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2013-02-15 11:08:24 AM

dickfreckle: But that one - that one I will never get tired of.


Also, Rick Santorum's family. That sh*t just never gets old.
 
2013-02-15 11:08:52 AM

GalFriday: My first child will be a girl.  I shall name her Stacy, and I will be Stacy's mom, and I will have it going on.
My second child will be boy and I will name him Luke so that my husband can say, "I am your father, Luke."
My third child will be named Narnia so that when I purchase something for her, I can shout, "FOR NARNIA!"
And my fourth child will be named Sparta so that when I introduce him to people, I can proclaim, "THIS IS SPARTA!"

/oblig



You'll have to start a rumor that your fourth child's name is "Madness."
 
2013-02-15 11:08:56 AM

Pocket Ninja: That's a fascinating article, and I'm glad they didn't succumb to the temptation of simply posting the names in question on the first page. It was important that they establish the basic situation, set the scene, so to speak. See, so many journalists and writers these days just have this desperate urgency about their writing. They just want to  get to the point and  provide information andstuff like that. But, see, Parenting knows you don't want that. Sadly, I could tell upon beginning the third paragraph that this article was of too lofty a prose for my feeble mind, that I was not worthy of the secret gems, the knowledge, that would be revealed to me within. I can only hope, though, that as one progressed further into the rich delta of its later sentences, one discovered that, happily, each name was given its very own page. I will trust that such was so.


tl;dr
 
2013-02-15 11:09:08 AM

A Shambling Mound: Clara
Eli
Naomi
Charlie
Alice
Henry

Olive
Leo
Lillian
Jasper
Amelia
Everett
Nora
Silas
Adeline
Max
Hazel
Owen
Stella

Oliver

There. No need to click through seven pages.

Olive and Oliver?

That's it, my kid is going to be Olivest.
 
2013-02-15 11:11:49 AM

rufus-t-firefly: A couple months ago, I was at a birthday party held in a "Tumble and Cheer" school.

These were some of the names on the wall:

Cambree
Karli
Baylee
Jaslynn
Maccie
Balei
Addison
Izzabelle
Kasey
Jadyn
Abigayle
Kinley
Kinsley
Ryleigh
Kyler
Dravyn
Jacelyn
Jacelynn
Kolie
Khloe (2)
Caryss
Blayse
Karsyn
Jaylynn
Kennadi
Brooklyn
Rylynn


The Old One is reborn!
 
2013-02-15 11:13:12 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: We briefly considered Havelock for my son's name.  I thought it sounded pretty cool.


So would he be a "one man, one vote" kind of guy?
 
2013-02-15 11:13:15 AM
I plan on giving my children good traditional Robonian names: Turner, Hammerette, and Steve.
 
2013-02-15 11:13:33 AM
Once again Biggus Dickus doesn't make the list.

Don't you dare laugh!
 
2013-02-15 11:14:43 AM
Isn't Olive just the nick for Olivia-- which every 4th girl under 10 is named? Also, my 2nd grade daughter has an Olivia, Olyvia, and O'livea in her class. YRLY
 
2013-02-15 11:16:53 AM
My last name is constantly misspelled and mispronounced so we gave our kids easy old school names.

My daughter's name is Ella. And once I was asked how to spell it. Really?

Ellqah - the q is silent. duh.

just kidding.
 
2013-02-15 11:17:23 AM
Everett, Jasper, and Alice are all Cullens, as in the vampires from Twilight.  Think that could have any influence on their recent surge in popularity?

My maternal grandmother's name was Hazel.  My mother assured me that Grandma would haunt me forever if I named my daughter Hazel.  She hated her name.
 
2013-02-15 11:17:47 AM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: rufus-t-firefly: A couple months ago, I was at a birthday party held in a "Tumble and Cheer" school.

These were some of the names on the wall:

Cambree
Karli
Baylee
Jaslynn
Maccie
Balei
Addison
Izzabelle
Kasey
Jadyn
Abigayle
Kinley
Kinsley
Ryleigh
Kyler
Dravyn
Jacelyn
Jacelynn
Kolie
Khloe (2)
Caryss
Blayse
Karsyn
Jaylynn
Kennadi
Brooklyn
Rylynn

The Old One is reborn!


georgetown.edublogs.org

Oh, Rylynn?
 
2013-02-15 11:24:18 AM

rufus-t-firefly: These were some of the names on the wall:


There seams to be a theem heer, but I can't put mi fingre on it. I don't know y.
 
2013-02-15 11:24:39 AM

dugitman: Isn't Olive just the nick for Olivia-- which every 4th girl under 10 is named? Also, my 2nd grade daughter has an Olivia, Olyvia, and O'livea in her class. YRLY


thumbs.myopera.com
 
2013-02-15 11:24:48 AM
This article is an excellent example of why you should never trust baby name lists for the etymology of names.  If it's not a glaringly obvious latinate name, you're lucky if their meaning wasn't pulled out of someone's ass.

rufus-t-firefly: Sybarite: Oliver

The problem with that name is that I can only hear it in Eva Gabor's accent.

I hear Richard Hammond screaming it.

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This.

Our dog came to us with the name Oliver, and we got used to it before we could decide on a replacement.  Now we're always shouting "Oliverrrr!" when we call him.
 
2013-02-15 11:25:03 AM
The rules to avoid letting everyone know the parents of your child are either idiots or twats:

1. Do not give your kid a name with a meaning in your native language.  This makes it clear you're an idiot, and is excessively cruel to the kid because it's what people making fun of other kids call "almost too easy".  Summer, Lily, Buck, etc.

1a. Specifically regarding "virtue names".  In the late 1700s among the puritans giving a child a name that was a virtue or quality was regarded as good luck and giving them something to aspire to.  Since the 1960s these names have been rechristened "stripper names", because they are the easy pseudonyms most commonly employed by various US sex workers and basically no one else.

2. Do not give your kid a name that is an intentional misspelling of another common name e.g. Antwaine, Mychelie, etc.  This is the opposite problem of number 1, every time they try to do something adult like sign into the doctor's office or register at the DMV it's going to end in something from embarassment (a mispronounced name) to actually being screwed (their accountant automatically writing down the correct spelling on their taxes and the documents being misfiled, resulting in an IRS penalty).

3. If you're going to completely make some shiat up, first type the name, and every variant spelling you can think of, into Google search, to make sure it's not a: Brand name, Proper word of some kind, Common name in another language for the opposite of your child's gender, etc.

4. Do not intentionally give your child the name for the wrong gender.  It's great that you're progressive and are past notions of constrained sexuality and all that, but if you use your kid as a prop to make a point about how superior your politics are to everyone else's you are literally the worst kind of human being on the planet, even the Nazis are more virtuous than you, because at least they weren't treating their own  offspring as subhuman creatures with no right to make their own political decisions.

5.  If you come up with a name and think "oh, that's clever", Do.  Not.  Use.  That.  The kid has to use the name literally his entire life, or until he's 18 and can legally change it.  Is it going to still be funny the thirty-thousandth time in six months?  No.  No, it will not.

6.  If naming your child after a place or common surname (e.g. Austin, which is both), make sure that (a) it's not a place you intend to live at any point and (b) you actually teach your kid where the place is or who the surname belongs to before he gets into school so that he's not confused and/or embarrassed by ignorance on a regular basis.

//I think that about covers everything that will bring out the automatic "wow, your parents were right twats, weren't they?" reflex when someone introduces themselves.
 
2013-02-15 11:25:39 AM

VoodooTaco: A friend of mine named their kid Rafe.

Not as in Raf-ael, or prounced RAF-FI

Prounced rayf.  Like Rape, with a lisp.

Per google, In Hebrew it means "weak, limp"

Just wanted to share that, in case you're looking for suggestions on how to ensure your kid needs counseling.

Props to Pocket Ninja and Babwa Wawa for being awesome.


For added extra embarrassment, 'Rafe' is how British aristos pronounce Ralph (as in Ralph Fiennes, look up how posh his family is).  So if they're looking to be posh they spelled it wrong too.

My husband's family is hiding a Moses and a Suffer-Ye-Not in their genealogical briar patch.  I've got nothing more exceptional than a trio of Belles (1 aunt, 1 grandma, 1 great aunt).
 
2013-02-15 11:26:55 AM

Prank Monkey: For some reason Parenting is blocked at work. WTF? But I will guess the most popular names.

Gladys GLaDOS
Norbert
Gingham
Micajah
Zedock
Spatula
Kinkajou
Fromunda
Rizzuto

 
2013-02-15 11:27:40 AM
http://www.fark.com/comments/7594357/82530794#c82530794" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7594357/82530794#c8 2530794">Warthog: I clicked through that whole stupid slide show just to make sure my two snowflakes' names were NOT there. If I came to find out that I gave them trendy names, I'd have to shoot myself. Fortunately the names Reinhold and Helga seem not to be taking off.

Night Court? Props to you!

 

A Shambling Mound: Clara
Eli
Naomi
Charlie
Alice
Henry
Olive
Leo
Lillian
Jasper
Amelia
Everett
Nora
Silas
Adeline
Max
Hazel
Owen
Stella
Oliver

There. No need to click through seven pages.



I'm gonna David Cassidy you: "I think I love you...." Thanks for saving me.

/Every time I introduce the kids, I get asked, "What are their REAL names?" and I have to explain that the names I just said ARE the names on their birth certificates. Sigh.

whizbangthedirtfarmer: We briefly considered Havelock for my son's name.  I thought it sounded pretty cool.


"Waitforit."
 
2013-02-15 11:29:04 AM

MightySlam: Prank Monkey: For some reason Parenting is blocked at work. WTF? But I will guess the most popular names.

Gladys GLaDOS
Norbert
Gingham
Micajah
Zedock
Spatula
Kinkajou
Fromunda
Rizzuto


WINdows.
 
2013-02-15 11:31:57 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: We briefly considered Havelock for my son's name.  I thought it sounded pretty cool.


It does sound cool...but then he'd spend a lot of his time telling people "Don't let me detain you" and watching them worry their asses off wondering what precisely he meant by that.

/ Pterry...him diamond
 
2013-02-15 11:35:04 AM
We used to take pride in picking unusual names, too.  However, our youngest's name, Amelia, showed up on this stupid list.  GAH!  We always made it a point to pick names that were fairly uncommon.  (Given that Mr. StewMcG and I both have pretty common first names.)  Imagine our shock when our oldest, Julia (which was pretty uncommon 17+ years ago) started kindergarten... with 3 other Julia's.
 
2013-02-15 11:36:29 AM
fark, Naomi made the list. That's one of my daughters' names. She is 5.5yo though, so I didn't get it off any lists. Does that count?
 
2013-02-15 11:44:27 AM
Ryleigh

Glad to see you guys aren't slipping with your Mythos jokes, but this one is far more non-Euclidean than Rylynn.

I seriously hope little Ryleigh grows up to be a nerd and a Lovecraft fan, because if she did, that'd be the coolest name ever.
 
2013-02-15 11:45:40 AM
 One of my favorite names is on that list. We picked it because it works well in both Spain and the USA and the kid won't have problems at school. I'm still naming my kid what I want. Damn you, slide show. Damn you.
 
2013-02-15 11:46:04 AM
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2013-02-15 11:47:52 AM
VoodooTaco: "A friend of mine named their kid Rafe.... Prounced rayf"

It's probably less likely to be mis-pronounced than if they'd spelled it "Ralph" (as in "Ralph Fiennes").
But ... yeah that looks dodgy.
 
2013-02-15 11:50:29 AM

VoodooTaco: A friend of mine named their kid Rafe.

Not as in Raf-ael, or prounced RAF-FI

Prounced rayf.  Like Rape, with a lisp.

Per google, In Hebrew it means "weak, limp"

Just wanted to share that, in case you're looking for suggestions on how to ensure your kid needs counseling.

Props to Pocket Ninja and Babwa Wawa for being awesome.


Ralph is traditionally pronounced that same way - not "Ralf" but "Rafe", particularly in Britain. In Old English a lot of L's are silent. Golf, for instance, is traditionally pronounced "goaf" (and still is in some parts of Scotland). They probably just wanted to not have the kid called "Ralph".
 
2013-02-15 11:50:56 AM

ringersol: VoodooTaco: "A friend of mine named their kid Rafe.... Prounced rayf"

It's probably less likely to be mis-pronounced than if they'd spelled it "Ralph" (as in "Ralph Fiennes").
But ... yeah that looks dodgy.



I grew up down the street from a girl whose brother was named Triton. They called him "Trite" for short. I don't think the parents had a clue.
 
2013-02-15 11:51:04 AM

Liliac_Hill: Everett, Jasper, and Alice are all Cullens, as in the vampires from Twilight. Think that could have any influence on their recent surge in popularity?


Ouch. My brother has a set of 8 year old twins and one of them is named Jasper. I'd hate to think that by the time he gets into high school and tries talking to girls that they'll first ask him if he was named for a character in the books.

/glad that my nickname name is a traditional immigrant name from my mother's family and that it's very rare to encounter another Katja anywhere else
//my legal name that dad insisted upon was the most popular girls name for my generation
///45 Catherines/Kathryns in my high school graduating class. 8 of them were Catherine Anns (Ann being my middle, of course)
 
2013-02-15 11:51:13 AM
I know a couple who are pretty sure they're not only the most dedicated religious folk, but the most clever and hip dedicated religious folk so they named their first child Genesis. They plan to name the next one Eden.

I bought them a "My First Stock" from brass polish and tassle companies. The stars are just aligning for that future, I believe.
 
2013-02-15 11:52:48 AM

busy chillin': My last name is constantly misspelled and mispronounced so we gave our kids easy old school names.

My daughter's name is Ella. And once I was asked how to spell it. Really?

Ellqah - the q is silent. duh.

just kidding.


Hmmm...I detect a fan of George Carlin and/or Tom Lehrer.
 
2013-02-15 11:53:24 AM
Despite my swearing to never have kids I actually have a mental list of baby names that I like and mentally scratch them off when I see that they're trendy. Like a few years ago, in the same year, girls were being named Charlotte and Sophie left and right. Waiting for Elizabeth to make a surge in popularity again.
 
2013-02-15 11:54:41 AM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I know a couple who are pretty sure they're not only the most dedicated religious folk, but the most clever and hip dedicated religious folk so they named their first child Genesis. They plan to name the next one Eden.


I've known 2 Genesis(es) in my life. Both of them were insufferable, awful people. Only because they were raised by religious nut jobs though.
 
2013-02-15 11:57:03 AM
I like a lot of the names on these lists.  However, because I grew up with a name that was immensely popular the year I was born, I'd also like my future kids to avoid that annoying one-of-many feeling.

The challenge is to find a name that's aesthetically pleasing, not obnoxiously "original", but unlikely to become trendy anytime soon.
 
2013-02-15 11:59:24 AM

ciberido: Onkel Buck: Still no Lunesta, Boniva or Valtrexia I see. Im going to name my son Completrius and he will be and NFL reciever

I hear "Raymond Luxury" is making a comeback, though most people mispronounce it.


Throat  Wobbler Mangrove would like a word with you.
 
2013-02-15 12:03:40 PM
don't name yer kid Hazel.  they'll grow up to be a maid.

www.dvdtalk.com
 
2013-02-15 12:04:14 PM
Agamemnon

Auggie for short
 
2013-02-15 12:05:15 PM

MightySlam: Prank Monkey: For some reason Parenting is blocked at work. WTF? But I will guess the most popular names.

Gladys  GLaDOS
Norbert
Gingham
Micajah
Zedock
Spatula
Kinkajou
Fromunda
Rizzuto


Well, you've got the perfect practical joke for the kid's birthday, then.
 
2013-02-15 12:06:06 PM
And, of course,
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-15 12:08:54 PM
hopefully the trend of aiden and names ending in aiden (braydon, caydon, etc.) is coming to an end
 
2013-02-15 12:12:40 PM
syzygy whizz:
Hmmm...I detect a fan of George Carlin and/or Tom Lehrer.

I am a fan of Carlin but didn't know that was one his jokes. I came up with that idea about 15 years ago because I am smart ass.

My other two name jokes were naming my son Bob but it be pronounced Don. So in class they would take attendance "Bob, Bob are you here"

Son raises hand "Yes, but it is pronounced Don"

And I wanted to name my son J3 to mess with the Iowa Basic's scantron form in elementary school. But someone told me you can't have a number as a name. And Three defeats the purpose. So I made my music moniker J3.


CSB?
 
2013-02-15 12:15:02 PM
My friends' kids names from the past couple years:

Drake
Dante
Margot
Linea
Kayden
Dagny

Guess the classics are dead.

/no they're not hipsters
 
2013-02-15 12:18:58 PM
Obligatory (if outdated).
 
2013-02-15 12:20:57 PM
My ears are burning. What's going on in this thread? :P

Kidding. The weird, unnatural thing I find is that my real(tm) name is somehow popular these days. Creeps me right the fark out. Imagine being the only Arglebargleshoe for 30 years, and then suddenly you're seeing other Arglebargleshoes everywhere! It's freaky, man!
 
2013-02-15 12:22:43 PM

KatjaMouse: Despite my swearing to never have kids I actually have a mental list of baby names that I like and mentally scratch them off when I see that they're trendy. Like a few years ago, in the same year, girls were being named Charlotte and Sophie left and right. Waiting for Elizabeth to make a surge in popularity again.


Hah! Same! :) I'm still dismayed that Sophia and Olivia got popular. And don't get me started on Alex (goddammitsomuch!).
 
2013-02-15 12:23:16 PM
I hear "Sue" makes an excellent boy's name.
 
2013-02-15 12:24:31 PM

Spiralmonkey: For added extra embarrassment, 'Rafe' is how British aristos pronounce Ralph (as in Ralph Fiennes, look up how posh his family is). So if they're looking to be posh they spelled it wrong too.


It's like the name Taliaferro, which is supposed to be pronounced "Tolliver". If you pronounced it the way it was spelled or spelled it the way it was pronounced everyone knew you were puttin' on airs.
 
2013-02-15 12:24:33 PM
I tell this CSB every name thread so for the noobs here we go:

My ex gf is an attorney that does child support enforcement for the county. She had a case where the child's first name was Ninety-Five South.

An old friend of mine named his kids Patience Freedom, Elijah Dale, and Peace Prosperity. Two of those kids now have criminal records, one of them will be out of prison this June

/Told ya, CSB
 
2013-02-15 12:25:44 PM
I wanted to name my sons after the sons of Jacob.  I was going to start with the names least likely to get their ass kicked figuring the older ones might help look out for the unfortunately named.

Dan
Joseph
Benjamin
Reuben
Levi
Asher
Zebulun
Simeon
Judah
Napthali
Issachar
and Gad (seriously)

But then the wife had an opinion...
 
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