Post # 16
Asher Efron is really cute! I’m not a huge fan of Rayen though. To me it seems like Raven without the V, which is probably how I’d pronounce it. I work with kids and I don’t think it is anything too far “out there”, but personally I’m not a fan. Rayna and Raylin are some similar ones that I do like.
Post # 17
I love your boy name, but the nickname “Ray” for a girl is pretty rough (I don’t care much for Rayen either). I can’t help but think of Ray Romano, and I can’t imagine giving a girl such a masculine nickname. There are cute names that work for both boys and girls, but I don’t think that this is one of them. I think Reese is a super cute name (I think Reese Witherspoon), though, so maybe switch the Rayen and Reese for Reese Rayen?
Post # 18
Asher is totally middle of the line in my opinion. Also, middle names are 100% up for grabs in terms of anything.
Rayen, however, I really don’t care for. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. I keep saying “Rain” or “Rayon”, which is a fabric. Reese is adorable (I know little baby Reese). If you like the nickname “Ray” for a girl, I’d suggest something more appealing like Rhea, Rachel, or Rayna.
Post # 19
It is a fabric! I knew Rayen (rayon) reminded me of something else but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
Post # 20
Asher is nice, but it’s difficult not to associate Efron with Zac Efron.
I don’t like Rayen Reece, too cutsey and annoying to pronounce and spell, especially considering your update. Reese is good.
Post # 21
Eh, not a fan of either. I work in pediatrics and the NICU and see a LOT of names, more and more unusual. To each their own is what I say, but since you’re asking for an opinion, I don’t like them.
Post # 22
At first I read Rayen as “Raven,” and then as “Rayon” (the synthetic fabric). Reese and Asher are nice names, imo, just different enough to be special. As for Efron…. are you OK with the whole Zac Efron connotation?
Post # 23
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I’m am echo here, but I’m also thinking Reese is a better first name for a girl. It’s cute and much less likely to be mispronounced.
Middle names are usually a free for all. There aren’t many occasions where they’re used for the general public anyway. I say get weird! If my daughter had been a boy her middle name would have been Atredies. 😉
Post # 24
I like unique names. I have one, my husband has one and we looked for something unique and with meaning for our son. I don’t think a lot of people realize how ethnocentric their ideas for acceptable names are, sometimes.
All of that said- Reyen and Reese are both striking but too alliterative to flow well together I think. Also, a name with a significant difference in pronunciation from how it’s written is going to bedevil your poor child throughout her life. I would decide if you want a name that means flower and look up some other options that go better with Reese, or if you want a girl whose name sounds like Rey/Ray and then just do that.
Post # 25
I wouldn’t be too worried about people’s opinion on a middle name – it will only rarely come up in the course of the kid’s life.
Asher is a great name, but if you aren’t Jewish yourself it could potentially be seen as a little appropriating, or he could be mistaken for Jewish often. Whether that really bothers you or not is personal.
Rayen is not a name I care for in the least. It sounds like a name that would come out of the white bread Midwest in the early 2000s. Maybe use Reese as the first name?
Post # 26
Ok so it sounds like Rayen is going to be difficult, I do like some of the suggestions like Raelynn or Raylee.
I also thought about just doing Rayne or Raine but I thought that may be a bit too hippie even for me
My great grandfather was a rabbi but I’m agnostic. I (and my children would) celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, Passover and Easter so no problem there. I do like Reese as the first name too
my name is also mispronounced constantly so I see your point. I really like names with special meanings as well.
lol I love Atredies, super unique
honestly I didn’t even think of it, I don’t really mind it tho. It would be a middle name so not used that much. DH tried to push for Efron to be the first name but I said that be too much
Post # 27
The boy name is fine IMO, Rayen I’m not a fan of. I don’t think you’re going to get the pronunciation you’re looking for with that.
Raegan, Freya, Rhea, Ravenna, Rachel, Reina?
Post # 28
Just an FYI, I read an article that said Asher is the #1 most popular boy’s name of 2017 so far! If being unique is important to you, that may not be the best name to choose.
Post # 29
I don’t particularly like Rayen. I don’t know if I’m reacting to the actual name though, or that It reminds me of the -ayden name trend (Jayden, Cayden, Brayden, etc) which I’m kind of burned out on.
Post # 30
I don’t like Rayen, sorry.
You could try Reina/Rayna, Raya, Reagan, or Raymonda in addition to Raylee, Raeanne, and Raylynn. All of those could have a nickname of Ray/Rei/Rea/Rae (all pronounced the same).