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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 12:35:57 PM  
I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.
 
2012-10-20 12:36:17 PM  
How is this "on the rise", wasn't it a running joke how common it was in several 90s comedies (LA Story for example)? Or is this "oh my god, the rest of America is now like 80s/90s LA"?
 
2012-10-20 12:36:49 PM  

EnemyFrank: 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?"


Better than Rutabaga, I guess.
 
2012-10-20 12:37:19 PM  
No Chalupa Batman?
 
2012-10-20 12:37:25 PM  

Scaevola: 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.

^^^^THIS. My two daughters are Elizabeth and Margaret, although I did want to name them Polly and Esther.


I couldn't get Hubby to go along with Esther or Edith (I really liked Edith), but he did approve of Iris.

\kid wasn't named Esther, Edith, or Iris, but something else in that genre
 
2012-10-20 12:37:44 PM  

rickythepenguin: mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths


Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?


+2

thank you for the laugh. Even though it hurt, I've a terrible sinus headache. :^)
 
2012-10-20 12:37:47 PM  

rickythepenguin: cig-mkr: I thought my name was "Hey You !" until I got to school.


Flag, 10 yard penalty, rebranding Bill Cosby's "i thought my name was 'jesus christ!' until high school. "Jesus Christ whadja do NOW?" "Jesus Christ, your room is a MESS!""


Wow, if you can remember when Cosby said that, you must be old too......
 
2012-10-20 12:38:40 PM  

Donau: In my family I am the fourth my father is the third, my son damn well will be the fifth.

John

Its a good name, doesn't wear out.


You can never have enough Johns in the house...
 
2012-10-20 12:39:58 PM  

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.


I'm serious. If you want them to get anywhere in life, don't make another Sofia. My niece (who is 4) is one of five variations of Sofia/Sophia/Sophie in her preschool and it's just asinine.

My honest suggestion: Find your paternal grandmother's middle name. Use that. You'll probably end up with Rachel or Helen or something else a little biblical, but it's better than naming your kid .

Two years ago I was looking for a job, and the man who is now my boss had also interviewed another man with the same first name as me. To this day he still gets us confused, even though he only talked to the other candidate the one time. On occasion I am left wondering if he didn't actually prefer the other guy, since he keeps thinking I'm him. It drives me nuts. Don't do this to your kid.
 
2012-10-20 12:40:47 PM  

pxlboy: 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.

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.

Keep trying. No one should have be to be saddled with a bad name. If nothing else, there is always the option of a more rational middle name.


I'm from Ireland, and I quite like the names Saoirse and Caoimhe, but I agree, it's insane giving them to a child outside Ireland. Write down your choices on a piece of paper; hand it to your friends and family; ask them to read the names back to you, without any verbal hints. If more then a third of them get it wrong, cross it off the list.
 
2012-10-20 12:41:15 PM  

Earpj: LouDobbsAwaaaay: mab1823: [images.politico.com image 605x328]

Agrees.

Mitt and Ann Romney, with their sons (left to right): Tagg, Tarp, Shoop, and Whoop.

The oddest thing about that family's names is that "Mitt" actually has a normal name. Yeah, "Willard" is a bit goofy, but you could go by "Will".

My father in law was a Willard. My youngest was *this close* to being another.
Thankfully, I was afraid folks'd call him Willy..bleh.
Instead he's a Jack with Grandpa's middle name. Matthew.


You take that back right now.

/Will
 
2012-10-20 12:41:55 PM  
My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.
 
2012-10-20 12:42:07 PM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


Against who? Suburban white people?
 
2012-10-20 12:42:43 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.


You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.
 
2012-10-20 12:42:44 PM  
wotthefark
The Voice of Doom:

You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...

Cronus.



Nah.
They didn't even mention him in the first movie.
Considering how bad that movie was, I bet they'll just go with "rescue the abducted princess" and forget about Kronos again in the third (should they ever make it).
 
2012-10-20 12:42:47 PM  
We named my second son Ian thinking it was a classic name that wasn't in heavy rotation. (Plus my favorite author is Iain Banks, but the extra i seemed pretentious) Was something like #80 on the popularity list

Now we've got 2 others on our street, including the next door neighbor who he plays with all the time. We have to use his first+middle all the time. I'm worried that it's going to end up somewhere near the top ten- it's still only 72 but I swear I see more of them every day.

/Oddly, I've never seen another Adam (older son) despite Adam being higher on the list (~75 or so when we named him, falling over time)
 
2012-10-20 12:43:07 PM  

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.


That's okay - there are hundreds of "Siobahn"s whose families haven't been near Ireland in hundreds of years (if ever), dancing on poles around the country this very night.
 
2012-10-20 12:43:09 PM  
Chalupa Batman

/Taco Corp
 
2012-10-20 12:43:35 PM  
My wife threatened to have an abortion over my insistence that our child be named "Megadude".
 
2012-10-20 12:44:12 PM  
I suppose by now everybody's heard that you pronounce La-a as "LaDasha - the dash don't be silent!"

Anybody come up with names for her siblings? So far we have . (pronounced Dot) and #atha (pronounced hash-tag-atha).
 
2012-10-20 12:44:30 PM  
BeerGraduate 2012-10-20 11:52:23 AM

Sinutab Macarthur Xiao
Sinutab Bobbie-Jo


Insult my ma all ya like, but don't be dissin' Bobbie Jo, pal.

Bobbie Jo in ''Little Women'' was an awesome young lady.
 
2012-10-20 12:44:59 PM  
Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?
 
2012-10-20 12:45:04 PM  
But Siobahn hasn't been an unusual name for at least 25 years now.That's a safe,mainstream choice I think.
 
2012-10-20 12:45:13 PM  
Not only did my parents not want any "weird" names for their children, they don't even like nicknames, so we got "Craig", "Bruce" and "Scott" for the boys, and "Roni" for the daughter (no, it's not short for "Veronica").
 
2012-10-20 12:45:56 PM  

cig-mkr: Wow, if you can remember when Cosby said that, you must be old too......


"and just LOOK at this report card! Jesus Christ!"

/jello puddin' POP
 
2012-10-20 12:45:56 PM  
Preshes. I shiat you not.
 
2012-10-20 12:46:09 PM  

Dadburns: Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?


Next up, Ducati
 
2012-10-20 12:46:38 PM  

OhLuverly: 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.


How bout Everett? It fell out of common usage as a first name several ecades ago, but it doesn't sound strange because it's also a surname
 
2012-10-20 12:46:45 PM  

Hollie Maea: drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.

Not sure why you would brag about being intellectually lazy, but I'm sure it makes sense to you.


Meh, I've done the same thing. We weren't hiring anyway.

/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table
//round filed in the boobies
 
2012-10-20 12:46:46 PM  
My ex girlfriend had a child support case where the baby's first and middle names were Ninety-Five South.

I'm waiting for the day when I meet a Lunesta, a Boniva, or a Valtrexia. Also I'm expecting to see, some day, a NFL reciever to be named Completrius
 
2012-10-20 12:47:30 PM  

Teknowaffle: 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.


CSB time:

Back during my last year in college (2004) I was working at a pizza place, and we hired a driver named Osama. For obvious reasons, he insisted on going by Sam.
 
2012-10-20 12:47:38 PM  

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's that supposed to be pronounced?

Sareez?
 
2012-10-20 12:47:42 PM  

TastyEloi: 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.

You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.


Atlas?? I hope he's good with directions...
 
2012-10-20 12:47:47 PM  

Queen Amy: I suppose by now everybody's heard that you pronounce La-a as "LaDasha - the dash don't be silent!"

Anybody come up with names for her siblings? So far we have . (pronounced Dot) and #atha (pronounced hash-tag-atha).


Marger@ (good luck with that one, employer's email admin!)
*
Iva :
 
2012-10-20 12:48:49 PM  
I know a guy named Rommel. I don't think he cares much for it. I think it's the coolest name ever.
 
2012-10-20 12:49:10 PM  

Hoarf: I work in a jail so I get to see all kinds of weird names. My new favorite is "Alize' Courvoisier"


I met a Courvoisier at Disneyland too. His mom was wearing a fringy crop top that said "Slut".

/I meet the weirdest the most interesting people at Disneyland
 
2012-10-20 12:49:47 PM  
My kid is almost 13, Logan Xavier. I thought it nice and solid-sounding. I didn't think that many people would immediately think X Men (yeah, I was a fan...his dad wanted Bosephus, which was close, but I liked Logan better). By the time he hit kindergarten, there were always 3 Logans...the movies were in full swing and I was afraid I had the next Brayden-type name.

At least the kid seems to like his name...I just asked him and he shrugged and said "It works for me".
 
2012-10-20 12:49:57 PM  
So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?
 
2012-10-20 12:50:05 PM  

WTFdoesitmatter: Teknowaffle: 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.

CSB time:

Back during my last year in college (2004) I was working at a pizza place, and we hired a driver named Osama. For obvious reasons, he insisted on going by Sam.


My son has 3 Osamas in his class. The Muslim community here in Mpls is huge and nobody gives a name like Osama a second thought
 
2012-10-20 12:50:13 PM  

Arthurgoboom: I have a friend who has a kid named Jayden, so I'm getting a kick...


Heh, me too. The Jayden i know is a little girl.

Had a friend about 17-18 yrs ago whose son was Hayden, i think that was the very early stages of that trend
 
2012-10-20 12:50:39 PM  
dick trikkle
 
2012-10-20 12:52:11 PM  

tuanortsa: Dadburns: Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?

Next up, Ducati


Yeah, my thought too. I managed to work the many benefits of vasectomy/tubal ligation into the conversation.
 
2012-10-20 12:52:41 PM  
Beats the hell out of having common names and having people constantly confuse you/compare you with everyone else they know with the same name.

/especially when those people are Law Enforcement Officers, business databases, etc...
 
2012-10-20 12:53:05 PM  

Mugato: cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline

What's racist about it?

/not subby


If someone is offended it automatically racist
i26.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 12:53:22 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: TastyEloi: 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.

You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.

Atlas?? I hope he's good with directions...


I would think she'd be more concerned with her kid being depressed...always having the weight of the world on his shoulders.
 
2012-10-20 12:53:43 PM  
 
2012-10-20 12:54:08 PM  

wraith95: I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.


Aden is actually more historically accurate than Aiden.
 
2012-10-20 12:54:34 PM  

wraith95: I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.


I knew a guy named "Thunder" -- no sh*t. Oddly, he was born in the early 70s.
 
2012-10-20 12:55:18 PM  
Ken Clean-Air-Systems
 
2012-10-20 12:55:22 PM  

dopekitty74: Arthurgoboom: I have a friend who has a kid named Jayden, so I'm getting a kick...

Heh, me too. The Jayden i know is a little girl.

Had a friend about 17-18 yrs ago whose son was Hayden, i think that was the very early stages of that trend


I have a Jayden, a Braden, an Aden, and a Kayden in my family. Kayden is a girl.
 
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