I've recently had two close relatives of mine go to the Fiji Island of Lomani. When they came home they were telling me about this couple who got married on the island, who then returned during their stay to have their daughter christened, who they had named Lomani after the island where they got married. It's a really beautiful island, and apparently the name Lomani has a lovely meaning in Fiji. It's got me thinking...... What do you think of the name Lomani for a girl? It seems like a beautiful and unusual name. But being unusual, I wanted to throw it out to the mumsnetters for your opinions!! Thanks!!
With the back story, it sounds beautiful. If we lived in a place where many people knew of that island, then I'm sure the name would have lovely connotations to us all. The trouble is, hearing the name, without knowing all about the island, it just doesn't sound all that pretty in my opinion. Remember, it's your opinion that really matters though!
I love places being used as names, so long as you have a link to the place. I've come across DC called after Scottish islands (think Arran, Harris, Caldey etc) and a town in Ghana (Tamale - pronounced Ta-ma-ly I think). DH's friend's DC are all called after natural features in the country they live in (mountains, a river etc) I've even met a family whose DC were named after their parents' university colleges (actual names that aren't used any more, so more linked with the place.) It does make more sense if you've got a personal reason for doing so, but in the end you can choose whatever name you like, so long as it makes you happy.
Well, I think it's a lovely name and I'm pretty sure it's not only folk from Fiji or people who have been there that have a 'right' to call their DC it. None of my DCs names need have a 'backstory'. Other than I liked the names.
The guy who's dad is Lord Bath - Cewalin I think he's called - his son has a very ordinary name. John. Made me really laugh when I heard and I imagine folks with unusual names either love or loathe them. But then, I'm pretty sure a lot of us don't like our 'real' names either. Unusual or not.
I think with unusual names, placenames, etc., there may be a danger of mistakenly using a name whose meaning you don't understand, or a name that has a historical association that is horrible that you might not know about, or a name that means something else in a third language. Of course you might say that's a risk you run with any name.
Tamale sort of jumped out at me. Tamales are delicious.