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Aspen trees have always seemed very mysterious and enchanting to me and that's what I think of when I hear this name.
luv_my_princesses  6/6/2005
When I named my daughter Aspen in 1997, I had never heard it used as a name. I used to hike in the mountains with my dad, and I loved the shimmery-leaved, graceful Aspen trees, so I thought it would make a perfect name for my beautiful baby girl!
HijaiMamaBabyPajama  10/15/2005
Aspen, Colorado, is a popular winter destination.
breakofday  1/7/2006
I hate this name. It's so bad. It reminds me of Alpine skiing!
― Anonymous User  3/1/2006
It just sounds pretentious. Maybe it's okay if you live in stereotypical suburbia, but otherwise, I'd refrain.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2006
Aspen is a pretty, original name for a girl.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2006
I think the name Aspen is very pretty.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
I ADORE this name for a girl! It is very versatile and different, and I like the sound; it sounds very peaceful and gracious, in my opinion.
Pheadirean  7/9/2006
I always thought this could work for a boy's name too.
dramaelf  7/12/2006
What comes to mind for me when I hear Aspen is Aspen, Colorado.
Missy  10/29/2006
I like this better for a boy.
acresofhope  3/14/2007
This is a beautiful name for a girl! A wonderful epithet to grow up with, as well. If I ever rename myself, I'll definitely consider this option.
Georgia_kh  4/19/2007
I think this name would be much more suitable for guys. It kind of reminds me of Asperger's Syndrome, but that's probably because I've been diagnosed with it. I don't think the association will be made by many people, and this isn't that bad a name.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
This name can also be used for boys, seeing as it's a word name, and not the name of a flower. As a side note, I very strongly dislike this name. It's like it's trying to be different but while following all the trendy naming styles.
Akua Topaz  5/4/2008
The leaves of aspens are sometimes referred to as Old Wives' Tongues, because of the sound they make as the leaves are rustled by the wind.
Scion  8/17/2008
Very pretty - but I can't get over the "ass" sound in the beginning. Middle name, perhaps?
― Anonymous User  11/2/2008
My first name is Aspen. People often think it's a odd name for a girl, but I really like it, I would change it for the world. Say it out loud, it's a nice name.
Cross-My-Heart  2/21/2009
Aspen sounds completely vulgar and inappropriate, considering the syllables in the name. Plus, it doesn't sound feminine.
bananarama  7/9/2009
I first heard the name when I was reading the first book of the Mistmantle Chronicles "Urchin of the Riding Stars". It was the name of one of the nemesis but nevertheless I found the name pleasing.
Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
Any guy named this name would be ridiculed to no end. This is SUCH a feminine sounding name. I had a dog named Aspen once. Very pretty name and ages well.
slyboots  11/15/2009
I love Aspen trees, but I think for a name it's very ugly. "Asp" isn't an appealing sound to my ear and makes me think of the asp which is a type of snake.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2011
I love this name. To me it's feminine, but in no way girly. Reminds me of misty Aspen groves in the Rockies. I also once had the pleasure of meeting a lovely wolf named Aspen :)
CedarDream  4/10/2011
Hippie-Central. Disgusting.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2011
I think it's a very cool name, though I find it masculine. I don't think I'd use it on a kid though, because of the "as-" part.
Black_X  7/28/2011
The name Aspen holds something special that no one knows about until they get to know the individual. Aspen is a strong name and with it the bearer has the ability to fight through everything they face in their life. Aspen also has the ability to make everyone love her without knowing that she is doing it.
mchivers  1/23/2013
My first name is Aspen. My parents gave me the name in 1981... maybe I'm the original? Lol! I'm amazed to see other aspens on here! I have never met another Aspen... pretty cool, I'm not alone, lol. I love my name! Yes, there was some teasing as a kid... Aspen give me an aspirin, asspain, etc. But, it didn't bother me at all. The comments that say pretentious are absurd. I was raised in a trailer & grew up in a horse barn. I can't afford to ski in Aspen, or anywhere for that matter, lol. But, I would if I could! People too often say something's pretentious just because they can't afford it. Mchivers posted that Aspen can make it through anything life throws... absolutely true! Actually, everything in that comment is eerily true! :-)
ostascolorado  11/12/2014
This is a very beautiful name! Aspen. It just sounds nice!
Gio123  3/2/2013
I named my daughter Aspen in 1986 when it was not a popular name to others. She was named after the beautiful Aspen trees in my favorite place Aspen, Colorado. She has grown to be as beautiful as both and when people meet her they love her name as well as her! She has had teachers and friends name their children after her. It's a beautiful name!
ccrn09  3/22/2013
A great middle name for Bristol.
Bristol Aspen.
jazzycritique  5/18/2013
I love this name, it sounds so very pretty to me. Its very unique and feminine sounding. One of my favorite names.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2013
It sounds like (butt)-pin.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2013
Reminds me of asperger...
No offence.
ThatMazerunnerfan  9/5/2014
I named my daughter Aspen in 2001. I have never heard of or met another person with that name. I am excited to read there are several others that named their daughter the same. It means "shining mountains" due to the heart shaped Aspen leaves shimmering when the wind blows. I feel Aspen is a beautiful name. My daughter constantly gets compliments every time her name is heard for the first time.
RoseM  9/28/2014
I like how it's a nature name which does make it seem quite beautiful. The downfall, however, is that Aspen sounds very similar to Aspirin...
― Anonymous User  10/5/2014
This name reminds me WAY too much of "Aspergers" for my comfort. Also "Asthma" It also sounds like "has been\ass been"
The name is just rather harsh and sounds more of an insult than anything.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2014
I'm on the fence with this name. My husband is from Colorado and suggested it and my first impression was, "Cute!" But no, I don't think I could saddle a kid with this name forever. Maybe a middle name?
Meredith02  12/18/2014
I was named Aspen by my father in '91 before it started gaining popularity because we lived in CO and he was enamored by the trees and thought they were so stunning, so when I was born it was a no-brainer.

While I was in elementary school, of COURSE people tried to make fun of it, but they were all so lame they didn't even have an effect on lil 6, 7, 8, 9 year old me, and actually some of my best friends in high school, got a kick out of all the nicknames they could come up with "Aspanda, Asskittle, Asponder," and they filled out 3 pages back to back and I thought it was so cute and funny, because they didn't do it to be malicious, they did it because, yes, Aspen can be made into a bunch of different words.

And the ol' "Hey Aspen, how's your ass been" was literally used by one person who was also a good friend who just thought it was comical, and I laughed then too!

Instead of worrying about what your kid is going to get made fun of for, teach them to laugh at themselves and get a sense of humor...

Now that I'm an adult EVERY TIME I tell someone my name (98%, I'm not kidding) they always always say "Wow, what a beautiful name!" Ever since I left MIDDLE school, no one has ever insulted me for my name.

And regarding Aspirin, only one person says that and he's my uncle, so he gets free reign.

When I was younger I wanted to change my name to something "normal" like Melissa or Jessica because I had my own self-esteem issues, but now that I'm older I would NEVER even dream of doing that. My full name is so unique people ask me if it's a stage name, and I think that's pretty dang cool.

So as a fellow Aspen-er, go ahead and name your child that! It's a great name! And every kid is going to get made fun of no matter what. In 3rd grade this girl thought she was insulting me by calling me Leafy Dog (because my last name is kinda canine related) and that was probably... the worst thing any one has called me, which is saying a lot considering that's like nothing (a literal 3rd grade level insult))
Aspennicole  8/23/2015
I hope it doesn't seem queer for me to comment on my own name, but I do so since I have a right to my own name. My example of an impression for this name is my own life. I loved my name before I even knew what it meant, still I love it to this day. As my friends said to me, my name gives me a kind of glow and a skip in my step, my own journey with this name has been an exciting one and I love every second of it. I hope those in the future find pleasure in my name as well.
Aspen Ash  10/31/2015
I love place names and nature names and I think Aspen reminds me of a wintry day outside having fun. I like it for a boy or girl and I think the negative sound effects are overblown. Maybe spell it Azpen, so you avoid the sound issues.
Kidwins9  11/26/2015
A name only becomes ugly when a person leaves an ugly opinion.

Aspen, personally, sounds unisex to me. I love the connotation associated with it. It's unique and modern and very youthful sounding!
solavibus  12/23/2015
This name is just awful; I don't even know where to begin! The fact that it's high within the top 1000 names (#397) is just mind boggling. There are just too many reasons why this name is a horrible choice.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2016
My daughters name is Aspen she is 7 months old but I chose this name 12 years ago. Almost everyone tells me how beautiful it is. The only con to this name is people assume Aspen is a boy's name. I have no idea why because it's super feminine.
gatormom73  2/2/2016
I'm surprised so many people think this is a feminine name. I read the name somewhere without context and assumed it was a boy's name. It could certainly be unisex but it just doesn't sound feminine to me at all. I don't know anyone with the name but I have a story with a character named Aspen. It's such a nice name!
― Anonymous User  2/5/2016
My name is Aspen, I just had to look up this name because I would get bullied all the time because of my name. This helped me know more about my name and that I should just shake it off.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2016
I assumed Aspen was a masculine name, but I guess not. I think it sounds more appropriate for a boy, although it is beautiful either way.
lilpimpteller  2/9/2016
I really love Aspen for a boy. Very masculine, earthy, and natural. And maybe even "Penn" for a nickname? (Like Penn Badgely?) I just loooove the name entirely.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2016
I named my daughter Aspen in 2000. We live in beautiful central Utah, and the Aspens, also called Quakies, are as plentiful as they are gorgeous. It fits my daughter, and she has always been complimented on her name. Her nick names range from Aspey to Asp-a-doodle. She's even been called "Quakie" in good fun.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2016
Throughout my pregnancy I would go on four mile hikes daily in the deciduous forest near my home. I live in a moderate climate (6) with cold winters and hot summers. The Aspen trees don't thrive here naturally because they prefer a cooler temperature but there was one Aspen tree growing steadily miles into the woods. It stood about sixty feet tall and had a ring of earth around its base. The thin white trunk stood firm yet feminine against the backdrop of massive oak and maple trees surrounding her. At her head the canopy opened and the sun's rays barreled down illuminating her length. In the summer her heart shaped leaves were bright green and glistened. When autumn came they turned crimson and were perpetually shimmering in even the slightest breeze. This tree was strong and stunning; graceful and unique. So when I named my baby girl I picked the most beautiful thing I could think of. Aspen Marie was born on December 16th and I pray she grows to possess all the qualities I saw in her namesake.
AspensMom  6/1/2016
87 boys were given the name Aspen in the US in 2015.
Lady_Skywalker  11/4/2016
Hey friend! My daughter is Aspen Marie too! She's 4 months old. As I looked for names for our daughter during my pregnancy, I was inspired by nature. The Aspen has been one of my two favorite trees since my earliest years. When I looked up what meaning or spiritual significance the Aspen might have, I found 4 beautiful and powerful ones, and within them were hopes and dreams I already had in my heart for my child. And I think it's a beautiful name! It was so so perfect.

Here they are (These are part snippets from sites I looked at, and part my words…)

Aspen is associated with "conquering fear." Its very name ‘Populus tremula’ (the trembling Poplar) hints at its nature, as Aspen quivers with the slightest breeze, always on the move, a way of shielding oneself. But fear is not to be feared – rather recognized as the opportunity to embrace our shadow selves and grow. The Aspen feels and faces its fears, standing its ground, and it is therefore the energy of the spiritual warrior. Aspens give us the protection to master our fears. (I was always a fear-based child and I felt so much fear when I was laboring and especially in the pushing stage! My hope for Aspen is that she'll learn to face, conquer and rise above her fears - and most importantly, face her shadow self - way earlier than I started to. Because that’s when you can begin to live out life most beautifully and to the fullest. Everything before then is merely the path of growing, learning and healing - but which is supremely important!)

The Aspen is associated with “resurrection” and “endurance" (and it touches on conquering fears again too). It is calming to anxieties about changes within our life. It awakens greater soul fearlessness. It can bring hidden fears to the surface so they can be faced. Once met with determination, there occurs a rebirth and an increasing ability to overcome impossible odds. Also, they are intertwined with their "grove" at the roots and spread through shoots in the earth, so when a fire may destroy a forest, the Aspen grove will endure and live through it. In addition, the Aspen is therefore "grounded." All that strength, life and fortitude under the surface!

In many cultures and religions the wind is associated with the Voice of the Divine Spirit, and in the boughs and leaves of the Aspen, the wind finds a distinctive voice to inspire those who would listen. Anything closely associated to wind, like the Aspen, was deemed sacred. The movement of the wind through the canopy and the sun dappling through the leaves can have a mesmerizing effect, encouraging a contemplative and meditative frame of mind. Aspens are given a significance of being "especially able to listen to the Divine."

Aspens have "a healing ability through sound." To sit beneath one and listen to its leaves is to hear a thousand thousand voices, all singing the songs of life and its mysteries. I liked this significance very much due to her father, who is a musician and artist who also deeply understands the power of beats, rhythm and sound. And anyone who knows me, knows that one of the things I deem most important and sacred in the world is "healing."
NaturenGodLover  12/5/2016
My son's name is Aspen Jayce. I have to start off by saying that some of these comments are downright cruel sounding. You can dislike something without having to bash it. I feel for some of the people commenting on here that have this name. I also want to state that regarding the comment above that states that a boy with the name Aspen would be "ridiculed to no end" well, that is just untrue. In the 15+ years that my son has carried this name it has not once been targeted as something to pick on. Our experience has been the exact opposite with thousands upon thousands of "I absolutely LOVE your son's name". "Aspen" is my absolute favorite name for either a male or a female.
Tbanas  8/26/2017
My eldest daughter is an Aspen Grace. Personally, I love this name. She goes by Ash.
CreelLily  10/6/2017
My dog's name is Aspen. She is a girl. She is the colors of the Rocky Mountains and a white hair on top of her head. She is very feminine and gets compliments. If you google Aspen Chinese Crested you will find her online.
Opus  12/6/2017

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