Post # 17
I voted number two. I like the sound of Peyton but I haven’t a clue whether it’s a boy or girl name, it’s very unusual to my ear because it isn’t used here.
Lennon for a boy though. But even then, the inevitable nickname ‘Len’ or ‘Lenny’ smacks a bit of old man to me.
Post # 18
Not a huge fan of either one (at least, without more info about the broader context). For me, these fall into the category of “last-names-used-as-first-names.” I’m actually a big fan of those when there’s a legitimate family connection to the name – such as my own first name, which was my grandmother’s maiden name. In a case like that, I love using that kind of name to emphasize that this child is part of a wider family group.
I’m not a fan, though, of using an arbitrary surname as a first name. To me, that just feels kind of contrived, like all the thousands upon thousands of classic first names aren’t “good enough” and the parents are going out of their way to try to be different. If there are Peytons or Lennons in one of your families that the name is hearkening back to, then I would vote to use whichever one that applies to, but in the absence of that … meh.
I do think Teresa is a beautiful name, though.
Post # 19
Not a fan of either. Lennon seems too obvious and Peyton is too trendy.
Post # 20
If you’re into the Beatles, what about Starr or Abbey? Maybe even Pepper? I like the sound of Abbey Theresa.
Post # 21
I love the name Lennon! I haven’t heard of anyone using it before, so that would be my choice.
Post # 22
I actually like Lennon but when I realized she’d get “lenny”, I went with Peyton (also a one tree hill fan over here so peyton doesn’t sound masculine to me either). But yes, I think Peyton is similar to my generation’s “courtney” or “lauren”…they are everywhere.
Post # 23
Love the name Lennon! Nick name can be Lenni (which I also love)
Post # 24
@DelilahDiamond: First thing I thought of with Lennon was Lenin, as in the infamous Russian communist/father of Leninism…not a particularly nice association! It’s like naming your child Hitler, with different spelling.
I also agree that Lennon is clearly a masculine name. If you must use it, save it for a son!
Is your hubby doing a happy winner’s dance now? (-;
Post # 25
@DelilahDiamond: I really dislike Lennon (sorry) so I chose Peyton by default.
Post # 26
my vote is neither. Both are super trendy which is the #1 thinking behind my name choices. They both sound like last names to me also.
Post # 27
I love the name Lennon for a girl!
Peyton… honestly, I don’t like the pronunciation. People get lazy with it and it tends to blend together –> Pey’n. Drives me crazy haha.
Post # 28
lol I never thought that but yes it does sound like Lenin… Not a nice association I agree…
i love Abbey Teresa! It’s perfect
Post # 29
Out of those I like Peyton, or as another poster suggested Abbey 🙂