You’re a new parent.
You want to give your child an advantage in life by ensuring that they have a unique name. You want them to stand out from the masses a bit, no “Tom”, “Dick”, or “Harry” here for you.
But with every other enterprising parent also figuring out that they want the same thing for THEIR child, what are you to do?
You do what everyone does – they turn to their favorite books to see if there’s a name in there that could be worthwhile.
Yes, that’s why there’s going to be a run of girls named Bella in the coming years, but your favorite book is something a bit more, Middle-Earthy.
You want to NAME YOUR CHILD AFTER AN ELF.
Or, at the very least, give your child an Elvish name. (Or is it an Elven name? Elf grammar isn’t Web Watch’s strong suit. You get the idea, though, right?)
But even if The Hobbit isn’t your favorite book and you choose not to go down an Elf path in naming your child using any of the Elven examples provided on the linked page above, there are still some good suggestions that you should follow if you choose to give your child a uniquely spelled or unique-sounding name:
- You better be doing it for a good reason. Be prepared to discuss that.
- Make sure the name is pronounceable without embarassing someone – like their first teacher – who has to struggle with the name upon first sight. Give it the Rod Roddy test: how would it sound being said on THE PRICE IS RIGHT? If the game show announcer can’t figure it out, maybe you’re heading down the wrong path.
- Don’t use a famous character from literature if that character has a reputation that could be mocked incessently on the schoolyard.
Some of the Elf names that are suggested that Web Watch thinks could work for some forward-thinking parents include: Nessa, Baron, Lia, and Teren.
See? Even Elf names can look cool and meet all those above points.