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2013-02-15 09:56:52 AM  
12 votes:
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.
2013-02-15 11:57:03 AM  
3 votes:
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 01:20:22 PM  
2 votes:
My wife and I are both recovering catholics, but one tradition of the church we've held on to is naming our offspring after the better-known apostles and saints. Good, solid names that aren't overly popular and are easy to pronounce and spell. We actually get a lot of compliments on them, like, "Cool, you don't hear that name much anymore."
2013-02-15 01:01:34 PM  
2 votes:
Link

A fun site for baby names.
2013-02-15 12:08:54 PM  
2 votes:
hopefully the trend of aiden and names ending in aiden (braydon, caydon, etc.) is coming to an end
2013-02-15 11:31:57 AM  
2 votes:

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 11:25:03 AM  
2 votes:
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 11:04:15 AM  
2 votes:
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
2013-02-15 11:01:01 AM  
2 votes:

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


If his middle name was "Vetinari", you'd win all the internets ever.
2013-02-15 10:57:29 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-02-15 10:51:02 AM  
2 votes:
gawd damnin clickershow

Top 10 Searched Baby Girl Names:

Isabella
Millie
Sookie
Ann
Ella
Betty
Ellie
Emma
Eithne
Charlotte
Top 10 Searched Baby Boy Names:

Jacob
Max
Liam
Ted
Mo
Aiden
Andy
Bertie
Ned
Gus
2013-02-15 10:49:50 AM  
2 votes:
Whenever I hear "Jasper," all I can think of is the old Tom & Jerry cartoons.

/If you don't get the reference, get off my lawn.
2013-02-15 03:34:31 PM  
1 votes:
Did the author do all their research at Wolfram Alpha?

/dnrtfa
2013-02-15 03:01:01 PM  
1 votes:

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.

-=-
Thanks. I didn't.
2013-02-15 02:13:55 PM  
1 votes:

StewMcG: 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.


So... in other words, while you THOUGHT you picked unusual names, you totally didn't. CSB.
2013-02-15 01:39:59 PM  
1 votes:
So glad that traditional names in my family are German and not all that common here. Not every day that you run into an Angelika, or Gabriele. Even my cousin and I use the uncommon German spelling for our names which are very common Russian names. It just gets annoying when I have the Russian ex-pat in my office keep insisting that I spell my name wrong and has on more than one occasion had my name changed on the company website.
2013-02-15 01:27:48 PM  
1 votes:
My son's name (John) used to be number one for generations, but I predict by the time he's my age it will be extremely rare. He's the only one in his school afaik. The names on the list are not that old fashioned - try Eula, Ernestine, Winifred or for a boy, Clyde.
2013-02-15 01:11:53 PM  
1 votes:

theorellior: Oh, and my favorite naming CSB, I had a friend in college whose hippie father wanted a strong, manly name for his son. So he got a pouch of furthic runes (which some people use for divination purposes, natch) and pulled out three stones. They had the "N" "TH" and "O" runes on them, so his son became "Thon".


Where did you go to college?  Because I, too, went to college with a guy named Thon.
2013-02-15 01:09:53 PM  
1 votes:
One of the names listed is my son's middle name.  I wouldn't have called it old-fashioned myself, as I thought it was always a somewhat common name.
2013-02-15 12:50:06 PM  
1 votes:
Anyone who names their child Sookie should have their appropriate tubes snipped.
2013-02-15 12:48:02 PM  
1 votes:

Tricky Chicken: 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)


Don't name your child "Zebulun" or else he might end up living in Georgia or North Carolina.
2013-02-15 12:46:14 PM  
1 votes:

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


I rarely actually LOL.  I am going to flagrantly steal this in the future and will never give you credit.
2013-02-15 12:39:30 PM  
1 votes:

Jim_Callahan: 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 ownoffspring as subhuman creatures with no right to make their own political decisions.


Names, like everything else in this world, change over time.  Specifically, names change which gender they "belong to," at least in the United States.  Look at a list of what were the most popular names for girls and boys in the 1960s, then compare that to a list of names from the 1980s and the (first decade of the) 2000s.  You'll see that a lot of names which are now considered "girls' names" were "boys' names" a few decades ago, and vice-versa.

Despite your paranoid fantasies, giving a child a name that "belongs" to the other gender is neither uncommon, nor something that only "progressive" parents do.


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.

It may vary from state to state, but in general it is entirely possible to change your name before age 18.  You just need the permission of your parents to do so.  (Again, I am speaking specifically of how things work in the USA.)
2013-02-15 12:36:51 PM  
1 votes:

Onkel Buck: Im sure the kid would have preferred Thon.


Thon was perfectly happy with his name, but he probably got a lot of questions about it, because he told the story pretty soon after I met him. Before that, when friends would mention his name, I thought he was Vietnamese or Thai. Nope, a russet-haired pasty white boy.
2013-02-15 12:24:31 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:22:43 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:18:58 PM  
1 votes:
Obligatory (if outdated).
2013-02-15 11:54:41 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:53:24 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:51:04 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:47:52 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:46:04 AM  
1 votes:
1-media-cdn.foolz.us
2013-02-15 11:45:40 AM  
1 votes:
 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 11:36:29 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:24:48 AM  
1 votes:
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.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 750x600]


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 11:17:23 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:06:29 AM  
1 votes:

wambu: So are stripper and slut names becoming less popular? Where will these girls come from in the future? "Clara" will never be thought of as a naughty, naughty girl.


Yeah, well they used to say the same thing about "Hester"
2013-02-15 11:04:25 AM  
1 votes:

Teknowaffle: Fark Name Thread!

La-a. YOU PRONOUNCE THE DASH LADASHA LOL!!

My cousin's uncle's sister's proctologist's wife is a teacher and she had twins Orangejello and Lemonjello

"I gave my kid a traditional Gaelic name that is completely unpronounceable. Fearghas. It means 'breaks terrible wind'"

-aiden/ayden


How about "Detroit?" Pronouced "Dee-twa..." it's French!
2013-02-15 11:00:35 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Mr. Abreucantina and I consider it a badge of honor when people comment that they don't see the names we've chosen for our children used often. That was kind of the point.
2013-02-15 11:00:24 AM  
1 votes:
When my daughter was born the nurses were almost fainting when we gave her a correctly spelled name in the top 50 list that has been around for more than 50 year.

We were married and that made it even more shocking to them.

As a bonus we even have health insurance.
2013-02-15 10:59:27 AM  
1 votes:

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

His middle name could be "Willtravel"


Eh, I vetoed my wife's first two names for our daughter: Pippin and Genevieve.

\gag
2013-02-15 10:58:08 AM  
1 votes:
Nice, most of the girls names are all variants of Elizabeth....
2013-02-15 10:57:42 AM  
1 votes:
So are stripper and slut names becoming less popular? Where will these girls come from in the future? "Clara" will never be thought of as a naughty, naughty girl.
2013-02-15 10:54:53 AM  
1 votes:
Wow, I have two very young cousins with the names Hazel and Jasper, respectively. This still makes me laugh a little, because up until last month I had a beloved old cat named Hazel, and my favorite betta fish was Jasper. (May they both rest in peace.) I had no idea those names were trendy!

Eh, still better than the trends involving names like Mackenzie and Aiden. Most of the "old fashioned" monickers are quite pretty.
2013-02-15 10:53:26 AM  
1 votes:
We briefly considered Havelock for my son's name.  I thought it sounded pretty cool.
2013-02-15 10:50:57 AM  
1 votes:

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.


All my kids' names are on there (as well as several of the finalists we didn't choose), but they were all named 5 years ago or more.  Do I have to shoot myself, or do I get a "I liked them before they got big" exemption?
2013-02-15 10:49:00 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-02-15 10:45:58 AM  
1 votes:
I saw the name Silas on the list and was surprised because I always considered Silas to be an awful name. On the other hand,  I'd name a kid Silas before Aiden or anything that rhymes with Aiden.

"Aiden - Meaning: Diagnosis of fashionable mental disorder inevitable, whether present in patient or not."
2013-02-15 10:44:04 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-02-15 10:41:48 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Thread closed, we have a winner.
2013-02-15 10:18:37 AM  
1 votes:
My first born son shall be named Alfred or Harold.
 
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