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Ok, so we've had our baby's name picked out for a while now, and a few months ago came up with our 'back up name'.
Our first choice is familiar, easy to say and spell, but not overly used (in fact I don't know anyone personally with that name) very classic... imagine 80 yr old man!
Our back up, is of Scandinavian origin, and will likely be mis pronounced if read off the page (something I grew up with 100% of the time, so it's not really a concern)
We haven't shared either name with family/friends, but my mom knows about as many details as above. She got really upset with me the other night about our back up name because as she claims she'll never be able to say it, and giving a child an 'ethnic' name when neither of his parents are from that region (Dh's family identifies as Icelandic Canadian, even though their closest relatives there immigrated a few generations back.) is 'posing' and really ridiculous. Her biggest concern would be that we use a name like Fridgeir or something, we're not.
My family never had any 'cultural identity', my mom's side specifically were border jumpers between russian and germany depending on what was politically convenient. Her thinking is that when you live in Canada you should have a "Canadian" name I don't really believe that these exist, or at least without being a totally ridiculous made up name....kinda like Kalynn .. so I challenge you... what would be a Canadian name?
I don't know if there really are "Canadian" names, I also assume that she must just mean something "normal".
My name is Chantelle (French) and I can't speak French worth anything, but it never bothered me.
I chose my kids names because I liked them, period. Alyssa is fairly common, I've only ever met one other Rylan, Sophia is common but classic, and Hannah is an older name that you don't hear much of anymore.
My assumption would be that by Canadian name she means names like, John, Robert, William, Jacob, that sort of name.
We also named our kids names that you don't hear much. I only know one person with the same name as DD1, she's my age, I just recently met someone with the same name as DD2 although it's spelled differently, she's also an adult. I don't think I know anyone with the same name as DS.
Go with names you and your DH like and don't worry about anyone else.
LOL Canadian names. I agree she is probably referring to top 100 names. I think our mothers like thinking they have influence over our parenting choices. This is YOUR baby and your choice in name. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be beautiful and they will learn to pronounce it.
My kids all have different names. When I was in school in small town NEwfoundland, two of my best friends were also Karen. I hated it so I made sure my kids had names that were not common.
We didn't tell anyone the names we were choosing either. I made the mistake once of telling someone that if our last one were a girl we like the name Siobhan and I got a lot of flack for it being told that no one would ever learn how to spell or pronounce it. That person was very happy when we had a boy because we picked a more "normal" name for him.