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2012-12-06 09:51:30 AM
I can't help but wonder: does the poll only count the literal "Mary", or does it include derivatives and roots (Marie, Maria, Miriam, etc.) as well?
 
2012-12-06 09:55:29 AM
If Mary had been the name of the girl in Twilight it would have shot right back to the top just like Isabella did.
 
2012-12-06 10:57:51 AM
i48.tinypic.com

Approves
 
2012-12-06 11:15:31 AM
came here for twilight comment, leaving satisfied.

/i hear "renesmee" is gaining ground.
//sigh.
 
2012-12-06 11:40:25 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Todays little whores just can't live up to that name.


/Relax, it was a joke
 
2012-12-06 11:41:42 AM
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.
 
2012-12-06 11:44:18 AM
I heard Mary goes down and Emma gives it up.
 
2012-12-06 11:44:38 AM
I've noticed that most chicks named Marianne are hot.

What's that mean?
 
2012-12-06 11:44:40 AM
Try being a Joan in this day and age.
 
2012-12-06 11:45:19 AM
img69.imageshack.us

/oblig
 
2012-12-06 11:45:31 AM

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.
 
2012-12-06 11:46:35 AM
Vatican II, you farking Marys
 
2012-12-06 11:47:44 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-06 11:47:53 AM
John Wayne was the first rebel?
 
2012-12-06 11:48:04 AM
According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?
 
2012-12-06 11:49:20 AM
You know? Yeah. There's another soft name for a boy. Kyle. Soft names make soft people. I'll bet you anything that ten times out of ten, Nicky, Vinny and Tony will beat the shiat out of Todd, Kyle, and Tucker.
 
2012-12-06 11:50:57 AM
My partner named her now two-year-old daughter Mary. We were at Toys R Us, and my partner mentioned that she can't ever find anything personalized with the name "Mary" on it. There was quite a bit of stuff under the name Neveah, however.

Her daughter is the only person I know of under the age of 50 who is named "Mary".
 
2012-12-06 11:51:46 AM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-06 11:52:21 AM

tricycleracer: There's another soft name for a boy. Kyle.


i48.tinypic.com

The hell you say!
 
2012-12-06 11:53:39 AM

brigid_fitch: According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?


Also a famous actress many kids grew up with this time: Emma Watson.

All those potterheads grew up on her, and it's not surprising a few kids were named after her.
 
2012-12-06 11:54:24 AM
There were tons of Amys, Melissas and Ambers where I grew up in the Midwest.
 
2012-12-06 11:55:27 AM

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


I went to high school with like 30 Nicoles.
 
2012-12-06 11:56:15 AM
I don't know if we're having a boy or girl yet, but it's a funny thing... Ten years ago I scribbled down four names that I thought I would like for my children, two for boys and two for girls. One of the girl names was Danica. Over the decade since then, a certain underachieving but marketable racing celebrity has totally blown that idea all to hell.
 
2012-12-06 11:57:03 AM
I imagine most parents don't want their daughter to grow up to be quite contrary. Growing a garden is ok though.
 
2012-12-06 11:57:14 AM
Nevaeh? Really? Stop this crap, people!


all I can think of is pics1.ds-static.com
 
2012-12-06 11:58:48 AM

DiosDiablo: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 270x406]


First thing I thought of too

/damn that show has me hooked
 
2012-12-06 12:01:06 PM

Antimatter: brigid_fitch: According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?

Also a famous actress many kids grew up with this time: Emma Watson.

All those potterheads grew up on her, and it's not surprising a few kids were named after her.


Oh, I totally get that, but, according to TFA, the trend seemed to start in the mid-80s. Just trying to figure out what happened then to make that name jump. It's not an easy one like Madison, which came directly from Splash.

/I go to sci-fi cons--LOTS of Emmas.
//Along with 20-something Xanders, Willows, Brents, Jean-Lucs, Marinas, Anakins, Amidalas.
///Starting to see toddlers named Amy & Rory now.
 
2012-12-06 12:02:55 PM
Seems everyone is naming their boys Gavin or Aidan these days.
 
2012-12-06 12:03:35 PM
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.
 
2012-12-06 12:04:22 PM

funk_soul_bubby: I don't know if we're having a boy or girl yet, but it's a funny thing... Ten years ago I scribbled down four names that I thought I would like for my children, two for boys and two for girls. One of the girl names was Danica. Over the decade since then, a certain underachieving but marketable racing celebrity has totally blown that idea all to hell.


I always liked Danica too. Maybe Erica? Or Monica?

That being said I don't think Danica is that popular as a baby name, even with the celebrity.

My favorite name since childhood was "Ella". It's super popular now too. So I went to my 2nd favorite baby name "Arden". Now there's a million "Braden"s, "Jaden"s, "Kaden"s, etc etc. Admittedly its not the same, but a bit too close for comfort for me.

All I can do is hope when I have a kid its a boy. My husband and I decided on his granddad's name and its Filipino. No one has it.
 
2012-12-06 12:05:36 PM
There's Something About LaDre'Shontavia
 
2012-12-06 12:08:39 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.


How about Mirabelle? Similar to the other names you've got, but more uncommon.
 
2012-12-06 12:10:12 PM

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.
 
2012-12-06 12:11:01 PM

brigid_fitch: Antimatter: brigid_fitch: According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?

Also a famous actress many kids grew up with this time: Emma Watson.

All those potterheads grew up on her, and it's not surprising a few kids were named after her.

Oh, I totally get that, but, according to TFA, the trend seemed to start in the mid-80s. Just trying to figure out what happened then to make that name jump. It's not an easy one like Madison, which came directly from Splash.

/I go to sci-fi cons--LOTS of Emmas.
//Along with 20-something Xanders, Willows, Brents, Jean-Lucs, Marinas, Anakins, Amidalas.
///Starting to see toddlers named Amy & Rory now.



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?
 
2012-12-06 12:11:34 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.


If you like French names (it appears you do), how about Juliette or Genevieve
 
2012-12-06 12:12:12 PM

Lollipop165: funk_soul_bubby: I don't know if we're having a boy or girl yet, but it's a funny thing... Ten years ago I scribbled down four names that I thought I would like for my children, two for boys and two for girls. One of the girl names was Danica. Over the decade since then, a certain underachieving but marketable racing celebrity has totally blown that idea all to hell.

I always liked Danica too. Maybe Erica? Or Monica?

That being said I don't think Danica is that popular as a baby name, even with the celebrity.

My favorite name since childhood was "Ella". It's super popular now too. So I went to my 2nd favorite baby name "Arden". Now there's a million "Braden"s, "Jaden"s, "Kaden"s, etc etc. Admittedly its not the same, but a bit too close for comfort for me.

All I can do is hope when I have a kid its a boy. My husband and I decided on his granddad's name and its Filipino. No one has it.


I suppose I could alter the spelling. Or go all Michael Bolton. (She's the one who sucks!) But you do have a point. My problem though is I'm an Indiana native son and the 500 is a big deal in Indiana, so all my friends will just think that's where it came from. But we got like seven months to decide!

Should definitely look into other language names, though.

/Baby name thread
 
2012-12-06 12:13:09 PM

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.

 
2012-12-06 12:14:05 PM

blatz514: 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.


Let's try this again...

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-06 12:15:51 PM

selrays: brigid_fitch: Antimatter: brigid_fitch: According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?

Also a famous actress many kids grew up with this time: Emma Watson.

All those potterheads grew up on her, and it's not surprising a few kids were named after her.

Oh, I totally get that, but, according to TFA, the trend seemed to start in the mid-80s. Just trying to figure out what happened then to make that name jump. It's not an easy one like Madison, which came directly from Splash.

/I go to sci-fi cons--LOTS of Emmas.
//Along with 20-something Xanders, Willows, Brents, Jean-Lucs, Marinas, Anakins, Amidalas.
///Starting to see toddlers named Amy & Rory now.


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?


It means "red king" so technically it's a boy's name, then Bobby Kennedy went and named his daughter Rory and now it's both I guess. My nephew is named Rory, and he's eleven months old now.

I always thought if I had a boy I'd name him after my grandfather, Leo. Simple and it would be quite unique these days. For a girl... probably Eleanor - my grandmother's name.
 
2012-12-06 12:16:45 PM

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!
 
2012-12-06 12:17:09 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.


Lillian, Francesca, Eva, Elena, Isadora, Priscilla, Lenora, Elizabeth, Camille or Camilla, Cecilia, Jacqueline, Josephine, Leila.

/just some ideas... Camille, Cecilia, are on my personal short list
 
2012-12-06 12:17:25 PM

Wellon Dowd: [i.imgur.com image 850x1256]


Emma Stone makes Emma Watson look downright ugly.
 
2012-12-06 12:18:07 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.


Stanley Ann
 
2012-12-06 12:18:12 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.


Memphis Belle?

Ringmabelle?

Dorabelle?

Chanterelle?

Sociabelle?
 
2012-12-06 12:19:10 PM

talulahgosh: came here for twilight comment, leaving satisfied.

/i hear "renesmee" is gaining ground.
//sigh.


My GSD is registered as Renesmee but we call her Mimi. Never heard Renesmee before. Hate that name.
 
2012-12-06 12:19:51 PM

mesmer242: 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.

How about Mirabelle? Similar to the other names you've got, but more uncommon.


Danica's actually a Danish name. One of my salespeople is named Danica and she's easily mid-30s, so couldn't have come from the Danica Patrick's popularity. It's also going to depend on your last name. I was a HS teacher for a few years and saw not only my share of weird names (Paris Frantz certainly stood out) but clunky ones that just didn't work. I remember a Dominic Kirkpatrick--too many hard consonants and sounded weird.

I've always been partial to Delaney & Dierdre but they don't work unless you're Irish. I also like Kate--nice, strong, no-nonsense name that seems to have fallen out of favor, so will be uncommon without being odd.
 
2012-12-06 12:21:22 PM
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.
 
2012-12-06 12:24:54 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.


Just remember to google it first to make sure there isn't a name collision between it and a porn star or mass murderer.

And snag a gmail account name now if possible.
 
2012-12-06 12:24:55 PM

talulahgosh: came here for twilight comment, leaving satisfied.

/i hear "renesmee" is gaining ground.
//sigh.


I can't figure out how that's even pronounced. I should ask a Twilight fan but I don't think I want to know that bad.

Reness-may
Renee-may
Rens-mee

Ugh they're all horrible.
 
2012-12-06 12:26:42 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?


All the Rorys are boys, yes. There are lots of sci-fi names for both genders, so I guess fans don't try to gender-bend a character's or actor's name. In fact, I only remember one, with shamefully hilarious results. 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.

And I went online and showed them a copy of The Happy Hooker.
 
2012-12-06 12:27:29 PM
www.celebrityvalues.com
 
2012-12-06 12:28:14 PM
My girlfriend's name is Rori. She's 43 and a Jew-Rican. I've known her all these years and I still don't know how she got her name.

/CSF
 
2012-12-06 12:30:13 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.


My friend named her daughter Kendall. I love that name.
 
2012-12-06 12:31:02 PM

kobrakai: Wellon Dowd: [i.imgur.com image 850x1256]

Emma Stone makes Emma Watson look downright ugly.


static.wetpaint.me

cdn.theweek.co.uk

Um, no.
 
2012-12-06 12:31:27 PM

Lollipop165: 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.

Lillian, Francesca, Eva, Elena, Isadora, Priscilla, Lenora, Elizabeth, Camille or Camilla, Cecilia, Jacqueline, Josephine, Leila.

/just some ideas... Camille, Cecilia, are on my personal short list


just please, please don't pronounce Camille (cam-ee) as the american cam-ill - it's like nails-on-chalkboard for anyone who grew up with french
 
2012-12-06 12:32:10 PM
25.media.tumblr.com

Well I certainly wouldn't complain if I got to be the meat in between a Mary and Emma sandwich...


/hot...
// and some Ruby for dessert...
 
2012-12-06 12:33:25 PM

Madame Ovary: My GSD is registered as Renesmee but we call her Mimi. Never heard Renesmee before. Hate that name.


it's from twilight. i apologize if you didn't know that before.

GentDirkly: 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.


isobelle is a fantastic name. or isobel if you like. it's not "bella" related at all.
and (drum roll, please!) you may steal my best name idea ever:
Penny Lane

also it's time we took back the name lolita! you should start the trend!!
 
2012-12-06 12:34:31 PM

The only young, famous Mary I can think of:

i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-06 12:35:57 PM

LDM90: I can't figure out how that's even pronounced. I should ask a Twilight fan but I don't think I want to know that bad.

Reness-may
Renee-may
Rens-mee

Ugh they're all horrible.


it's more like
renez-may

/i can tell you all about those movies due to the rifftrax. hilarious shiat, right there.
 
2012-12-06 12:36:38 PM

sn0wblind: just please, please don't pronounce Camille (cam-ee) as the american cam-ill - it's like nails-on-chalkboard for anyone who grew up with french


I'm of a difference of opinion. I MUCH prefer the Anglo Saxon way.
 
2012-12-06 12:36:55 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.


My friends named their son Lucien after the Underworld character. If the parents are geeky enough to name a kid after a character, they'll still be geeky when the kids grow up. The kids will figure it out on their own. At least Logan & Lucien are normal enough that the kids at school probably won't figure it out. That's when the kids' lives become miserable.

/See previous post about kids named Anakin or Willow.
//When friends first told me son's name, I thought it was from Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
 
2012-12-06 12:38:10 PM

Richard_The_Clown: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x281]

Well I certainly wouldn't complain if I got to be the meat in between a Mary and Emma sandwich...


/hot...
// and some Ruby for dessert...


Nothing like hitting a girl and her mother at the same time
 
2012-12-06 12:39:49 PM
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.
 
2012-12-06 12:40:31 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.


Just add gh to every syllable.

Ighzaughbeghllaugh

Now it's unique!
 
2012-12-06 12:41:50 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: 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.

Chanterelle?


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!
 
2012-12-06 12:45:55 PM

brigid_fitch: 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.

My friends named their son Lucien after the Underworld character. If the parents are geeky enough to name a kid after a character, they'll still be geeky when the kids grow up. The kids will figure it out on their own. At least Logan & Lucien are normal enough that the kids at school probably won't figure it out. That's when the kids' lives become miserable.

/See previous post about kids named Anakin or Willow.
//When friends first told me son's name, I thought it was from Neil Gaiman's Sandman.


If you want to name your kid after a character, use the middle name. Then he/she can choose whether to publicize that or not. Use the first name and they're stuck with it.
 
2012-12-06 12:47:28 PM
GentDIrkly

In seriousness, I always liked Ramona
 
2012-12-06 12:48:35 PM
i'm gonna name mine McFirst McMiddle

for short he can go by McGriddle
 
2012-12-06 12:49:21 PM

pkellmey: 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.


His little brother Poolboy also has some questions.
 
2012-12-06 12:50:24 PM
Just remember that for boys, the higher the consonant to vowel ratio the more masculine the name. And God forbid the name has more vowel than consonants. So Aiden is definitely out. If you're Slavic you can give your child the manliest of names. Tvrtko.
 
2012-12-06 12:50:36 PM

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.


d.yimg.com
 
2012-12-06 12:51:29 PM

sadbad: Oh my little darling baby Agaracis! Polyporus! Russela,Amanita, Ganoderma, Psathyrella - the options are endless!


Only if she's cute as a button
 
2012-12-06 12:53:07 PM

Foxxinnia: Just remember that for boys, the higher the consonant to vowel ratio the more masculine the name. And God forbid the name has more vowel than consonants. So Aiden is definitely out. If you're Slavic you can give your child the manliest of names. Tvrtko.


Why not just Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff?
 
2012-12-06 12:53:58 PM

Foxxinnia: Just remember that for boys, the higher the consonant to vowel ratio the more masculine the name. And God forbid the name has more vowel than consonants. So Aiden is definitely out. If you're Slavic you can give your child the manliest of names. Tvrtko.


what about a simple name like Gay. where there is 1 consonant, 1 vowel, and 1 questionable letter
 
2012-12-06 12:54:20 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.


Go with Sarah. Nice simple, classical name that's not seeing as much use nowadays. Means Princess.

/named my eldest (20 now) Breanna because i liked it and it sounded unique, two years later the world was inundated with Brianna, Bryannah and a million other stupid spellings which could be found on items, but the way i spelled it was never available.
//second girl is Sarah Catherine, just glad she doesn't have a lisp, her last name has s and th in it as well
 
2012-12-06 12:55:16 PM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: pkellmey: 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.

His little brother Poolboy also has some questions.


I'm just happy I didn't know anyone with an STD name - "Oh, little Syphilis is so cute!"
 
2012-12-06 12:56:50 PM

selrays: brigid_fitch: Antimatter: brigid_fitch: According to Wiki, Emma was popular in the UK in the mid-60s/early 70s because of Emma Peel. Maybe it took a bit for Americans to catch onto the trend? Sort of how names "migrate" from upper class to middle class?

Also a famous actress many kids grew up with this time: Emma Watson.

All those potterheads grew up on her, and it's not surprising a few kids were named after her.

Oh, I totally get that, but, according to TFA, the trend seemed to start in the mid-80s. Just trying to figure out what happened then to make that name jump. It's not an easy one like Madison, which came directly from Splash.

/I go to sci-fi cons--LOTS of Emmas.
//Along with 20-something Xanders, Willows, Brents, Jean-Lucs, Marinas, Anakins, Amidalas.
///Starting to see toddlers named Amy & Rory now.


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?


The Gilmore girls was an anomaly. Rory is a boy's name
 
2012-12-06 12:58:28 PM

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.
 
2012-12-06 01:00:22 PM
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).
 
2012-12-06 01:01:02 PM

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.


Was there also a La-a?

www.gsmnation.com
 
2012-12-06 01:02:39 PM
I kind of like "Last; Middle; First" with the semicolons. See how many databases you can screw up.
 
2012-12-06 01:04:13 PM

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

My friends named their son Lucien after the Underworld character.

/See previous post about kids named Anakin or Willow.
//When friends first told me son's name, I thought it was from Neil Gaiman's Sandman.


Merlin. What the fark. There's no disguising that one.
 
2012-12-06 01:04:34 PM

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
 
2012-12-06 01:09:55 PM

sn0wblind: Lollipop165: 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.

Lillian, Francesca, Eva, Elena, Isadora, Priscilla, Lenora, Elizabeth, Camille or Camilla, Cecilia, Jacqueline, Josephine, Leila.

/just some ideas... Camille, Cecilia, are on my personal short list

just please, please don't pronounce Camille (cam-ee) as the american cam-ill - it's like nails-on-chalkboard for anyone who grew up with french


I pronounce it Ka-meel
 
2012-12-06 01:13:12 PM

The Singing Bush: 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.

Was there also a La-a?

[www.gsmnation.com image 480x360]


You can look at the name statistics - the data is easy to get a hold of and lo and behold, between 100-200 girls are named Female each year. Same with boys being named Male.
 
2012-12-06 01:14:14 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: brigid_fitch: Vlad_the_Inaner: I know a kid who was named Logan in honor of the X-Men character Wolverine.

My friends named their son Lucien after the Underworld character.

/See previous post about kids named Anakin or Willow.
//When friends first told me son's name, I thought it was from Neil Gaiman's Sandman.

Merlin. What the fark. There's no disguising that one.


The best part are her 'siblings' names -- because who knows if they're boys or girls
 
2012-12-06 01:14:48 PM
Madison / Maddy is big right now too for some reason.
 
2012-12-06 01:18:44 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-06 01:19:55 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.


Estelle
 
2012-12-06 01:23:59 PM

brigid_fitch: mesmer242: 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.

How about Mirabelle? Similar to the other names you've got, but more uncommon.

Danica's actually a Danish name. One of my salespeople is named Danica and she's easily mid-30s, so couldn't have come from the Danica Patrick's popularity. It's also going to depend on your last name. I was a HS teacher for a few years and saw not only my share of weird names (Paris Frantz certainly stood out) but clunky ones that just didn't work. I remember a Dominic Kirkpatrick--too many hard consonants and sounded weird.

I've always been partial to Delaney & Dierdre but they don't work unless you're Irish. I also like Kate--nice, strong, no-nonsense name that seems to have fallen out of favor, so will be uncommon without being odd.


Kira and Kaia are two I love. Not super popular, but not annoyingly obscure. If I ever have a daughter, one of those names is going to her. you may have the other.
 
2012-12-06 01:24:46 PM
You shouldn't give your kid a name, or a spelling of a name, that isn't available on one of those tiny license plates available in the souvenir shop of any major tourist trap.
 
2012-12-06 01:25:37 PM

Donnchadha: The best part are her 'siblings' names -- because who knows if they're boys or girls


Even more what the fark. Needs more Kelly/Franc(?)s/Terry/Pat/Rory/Madison.
 
2012-12-06 01:25:42 PM

sadbad: You can look at the name statistics - the data is easy to get a hold of and lo and behold, between 100-200 girls are named Female each year. Same with boys being named Male.


Yes - and you can also read his account almost word-for-word on chain emails.
 
2012-12-06 01:26:53 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: kobrakai: Wellon Dowd: [i.imgur.com image 850x1256]

Emma Stone makes Emma Watson look downright ugly.

[static.wetpaint.me image 460x340]

[cdn.theweek.co.uk image 440x248]

Um, no.


Here Here! Emma Stone already looks like an old broad.....
 
2012-12-06 01:39:27 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-06 01:43:15 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-06 01:43:40 PM

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
 
2012-12-06 01:49:41 PM
I kid you not, I saw this in writing, that my sister-in-law had a girl named shiathead in her class.
 
2012-12-06 01:56:19 PM

The Singing Bush: sadbad: You can look at the name statistics - the data is easy to get a hold of and lo and behold, between 100-200 girls are named Female each year. Same with boys being named Male.

Yes - and you can also read his account almost word-for-word on chain emails.


Ah. I'd never seen it.

Still hope that one of the poor girls named Female meets a nice boy named Male at some point. And they give their children not-awful names.
 
2012-12-06 02:06:06 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.


My nieces name is Isabelle but we call her Izzy which is an absolutely adorable name. I love the name Eloise but a lot needs to happen (or 1 thing but I'd prefer the whole package.) before I ever have a daughter to name that.
 
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:

img571.imageshack.us
 
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

img2-3.timeinc.net

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
media.tumblr.com
 
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

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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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