Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

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  1. Nell411

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    My name is Janelle. It's impossible to find gifting stuff or anything with my name on it. I think I saw my name on a keychain once. It drove me nuts growing up because I could find my middle name, Margaret, all over the place. And my mum's name, Janice, is fairly common. So I always figured my name was fairly uncommon, until we moved to a neighbourhood where I became one of four Janelle's all within a three block radius. There was only one playground in the area so we all knew each other. Then we moved and I didn't meet another Janelle until my last month at my old job. She spelt her name the same way and everything. We used to ignore pages to us assuming it was the other one until they started using the first letter of our last names.
    My brothers name is Thomas but he never met another Thomas until 2 years into his current job. They worked the same shift for a while so it got confusing but they still confuse people with it when they are together. My dad's name is David. For the last 10 years we've always known at least one other David, and his step-brother is a David as well, but after my dad's step-mom married my grandpa he started going by Michael, his middle name. I have an aunt named Jennifer. I don't see her much and I've never thought to ask her if she knew a lot of other Jennifer's growing up.
  2. CantALoop

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    One trend I noticed is to give kids an unique name is to use a more traditional name or spelling (e.g. "Rhys" instead of "Reece/Reese").

    But one of my cousins' kids has the misfortune of being named "Restituto" after his great-grandfather. He prefers being called "Rusty" instead :lol:
  3. skatingfan5

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    That's what my two sisters and I named our dolls many a year ago. :)
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  4. Alex Forrest

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    My mom had a family of four girls in her town growing up with the names April, May, June, and Julie. The funny thing was that June was born in July, April in March, May in August, and Julie some other month. It made no sense. I've also seen a quadset of sons named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (only four so no Acts). Different generations but that would have been fun to combine those families and see just what names they'd come up for the next generation.

    I think one of the worst things you can do to your child is name them with a completely unspellable and unpronounceable name. Creativity is good, a unique name may stand out, but I remember reading some article that found that those with WTF names are hired less often and don't move up as fast in their careers than your standard Elizabeths or Williams. I mean, gets serious "Aarrikaa"? Had I had a daughter she'd have been named Athena or Aurora, so I'm not your standard Elizabeth type either. But seeing the list of those names makes me so depressed for those kids. Bimberley? Really? "And here is the first woman POTUS, Ms. Bimberly Smith!" :eek: Oh well, ce la vie.
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  5. mpal2

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    My favorite bad name for a kid is Brock Lee. I was in 1st grade with him and, not surprisingly, he was the class clown. It's hard to be a hated green vegetable in grade school. You suffer in misery or laugh a lot.
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  6. screech

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    I often hate weird spelling, but sometimes I also like it. One of my friends used to date an Eryk (Eric). It was easy enough to decipher but still unique. I liked that one (but that might also have been because I knew the guy and it wasn't just some random name I heard)

    One that I hated is that I went to school with a Lynzee (Lindsay). I also don't like the spelling of 'Vanessa' as 'Venessa'. And I know someone whose mother is named Janessa.

    I'm not a fan of matching names either. I teach a child named Simon. His sister's name is Simona.

    I have a friend named Tania. NOBODY can pronounce her name right. It's pronounced like Tonya, but everyone calls her Tan-ya. Even if she corrects them, they go back to doing it wrong. And I prefer her spelling - to me Tania is more aesthetically pleasing to look at than Tonya. Tonya just looks 'harsher' than Tania. Though I can understand why people would pronounce it the wrong way - at least pay attention when someone corrects you!

    I had a friend named Josée in high school and we had one teacher that would always call her Josie. Even if she corrected him, she was always Josie.

    I agree about this, though since I plan on one day marrying (or at least bearing the children of) Alexander Skarsgård, my love of Scandinavian names should be acceptable. :D He once said in an interview that when his parents said he could help name one of his brothers when he was like 8 years old, he wanted them to use Adolf, but they nixed that idea pretty quick (though he says he does still like the name, just not where the mind goes when people hear it). Instead the kid got an iceberg's name for a middle name.
  7. leesaleesa

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    I had a supervisor named Javier Javier. One rather testy elderly client wanted to negotiate her monthly insurance premium, which can't be done, so she asked my supervisor's first name.

    "His name is Javier, Madame".
    "What's his last name?"
    "Hs last name is Javier, Madame"
    "You are a smart ass. What's his MIDDLE name"?
    "I don't know his middle name, Madame, but his middle initial is H"
    "So, his middle name is Javier too, is that what you are telling me, you liar?"
    "Of course not, Madame. Javier is spelled with a J".

    I should have just said Long Duk Dong.

    Maryam is a common name in Iran. I think it's really pretty, and also like Mavis.

    A kid from grade school had the name of Cloyd. Another kid was named Skeeter, whose Father was named Stoney Stoneking. I think Stoney was a nickname, though.

    Last but not least, a girl who just started in the Gentlemen's club where I waitressed called herself Jetta, because on her way to work, she noticed a VW Jetta in front of her. She was relieved, because she couldn't think of a name. Kind of refreshing, after seeing all the not so high end Porsches, Mercedes, and Lexuses. One very odd lady who we secretly called she-wolf went by the name Murka. Sexy.
  8. Alex Forrest

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    I still can't multiquote. Uggh, I really thought I was doing it right. I'm in bold.
  9. snoopysnake

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    I'm reminded of a Monty Python record (yes I'm old enough to have bought records) with a skit involving variants of Charles Dickens and his book titles. One name was brought up as having "four M's and a silent Q!"
  10. leesaleesa

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    Sa5m-The five is silent. :)
  11. Cyn

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    I have relatives with the names bolded in the quotes above :shuffle:.

    My family is chock-full of "older" names (of which there are three Mildreds - that I'm aware of :eek: ). Some of the names are beautiful, some....not so much, and some just plain :yikes: :scream:.

    The list of our family's female names include:

    - Eudora,
    - Pamelia (not Pamela),
    - Esther,
    - Honour,
    - Phillippa,
    - Henrietta,
    - Agatha,
    - Levicy,
    - Laviney (L & L were sisters, but not twins),
    - Penelope,
    - Parthenia,
    - Alizannah (nickname Alcy),
    - Ruby,
    - Harriet,
    - Jula,
    - Louelle,
    - Elsie (two of them - a mother and her daughter),

    We even have two Cinderellas :lol:. One was born in 1795, and the other was her daughter, born in 1841 (and who sadly died in 1843 at the age of 17 months :() .

    There are also so many Elizabeths, Marys, Margarets, and Catherines/Katherines it's ridiculous :rofl:.

    I think Violet and Vivian are lovely (though Violet does tend to remind me of Violent Beauregard, the gum-chewing girl from Willy Wonka that turned into a blueberry :rofl: ). While Alice is a pretty name, for me it will forever be associated with Alice In Chains and, to a lesser extent, "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick wailing "Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall....." (as well as the obvious - Alice in Wonderland).

    Poor guy. Sometimes I wish children could sue their parents for pain and suffering from being given a horrific and/or ridiculous name resulting in harassment, bullying, and emotional trauma.

    MiniCyn came very close to being named McKenna, but we ended up giving her a different first name. We dodged a major bullet on that one, because in the mid-late 90s, girls' names beginning with "Mc" exploded in the tryndee naymz sphere, and now it seems like there's a zillion teenage McKennas, McKenzies, McKaylas, McKinleys, etc., etc.

    :rofl:

    Was Aquanetta a Drag Queen? If not, that would be a perfect name for one.
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  12. gkelly

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    I knew a Mildred who was born in the 1970s.

    Sometimes parents can't know that they're at the forefront of what's about to be a popular naming trend, that a year or two after they choose an unusual name it will suddenly become very popular. Or that a traditionally masculine but fairly unusual name will suddenly become popular for girls.
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    I work with someone who is named Mara but it's spelled Maire (since she's also from Ireland). I'm Marie and someone else is Mary. It's VERY confusing especially as I sometimes make a typo and spell my name Maire by accident.
  14. Citlali

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    My mom has four names:p (in her baptism record, she only uses 2 in her official documents) Angela Maria Bruna Erminia (she was named after my great grandmother) Angela and Maria she is fine with, but call her Bruna or Erminia and she´ll snap,my nonna used to call her all four names when she got mad or wanted to make a point. :lol:
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    I've been trying to remember this name since this started and finally did. I had a student last semester whose name was Daz'Juan - a female student. I remember pulling up the list on my first day and panicking when I saw that name, but I actually pronounced it correctly during attendance. What I recall most vividly is the completely embarrassed look on the normally vibrant girl's face when I said it, and then she meekly asked me to please call her Daisy. Poor girl.
  16. Cachoo

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    I don't know the genesis of this name but I have always remembered it since hearing it on NPR years ago: There was an olympic rower named Anna Banana Seaton --this had to be at least twenty years ago and I've never forgotten that name. I don't actually hate it.
  17. KCC

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    What do you all think of the girl's name Paige? I go back and forth -- sometimes I like it and sometimes it just feels off.
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    there's a girl nearby who ran for local office named d'est-inee. i bet she'd kill to be paige.
  19. misskarne

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    When my aunt was a nurse, many years ago, she spent some time in the maternity ward. There was a woman in there who'd just given birth to a boy. Her surname was "Duck".

    She named her son Donald. And when her family came to visit her, my aunt was horrified to discover that it wasn't just an innocent mistake; her older daughter was named Daisy.
  20. Flatfoote

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    My Mom worked with a woman who said there would be a very pretty sounding girl's name, if you didn't already know the definition of the word. She said it really did roll off the tongue nicely. The word? Diarrhea.

    No, she never did subject any of her daughter's with that name!
  21. luvsasha2

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    I actually like the name Faith, and I have a friend named Hope :) but it's funny when I email her and say something like "hope you're doing well".

    bad names....my dad had a friend whose sister was Mary Christmas. I am not making this up, unless he was! Isn't that awful? Though compared to some of the others on this thread, it really isn't. :eek:

    Since I watched Tangled, I have a thing for the name Eugene. Isn't that awful? It'd been fun to name a boy that but wouldn't he be teased a lot? In general though, I'd like to name any kids I have after literary people because I'm a bibliophile.
  22. michiruwater

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    That was a story my 4th grade teacher read to us. I remember where she was standing in the room even. I remember the piece of paper in her hand as she read to us about people in a hospital trying very hard to convince a foreign couple that the beautiful English word they had heard was not a good word for a name, and then at the end of the story the word was revealed to be 'diarrhea.' I think we were learning about world geography and foreign cultures in general. Anyway, I remember sitting in my desk, mind blown, as I realized that it actually was a pretty word.

    I also remember all of my classmates laughing and saying, "gross!" And then later on the playground a group of them talking about how gross it was that any stupid couple could ever even think about naming their kid diarrhea. Being the snot I was like, I also remember telling them that they totally missed the point of the story :shuffle:
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    I've taught several Paige's and they've all been lovely girls. :) I also like that it doesn't have the traditionally feminine "ie" or "y" ending, and you can't make it cutesy.
  24. screech

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    I also wouldn't name my daughter in a name ending with an 'i'. I think it was Barney on How I Met Your Mother who said that girls with names that regularly end with 'y' but are changed to end with 'i' (Kelli, Brittani, Cindi, etc) are usually sluttier lol. I don't know about the girls, but the names do sound a bit ditzier.
  25. Alex Forrest

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    I suppose. But it doesn't really roll off the tongue nicely as much as it just seems to run right through you.

    I knew a mother who named her daughter Siphyllis. Pronounced sih-FIL-is. At least she misspelled it. It actually is a pretty looking name IMO.

    A girlfriend of mine named her daughter Jennifer, and she asked me what I thought about if she had another girl to name her Lucifer. My first thought was YCBS, but then I thought it was a pretty name, 'bearer of light'. But nope, I told her no WAY can she name her next daughter Lucifer.

    Really, these babies are going to have to grow up and make successes of themselves. Kind of hard if your names are Siphyllis and Lucifer. IMO.
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  26. KCC

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    As for words that would otherwise make pretty names, I like the sound of "Camera" (but not "Tamera").
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    I'd never name my kids something like Dolores or Soledad. Despite being fairly common names, they literally mean "pains" and "solitude" in Spanish. I don't understand why words like that became such popular names in Spanish (as well as in English, in the case of Dolores). They sound ugly, too. Virgen is the worst of them; I'm sure you all know what that one means.

    My goal, if I have kids, is to give them names that are easily pronounced in English and Spanish, since I'm bilingual and my family primarily speaks Spanish. So far I only like Sofia and Alexandra from the ones I've thought of, so let's just hope I have girls. :shuffle:
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    I taught boys named Dusty, Cody, Tony, Toby, Andy, Colby, Coby, Cory, Ari, Anthony, Riley, Zachary, Jeffrey, Wesley, Timothy, Chancey, Brody, and more. And very few of them used a nickname. I think it is incredible narrow to think that a name ending in "y" is somehow feminine or cutesy.
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    My mama wanted to name me Sheila, but - luckily! - my grandmother couldn't pronounce it properly, so I became one of the many Sofias in my generation. Good thing I got Alexandra for a middle name, since Sofia Alexandra sounds like the name of a queen. :gallopin1 :D There was a Swedish queen called Sofia Albertina once. I say Sofia Alexandra sounds better. :p

    I'm not sure if I'll ever want any kids, but every now and then I find myself thinking of what I'd name any eventual kids of mine. Right now I like Jonathan Varg for a boy ("varg" means wolf in Swedish), or, if I moved to an English-speaking country, Keigan. I thought Keigan was a name I'd made up myself, but google tells me otherwise - apparently it's Irish. :hat1: So yeah, boy kid by Irish father = Keigan. And then there's a bunch of Finnish names I like, like Kari, Lauri, and Petri.

    For some reason I find it a lot harder to come up with nice names for girls, at least names that aren't inspired by works of fiction. I like Leia, but I'm not enough of a Star Wars fan to name a kid that, and I've reserved Galadriel for when/if I get a white/cream coloured cat with good cheekbones. Amelie is nice, and Amelia, though then I'd have to break the family tradition of having Annelie as a middle name... Or would I? Hmm. Arya is an awesome name, as is Danaerys, though I want to know how A Song of Fire and Ice ends before naming any kids after characters from it.

    It's kinda funny though, I can't really think of any male fictional characters I'd name a boy after, possibly because my favourites are called the Doctor, Wikus van de Merwe, Vince Noir, and Sherlock Holmes. :lol:
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    I've had a child in my class for the last three years named Hope. Saying "No Hope!" everytime she's absent when I'm taking the register never gets old! (I'm not sure my class agree but they know me well enough to humour me!)
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    Oh, that reminds me of the time some of us were up all night writing papers in college, our housemate Dawn walked into the room, and someone said "Oh no, dawn already!" (We also had another housemate named Eve.)

    Also reminds me that Bob Hope's original given name was Leslie and kids used to call him HopeLes when he was young.
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    Is that pronounced "destdashinee"? ;) :p
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    :lol: i dont know but she has my sympathies


    actually, quite a few in this list sound feminine or cutesy or perpetually 7 yrs old


    my first correct double quote :)
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    My brother had that rule for the same reason. Apparently all the Cindi's and Kelli's he went to school with were on the looser side. He ruled out all the related names, Cynthia, Barbara, Jennifer, etc so they couldn't shorten their own name with an I down the road.
  36. AnnieBgood

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    I knew a Blythe in Kindergarten.
    My niece is, Fiona Kara Blythe.
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    I always think of Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe whenever I see anyone with that name :)

    (On a side note, slightly more morbid, it's a tradition for each group of dissectors to name their cadaver in the anatomy program at our school... and one of the girls in our group suggested Gilbert Blythe!)
  38. Alex Forrest

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    Yeah, and don't forget the dotting that I with a heart. Gag.
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    Yeah, that Zachary. What were his parents thinking giving him such a cutsie, feminine name!

    ;)

    The only name on that list that strikes me as cutsie is Chancey. That's 1 out of 17. And only Dusty is a name that is unisex though I do know one girl named Riley. But she's a character on TV not a real person.
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    I like it, but then I have known two people named Paige who are both awesome. I've also never met an Amy that wasn't a great person either.

    Paigelet. But it is kinda cute.

    My extended family is big on using family last names for middle names, so we have King, Marshall, Otis, Hartley,Elliot, Farr, Howland, Hood. For boys and girls. I like it.

    I always wanted to name a daughter Adelia, which was my great grandmother's name, but I have no kids. My cousin's daughter named her daughter Violet Genevieve, which are two names from our family's past.
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