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Flame my name away...

let me start off by saying that we've had a boys name forever which is henry lloyd after dh's grandfather and my father's middle name. we disliked every girls name or just felt okay about the ones we kept bringing up. the girl's mn has always been decided on, mae, which is my mn and my aunts and my grandmothers mn.

 

okay, now for the first name. i was reading an article "what kids who grew up in the 90's" will have to explain to their children". i said the name outloud and both dh and i looked at each other and were "that's it"! we have to decided to name the baby topanga mae. i am not kidding. 

 

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  • I don't hate it. :)

    I've never heard it outside of Boy Meets World, so I have an automatic association with it. And for some reason Tapioca pudding which I am now craving...

    Will anyone our kids age even know? Probably not most.

    I can't think of any hideous nicknames associated with it either. 

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  • Yikes. She is going to have people 20 years older than her commenting Boy Meets World for the rest of her life. I don't think she'll appreciate that. 
  • I wouldn't use it bc I'd always think of the chick on Boy Meets World. Also, it's just not really my style
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  • I love love love Boy Meets World.  I think it's a beautiful name and I'm not gonna lie... I definitely wanted to use this name when I was younger and watched the show.  No worries though.. DH would never be on board lol

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  • I think of B.M.W. and the San Fernando Valley. The B.M.W. association does not bother me but The Valley association does. Of course, this is a purely regional association.
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  • I LOVED Boy Meets World :) I read that article, too, so I knew exactly where you were going with this...

    Topanga is NMS, but I don't think it's the worst thing you can do. It reminds me of Tallulah a little bit.

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  • It made me think of Topanga Canyon in California, then Boy Meets World, (the canyon is probably the explanation for the character's name on the show)

    Considering the history of Topanga Canyon, it's a pretty crunchy hippie name, which isn't bad exactly but I wouldn't use it.

    I don't hate it.

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  • Very different. But dont hate it. MN sounds good with it. I think of Boy Meets World but who doesn't.

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  • I'm not really familiar with Topanga or the show.  The flow is fine, it's just nms.

    I love Henry Lloyd, though.  We originally wanted to use Lloyd as the mn for DS2, but DH changed his mind mid way through the pregnancy.

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  • Dont like it at all.

    Even though it was the name of a character on a show (where the inspiration probably came from the canyon) its in the Dallas, Denver, Austin, Dakota, etc. group for me. Its mostly a place. Not a name. Sounds like a completely made up word a 3 year old would come up with.

    It was weird on B.M.W and is still weird now.

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  • It's definitely NMS, but I don't hate it. I don't think people making Boy Meets World references are going to be that big of a deal either.

    I don't think Topanga and Henry would make a cute sibset though. Just something to consider if you want to use one or the other in the future.

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  • The name means "where the mountain meets the sea' in an indian language. Its odd but it is a legit name. I like 'weird' names but that is too out there for me.

    And I wouldnt be able to get past the Boy Meets World association. However I wanted to name a baby Toganga when I was a youngin' because of that show. I actually picked the name Gabriel for my first son when I was very young because of the show, and I still loved it when I was pregnant.

    ETA: The youngest Matthew's child was named Joshua Gabriel, and they explained why the chose the name and my like 10 year old self loved it.
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  • image KikiCohen:
    I love love love Boy Meets World.  I think it's a beautiful name and I'm not gonna lie... I definitely wanted to use this name when I was younger and watched the show.  No worries though.. DH would never be on board lol

    P.S. I just googled that article and read it to DH.  We were both literally laughing so hard, we were crying.  Even though we're both technically children of the 80's, all of it definitely applies. 

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  • I love Henry!  So cute.  I love that Lloyd is a family name, which is my favorite kind of middle name! 

    But honestly, Topanga is horrible.  The fact that you had to say "I am not kidding" after telling us your choice tells me that you realize it might be horrible too.  It is not a pretty sounding name at all, in my opinion.  I don't usually speak so harshly on here but 1) you did say "flame my name away" and 2) it really is a terrible choice.  Keep looking.  Mae is lovely, and I think you'll find an equally lovely first name to go with it.   


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  • i instantly think "boy meets world" used to love that show. have never meet a topanga though. i am still in the boat you were in we have a boy name but we are at lose for a girl name, hope we find one that just clicks like you did
  • image Harper'smom:
    I think of B.M.W. and the San Fernando Valley. The B.M.W. association does not bother me but The Valley association does. Of course, this is a purely regional association.

    This. Topanga Canyon.

    I don't think the name is too horrible though, & Mae flows nicely with it.

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  • really, my first thought was, naming you child is not a joke. (I am not trying to be mean). When my older sister was in High school, a friend of hers named a baby Ringo...........she was so sure that was the name. After the boy got a little older she would introduce him an d follow it with, "what was I thinking?"  He goes by Ring now and I think they legally changed it . ............Topanga has the same feel to me. Good luck
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  • image brooklynesque:
    Fortunately you have two whole trimesters to come to your senses.

    Haha.  This is kind of what I was thinking, but not in a mean way.  When I was pg, I thought for sure we would name our DD Reese.  It was the only name that felt right.....for a while.  As time passed, I started having second thoughts, and it didn't feel so "right" afterall.  Keep an open mind because there's still a lot of time and a lot of names out there.  While I still like the name Reese, it wasn't right for our DD once she was born.  We ended up naming her Renee and I'm really glad we chose it. 

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  • It may remind a lot of people of B.M.W. but for all the kids in her age group they will have no idea who Topanga is.

    Topanga was to the 90's what Tatum is to the 21st century. Don't be afraid to use it because of ONE character on an old tv show. It's a good name!

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    It may remind a lot of people of B.M.W. but for all the kids in her age group they will have no idea who Topanga is.

    Topanga was to the 90's what Tatum is to the 21st century. Don't be afraid to use it because of ONE character on an old tv show. It's a good name!

    I agree with all of this! Great name and she was an empowering female character. I love Topanga.  

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  • funny... the real Topanga works in my building.  Anyway, I love Topanga Canyon.  I hike there a lot.  I suppose the character was named after the beautiful canyon here in Los Angeles.  I wouldn't give you the side eye but I bet a lot of others would especially if you don't live in LA. 
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    Very different. But dont hate it. MN sounds good with it. I think of Boy Meets World but who doesn't.

    Ditto.

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  • Honestly, the need to clarify that you aren't kidding is not a good sign.

    Sorry, I really dislike this name.  It's awkward, the sounds are not attractive, and it doesn't even have a cute redeeming nickname.

    I was a huge Boy Meets World fan.  In the show it was presented as an off-the-wall name that demonstrated how weird Topanga's parents were.

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    It made me think of Topanga Canyon in California, then Boy Meets World, (the canyon is probably the explanation for the character's name on the show)

    Considering the history of Topanga Canyon, it's a pretty crunchy hippie name, which isn't bad exactly but I wouldn't use it.

    I don't hate it.

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  • It's a real name and not over used. I like it!!! Wink
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  • I loved the show, and the character but as a pp stated it was an off the wall name to show how crazy her parents were.  Remember the early episodes?  She was a crazy liberal, hippie feminist?

    OMG, I just realize that I am her.  DH and I met in high school where I was much like that and then we got married in college, just like them.  Weird.  And weird that I didn't really connect it until now.

    Anyway, I think it's pretty awful.  You'll probably come around.  I originally loved the name Shenandoah (a local place name- but also a real name) for a girl and now I'd only use as a middle name, and probably not even then.  Maybe try looking at names not on a 90s sitcom list and you'll find something else you're looking for.  And try nymbler.com- I punched in Topanga, Henry and Lloyd and got a lot of nice options.

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  • image Puppylove*85:

    Honestly, the need to clarify that you aren't kidding is not a good sign.

    Sorry, I really dislike this name.  It's awkward, the sounds are not attractive, and it doesn't even have a cute redeeming nickname.

    I was a huge Boy Meets World fan.  In the show it was presented as an off-the-wall name that demonstrated how weird Topanga's parents were.

    I completely agree. I loved the show and her character, but it would be so odd to meet a person IRL with this name.

     That being said, DD's two fish are named Corey and Topanga :) 

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