Post # 1
Does it seem like everyone is desparate for their kid to be the only “Nyalis” or “Pretia” “Falique” in their class? Don’t get me wrong, I love a unique name every now and again, and growing up with at least 5 “Jennifers” in my class, I get it! But its seem s like everyone is just trying so DAMN HARD these days for their kid to have something no body else does, and I can only imagine how anoying it is going to be when little “Niamh” has to correct EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON on either the pronunciation and/or spelling of their name EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Your child isn’t a special snowflake.
Your child isn’t unique, because everybody else in the world is “unique.”
Don’t give your child shitty names, ones that will haunt them and get them punched in the face on the playground.
I get that you want your child to stand out from the crowd, but when *everybody* wants to stand out “from the crowd”, there isn’t a “crowd” to stand out from.
Signed, A person who grew up with too many people who have really awful names and some of them actually regret.
(I went to 3rd-7th grade with a Neveah. People, you think this name is beautiful, and elegant, but she got so much shit for it, that she changed it to Samantha when she turned 18.)
Post # 4
Did you hear about the kid whose parents named him (or was it her?) Hashtag? Ha ha ha.
I actually like “weird” names, but not ones that sound like the names of prescription drugs.
Post # 5
@Hyperventilate: Agreed, agreed, agreed, +1000.
I also hate the name Nevaeh. It’s a favorite among low class trash around here.
Post # 6
@RedAngelDreamer: I know right! It is WAY over used.
Post # 7
Actually right now the trend is back to old classic names-Amelia, Clara, Eva. Of course there are those “unique” names-there always have been, but the top 10 names are all pretty classic. I think those different names just stick out more.
Post # 8
I hate madeup and misspelled names. But I did want my kid to have a name that he wouldn’t share with 5 other classmates. We named him “Ronan”.
Post # 9
Ugh, yes. As a classic name kind of girl, the misspelled and made-up names that seem to be everywhere get under my skin.
Post # 10
In some countries like Germany, there is a limit to how original you can be. If you name your child something like “Poopy face”, the government will actually make you change thier name. Their rules are: (1) it must reflect the sex of the child, and (2) it must not endanger the ‘well-being of the child.
Post # 11
I wholeheartedly believe that anyone who wants to give their child one of these weird, unique names should have to read the book Freakonomics first. There’s an entire chapter in that book dedicated to explaining that children with unusual and unique names do worse, their entire lives, than children with more mainstream names. Saddling your child with a hard to pronounce and always misspelled name is not doing them any favors at all. In fact it only helps them to be perceived poorly by people that they will have to relate to for the rest of their lives. This is why I have an Anna and a Leah, not a Nevaeh and a Ma’jesti.
Post # 12
I have a unique name and I love it! HOWEVER I can’t tell you how many people have made rotten jokes about my name. I’ve been told my mom “must have a sense of humor.” All I could say was “excuse me?”
I do agree with you about the crazy names. My name really isn’t anything nuts it’s just not a typical American name.
Post # 13
@Happilyevaafter5 – Are there any unisex names in German?
Post # 14
Studies have been done that show people with ‘unique’ names have a harder time getting a job, becoming socialised etc. Don’t give your kids stupid made-up names. Give them something that people can pronounce and spell.
THere are always lists of the top 10 current baby names… it’s not like you have to pick from that list… look for the top 100-200 and pick something from the bottom… or something else, just don’t make up things or put in random ‘h’ or ‘y’s… it’s dumb and people will judge you and your child.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
I agree with PPs. I know a Nevaeh and it still is a horrible name. My favorite real life examples of Unique names are La-La ( pronounced ladashla) and Alison with the last name Wonderland. Those are just cruel.
Post # 16
I was talking mommy business with a girl I used to work with and she told me she named her daughter Nevaeh. She was like, “Yeah, it’s Heaven spelled backwards, isn’t that so cute and clever?!” *headdesk*