For me it's in the same bracket as Ptolemy and although I do know one, EVERYONE is always at the parents when they introduce their child. Although there are a surprising number of Aramintas about now as well, so perhaps you're right. Maybe I'm just not down with the kids.
See, i like Ptolemy as well I do have to admit saying NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to my friend when she threatened to call her bump Araminta - thank god she had a boy and named him an equally poncy name
It's an absolutely beautiful name - if you like it, go for it. I think it is ridiculous that people think that others have 'aspirations' if they call their children anything other than a top 10 name.
The greek myth is to explain the seasons, not to explain death. So she can equally be viewed as the goddess of spring and summer. Most versions of the myth focus on her kidnap because she was beautiful, rather than rape.
Also, to dismiss it because of the myth is crazy in my opinion - I don't have a clue what the meaning of my name is, or indeed what happened to every 'fondant fancy' in every story ever written about her.
I absolutely adore it. I wanted to use it for DD, but hesitated only because of the myth and DH said no. So I didn't. I have one of the 'posh' names mentioned upthread, 'twas very unusual at the time and I have never met another - all I can say is that it has stood me in very good stead and nobody ever forgets you.
It makes you feel special to have an unusual, classical name. I was never bullied over my name. I would hate to have the same name as other people.