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I’m having a little girl and have liked a name for awhile. It is not common on girls, I actually only know one girl with this name (she’s where I heard the name for the first time.). I’m scared everyone will not like it and it causes me to be self-conscious about the name. Should I name my daughter the name I like even though I am afraid everyone will hate it or try to find a new name? thanks for any advice.

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Depends on the name.
Here’s the criteria I usually use when advising parents:
- is the name made up, tacky, or misspelled? - if so, don’t use
- is the name very popular or much more popular on boys? - if so, don’t use
- is the name "out there", a word name, or place name that isn’t commonly a name? - if so, probably don’t use

If it’s simply an uncommon name, that isn’t made up, that isn’t tacky, and that isn’t a boys name, you’re probably totally fine to use it even if others don’t love it.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2014-01-14 13:05:36 | report
What is the name and you’ll get to see whether strangers like or dislike it. That way you can get a sense of the reaction the name will provoke. GL
posted by guest :: 2014-01-14 13:06:14 | report
I’d be curious to hear the name as well.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2014-01-14 13:12:03 | report
Trae Lynn---> the girl who has this name was gorgeous, and very successful I looked up to her and I think that’s why the name has stuck with me. I want my daughter to grow up and be like her.
-Poster
posted by guest: poster :: 2014-01-14 13:13:00 | report
Generally, I go with "go with the name you love". However, I do recommend running the name by some people (whether in real life or the Internet). They may have a perspective on the name you hadn’t thought of, or notice some awful nickname or initials or something you hadn’t.

I think the Internet’s a better place for this (something like putting up a poll here) than in real life. If you ask yoru family before Baby’s born, generalyl people are going to be honest with you. Then you may be self-conscious about the name if you decide to go forward with it, and there might be some awkwardness as you announce Baby’s name to someone who had previously said "Ew, how could you use that name?!". On the Internet, however, you can hear people’s feedback, see some different perspectives, get a sense of how the name will be viewed; but then never have to actually face the people who dislike the name.
posted by guest: Nicola :: 2014-01-14 13:13:24 | report
I think it’s awful, sorry. How about Rae?
posted by guest :: 2014-01-14 13:25:42 | report
Hmm. It’s a bit on the trendy/tacky side because of the popularity of -lyn ending names, plus Jaylyn, Shaelyn, Raelyn, etc that are all similar. I think Trae is a bit made up as well. I wouldn’t do a double first name. Trae as the first name and Lynn as the middle is the best option, although Trae is like an odd spelling of the boys name Trey.

I don’t love it... I would try coming up with something similar or using Trae as the middle name. Taylor, Tracy, Trina, Twyla, Tricia, Tatiana, Tasha, Tanya, Tara... any of those captures the spirit of Trae while being a more solid name that will get better reactions. You can use Lynn as the middle name.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2014-01-14 13:26:57 | report
I agree with Sara, it’s a bit tacky and trendy.

If you want your child to grow up like this Trae Lynn, then I think it is way more important to try and instill in your child the qualities that made you admire her than to just copy her name. The name doesn’t make the person.
posted by guest: Nicola :: 2014-01-14 13:33:12 | report
Go with what you like. If you don’t use it because of the fear that others won’t like it, then you’ll have a horrible time trying to find another name and you might regret not naming her Trae Lynn. It doesn’t matter what other people think. If you love it, go for it. This is YOUR baby, not your mom’s or grandma’s or uncle’s. So their opinion doesn’t matter.
posted by guest: Fleur :: 2014-01-14 14:10:11 | report
Also! My name, everyone hated at the beginning. Even my parents! But once they met me and everything, they fell in love with me and so they fell in love with the name.
posted by guest: Fleur :: 2014-01-14 14:11:10 | report
Good point, Fleur! Everyone hated my little sisters name (not my parents though lol) but they loved her, and the name fit her, so they learned to love the name.
posted by guest :: 2014-01-14 14:13:05 | report

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