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2011-05-17 11:24:01 PM  

BuckTurgidson: 8. Tristan - Oh you're so cultured


Whenever I meet someone named Tristan the first thing my mind goes to is Tristram, the town in Diablo.
 
2011-05-17 11:24:55 PM  
Every kid I've met named Chance is either retarded or evil. Don't name your kid Chance.
 
2011-05-17 11:25:29 PM  
...and my Dad taught a kid named, "Anal." It was pronounced, "Uh Nel."

/Dad always called him by his last name.
 
2011-05-17 11:25:50 PM  

brigid_fitch: costermonger: An example of a masculine named turned feminine, which many people dislike, Wattenberg said

There are tons of feminized masculine names that are popular, some to the point of being more common than the masculine form.. Michelle/Christine/Charlotte/Allison/Olivia/Shawna/Adrianna/Alexandra/Nicole etc.

Not just that but masculine names where the spelling was never changed like Bradley, Cory, Elliot, Riley, Jaime, Charlie, Devon, Peyton, Cameron, Carol, Ryan. All started as definite boys names but, through popular usage, have moved to unisex.


You guys are forgetting Hilary, Leslie, Tracy, and Lindsay, which are nowadays names used solely by characters in books about colonialists in Africa circa 1880.

JesseL: WTF is wrong with Tristan? It's an old name with a great myth, not too cutesy or spelled weird, and masculine without sounding overly macho.

It had an uptick in popularity in the past few years, but I can't see why it would be objectionable.

/named my kid Tristan in 2006


One of my best friends in high school was named Tristan. He was from the Phillippines and had no clue where his name came from until I told him. He was the middle kid in a family of five boys, named Nelson, Leicester, Tristan, Erik, and Michael. They went from Imperial Britain, to Germanic legend, to Norse viking, to the Bible. Not bad.

One day, if I ever decide to have kids, I'm going to name the girl Riley (fark the haters) and the boy something Roman... Tiberius, Gaius, or Quintus... something like that. There's always the old standby Aethelfrith, of course.
 
2011-05-17 11:30:12 PM  
My niece is names Nevaeh. I wanted to cut my SIL when I heard that she was naming her that.
 
2011-05-17 11:30:19 PM  

scansinboy: Ant: Aidan is a great name. All the rhyming names, on the other hand (Aiden, Kaiden, Jaiden, Brayden, etc.), all suck

Would like to have a word with you...


[csb]
Lived next door to a guy back in 96/97 who named his kid Raiden. "Raiden, pick up your toys!", "Raiden, go to bed!"

Also went to high school with a guy who legally changed his name to 'The Axe'. Yes, his McDonalds name tag was also changed accordingly.
[/csb]
 
2011-05-17 11:32:02 PM  
How about Stanley Ann for a daughter's name. What's the worst that could happen?
 
2011-05-17 11:36:30 PM  

Pollexabator: It could be worse, I went to school with 27 Jennifers.


Good God, that song has been in my head for about 50 posts now.
 
2011-05-17 11:37:10 PM  

noYOUare: Aghast, I asked her what she thought was unique about that name, and she looked at me like I had a third eye growing out of my forehead.


You don't know what other parents are naming their kids until you already have a. a name, or b. a kid. It's one of life's great unsolved mysteries. The only sense parents-to-be have when choosing a name is the names of people their own age.

I have a long and fairly hideous Teutonic moniker, so I would keep it simple - three or four letters, one or two syllables. Name a boy Eli or Seth, a girl Lis (say lease) or Sara. Either one could be named Jan.
 
2011-05-17 11:37:13 PM  
Went to school with a girl named Rainbow Summer. She had a sister named Sativa Mist and brother named Moonpuppy Bud. Her mother's name was Eclipse Sunshine, and yes she was at Woodstock.


/my kids have semi-normal names, Max and Arron.
 
2011-05-17 11:37:21 PM  
i hate all those boys names and would like to add another to the list;


Chase

/goddamn i hate that farking name with a passion
//lets all name our snowflake after the phillies player, how original
 
2011-05-17 11:37:29 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: ...and my Dad taught a kid named, "Anal." It was pronounced, "Uh Nel."

/Dad always called him by his last name.


...was his last name "Rampage"?

Because a kid named Anal Rampage would be awesome.
 
2011-05-17 11:38:17 PM  

Pollexabator: It could be worse, I went to school with 27 Jennifers.


Better than going to school with 3 Heathers.
 
2011-05-17 11:38:46 PM  
I know quite a few people named Seth, my age (40's) or slightly younger. I like the name, and it's easy to spell.
 
2011-05-17 11:39:34 PM  

Bacchus-ette: Taylor


Why do we all care so much what our neighbors kid is named? As long as it's not something like 'Dick Smallmuffin' who really cares?

/even then, that's kind of funny.
 
2011-05-17 11:40:09 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Anal


One of the perennial "DQN names" top hitters in Japan bad names is "Anaru," spelled with a variety of shoehorned on weirdly used characters, and YES that word written normally means "anal" in the sexual sense, so it's definitely a WTF? thing.
 
2011-05-17 11:43:14 PM  
FTFA: At the other end of the spectrum are people who hate ordinary names. This group is in the minority, but they pushed "Michael" into the top 10 most disliked names for boys.

These people need to be slapped. Normal names let your kid stand out by what he or she does. But sure, name your kid Aschelleyigch or Destiny, and see her not taken seriously.

/Has a list of classic, yet stylish names for when the kids start coming
 
2011-05-17 11:43:57 PM  

Bagelox-99: You don't know what other parents are naming their kids until you already have a. a name, or b. a kid. It's one of life's great unsolved mysteries. The only sense parents-to-be have when choosing a name is the names of people their own age.


Guess how annoyed we were when we named our kid after a great conqueror that meant a lot to us as smalltime history buffs... And a very popular movie came out right around the same time. Ahhh well. :\

I was going to suggest Lise, in the French way, but I realized you wanted the S sound, so nevermind on that.
 
2011-05-17 11:44:03 PM  
my friend, a speech therapist, once helped a child whose name was "Playaforeal".

That kid never had a chance...
 
2011-05-17 11:51:43 PM  

cryinoutloud: Every kid I've met named Chance is either retarded or evil. Don't name your kid Chance.


Ditto for Dexter.
 
2011-05-17 11:52:02 PM  
My kid's name will be Lleh Anavrin.

and really, any kid's name that rhymes with -ayden is on the hate list
 
2011-05-17 11:52:27 PM  

BuckTurgidson: cryinoutloud: Every kid I've met named Chance is either retarded or evil. Don't name your kid Chance.

Ditto for Dexter.


Didi is okay though.
 
2011-05-17 11:53:41 PM  
I have a theory that I'd like to pitch in that one should name their kid so as to maximize the amount of potential nick names and therefore suit their personalities as they grow up. So if you pick "James", then the kid can be "Jamie" or "Jimmy" or even "Jackie" growing up, switch back to "James" or "Jim" or "Captain Kirk" when he gets older. He could also be "Jacque", "Jocko" or "Jim-Jim" or whatever depending on their preference. Mostly this means sticking with the English standards, but it be a shame to start with "Wicket" or "Berkley" or whatever.
 
2011-05-17 11:55:56 PM  

Ant: Osomatic: All those "-ayden" constructions drive me batty, and they're the reason that when my son was born 7-ish years ago, we didn't give him our first choice for a name, which was Aidan (the original Irish spelling)

My wife and I never spent any time around other people with kids, so we had no idea about all the -ayden variants. Consequently, we did name our son Aidan, and it drives me up the wall when people misspell it.


This. I picked out Aidan when I was naming my first one in 1999 and his dad said no. He's Liam. Aidan is almost 6, and every time someone spells it with an E I want to smack them.
 
2011-05-17 11:57:15 PM  

MrKraclenutz: Know a guy that named his son Trotter. As in a pig's foot. Trotter... Really?

Also know a girl who named her daughter Honor.

Idiots.


There was an actress back in the 60's named Honor Blackman. Played one of the Bond movie hotties.
 
2011-05-17 11:58:02 PM  

President Raygun: Pocket Ninja: Wow, awful names. Still not as bad as this one dude's friend's coworker I heard about from my sister's cousin, whose friend told him about how he knows this woman who named her twin boys LaMonjello and Oranjello. Can you believe that? Seriously, if you don't get it, say those names really slow. LaMonjello = Lemon Jello. Oranjello = Orange Jello. I can't believe that Jesus, there are some serious dopes in the world. ROFL.

I have a coworker that tells that story at least once a week. It helps him exorcise his thinly veiled racism.


I see no mention of race. Presuming he tells this anecdote as posted above.
 
2011-05-17 11:59:32 PM  

Coconut Tequila: This. I picked out Aidan when I was naming my first one in 1999 and his dad said no. He's Liam. Aidan is almost 6, and every time someone spells it with an E I want to smack them.


Huh? Is he Aidan or Liam?
 
2011-05-18 12:01:04 AM  

Pollexabator: It could be worse, I went to school with 27 Jennifers.

/just glad my kid's name isn't on either list


"16 Jenns, 10 Jennies, and then there was her."
 
2011-05-18 12:03:27 AM  
Given the name Elna after my Mom who was named after her swedish grandmother. Always hated it, changed as soon as left home for college. Like anyone cares, but I like to post, my substitute for attention is pretend attention.

I found some reallllllyyyy weird names when I researched my children's family tree. Boletha is a boys name did you know that.
 
2011-05-18 12:03:38 AM  

MaxSupernova: slotz: MaxSupernova: After about 10 hours of research ive been able to successful i.d. seven other people in the United States who i strongly suspect are still alive who share my first name. Its an old basically "extinct" first name but it was my step-great grandfathers name so it means something. Its also kinda cool being in a crowd of thousands and have someone yell your first name and you know they are calling for you.

We named our daughter after her great-grandmother. We liked the name and it also gave us an out if the name becomes really douchey in the future she can't really blame us.

OK, I'm curious about BOTH names now.

Her name is Lucy so its not "unique" but not that common either...however my name is so unique that i really dont feel comfortable sharing on forums that id rather stay kinda anonymous on. I will say its kinda cool having myfirstname@gmail/yahoo/hotmail/ etc and it comes in very handy with creating username on registration websites.

The name was a womans name pre civil-war and became a mans name after the civil war and then around the turn of the century it just started to die out. My wife has said that we cannot name any of our kids this name but i really hope someone in the family keeps it going.


Can I guess and say your name in LaVern?
 
2011-05-18 12:06:49 AM  

elliemooneyham: Buncha stuff


So what you're saying is, you're a woman of Swedish extraction desiring attention.

How YOU doin'?
 
2011-05-18 12:08:34 AM  
If I have more then one boy, the second will be Mick. Tough, simple, fun, and in honor of a person who taught me more about life then I really should have learned from a pro-wrestler, Mick Foley.

My name is Robert H***** the Third, which makes me think I'm an 12th century English King, so I think that will be ending now. No more Roberts. I want fun, simple meaningful names. I like Locke not only from being from my favorite game of all time, but in honor of one of my favorite authors, John Locke. Terra is just a pretty girl's name that is not currently overused.

I really hate all those -Ayden names.
 
2011-05-18 12:08:38 AM  

erveek: SundaesChild: I'm likely not having anymore - Maia graduates next month making me DONE - but on the off chance I spawn again I like Gideon for a boy and Moriah for a girl. Moriah is a family name and Gideon is just cool.

... if you want your kid to be associated with hotel Bibles.


I was thinking the guy from the Scott Pilgrim Hipster movie 'comic' book whatever
 
2011-05-18 12:09:37 AM  

jackandwater: Can I guess and say your name in LaVern?


www.judithgeiger.com

/hot like "hasenfeffer incorporated"
 
2011-05-18 12:11:37 AM  
I have a fairly obscure irish name and the only time I have ever met someone with the same name (we worked together), they stuck her in the desk next to mine and when her husband called her at work, they managed to always transfer it to me.

The only other times I see the name is when it's used by people who use it in rpgs/mmos.
 
2011-05-18 12:14:07 AM  
There was a woman who had three daughters who were curious about how their mother chose their names.

The first one asked, "Mommy, why is my name Daisy?" The mother replied, "On the day you were born, a single petal from a daisy fell and landed on your head. I took it as a sign and named you Daisy."

The second little girl asked, "Mommy, why is my name Rose?" The mother replied, "On the day you were born, a single petal from a rose fell and landed on your head. I took it as a sign and named you Rose."

The third little girl then said, "Uuurh OOh AAAh ugh EEEEE ooh Aah?" and her mother replied, "Oh shut up, Fridge!"
 
2011-05-18 12:15:48 AM  

saintstryfe: If I have more then one boy, the second will be Mick. Tough, simple, fun, and in honor of a person who taught me more about life then I really should have learned from a pro-wrestler, Mick Foley.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-05-18 12:16:14 AM  

Doc Batarang: I have a theory that I'd like to pitch in that one should name their kid so as to maximize the amount of potential nick names and therefore suit their personalities as they grow up. So if you pick "James", then the kid can be "Jamie" or "Jimmy" or even "Jackie" growing up, switch back to "James" or "Jim" or "Captain Kirk" when he gets older. He could also be "Jacque", "Jocko" or "Jim-Jim" or whatever depending on their preference. Mostly this means sticking with the English standards, but it be a shame to start with "Wicket" or "Berkley" or whatever.


Elizabeth is a great name for this. "Elizabeth" for your business cards, and a whole smorgasbord to choose from for nicknames:
Liz
Elly/Ellie
Elle
Ella
Liza
Lizbeth
Lizzy/Lizzie
Beth
Betty
Betsy/Betsie
Bess
Bessy/Bessie

It also has cognates in other European languages, allowing for easy choices when taking language classes.

Downsides: at 9 letters long, it's sometimes one letter too long for retardedly old computer systems. I get a lot of mail for "Elizabet". And the full name can be a tongue-twister to some non-native English speakers. Not everybody has "th" sounds.


/Will actually to Bonzo in real life.
 
2011-05-18 12:17:54 AM  

jingks: Coconut Tequila: This. I picked out Aidan when I was naming my first one in 1999 and his dad said no. He's Liam. Aidan is almost 6, and every time someone spells it with an E I want to smack them.

Huh? Is he Aidan or Liam?


Oldest is Liam, youngest is Aidan.
 
2011-05-18 12:19:51 AM  

Bonzo_1116:
/Will actually answer to Bonzo in real life.


lol I accidentally the post
 
2011-05-18 12:20:00 AM  
I'm just here to hate on Kaylee and it's various stupid spellings.

/pet peeve
 
2011-05-18 12:21:02 AM  

elliemooneyham: MrKraclenutz: Know a guy that named his son Trotter. As in a pig's foot. Trotter... Really?

Also know a girl who named her daughter Honor.

Idiots.

There was an actress back in the 60's named Honor Blackman. Played one of the Bond movie hotties.


Yeah, but this mental giant probably got the idea from Jessica Alba.
 
2011-05-18 12:21:43 AM  
I thought a lot of those were perfectly decent names. Michael, Hope and Madison I quite like. Also, Hayden may be a reasonable name, but Anakin ruined it for everyone. Much like Hitler ruined that particular style of mustache. Sorry.
 
2011-05-18 12:24:25 AM  

ChiWhiteSox_56: Hannah.

/ sorry if your name is Hannah


Hannah is a palindrome.
 
2011-05-18 12:25:10 AM  
Seriously, you guys are slipping:
i54.tinypic.com

What kind of stupid name is Kip, anyways?
 
2011-05-18 12:26:25 AM  

Aidan: I was going to suggest Lise, in the French way, but I realized you wanted the S sound, so nevermind on that.


Wait. I'm supposed to listen to an Aidan about how to name a baby?

/Lis is Danish, BTW
//I'm not
 
2011-05-18 12:26:55 AM  
"Everybody is looking for this impossible dream, which is a name that everybody knows, everybody loves and nobody is using," Wattenberg said. "As you can imagine, it just doesn't work that way."

I don't know.

My name is Simon. Everyone knows it, knows how to spell it, but almost no one knows anyone else with that name.

But now I have doomed myself.
 
2011-05-18 12:27:27 AM  
I know someone with daughters named Madison and Makenzie. I just have to think she didn't put any thought into the naming process at all. Seriously, people, a name is more than a collection of syllables.

My sister named her daughter Kenzie. I've gotten used to it. And I'm grateful she didn't tack the ever-present "Mac" on the beginning of it.
 
2011-05-18 12:28:38 AM  

noYOUare: Dancin_In_Anson: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Be advised that there are some bad words in the above article.

Heh. Awesome.

Reminds me of my former sister in law who, when expecting her first child 12 years ago, wanted to find a "unique" name and chose Madison. Aghast, I asked her what she thought was unique about that name, and she looked at me like I had a third eye growing out of my forehead.

The day she was born, there were four other Madisons born the same day in the same hospital, and three of them were Madison Nicole, just like my niece.


Back in the day, namely when my child was born 31 years ago this spring, birth announcements in the newspaper (get off my lawn) included the child's name.

When I was pregnant I started following the announcements, kept track of the names, and ultimately picked my boy's and girl's names out by excluding all the common ones being born then, because they would all be my child's future classmates.

And here's how it broke down in the early 80s: my daughter had countless Jessicas, Heathers, Jennifers and Amandas in all her classes all through school and in Girl Scouts, etc. But she is and always has been the only Shannon. If she had been a boy he would have been the only Rory.
 
2011-05-18 12:28:45 AM  
My favorites are still from the great state of Georgia

Marktavious and Fredarious

/Ghee Buttersnaps
 
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