Post # 122
As a stranger meeting someone named Elektra, I would immediately think stripper/hooker/adult entertainer much like I would with little girls named Destiny, Misty or Bambi. I would also wonder what type of future the parents of that child are picturing for their daughter with a name like that as I know I’m not ever going to work with a lawyer named Elektra, but I’m fairly certain my husband may have thrown some singles at an Elektra.
When it comes to Ryddik, I don’t think the name itself is bad but the spelling is a little too cre8tive for me. Also it makes me think of that movie “The Chronicles of Riddick”. But I can see having to work with a younger lawyer named Riddick (afterall, we do have a Chipman- but by the by he goes by his traditional middle name).
Generally speaking name your kids what you want, but I personally would reconsider the spelling of your boy name and eliminate your girl name for something equally creative, but that won’t inspire memories of Joey’s Topless.
Post # 123
i dont like any of the names either to be totally honest.
I have a friend whos son is named Riddick and everyone calls him Rid…. its annoying
Elektra sounds like a stripper name as well.
Post # 124
Unfortunately when I hear Elektra I think of the Electra complex, so it’s not a name I would choose. However if both you and your other half like the name I’m sure there is little or nothing anyone can say that will change your mind. I would, however, brace yourself for comments like the ones on this post – it is a name that makes some people think of strippers/creepy complexes and there is no getting around that. I gather from PP that you have already named your son, so I won’t make any comment on his name as I don’t think that is fair.
Be prepared for the fact your children may actually hate their names. I didn’t like my name as a child (it is hard to pronounce/spell) and used several different nicknames or alternate names while I was growing up. I got used to it in the end, but not everyone does, I have friends that still go by their middle name because they hate the “unusual, unique” name their parents gave them.
Post # 125
I agree with DaneLady…for hiring purposes Elektra probably isn’t the greatest choice. You could always name her something similar and call her Elektra. I’m just thinking she might hate you if she ever decided to run for public office, or run a fortune 500 company. And I also agree with kids having a hayday with that name…
Post # 126
I know you’re settled on the names, but what about choosing a traditional, but rare name? There are lots of nice Celtic and Welsh names that have a similar, but more toned-down vibe.
I’m all for names that are special, but there are so many neat traditional/ethnic names out there, and many of them have interesting meanings.
I truly feel like naming a child Elektra or Ryddik would be disadvantageous to them. I would personally prefer to bring them into the world without the unnecessary burden of a very unusual name. I feel like the number of responses not in favor of those names is very telling…
Post # 127
Not to keep beating a dead horse here, but just think of it this way..there are alot of people on the Bee, in all diffrent parts of the world from all diffrent walks of life & everyone *for the most part* has said the same thing. I think it’s safe to say this is how most people in the real world will react to a little girl, who grows into a grown professional woman- named Elektra. It’s not a good idea IMO
Post # 128
why did you pick these names? They are characters from movies that really aren’t remember-worthy or groundbreaking, did they hold a special meaning to you? Or did you pick them just becuase they sounded “cool”?
I don’t like either, and I usually like odd names..
Post # 129
Yikes. As one of the 20something Bees on here, who attends university with lots of strange-named-people… Elektra is too “out there.”
I’m just going to throw it out there that I was a raging bitch in my childhood and teens, and someone named Elektra would definitely have been subjected to some pretty intense taunting from me. I can legitimately picture myself doing it, even though I’ve long outgrown that phase. I can only imagine that I’ve seriously mangled some of my former peers psychologically. (I’m not proud, just being honest about the risks here.) If anything, kids now are more creative with insults than they used to be.
And for what it’s worth, I hate my first name and it’s normal. But I haven’t been “Caitlin” for about 10 years, even though it’s the name on my birth certificate. So it is easy to go by another name, while having a more “normal” first name.
I love the name “Olive,” but if I have a daughter, I won’t be naming her that. I’ll name her Olivia, because it’s more professional sounding, and call her Olive. It will be up to her what she goes by, but I won’t jeapordize her professional life with an obscure name.
Post # 130
If I was an employer looking through a stack of resumes, I wouldn’t give “Elektra” a second look. I think she’s going to be tortured as a child and adult for her “unique” name. Just my opinion.
Post # 131
Read the OP, she explains she got the names from a Vin Disel movie and some other sci-fi B movie.
Post # 132
agreed. i think of carmen electra lol…or a stripper. ryddik is cute and unusual.
Post # 133
I have a pretty common name and I still had hurtful nicknames. Kids are cruel.
When I see Elektra I think of three things, a crappy Jennier Garner movie, a stripper and the Electra complex, all of which are things I would not want to associate my child with.
Post # 134
Wow, some of these responses!
Your names are fine. I love your inspiration!
I have a unique name that was even insulted on a thread here. I love it, always have. I didn’t start hearing anything negative about it until I was older and it was ALWAYS from someone WAY older (were talking at least 60s) that was rude anyway. The funny thing is, whenever I asked them their name it was always something that I found hideous and outdated. Good example of different strokes for different folks.
As for the stripper thing, I don’t know what anyone is talking about, I LOVE me some strippers and I have never met or seen ANY named Elektra, or any of the other names people are throwing around. Its a stereotype that strippers hate. They aren’t all named something “out there.”
The last stripper I met was named SUMMER and her friends were HELENA and ASHLEY.
Post # 135
Elektra will totally be shortened to Ellie…
Post # 136
I probably don’t have as many stripper friends as you, but I’m pretty sure they often adopt stage names of the type people are talking about here (bambi, candi, elektra…)