Yeah newbie here :)
Suprised it took me this long to find this place. You all seems great people and this place looks fun.
I've been obsessed over names since I can remember, and probably before.
Not sure why; I'm a writer too, so maybe it is the focus on the essence of idenity in names (that and you have to name characters).
My preference is unusual names, they just seem so much more interesting and refreshing. Learnt the downsides of common names from personal experience, my parents saddled me with one. It's a reasonable nice name (must be, as it's been used so much) but so not me. Not telling what is, just it's the 11th most popular female name over all ages according to the 1990 census (so die hard namenerds can look it up).
So yeah got sick of it, and during a long period of self discovery chose a new name for myself. Definetly think it suits me and am very happy with it.
The name is Sage Cerridwen
Never met any other Sages IRL, though know of a few through forums. I like that it's unusual, but there are no spelling/pronounciation issues.
As for Cerridwen, well that has a few (it's said ke-rid-when ... ke like in kettle). The original Cerridwen was a Welsh Goddess, I'm partly Welsh and definetly pagan, so really connect to her. So it's well worth it.
I have two companion rabbits, a boy & girl (don't worry, they've been neutred), and apparently their names are pretty odd.
The girl, who we adopted first, is Branwen Felicity, also after a Welsh Goddess. I stupidly assumed because the name is spelt phonetically people will be OK with it, but no, I have to explain it nearly all the time. Couldn't and wouldn't change it though, it suits her so perfectly.
Learnt from the experience though, her 'hubby' is Casey Jack
Not going to be having children any time soon, but that's never put me off making lists and picking out names. One the off chance of having a child today I would name them...
Boy: Lennon Raphael 'Leo' or River Thomas
Girl: Gaea Hazel [Gaea = jee-uh] or Rain Sophia
I like to combine unusual names with something more common, so they have that to fall back on.
I'm a libra though, so my downfall is being crippled with indescion and very fickle with my choices.
Anyway yeah, look forward to having fun and getting stuck in.