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The 7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make
Parent Dish ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Pamela Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz

Posted on 04/16/2011 11:46:10 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby

There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby. But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid.

If you're choosing a baby name for the first time, don't make one of these seven common mistakes:

1. Believing that the names that were popular -- and creative -- when you were a kid still have the same status.

Name tastes have changed radically over the last decade or two. Goodbye, Jessica and Josh, hello Layla and Serenity, Landon and Tristan -- all top 100 names.

2. Thinking that the playground rules are the same as they were back in the day.

Kids no longer get teased for having names that are unique, androgynous, exotic or hard to pronounce or spell. Rather, name diversity is celebrated.

3. Letting your parents have too much say in the baby's name.

Baby names can undoubtedly be a fun topic of family conversation. But the person who changes the diapers at 3 a.m. gets to name the baby.

4. Clinging too tightly to the name you always swore you'd give your first child.

A lot of people -- let's face it: girls -- spend their childhoods coming up with fanciful names they want to give their children. But if that name you always loved has suddenly become uber-popular or clashes with your new last name, let it go.

5. Caring too much about how cool the name choice makes you look.

Sure, pregnancy is cooler than it used to be, with cuter clothes and celebrity role models. But putting a name's cool factor above all else won't make little Bronx's life very easy.

6. Not considering subsequent children's names.

First-time namers are likely to think about, well, their first child's name, but if you name Baby No. 1 Tallulah, then you pretty much rule out Lula, Lila, Delilah, Sula, Tally and maybe even Louis for subsequent children.

7. Not realizing that there's going to be a real live baby ... and child ... and, eventually, grownup on the other end of the naming decision.

We get it that it can seem like your pregnancy is all about you. Sometimes, it can almost come as a shock when an actual baby emerges in the delivery room, instantly asserting her own needs and personality. Try to keep that little (and eventually big) person in mind when you choose the name she'll live with forever.


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1 posted on 04/16/2011 11:46:16 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Just don’t choose homosexual names like..Barak or Obama’.


2 posted on 04/16/2011 11:48:58 PM PDT by max americana ( NF)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Deborah
3 posted on 04/16/2011 11:50:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone knows Obama is hiding his bc.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Screw diversity - traditional names never go out of style


4 posted on 04/16/2011 11:51:45 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

TheDingoAteMyBaby, I understand why this article attracted you, luckily my parents were normal and named me ansel12.


5 posted on 04/16/2011 11:51:57 PM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Never begin a first name with the syllable “La-” or “Da-” or “Ka-” or “Ta-” and never put a capital letter in the middle of a name.


6 posted on 04/16/2011 11:53:18 PM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: Xenalyte

Baby name ping!


7 posted on 04/16/2011 11:54:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ansel12

Mine were into amphibians and KNEW I’d be a mother some day.


8 posted on 04/16/2011 11:56:43 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I named my kid “Oliver Boliver Butt”

It was a toss up between that and “Marvin O’gravel Balloonface”

Was I wrong?


9 posted on 04/16/2011 11:56:48 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I would add: Giving a common name with one accepted spelling a different spelling. “Maddisyn” instead of Madison, for example (my cousin did this with the name Emily for her daughter).


10 posted on 04/16/2011 11:57:27 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

There is a gal at work named Anita Head


11 posted on 04/16/2011 11:59:09 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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Also a Dick Roy....


12 posted on 04/17/2011 12:01:35 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: ansel12

LOL! Seriously though, I’m probably not going to have children of my own, so I have this desire to name a child. If a couple really wanted to honor me, I would like to be able to suggest names for their baby.


13 posted on 04/17/2011 12:02:57 AM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: mylife

I knew her brother Richard (Dick)


14 posted on 04/17/2011 12:03:02 AM PDT by MindBender26 (While the MSM slept.... we have become relevant media in America.)
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To: Ophiucus

Yeah, we were pretty boring name givers. My 3 kids all have Biblical/Saints names. Utterly boring. Not an Ophiucus in the house ;)


15 posted on 04/17/2011 12:04:18 AM PDT by EDINVA (wh)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Actually I dont understand what the problem is.

My parents could never get our names straight

It was always “Bleepdang diddly darn KIDS!”


16 posted on 04/17/2011 12:05:40 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: MindBender26

That guy was a real jerk LoL


17 posted on 04/17/2011 12:07:41 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Prison attracts the names Dashawn, Rashawn, and Rayshawn. Its a proven fact. Parents should be aware of this evil force and protect their children by skipping those choices.


18 posted on 04/17/2011 12:07:54 AM PDT by anton
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Amanda Lynn


19 posted on 04/17/2011 12:10:17 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Traditional names had meanings, now virtually lost. There are still a scattering of Biblical names out there, and a few folks who carry on names of ancestors in their memory.
20 posted on 04/17/2011 12:10:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I have an outline for a novel or screenplay I hope to bring to fruition someday. The names of the two main characters are Ruby and Tirzah. I think those are beautiful names.


21 posted on 04/17/2011 12:11:04 AM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: shibumi
Never begin a first name with the syllable “La-” or “Da-” or “Ka-” or “Ta-” and never put a capital letter in the middle of a name.

Ditto for name endings.

22 posted on 04/17/2011 12:11:15 AM PDT by Barnacle (Is treason a high crime or misdemeanor?)
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To: mylife

I know which Dr. Seuss story you’ve been reading! :)


23 posted on 04/17/2011 12:11:46 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
If your last name was Freud would it be wrong to name your son Pink?

Would it be even worse if his mother were Asian?

24 posted on 04/17/2011 12:11:59 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

We are trying to come up with a good baby name, and having so much fun with making up atrocious ones. Our last name is an actual word so we can make some pretty good doozies. Don’t worry - we wouldn’t give them to an actual baby.


25 posted on 04/17/2011 12:13:10 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

made me laugh when I was a kid and it still makes me laugh now!


26 posted on 04/17/2011 12:14:28 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TigersEye

LoL!


27 posted on 04/17/2011 12:16:05 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: anton
Prison attracts the names Dashawn, Rashawn, and Rayshawn.

_____ Wayne _____

28 posted on 04/17/2011 12:19:03 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MindBender26

I have a cousin named Dick Ed.


29 posted on 04/17/2011 12:20:15 AM PDT by John Valentine
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To: TigersEye

30 posted on 04/17/2011 12:20:21 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

When labeling a baby, envision them at 35 and focusing on their careers, children, marriage, and their own personal identity. A name should not burden them, or pre label them, think “Sunshine” “Woodstock”, “Latisha”, “Chastity”.


31 posted on 04/17/2011 12:21:34 AM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

One of my uncles was named Homer..my father Owen..my father was named..after..the family name of an ancestor who married his great grandfather. Her name was Emily Owen.

Emily married a man..who joined the Confederate Army.


32 posted on 04/17/2011 12:23:01 AM PDT by bushpilot1
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To: mylife
If I had a son I would probably expect him to be a lot like me.

So I guess I'd just name him Ruh Roh.

33 posted on 04/17/2011 12:24:15 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

Good thinking! LoL


34 posted on 04/17/2011 12:25:33 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

Daddy!!!


35 posted on 04/17/2011 12:25:40 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: max americana

We have a friend whose girl’s name is “Scout.”

Which is a great girl’s name! I love it!

But is it such a great woman’s name?


36 posted on 04/17/2011 12:25:44 AM PDT by golux
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To: TigersEye

LoL!


37 posted on 04/17/2011 12:27:29 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Friends of ours have two daughters. “Annie and Clarabelle”.

Anyone with young children will know the significance....

They didn’t realize it until it was too late...


38 posted on 04/17/2011 12:27:44 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

If I had a daughter i would name her Take. So for the rest of her life she would be known as...Miss.Take.


39 posted on 04/17/2011 12:28:00 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Believe me kids will still make fun of your name. I was Lucas Pukus, Lucas Mucus.


40 posted on 04/17/2011 12:28:10 AM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: golux

I know a man named that.
Doesnt seem to hinder him


41 posted on 04/17/2011 12:28:56 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: LukeL

Lookie Wookie?


42 posted on 04/17/2011 12:30:08 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: BigCinBigD

Better than Mrs Damark


43 posted on 04/17/2011 12:33:04 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: TigersEye

Biggest chuckle of the night. :)


44 posted on 04/17/2011 12:36:57 AM PDT by berdie (qill)
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Then there are the truly lamentable ones that were just overlooked like P.J. Thomas or I.P. Freely


45 posted on 04/17/2011 12:37:08 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: re_nortex

Never a Wayne and never a Jr.


46 posted on 04/17/2011 12:38:14 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: shibumi

“Never begin a first name with the syllable “La-” or “Da-” or “Ka-” or “Ta-” and never put a capital letter in the middle of a name.”

Apostrophes are a surefire branding, too. The only way the kid gets out of that is becoming a pro-bowler.


47 posted on 04/17/2011 12:38:34 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: mylife
My aim is to have my children take care of me.

If I name my son Woops and my daughter Watery Tart I'm pretty sure they will take care of me before either one turns 18 ...

...and they won't be tried as adults. ;^)

48 posted on 04/17/2011 12:39:59 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Jose Maria Juan Carlos Hipolito Moran de Guzman el moron


49 posted on 04/17/2011 12:41:22 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: mylife

I can’t tell you home many times I have had people say to me “Luke I am your father”


50 posted on 04/17/2011 12:41:35 AM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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