makes fun of you for naming your babies John, Nicole,Emma, or Grace...etc...

I think the name Alastrina would be great

Indigo & Alastrina would be gorgeous
posted by guest: Bahamama :: 2008-03-17 05:35:41 | report
I just saw a story on the Today Show about "Bad Baby Names". The authors of the book did recent through the past two centuries or so and found that the people who had unique, even wierd names, might have been teased a bit in school, but as they got older they really liked their unique names. They felt that they did stand out in a good way because people remembered them, unlike the Michael’s, Matthew’s and Sarah’s of the world.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 09:26:34 | report
I like Onyx as well. I have a niece nasmed Onyx Jade. I looove it.
posted by guest: Haha, right. :: 2008-03-17 09:31:35 | report
I notice the "pseudo-intellectual" up there who is pontificating and analyzing Alexandra’s name isn’t posting her name!
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 09:31:40 | report
You didn’t post your name either, lame brain.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 09:45:26 | report
Twyla is cute. I cant get on board with anything else you have in mind. Good Luck.
posted by guest: Claire C. :: 2008-03-17 10:08:37 | report
There are always exceptions to the case. Just because you have a certain taste doesn’t dictate how you will be as a parent and how you will raise your child. The types of music that I listen to don’t have anything to do with my parenting skills and if I chose to name my kid Qhy’LeoMainndeleinny Fuschia that doesn’t mean that she’ll be in front of a TV and I won’t be an involved parent. The books I read, music I listen to, area I live in, religion I have and educational level don’t have any basis for my "list" of potential baby names.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-17 15:45:42 | report
i like vienna but since you have changed your mind, how about sienna
posted by guest :: 2008-03-18 21:00:05 | report
>>>There are always exceptions to the case.

The fact that you recognize them as EXCEPTIONS should tell you something.
posted by guest :: 2008-03-19 12:17:27 | report
Iona and India are both nice place names beginning with I. However, Indigo is fine and if thats what you want, go with it. Its lovely that you’re having twin girls!
posted by guest: hshsf :: 2008-04-25 13:40:00 | report
Gosh i think she has aborted us all.......
posted by guest :: 2008-07-13 02:24:17 | report
Vent: Indigo is a terrible name as well as Holland. I am Catholic and Enjoy many names that don’t come from the bible but leave those to names for color and city.
posted by guest :: 2008-08-10 13:33:55 | report
I think Vienna is a pretty name. Who really eats Vienna sausages since the 1980’s anyway?
posted by guest :: 2008-09-02 17:11:53 | report
I HAVE HELPED LOTS OF PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM THE BEST NAMES FOR THERE BABY’S.I THINK VIOLET IS A VERY NICE NAME SO YOU COULD RECOMMEND BY USING THIS NAME ON ONE OF YOUR CUTE BABY’S.
posted by guest: AIMI :: 2009-04-11 03:44:30 | report

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