Post # 1
Hubs and I are TTC (and may have done it, i’m late!) so we’ve started talking baby names. We have one we like for both a boy and a girl – the only problem(?) being that our kids would have the initials B.O. for a the boy and H.O. for the girl.
Am I setting kids up for merciless teasing? Does it matter? I mean, if not initials kids will always find something to taunt each other about, so am I overthinking the baby-naming game?
Post # 3
I think it only matters if you want it to matter. DH 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Initials can be really cool or really bad. Mine are the first three letters of my first name (ASH), which I’ve always liked. FFIL 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 # 12
Ugh. It sucks that we might not use really solid names we love and have family meaning because of potential teasing! With middle names the initials would be B.P.O. and H.A.O., which is certainly better, but it doesn’t change the fact my kids would be BO and HO! Ugh again.
Post # 13
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
it matters – i went to elementary school with a girl named pat marie smith…. thats right… guys had a field day.
Post # 15
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
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.