So, I'm very early in my pregnancy, however we're already discussing names. The name that my child's father is totally stuck on is Briar. I hated it at first (I'm a Jane, Anne, Henry, Nicholas, etc kinda person), but the more I toss it around I'm kinda coming to like it some. I'd love to get your, and your reader's, opinions. Is this a cute new name that's kind of "out there" or would we get the same reaction everyone had when Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple?
The two issues I've found so far are the connection to a briar bush, and when said over the phone people can hear "dryer" instead.
Thanks so much!
I can think of two more issues (plus I'd add that it can also sound like "prior" or "Pryor"). One is than when written, it can look like "Brian." And the second is that if your style tends to be more Jane/Henry, choosing a name outside your usual preferred style for a first child might make you feel locked into finding names outside your preferred style for subsequent children as well. Many people like a name or two in a style category they don't generally like, but then would be really stuck if they wanted to choose more names from that same category.
I don't think of it as an Apple-type name, however. I think of it as Unusual Botanical, along with Juniper and Magnolia---not Highly Unusual Botanical with Apple and Spruce. Let's have a poll over to the right to see what everyone thinks of it. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results (483 votes total) for "What do you think of the name Briar?":
I love it! I'd use it! - 48 votes (10%)
I like it! I'd consider it! - 107 votes (22%)
I like it for someone else's baby - 174 votes (36%)
No particular opinion - 33 votes (7%)
Slight dislike - 83 votes (17%)
Strong dislike - 38 votes (8%)