(Closed) Article: How to name a baby

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Honey bee
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Love it! We went with “timeless” when we named our little girl Audrey, and when I took her to her daycare for the first time the other day, I couldn’t help but notice that she was the only one with a ‘normal’ name in the whole place! All the other cubbies had weird-but-not-too-weird and just-plain-weird names on them. I was like, whaaaa? What happened to, like, naming your kid “Michael”? I know it’s totally something I have to get over, because so many of Audrey’s peers are going to have (to me) bizarre names. I can’t throw a fit when she has a boyfriend in high school whose name is Decking or something. It’s just a thing that is going to happen.

Audrey and her boyfriend Decking.

*cringe*

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

This article is awesome.  AWESOME.  I love Baby Name Wizard…!!!  I have the 1880 through 2010 baby names database from the census downloaded on my computer.  I KNOW I AM WEIRD.

 

Also everyone should know that William is the name of Mulder and Scully’s baby, hence its enduring popularity.  OBVIOUSLY.  Here they are kissing while holding William (very important stuff!)

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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Does anyone remember reading in Freakonomics that rich people name their babies X, Y, and Z, and then those names trickle down into the hoi polloi?  Because the graphs from Baby Name Wizard are not corroborating that information.

Post # 20
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@BrandNewBride:  +1 

If it doesn’t sound like she could be a judge or President, it’s a no-go. 

Post # 21
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@iarebridezilla:  I LOVE the name Audrey! That’s our runner-up name for our daughter. 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
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@peachacid:  I do remember that! On that note, take a look at the graph for the name “Unique”. It does some really unique things!

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@Bebealways:  Yeah but Barack.  Mitt.  NEWT.  Hillary.  Woodrow.  LYNDON. DICK DICK DICK.  FRANKLIN.  Rutherford.  None of those sounds particularly presidential!!  Lemme see here.  Millard.  Ulysses.  Dubya.  Ronald.  Calvin.  Howard.  Warren.  Gerald.  Dwight.  Herbert.  Chester.

 

I mean…let’s be honest.  Most presidents have dorky names.  

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Speaking of unique, I was once in traffic court with two women named Unique. I couldn’t get over it. 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@peachacid:  Well, I like some of those… but I admit to having odd taste in the first place. Also the whole dick thing is the reason I can’t deal with the name Richard. I just can’t do it. I’m not internally mature enough to cope or something. I just keep going how did that nickname happen and why is it ok.

 

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@mamadingdong:  I wouldnt get over it either, possibly ever.

Post # 26
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Honey bee
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What is definitely weird is that EVERY BABY I HAVE HEARD OF that was born in the past month or two has a name starting with “A”. My kid does; my roommate at the hospital does; the pediatricians said that all the babies they’ve been seeing lately have A names …

All different names, but all starting with A. Bizarre.

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I kind of cant stand super popular names. I’ve known enough Elizabeths to last a lifetime!

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@iarebridezilla:  My favorite baby names are A names too.  MAN it’s hard to be slightly unique but not too unique.  Now we have to think about first-letter trends?!?

PS, I love Audrey.

Post # 29
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@iarebridezilla:  …. Both mine and my FIs names start with A… And all of our potential baby names also start with A. Lmao. Anna-Rose, Anastasia, Archer, Aramis. Haha. How weird.

Post # 30
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@Bebealways:  There is an intelligence test that kids are given called…ready?…the Woodcock-Johnson.  Woodcock’s first name is Richard, and Johnson’s is Mary Bonner.  I know bonner and boner are differently pronounced but STILL.  STILLLLLL.

Post # 31
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@allyfally:  What I wish I could understand is…well…so take the name Ava, for example.  It become super popular in the early 2000s.  WHY?  And then…why did SO MANY people start naming their kids that?  Did they think, “This beautiful name is so unique and pretty, my daughter shall be AVA!” or were they like, “I can’t think of a different name, and seventeen of my neighbors named THEIR daughters Ava, so AVA IT IS!” ?  Or somewhere in between…

Or during the Jennifer Epidemic of 1973 to 1987 (or whatever), were people like…”Well…Jennifer is just so pretty…let’s do it!”  

 

I guess the real question is…since baby name trends have recently swayed toward the very unique…why?  Why the move toward individuality in naming?

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