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Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    :lol: I have no idea...I'm assuming their parents Vaughan and Almena wanted them to be modest and pleasant. :shuffle:
  2. AnnieD

    AnnieD Active Member

    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!"
  3. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    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 ;)
  4. AnnieD

    AnnieD Active Member

    There's a little girl in our pre-school class called Alyth. She's absolutely gorgeous and it's a beautiful name. She pronounces it as Ay-lith. Blythe is cute too but I've never met anyone called that yet.
  5. grimey

    grimey bird is the word

    Some gems from this page(seriously, are these real??):
    Garf (poor kid)
    Knight Train
    Rode O (yee haw!)
    Tolex (too cheap for a Rolex?)

    GIRLS - all of these names could easily be on Toddlers and Tiara's!
    Aarikkaa (Erica?)
    Brinderella - (WTF? Really people?!)
    Fleetah - (fast like a cheetah!)
    Staccato -(cousin to Harmony and Melody?)
  6. Nan

    Nan Just me, retired

    My mother told me that if she had known from the start when my two sisters and I were going to be born, she would have named us April, May and June. :)
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  7. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    That would have been lovely. A neighbour's six year old daughter is named October, which is not the month of her birth, but the month of her Dad's birthday. I quite like it. I like unusual names, as long as they have a nice connotation or story behind them, and as long as they aren't confusing spellings.
  8. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    In the 7th grade I was in a play with sisters named April, May, and June (I played April :encore: ) :scream: you are very, very lucky that didn't happen to you :lol:
  9. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. znachki

    znachki Active Member

    I know a Cadence that we can add to that.
  11. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light and

    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.
  12. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    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:
  13. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

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

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  15. mpal2

    mpal2 Well-Known Member

    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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  16. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    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.
  18. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

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

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    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!"
  20. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

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

    Cyn Well-Known Member

    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.


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

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    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.
  23. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    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.
  24. Citlali

    Citlali Well-Known Member

    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:
  25. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    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.
  26. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    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.
  27. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    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.
  28. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    there's a girl nearby who ran for local office named d'est-inee. i bet she'd kill to be paige.
  29. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    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.
  30. Flatfoote

    Flatfoote Active Member

    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!