I guess it's better than "Mono", but I don't think I'd do that to my daughter...just my opinion.
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I would think long and hard about naming a child that, especially in a world ever moving towards multichannel!
Seriously, it would make a good pet name, but for a person? Especially a girl? I wouldn't go there.
Now, I do have a puppy named 'Bean' which sounded ridiculous when our daughter first said it, but now it is really fun, some times she's a jelly bean, coffee bean, etc....
Many names that have a Latin origin end in "o" for males and "a" for females (eg. Mario and Maria, Antonio and Antonia). So some people might think "Stereo" is a masculine name. However, the word "stereo" is Greek in origin, not Latin ("stereos" or "solid", as in a solid image in the audiophile sense).
As to the "cruel first gift" point you mentioned, I think that Frank Zappa's daughter, Moon Unit, changed her name when she got older, although her brother Dweezil seemed cool with his name.
Still, beauty is in the eyes and ears of the beholder so best wishes with whatever you choose. There are many beautiful, distinctive, uncommon things and names can be one of them in our modern world. My daughters have uncommon names too.
You are presently at the hysterical phase of baby-naming. At this point, you have tried all the names you can possibly imagine and none of them seems to fit. You feel you must nonetheless come up with a name, any name, or you will have to call the baby "It" or "Thing" and so you grasp at any floating straw. "Spumoni." "Hazard Warning." "Platelet." "Shrek."
There is no solution but trust. The child will let you know her name without the possibility of doubt when the time comes. Realize this and enjoy the wacko notions you come up with in the meantime.
With warm good wishes from a guy whose first kid was going to be named "Water Tap" for a couple of weeks before his birth.
A number of years ago a guy named his son "Bryston". Anyways, he told the Bryston people about it at one of the annual shows, the CES I think. He got a free integrated amp out of it! Good stuff.
Hmmm... so name your daughter "Alexandria" and then have a talk with the people at Wilson! It's better than "Watt Puppy".
On the other hand, I think Seven is still up for grabs!
(Unless George Costanza finally got married and had a kid!)
Oh and NO, don't do it!
Name your kid something normal, and not:
Dweezel, Moon Unit, China, Apple, Scout, Rumor, Adolph Hitler, or any of the other lunatic names that the Rock N'Roll and/or Hollywood crowd, (and others), have come up with lately!
Do your kid a favor and let them have a normal childhood.
(Okay, Apple is not so bad, but two thumbs down on the rest.)
I would not name my daughter stereo--her middle name is Alexandra but not named after any equipment--take your time and find a name you really like --remember it will be with her an entire lifetime--Elizabeth may be on to something about hating you even from the womb--think !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! first-- also if she was conceived in a car don't use that name either ie. prefix --toyota--:)
My wife has taught first grade for thirty years and she's seen more than her share of "creative" names. Your proposed name would definitely be the kind of name that gets a kid tagged as unusual, which isn't usually what most kids want. Fitting in and feeling accepted is what the majority of kids (and adults) want. If she wants to demonstrate her free spirit and individuality, she'll find her own way. If you insist though, I'd vote for one of the French nouns for stereo, "Chaine" (with a circumflex accent on the i.) Don't know what a native French speaker would think about it though.
I was going to suggest you name her Symphony but then she might get a nickname Phony. That wouldn't be good. How about Harmony?
My wife named our first boy Shanachie because she heard it on the radio and liked the sound. As you may know, it is the name of a record label. On further investigation (after naming him) we learned that it means "Tribal Historian" or storyteller in Gaelic.
So good names are all around. Listen for one and you will know it when you hear it. Keep in mind that it needs to work well with your last name. If its Hoar, don't name her IMA.
Why do people even think of doing things like this?
Don't you realize that naming a child and naming a pet are very different things?
Can't you think of any better reason to name your child than the way the name makes YOU feel? Or the way it sounds to YOU?
Some reason that may actually have something to do with who SHE is?
That's right: It's not about you, it's about HER. (Hard as that may be to believe.)
Summer Phoenix named his son Indiana August. Frank Zappa's kids are Dweezil and Moon Unit.
And there are more: http://www.comeunity.com/parenting/parenting-articles/celebritynames.html
How about the middle name, Channel?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! I must tell everyone I had so many belly laughs reading all your responses! Thanks so much for so many thoughtful responses. I couldn't believe the volume of interest in this thread! By the way my wife agrees with the consensus, but even she sometimes automatically refers to her daughter to be as Stereo. I think this "pet" name works ok in the womb but real life is a different story. So here my quest for this name ends. Thanks all for your thoughts. Some of your suggestions are now on our list!
My brother vowed as a child to name his first daughter, if a daughter, "Felony." Cause it's pretty. Or perhaps "Twizler." Because and female child who survived puberty with a name like that would be bound to be a force of nature.
Now that he's actually on the verge of spawning (next month), he's thought better of it. A wise decision.
And then there was the friend who announced that he'd lick the "boy problem" for his daughter proactively by just not potty training her. Cause yuck, who would want to date that? Thing is, some one will -- and, by being "clever," you've guaranteed it's going to be the "wrong" guy....
I'd reconsider, personally.