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My wife and I are expecting our first daughter this fall and have been narrowing in on the name Dresden. She loves it and I have come to really like the name as well, but am looking for some feedback.
We are not naming her after the place, and are aware of the history of the German city so on so forth....we really just want thoughts on the name without someone chiming in about a ww2 documentary they saw once or what they found when they typed it in google.
I'm not personally a fan of it, but it's a fine name and could totally work. I do think you'd get lots of commentary regarding the fact that it's a place name and people would frequently ask you if you named her after the city ect. but if you aren't deterred by that, then I totally think it could work as a name. It's unique, not over used, it's fresh and she wouldn't have several schoolmates all with the same name. Yet, it's still recognizable and wouldn't cause confusion and misunderstanding her whole life either. I think it could be a great choice.
I see Dresden as a "boys" name and wouldn't expect to see a little girl attached to it.
As a name- it's easy to figure out how to pronounce, it's not common, and doesn't seem "too out there" so as a name it's a nice option. I do think the questions you've already gotten won't ever stop, though I'm sure they'll diminish as the child gets older.
Mom to 4 girls - one age 9 (January 2005), 7 year old twins (January 2007) and new baby girl born July 2, 2014
I totally agree with the comment above. It fits the criteria for me as well in terms of easy to pronounce, uncommon, etc. but I also view it as a very masculine name and I like a lot of boy names for girls; Charlie, Spencer, Chance, etc. but I actually visited the city and while very beautiful, it is completely pieced together bit by bit so that could be ruining it for me. Also, I think it would be hard to have a sibling name that goes with it if you plan on having more (maybe not a factor).
What about Auden?
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