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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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To: LukeL

Snort!


51 posted on 04/17/2011 12:42:51 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: John Valentine

My husband had a cousin named, Dick Noyes, pronounced noise, yea there were some doozy remarks.


52 posted on 04/17/2011 12:46:00 AM PDT by tiki
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

If I were to have another boy Richard Cranium ***** would be my choice.


53 posted on 04/17/2011 12:50:42 AM PDT by skimask
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To: mylife
"Lookie Wookie?"

Obama bin biden's wife

54 posted on 04/17/2011 12:55:46 AM PDT by skimask
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I love how #2 and #5 directly contradict each other.


55 posted on 04/17/2011 1:02:34 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: John Valentine
Bigus Dickus
56 posted on 04/17/2011 1:03:33 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: skimask

Knew a guy who named his son Richard Myles.....Yeah his last name was Long

:^)


57 posted on 04/17/2011 1:03:58 AM PDT by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: LukeL

My daughter just named her first born Lucas. We’re already calling him Widdle Wookie.


58 posted on 04/17/2011 1:05:32 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: shibumi

LOL Good one.


59 posted on 04/17/2011 1:07:32 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: MindBender26

There are bunch of Dicks in Victoria, Texas where I grew up-even a Richard Dick.


60 posted on 04/17/2011 1:14:05 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Yaelle

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.


61 posted on 04/17/2011 1:15:10 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: shibumi

I once met a corporate receptionist with the name “Latrina” on her name tag.


62 posted on 04/17/2011 1:27:34 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: mylife

I was about 6 yrs old when I came to realize my first name was not “Dammit _____”...


63 posted on 04/17/2011 1:30:21 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: ansel12

Lol!

Looking at it that way, Bikkuri is perfect.... It means Surprise or Surprised ;)

Bikk


64 posted on 04/17/2011 1:57:30 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

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.


65 posted on 04/17/2011 2:08:54 AM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
My aunt only named her children with D's. Danny, Dana, Darlene and Donna. Makes them easier to call.

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.

66 posted on 04/17/2011 2:09:06 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: shibumi
Or Sha

As in Shanaynay
Or Shaniqua
Or Shaquille
Or Shawon
Or Shawanda

Can't forget Bon

As in Bon Qui Qui
Bon Qui Qui

67 posted on 04/17/2011 2:09:52 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mmercier
My middle name is James, I was first born in 63’

Dayum, you were born more than once?!?!

Once is enough for most people.

68 posted on 04/17/2011 2:12:05 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

The only mistake is caring what anyone else thinks about the name you give your child. Foolishness.


69 posted on 04/17/2011 2:13:47 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (You can't go! All the plants are gonna die!)
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To: Bikkuri; Avery Iota Kracker

Sure it is..... Bikkuri; Avery Iota Kracker


70 posted on 04/17/2011 2:14:51 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: TigersEye
I know of a girl named Nancy Ann

Her last name was Cianci.

Nancy Ann Cianci

A friend of mine new a girl with the name Penelope Candace Barr
Penny Candy Barr

71 posted on 04/17/2011 2:16:23 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: EDINVA
Hopefully not a Dorcas either.

That one would be hard to live down.

72 posted on 04/17/2011 2:19:06 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: FrogMom

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

OK but please don’t name your kids Newt or Tad or Kermit :)


73 posted on 04/17/2011 2:20:24 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: tiki

HA HA I used to work for a guy named Noyes first name was Shot!


74 posted on 04/17/2011 2:27:18 AM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
You can't top

Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen
Dweezil
Moon Unit
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan

75 posted on 04/17/2011 2:30:32 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: patriot08
Got any gum on ya Dick..?

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.

76 posted on 04/17/2011 2:32:48 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: mountn man

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.


77 posted on 04/17/2011 2:43:10 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: ari-freedom

Grand-babies HAVE been called tadpoles.


78 posted on 04/17/2011 2:49:10 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

“Deangelo Vickers”

Best name, ever!


79 posted on 04/17/2011 2:56:39 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: LukeL

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.


80 posted on 04/17/2011 2:58:32 AM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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To: mmercier
Well, I guess I'll try and have a better day than you then.

But try to have a good one anyway.

81 posted on 04/17/2011 2:58:55 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: TigersEye

“Moistened Bint”.

:)


82 posted on 04/17/2011 3:00:25 AM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Heard a lady on the radio the other day calling in about names. She said a teacher friend of hers had a new class and she was going down the roll and got to a name La-Sha.....she read aloud the name La-Sha.

A little girl spoke up and said her name was "LaDasha ...the 'dash' don't be silent."

83 posted on 04/17/2011 3:02:18 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LittleBillyInfidel
I'm kinda partial to Buckaroo Banzai myself...
84 posted on 04/17/2011 3:04:49 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Jeff Chandler

Better one - this is NO JOKE - WalMart cashier, twenty something - “CarLexus.”


85 posted on 04/17/2011 3:07:30 AM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

We used to have a female wildlife officer here named Fonda Payne. Eventually she married, and we had some fun imagining different married names for her. Peters was a favorite. Very nice lady actually.

But the most unfortunate I knew of was a girl named Anita Eaton.

Best names in a series... four brothers named Dallas, Austin, Tyler, and Houston.

All true stories.


86 posted on 04/17/2011 3:10:07 AM PDT by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: golux
We have a friend whose girl’s name is “Scout.”

Are they big fans of To Kill a Mockingbird?

87 posted on 04/17/2011 3:19:31 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
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 always liked "Tug," though. ;-)

88 posted on 04/17/2011 3:22:19 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: mylife

“You know who you are, and you know what you did!”


89 posted on 04/17/2011 3:33:10 AM PDT by donmeaker ("To every simple question, there is a neat, simple answer, that is dead wrong." Mark Twain)
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To: Smokin' Joe

My son and his wife had their first baby 2 weeks ago. He is named after my son, who is named for his grandfather (my father) and his wife’s father.
My father’s name goes back to the 18th century in my father’s family. Family names still strong choices in the South.


90 posted on 04/17/2011 3:36:49 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: ansel12

You guys are lucky. Look what my parents named me. “Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears.”

Do you realize how many times I have to spell that over the phone???


91 posted on 04/17/2011 3:37:19 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: TigersEye

Benny Hill suggested a gourmet dish, Chicken ala Freud.

Aka, “Freud Chicken.”


92 posted on 04/17/2011 3:43:03 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (The "11th Commandment" applies to Republicans, not RINOs.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
Jessica Simpson's sister (Ashley) has a firstborn boy named, believe it or not... Bronx Mowgli.

I forsee years of intense counseling for the poor kid.

CC

93 posted on 04/17/2011 4:25:51 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: Gaffer

I know of a little girl named, “female”..pronounced “fee-mall-e”...nice huh


94 posted on 04/17/2011 4:27:47 AM PDT by coloradomomba (BO stinks!)
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To: mylife

I went to school with Anita Dickman....


95 posted on 04/17/2011 4:28:06 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: golux

Wasn’t that the girl’s name in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?


96 posted on 04/17/2011 4:30:52 AM PDT by Hotmetal (Live your life to the fullest with no regrets.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

#8 biggest mistake: Taking advice from moronic articles whose authors have no more expertise in naming kids than you do.


97 posted on 04/17/2011 4:31:29 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

When naming a child, the final test should always be to go out your front door and scream the whole name at the top of your lungs.


98 posted on 04/17/2011 4:35:45 AM PDT by ziravan (Are you better off now than you were 7 Trillion Dollars ago?)
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To: mountn man
On a restaurant sign in Frankenmuth ,MI "congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sippi". Yes that's right folks,the woman would be henceforth known as Mrs. Sippi (missisippi).

CC

99 posted on 04/17/2011 4:38:12 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: FrogMom

“Grand-babies HAVE been called tadpoles.”

Maybe girl grand-babies should be called gribbettes? :)


100 posted on 04/17/2011 4:51:48 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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