Opinions on name Savannah? My mom hates it!

posted 2 years ago in Names
Post # 46
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Blushing bee

Not a fan of overused names tbh. The name itself is pretty but, I don’t know, it just feels so common now. Like Sophia or Emma.

Post # 48
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Worker bee

stephf22 :  Anna would be a fine name.  But I think naming should occur once the baby is born and a name chosen that befits him or her.  Friend of mine named her daughter with a first name that was short enough to be a nickname as she did not want her to suffer with awkward nicknames, and gave the “real” name as the middle name.  The daughter dropped the first name as soon as she could legally do so.  Hated it, and it was a fine, not- weird name.  And, other kids managed to make nicknames anyway.  I think nicknames generally stink. 

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My niece who just turned 6, is named Savannah. She was probably 4 before she could confidently say the name. For the longest time, she called herself “sa-nana” or just Nana. So Nan, Nana, Nanny, etc are her nicknames. 

Lots of her classmates couldn’t say it either – many kids her age just call her either Nan or Anna. 

I also have a colleague whose daughter is 8 and has the name. She’s always called herself Savvy. 

Post # 50
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Newbee

I may be the only one who actually LOVES the name Savannah, it’s my granddaughters name!!

No matter what you decide to name your child there will always be someone with an opinion about it and you know the saying about opinions.

Being a grandmother I can’t imagine telling my son and daughter in law I don’t like a certain name they choose and make a rude statement about it. When my second granddaughter was months from being born and her older sister wanted to name her Zoe. I told my daughter in law “If you choose that name I’ll have to learn to love it. Unfortunately that was my old bosses name and she was a mean bit*h”. She just laughed and said she doesn’t care for that name so I don’t have to worry. 

Post # 51
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Blushing bee

testyone :  And why exactly is the name Savannah “passé, tiresome, and inappropriate?”

The point isn’t how great or terrible the name is. The point is that OP’s mother already refuses to respect OP’s decision as to what to name her own baby when the name isn’t something weird and is actually quite common. Where are the boundaries?

Post # 52
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Busy bee

shalomx7 :  Savannah is not like Emma and Sophia at all. Emma and Sophia are extremely popular (#1 and #4 top names in 2016), and while Savannah is popular at #38, the number of girls named Savannah pales in comparison to the number of girls named Sophia and Emma.

In the USA in 2016:

19,414 girls were named Emma

16,070 girls were named Sophia

5,336 girls were named Savannah

Post # 53
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Busy bee

lindsayE :  Wouldn’t this be a problem with any longer name? My name is Anastasia, and that was difficult for me to pronounce as a child. I love my name, though, and am happy that my parents picked it for me.

I have close friends who named their kids long names, and it seemed like the names were either hard for their kids to pronounce or hard for them to learn to write (when they first started writing). That can happen. It doesn’t mean that the name is bad or wouldn’t be the right choice. 

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

anabee323 :  sure. I wasn’t suggesting the name was bad because of that. I actually thought it was so cute when she introduced herself as Sa-nana and am a little sad that she doesn’t like to be called Nana any more now that she’s a very adult 6 year old. 

Most little kids can’t say my name either – most of my friends kids call me Aunt Goose because they would say something that sounded more like goosie than Lindsay.

I think probably most names more complicated than like Ann or Lou are hard for little ones to say. I just wanted to give OP a nickname anecdote to consider because nicknames are deal breakers for some folks when choosing baby names. 

Post # 55
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Busy bee

lindsayE :  I definitely agree that it’s a good point you brought up, but I totally misinterpreted your message and I’m sorry for the confusion. 🙂

Post # 56
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Blushing bee

anabee323 :  You must not live in Texas, there’s an abundance of Savannah’s down here, hon. Trust.

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 1997

I love it!

Post # 58
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

stephf22 :  Well here is this, I told my mom the two names we were thinking of at the time, my mom hated both names.  Once my child was born we named our child one those names.  She loves her grandchild and loves the name now.  So there is that. 

Post # 59
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Helper bee

sorry, but one of the most obnoxious children I ever met was called Savannah. Thumbs down for me.

Post # 60
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It took me a while to realize that I had to stop telling my mum our name ideas. Granted, she made some good points about names we had considered, but the names she liked were equally awful to us. So, in the end, Darling Husband and I agreed on names and just did not tell our families until after the children were born. Everyone loved the children and claim they loved the names (although that may well have been because the naming was already done and not up for debate). No one ever refused to call the children by their given names, and no one ever told us (at least not to our faces) that they disliked our choices. That said, our choices were classic, old-fashioned names and not newer names.

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