(Closed) Reactions to baby names… ugh

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I love the name Bartholomew 😍 Makes me think of Bartholomew Bass. 

Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
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illyana :  How much would his peers really reference it though? It’s going to start it’s second to last season this summer. Which means it will be over before the kid is 2. How many of the shows that were popular before you were born do your peers constantly reference? By the time this kid hits high school it’s going to be a pretty old pop culture reference and besides I would hope most parents wouldn’t be introducing thier kids to Game of Thrones. It’s not exactly kid-friendly material. Unless you think adults are going to constantly be making jokes about hookers and crossbows to a kid.

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pearlrose :  I didn’t mean to say there wasn’t a correlation – obviously there’s an uptick in all kinds of names when they surface in pop culture (see Bella, Elsa, whatever).

 

I’m just saying names like Tyrion, Daenerys, and Khal Drogo will constantly, and singularly, get associated with Game of Thrones because they didn’t exist on any real-life register before the series gained popularity. It’s not a positive or negative beyond what the person who gets named that thinks when they deal with it on a daily basis.

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hikingbride : I was honestly considering more high school to college-level.  My cousin who was born right before Friends ended is obsessed with the show and I considered myself too young for it. High schoolers still rave about Buffy, which started before they were born, and understand references to Mean Girls. Pop culture doesn’t exist in a vaccuum of five-year-long spans, especially extremely popular pop culture. 

 

AGAIN, this is my specific feeling about names that were coined and originally used only within a specific universe, or which gained extreme popularity through a specific pop culture phenomenon. That is, if you meet a baby named Harry you wouldn’t think twice about the name, because it’s a normal name that people tend to have. But if a kid is named Hermione, she’s going to get some light teasing for being a know-it-all, because that name isn’t known for very many other things outside of a particular character in Harry Potter. I don’t understand how this is controversial when we’re talking about unique names in popular culture.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
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Also, not that you specifically asked for any opinions, but- I really love Ollie as a name.  It would pull from the “ol” in bartholomew, and also the olliver. If you introduce him as Ollie, people probably will not call him Bart.  (At least until high school when kids love to make up all sorts of nicknames for each other.)  I have known people named Tyrone before as well, if you decided you wanted something else similar to Tyrion/Tyrus.  

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper

OP, please keep in mind that parents and kids cannot always chose the nickname child end up getting. you might be thinking Barney for Bartholomew but many might automactically think Bart. I did. Even Barney though. I Have a cousin named Barnard and his parents nicknamed him Barney- then the big purple dinosaur came out and his little 5 year old self demanded to be called by his middle name 

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kharpe6 :  Tyron Alexander sounds fine, maybe cause I love GoT or maybe cuase it just sound fine… the other one… 😨 i’m with your friends on that..

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper

Sorry you got such negative reactions. I think it’s good that you’re not telling other people in your circle about the names. Let it be a surprise!

I don’t follow GOT, so I don’t get the pop culture reference. Both names don’t sound horrible or anything. I am not familiar with the double L spelling of Oliver, but that’s cool. 

Post # 26
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illyana :  I don’t disagree with your point but a lot of your examples Friends, Harry Potter, Buffy are all 1) more accessible than GOT and 2) more appropriate for kids. GOT is much more adult than any of those and I can’t see a lot of parents being cool with thier younger kids watching it. Like I said, I don’t disagree with your point but I do think GOT is at least somewhat different than your examples. But I’m guessing we will just have to agree to disagree on this.

Either way, it doesn’t really matter since OP is cool with the GOT association.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee

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hikingbride :  Exactly. I’m not saying any of this to dissuade her, I’m just elaborating a little more on my comments that you were reacting to. And yes, there’s less access technically, but kids, especially as they move on to young adulthood, are good at getting into things they’re interested in — especially things they know their parents wouldn’t want them to see. 😛 There are also the books which one can check out from a library anytime (and I know many people who got into them very early on in their tween/teenage years before the TV show even existed). However, neither watching nor reading is necessary to catch a pop culture reference.

 

Anyway, that’s my point so I’m out. I stand by my original statement that simply saying “ew” or degrading someone’s name choice is shitty and people who do it are gross. And that’s that. 🙂

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
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This is why we decided not to tell anyone until our daughter was born and the name is official because then people will be less likely to be jerks about it but even then several of the nurses in the hospital said “oh that’s different” one said “we’ve been getting so many weird names recently…umm I mean unique” like really? Her name is not common but it’s certainly not weird, it’s a real name not something we made up. For what it’s worth we get tons of compliments on her name too. Just expect opinions if it’s not a standard name, people like giving unsolicited opinions. Like you don’t like my kids name? Ok let me just go change that now. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper

This will be an unpopular opinion. Your friends did not react well but deep down they had good intentions. If you are this hurt and annoyed with your friends teasing about the name imagine a child on the playground with their friends. Yeah, GOT will probably not be in their little minds to tease but other names might be. I grew up with Bartholomew being a name for the devil and that is something kids can tease about. Also, Bart. Oliver should be safe. You are being so thoughtful in chosing a name, just keep in mind how children can be cruel to others without meaning to and how sensitive a child can be to teasing. 

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