Comments on: How (Not) To Name Your Baby http://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/ A parenting website for imperfect parents Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:27:12 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: KarenBhttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-1/#comment-1090466 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:18:58 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-1090466 I know a lot of Karen’s, there is enough around that its common, but not enough that everyone in my class had the same. I did share a class with another Karen in elementary and was called “Karen Ruth” for the longest time, but it wasn’t so bad! I’ve met a Karyn and Karrin as well. K’s look pretty in handwriting so I’m a fan ;). My husbands name is Robin but people constantly spell it Robyn (which drives him nuts).

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By: Sarahhttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-1078929 Sat, 07 Feb 2015 04:24:01 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-1078929 I saw a family where I work who had children named King, Queen, Prince, Princess, and Patrick. I felt sorry for poor Patrick. Couldn’t he at least have been Duke, or Count, or Marquis, or Baron? :)

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By: Carriehttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-1037608 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:25:20 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-1037608 I go through this a lot with my daughter because her name is Aislin, and when we tell people its pronounced like Ashlyn they assume we just spelled it ‘weird’ to be different. Truth is my husbands family is from Ireland and it is the traditional Gaelic spelling.

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By: Nickyhttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-1/#comment-1028964 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:02:40 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-1028964 We named our son Daemion. We agreed on the name after only a few weeks of dating…. I picked the spelling with the extra “e”, which I’ve been questioned about on MANY occasions. My reasoning- it’s a throw-back to my Gaelic heritage for a Grandfather I didn’t get to know nearly as well as I should have. And I’ve spelt it that way since I was a little girl. My hubby and mother fought me on it, and I won. Why? I’m the one who writes his name on EVERYTHING (ultrasound pics, birth certificate and social insurance number paperwork, bank account paperwork, etc.). Yes, I’ve second-guessed myself, but then I remember why I chose that spelling and that, within about 2 months of finding out we were having a boy & buying our house, I found out about 2 other Damian’s in our area. So fuck everybody else.

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By: Amandahttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-980054 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:18:33 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-980054 I taught for six years in both an urban and affluent high school. I’ve seen some awful names from every spectrum. I could open up my roster from day one and know both the economic status, race and education level of the parents of almost half of my students ( and this is as true with a girl named Dabricka as it is Neveah or Sadie). The other half (with more traditional names and spellings) came in with a clean slate. Beyond my impressions, I found most students with unusual names hated their own names often rolling their eyes and outright mocking their parents.

When I chose a name for my my daughter, I chose one that was traditional and left me out of it. These unusual names are not about the kids, they are about the parents’ own self-importance. Teen years are hard enough without having to make excuses for your parents’ choices from day one.

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By: Nicolehttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-965884 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:38:56 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-965884 I totally agree with every single thing in the article EXCEPT the very end. We didn’t share the names we were considering for our kids until after they were born, and not because they were weird or inappropriate (they are called Olivia and Tristan which is one step off from the most standard names in the universe [I’m talking about you, Mary and John]) but because my family are all SO OPINIONATED they would have immediately chosen their favourite and told us all the reasons why our other choices were not as good. We just wanted to look at our children before we picked their names with finality! Not only did I not want to be talked out of something, but I also didn’t want to hear a stupid story of how my aunt thinks “Olivia” is beautiful but “Lydia” (really practically sounds exactly the same) was terrible because she knew a girl named Lydia once and didn’t like her. This sort of information is not helpful or productive! Once the choice was made, nobody dared to say anything nasty about my kids’ names and that’s the way I prefer it, haha!

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By: Ericahttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-958519 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:41:48 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-958519 I’m somewhat on the fence where traditional names are concerned. I’m attracted to unconventional names, but only when they have a simple or classical sound and spelling. For instance, I named my daughter Arden. It’s a strong name (and whimsically romantic, if you like Shakespeare) which isn’t common among American girls, but it sounds like it easily could be.

That said, I know people who have burdened their babies with intentionally misspelled variations of perfectly good names (or just plain bad made up ones). I avoid mentioning their kids in text messages because I can’t stand seeing them in print.

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By: Jason Iaquilinohttp://www.scarymommy.com/baby-name-donts/comment-page-45/#comment-943877 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:31:07 +0000 http://www.scarymommy.com/?p=24740#comment-943877 My wife and I were kind of “Those Parents” … We named our son Bishop Tyler… Some people gave us crap for it in the beginning because it is a rather unique sounding name… but we found out the word actually translated to “Leader” which we liked… that and we’ve heard several characters with that name in movies before and always thought it sounded cool. So.. we went with it… stuck to our guns as you said and stood tall whenever someone questioned it before he was born. Now whenever we tell someone his name they instantly love it. I think we did good. :)

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