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July 21st, 2010, 09:53 AM
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DH mentioned a couple of names the other day that I really like and I was curious about your opinions. These are both boy names. We decided on Alexis Paige for a girl when I was PG with Liam and we're still happy with that.

Aamin - Pronounced AH-min. I really love the sound of this name and I think it works great with Liam, but I've always said that I would hesitate to name a kid with a name that people would constantly struggle to pronounce. Is that too "unique" a name?

Emerson - I like this, but it's kind of long and I'm not sure what we'd use as a nickname. Em seems more like a girl's nickname to me.

If I had to pick today, I think I'm leaning towards Aamin, but I'm afraid of saddling a kid with a difficult name. For those of you with "unique" names, does it really bother you that much?
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July 21st, 2010, 12:11 PM
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Nope I survived and so will my kids. Kolbie isn't hard to pronounce, but people think she's a boy based on name alone. Kaija gets all sorts of things... I get called Eileen all the time, to the point where I actually don't correct people 90% of the time. Especially if I doubt I'll talk to them that often or see them ever again.

Alexis Paige is adorable! I love it!!
Emerson is trending towards being a girl name right now, so it might be strange on a boy. However, the only Emerson I've ever known is my mom's male cousin.
Aamin is very unique! However, I'd most likely pronounce it like Aaron with a long A sound at the beginning. Sort of like Eamon.

I wouldn't be afraid of "saddling" a kid with a unique name. I sort of see it as a learning opportunity. I had to learn at a very young age how to politely correct my elders and spell my name. I remember being in elementary school and having the lunch lady tell me I didn't know my name and that it must really be Marlene... I love my name, when someone shouts it from across a crowded room I know they're talking to me and not the other 75 Jennifers in the room!
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July 21st, 2010, 01:03 PM
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i would also pronounce Aamin like Eamon just by reading it, but i like it! i have a friend who's son's name is Amin pronounced Ah-meen and i like that too.
i think Alexis Paige is super cute! i could totally picture you with a Liam and Alexis, they sounds great together.
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July 21st, 2010, 04:20 PM
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To me, Emerson is too girly sounding. I like the name but I just couldn't do it for a boy.
And honestly, it doesn't matter what you name your kid, it's going to get mispronounced. I thought Eva would be easy enough but she gets called Ava and Eh-va all the time instead of Ee-va.
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July 23rd, 2010, 05:52 PM
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People just look at my name and then blush. They never even try to pronounce it, and usually I know they are talking about me, so I just jump right on in and pronounce it for them. No big deal. They'll get very used to it. I also, frequently, get called Dawn

As for Aamon, I agree, I was thinking hard A like Aaron... so that may need to be corrected a bit but once corrected for classes or work or whatever, it'll be a done deal

I love the name Alexis! It's one of my faves, with the nickname of Lexy, but DH said NOPE to that, citing her nn would be "sexy lexy" all through school...
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July 23rd, 2010, 06:21 PM
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Hmm, I personally find them both pretty feminine. I also think he would get a lot of people struggling with his name if it were Aamin. I'd imagine that people would assume it's a different spelling of "Amon" and maybe pronounce it that way. Either way, I think they would read it with a hard "A."

Good luck figuring it out! Names are hard.
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With Aamin, I could see teasing about amen and prayers and stuff. Emerson is cool, and I don't think it's too long, or that it would need a nickname. I thought I'd shorten Donovan, because it's so long, but it turns out that it doesn't need to be.

Either way, I think they're good names, and in the end, you'll pick one you both love.
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July 26th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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I like Aamin! I considered Emerson as one of our girl names. As you can tell I like unique names for my kids. I am always correcting people's pronunciations so it's good that we primarily use nicknames. Lily gets "lily-ANN" instead of "lily-AH-nah," and Abri gets "AY-bri-uhl" instead of "ah-bree-ELLE."
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