(Closed) Our baby’s name

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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@Sassygrn:  in agreement. Ryddick is ok to me….but I totally associate Elektra/Electra with the bad Jennifer Garner movie. But it’s not my thing to name kids after comic books/movies/trends of the moment anyway.

And I do have a very different name….but I like it. It’s different but not a wtf? I get a lot of ‘oh that’s very pretty’, although it’s usually misspelled a hundred different ways!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
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@hisgoosiegirl:  Now I am curious what your name is?

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
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@ieatunicorns:  lol, I’ll pm you. It’s too searchable in google if you know anything about me (which from the Bee, is a lot!) so I try to make it a little harder for the stalkers.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
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@bride21:  Oooh, I have to say I really like Bridgette… very classy!  It reminds me of Bridgette Bardot

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not a fan of names that have negative connotations—is your daughter going to have an Electra complex? And Ryddick sounds like “ridic[ulous]” to me. But that’s your perrogative as a parent, to name your child what you want.

 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Again, only since you asked–I’m not a fan.

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@hisgoosiegirl:  I also have a different name and like it, but it’s not really out there–just uncommon. I think there are a lot of different names if you want something unique, without necessarily saddling your child with a really eccentric name.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

yeh, i agree that Elektra sounds like a charater, in my opinion.

but that might be because its unusual and the only time i have heard it before is in a film.

Bridget is also a charater (Bridget Jone’s Diary) but i dont think anyone would automatically associate that name with a character – so totally ripped apart my own arguement!

Both names are unique, and if this is something you wanted then you’ve done it, neither name is offending or anything like that, and easy to pronounce (unlike La-a, which i hadn’t heard of until i saw it floating about on a thread the other day, pronounced Ladasha)

so i suppose just be prepared for a different kind of rection when you tell people the names. But i think you kind of anticipated that anyway from what you said about your SIL.

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@hisgoosiegirl:  also intrigued about what your name is!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As PP’s have mentioned, I think you are setting your children up for unnecesary bullying.

 

Ryddic to me also reminds me of Rediculous. Anything with “dick” in it is also an easy target.

Elektra = stripper or sci-fi character.

 

I truly feel sorry for your children.

You have every right to name your children as you wish, but be prepared for the consequences.

 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Electra just sounds too much like a comic book character – like she has super powers or something.  Maybe that’s part of the appeal, IDK.  I guess I’d suggest thinking 30 years into the future and imagine her trying to apply for jobs with that name.  And don’t think that just because you picked it for her means that she’ll keep it forever.  If she decides she doesn’t like it she’ll just start asking people to call her by her middle name.  I have a friend who did that – her parents gave her a first name that was popular maybe in Biblical times only, and so now she just goes by her middle name.  

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ll chime in just because you asked.  I’m definitely a fan of unique names….I have one myself.  But I will say that Ryddick sounds sort of like short for “ridiculous” and Elektra does make me think of Carmen Electra.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

LOVE Ryddick but don’t love Elektra – I also automatically thought of a stripper.

Similarly, to 

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@hisgoosiegirl: I have a very unusual name and I love it. Yes, it gets mispronounced, misspelled etc. But I am totally ok with that and it doesn’t bother. What would bother me was growing up with people thinking I had a stripper name and people not taking me seriously in a professional environment. I am in academia and I couldn’t even imagine a professor named Dr. Elektra Smith.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had an unusual name growing up, and I HATED it. It was way too easy to make fun of, which kids did all the time. It’s much better now that I’m married because the first/last combination was the strangest part, but my first name is still out there. TBH I would have changed my name in a heartbeat if I thought there was any chance that I could get my friends/family to actually call me by a different name. I like names that are less common, but I prefer those that are more refined (which mine definitely is not). I like Bridgette because it has a refined, classy ring to it. I also like Ryddik ok, but I would personally hate to be named Elektra. If it were me, I would try to look at it from the perspective of your children. Do you want them to likely hate their name? Of course, this is your choice entirely, but it will affect your children as well. 

Also, I agree with PP about Elektra sounding like a stripper. That’s the first thing I thought about when I heard it. I didn’t think of Ryddik having “dick” in it initially, but kids definitely will. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My general rule of thumb is, is it a name your kids could be anything with without sounding silly?

“President Elektra”

“Doctor Elektra”

“Senator Elektra”

How does it look on an application for law school? A job? Are people going to take your child seriously with a name like that?

This isn’t to say we all need to name our kids Mary and John. It’s just my general guideline since I’ve done the name game twice now.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

you can choose unique names that are classy and simply under used. unfortunately I am neither a fan of using comic bOok or super hero names, or changing a name spelling to make it unique. An employer will toss a persons application out the window with the name Electra or Riddick.

Sorry.  

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