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Slightly OT, but I like this attitude. Neither DH nor I like our first names - they're both fairly common, mine ridiculously so - and call each other by our internet nicks or nicknames derived thereof. A fair few of our friends call us by those names. Both our parents seem faintly disapproving of the practice. :p I don't exactly expect my mother to start calling me Smokering, but I don't feel the need to go by a name I dislike for my entire life just because she chose it for me, either. I've occasionally thought that if I broke all ties and moved to Tahiti, I might start going by my middle name (given that Smokering is problematic for daily life!); but currently it's too much bother.


For some reason I've come to hate my given name... it's not the name itself, it's the way it sounds and the feelings it conjures up in me when I hear it applied to ME. So I go exclusively by a nickname... I've been thinking of legally changing my name but I feel like my mom would be CRUSHED. Instead, I just cringe every time someone uses it... that name is NOT me. But anyway, my name was uncommon growing up (much more common now with younger kids though!) and I had to spell it and correct pronunciation a million and one times -- not fun for someone who's very shy!! But I wouldn't have wanted a common name... just something easily pronounceable or weird enough that it wouldn't be confused with a common variation that I can't stand...

I changed my name, too. My parents called me Jennifer and I was born in the early 70s ( that sounds like the start of a 12-step confession, doesn't it?!). This was perfectly fine until we moved to the US when I was a teenager. It felt like I ceased to exist as an individual and became a management problem; Which Jennifer? Jennifer M? Oh, and which Jennifer M?! Jen? Jenny, Jennie or Jenni?. I hated it. So I changed it to Gwen after I played a character by that name in a production. When I discovered that Gwenhwyfar (or Guinever, whatever) means roughly the same thing as Jennifer, it sealed the deal. I've been Gwen for longer than I was ever Jennifer now. I never changed it legally, though I considered it when I got married. It is nice to know that when I answer the phone and hear who they ask for, I can immediately determine if I ought to just hang up....anyone asking for Jennifer undoubtedly wants money. Or wants to discuss money, which is just never any fun.

Maybe this is why I called my son Peregrine? But I also feel that, like all parenting decisions, they are mine to make but theirs to confirm. If my kids change their names, that is fine by me.
post #102 of 111

I made the mistake of telling my family that I was going to use "family names" albeit likely changed.  One of our top contenders for a girl was to be named after the grandmothers "Carla Isabel".  I didn't realize how excited my mother was hoping to have a granddaughter with her name, thus how disappointed she was when she didn't.  To add insult to injury we ended up nicknaming her Ali (pronounced Allie, but with only one L since her real name has only one L) my mother was mortified we had named her after the boxer (of course we hadn't), then right after she was born Ally McBeal came out on television and suddenly Ally was one of the most common names around so we dropped the nickname it was crazy.

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I have a "weird" name, so no one questioned our kids names, Isla and Finn, which I don't think are so strange. We didn't really share until they were born, though. FWIW, as an adult, I love having a strange name, and didn't mind it when I was a kid. Just another thing that made me different, and that's a good thing.
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We didn't tell anyone our name choices until they were born. And they weren't named until we saw them, either. In fact, our third was 12 hours old before we decided. We have gotten a bit of confusion with our kids names but not much flak. They really aren't that different and since my oldest now has a "popular" name though it was 7 years ago when we picked it out. Their names are Adisyn, Gage and Dellan.  Our biggest problems are usually Alison, Gabe and Dillon.  It bugs me, but whatever, people just don't pay attention. Go with your gut, don't worry about people. They won't say much after your baby is born. For whatever reason, people feel they can have a say in what parenting choices you make and I think that's ridiculous. I don't think your name choices are so weird. I wish people didn't judge so much. 

post #105 of 111

my 2nd boys middle name is Cuauhtemoc which really drives people nuts. my side of the family made us say it over and over until they semi pronounced it right lol

 

i love it.

 

post #106 of 111

So, how do you pronounce it? :p

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So, how do you pronounce it? :p

 

if i had to sound it out i would write quak-them-oke 

 

 

and not "quack" like a duck but quaaaaak. long a. 

and "oke" like "poke" 

 

LOL

post #108 of 111

Casius & Silas aren't weird.  Those are fine.

There was an Indian-looking girl about 10yo being sworn in at my citizenship ceremony.  Her name was something like Twinkletoes. 

That's a little weird...

I badly wanted Raymond for DS2, but DH wouldn't have it.  If you live in Britain it's hard to get more weird & uncool than Raymond. (sigh)

post #109 of 111

And apologies to his mother... but I once met a little Saguaro which made me snirk a bit.  If you grew up in California (his mother had) you can understand why that sounds strange... But I'm sure he'll make it his own.

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And apologies to his mother... but I once met a little Saguaro which made me snirk a bit.  If you grew up in California (his mother had) you can understand why that sounds strange... But I'm sure he'll make it his own.



I live in California and I actually think its pretty cool to be named after a cactus.

post #111 of 111
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I badly wanted Raymond for DS2, but DH wouldn't have it.  If you live in Britain it's hard to get more weird & uncool than Raymond. (sigh)



my second boy's middle name is raymond.  i think it is a fantastic name, we were this close to using it as a first. 

 

also, cassius and silas are also fine names, not weird at all and very good IMO.  we know kids with weird names, those are not even on the edge of the realm of weird.

 

my kids have unusual names.  the first boy's name has never been in the top 1000 in the US, and the second boy's name was 9hundred and somethingth in the late 1800s.  they both have "real" names, just uncommon ones.  we live in an area where this is the norm rather than the exception.

 

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