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2012-12-06 02:06:34 PM
We named our 10-month-old Evangeline in memory of my grandmother (whose name was unfortunate, so I won't share it, but she was descended from Wadsworths, hence Evangeline). Middle name Margaret for her great grandmother on the other side. I'm also partial to Clara and Adelaide; I like reviving pretty old names that don't get enough use. Will never give any child of mine any name that has been trendy in the last 25 years.
 
2012-12-06 02:10:22 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: I know a kid who was named Logan in honor of the X-Men character Wolverine.

I wonder if they will tell him when he grows up.


I was named after Joe Paterno... seriously and I'm female. I was okay with it until last year. Now I just keep that little fact to myself.
 
2012-12-06 02:10:43 PM

brigid_fitch: RobertBruce: Nevaeh? Really? Stop this crap, people!


all I can think of is [pics1.ds-static.com image 300x300]

It's Heaven spelled backwards. Still stupid, yes.


I know that, but, but.....argh!
 
2012-12-06 02:14:32 PM

distopianDream: I was named after Joe Paterno... seriously and I'm female. I was okay with it until last year. Now I just keep that little fact to myself.


Um... good job with that.
 
2012-12-06 02:16:28 PM

Donnchadha: distopianDream: I was named after Joe Paterno... seriously and I'm female. I was okay with it until last year. Now I just keep that little fact to myself.

Um... good job with that.


I figured no one knows me so what does it matter.
 
2012-12-06 02:17:25 PM

Eeyore004: Will never give any child of mine any name that has been trendy in the last 25 years.


A friend of mine from college is named Evangeline. Goes by Eva.
 
2012-12-06 02:26:57 PM
There are more Emmas than you can shake a stick at in NYC these days. I think there are four(!) in the cast of a show my kids are doing this month. All between the ages of 9 and 14.
 
2012-12-06 02:28:30 PM

Sybarite: If Mary had been the name of the girl in Twilight it would have shot right back to the top just like Isabella did.


Isabella was very popular pre-twilight, I think that's why she picked it.

Just remember folks, this is a child, NOT a pet. It will grow up into an adult who will at times need to be taken seriously, please avoid anything cutesy and all-out weird in some vague attempt to be "unique".

Why don't you raise your child to be a unique and interesting person instead.
 
2012-12-06 02:31:34 PM

Lollipop165: Rapmaster2000: Paulie and his brothers had lots of sons and nephews. And almost all of them were named Peter or Paul. It was unbelievable. There must have been two dozen Peters and Pauls at the wedding. Plus, they were all married to girls named Marie. And they named all their daughters Marie.

It's an Italian thing.

Most of my older relatives are named Tom, Peter, or Marie/Maria. Even my generation has a few.

That being said I know 3 Mary's under the age of 3. All Irish-American with at least one immigrant parent. Mary Grace, Mary Elizabeth, and Mary Alice.


Ugh in my family it's "John".

I have a brother John and a cousin John (same age), an Uncle John, A few Great-Uncle Johns. BAH
 
2012-12-06 02:35:24 PM
The graph confuses me. Did Mrs. Peel simply stop the name from falling to zero, or were there really more than 400 possible names 1960-1975?

/All hail the talented amateur
 
2012-12-06 02:40:03 PM
Every parent wants his or her daughter to be hot.

Therefore, one should select a daughter's name based on what's popular at the local strip club.
 
2012-12-06 02:42:06 PM

GentDirkly: This farker is the father to be of an unnamed girl. Wife hates basically every name I suggest. She liked Isabella, but then I told her it was trendy due to a vampire book and now she doesn't like it. We're maybe thinking about Isabelle or Danielle or Gabrielle too. But she doesn't like these as much.

Please suggest names for us. We're stumped. All I know is I don't like -son names like Madison and I'd prefer 3 syllables or less.


Kaylee
Kylie
Kayla
Isa
Iona
Bridget
Honora
Norah
Delia
Scarlett
Elizabeth
Eliza
Meredith
Bronwynn
Kaitlyn
Kathleen
Maude
Margret
Alice
Amara
Jolene
Jocelyn (I really like the nickname Josie)
Jennifer
Jacklyn
Pearl
Ava/Eva
Arya

It's a good start of some names I've liked or heard over the years.
 
2012-12-06 02:43:40 PM

selrays: What is it with the name Rory anyway? I grew up with a male cousin named Rory and never thought anything of it until I was in high school and started watching Rory Gilmore grow up. Before the eleventh Doctor, I had no idea if it was a boy's or girl's name. So tell me: at the conventions, are the Rory toddlers boys?


There before it was cool:

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2012-12-06 02:44:42 PM

brigid_fitch: RobertBruce: Nevaeh? Really? Stop this crap, people!


all I can think of is [pics1.ds-static.com image 300x300]

It's Heaven spelled backwards. Still stupid, yes.


The epitome of trailer park trash :(
 
2012-12-06 02:50:05 PM
Just taking a couple names off the top of my head:

Olivia spiked from the 400-500's to the 100-200's in 1975, spiked again into the top 100 in 1990, and now it's in the top 10.

Selena had one really big spike for 1995 only. (I wager due to the singer Selena dying in that year.)

Lisa has taken a big old nosedive. 1962-69 it was #1. In 2011, it's #703.
 
2012-12-06 02:59:14 PM
Just noticed my husband, Malcolm's name peaked in 1992. The release year of Malcolm X.
 
2012-12-06 03:03:48 PM

cervier: I would name my daughter Daenerys, nothing else!

Well her full name would be : Daenerys Targaryen called Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Dothraki, Trueborn Queen of the Andals, Rhoynar, and the First Men, and Lady of the Seven Kingdoms, but we would generally just call her Daenerys (or sometime just Dany if we're in a hurry).


I love Daenerys, but I wouldn't name my daughter it because it's made-up and it's from a fandom I like. What if my kid ends up being a cheerleader?
 
2012-12-06 03:07:24 PM

shortymac: Margret


I'd suggest spelling it correctly, however.
 
2012-12-06 03:07:38 PM

LesterB: There are more Emmas than you can shake a stick at in NYC these days. I think there are four(!) in the cast of a show my kids are doing this month. All between the ages of 9 and 14.


Hmmm...what could have possible happened around 2003 that might have helped spiked that popularity

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I can't put my finger on it, but if I do I'll let you know
 
2012-12-06 03:11:01 PM

tricycleracer: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: I kind of like "Last; Middle; First" with the semicolons. See how many databases you can screw up.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 666x205]


'); DELETE FROM [Users] WHERE [Login] LIKE 'Jon iz teh kewl';
 
2012-12-06 03:15:35 PM
Had I had a girl, I was partial to Eleanor (for Aquataine) or Rowan, for the tree and its history.
I rarely call my son by the name on his birth certificate

As an Emma, I feel for all the newbies who will be called "enema" until the 4th grade - and into
their later years by internet nerts with limited development.

My mother was one of 26 (out of 30) Marys in her class - why, yes, catholic school
 
2012-12-06 03:17:19 PM

shortymac


What if my kid ends up being a cheerleader?


Then you have failed as a parent.

OTOH she (and by extension, you) will be servicing the football team. I mean she will be providing a valuable service to the football team.
 
2012-12-06 03:20:59 PM

parasol: Had I had a girl, I was partial to Eleanor (for Aquataine) or Rowan, for the tree and its history.
I rarely call my son by the name on his birth certificate

As an Emma, I feel for all the newbies who will be called "enema" until the 4th grade - and into
their later years by internet nerts with limited development.

My mother was one of 26 (out of 30) Marys in her class - why, yes, catholic school


My Mom went to Catholic school with 5 sisters who were all "Mary Something" like Mary Anne, Mary Jo, etc. But the nuns all called them just "Mary" and would announce over the PA system "Mary (LastName) please come to the office."

My Mom's school was a kindergarten through 8th grade so they were all in the same school for a number of years.
 
2012-12-06 03:25:36 PM

Civil Discourse: GentDirkly: This farker is the father to be of an unnamed girl. Wife hates basically every name I suggest. She liked Isabella, but then I told her it was trendy due to a vampire book and now she doesn't like it. We're maybe thinking about Isabelle or Danielle or Gabrielle too. But she doesn't like these as much.

Please suggest names for us. We're stumped. All I know is I don't like -son names like Madison and I'd prefer 3 syllables or less.

Estelle


Audrey, Lena, Lucy, Eva, Lily. I like classic-sounding names that cannot be shortened, myself.
 
2012-12-06 03:31:30 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: shortymac

What if my kid ends up being a cheerleader?


Then you have failed as a parent.

OTOH she (and by extension, you) will be servicing the football team. I mean she will be providing a valuable service to the football team.


Not all cheerleaders are sluts or mean girls, it's a legit sport.

I'm not going to force my kids to be a little clone of me, that's just wrong.
 
2012-12-06 03:37:05 PM

GentDirkly: The French is an accident due to my wife's preference for Italian/Spanish names and my preference for 3 syllables instead of 4. Good suggestions, thanks!


French offers a rich selection of lovely women's names. :) One I like is Liliane.
I had a college friend named Danythe ('dan-ith). Always thought her name was pleasantly unique.

brigid_fitch: Couple LOVED the name Xavier (big X-Men fans, obviously) and when they found out their baby was a girl, just couldn't let go of the name. So they named her Xaviera.


Xavière is a perfectly cromulent girl's name :3

sadbad: I always liked the simple floral girl's names: Violet, Lily, Rose - not a huge fan of Ivy, but the real nerds of the world are going to get into naming their children after mushrooms... Oh my little darling baby Agaracis! Polyporus! Russela,Amanita, Ganoderma, Psathyrella - the options are endless!


I knew a guy once who thought "Norepinephrine", all context aside, sounded like a lovely name for a girl. It really does... context aside.

/names are fun!
 
2012-12-06 03:39:11 PM
Inchoate:

I knew a guy once who thought "Norepinephrine", all context aside, sounded like a lovely name for a girl. It really does... context aside.

/names are fun!

I wonder if this is how Nora Ephron got her name!
 
2012-12-06 03:40:45 PM

Inchoate: GentDirkly: The French is an accident due to my wife's preference for Italian/Spanish names and my preference for 3 syllables instead of 4. Good suggestions, thanks!

French offers a rich selection of lovely women's names. :) One I like is Liliane.
I had a college friend named Danythe ('dan-ith). Always thought her name was pleasantly unique.

brigid_fitch: Couple LOVED the name Xavier (big X-Men fans, obviously) and when they found out their baby was a girl, just couldn't let go of the name. So they named her Xaviera.

Xavière is a perfectly cromulent girl's name :3

sadbad: I always liked the simple floral girl's names: Violet, Lily, Rose - not a huge fan of Ivy, but the real nerds of the world are going to get into naming their children after mushrooms... Oh my little darling baby Agaracis! Polyporus! Russela,Amanita, Ganoderma, Psathyrella - the options are endless!

I knew a guy once who thought "Norepinephrine", all context aside, sounded like a lovely name for a girl. It really does... context aside.

/names are fun!


propecia would be the name of a black girl
 
2012-12-06 03:42:49 PM

Eeyore004: I wonder if this is how Nora Ephron got her name!


Hahaha, I wonder. (That is her birth surname, too...)

Been reading about Tudor England a bunch lately. Aphra and Aemilia (after their writer namesakes) are unusual women's names with some old-school cred.
 
2012-12-06 03:51:07 PM

GentDirkly: This farker is the father to be of an unnamed girl. Wife hates basically every name I suggest. She liked Isabella, but then I told her it was trendy due to a vampire book and now she doesn't like it. We're maybe thinking about Isabelle or Danielle or Gabrielle too. But she doesn't like these as much.

Please suggest names for us. We're stumped. All I know is I don't like -son names like Madison and I'd prefer 3 syllables or less.


Livia

/ just rewatched "I, Claudius" recently...
 
2012-12-06 04:05:10 PM

verbaltoxin: There were tons of Amys, Melissas and Ambers where I grew up in the Midwest.


There were a ton or Jen, Jenny and Jennifers and Sues in my grade.

Lots of Johns, Brians, Erics, Mikes, Andys and Brads.
 
2012-12-06 04:22:06 PM
Well if I ever get around to having rug rats instead of trying to be "original" by naming my kid after that years hit movie or going for some Faux Celtic variant of a random letter added to the front of Aiden I think I'll go for something that there is a post 1066 Monarch of England.
 
2012-12-06 04:28:28 PM

Ebenator: pkellmey: Go with truly interesting names for the win.

\\CSB - I went to school with a Vagina - who always went by the nickname Vajay - her extremely young mother had never heard the word before giving birth and thought it sounded beautiful. There was also Female - pronounced Fee Malee because her mother was still on heavy pain meds directly after the birth and thought the band on the babies wrist meant that someone had already named her. She decided to just change the pronounciation rather than mess with paperwork after she realized what she had done. There was also Sterling Silver, he was named after his uncle with the exact same name. Carpenter found out in high school that he was named after the job of the man his married mother had a crush on at the time, but she insists that his father was actually his father. Those were just the really interesting names. The completely invented names and spellings were more annoying than interesting.

Link


From your link:
Names reported to have resulted from misinterpretations of the written word:

Asshole (ah-SHOL-ee)
Clitoris (cla-TORE-us)

I once knew a guy named Clitoris. But he renamed himself that, not his birth name.
 
2012-12-06 04:51:53 PM
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2012-12-06 04:56:19 PM
From Overheard in New York:

Angry woman to friend: I have a contention with the way people pronounce my daughter's name. I did not name my daughter 'Lady Nasty'! I named my baby girl 'La Dynasty.'
 
2012-12-06 04:58:12 PM

GentDirkly: The Singing Bush: GentDirkly: This farker is the father to be of an unnamed girl. Wife hates basically every name I suggest. She liked Isabella, but then I told her it was trendy due to a vampire book and now she doesn't like it. We're maybe thinking about Isabelle or Danielle or Gabrielle too. But she doesn't like these as much.

Please suggest names for us. We're stumped. All I know is I don't like -son names like Madison and I'd prefer 3 syllables or less.

If you like French names (it appears you do), how about Juliette or Genevieve

The French is an accident due to my wife's preference for Italian/Spanish names and my preference for 3 syllables instead of 4. Good suggestions, thanks!


Y'know, not many Michelles anymore. When I was growing up, I remember there were 3 or 4 in every class (early 70s--The Beatles made the name popular). Other names popular then but you don't see too often: Dana (could solve your Danica problem), Cynthia, Valerie, Sharon, Cheryl, Deborah, Stacy, Andrea... Try Googling names from the 60s & 70s for inspiration--lots of good ones in there.
 
2012-12-06 05:46:44 PM
"We don't have a list of baby names, but we do have a list of the names of people we hate"
 
2012-12-06 06:53:48 PM
In the unlikely event I ever spawn:

Female - Cassandra or Minerva
Male - Malcolm or Andrew

A baby's name should be familiar but not too trendy, easy to spell, and have a few options for nicknames. A Cassandra, for example, could also be called Cassie, Casey, Sandy or Sandra.

Also, for the love of Jebus, give your child a gender-appropriate name. One of my friends named her two daughters Conner and Evhan. Both of them will now have to spend their entire lives receiving correspondance that starts with "Dear Mr. (x)..."
 
2012-12-06 06:55:12 PM
In the unlikely event I ever spawn:

Female - Cassandra or Minerva
Male - Malcolm or Andrew

A baby's name should be familiar but not too trendy, easy to spell, and have a few options for nicknames. A Cassandra, for example, could also be called Cassie, Casey, Sandy or Sandra.

Also, for the love of Jebus, give your child a gender-appropriate name. One of my friends named her two daughters Conner and Evhan. Both of them will have to spend their entire lives receiving correspondance that starts with "Dear Mr. (x)..."
 
2012-12-06 07:29:31 PM
We have Wyatt for a boy and Reese for a girl picked out. Both middle names are from family members, and very traditional. I hate "trendy" spellings, names, etc. I also really liked the name Jenner for a girl until those gotdamn Kardashians oozed their vile oozings all over TV.

Please, for the love of Sky Wizard, be thoughtful in naming your child. You rarely see world leaders named Destiny or Moonbeam.

/Due end of March with #2.
//Proposed naming it #2 after my favorite "trendy" movie: Austin Powers. Not received well at all.
 
2012-12-06 09:54:29 PM

GentDirkly: This farker is the father to be of an unnamed girl. Wife hates basically every name I suggest. She liked Isabella, but then I told her it was trendy due to a vampire book and now she doesn't like it. We're maybe thinking about Isabelle or Danielle or Gabrielle too. But she doesn't like these as much.

Please suggest names for us. We're stumped. All I know is I don't like -son names like Madison and I'd prefer 3 syllables or less.


Crunk.
 
2012-12-06 10:17:57 PM

The Singing Bush: LesterB: There are more Emmas than you can shake a stick at in NYC these days. I think there are four(!) in the cast of a show my kids are doing this month. All between the ages of 9 and 14.

Hmmm...what could have possible happened around 2003 that might have helped spiked that popularity

[img2-3.timeinc.net image 400x300]

I can't put my finger on it, but if I do I'll let you know


Oh .. my ... lord. That's ridiculous.

Also: img15.imageshack.us
 
2012-12-06 11:00:05 PM

Ebenator: Seems everyone is naming their boys Gavin or Aidan these days.


I work a few hours a day at an elementary school's after-school program, and I swear to god, out of maybe sixty boys there are five Aidan/Aidens, three Jayden/Jadens, and a Caden. It's like hipsters. They try so hard to be unique-they're just like everyone else. Can I get a Steve, Mark, or David?
 
2012-12-07 04:49:00 PM

pkellmey: dopekitty74: The Gilmore girls was an anomaly. Rory is a boy's name

I never realized that. The only two I knew were both girls.


It is the same name as Rodrick.
 
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