We are naming our baby girl
Sorry, Becky, for taking a K name. ;)
We get lots of 'huhs' and head tilts when we tell people this name, so I thought I might tell everyone where we found it and why we love it for our daughter.
We came across Keladry in The Protecter of the Small books by Tamora Pierce. Here's a description of the first book without going into the actual plot too much.
"In the realm of Tortall, women are finally legally allowed to train for knighthood. Keladry (Kel) is determined to be the first official female knight. As the only girl in the entire training program, Kel faces many challenges. In this book, she is put on a year of probation by her training master, Wyldon of Cavall. She bitterly resents this, but is determined to prove to him that she's as good as any boy."
Keladry is loyal, brave, strong, smart, and willing to do extra work to be her best. She respects her parents and teachers. She isn't afraid to stand up for herself or people smaller than her. She is a natural leader. She is close to her family and makes true friends. And she is great on horseback!
These are all qualities that we would be proud to have in our baby girl. I can't wait until she is old enough to read the books herself.
So yes, Keladry is a unique name, but we love it and hope you will too!
(It doesn't hurt that it sounds Celtic, either!)