A few weeks ago, our family went to check-out day of a summer camp. The kids were all signing autograph books. One teenager, Evan, asked my daughter to sign his book. My husband happened to peek over her shoulder and asked, "Ah, does everyone know that your name isn't spelled that way?" The boy looked at his book and shrugged. "Probably not, but it's a cool name anyway!"
What the other campers had been writing: Even.
So I offer it up to you, Swistle. Is this a name possibility waiting to be sprung on the world?
1. It's like Evan (obviously) and Steven/Stephen and Ruben. But it's also like Eden and Eve and Eva. Is it a boy's name or a girl's name? Would comments like, "Get Even!" sound extra funny on the playground? Maybe it's a good androgynous name that goes well as a middle name (like True or Blue)?
Thanks, as always, for the insight!
This name SHOULD work. It's a nice sound and, as you say, similar to Steven and Eva and Eden. And it's similar in meaning-style to the name Ever, which is catching on.
The reason I think it doesn't work and is unlikely to catch on is that it looks too much like a misspelling/respelling of the name Evan. I think it would be not impossible but challenging to get people to pronounce it a different way. And the word "even" doesn't have quite the dreamy/significant sound of a word like "ever" or "Eden."
What does everyone else think? Let's have a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results for "What do you think of the name Even?" (428 votes total):
I love it! I'd want to use it! - 4 votes (1%)
I like it! I'd want to consider it! - 12 votes (3%)
I like it for someone else's baby - 63 votes (15%)
No particular opinion - 26 votes (6%)
Slight dislike - 137 votes (32%)
Strong dislike - 186 votes (43%)