Palena wrote: I sort of felt the same way about her nickname that Bella did, though. I actually like the name, though the middle name being Carlie sort of was a little much for me.
I don't hate the CHARACTER Renesme. I hate her name. I think it just stupid, even more stupid is her nickname Nessie. I heartily concur with Bella's reaction to the nickname.
No offense to Shakespeare who said, "A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet", but a lifetime is a long time to endure the name Milton or Gaylord. Living with a name that is a joke is no laughing matter. We don't want to give our children names that will invite embarassing nicknames or in any way bring misery to their school years. A child with a unique name may not have to "share" a popular one with many others, but a name that in highly unusual can be a greater disservice to your child.
One of my personal pet-peeves is the new trend of making up names, nonsense names that don't mean anything. They aren't Latin for "majestic" or "radiant beauty" or Greek "clear and bright" or "merciful". They are just nonsense. Or worse, when the trend of purposely misspelling a child's name, change the "f" to a "ph" or a "c to and "s" ot "k". I realize that it is done with the intent to create a unique name, but all it does is to guarantee that your child's name will always be mispronounced and mispelled. Ordinary spellings have the force of common sense behind them. Having your name constantly misprounced would test the patience of a saint.
A name is a unique, lifelong, personal thing. Our name spoken by the one we love is possibly the sweetest sound in the world.
Meyers created wonderful names sound melodious and mean something to the character. Alice is Greek fr "truth", which is ironic given the often scary accuracy of her visions. Edward means 'protector', which tries so hard to do with Bella. She created unique names with pleasant rhythms that fit the age of the characters and wouldn't be found three or four times in a classroom, so you can really associate the name with the character.
Then she gives us a name like Renesme. Followed by Nessie, the Lock Ness Monster. I have to wonder what she was smoking when she picked THAT!