McClaren for a girl. I realize it is a stroller brand name, but it is also a family name. Thoughts?
I don't really like it for a first name.
What about the name McKenzie (or Makenzie) Claire? Kind of a spin off of the name Maclaren.
andrea922:It sounds like a last name, a masculine one at that and yes, it is a stroller brand, and for those two reasons I wouldn't use it. NMS.
I was afraid of getting a bunch of negative responses for that one. I have run it by several girlfriends and the responses have been positive.....maybe they are lying! ha! The name is a family name and means a lot to me on account of a grandma I am close to. I actually don't think it sounds strange at all, perhaps because I have had it as a possible name in the back of my mind for several years now. We'll see, thanks for your opinions even if it generated a thumbs down:)
I should say too that our last name is only 5 letters long (warranting a longer first name) and that I have thought of using "clare" as a possible nickname even though I have never been a fan of shortening a name.
I am extremely anti Mc- names for girls, as Mc means 'son of' and it's just way too masculine for me. I think it would be an excellent middle name, though!
Elizabeth McClaren, for example, would give you a longer first name but still use it as a middle name.
epphd:NMS. As much as I am sooooo over the name Makenzie, I agree that Makenzie Claire is a better alternative.
I think as long as you have a nickname like Laren picked out, it works. My boss at my last job named his son MacLeod, and they call him Mac. It's interesting.