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I'm pretty new here, so excuse me if this has been discussed before but...

I was wondering if anyone has gotten grief for having a less-than-popular baby name picked out?

We actually decided to keep our names hidden from family members because one of them is quite unconventional (we chose the name Luka for a baby girl) and I am already wincing at the comments I may have to deal with from family members if this babe comes out female.

Do your kids have unique names? How do you deal with ignorant comments?

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No advice but wanted to say I love the name Luka!!! Now I can't stop singing that song, 'my name is Luka, I live on the second floor, I live upstairs from you....'

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No advice but wanted to say I love the name Luka!!! Now I can't stop singing that song, 'my name is Luka, I live on the second floor, I live upstairs from you....'
Luka was a boy. And that song is about abuse...

That being said... I seriously think Luka is a perfectly acceptable name for a girl! What do they think is wrong with it?

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I have DEF gotten grief over the name I picked out for the lil boy I am expecting. I picked out Lyric William (which I am TOTALLY in love with) and my whole family has been trying to tell me what I can and cannot name MY child. So yes, I feel your frustration. I should have kept the name away from family members like you did, but I know I would still get grief about it after he comes into this world.
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I have a London and an India and I get grief from my parents. Not so much grief as really bad jokes. Because it is so funny dad to pretend that your granddaughter's name is Pakistan not India. That being said if they come up with bad jokes or give me grief I just remind them that they had their chance and if they say one bad thing then I will go mama bear on them. That and coming up with Amanda was oh so wonderful and original I don't know why anyone else didn't come up with that name too. Or remind them that their own names are not that great either.

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my kid has a very traditional name, but my friend's son is Canyon. i love it! apparently she got a really hard time about it, cause when she told me, i went "wow!" and she automatically rolled her eyes and said "i know. weird name." i felt bad for her cause really, it's a cool name and really suits her.

i LOVE the name india. i toyed with the idea of giving my kids place names.. jordan, asia, india, etc.

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when my zoe miral was born, I took her to meet her great-great-gma. Gram asked me three or four times what her name was, then asked me to spell it, then studied my five week old, and finally pronounced, "Well, you are a beautiful baby, even if they did give you a funny name." (what makes the story even better is that Grams' name was Mina Cetella!) We had to laugh!
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Hayden and Vincent are not unique. So don't go too far into left field.

And yeah, Luka reminds me too much of the child abuse song. I wouldn't want a kid of mine carrying that around.
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My rule is that if I push them out of my vagina, I get the final say on their name. And yes, we get grief. Atticus, Creeley, Townsyn, and now Dempsey.

Re: Luka...if you love it go for it. I know the song but I would never automatically associate it with your baby if you name her that. I'm quite sure there is more than one Luka in the world, and I'm sure some of them are pretty great. I think it rocks!

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I love the name Luka. Luca was on my list of boy names but we are having a girl!

My children have very popular names. Go figure I wasn't going for popularity there is a meaning behind each name.

I say if you love the name go for it.

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My oldest daughter's name is Elyse, its a very old english name that has been in my family for a REALLY long time. I always get people asking me where I found that name, if I made it up, why did I pick such an odd one etc etc.. A lot of people won't believe its a family name or an older name although I do threaten once in a while to bring out my family geneology if someone gets really rude.
People are going to comment about anything you pick. Ive learned to ignore it or give them a "you say that again and Im going mama bear on you" look, they get quiet real fast.

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My rule is that if I push them out of my vagina, I get the final say on their name.
LOVE IT!


Our son's middle name is Gaudelio...it's a family name on DH's side (Mexican heritage) my parents HATE IT. We've also decided to give this next boy the middle name Boswell (my bio father's last name) and they hate that one too...

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Luka was a boy. And that song is about abuse...

That being said... I seriously think Luka is a perfectly acceptable name for a girl! What do they think is wrong with it?

I also love the name Luka for a girl, and I never heard any reference in the song to it being a boy. I know it's about child abuse but its a great song and a great name

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The only naming style that I find odd, is one that my former co-worker had.

She and her husband decided to name their children place names, from cities in Arizona where her husband is from. That's great, fine, no problem. But they also decided to replace ALL vowels in the names with "y"s. Which, in the case of their son meant that the totally reasonable and actually really interesting name 'Phoenix' became 'Phyynyx'

I mean, far be it from me to judge anyone else's choices. After all, I don't have to live with or deal with the name, and it's not hurting anyone, obviously, but that just seems, to me, like trying to be different just in order to to be different, rather than falling in love with a non-traditional or somewhat unique name.

But, I have never and will never say a word to her...
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But they also decided to replace ALL vowels in the names with "y"s. Which, in the case of their son meant that the totally reasonable and actually really interesting name 'Phoenix' became 'Phyynyx'....

But, I have never and will never say a word to her...
Really, just awful. But yeah, I'm not one to say those things out loud.

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She and her husband decided to name their children place names, from cities in Arizona where her husband is from. That's great, fine, no problem. But they also decided to replace ALL vowels in the names with "y"s. Which, in the case of their son meant that the totally reasonable and actually really interesting name 'Phoenix' became 'Phyynyx'

I think unique names are great, but I take issue with unique spellings. Our language is already being destroyed, why add to it with "Londyn." I think people think it's cute for little babies, but they don't think of a professional adult who may not want a cutesy name that's spelled incorrectly. When I was teaching the unique spelling kids always had issues because no teacher could pronounce or spell their names correctly for the first few weeks. I always felt really bad about that because it's not the kids fault.

I mean, to each his own, but that's my two cents. That's not really the question you were asking, I just had to get it out there.

If you love Luka, I would go for it. I have always thought of it as more of a boys name, but I've always kind of liked boy names for girls anyway.

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i LOVE the name india. i toyed with the idea of giving my kids place names.. jordan, asia, india, etc.
thanks I love it too. Funny thing is that we call her Indybird. lol If you ask odd what her sister's name is she will tell you Indybird not India.

I honestly don't know the song Luka about child abuse. Who is it by?


Personally I love unique names but not unique spellings. Being able to pronounce and spell a name is a biggie for me.

Oh and as for Elyse I think of the girl from America's next top model. I think it was the second or the first season.

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I honestly don't know the song Luka about child abuse. Who is it by?
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Our daughter's name is Avonlea. There are ~1,500 little girls named Avonlea in the U.S., which isn't that many. We had a lot of questions about how to pronounce it, but no one ever said anything negative about the name. Strangers have asked us if we made it up though.
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Our daughter's name is Avonlea. There are ~1,500 little girls named Avonlea in the U.S., which isn't that many. We had a lot of questions about how to pronounce it, but no one ever said anything negative about the name. Strangers have asked us if we made it up though.
Love the name Avonlea, theres a girl here with that name!

Love Luka also, a friend of ours just named their little boy that.

We have Amethyst and Asheby. Both are pretty unique I think, but we love them. Although we call Asheby Bear instead of Asheby, lol. This ones name is Abbott. We get more grief for all A names than anything else. I think people just need to complain about something, anything, ALL the time.

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I also love the name Luka for a girl, and I never heard any reference in the song to it being a boy. I know it's about child abuse but its a great song and a great name
It's in the video. My ex is a HUGE Suzanne Vega fan. We went to her concert in Vashon as our first date when I was 17. And then down for the one at the zoo because her bassist invited us. Then we all went out for pizza and beer. It was fun. She's nice, but she was sick so a bit out of it.

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Hayden and Vincent are not unique. So don't go too far into left field.
I don't think siblings have to have "matching" names.

The boy name we've picked is not popular, and may well be considered weird. That's why we're not sharing ahead of time, because we don't want to hear what people (read: our families) think until he's actually born and legally named.

My DH is pushing for a girl's name that isn't super unique, but is an Irish name that could present some pronunciation difficulties. That said, I have a different girl name picked and it's my turn to name the baby.

ETA: I worked with a fellow whose wife was a Luca. Go for it!

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Luka is cute! I know a little boy named Luca.

I agree with other posters about likeing unique names but not weird spellings. If we were having a girl I wanted to name her Necia (pronounsed Neesha). It's my Grandmothers name, DH didn't want to name out kids after family members plus we are having a boy. HD wanted to name him Xander so I compromised and said if we name him Alexander you can call him Xander.

Two cents on other unique names, my cousins LO is named Indira and they call her Indie.

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DH wanted to name him Xander so I compromised and said if we name him Alexander you can call him Xander.
I am partial to Alexander. It is my maiden name and my son's middle name.

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DD's name is Aniela (ahnyella) which is polish for Angela (american name) and it's meaning is Angel. Its very popular in Poland but i live in America and everyone thinks her name is so weird. my non-polish family tried to talk me out of it. DHs mom calls her "annella" and it drives me absolutely insane!

her "american" nickname is Ella which i refuse to call her that now that everyone treats her real name like its so weird...but DH calls her it sometimes..but we figured when she goes to school if she has any issues with her name Ella will be easy enough for the kids to understand...if she likes that anyway.

her Polish nickname would be Ania but i knew alot of them and i didnt like any haha so i choose not to call her that either.

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Hayden and Vincent are not unique. So don't go too far into left field.

And yeah, Luka reminds me too much of the child abuse song. I wouldn't want a kid of mine carrying that around.
Never heard the song.
Is it older?

Also - kids don't have to have matching names. And the stories BEHIND my kids names are... "different."

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My rule is that if I push them out of my vagina, I get the final say on their name
I think that this should be a general acknowledgment for every person to know. As in "before you give her grief, remember, SHE PUSHED THE BABY OUT OF HER VAGINA."

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LOVE IT!


Our son's middle name is Gaudelio...it's a family name on DH's side (Mexican heritage) my parents HATE IT. We've also decided to give this next boy the middle name Boswell (my bio father's last name) and they hate that one too...
How do you pronounce that? Gaudelio?

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She and her husband decided to name their children place names, from cities in Arizona where her husband is from. That's great, fine, no problem. But they also decided to replace ALL vowels in the names with "y"s. Which, in the case of their son meant that the totally reasonable and actually really interesting name 'Phoenix' became 'Phyynyx'
On a side note, my daughter - Hayden - was named after a street in Arizona I don't know why, I just saw the street and liked it.

The whole spelling thing, though? I don't really understand it either. Especially if the name is already unique.

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I like odd, uncommon, old names... There are just way too many Jessicas, Brittanys, Ashleys, Jasons, Adams ect. Why not mix things up a bit?

I don't mind alternate spellings, so long as they are alternates that already exist. Ethnic spellings for instance. Bly vs. Bligh, you know? I have an Ainslee and it has about 5 different spellings all of which are quite nice. I don't get the town in Arizona vowels with y's thing. I keep thinking about that and keep coming up with Sydony(Sedona) which just doesn't turn out right. *haha*

I think I am having a boy(surprise!)... I want a name with an "L" in there somewhere. My favorite that I have come up with so far is Hollis. It's pretty uncommon, I think.
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