If there is a relative's name or a simply a word that you would really like your baby to have as a name, but it just won't work as is, try changing the order of the letters. By moving those letters around you could get a name that you think is the proper gender and sounds good.
A revised name will probably still be considered an honor by the intended relative, or if it is merely a word that has special meaning to you the reference will always be apparent to you.
Michael - Chaelim Artist - Trista Mary - Ramy
Acronyms are words formed by using the first letters of a series of words. Can something be formed from the first letters the first, middle, and last names of the child's parents, how about the title of a favorite movie or book? Or could you make something with the names of all those relatives you would like to acknowledge in someway?
Although the sky is the limit with acronyms, simple is often better since the final name will require frequent explanations. For Sally's parents naming their child was easy: Scott And Lilith Love You. Wonderful.
Take a word that you are attached to and reverse the order of the letters. What does it spell? Although this technique is generally somewhat a long shot, you may be surprised to find an appropriate name with an underlying significance for your child.
Many parents now combine pieces of their names (fore, middle, or surnames) to create a first name for their child. One couple I know combined the mother's maiden name of Locke and the maiden name of the father's mother, Howland to form their daughter's name Lockland.
You do not have to limit yourself to names of family members, anything will do. Do you like Beethoven's music and like eating rice? Beatrice could be the name for your child! Before you go crazy remind yourself that you will have to explain to someone how you arrived at that name.
Paring It Down
Does a name or word with personal significance become acceptable if you take out a few letters? A common way to shorten a name is by apheresis or apocopation. With the apheresis unaccented syllables at the beginning of a name are dropped, and with apocopation those at the end are dropped: Tricia for Patricia and Will for William.
If you have a particular interest that you would like your child's name to allude to then try pulling a name from a related word or term: Sailing, Lin; Musician, Sicia; Professional writer, Ionial. Ok, these are a stretch, but if you are determined to give your child a name that reflects a personal interest then you will certainly have more perseverance in naming your child than I have thinking up examples. Good Luck!