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2012-10-20 01:42:45 PM

Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."


It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.
 
2012-10-20 01:43:09 PM

beany: 5monkeys: 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

The names are nice, but apart from Liam, I'd dispute their being Irish, per se. "Brianna" is definitely Celtic in some sense, but I've never met one in Ireland (not conclusive, of course). "Cailín" means "girl" in Irish, so nobody's actually called that (ditto the anglicised version, "Colleen"). "Reilly" is an (anglicised) surname, not a first name. And "Taylor" has no Irish connection whatsoever that I can think of.

Ok, now I feel like an assh**e.


Yeah, it's okay - i was about to comment too. Taylor comes from the French, Tailleur, or Sizing-Person. It is also related to Taillefer, which means the same thing. It came into England with the Norman-French invasion and was eventually anglicized into Taylor.
 
2012-10-20 01:44:54 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."

It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.


But I do like the name Trenton, so if he shows up in my class, I'll give him unconscious extra credit points.
 
2012-10-20 01:46:02 PM
Can't be worse than all those Italians out there named Paulie.
 
2012-10-20 01:46:34 PM

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."

It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.

But I do like the name Trenton, so if he shows up in my class, I'll give him unconscious extra credit points.


Yeah, I was just snarking. Trent is a fine name.
 
2012-10-20 01:47:02 PM

Heamer: I found some old yearbooks at the school where I work and came across one of the most bad-ass names ever from the class of 1986: Zealous Wiley.

I used to go to college with a girl whose real name was Misty Cool.


i1133.photobucket.com


I know that's not obscure
 
2012-10-20 01:48:00 PM

BumpInTheNight: They've done three complete seasons so far (and yah it never loses any steam, sharp the whole way through), pretty sure they've got a fourth in the making.



3 full seasons? huh. thank god for reruns!

yeah, every episode is a hoot. love that show.
 
2012-10-20 01:48:47 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!


I've seen Mikayla also
 
2012-10-20 01:49:35 PM

skinink: Can't be worse than all those Italians out there named Paulie.



our itlian american friend married an honest to god italian (they met in itlay, he came over) and their new son is Rocco.
 
2012-10-20 01:50:43 PM

tuanortsa: 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..


Also, Areolas will be one's nickname
 
2012-10-20 01:51:13 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.


Kick her in the belly. It's more merciful to the kid.
 
2012-10-20 01:52:36 PM
Chalupa Batman or GTFO.
 
2012-10-20 01:53:18 PM
Likely this has been noted, but read the obituaries of a local paper (and, to be fair, I guess I am talking about the South). Women starting about age 75-77 seem to have a set of names no other generation has.
 
2012-10-20 01:53:22 PM
GeneMasseth?
 
2012-10-20 01:54:08 PM

Ivo Shandor: Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers

A pity you didn't name him after one, then. Instead you went for a self-promoting businessman best known for re-marketing Joseph Swan's lightbulb, electrocuting elephants, and inventing movie piracy.


Three of my favorite things!

/But seriously, fark off.
 
2012-10-20 01:54:10 PM

Shyla: 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*


Irish Gaelic has a lot of weird rules. Tuam, for example is pronounced "Choom"

But it's definately Seer-Sha. ao makes the Long-E sound. Caoimhin is pronounced KEE-veen, but has been Anglicized to Kevin, just like Aodhan to Aiden.

I'm of irish decent and I'd love to name my (someday) kids something Irish as well, but anglicized. It's painful to see how many of the names have been co-opted by the ridiculously spelled name movement, expecially when they didn't even bother to do a lick of research.

CSB time: I met a girl whose name was Ceili (pronounced Kaylee). I mentioned it was an interesting name, and she explained how it's the "real" irish spelling of Kaylee. I didn't have the heart to tell her that Ceili was a kind of dance party, not a name. I did ask her if her brothers were named Jig and Reel though. She gave me that "Huh?" look, so I said it was a bad joke, and walked away before I got myself in trouble.
 
2012-10-20 01:55:46 PM
I like to ask myself if an intended name will have the right ring to it when announced.

And now gentlemen please give a big hand to Tapioca!

We know you're in there Optimus, come out with your hands up!
 
2012-10-20 01:56:14 PM
Some prove the Irish aren;t just farking with everyone with the way they romanize Gaelic.

Siobhan
Niamh
Saoirse
Caolite
Donadh

==

chiffon
neeve
sersha
cooltuh
donny

This is on purpose, you rotten bastards.
for farks sake, it's easier to spell in Chinese than Gaelic. Ni hao=="nee how"
SPEAK ENGLISH.
 
2012-10-20 01:56:17 PM

Teknowaffle: 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.

Seriously, all Americans who claim "Irish" ancestory, be it your mother was run train on by the sons of hibernia, or a guy named Sean was within a block of you at the moment of conception:

Stop giving your kids gaelic names that no one can pronounce, like Siobhan. I know you get a tingle in your genitals every time you get to explain to a perplexed teacher "Its pronounced Shivaaaahn"

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

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.


Was the dog's name Indiana?
 
2012-10-20 01:56:49 PM
Some aren't so bad...

i163.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 02:01:13 PM

Ed_Severson: Ivo Shandor: Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers

A pity you didn't name him after one, then. Instead you went for a self-promoting businessman best known for re-marketing Joseph Swan's lightbulb, electrocuting elephants, and inventing movie piracy.

Three of my favorite things!

/But seriously, fark off.


Yeah, fark that guy. He's just bitter. I named my boy Socrates Einstein. He comes from a long line of retail workers, buy at least he'll sound smart
 
2012-10-20 02:01:35 PM

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

You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.

I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.

In my family, any Olivia would probably have been called "Oli." The tendency for everyone to shorten names bothered my mom so much that she tried to think of a name that couldn't easily be shortened to something else (was partially successful).


At least some of the popularity is from the old Cosby Show and the character played by Raven-Symone. My first name is Olivia, but I was born in the 60s and named for a great-aunt who was very dear to my mother. Growing up, I was the only Olivia around; now, I'm the only middle-aged Olivia around. Can't tell you how many times I've introduced myself or been introduced to others, only to hear, "Olivia! Our baby daughter (or niece, or godchild, or some random toddler) is named Olivia!"
 
2012-10-20 02:01:40 PM
Another Key and Peele sketch about names, sports intros.

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/trending/post/_/id/8343/key-peele-ha v e-fun-with-football-intros
 
2012-10-20 02:01:54 PM
i1127.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 02:01:58 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!


Actually, a friend of mine has a daughter named Gertrude.
 
2012-10-20 02:02:16 PM

Caluth: Ashlynn for girl
Septimus or Agamemnon for boy.

No really.


Wow. I had to check your profile because I thought for sure you were my coworker (you're not).

I swear to God those were his same choices for kiddo number two.

/He ended up with 'Nathaniel'
 
2012-10-20 02:02:59 PM

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

I intend on naming my kids Oxycontin and Percocet.


My two baby girls are named Lexus and Mustang:

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-10-20 02:03:58 PM
Lets try the link again.

Link
 
2012-10-20 02:04:33 PM

sporkme: [i1156.photobucket.com image 500x375]

/Dave, Charlotte and Lily


Mulva?
 
2012-10-20 02:05:23 PM

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

You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.

I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.

In my family, any Olivia would probably have been called "Oli." The tendency for everyone to shorten names bothered my mom so much that she tried to think of a name that couldn't easily be shortened to something else (was partially successful).

At least some of the popularity is from the old Cosby Show and the character played by Raven-Symone. My first name is Olivia, but I was born in the 60s and named for a great-aunt who was very dear to my mother. Growing up, I was the only Olivia around; now, I'm the only middle-aged Olivia around. Can't tell you how many times I've introduced myself or been introduced to others, only to hear, "Olivia! Our baby daughter (or niece, or godchild, or some random toddler) is named Olivia!"


Ah, I think you've got a major variable there. Thanks.
 
2012-10-20 02:08:29 PM
Saw the name Can Dylan on one of those baby stickers on the back of a car the other day. Couldn't figure out if it was for a boy or a girl. Just hoped that the family name doesn't start with a D.
 
2012-10-20 02:08:53 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

... Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.


wotthefark: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".




/You sound Southern.
 
2012-10-20 02:09:01 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 spent about half my life in a small Florida surfing town, and they are somewhat common. However, being Florida, the white trashy Jayden Aiden Brayden Satan thing is still more common.

/going with Greek names for the kids
//is actually Greek
 
2012-10-20 02:11:03 PM
I met a guy named Exavier.
 
2012-10-20 02:12:19 PM
I sometimes make those wall composite photos for school graduating classes, and other groupings. I also deal with school data dumps with names to be injected into an sql database.
The length of those hyphenated names are a pain in the ass, and are certainly getting worse.

Favorite (real) name I've seen is a kid up north. Last name Law, his parents named him Marshall.
 
2012-10-20 02:12:52 PM

mcwehrle: 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.


Thank you. I shared your story with my daughter (who likes her name).
 
2012-10-20 02:13:27 PM
The kid's name that will always stick with me is TheOne. Yeah, that's how it was spelled although they slurred it together so it was pronounced more like thwan.

I have an old-fashioned name. The only other person that I ever met with it growing up was my grandmother. Now it's somewhere in the top ten most popular girls' names in the country. I go to the zoo and hear the name called, turn around automatically, and it's somebody calling their 4 year old. I want my name back!

/has an Orion and a Ulisses this year. Maybe true classical is back in
 
2012-10-20 02:14:08 PM

piglet: I sometimes make those wall composite photos for school graduating classes, and other groupings. I also deal with school data dumps with names to be injected into an sql database.
The length of those hyphenated names are a pain in the ass, and are certainly getting worse.


That's nothing, just wait until the 4chan era geeks get to the breeding
imgs.xkcd.com 

/you've very likely already seen this, but its still funny to me
 
2012-10-20 02:14:48 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).


I work as a teacher and walking our halls is a La-a, yes ladasha, and also there is a T I daysha, Tee Eye day-shuh...no really, and there are dashes, accent marks and apostrophes thrown in willy nilly. It infuriates our French teacher. Accent marks do not work that way!

One year I had three different tequila's spelled 3 different ways.
 
2012-10-20 02:14:51 PM
Today's parents have so many choices for their baby girl. If the baby is white, here are all of them, as far as I can tell:

Katelyn
Katelynn
Katelinn
Katelin
Caitlynn
Caitlin
Caitlyn
Caitlinn
Kaytlynne
Kaytlin
Caytelynn
Kaytelyn
Kaitelinne
Caitlynne
 
2012-10-20 02:15:24 PM

beany: 5monkeys: 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

The names are nice, but apart from Liam, I'd dispute their being Irish, per se. "Brianna" is definitely Celtic in some sense, but I've never met one in Ireland (not conclusive, of course). "Cailín" means "girl" in Irish, so nobody's actually called that (ditto the anglicised version, "Colleen"). "Reilly" is an (anglicised) surname, not a first name. And "Taylor" has no Irish connection whatsoever that I can think of.

Ok, now I feel like an assh**e.


Ah don't feel like an ahole for saying it. We weren't looking dorm "Irish" names in the traditional sense, just names that fit well with their last name and we liked. I said the same thing about Taylor but my weird ex's family swear that it us Irish somehow. I thought it was English, but whatever. My daughter like it, so its a win. My Brianna wants to change her name to fiona when she turns 18. well, fiona awesome. I'm all for it. I still want to change my name. My mother wanted to name me valeska after my great great grandmother but got bullied by my family to name me Valerie. I don't like my name and never have. i would have really dug valeska.
 
2012-10-20 02:15:55 PM
Pete Punchbeef
Pack Blowfist
Slab Bulkhead
Butch Deadlift
Slake Fistcrunch
Punt Speedchunk
Duke Rockhard Vaginblaster
Count Magnus von Beaverpounder
Dr. Flint Butthrust, American
Lord Beef Swellington
Prince Bolt Poonpounder
Lex von Vagmaster, Earl of Queef
Count Ludvig von Boxstuphin
Sir Meat Van Der Throb
Lady Grindetta von Thrust
Countesss Lubetrina von Takeitoffen
Duchess Standinline Pullatrain
Czarina Ivana Threevayovich
Countess Phistina O'swallow
Miss Sluttina Jaminfist
Punch Rockgroin
Crud Bonemeat
Buff Hardback
Splint Chesthair
Blast Hardcheese
Dirk Vanderhuge
 
2012-10-20 02:16:03 PM
I wonder how many women around the age of 25 are named Madison, after the character from the movie Splash. Apparently, the name really didn't exist for women before that film came out.
 
2012-10-20 02:17:39 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.


IME, the claim of "Celtic" ancestry usually means "hillbilly." They want to get in touch with their roots, they should name the kids Cletus or Bobbie Sue.
 
2012-10-20 02:18:25 PM

lyanna96: AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

... Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.

wotthefark: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".



/You sound Southern.


I think a lot of Asian immigrants give their kids common American names because, for some strange reason, they care about the welfare and future of their children, and want them to successfully integrate into the culture they're going to be a living in.
 
2012-10-20 02:19:38 PM
This about sums it up.

http://youtu.be/Dd7FixvoKBw
 
2012-10-20 02:20:37 PM
My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...
 
2012-10-20 02:21:46 PM

boredofedu: My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...


Eh. Paisley isn't that bad. It could be plaid.
 
2012-10-20 02:21:52 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: The thing with Asians is that they have "English names" assigned to them in school. So Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.


I work for a company that's mostly Chinese. Everyone gets to choose an "English name" supposedly to make it easier to interact with their American counterparts. They usually just Anglicize their given names, so Jian becomes John and Xiao becomes Joe, etc. Some of them just pick nonsense words that sound "American". It's pretty fun. One of them chose "Microwave" for her English name, and when asked why, she said, "Well, you laughed, right?"

Usually we just call them by their Chinese names anyway, they're not that hard to pronounce. You just have to remember that last name goes first and first name goes last.
 
2012-10-20 02:22:04 PM

pxlboy: d23: pxlboy: Shocking. Maybe parents are starting to realize that these kids with the cutesy, stupid names will one day be adults who have to put that goofy name on a resume?

Yeah.. encouage the idiots in H.R. to be even more arbitrary. It's a great idea!

I don't like HR-tards any more than the next person, but I think there is some merit to it. Noble intentions aside, it's hard not to have preconceived notions about someone based on a name. He or she might be smart as a whip with a great work ethic, but that doesn't matter if your resume gets tossed because your parents gave you a stupid name.

For the record, I never liked my name, but at least it's "normal".

/Nathan
//goes by Nate
///that seems to work


I don't have hiring/firing power but I do now schedule initial interviews, so I have some discretion over who gets a foot in the door. And honestly, you didn't choose your freaking name.

My SO has a very Irish first and last name - his father's grandparents came over as teenagers - but his Mom managed to misspell his first name while filling out the form. So it's unconventional but still "white" enough it doesn't matter, I guess. Even though it took me a good month to spell and pronounce it properly when we first met (oh so stupidly slightly wrong).

However, if you have a stupid email address on your resume (my favorite had 187 in it - and he did a mass resume email blitz (but was smart enough to BCC us all) so another employer responded before I did with "get a freaking adult email address before you apply here"), well, you're SOL. You can't change your birth name, and maybe you don't want to, but you sure as f--k can register [firstname]_[lastname]@gmail.com, dammit.
 
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