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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
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2012-10-20 12:55:52 PM  

Coco LaFemme: 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.


You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....
 
2012-10-20 12:56:23 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.


I've got an Osama in my class who is probably 15.

I feel bad for him.
 
2012-10-20 12:56:33 PM  

ScottRiqui: So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?


No I haven't! But I have often noted is as the most unpopular Bible name for children.

At my job I often work with list of names and see some really interesting ones in passing:
Candy Barrs
Sindy (yes, I checked it was the correct spelling of this young woman's given name. Who gives their baby a porn name?)
 
2012-10-20 12:56:34 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon:

/of course I've just cursed you if you're unsuccessful. Sorry about that


I will blame you forever.
 
2012-10-20 12:56:35 PM  

tuanortsa: Do people not realize that when they make fun of 'black' names that they sound like intolerant, racist pricks?
serious question


No, they're just calling a spade a spade.

/sorry
 
2012-10-20 12:57:12 PM  

ScottRiqui: So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?


www.prowritewcu.com
 
2012-10-20 12:57:17 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: 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)


Adam is my boyfriend's name. Other than him, I don't know anyone else with that name. I don't know why, it's a very lovely name.
 
2012-10-20 12:57:18 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?


It's 'Seer-sha'. I don't get it either. *shrugs*
 
2012-10-20 12:57:23 PM  
Haven't run in to a lot of "Octavian"s lately. Just sayin'.
 
2012-10-20 12:58:03 PM  

rickythepenguin: mab1823: Agrees.


that would be Trip, Tagg, Mitt, Ttti_nNn, Glerp, and Cthuhlu?


IDK Cthulhu would be a sweet name. The ones that know I think would love it. The ones that don't all you have to say its an old family name from old times. I would take that name and run with it.
 
2012-10-20 12:58:07 PM  
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick
/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table

Well, considering how many elements are named after a god, someone's surname or a location...

/please tell me the name was "Antimony Kryptonite Ytterbium"
 
2012-10-20 12:58:23 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?


Sorcery?
 
2012-10-20 12:58:41 PM  

FizixJunkee: 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


I've always liked Esther, too (was my grandmother's name). Suggested it for our daughter, but the Mrs. vetoed it.

/ Named daughter Alana
// Worked for 18 years
///Damnit, Honey Boo Boo Child
 
2012-10-20 12:59:06 PM  

beany:

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.


That is an excellent idea for a baby shower game! You might have just solved the problem - thank you!
 
2012-10-20 01:00:14 PM  
what about the name Koyaanisqatsi
 
2012-10-20 01:00:46 PM  
We decided to give our son a name that wouldn't date. All the kids at his school love the fact that he's called Han Tiberius Jones.
 
2012-10-20 01:00:53 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon: Coco LaFemme: 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.

You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....


No chance of our daughter having the intials HOE; his last name doesn't begin with an E.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:02 PM  
My biddy and his wife had a baby yesterday. Named him George.

My wife likes the name Beric (after the Game of Thrones Character). She should probably read this article.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:31 PM  

The Voice of Doom: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick
/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table

Well, considering how many elements are named after a god, someone's surname or a location...

/please tell me the name was "Antimony Kryptonite Ytterbium"


With my luck he hangs out on the Geek tab, but his first name has the Atomic Number of 6...

At least I think it was a "he"
 
2012-10-20 01:02:53 PM  
Current English obsessions where I live:

Harry
Charlie
Lilly
Ruby
Archie
Evie

Basically anything old school with a Y sound on the end.

I of course bucked the trend with Laurie and Jemima which I still think are awesome. But then I would, I am a dad.

I still want to change my name to Benedict Cumberbatch because frankly that is the most awesome name ever made.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:56 PM  

Shyla: rickythepenguin: 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.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.


As a teacher of adults, I can tell you that I would pronounce that Sow-eer-seh even after you explained how it was pronounced. I'm not in the business of spending 15 minutes on roll call and since we have to print out new sheets daily for the first weeks of class, I don't have time to put in diacritics and phonetics. I have to tell the students "this isn't about how to pronounce your name, as that's irrelevant, it's about whether you're in class as established by the rules of the institution."

That "Sow" part really bugs. Of course the kid named Amanda Foeces (I wanted to say Foe-seize for obvious reason) who insisted it was Fee-seize, well, I remembered how to pronounce it but winced every time).

Some last names need to go.
 
2012-10-20 01:03:35 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Karma Curmudgeon: Coco LaFemme: 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.

You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....

No chance of our daughter having the intials HOE; his last name doesn't begin with an E.


no need to add an E..
 
2012-10-20 01:03:44 PM  
M'Ankay, pronounced "Em-ahn-kay". When the lady told me this kid's name I thought she was saying "M.N.K."

Chevantay with French symbol thingie on e. Pronounced "Chay-vahn-tay".

Liz and Lizzy for twins.

Was a "camp nurse" at a summer camp at it was not at all uncommon for the parents to disagree with each other about their child's name or for the name that their child goes by to be different from the paper work.

I have a rare name which is missing one letter from a common name. People get cross at me when they call me by the common name and I don't respond. Also have had numerous annoying and valueless conversations about my name pronunciation/spelling.

/accidents waiting to happen
//What's so wrong with a normal name with no ambiguous spelling or pronunciation?
 
2012-10-20 01:03:53 PM  
You should discriminate against people with stupid names. It means their parents were very stupid, and therefore THEY are likely also very stupid.

On the average, of course.
 
2012-10-20 01:04:11 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.


My FIlipino neighbor named her kid Keilani. I believe the dad is Samoan.
 
2012-10-20 01:04:33 PM  
Back in grade school, the names were all very boring/solid/normal (pick which you like)...Jeff, Gary, Jessica, Susan, etc etc. For one year in 6th grade, there was a young man named Slade. We all thought it was the most awesome name, and he owned it. Wore black t-shirts with rock bands on them (think Sex Pistols, Ramones, the really great ones) and spiked leather wrist bands, etc. Lived in what was considered "the poor part" of town, which was hilarious because it was a tiny dirt farming town, we ALL were poor. They were just a lower level of poor. His dad worked as a mechanic at the gas station, no one ever really saw his mom. His older sister's name was Winter, but even though she seemed like high school age, she never came to school. (remember, I'm in 6th grade, I didn't really think about that kind of stuff)

He was very nice, really smart and a blast to be around. His parents, which I never met, seemed like they were pretty hands off though, he was out and about way past what our parents would let us run the streets. Then they left.

There's no point to this post, just all the different names brought that memory up.
 
2012-10-20 01:05:18 PM  
My wife and I settled on Samantha and Rebecca. The boys names that we had picked out before we knew we knew we were having girls were equally as normal and boring. We have one friend who named their son Maximus, and another who named their son Nano. I still don't know what they were thinking.
 
2012-10-20 01:06:23 PM  
Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.
 
2012-10-20 01:06:57 PM  
Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?
 
2012-10-20 01:07:07 PM  

Tunney: We decided to give our son a name that wouldn't date. All the kids at his school love the fact that he's called Han Tiberius Jones.


Ouch. Yeah, with that name, I don't think you'll have to worry about any dating... Mission accomplished
 
2012-10-20 01:09:14 PM  
Maybe not Judas, but I'm pretty sure I have a relative named Judah.
Not the most common Jewish name but not unheard of.
 
2012-10-20 01:09:31 PM  
My fiancee and I have talked it over and we're going to give our future kds one normal name and one less common (family) name.

I'm hoping to use Ragnahild, Angus, or Sjur as middlle names
 
2012-10-20 01:09:45 PM  

Sultan Of Herf: While some of the names these days are terrible, its the "unique" spelling of some of the more traditional names that drives me nuts. E, I, Y, and A are not interchangeable, stop it, stop it right now.


As well as apostrophes, and adding "La" or "Ja" (or worse, replacing the a with an apostrophe) to a common name, like "LaMichael".

Earpj: Instead he's a Jack with Grandpa's middle name. Matthew MeHoff.


Fixed?

/kidding :)
 
2012-10-20 01:10:08 PM  

mcwehrle: Back in grade school, the names were all very boring/solid/normal (pick which you like)...Jeff, Gary, Jessica, Susan, etc etc. For one year in 6th grade, there was a young man named Slade. We all thought it was the most awesome name, and he owned it. Wore black t-shirts with rock bands on them (think Sex Pistols, Ramones, the really great ones) and spiked leather wrist bands, etc. Lived in what was considered "the poor part" of town, which was hilarious because it was a tiny dirt farming town, we ALL were poor. They were just a lower level of poor. His dad worked as a mechanic at the gas station, no one ever really saw his mom. His older sister's name was Winter, but even though she seemed like high school age, she never came to school. (remember, I'm in 6th grade, I didn't really think about that kind of stuff)

He was very nice, really smart and a blast to be around. His parents, which I never met, seemed like they were pretty hands off though, he was out and about way past what our parents would let us run the streets. Then they left.

There's no point to this post, just all the different names brought that memory up.


As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!
 
2012-10-20 01:10:46 PM  

gumpy: Current English obsessions where I live:

Harry
Charlie
Lilly
Ruby
Archie
Evie

Basically anything old school with a Y sound on the end.

I of course bucked the trend with Laurie and Jemima which I still think are awesome. But then I would, I am a dad.

I still want to change my name to Benedict Cumberbatch because frankly that is the most awesome name ever made.


Yes! I love that name from beginning to end.  Thank God my eggs are expired.
 
2012-10-20 01:10:54 PM  
It's funny how people preach diversity up until we get to something as ridiculous as baby names. Grow up, people. Every freaking name that has ever existed was new at one time. If we were always has inflexible as some of the people here, we would all still be named "Ugg."

/Knew a guy in college named Gorikashora.
//He was a tall, red-headed, and freckled.
///Name is the primary reason I remember him, and I don't remember names well.
 
2012-10-20 01:10:58 PM  
When choosing names for our offspring, we used the fear test. How fearful will you child be when you yell their entire first, middle and last name. Quivering in terror factor applying that's how we chose.

Both boys stop and snap to attention the second the middle name is uttered.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:02 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.


Half credit for being semi-valid. However, if you extend your logic out to all Americans, regardless of ancestral heritage, your comment would dictate that we all be named Running Elk, Hand on Wee-wee, Hwapatoi, or something similar as they are the only true American names not derived from other cultural influences.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:33 PM  

Clockwork Kumquat: Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.


This. It seems like the trend, especially among internet folk, is to pretend their kid is a character in some bad L Ron Hubbard novel.

It's like, you're a boring, bland person with no audience for your creative endeavors, so you use society as the audience and your child's name as the art project. Sad for the kids.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:38 PM  
The only name regret i have is my 3rd daughter cailin gets called kaitlyn all the time. I live her name and it suits her, but i would have named her something else to save her the no t thing she has to explain over and over. I have seen her just ignore the fact that other kids are saying her name wrong and just play. She gives them one it's cailin not kaitlyn. The she just answers to whatever.

My kids all have Irish names. They have a really Irish last name so it fits. Taylor,Brianna,cailin,reilly, and liam
 
2012-10-20 01:11:40 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return:

/ Named daughter Alana


Alana is an awesome name. My calculus teacher in HS was an Alana, we ended up being great friends for years, shot league pool together after I graduated. She rode a motorcycle. I used to borrow books from her and would find pot seeds down in the page bindings. heh.

A few years after I graduated she confided in me that the thermos of hot tea she brought to work every day and drank in the classroom was liberally laced with whiskey. She said it was "the only way she could stand the stupid ones".

Tragically, she died of pancreatic cancer when I was 25. I still miss her. That woman forgot more about science and math than I'll ever know.

RIP Ms. Alana. you were great.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:45 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: I know a guy named Rommel. I don't think he cares much for it. I think it's the coolest name ever.


Is he a magnificent bastard?
 
2012-10-20 01:12:20 PM  
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My mother's name was Jughead
 
2012-10-20 01:12:44 PM  

tuanortsa: 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


This was in South Georgia, and if he showed up at one of the trailer parks with a name tag that said Osama, he probably wouldn't have come back and some redneck would have been calling the CIA demanding reward money.
 
2012-10-20 01:12:45 PM  

LiberalEastCoastElitist:
//What's so wrong with a normal name with no ambiguous spelling or pronunciation?


Because some people aren't interested in having a human being as a child--they want to create a product they can market to the world.

A pretty sizable percentage of parents don't really care about the well-being of their children.
 
2012-10-20 01:13:18 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?


I didn't know it was all that popular, but I think it's beautiful. It's simple, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, has no unnecessary punctuation marks, and is short. Your name is what you're stuck with your whole life, unless you decide to legally change it when you're 18. So it should at least be something ages well with you, looks good on a resume, doesn't sound retarded coming out of someone's mouth, etc.,

I can't remember if I read it here first or somewhere else, but a good rule of thumb when picking names for a baby girl is to grab a hairbrush or remote control and in your best strip club announcer voice, say "And now dancing on the main stage, ___________!" If it sounds like it fits in that sentence, don't give that name to your baby.
 
2012-10-20 01:13:36 PM  

Clockwork Kumquat: Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.


HAHAHAHA

I am stealing that. Star Wars name...brilliant.
 
2012-10-20 01:15:01 PM  

FizixJunkee: 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!


My middle name (after a great aunt) is Micaela. I always considered it an old fogey name... and suddenly it became super popular. But it is NOT pronounced "Mickayla", it is "Mick-a-Ela" thankyoumuch.
 
2012-10-20 01:15:37 PM  
Some of my the more out there and stupid names I've seen lately:
Flavious
Kyan
Cyncire (pronounced sincere)
T (that's not a typo)
Tree
Tequila
Chevyell
Emilea (pronounced Emily according to her whack job mom)
Margarita (non Hispanic)
A'marie
Jax
 
2012-10-20 01:15:56 PM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: mcwehrle:
As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!


yeah, way cooler than I am too. I hope life turned out well for him.
 
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