I am a big fan of your blog - I'm not expecting (so this is not at all urgent) but I LOVE baby names. I have lists and lists of my favourites, and I love hearing your take on my favourite names.
I have a LOT of favourite girls names (Penelope, Georgiana, Anneliese, Geneva, Felicity) and a few favourite boys names (Theodore, Felix, Hugo, Gabriel), but my big question is about a boy name I have secretly loved for a while now. The name is Lysander. Is it usable? I read a book as a kid that had a great character called Lysander in it and I loved it. But does it sound too pretentious (Shakespeare)? Does it sound too 'feminine'? Maybe a poll for readers - if they think Lysander is usable?
I think the nicknames Sander and Sandy are so cute, but I just don't know if I can saddle a kid with the name Lysander.
I am not opposed to "different" names - I love having an uncommon name (Jemima). What do you think, Swistle?
Thanks so much,
It OUGHT to work: it's similar to Alexander, which is very popular. And 31 new baby boys were named Lysander in 2011, so it's not completely unused.
To me it looks and sounds more toward the feminine and fancy end of the boy-name spectrum. It has a Renaissance Fair sound; I'd put it in the same category as names such as Percival, Leopold, and Clarence.
I think the nickname Sander goes a long way to make the name more usable; I'd worry a little about Sandy, because my experience with that nickname has been limited to girls.
I like that it's been around a long time. For unusual names, I vastly prefer the ones with long roots.
I think for myself, I would prefer to use the feminine form: Lysandra and Alysandra are both pretty, and I think it's easier for girls to carry fancy/unusual names.
Let's have a poll over to the right to see what we all think of it! And in the comments section we can discuss whether we think it's usable. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results for "What do you think of the name Lysander?" (412 votes total):
I love it! I'd want to use it! - 24 votes (6%)
I like it! I'd want to consider it! - 54 votes (13%)
I like it for someone else's baby - 113 votes (27%)
No particular opinion - 17 votes (4%)
Slight dislike - 113 votes (27%)
Strong dislike - 91 votes (22%)