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2013-09-22 01:01:47 PM  
I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"
 
2013-09-22 01:02:55 PM  

12349876: meat0918: I wonder though if we'll see "unique" spellings like Burbura

Ba'abaarrau


Barbarella too.
 
2013-09-22 01:03:05 PM  
Named my snowflake Brendan. Figured it would be a solid boy-only name that was unique enough that he'd be the only one in his class yet easy enough to spell.

I was half right. I get Brendon, Brenden and Brandon a lot. Further confirming my belief that many people are functional retards.
 
2013-09-22 01:03:38 PM  

Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"


Ill never understand why people choose such shiatty, trendy names for their kids. Ava, Emma, seriously? I bet you have stainless steel appliances and drive a mid-sized SUV, too.
 
2013-09-22 01:03:53 PM  

Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"


But at least Ava and Emma are pretty names. Your nephew's name? WAT. My niece named her kid "Briar". WTF?
 
2013-09-22 01:03:55 PM  

Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.



I know a couple in South Carolina with an Ava and an Emma.  Is that you?
 
2013-09-22 01:05:44 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: sirbissel: eas81: Tegan Preslay

That's Teagan-- and by the time that'd make any difference, she'll probably be out of the business anyway. (And really, if you stopped naming kids after porn stars, we'd have to drop Rachel, Kelly, Naomi, Ava, Megan, Angelina, Nina, Sarah, Jenny, Katie, Nicole, Amy, Kimberly, April, etc...)

Teagan is a really horrible, trendy name to name your kid. It's not going to age well.


It's better than Jovanka ;) And it's Tegan. And I'm not really seeing how it's particularly trendy: The internet says it broke into the top 1,000 names in 1999, and as of 2007 there were a good 400 more popular names, and it's not especially new since there've been "Tegan"s since at least the 1850s.
 
2013-09-22 01:07:44 PM  

Babbs: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"

But at least Ava and Emma are pretty names. Your nephew's name? WAT. My niece named her kid "Briar". WTF?


There are kids in my sons' classes named "Kairo" and "Israel" for the boys and  "Mystery" and "Charisma" for the girls.
 
2013-09-22 01:08:06 PM  
Youngest is Isabella but we chose it because it is an old family name not used in a few generations
 
2013-09-22 01:08:12 PM  

Saul T. Balzac: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.


I know a couple in South Carolina with an Ava and an Emma.  Is that you?


No, you're mistaking him for the million other people's kids named Ava and Emma. Honestly, I'm not one to talk. I named my daughter ASHLEY 25 years ago. How original.
 
2013-09-22 01:09:08 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"

Ill never understand why people choose such shiatty, trendy names for their kids. Ava, Emma, seriously? I bet you have stainless steel appliances and drive a mid-sized SUV, too.


My kids are 9 and 7. I don't know if we hit the trend or not. Hmm. But I do drive a midsize SUV and my coffee pot and toaster are stainless steel.

Saul T. Balzac: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.


I know a couple in South Carolina with an Ava and an Emma.  Is that you?


Nope.

Babbs: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"

But at least Ava and Emma are pretty names. Your nephew's name? WAT. My niece named her kid "Briar". WTF?


I tolod my sister if I have a boy I'm naming him Ninja Copkilla
 
2013-09-22 01:10:01 PM  
One of my husband's cousins named their kids. Kobra-Lee, Viper-Ray, Angel-Rue, Diamond-Jubilee, and Christian Jacob. Can you tell when they grew-up and started going all churchy. LOL. As a side note my niece just had a kid early this year and named him Liam, so this map was right! LOL
 
2013-09-22 01:11:10 PM  

Tikaralee: One of my husband's cousins named their kids. Kobra-Lee, Viper-Ray, Angel-Rue, Diamond-Jubilee, and Christian Jacob. Can you tell when they grew-up and started going all churchy. LOL. As a side note my niece just had a kid early this year and named him Liam, so this map was right! LOL


You have quite the few LAUGHTERINGS OLINGS in this!
 
2013-09-22 01:11:46 PM  

McManus_brothers: Babbs: Does anyone else think it's weird that Walt's wife name is Skyler? I mean, she's in her 40's. Nobody in their 40's is named "Skyler". It just doesn't suit the character. It just has bugged me from day one. Oh, and I really need a life.

I figured she was the daughter of New Age hippies who moved to New Mexico after Woodstock.


I figured she picked it out herself at around age 18. To me, it makes sense for her character.
 
2013-09-22 01:13:33 PM  
When we decided on kids names the one was ranked at 600, 2 years later it was number 4. Then I realized, who the fark cares if there are others with the same name.
 
2013-09-22 01:13:42 PM  
I tolod my sister if I have a boy I'm naming him Ninja Copkilla

Now THAT'S funny. My daughter is threatening to name her son that she may or may not have someday Atticus. While it's honorable because it's after the character in the book, I just can't see me yelling to my grandson on the playground "Atticus, stop throwing sand at the other kids!"
 
2013-09-22 01:14:17 PM  
Named mine Zackary...  Because fark Zach...   KKKKKKKKKKK  not ch ch ch ch ch ...

A friend has one due soon, went with the name Netta.  I like that one too.
 
2013-09-22 01:18:43 PM  
Yeah, and what's up with the Kelley's naming their kid DeForest?
 
2013-09-22 01:18:48 PM  

meat0918: Babbs: Saul T. Balzac: Babbs: Does anyone else think it's weird that Walt's wife name is Skyler? I mean, she's in her 40's. Nobody in their 40's is named "Skyler". It just doesn't suit the character. It just has bugged me from day one. Oh, and I really need a life.


I'm quite close to forty, and I went to school with a girl my age named Skyler (same spelling and all).  Until very recently, she was the only Skyler I had ever met in my life.   I also went to school with a Mackenzie and a McKenna, two girls from two different families who received surnames as first names.

So, yes, even in the 1970s, parents were doing this to their kids, just not in the same numbers they are doing it now.

Yeah, you just don't see it as often as you do now. Then there is my parents who went with the typical 60's names for their kids. Barbara. Yuk. You NEVER see a baby or young girl named Barbara anymore.

Give it a few years.  It'll make the cycle again as people go through the lists and go "Hmmm, Barbara isn't a commonly used name, I'll give them that".

I wonder though if we'll see "unique" spellings like Burbura


No, it'll be spelled "Burberry"
 
2013-09-22 01:19:23 PM  
One thing I noticed, its hard to pick a boys name. I'm tempted to test the Freakonomics opinion and let Fark decide.
 
2013-09-22 01:19:28 PM  
We named our youngest Liam five years ago and everyone in the family acted like it was the weirdest name they ever heard. They would mispronounce it at the doctor's office as "Ly-am.". Now every third baby boy I see is named Liam. The other child is Connor. We were going for names that were normal but not common enough that there would be four of them in every classroom.
 
2013-09-22 01:20:35 PM  
We need to find a way to make Eva, Adolph, Hermann, and Albert popular again.
 
2013-09-22 01:26:24 PM  
Two tests people:

1) The president or porn star test
Say, out loud "Now, ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states <name>"  Then say out loud, "Now, Ladies and gentlemen, on pole number 7, <name>!"

2) The Jr High Locker Room test: Take the name and think of all the cruel ways a 7th grade will use that name to mock and insult your child, or make a nickname that rhymes with any common name for genitalia.
 
2013-09-22 01:27:08 PM  

eas81: jaytkay: fark all the morans using names from movies.

The Irish ones suck, too, unless you're from Ireland.

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If you're so confused, you're a leprechaun speaking Scots, I'd imagine it'd be a good idea to remove your child naming rights altogether.
 
2013-09-22 01:29:15 PM  
My sister had twins in June, and the names are Liam and Isabella.  Getting a kick...
 
2013-09-22 01:29:39 PM  
We named our oldest son Calvin, partly because Mrs Taylor said that 'Hobbes' was a non-starter.  And nothing rhymes with Calvin, so that'll help get him through jr high.
 
2013-09-22 01:31:46 PM  
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"Os-wee-pay"
 
2013-09-22 01:31:47 PM  

12349876: meat0918: I wonder though if we'll see "unique" spellings like Burbura

Ba'abaarrau


tanar'ri
 
2013-09-22 01:35:22 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Met a girl this week with three small kids. Names were Nirvana, Teegan, and Bronx. No, I'm not kidding.


Shouldn't that be The Bronx?
 
2013-09-22 01:36:53 PM  

OpieTaylor: We named our oldest son Calvin, partly because Mrs Taylor said that 'Hobbes' was a non-starter.  And nothing rhymes with Calvin, so that'll help get him through jr high.


You tried, but failed. The kids will simply change Calvin to Alvin and then tease him mercilessly at Christmas time.
Achievement Get! Your son is now a CHIPMUNK!

/i still want a hula-hoop
 
2013-09-22 01:39:28 PM  

Babbs: I tolod my sister if I have a boy I'm naming him Ninja Copkilla

Now THAT'S funny. My daughter is threatening to name her son that she may or may not have someday Atticus. While it's honorable because it's after the character in the book, I just can't see me yelling to my grandson on the playground "Atticus, stop throwing sand at the other kids!"


Atticus is gonna be on the stupid trendy name map soon.
www.thinkbabynames.com
 
2013-09-22 01:39:43 PM  
Walker and Texas Ranger frown on these shenanigans:

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-09-22 01:41:09 PM  

kim jong-un: One thing I noticed, its hard to pick a boys name. I'm tempted to test the Freakonomics opinion and let Fark decide.


What could possibly go wrong!
 
2013-09-22 01:42:33 PM  

Babbs: Yeah, you just don't see it as often as you do now. Then there is my parents who went with the typical 60's names for their kids. Barbara. Yuk. You NEVER see a baby or young girl named Barbara anymore.


In the last 100 years, the name Barbara has never been as unpopular as it is today.  In 2012 it was the 900th most popular baby name.  It was in the top 10 from 1927 to 1958, and the second most popular name during the late 1930s and early 1940s.  It has been on a steady decline ever since.  Still, while it may be an unpopular name, it is not unusual.  I doubt most people react negatively to it.

s10.postimg.org
 
2013-09-22 01:43:29 PM  

DigitalCoffee: OpieTaylor: We named our oldest son Calvin, partly because Mrs Taylor said that 'Hobbes' was a non-starter.  And nothing rhymes with Calvin, so that'll help get him through jr high.

You tried, but failed. The kids will simply change Calvin to Alvin and then tease him mercilessly at Christmas time.
Achievement Get! Your son is now a CHIPMUNK!

/i still want a hula-hoop


Well, jr high is almost over for him and it hasn't happened yet.  One Christmas left to go (sweating this one out, though).
 
2013-09-22 01:46:48 PM  

meat0918: Babbs: Seacop: I've got an Ava and an Emma. Unoriginal I guess. I don't really care.

I have a nephew named "Bradock Outlaw"

But at least Ava and Emma are pretty names. Your nephew's name? WAT. My niece named her kid "Briar". WTF?

There are kids in my sons' classes named "Kairo" and "Israel" for the boys and  "Mystery" and "Charisma" for the girls.


My neighbors have a 3 year old named Israel who they call Izzy for short, which is pretty damn adorable.  They just had another boy named Ryland (Railen, I don't know how it spelled).  Its different, but its a nice enough sounding name.
 
2013-09-22 02:02:11 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ill never understand why people choose such shiatty, trendy names for their kids. Ava, Emma, seriously? I bet you have stainless steel appliances and drive a mid-sized SUV, too.


You're on a tear today. Someone got pissy Cheerios this morning.
 
2013-09-22 02:09:14 PM  
Our daughter is Teagan. She loves her
name in a wasteland of Madison's, Emma's, Emily's and Kaitlyns.
 
2013-09-22 02:09:26 PM  
My friend named their kid Cormack, but its pronounced Corimick.  Or maybe its the other way around.  I can never remember, all I know is it is supposed to be spelled the opposite of how it sounds.  WTF would you do that to a kid?  Make it so they have to correct EVERYONE who sees their name written, then says it.

I just say "hey, bring me a beer, boy" hen I'm over, so I never have to worry about pronouncing it wrong.
 
2013-09-22 02:10:15 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Met a girl this week with three small kids. Names were Nirvana, Teegan, and Bronx. No, I'm not kidding.


Nothing wrong with Tegan (or derivatives thereof)...
 
2013-09-22 02:11:25 PM  
Presumably those Florida Jaydens and Isabellas will grow up and have kids together named Jisabella, which would be a FANTASTIC stripper/porn name.
 
2013-09-22 02:11:40 PM  

FloydA: "Os-wee-pay"


Word
 
2013-09-22 02:14:13 PM  
Just think, in 20 years strippers will have stage names like Nancy, Cathy, Mary, Sheila...
 
2013-09-22 02:14:25 PM  

meow said the dog: Listen I can see the two sides of this very much. One side says that if you give the child of you the unique name then they can do the standing out from the crowd. The other side of this says to provide to the child of you the most common names of the others so they can have the sharing in the glory of the name. I do not know which side of this is the correct side and am doing the asking of you the Fark.com members but I can also provide to you the reasons for each of the sides to provide the greater chance of making the decision through the information upon which has been the provision of me. You are welcome.

One side of this says to provide to the child of you the unique name. The reason for this side is the simple one. In the twenty years the child of you can have the LAUGHTERS OLS about the individuals who all have the same names and also play the prankings by doing the drive to Texas and go to the crowd to say JACOBBBBBBB. Or perhaps to Nebraska to say, "LIAMMMMMMMM." Or perhaps to Florida to say, "JAYDENNNNNN." This last one of course is the jokings of me because if the child of you goes to the area of Florida upon which Jayden is said he will be the one who has the shankings provided. Now this side is also saying that perhaps the child of you will stand out on the resume because the person who is doing the hiring will say OH NO NOT THE NEW APPLICANT NAMED SOPHIA! WE HAVE EIGHT OF THOSE ALREADY IN THE OFFICE OF THIS! Then they will wish for hiring the unique named child of you because they will say OH THIS IS THE APPLICANT OF THE NAME DAWNLIZABETH THIS IS THE NAME WHICH IS EASY FOR REMEMBRANCE OF!  Of course there is also the bad parts of this and that is that listen no one cares about the stupid unique name of the child of you. What will you do also continue doing the wiping of this child into the 20s. The unique name does not provide to you the uniqueness because you are not the individual who is that different from the rest of the people who wish for the d ...


As a Darren, I'll advise against the unique name crap.
 
2013-09-22 02:14:39 PM  
I named my daughter Melissa.  What was once popular around the time I was born..now seems very rare.  Strange how names just fall out of favor.  I hope to others Melissa isn't as ugly and old fashioned as Barbara.
 
2013-09-22 02:15:25 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: sirbissel: eas81: Tegan Preslay

That's Teagan-- and by the time that'd make any difference, she'll probably be out of the business anyway. (And really, if you stopped naming kids after porn stars, we'd have to drop Rachel, Kelly, Naomi, Ava, Megan, Angelina, Nina, Sarah, Jenny, Katie, Nicole, Amy, Kimberly, April, etc...)

Teagan is a really horrible, trendy name to name your kid. It's not going to age well.


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She was one of my favorite of the Dr's companions
 
2013-09-22 02:17:04 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Whenever I hear white people make fun of black people's names I think of Jayden... and Caitlyn, Kaitlynn, Kaitlinn, Kaytlynn, Kaytlin, and Caytliynn.


How has nobody posted this yet:

http://youtu.be/Dd7FixvoKBw
 
2013-09-22 02:18:18 PM  
Baby naming allows people to demonstrate how wonderfully creative they are, just like everybody else.
 
2013-09-22 02:19:16 PM  

Vector R: Give it a few years.  It'll make the cycle again as people go through the lists and go "Hmmm, Barbara isn't a commonly used name, I'll give them that".

I wonder though if we'll see "unique" spellings like Burbura

No, it'll be spelled "Burberry"


It's "Brahbrah."
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-09-22 02:20:41 PM  
I remember there was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the early 1990s where Data was using the assumed name of Jaden. I thought it sounded rather nice for a made up name. The first real use of it I know of was Will Smith's kid. Now they're everywhere.
 
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