Names are this way with me too. I am pretty lucky I am not having anymore kids, since every name I love, I have known a child with that name most likely. I'd probably end up changing my kid's name on a daily basis according to the behavior of the children in that class.
I know a lot of wonderful Emilys. I've always loved the name Emily. I probably will continue loving that name since I have met so many wonderful Emilys.
I loved the name Tristan too. Ever since I saw the movie Legends of the fall. Ex wouldn't let me name a kid Tristan because it reminded him of a cracker (Triscuit). I met a Tristan the other day that reallly tried my patience. He was not an innately evil kid, he just tried to get out of doing anything and had a bad attitude. It made me like the name Tristan less.
This could be linked to other stuff like food. If someone broke my heart over a certain food- I'd probably not want to ever eat it again. If someone stole my heart over food- I'd want it every day. Don't we do this with comfort food? Food we associate with love and family? We love those because they make us feel loved.
What are your associations?