I decided months ago to name my baby girl (due in 2 wks) Alia. I have a very ethnic and spirtiual name which has definietly influenced aspects of my life and wanted the same for my daughter. Alia is a female version of Allah and has noble and exalted meanings in Arabic, Hebrew, German to name a few.
Of course, now that we have started to disclose her name, I am getting feedback that is giving me doubts, i.e. celebrities with the name, how 'popular' it is getting, different spellings and rhyming names (Dahlia, Talia) that will drive my daughter nuts as she gets older.
My husband and I are VERY disconnected from pop culture (we work in international fields, don't watch TV etc..) and regret not looking into the name Jaden- after our favorite healing stone- prior to giving that to our son. We had no idea there would be 5 other Jaden, Cayden, Hayden, Adien's in his daycare class & it causes him a lot of confusion.
Am I freaking out over nothing? I have other favorites: