Post # 1
OK, so Darling Husband and I have always skewed towards the more traditional names, like by a lot, but while cuddling in bed last night, he jokingly suggested the name Maple (if it’s a girl)…except that instead of immediately laughing it off, we actually kind of like it.
It’s definitely out there (although I read that Jason Bateman and his wife named their newborn daughter Maple Sylvie last month), and has the obvious pitfall of having the potential nickname/insult of Syrup. It’s not in the Top 1000, and has a cute nickname (Mae). We’d probably need to give her a more traditional middle name…I’m not positive that our current chosen girl middle name for our short list names….Grace, after DH’s grandmother…will cut it.
Anyway, I thought I’d put it to the Hive. Do you think it’s too out there? If we used this name, would you think “poor kid” to yourself? Or do you kind of love it? What middle name would you use with Maple? (Or last name starts with McK, and has 3 syllables).
Sidenote: I really, really hope this baby is a girl…we’ve probably spent 10x the amount of time talking/arguing about baby girl names compared to boy names.
Post # 3
I love it and more importantly if YOU love it i say go for it. Give her a tradish middle name if you want her to have options but i don’t think Maple is anything but lovely.
Post # 4
it sounds so much like Mabel to me, which is a more traditional though still unusual name, and would avoid the “syrup” nick name dilemma 😉
Post # 5
Please don’t. My parents gave me a very unusual first name and I hate it. It’s hard enough going thru school and growing up without a name that kids make fun of.
This is my advice to all parents considering giving these types of names to your kids.
DON’T DO IT.
if you are that into odd names change your own name. Or get a hamster. Don’t saddle your kid with it.
**I have a lot of unresolved anger regarding this issue in case you can’t tell**
Post # 6
I’m not a fan. It reminds me of other crazy celebrity baby names that I always laugh at…
If you and your husband love it though, that’s all that counts. Clealry Gwenyth Paltrow (daughter – Apple) and I are not on the same page, haha.
Post # 7
I love it…. how many “Janes and Johns”? Come on! We NEED new names!
Post # 8
I love it. It’s unique without being too out there. I think it’s normalized because it sounds very close to Mable. And Mae is an adorable nick name. Also I think Maple Grace is absolutely precious.
I have an unusual name and growing up I was always glad that I wasn’t one of the 10 Katies or Ashleys in my class, (no offense). I think we need more unique and personalized names out there.
Post # 9
I think it’s awesome. And I almost never like “out-there” names, but really, it just sounds like it fits in the same category as Hazel and Ivy. Older names that are cute and a little funky.
Post # 10
I love unusal baby names. Even the craziest one out there is better than any top baby name for me. So I say go for it!
Post # 11
What’s the difference between “meh” and “it’s okay”?
Post # 12
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Hm. I kind of like it. And I think Mae is a perfectly adorable nickname. She can aways her middle name if she really, really hates Maple.
Post # 13
I love it!!! I have a common spanish name but it was usual in Canada and the areas I’ve lived in so it wasn’t that I got made fun of, but people could never pronounce my name so I find that super annoying! With all the different names that are popping up, I don’t see Maple as being an issue at all. I mean, what’s the worst that can be made fun of with Maple…Syrup? So what?!
Post # 14
Don’t do it. While I think it’s kind of cute for a little girl to be named Maple, it will be a lot less cute when she grows up and has to introduce herself in the business world as such.
My personal naming criteria is that it has to be 1) easy to spell and pronounce, 2) uncommon without being too “out there,” and 3) pass the Senator Test. So Maple fails #3 for sure, and possibly #2 as well.
Post # 15
@Mrs Sarah McK: I definitely love it. I absolutely love nature names and this just reminds me of the beatiful Maple tree that was in my front yard as a child!
We are using the middle name Capri for our little girl and people think it is really out there, but I love the imagery it conjures up with the Italian isla of Capri!
Post # 16
I love it and I love the nickname Mae. Very cute!
Maybe give her a more common middle name like Elizabeth. That way, she can use her middle name if she ends up hating it?