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post #21 of 100

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!

post #22 of 100
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Originally Posted by Mama2Kayla View Post

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!



I have an Evelyn too.  :)  We didn't tell anyone our choice before she was born, except for the grandparents, and IIRC, they didn't really have anything negative to say about it, but they weren't gushing over it either.  We do get a lot of "That's a name you don't hear very often" but it definitely is becoming more popular (which I'm not thrilled about, but I understand, obviously!).  I think it's a lovely, classic name and we call her Evie, pronounced Eevie.

 

I don't get the rudeness either.  Both grandmothers said they didn't like our son's name while I was pregnant with him.  That was pretty harsh, but it didn't change our decision, and I still love his name and think it suits him perfectly!

post #23 of 100

One gal in my family named her kids Jayden, Brayden and Cayden.  Her cousin named her son Dayden.  It annoys me.  It's too difficult at a family get together to address the child you need to speak to, because they all answer whenever they here the last part of their name. 


 

post #24 of 100

I have a Michael. I can see how people would think its boring, it is honestly not my favorite whatsoever. My oldest two kids named him. They started talking about their brother Michael before I even knew I was pregnant. DD was 2 at the time and she would always ask for "My Michael" and it stuck. I really love how it came to be love.gif

 

 

We don't tell people what we are naming the baby or even what we are thinking about because it seems like people take it as a request to tell you every possible negative thing they can think of about the name! I really really hate when people ask me what we are naming our kids. I don't want to lie and say I don't know, but I also hate saying "we aren't telling" because it makes me think of this

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJRzBpFjJS8

post #25 of 100

My sons name is on the list. So is my husbands.

 

Considering it was the #1 baby name for four years ...I cant imagine why its so hated. Overuse maybe?

 

 

post #26 of 100
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Originally Posted by Bokonon View Post

I've never understood "Nevaeh".  One, I think it's kind of trashy.  Two, spelling a word backwards kind of implies that it's the opposite, and why would you want to name your child the opposite of Heaven?


I agree, it is awful.
And the Mac thing for little girls drives me nutty. Mac means "son of".
The rhyming Ayden thing is way overdone too.
I agree with the list!
post #27 of 100

Yeah, we had so many -den's in school that it made my head spin dizzy.gif I mean...could parents really not get a clue, when 50 other kids in the class had a -den/din/dan with wierd variations in spelling? The Mac- and Madison thing for girls also really bugged me because it was just trendy, and the names themselves aren't that lyrical sounding or nice. Every second girl I met was Madison/Mikayla (+variations) - it now seems so dated, like the Tiffany's and the Jennifer's and the Heather's of the 80's. May I also add Cody to the list? Calling a grown man Cody (this was a big 80s/90s name as well) just doesn't seem right...but I'm anal about names and do the Senator/News Anchor test...'Senator Cody X' just....no.

 

FWIW I like Neveah because it's almost unheard of where I live, so it's refreshing not to hear the above ^

post #28 of 100
I agree with everything on that list except Gertrude and Bertha. Yes, they're not very attractive names. But the thing is, those are not names currently being used. They are considered ugly and old (the way Hazel and Mabel once were) and I don't know anyone who ever even considered them. Braden and Mackenzie, on the other hand, are unfortunately very much still with us.
post #29 of 100

Im not going to critize a parents naming of thier child however like the PP I did the 'name test' as well.  DR XZY, ATTY XZY, MR XYZ,  I even looked at how the initials would seems tailored onto shirt sleeves etc.  My sons name can have 3 different names come out of it, the formal name, the short name and the playful name (I guess).  kinda like, michael, mike and mikey.  So when he grows up and get a career he can totally choose how he wants to be called.  He also has a long middle name that can again be formal or short and he could use that as well.

 

But sometimes those wierd wonky names are the ones that catch the job recruiters attention, the name that sticks with someone, etc.

 

If I have another child and that child is a girl, I will be picking a solid traditional name. (sadly I think my baby days are over unless mr right comes along in a hurry)

post #30 of 100

I like some of those names.   (I like McKenna... I'd even pick that if I had to pick a name)  

 

"Bently", and "Bertha" I had to agree on those.

 

Some names are overdone, or sound too much alike.  

post #31 of 100
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A Mac means "son of".
 


I never knew that!  

 

post #32 of 100
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I never knew that!  

 


Yeah, it's Irish. (And Scottish too) That's why so many Irish surnames start with Mac.  I always thought the whole McKenna, Makenzie name thing for girls came out of the American tradition of calling their kids the mom's maiden name... But it does sound very strange to me, especially as a girl's name since my association with it is masculine.  FWIW the female equivalent is Nic.  So a boy would be X MacLiam (son of Liam) and his sister would be Y NicLiam (daughter of Liam).

 

post #33 of 100
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Originally Posted by AutumnAir View Post


 FWIW the female equivalent is Nic.  So a boy would be X MacLiam (son of Liam) and his sister would be Y NicLiam (daughter of Liam).

 


Hmm.. I actually like that better anyway.

 

post #34 of 100
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Originally Posted by MovnMama View Post

Such a funny list to make! I knew DS's name would not there, but I found it particularly interesting as a teacher. I've encountered many of the "pop" names, with multiples in some classes. How many Cody's can there possibly be? (At least 3 in one class, btw). I've also had a student "Destiny" - and the name did fit her. I've also had two Hunters in the past two years, and they are really different from each other, but both all about "pushing the limits." Brayden - yep. Kaitlyn - yep. Mackenzie - yep.

 

I've been told that being a teacher makes naming your own kids really difficult. Especially if you have a name you love, but then along comes a student who trashes the name for you. Or a student that is so great, you don't want to use the name for fear of setting yourself up to expect kid will be just like them (subconsciously, of course).

 

Such a weird business, this naming of children!


Yeah, my dh is a teacher. I loved the name Liam. But he couldn't get out of his head the little kindergartner who wet his pants all through the year, I guess he just rubbed him the wrong way.

 

I don't think most of those names are bad and I like some of them. I know children with some of those names and they fit them quite well. Interesting list.
 

 

post #35 of 100

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.)
 

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Originally Posted by Mama2Kayla View Post

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" eyesroll.gif)
 

 

post #36 of 100

This site hasn't been updated in forever, but it's a laugh riot and huge time sucker, especially if you are critical of baby names!

http://www.notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/index.html

post #37 of 100

My DS's name is not on the list, but half of his 1st grade class is LOL

 

Rhianna

post #38 of 100
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Originally Posted by Bokonon View Post

This site hasn't been updated in forever, but it's a laugh riot and huge time sucker, especially if you are critical of baby names!

http://www.notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/index.html

See?  Now, I think it's very funny.  
 

 

post #39 of 100

I almost named my sextuplet boys Ayden, Brayden, Caden, Drayden, Hayden and Tristan after their birth order.  (baby a, baby b, baby c, etc.)  But Caden is such a popular name I decided against it. Sheepish.gif

post #40 of 100

Individual names don't bother me too much, although of course there are some I don't personally care for. But I don't like rhyming names, or names that all start with the same letter, or are all flower names or something -- having a "theme" for your kids' names bugs me for some reason. 

 

ETA: Oops, just read the most recent post -- sorry mumm! redface.gif

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