Last edited by BobK; 05-Apr-2008 at 15:57. Reason: PS added
Sorry, but I'm going to be the voice of dissent. Perhaps I'm just old and jaded, but to my mind "Preen" is always going to sound like you're cleaning your feathers or that you like to strut around and admire yourself.
I don't know what your Chinese name is, but if "Preen" sounds like it, what about something like "Bree," which is not too common but not completely out of the ordinary, either. Many people use it as a nickname for "Brianna."
When choosing a name, there are many things to keep in mind. For example, if you have a truly unusual name you'll find that whenever you introduce yourself or leave a telephone message, you'll have to not only say it but spell it out: "Hi, I'm Preen, P-R-E-E-N." (I speak from experience as I have a somewhat unusual first name, and have spent my entire life saying things like "Not 'Oreo,' but 'Oriole,' like the bird."
For the orginal poster, I have a name that's somewhat close to Preen and sounds a lot like "Bree", it's "Brin".
I knew a 'Brynn' - but it was short for 'Brynnley' (I think), and he was a man.
Yes, "Brin" is a name, and it's the name of a little girl in my neighborhood. (I stressed the word "girl" to show that I wouldn't have suggested a guy's name to you. As it turnd out, "Brynn" could also be a guy's name then?)
I never asked the girl to spell her name, so I would go with "Brynn" if you decided on it.
but BRYNN is a boy's name.
is BRYN a bit masculine?
There're many other names used for both sexes nowadays and quite fashionably: Jordon, Haydon, Taylor, Jalen..........majority of them are more to the masculine side, but I have noticed parents given girls these type of names more and more, it's a trend. And I thought "Brynn" was strictly a name for a girl, it sounds feminine to my ear, more than those listed above at least.