(Closed) How much do initials matter in baby-naming??

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2681 posts
Sugar bee

I think it only matters if you want it to matter.  Darling Husband and I were talking about it and we know the name we want for a girl but not the middle name.  I suggested Elizabeth but then her initials would be HEF and he said no way, kids would tease her for being a heffer!  I laughed and it isnt a big deal to me, but it is to him.

Good luck with the possible pregnancy, fingers crossed! 🙂

Post # 4
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How often do KIDS use initials? I guess on their school supplies? Maybe instead you could write “Henry O” (as a quick example). Or use the FULL initials with the middle name?

I dont think it matters too much. Like you said, kids will ALWAYS find something to make fun of.

Post # 5
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

All I know is that my dad went to school with a girl who’s initials were E.Z. and he STILL talks about it (He is 66). So you can imagine how much she was made fun of during school.


The only thing I have to say on the matter is that you want to avoid ‘giving’ other kids something to make fun of!

It really is up to you but I would probably stay clear as those initials are pretty bad!

Post # 6
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think it matters only if the initials are really obvious. There was this girl in my art class when I was little and we would do ceramics and we would put our initials at the bottoms with pencil and here initials were F.A.T. I mean, who does that to their kid?

Post # 7
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have to say that kids can be merciless … ANYTHING name-related they can latch onto to make fun of, you can bet they will. I mean, obviously you’ve thought of it, so other people will, too. The initials B.O. and H.O. are just asking for it … but what about the middle names? That could make it OK.

Post # 8
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

BO is my uncle’s initials and he always hated it. I grew up as T.O. and my first name is Tova so often my name was shortened to “To” and I always thought it was cool that is was my initals.

Post # 9
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

As an elementary school teacher, I have to weigh in on this one. The other kids WILL notice and WILL tease! Just yesterday I had a little girl (MF) upset because people were telling her her name was a curse word. Sure, it might not really matter, but I would probably want to save my kid from that if it was avoidable.

Post # 10
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it matters.

My initals are B A H…which i love, my mom calls me sheep all the time and I love it….kids never really said anything…i think just bc its cool.

My initials are changing to B A G soon and already i have been mocked and teased (at the ripe age of 27!) I could only imagine what it would be like if i was younger!

Children are fairly cruel to each other…..

Post # 11
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Initials can be really cool or really bad. Mine are the first three letters of my first name (ASH), which I’ve always liked. Future Father-In-Law worked for the government and his initials are SPY (I really want to steal the SPY thing! The middle name could be Pierce…as in Pierce Brosnan…as in James Bond….geddit?). It’s certainly something to take into consideration, anyway. But I suppose it’s more important to have a first name that doesn’t lend itself to cruelty, haha.

Post # 13
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Kids will find something to tease about if they want you. It’s best not to make it easy, but I think if you add a middle initial you might avoid teasing from the initials.

Post # 14
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

it matters – i went to elementary school with a girl named pat marie smith…. thats right… guys had a field day.

Post # 15
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When i went through School initials were used all the time.  If your name was written on the board it was with initials.  This included being on dentention, being praised for work and also being put on task lists.  Intials were put in clothes at the schools direction, I went through Primary and High Schools with my now bridesmaid and her initals are CAB.  She was teased non stop all through school, yes even in high school.  Not so much in the senior grades, but it became very hard for her to lose the nic name Taxi.

Kids will take the smallest thing and run with it.  I myself was very aware of it.  When I was deciding on a name for my daughter I had a list of names I liked and I was trying to decide on what I wanted.  I knew I wanted her first name hyphenated as my first name is and I thought it would be nice to pass that on to her.  My mother wanted me to use Peta-Rose Ava Tenbosch.  And when I looked at it all I could see was PRAT.

Needless to say I discounted that very quickly.

Post # 16
7409 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

The initials my parents gave me were EHO.  So i had the “HO” also 🙂   Honestly, it so rarely came up it was not even an issue. 

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