Paul and I normally sort of agree on baby names. Even if one of us is saying "bleah," it's a mild bleah, and it's in reaction to a name the other person doesn't love anyway. The most common situation is that one of us really likes a name and the other one sort of likes it but not enough to use it, not that one of us really likes a name and the other one hates it with the intensity of an imploding star.
However, last night I brought up a name I liked. It was a name I had been thinking of all day with a starry-eyed feeling. The name had never before occurred to me, but once it did I thought, "Why is no one using this name? It's a GREAT name! Sure, it sounds like an old lady, but that wouldn't linger on a cutie baby girl! And the sound is so pretty! Definitely this name should be dug up and reused!" Shyly, I mentioned it to Paul. Who TOTALLY shot it down: no discussion, no thinking it over, no "hm, not bad but I don't love it," just POOF into a million tiny shards, absolutely no way would he ever even consider it.
I thought I would ask you what you thought of it. Because of Paul's reaction, though, I am feeling a little tentative about putting this name I like so much in front of a possible firing squad. So first I want you to get yourself into the right mindset. This is a highly unusual name, and it is one of the most old-ladyish old lady names there is. However! I think it falls into the same category as other old-lady names such as Emma, Ava, Violet, and Lily: names that used to be elderly but are ready for reuse. This one just hasn't been noticed yet.
You have to picture the name on a little girl, let's say she's about three years old and has ponytails. And then I recommend saying the name over and over until it stops sounding like it needs a walker and all you hear are the bare sounds of it. Okay? Ready? Open minds, everyone? Here's the name: Millicent. Discuss.
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