Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

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  1. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

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    It is interesting too how boys names eventually morph into girls names. Evelyn, Vivian, Laurie, and Leslie started out as names for proper British gentlemen. The only Madison I knew growing up was a boy.
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  2. ioana

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    We have a Charisma at work. Who is very nice, but quiet and keeps to herself.
  3. Badams

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    My girls are the only Francesca and Aliyah in their school. My son won't be so lucky. Boys names are so much harder. Trendy names are goofy and classic names are always so common. I like common better than goofy.
  4. skatingfan5

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    Also Beverly.
    I had never known a Madison of either gender until Daryl Hannah's mermaid in Splash! :lol: Come to think of if, Daryl is more often a name used for boys, isn't it? (e.g. Larry, Daryl, and Daryl)
  5. snoopysnake

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    Have a look at these. "Rotten Earp" is one of my favorites.
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  6. Karina1974

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    Here's a couple for you, from my own family. My mother's name is Ragnhild Laila (everyone calls her by her middle name), her sister's name was Thelma, my late grandmother's name was Asta Marie, my one cousin on that side is Trygve (we call him Trig). My own name is Karin Agnethe. My brother Kris's formal name is Kristofer. My grandfather's name originally (and I know I'm going to butcher the spelling 'cause I'm doing it like it sounds) was Schwining Schwiningsen (long "i" on the "Schwin-"). Somewhere along the line it changed to Frank Olsen.

    Someone upthread mentioned Jewish names - I have some of those too, on the paternal side of my father's family. My father's and grandfather's name is/was Ansell, which was my great-grandmother's surname (and her first name was Florence but everyone called her Fadie). My great-grandfather's name was Cyril, but everyone called him Cykie (long "i" on the "Cyk"); that is also my uncle's name (Dad's older brother). There was also someone a few generations farther back who was named Napoleon (I think that was the one who married his cousin - there was some cross-pollination between the Ansell and Alberga families down in Jamaica, both of which I am descended from).

    I also had a great-grandfather (my paternal grandmother's father) whose first name was Noble. Everybody used to call his wife (my g-grandmother) Sweetheart and, IIRC, that may have been her real name. IDK, I don't have access to the birth/death list that side of my family always passes around at the annual family reunion out in Ithaca, NY.
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  7. Sparks

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    My grandfather's name was Mood Francis, or Moody Frank.
    Everyone called him Deacon. I didn't know his real name until I was a teen.
  8. Moto Guzzi

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    My cousin named his daughter Paisley. I always think of fabric when I see her name.

    I went to school with a Raymond Brayman and a girl named Orleana who was the school slut so everybody called her Whoreleana instead. From my college days, I remember reading an article in the paper about an accident involving a man named Silver Dollar and his daughter Penny. I wonder if he had other children named Nickel, Dime, and Quarter.
  9. Cachoo

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    OMG:lol:
  10. Artemis@BC

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    The problem is, parents often don't know when a name will become trendy/popular at the time. When my parents picked Karen for me, their parents were all "huh" and "what kind of name is that"? It was only years later that they, and I, found out how popular it was.

    Oddly enough, though, I haven't met a new Karen for years, even of my age group.

    Except that Laurie, as a boy's name, is always a diminutive for Lawrence/Laurence, not a full "Christian" name.

    I agree about 99% of the time. Every once in a while, though, it makes sense -- and a cute story. A friend of a friend has kids named Jayson and Richelle. They are so spelled because the parents names are Jay and Rich.

    Or Endeavour. Poor Morse!
  11. Artemis@BC

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    OMG, I just remembered the funniest name ever. I went to a lecture once given by one of the Loblaw family (they own a humongous grocery empire in Ontario). His name was Robert, but he went by Bob.

    Say it out loud. :rofl:
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  12. liv

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    I've seen that recently a lot of the "older" names are coming back.... I worked in long term care so I have seen quite a few mildreds and ethels, and i haven't seen those used recently, but violet, alice, abigail and vivian have come back and they were quite popular "back in the day" too.
  13. grimey

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    I always enjoy these ridiculous name threads :) I always joke to my husband that if we ever had twin boys, we would name them Bert and Ernie (Of couse I would never to this to the poor kids)

    I once went to school with a Lacy Topliss...
  14. Artemis@BC

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    Interesting article about some baby naming laws around the world.

    I'm generally not in favour of more government intervention in the private lives of citizens ... but at a certain point naming your baby something so preposterous has to be a form of child abuse.
  15. skatingfan5

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    I think it's good that New Zealand rejected Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, and Sex Fruit as baby names, but some of the names that were "approved" are more than a bit "special": i.e. Midnight Chardonnay and Number 16 Bus Shelter. :shuffle: I suppose that Midnight Chardonnay would be a girl, so that might pass Germany's "must be able to identify gender" rule, but what about "Number 16 Bus Shelter"? :lol:
  16. gkelly

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    Here's a challenge.

    Suppose you're about to have a baby. Your spouse/partner says "I don't have strong feelings about the kind of name -- style, length, meaning, nationality, whatever. But I do feel strongly that the baby's name should be unique in this generation and if possible creative."

    What name(s) would you suggest -- perhaps invent -- that would appeal to you and meet that criterion?
  17. Jenny

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    I would argue back with my spouse, because we're like that ;)

    Seriously, I've always favoured simpler names - let the kid figure out who they want to be without saddling them with a label before they're even a day old.

    Also, something our parents didn't have to think about but maybe parents should now, is do you think you will want to be found? There are advantages to having a unique name, but it can be a disadvantage if you value privacy and would rather be one of the million John Smiths out there.
  18. TheGirlCanSkate

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    Girl: Talia (ta lee-uh)- My mother was Natalie and I think as a form of the name (Natalia) shortened it would be cute.
    Boy: Avi (aw-Vee)(this name was created by an author as his pen name). It was going to be my son's name but he turned out to be a she at the ultrasound!

    My daughter bemoans that I didn't name her Avi. She loves it and pretends it is her name.
  19. snoopysnake

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    How about "Synchro?" for a boy and "Haydenette" for a girl?
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  20. Lanie

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    If my kid was a girl he was going to be Isabel or Juliet. If we have another it'll probably be another boy, as my husband's family makes only boys (except my niece), and that kid will be screwed and unnamed. :rofl:
  21. Zemgirl

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    If I were naming a kid, my main concern (other than picking something that sounds good to me and presumably my hypothetical partner) would be to find a name that works in more than one language/culture, not a unique name.

    It's interesting that so many countries require names that make the gender of the child clear. I wonder what the justification for this is, especially since these are generally progressive countries when it comes to gender issues.

    We have no such requirement, and unisex names, as well as boys' names for girls and to a lesser extent feminine names for boys, are quite common.

    I really like the name Talia - another Hebrew name, BTW. Avi is usually a diminutive for Avraham here, though with a somewhat different pronounciation.
  22. rjblue

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    I know of a couple in a nearby community who named their daughter Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. She used Abcde as her functional given name- pronounced Ab-ci-dee. That wouldn't be possible now, because our province has restrictions on naming, similar to those in the linked article.

    What do parents of babies of ambiguous gender (intersexed) do when they are required to give their child a gendered name? I would think a name like Laurie or Pat would be better in that case.

    My daughter picked the name Hero for her future daughter when she was 12, and read the novel(still her favourite) Friday's Child, by Georgette Heyer. She stuck with her choice, and her husband liked the name too, so I have a 3 year old granddaughter with a very uncommon name. No one has any problem with the spelling or pronunciation, but they all think she is named after Hiro from Heroes. One elderly man said, when introduced to Hero, "Oh, after the greek myth!", and my daughter almost hugged him.

    eta- Guy is as common a name as John here in New Brunswick. And I know a man named Dick Butts.
  23. TheGirlCanSkate

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    What do parents of babies of ambiguous gender (intersexed) do when they are required to give their child a gendered name? I would think a name like Laurie or Pat would be better in that case.

    I'm pretty sure it comes to the parents ideas about it. Some think they can "fix" the situation by choosing for the child. Others would choose a name with flexibility. My coworker was Sam (and a he)and now she is Samantha and she did a legal name change and still goes by Sam.
  24. Zemgirl

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    My first thought was Hero from Much Ado About Nothing :) I don't think I'd want to name a daughter after her specifically, but I like the story behind your granddaughter's name! I much prefer a unique name that is based on something that is meaningful to the parents to one that's seems like a badly misspelled regular name.
  25. Wiery

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    Names I will never give my children???

    Clamydia
    Jenny Talia
    Richard Cranium

    My sister's name is Randy; needless to say, she is popular with Englishmen...
  26. Ageless

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    Years ago I was working with two different clients, one, a man named Innocent, and the other, a woman, named Virgen. I always thought I should get them together!
  27. Castlerock

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    I don't like names that are to unisex and no difference in spelling: Mackenzie, Taylor, Logan. My kids have friends with these names that a both boys and girls. At least with some unisex names you can tell by the spelling if it is a boy or girl: Jamie/Jayme, Terry/Terri or Robin/Robyne.

    And we need some change in common names. My daughters class has 3 Katies's, 3 Jessica's and 2 Emily's.

    Funniest names I know: Harley Davidson and Harry Dick. :lol:
  28. rjblue

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    Which are the boy's version and which are the girl's? I know women named Terry and Jamie- do they have the boy's spelling?

    I can't even keep Francis and Frances straight. And also- here Michelle is a girls name, but the francophones in the area commonly name their sons Michael- also pronounced Michelle.
  29. gkelly

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    Answering my own challenge...

    Keeping in mind that all northern/western European versions of Greek names(including my own) are transliterations at best and often adaptations, for a girl I would play with the spelling a little further to get Irin as a compromise between Irene, Irina, and Erin . . . or maybe Irini.

    While we're on the peace theme, would Pax work for a boy? I can think of reasons why it wouldn't be my first choice if I had an actual son to name in this scenario, but I could live with it, so I'll suggest it to my hypothetical spouse while I think of alternatives.
  30. my little pony

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    i would say something like i ruined my body for this, i'm calling it what i want to call it, go f*** youself

    reason # 845 why i cant ever marry
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  31. snoopy

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    Tarzan Obediah Greenberg wins.
  32. Artemis@BC

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    :rofl:
  33. Vagabond

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    Don't be so sure. Some of those may eventually come back.

    As it is, I am expecting to live long enough to see some names of more recent vintage become "old lady names" -- Holly, Kelly, Wendy, Brittany, and Tiffany, for example.

    (((((Hollys, Kellys, Wendys, Brittanys, and Tiffanys on FSU)))))
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    Ask Angelina
  36. BigB08822

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    I have a student whose name is pronounced Moneisha but is spelled Moneneshia. It really explains a lot.. :shuffle:
  37. Kruss

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    One of the radio personalities here named her little boy Porter. While that may be a family name (although in her case, it's not, she just wanted something unique), I can't imagine crooning over a velvety beautiful little baby, "Poooooorter!"

    It's not a bad name for an adult, but not for a baby, IMO.
  38. Nomad

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    I found my infamous "50 Names that Qualify as Child Abuse" list from the days when I sent things "To the parents of..." I am not making any of these up, alas:

    Sijazzmyn, Circle, Fairy, Haorong, Synderella, Winky, Princessha, Miracle, Charlemagne, Godd, Xzavion, Xzavier, Xzarinelle, Sweet-Chiantell, Huckelbery, Chances, and Majesta. :slinkaway
  39. Myskate

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    Wow, lots of interesting names here. I went to school with Eric Erickson and Mark Marks. They both liked their names. Eric has a friend John Dough. Hope he never lands in the ER without ID. No one will believe him. Saturday Night Live once had a skit about kids with funny names. http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/camp-ujaama/1354917/ I don't know how they did that skit with a straight face.
  40. Rex

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    I have two distant cousins in South Carolina named....here it comes...MODESTine and PLEASANTine.:eek::confused:
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