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Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

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

  1. luvsasha2

    luvsasha2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    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:
  3. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    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.
  4. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  6. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    As for words that would otherwise make pretty names, I like the sound of "Camera" (but not "Tamera").
  7. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    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:
  8. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    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:
  10. RFOS

    RFOS Well-Known Member

  11. AnnieD

    AnnieD Active Member

    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!)
  12. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    Is that pronounced "destdashinee"? ;) :p
  14. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada


    :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 :)
  15. snoopy

    snoopy Team St. Petersburg


    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.
  16. AnnieBgood

    AnnieBgood Active Member

    I knew a Blythe in Kindergarten.
    My niece is, Fiona Kara Blythe.
  17. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    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!)
  18. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    Yeah, and don't forget the dotting that I with a heart. Gag.
  19. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    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.
  20. znachki

    znachki Active Member

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  21. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    Andy is also a unisex name.
  22. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    True but it's often a nickname and the person has a full name of Andrea or Andrew so you can use that to tell. :)

    Anyway, my point was that that list was not full of cutsie and unisex names. The OPs point was that names that end Y are not uniformly feminine and/or cutsie and I think the list proves that point well enough.

    Except for Chancey. :lol:
  23. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    actually, i think dusty, cody, toby, colby, coby, cory, chancey, and brody are all EITHER girly, cutesy or perpetually juvenile - but YMMV
  24. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Ari's pretty damned cutesy/girly. I didn't even know boys were named that.
  25. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

    My brother and his wife who's Mexican have the same issue. When my sil was pregnant (with twins) she was told they were boys and they carefully picked names that worked in both English and Spanish. When they were born they were girls and my brother ended up naming them. One of them has a name that really only works in Spanish (Ximena) and the other has a name that works in both languages (Gabriella) but he spelled it so that it doesn't really work in Spanish. My sil was too drugged up and exhausted to notice :lol:

    I feel the same way. If ever I have to name kids they will not have names that sound cutesy in anyway or are easily transformed to a cutesy nickname easily.
  26. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    After watching Entourage, I can never think of the name Ari again without thinking of the agent played by Jeremy Piven. Not remotely cutesy or girly.

    All the Ari's I've know where Jewish and male so that's what I think of when I see that name.
  27. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    I think Gabriella works in Spanish! My sister's name is Isabella and I know many others, as well as Gabriellas, Daniellas, using the double LL spelling. I think Gabriella is really pretty, but I have two cousins by that name. :shuffle

    My aunt and uncle had the same issue - their son's name is Samuel.
  28. AlexDSSF

    AlexDSSF Member

    I don't see myself ever being a parent, but if I was one, I would NEVER give my child an obvious last name as a first name (Taylor, Madison, Mackenzie, Addison, Kennedy, etc.). Nor would I ever give my child a name that sounds and is spelled like a budding "Toddlers and Tiaras" contestant, such as Kennydy, Kynydi, Kenna-Dee, Ken-NaDee, Kynnadee, Kehnuhdee, Kenny-Dee, etc.
  29. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

    Um... my name ends with an 'i' - and I assure you, I am neither slutty nor ditzy. ;)
  30. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

    Hmm, that's interesting. Lots of people from where my sil is from pronounce the double l like an ay sound instead of an l sound. Maybe it's just because it isn't the way she would have done it that it bothers her ;) As an aside, their middle names are Isabel and Danielle and Samuel was one of the boy names they had picked.