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Building on my long-standing advocacy for Diego as the ultimate unisex Allred-child name (while there may be competing histories in this regard, my contention is that Diego in fact once was Elena's name, in utero), let me voice my preference for names that are standard, traditional boy names, but for other cultures/in other languages. The "other languages" part is crucial, I think; the names can't come from other cultures who most prominently speak English, even if the name is Celtic or somesuch. For example, Kieran is right out. So, here are some possibilities:GerdJaromirAkiOlegFrodeSigurdPiyush
Wait. You're concerned that Bixby would get his ass kicked, but Frode and Piyush would do fine. I mean I already know he'd get called Piyussy.
But other cultures did remind me that Milan is a good name.
On reflection, you are obviously right about Piyussy. To be honest, the main reason I included it is because it is the real first name of Bobby Jindal, the Republican piece of crap who is probably about the have the dubious distinction of being governor of Louisiana...Frode is a different story I think--I tend to think that Norwegian names are pretty awesome, but they have the problem (which I did not think of at the time of first posting) of sounding too much like names from Lord of the Rings. Perhaps you should swing in the Finnish direction, and go with Aki...or pretty much any standard German boy's name would be awesome. Gerd, Horst, Franz, Torsten, Heinrich, Johannes, etc...
I like Jack. Nobody is named Jack anymore.But, for your son, I think it should be "Elvis."btw, I will respond to your sublimity thing on my blog very soon. I'm tied up with a conference on Global Feminism this weekend, which, incidentally, seems to be very little about "feminism." Although all of the speakers, commenters, and chairs are women...
We got some good Scandinavian names from our Danish friend last weekend, including Dag and several variations on Thor. Leigh, you obviously don't hang out with 2 year olds because they are ALL named Jack. I agree that it's a great name though.
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