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

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 93
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I’d also like to point out that you can name your kid something “normal” and it can turn into a name that they’ll get made fun of for.

I’m sure there are plenty of Alexa’s and Siri’s who are tired of being asked to play Baby Shark. And every Felicia probably dreads the moment she has to say goodbye to people at a party. And don’t even get me started on Karen’s. 

Post # 94
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

No we picked  name that we both liked for our little one. We wanted a name that was both easy to pronounce in English and also in Portuguese. We chose Daniel some family members like it and some find it to traditional but we don’t care.

Post # 96
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes and No.

No because in some aspect everyone has different takes in names. Some people like classic names, like William. Others like trendy names like Brayden. Are either bad names? No, they’re just different. We gave out son a pretty preppy name that is super normal but not overdone at all. We’ve never had any pushback on the name and everyone who hears it says “I love that name” but if they didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be a big deal for me because I know it’s a totally mainstream name that will carry him through life just fine.

That being said, the alternative is totally YES. Yes because this is the name he will live with forever. As he goes through school, makes friends, goes to college, enters a carear. I would never saddle my child with a horrible “out there” name for the sake of being origional or different. 

Dax isn’t a horrible name. I think it’s more on the trendy side, but there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not a name I would choose but I think he’ll be fine down the road.

Post # 98
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Brickette :  Aussie bee here. I do quite like the name Dax, but as a previous poster said, I immediately thought of the slang for underpants. Which could have teasing implications. I’m super sensitive to names with teasing implications as a teacher, but other people are less so. At the end of the day, it’s your choice. 

I’ve taught kids with some pretty out there names. They end up suiting the kid regardless usually. 

Post # 99
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

I’m guessing a bogan is similar to chav in the UK? In which case yes I would avoid calling my child something that made people think they could be a bogan, as other PPs have mentioned people definitely judge and you don’t really want people to have preconceived negative ideas about your child.

In the UK chavvy names tend to be “trendy” rather than classic or traditional, so Dax would definitely be on the chavvy side. I loved the name Lily, but for some reason it became very popular with chavs a few years ago. I can’t even count the number of tattoos I’ve seen of “Lily” or even worse “Lilly” (I hate misspelling names to make them trendy) usually double barrelled with another trendy name like Mae or Rae, in the past few years, so it’s no longer a name choice for me unfortunately. 

Post # 100
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Blushing bee

For me I wouldn’t care too much. The only thing I’d want from a name is easy to spell and pronounce because my name is neither of those things and I get tired of correcting people. My mum always claims the same thing with hers so why she’d choose a name similar to hers where’d id get the same issues is beyond me and I’ve resorted to changing my name legally now to my nickname instead. 

If you want to name your kid Dax then I’d say go for it. Even if it’s a name folks associate with certain types of people doesn’t mean he will immediately be brushed with the same paint. And if people are going to do that then they aren’t people you should be bothered with anyway. 

Post # 101
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

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ariesscientist :  see to me that seems really unfortunate that you feel you can’t use a perfectly “normal” name because a certain type of person has decided they also like it. I don’t see why that name should now be unusable. What is a chav, and how does their mere selection of a name ruin it for good? There must be some non chav Lily’s out there who have not had accusations of chavness made against them as a result of their name.

Post # 102
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Honey Beekeeper

I cared. None of us live in a cave. I wanted to pick names that are not impossible for others to remember, spell, or pronounce, were not too trendy, or too dated, and would not lend themselves to negative associations, either in childhood or later, in the business world. 

Sometimes, depending on who you are, circumstances, and good fortune, obstacles can make you stronger. Other times, they are just obstacles.

Also, I have never understood the idea of waiting to see if a name “fits.” The baby becomes associated with the name, not the other way around.

Post # 103
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Bumble bee

I care about what other think of my kids name. But only in a sense if I’m setting my kid out to failure. Not in way if someone close to me likes the name. If my sister seriously disliked a totally normal name like James then it woudlnt really be an issue. 

Post # 104
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Bumble bee

I do think Dax is a good name. It’s not too out here, it’s uncommon and not unique. You have a celebrity (I love armchair expert) with that name so it’s not “nobody ever hear did it name” and it’s really easy to pronounce and not far from max which is super common name.

Post # 105
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Honey Beekeeper

As for Marijuana Pepsi, she has a PhD and her fifteen minutes of fame but who knows what doors might have closed on her in the past or might still close on her in the future? The point is, she can never know. Why take that risk just for some attention? 

That said, Dax is not even remotely close to something like that. Personally, I prefer less trendy names, but if you love it, go for it.

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