(Closed) What do you think of the name Gaia?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 32
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

At my old job, our computer charting program was called Gaia.  So…no.

Post # 33
652 posts
Busy bee

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@rachelmichelle:  omg I was gonna post that lol

i think I still have my character in there….and still have items since 2006….

Post # 34
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have an old classmate named Gaea, pronounced “Jay-a”, and I always thought the name was pretty.  I think it is a nice name, as for the new age aspect, some people might think that, but thats because everyone has different tastes, plus it gives you the opportunity to give them a little cultural heritage lesson, the world isn’t just comprised of Americans.  While having a “different” name may open your child up for bullying, it does make them easy to remember and even seemingly more unique! I grew up in classes full of Jennifers, Stephanie’s, and Ashley’s who hated having to go by Ashley R. or Jennifer S. I, with my very Nigerian first name never had that problem. If someone complains it’s a mouthful, or its too easy to mispronounce, that’s on them. If you are that lazy where learning someone’s culturally significant name is too aggravating,  a HUGE problem lies in you, not the person with the name or their parents. So let Gaia rock out with all the Cadence M.s’sand Ryder L.’s bound to be in her kindergarten class! Lol

Post # 35
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like it!  It’s close to another favourite Italian name – Gioia.

Post # 36
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve never heard of or read Gea but I am familiar with Gaia and yes to me it means Earth. Isn’t it the name of some ancient Greek goddess?

It sounds more archeological nerd to me than hippie but I could see that too. If I’m being 100% honest I think it sounds pretty ridiculous for a child. If you’re living in Italy though and it’s popular there then who cares what I think all the way over here.

Post # 37
4500 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When I hear “Gaia” I think of the Greek word for earth. I didn’t know the Latin meaning of the name. 

Post # 38
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

I don’t like the name at all, imho. 

Post # 39
1176 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1. Everyone will mispronounce it her entire life.

2. Everyone will assume you are hippies or sci-fi nuts (or both).

So if you’re OK with those things, go for it. Just stay away from Sophia. I feel like every third baby I meet has that name right now.

Post # 40
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a lovely name. I do associate it with new agey stuff and Captain Planet. But the latter is one of those things no one will even vaguely remember in ten years.

I’m surprised so many people think that people will have trouble pronoucing the name. It seems like a pretty recognizable name.

Post # 41
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If it’s common in Italy, then go with it. It’s not a name I would pick in the US, UK, or Australia though…. looking at it, I’d pronounce it “gay-a” which is asking for trouble in an English speaking world.

Post # 43
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@walnutgirl:  I think it’s pretty.

As a teacher, my issue (if you can call it that) with unique names is not that they are unique, but it’s that the child who has the unique name has been brought up to criticize those who say it wrong, or to get angry about the pronunciation error. In reality, lots of “normal” names are pronounced differently depending on who is saying them, but these individuals are not as sensitive to the issue. I had a student whose parents gave her a name where they chose random letters and gave it their own pronunciation. I’m not even kidding. So there was ZERO chance of guessing the pronunciation correctly because it followed no pronunciation rules of the letters. There were all kinds of “silent” letters thrown in.
I think if parents choose a particular name, they also need to explain to their child that it’s a beautiful, unique name and that they may get people who are unable to pronounce it, but it’s not meant to be rude. I’ve overheard too many children being rude to their classmates for not pronouncing their name correctly, and it’s often over the silliest pronunciation error. Like saying Tar-a versus Tare-a.

Post # 45
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@walnutgirl:  No, not quite ringing a bell… I’m not too much into history. 

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