Post # 17
It’s not my favorite but it could grow on me. However, I remember having picked names that my husband and I were set on just before we got married…and then when we actually became pregnant just a couple of years later, our tastes totally changed when it was actually a real child we were talking about. I think that’s pretty common, so I wonder if it will happen to you as well.
Post # 18
@anonicorn: While I don’t like it, I also don’t think many kids your child’s age, when he gets into school, will know American Tail. It’s a super old movie, and maybe the parents will know and what not, but the kids won’t think anything of it. Not that I would still name my son Feivel, but you may take comfort in the fact that your kid’s peers will probably have no idea about that movie or associate him with a mouse.
Post # 19
@anonicorn: If you love the name, use it. I’m so tired of the “he/she will get picked on”. I worked as a school teacher for 10 years, and I think we overexagerrate how cruel our youth are. Most kids are not teasing other kids because of their name. And really, you teach your child to love their name, the meaning, the reason you chose it and to stand up for themselves. I love names that aren’t common and that aren’t “normal” or whatever. I say go for it.
Post # 20
I think the movie was from OUR era (adults), so maybe kids won’t even know.
No matter what, kids will twist names. My second grade son is Sawyer. I was worried about the “Tom Sawyer” relation. But, he’s NEVER been called that. Instead, there’s ALWAYS been someone that calls him “Soy Sauce”. A kid even wrote that on his Valentine Card. He doesn’t care one bit, so I don’t make a big deal about it.
Post # 21
@anonicorn: Save it for a pet
Post # 22
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@kimmo416: +1 I think of a little cartoon Russian mouse.
Post # 23
Now I’m singing “There are no cats in America, and the streets are made of cheese”!
Post # 24
I really don’t like it but that’s not because of some movie. I just don’t think it sounds like a “real” name.
But if you like it, who gives a shit. I had some bee on here yesterday tell me that my (future, maybe) son would be picked on by his high school buddies because I plan to name him Bradley Vance…she said it made her think of the word “advance” and apparently kids will think that’s something to pick on…like that even makes any sense??? Kids will find a way to pick on other kids regardless of their name. It’s a fact of life: kids are evil to each other so you can’t go around thinking of a billion ways to shield them from it.
Post # 25
@anonicorn: It’s ok. I do think of the mouse, but it’s not as strong an association as, say, Kermit or Elmo would be. I actually just don’t like how much it sounds like the number 5. I voted “it could grow on me”
Post # 26
It IS different when you are actually pregnant and contemplating a real person. Often liking the name isn’t enough. There are lots of names I like, but actually deciding on one for an actual baby is so hard!
Post # 27
@kimmo416: Same here! I’d always think of the poor kid as a mouse. Otherwise, it’s not a bad name, albeit hard to spell. But that mouse…
Post # 28
It’s a cool name, but the American Tail association is REALLY strong with me, and I never even saw the movie. I wonder if his peers would have the same association, though — perhaps not? Do kids watch American Tail these days?
Post # 29
I couldn’t name my child after a cartoon mouse. Does the name Feivel pass the Presidential test to you?
Post # 30
It actually makes me think of older Yiddish names that my great grandparents and other relatives had. Or like Yentl, from the movie. I think of the mouse, but the mouse and his family were based on Russian Jewish immigrants so it all kinda fits. I think it’s fine if you love it and kids that your kid will go to school with will have never even heard of that movie.
Post # 31
@anonicorn: If I had never heard the name before (because of the movie of course) I would pronounce it FAY-vel the way you have it spelled.
My cat’s name is Fievel, actually, named after the mouse. I loved that movie as a kid That’s how I view it, an animals name. I just couldn’t name my kid after a cartoon mouse.
And if I met a kid named Fievel (Or Feiveil or whatever) I’d think “wow, that is so mean to name your kid that!”