Skip to comments.The 7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make
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.
When my wife was pregnant for our youngest I used to “suggest” names of baseball players. She nixed Mookie, CoCo, Yovardo, Boof, Willy Mo, and (my favorite) Yunieski. She just has no sense of humor.
I once met a corporate receptionist with the name “Latrina” on her name tag.
I was about 6 yrs old when I came to realize my first name was not “Dammit _____”...
Looking at it that way, Bikkuri is perfect.... It means Surprise or Surprised ;)
Watched a Thai film in which one of the characters was named Terd. I said nothing to my Lao friend.
Filipinos have the best nicknames. Bong, Girlie, Joker, Jinkie, hundreds more.
I know another mother that has three males all named Peter. Guess papa's name. Today, they are Pete 1, 2 and 3.
My middle name is James, I was first born in 63’
My brothers middle name is Kirk, second born in 64’
Guess what my mothers favorite show was back then...?
In my first grade class there were six Michaels with M last names and another with a C. There were three Michale McDonald's and two Michael McCarthy's.
I get a laugh thinking about it today. Every time the teacher said “Michael”, half the heads in class would turn.
As in Shanaynay
Can't forget Bon
As in Bon Qui Qui
Bon Qui Qui
Dayum, you were born more than once?!?!
Once is enough for most people.
The only mistake is caring what anyone else thinks about the name you give your child. Foolishness.
Sure it is..... Bikkuri; Avery Iota Kracker
Her last name was Cianci.
Nancy Ann Cianci
A friend of mine new a girl with the name Penelope Candace Barr
Penny Candy Barr
That one would be hard to live down.
“Mine were into amphibians and KNEW Id be a mother some day.”
OK but please don’t name your kids Newt or Tad or Kermit :)
HA HA I used to work for a guy named Noyes first name was Shot!
Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan
Got a pencil Dick...?
I had too do it.
If I hear “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore” or “Michale Michael motor cycle, turn the key and watch him pee” one more time I shall lose it.
They used to call me Michael Pie. Then Sparky. Then Ratsy... Now it is Hey Dick.
First born son... Got to explain everything to some people.
Have a nice day... Mine is not going to be so pleasant. If I get lucky a tornado will kill me before work.
Grand-babies HAVE been called tadpoles.
Best name, ever!
I feel your pain.
[now slap a first name that ends in a smarmy, cheerleader bimbo-esque “i” in front of that]
Just call me Shar.
I hate pom poms.
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