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Is it human or is it dancer?
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j4 From: j4 Date: November 12th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
nothing from Tolkein

HEAR HEAR. :) My parents had friends who called their daughter Bree after the town in Lord of the Rings. ("No, I'm not named after a cheese, it's spelt differently, I'm named after a fictional town." Poor kid.)

no naming after friends

Mm, I was thinking the same, but OTOH one of my favourite names at the moment is a name that's shared by two friends of ours (not especially close friends so it wouldn't be too weird). I don't think anybody would be likely to be offended, but, hmm.

Dickon is a great name, but always makes me think of the boy who talks to the squirrels and stuff in The Secret Garden.

good associations - for a boy this meant trying to avoid the names of violent killers throughout history, and for a girl it meant a cool chick who did interesting stuff

You weren't worried about avoiding violent female killers then? I mean, Myra is a nice name... so is Lucretia... ;-) Aphra is an excellent name though! And is distinctive without being difficult to spell, which is quite an achievement for names as far as I can tell.

One of my nieces (niece-in-law? Owen's brother's kid, anyway) is called Ada (but pronounced 'Ah-da' [actually sounds like 'ardour', hm, unfortunate] rather than 'Ay-da' -- her mother is German & I think the former is the German pronunciation), so that's already 'taken' in our family -- I am keen to avoid duplicating names that already exist within the most recent two or three generations, just for avoidance of confusion and/or a bit more variety!
jinty From: jinty Date: November 12th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have heard of grown women who are called Bree

n America, I think. R suggests an alternative source for the name might be from C S Lewis (The Horse and His Boy) but I imagine that your parents' friends specifically said they were naming her after a bit of Tolkien?

Dickon Edwards is indeed named after the boy in the Secret Garden so you are right to have him come to mind... Dickon's rather pleased with the association I believe.

"Aphra" has already been misspelled as "Athra" a couple of times, which we were surprised by! Ah well.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 12th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I have heard of grown women who are called Bree

Ah, it could be from C S Lewis -- I don't know (second-hand anecdotes eh) whether they said it was Tolkien or whether that was just my mum's inference.

I suspect there isn't a name under the sun that can't be misspelled somehow. :-/ I have certainly had some very weird spellings of my name & I didn't think that was a particularly weird or difficult one!
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