You know, a great rule is to never criticize any name. My parents have a great story about a couple they went out to dinner with, and conversation turned to names they didn't like. The couple first trashed Lloyd (my grandfather's name), then when they learned it was my mother's father's name, they went on to Agnes (my mother's mother's name). Then they went on to Elmer (my father's dad's name). Not surprisingly, this couple didn't become good friends of my parents! But my parents always used this story to point out that it's probably a bad idea to say anything other than "Oh how cute" about anyone's name. (OK, but I will confess that we did not name our son after any of the male relatives in the last 2 generations. The choices were: Wilhelm, Aloysious, Ralph, Lloyd, Elmer, Lyle. I can't imagine saddling a modern child with any of those names.)
Originally Posted by Mama2Kayla
Our 3rd childs name isn't on the list (Evelyn), but almost everyone we meet has no problem telling us it's a strange choice.
Now that she's here, most of the comments have stopped, but when I was pregnant it was bad.
Honestly, I dont' get how someone can be that rude!
Really? I have a cousin by that name and think it's classic and pretty. It will grow well.
I know that my mom has trouble with some of the names from the 1920s and 1930s that are coming back (Hazel) because they are very class based for her (my mom is an unrepentant snob!). Hazel was the 'hired girl's' name. (No matter that my mother's family didnt' have 2 pennies to rub together and raised 11 kids in a 3 bedroom house with one bathroom... Hazel and Bertha are still "low class" )