So I spotted this board down at the bottom of the list and the first thing that went through my head was some of the audacious baby names I've heard.
I know someone that named her baby Kitana and the other Akisha.
She's white, British, and last I checked, isn't living in the nicest of areas. Fairly sure at least one of those kids isn't going to reach its 15th birthday.
But I've heard of worse names, like people I sincerely hope aren't real calling their kids things like Ivory or Moonflower.
My real gripe with it isn't so much that it singles the kid out for bullies in later life, but rather that it demonstrates from birth that the parent already has preconceived notions about their child's future personality, friend choices, and way of life.
I mean, when you think of a 30 year old woman named Angela, what preconceived prejudices or predictions do you have about her life?
How about Moonflower? Good luck getting a job in a law firm with a name like that.
So my question is, what's your view on it?
It seems for every person I've met who shakes their head in pity, I meet 2 who see absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Is there a line that can be crossed between unusual and urealistic?
Is it alright to give kids "ethnic" names to make them sound exotic?
Should there be a legal limitation on naming children after commercial copyrights or fictional characters?
obviously Australia has a much different grasp on names, as it is more common to find a child with an unusual name that it is to find one with a matching name. In 22 years I have never met someone with my name and pronunciation; I have only met one other Dominique (My sisters name) and I have never met another Rory (my brothers name) which are all "normal" names but unusual in their time.
what i dislike is how it seems that giving your child a "common" name will make them forever fated to be boring or plain.
i know a ton of sarahs, michaels, roberts, alexs (girls and guys). they all look different, have different personalities and interests. just because their names are common doesn't mean they are somehow boring, or that they blend in or whatever.
My name is Anniken, not that uncommon here in Norway but when I lived in the us, every-freaking-person I met had to have it spelled and then made lame remarks on "oh, like anakyn skywalker?" nope.. not like that at all.
I did spell Tanja with a j rather than y simply because not that many use y here in names and it sounds more natural in norwegian to say it with a j.
I do hate weird names or different spellings and adding letters.
Like the name Leigh, I can't count how many different versions of that I have read or bradon/brandan or aiden etc.
Makes me want to pull my hair out, ugh!
Some examples of names I want to remove from any form of existence..
I think they can tell you not to name a kid something here too, haven't bothered looking into it.
Uhm, 16 years of having to spell your name, misspellings and bullying is too much, why not choose an okay name in the beginning?
My name isn't that bad and I can barely remember last time someone spelled it properly so I can't imagine how someone with an even worse name have it.
but you can have issues with people needing spelling and pronunciation help with any name really - The amount of people who spell or say my name wrong is insane, I am about ready to change my name to Alice just so I dont need to correct everyone.
Everyone misspells and mispronounces my name.
My manager is the worst he spells in Nesa any time he texts me like he thinks my name is short for Vanessa.
I've been there a year he should know it by now especially if he is at work when he texts because he can look at the schedule
Luckily, here in the Netherlands it's possible to refuse certain names, when they're for example matching last names (you can't name your kid Nick if his last name is Nickolson or something), when they're too obviously for the opposite gender (like calling a boy Sandra or Britney or whatever), and also things that are too retarded. But sadly, 'original' names are getting more and more common. I heard of a baby named... Merlot Poor girl.
And I don't know what the fuss is about the name Nevaeh? I think it's a pretty name, although it's stupid that you pronounce it as Neveah.
My daughters names are Anna-Lucia Aurora Laura... Pretty 'original', although it's not something she'll have a hard time with, I guess. I was kinda afraid that if she was going to be a boy he/she'd be bullied because we wanted to name him Nemo Noah... But by the time we'll have a second child that movie hopefully won't be that popular anymore, seeing the fact that Nemo once was a very normal name and personally I love it. But if he (if he will ever come) will be bullied, he's prolly going to go by his middle name in public.
Some things just crosses a certain line, and I can really understand why child services take away children over a name... But then the line has to be crossed REALLY FAR. Like that example of blahblah dances the hula in hawaii, or whatever it was. I know it's 'just a name', but it says something about the retardation and about the lack of care how hard their kids life will be. I can totally picture a household filled with potsmoking hippies (just stereotyping here, I have nothing against potheads with children, if done responsibly) that can't even remember which child belongs to them.
I hope this is a phase that society will go through very fast.
Although some people do need to realize that some names are in different countries very common - someone here wrote down a few names that should be erased (I agree with most of them tho), one of them being Romy. Now, that's a very common name in the Netherlands (and prolly also Belgium and Germany, I'm not sure what that name's origin is), together with a few other ones, and parents that come from a different country might not always see how ridiculous that name is considered in the country they live now.
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Some things are definitely weird and probably shouldn't be done, like calling your kids Pirate and Zeppelin. But as when it comes to foreign names and slightly less common names I never saw a problem. I don't like British names in general. There's a thousand Matthews, Marks, Lukes and Johns around here and I think it's a good thing to go for an uncommon name.
I'm April obviously, which did bring on some very lame teasing - still does - but I'm not a wimp so I don't care. The fact that I've only ever met three other Aprils in person in my life is great. I like it.
haha Katie, No, Its Alyce like Elyse - I get it alot though.
I had a guy yesterday say Te-Ag I was like ... ummm youre a wanker. I had a doctor pronounce Krue as Crewy - Yes, cos an UE at the end of a work is going to make that sound
im just sorry for those kids whose parents name them anyway...In my country, last year, after the huge earthquake and tsunami.. some idiots named their girl "Tsunami"...
i just cant explain myself how those idiot parents dont think that their child will grow up, go to school and will have to try to survive there with a ridiculous name...Its just so insensitive of them!
I'm going to have another baby and my thoughts on a name for a girl would be Adalyn Lee. I love that name, it flows well with the last name too. My older son, his name is Gabriel Link, named after two video game characters.
I agree that you shouldn't name your kid something like Moonlight. But I hate my name, its too normal, too common. I often wished my name was something along the lines of Amethyst when I was growing up. I was raised by a hippie, pagan, wiccian, whatever the hell she wanted to be that day, my name could have been Moonlight Meadow. I'm just glad she didn't make my middle name Louise. I love my initials though, S.A.S.
My point is, if you're going to give your child a "unique" name, consider the consequences of that name first. If you plan on sending your kid to public school, think of the name calling that they might encounter. Make sure the initials don't spell ass, or fag, or anything along those lines. And if you do give them something out of the "norm" give them at least one "normal" name to choose from.
That's how I think it should be. But I'm only one person. Everyone is entirely different and there's no way to force a person to change their mind when it comes to their kids, (most of the time).
My mom thought she was being original with my name, which is Ariana. And my initials are A.B, so school was pretty hard cause I was usually first in everything. My sister, Lisa, was named after a singer. I dont know if I would name my child after a singer or an actor/actress.
But I have heard some pretty crazy names, one of my friends named her kid Nadia. Then I had another friend named Nylah. I think parents are trying to be so original with naming their kids, that they forget that the kid has to grow up with that name. Then parents want to get mad when someone mispronounce their kids name.
I was named traditionally - Catherine-Mary as my first name from the Catholic side of the family and Adara as a middle name from the Muslim side and I got so much ridicule and crap at school for that so I actually prefer unusual names now as long as they can be shortened etc
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