My given name is Marianne. And usually if I tell someone my name as they prepare to write it down, I have to immediately spell it out for them so they don't go with Mary Ann. They always get taken aback, and fumble with the writing. Tell me, "whoa, wait, how's that again?" Even when I tell people how to spell it, or they've seen it spelled before, they try to throw in an extra R, lop off an n, or both. Then there's those that see it spelled, and try to call me Marlene. Or, they hear me tell them my name, and come back at me with Mary. Even if it was spelled Mary Ann, if I tell you my name with the full pronunciation, the least you could do is address me as I've told you to.
I also like Claudia and Julia, though mostly because they're feminine Roman family names (a girl would be Julia Majora, Julia Minora, etc. if she were of the Julii.) And being a Rome geek, it appeals.
If I had to use a relatively unique name, I might actually go and use my great-grandmother's name, Michaelina, or my great-great grandmother's, Karolina.
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
My niece has a daughter named Kailee and a son name Kaiden. My nephew has a daughter named Isabella. We tried to suggest that perhaps they should consider naming them something a little less common, but they didn't listen. Kailee and Isabella each have four or five girls in their class with the same name (and they both go to schools with small classes). Kaiden is only a year old but I'm sure he won't be the only Kaiden in his class when he starts school.
When my younger brother was born, my mother shared a room with a woman whose last name was Lemon. She named her new daughter Candy.
When I'm old, I don't want them to say of me, "She's so charming." I want them to say, "Be careful, I think she's armed."
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When I was in 3rd grade, there were twin girls in my class named Whitney and Britney. I went to their birthday party and found out that their mother was also a twin and her and her sister were named Bonnie and Connie.
Recently, I came across a woman who had a daughter named So'Uneek. Spelled just like that.
Some friends of mine named one of their sons Rhyley (Riley pronounced). I found it so strange, they weren't the type of people I would expect it from. I think strange spellings of normal names is the most annoying trend, I would never do it.
I would also never name my kid something from another culture I had not connection to. A collage acquaintance named her first kid Yuri (after Yuri Gagarin), the parents were both as Danish as you can be.
I looove the name Omar, but wouldn't choose it since I have no connection to the name. My sister in law married a guy from Pakistan, and despite my lobbying my nephew is not named Omar .
I would never name a girl what I think of as a 'stripper name': Charity, Candy and the like.
In addition, I feel strange about biblical names, thought they are very common in Denmark (Peter, Michael, Marie = Mary, etc), since I am not really a Christian.
My husband think it is strange to name kids after a god, even from a (mostly) dead religion, no Thor (or Zeus) for us - Thor is not uncommon in Scandinavia though.
So, so many names. I just can't even get through the entire thread. I knew a family that wanted all the kids names to have very few vowels and be unusual. Also, the kids all have the same middle name (a family last name) and a hyphenated last name (mom & dad). I've changed the middle & last names, but they are similar to what's there. The first names are the same.
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Zahlen Waterhouse Bellringer-Titbrush
Vehro Waterhouse Bellringer-Titbrush
Rohre Waterhouse Bellringer-Titbrush
also, I used to work with a guy whose father was a OB-GYN. There was a woman who named her daughter Vagina - pronounced vaj-in-ay!
I quite like a lot of gaelic based names and they're fairly popular here in Scotland but over the last while I've noticed a lot of kids at the school I teach at being named gaelic names but spelled phonetically. I've seen so many different variations of Ciaran that I can barely keep straight which child is which - Kieren, Kiaran, Cieren and even worse Keeran! Arrgh! That's before we even get to the Mhairi argument! It's meant to be pronounced as "Varry" here but a lot of parents spell it this way but want it pronounced as "Marry" (which is normally spelled Mairi).
My favourite name for a girl is Eilidh (which is pronounced Aylee), it's a very common name in Scotland now but it's not well known outside of here. One of the girls I teach dance to was recently accepted into the Young Americans performing company and at the event (which was held in California) where she was accepted, the director of the company announced her name as "El-de-... oh I can't say this. The girl from Scotland!" We all cracked up majorly! She has since taken to introducing herself when having to spell her name as "Like Kayleigh without the K!"
Speaking of Scottish names - an acquaintance really wanted to name her daughter Blythe, but her husband wasn't going for it, so I suggested Alyth. It's actually a town in Scotland where some of my husband's ancestors are from, which is where I got the idea, but more importantly, I just think it's pretty Slightly concerned that little kids would have trouble pronouncing it and it might come out like a lisp, but you could always call the kid Ally while they were young, and then they'd have a choice as they got older.
Since I have no daughters, anyone else can feel free to use it
Garf (poor kid)
Rode O (yee haw!)
Tolex (too cheap for a Rolex?)
GIRLS - all of these names could easily be on Toddlers and Tiara's!
Brinderella - (WTF? Really people?!)
Fleetah - (fast like a cheetah!)
Staccato -(cousin to Harmony and Melody?)
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I have clients named Xella and Xaqira. Their sister's name also begins with an "X" but I can't remember what it is. They're pronounced "Shella" and Shaqira". They were adopted by Aussies, but are Chinese, so their parents put "x" sounding like "sh" as that's (sort of) how it is with Chinese "x's". All of the kids love their names, and here in China there are some really weird English names anyway, they probably go to school with several Apples and Frogs. My next-door neighbour named their kid Cancer (but it's now changed to Ryan) - a Korean family who gave English names when they moved here.