Do you care what people think of your child's name?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 76
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Aussie bee here. I don’t love it, I think it’s a bit too close to Jax (…or Jackson, or Jaxxon or Jaxon or Jackxsonne or one of thousands of babies with that name over the last year or two) and does have a slight tinge of bogan. BUT the best thing about having your own baby is giving it a name you like yourself. And you know what they say about opinions…. so I say go for it!

Post # 77
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A previous poster made a good point that no matter what name you pick someone out there could find a reason to dislike it. Someone once posted on here that she always loved being named after the Egyptian goddess Isis until…

Still I do care to some extent what it will be like for my child to live with a name. After working in jobs for years where I had to pronounce the names of strangers and make my best guess at how their names were pronounced I personally would choose names that are easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and associated with one gender. I would choose boring over unique.

Post # 78
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Honestly if I overheard someone calling Dax I would think they were talking to a dog. 

Post # 79
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Brickette :  there are definitely some names that have more than one accepted spelling, but even that gets annoying to have to correct people! For my cousins situations they were both names that only have one commonly used spelling so people don’t think to ask and confirm spelling which causes headaches. For example Elizabeth will be asked if she’s a “z” or and “s” or Catherine will be asked if she’s a “c” or a “k” but if Elyzabith is going to have a lot harder time routinely correcting people. 

Post # 80
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

No children yet but of course I care what people think – to an extent. A name is a person’s identity, often you see/hear a name before you meet the person behind the name and I would never want my children to have an unfavourable first impression. I also wouldn’t want them to have a name that makes their lives difficult, e.g. very difficult for people in the UK to spell or pronounce (FH and I are both of Indian origin so kids would have Indian names). 

If you mean would I care if someone just didn’t like the name I picked, then the answer is no.

Post # 81
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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sweetmama :  wow I never thought of that one for Aiden

Post # 82
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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dianaj17 :  the old names are the new hipster names! Doesn’t he know that? My daughter’s daycare class is basically the Golden Girls. Alice, Jane, Eleanor, Ruth, Maeve – alllll making a comeback! I would totally name a kid Blanche but my husband shot it down lol. 

Post # 83
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I like the name Dax.

Do I care what people think of the names I give my kids? A little. It’s not me that has to live with the name so I don’t want it to be something terrible but I’m also not asking anyone’s opinion but my husband’s. 

Like a PP, I teach at a huge university and I’ve seen all kinds of names. And the more traditional names seem to be less and less common. I really don’t think having a name that isn’t John or William makes you stand out that much anymore.

Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Literally EVERY name is a made up name, Deshawn, Whitney, Alexander, etc etc, ALL MADE up at some point. Judging on someone’s name is rooted in racism and classism. Sure do I prefer traditional spelling, yeah I do, but I don’t actually Care how you spell your name, same with “weird” names. The kid can always change it or go by something else they prefer as they age 

Post # 85
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Like who decides what makes a name a real name or professional or deserving respect? I listen to an investigative journalist on NPR who’s name is “Lulu”, which some would say is too cute or childish for a professional adult.

Post # 86
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

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missviolet92 :  This list is hilarious, and sometimes oddly specific (Zaharli Indyanah Megg?? Would one of those names in isolation count, or do they have to be all together?). I think the authors of the list must have had some personal experiences in order to put some of them on the list. And some of the names on the list are ridiculously popular; I have taught an Aden (and an Aidan and an Ayden), Jaden, Kaden, and Brayden (plus Hayden and Rayden in addition to countless more from the list).

Post # 87
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Busy bee

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Brickette :  Name the baby Dax, and when baby grows up, tell him that if anyone ever makes fun of his name tell him to ask why their parents gave them a boring name. lol

jk, but seriously, name the baby what you want, youre not going to please everyone with ANY NAME you choose. 😉

Post # 89
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Sugar Beekeeper

If you are Australian, you should know that daks is an ( admittedly old fashioned) name for trousers. No way l’d stick a son of mine with what sounds like slang for pants.  

It’s all very well to say you don’t care what others think, he’s the one who has to wear it , pun intended. 

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