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

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 47
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@walnutgirl:  I’ll put that on my to-do list 😉

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am not a fan of the name.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s not a name I’d choose given the goddess/Earth connection, which I would feel would be hard to live up to (much like naming your child Jesus.) Also, like PPs said, English speakers are likely to assume that the parents are hippies, which may or may not be an assumption you’re comfortable with or concerned about. I always consider the reception, pronunciation and meaning of names in various cultures. But this is likely because of my career and because I have a unique name that is pronounced like a kitchen appliance in certain languages, so I’m more sensitive to these types of things.

Post # 52
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think, if you live in Italy it’s fine. However, if you live in the US, the child will likely be subjected to merciless gay-bashing taunting due to the assumption many people will have about it being pronounced “Gay-uh”.

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It definitely makes me think of “mother earth” based on mythology I’ve read, but I think it’s kind of cool! 

Post # 54
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is very new age and I do think of Captain Planet as well.

That isn’t to say that it’s not a pretty name and I wouldn’t get used to it if I knew someone with it.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Oh my God, who cares. Coming from someone who also had parents who had shitty name selection, it builds character.

I’d rather be one Gaia that the other 23063623491 Melissa or Vanessa or Jane or Mia or Ava or whatever common “American” names we have out there. (no offense to any of you out there with the common names)

And it’s not hippie whatsoever. I see a beautiful, strong woman with a clean cut suit and a million dollars.


Post # 56
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@photogestelle:  Exactly what I thought, too. Little kids are mean. Even more mean now than they were when I was in school. Calling people “gay” as an insult is very common for them.

Post # 57
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Gaia is a bad “guy” in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.  She’s mother earth and is trying to destroy the demigods and the gods and create chaos with giants.  Just saying…

Post # 58
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i think that i can’t pronounce it & that no one in school/work will be able to either.


Post # 59
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not a fan, but it’s not that it isn’t pretty. It’s that she will have to spell it for people all the time, and explain it, and I would find that annoying. Although some people with unique names like them I think. 

My mom gave me a classic English name, but decided that i should be called by a very unusual short form of it… It was one of those compound names, so not the same. You know, Betty Sue, Mary Anne, those types. And I HATED that goddamn name from the time I started school. Lucky for me we moved when I was starting junior high and I shortened it to a normal name at that time. 

My mom is generally awesome, but sometimes I still hassle her about that.

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