Originally Posted by alaskanmomma
Can I just say, without being ASKED your opinion on a name, you should keep it to yourself if you dislike it? I got ganged up on by DH's entire family at a get together about giving Calliope a "stupid, unpronounceable name" and that she'll be made fun of her entire life. Same thing was said about Sylas and everyone always tells us how badass it is.. but it still sucks when people give their criticism of a name when they aren't asked.
Grey's is how I learned to pronounce the name, too!
I can sort of relate. My eldest daughter's first and middle name, if said quickly and not enunciated correctly, can sound like "I declare" and people were like, "Why did you name her something that sounds like that?" So ridiculous, why do they care, and how about they just say it correctly and then it won't be an issue?? I've had others tell me it's a beautiful name, so that helps.
My 2nd daughter has the initials "B.J.S." and of course I had some crude friends make comments about her initials. Dumb.
We generally keep our names secret until baby comes, mostly because we don't decide on a name until we see him/her, but also because 1) we don't want anybody "stealing" our names (not that it's a huge deal, but we have like the #1 last name in the country, and while we don't pick crazily unique names or spellings or anything, we try to pick slightly less common ones- except for DS's, though) and 2) we want to avoid opinions until the name is WITH the child and it's harder to criticize a name when there is a cute little face behind it. ;)
But no matter what, people will always feel they have the right to comment on every little thing. Sheesh.