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(Live Science)   Expert says that baby-naming regret is on the rise among parents, and that it damn well should be with all the little Braden Jaden Aidens and Kayeghleighs and Dacrons and Sinutabs out there   (livescience.com) divider line 609
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2012-10-20 12:18:39 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: dbax1985: CSB time: We searched and searched for a name for a girl last year when my wife was pregnant, and eventually settled on the strategy of each of us making a list. Then, we would narrow the list down by those names that matched. None of them did. As my wife went through my list, every single name got vetoed as a first name, but "Jo" hung on as a middle name (It's my mom's middle name). My wife was hell-bent on picking the name "Raelyn", taking it from her dad's middle name of "Rae". She announced that she liked the name "Raelyn Jo", to which my response was, "Oh, that name sounds like it comes from a trailer park!" My wife looked very hurt at that exclamation, so I let it be. Raelyn Jo is sitting next to me in her swing right now while mom is at work.
My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.

Can we call her Rae? Or can we call her J?


I call her Rae.

rickythepenguin: [ionetheurbandaily.files.wordpress.com image 456x304]

dbax1985: My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.

wow...your daughter is very......nice looking?


That's why my wife hates it. I think it's hilarious.
 
2012-10-20 12:19:03 PM

namegoeshere: That's why my kid's name is Honda Civic.



my youngest is named "Burger King Bathroom"
 
2012-10-20 12:20:21 PM
Not sure why you would brag about being intellectually lazy, but I'm sure it makes sense to you.

Not sure how avoiding the repetitive drudgery of pre-pc paperwork is "intellectually lazy", I always viewed it just plain lazy.
 
2012-10-20 12:20:58 PM
Wayyyyy back in 1990 My then wife and I were expecting. A couple weeks before we found out she would be a girl I had a strange dream (that I won't describe) and when I woke I said to the wife "We're going to have a girl and her name will be Jessica." Didn't care if it was popular at the time or whatever, that was our child's name. For months we argued about her name. Not the actual name but the fact the she wanted to spell it "Jesikah"... "Farking JESIKAH! Because then she'd "different".
I won in the end thankfully and Jessica thanks me every once in while when the story come up.
 
2012-10-20 12:21:25 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?


Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?
 
2012-10-20 12:21:26 PM

dugitman: There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)


It never occurred to me that Olivia could be spelled any other way.

At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!
 
2012-10-20 12:21:26 PM
Urhines Kendall Icy 8 Special K? Whar?
 
2012-10-20 12:21:36 PM

OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.


You could name the kids after people further back in your family tree. Dead ancestors.
 
2012-10-20 12:21:41 PM
I work in a jail so I get to see all kinds of weird names. My new favorite is "Alize' Courvoisier"
 
2012-10-20 12:21:49 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Nicola is way too obvious.


Family ties to Edison. While I willingly concede that Tesla was a genius, I just can't go there.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:03 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: dbax1985: Oh, and my boy's name list was completely vetoed too. What did I expect with names like "Achilles" and "Atticus" and "Dean"?
/Power Names!

What's wrong with Dean? That's a cool, normal name.


It was going to be our middle name. It's going to be recycled. My wife's grandpa is "Berdeane" and mine was "Valdean". Apparently it's "too old fashioned". I think it's cool.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:35 PM
I've considered Tesla Anne (Tess for short) but I'm sure she would hate me for it in the end.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:55 PM

Shyla: Karma Curmudgeon: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.


It's impossible. I have a grandson named Braxton. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE. Before long, I'm going to be worn down, although they don't seem to mind me calling him Brak. I'm not exactly fond of Bradley, either, but one of those is my oldest grandson and Bradley he is. I have to keep telling myself I had my turn.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:07 PM

silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.


Great names. We need more parents like you.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:21 PM

digitalrain: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?


Yes, if you're dyslexic.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:27 PM

FizixJunkee: At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!


www.straitpinkie.com
 
2012-10-20 12:25:02 PM

Ed_Severson: AverageAmericanGuy: Nicola is way too obvious.

Family ties to Edison.


Sorry about your misfortune. Hope you have been able to rise above it.
 
2012-10-20 12:25:13 PM

edmo: The wife and I always joked about naming the kids after pairs of city names as seen on interstate road signs:

Custer Feldspar
Thurber Mingus.

We used to think we were being weird; now I'd say reasonable.


Pelzer Easley, is that you?
 
2012-10-20 12:25:23 PM

The_Original_Roxtar:

If I just say my name, it will invariably be spelled incorrectly, so I have to spell it every time.


ditto

Neither are very unusual at all, but just saying them will end up in misspelling. I don't really mind, they are unusual enough to be cool, but not so much as to be weird.

Was once married to a Jones, were the easiest years as far as name goes. My in laws were the Smiths. It was awesome in it's own way.

/csb
 
2012-10-20 12:25:54 PM

Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal


I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.
 
2012-10-20 12:26:07 PM

Uncle Tractor: OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.

You could name the kids after people further back in your family tree. Dead ancestors.


I personally have 30 first cousins most of which who have their own kids (at least 2 or 3), he's got a few more than I do with the same scenario . I would literally have to go back to the 1400s to maybe find something that isn't in current use and at that point it would be entering the outdated strange name territory again. We've got our work cut out for us.
 
2012-10-20 12:27:09 PM
If you've named your kid __aden, you've relegated them to the bargain basement of life...
 
2012-10-20 12:27:12 PM

snake_beater: Wow, and I felt weird for wanting to name a girl Samara.

Arthur Jumbles: Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?

I'd say that would be your answer.


Well, it IS important to give your child a unique name. I mean, without a truly unique name, people like Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Steve Martin, Bill Clinton, John Williams, and James Brown would never have been able to become successful.
 
2012-10-20 12:27:50 PM
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2012-10-20 12:28:21 PM

wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.


I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:32 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: 'Anacin' is a beautiful name. Hardly ever hear that any more.


So is Petocin. It has that get up and get things moving vibe about it.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:46 PM
The more unique the name, the more mundane the child.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:56 PM
Otto Wolfslayer _______.

And a family I knew: DaQuinn, DaQuann, Jonisha, and yes, John. No multiples.

John was the only one in the family who wasn't whack, go figure.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:58 PM
Once, at an amusement park, I ran into an attractive and successful employee whose name badge read "Latrina". I couldn't decide between pity and amusement.
 
2012-10-20 12:29:39 PM

mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths



Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?
 
2012-10-20 12:30:22 PM
I was at either Mammoth Cave or Lost River Cave in Kentucky a few years ago and wanted to buy some souvenir mugs for my nephews. On the racks they had spots for three different spellings of Caitlin, but didn't have any for the one I needed: Charles.
 
2012-10-20 12:30:28 PM

buckler: Once, at an amusement park, I ran into an attractive and successful employee whose name badge read "Latrina". I couldn't decide between pity and amusement.


I'd go with ammusement, you being in a park for that and all.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:07 PM

Shyla: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.

c

Good luck. You could go the earworm route....

rsrc.psychologytoday.com

Saoirse, Saoirse, Saoirse

/of course I've just cursed you if you're unsuccessful. Sorry about that
 
2012-10-20 12:31:08 PM
My co-worker is named Siobhan. I believe it's a fairly common name in Ireland but it's pretty unusual in the US. Multiple times a day, she has to spell it out and explain the correct pronunciation, which is more like shuv-awn. It's got to be totally frustrating at times.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:16 PM

Scaevola: I've been a college prof for eighteen years and there's always some fun the first day of every semester when I go over the rosters. Two best that I can remember:

1. Guy whose first name was "Genghis Khan".
2. Guy whose last name was Dickreiter.


There used to be a guy in a university class I took named "Handi Wang".
 
2012-10-20 12:31:26 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm serious with the Hawaiian naming. So many to choose from.

Keilani
Hale'kulani
Kukui
Kahanamoku
Mahimahi
Ono (like the skater!)
Kailuakona
Pua'a

It's a treasure trove of undiscovered names.


I like Keilani. I may use it for my next D&D character.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:36 PM
The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:52 PM
Shotgun Justice
My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


Should they ever turn the third Percy Jackson book into a movie (after farking up the first and AFAIK currently farking up the second book):
You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...
 
2012-10-20 12:32:19 PM

leevis: I was at either Mammoth Cave or Lost River Cave in Kentucky a few years ago and wanted to buy some souvenir mugs for my nephews. On the racks they had spots for three different spellings of Caitlin, but didn't have any for the one I needed: Charles.


Hopefully they had plenty of "Bort" ones...
 
2012-10-20 12:32:22 PM

rickythepenguin: mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths


Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?


Every wedding he panics and wants to hang the DJ.
 
2012-10-20 12:33:46 PM

The Voice of Doom: Shotgun Justice
My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.

Should they ever turn the third Percy Jackson book into a movie (after farking up the first and AFAIK currently farking up the second book):
You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...


Cronus.
 
2012-10-20 12:33:51 PM

SundaesChild: Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

Sofia is pretty but I know 17 of them under the age of 7. It's replaced Isabella as the prettiest name I never want to hear again.


I came to say pretty much the same thing. For what it's worth, my vote is for Alison. :)
 
2012-10-20 12:33:54 PM
True story:
My wife works in a hospital. One night an older black nurse was bragging about the beautiful, unusual name her daughter had picked for her newborn: Aubergine.
The wife: "Your granddaughter's name is eggplant?"

I love my wife.

Oh, and our twin daughters now share a preschool class with a "Rad" and, I kid you not, a "Fayelynne". Also, the usual Jaydens and Olivias.
 
2012-10-20 12:34:16 PM
Neighbor named her kid Mia Piper. Tried to discourage her before the birth, but no luck. If I included her last name, you'd know even more how stupid this choice was.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:00 PM

Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal


A lot of people were named Adolf before you know who came along.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:15 PM

dickfreckle: I'm naming my baby Mitochondria.


And her sister, Eve.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:20 PM

WhippingBoy: The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.


Props to that, they should stick to traditional north american names like dancing eagle and smoking bear.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:38 PM
Do people not realize that when they make fun of 'black' names that they sound like intolerant, racist pricks?
serious question
 
2012-10-20 12:35:42 PM

SundaesChild: Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

Sofia is pretty but I know 17 of them under the age of 7. It's replaced Isabella as the prettiest name I never want to hear again.


My buddy has two young daughters close in age, Sofia and Isabella.

The cutest Chinese/Lebanese kids on the planet.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:51 PM

namegoeshere: rickythepenguin: Teknowaffle: It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.


she was conceived in Ireland. is that good enough for you?

That's why my kid's name is Honda Civic.


Conceived in Japan, born in Ohio, and heavier than his European equivalent?
 
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