Skip to comments.7 Things Your Kid Will Spend Their Life Doing If You Give Them a Weird Name
Posted on 03/28/2014 12:08:12 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
It took me years to like my weird name, which - now that I'm 35 - isn't all that weird anymore. But growing up in a sea of Stephanies, Lauras, Lisas, Jennifers, and Jessicas, I longed for a normal name.
Life with a weird name was rough as a kid. (It's not that much easier as an adult; I've just gotten used to it.)
And while I appreciate the diversity of names, a little part of me cringes inside when I hear a parent call to their daughter, Anais. Her life is going to be tough.
Don't people know this by now? Don't parents know that their desire for uniqueness is going to make their kid's life annoying?
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1. Give a fake name at Starbucks:
2. Answer to any name that sounds remotely like theirs:
3. Live forever frustrated that extended family misspells their name after YEARS:
4. Answer the same questions about their names over and over again:
5. Redo, reapply or resubmit official documents because of a clerical misspelling:
6. Get pathetically excited and immediately fall in love with a total stranger for getting their name right:
7. Succumb to being called the wrong name:
8. A girl I work with gives her name and then automatically spells it when asked for her name. Its routine for her. She has to do it or they’ll just ask again and again.
9. Playing the knockout game
I got 6 out of the 7. Its a pain. Parents: don’t do this to your kids.
Set X's house afire with bacon?
My father, who had an evil streak, named my sister Ingegerd. It’s a medieval Swedish name not even used in Sweden. It’s pronounced Ing-E-Yaird. She spent a lifetime explaining it, spelling it and saying it over and over. (It contains a sound not used in English, so most people can’t “hear” it.) Finally, at age 55 she changed it to Ingrid.
My name is Bern, the capital of Switzerland. I’ve had problems and I feel it isolated me from early grade school companionship because nobody could say it. I’d have been much happier with Dan, or Bill.
Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
“And while I appreciate the diversity of names, a little part of me cringes inside when I hear a parent call to their daughter, Anais. Her life is going to be tough. “
But it is the right of Holder’s people to make up weird names.
My name is Gurn Blanston
It doesn’t matter if you have a weird name, mine is fairly common and people still misspell it or say it wrong.
Another reason not to give your kid a weird name? You’ll cripple them financially.
Studies have shown that recruiters, headhunters, HR managers, bosses and so on will look at the name of an applicant and form instant opinions.
Nobody ever said life is fair. And its just harder if your parents give you a weird name.
I wonder how Kenesaw Mountain Landis felt about unusual names ...
Reminds me of an old joke.
A man named Joe butterwhomper applied to the courts to have his name changed.
When asked why, he said...”I got tired of people saying ‘Hi ya Joe! Wat do you know’?
“Seven? Yeah, I guess I could see it. Seven. Seven periods of school, seven beatings a day. Roughly seven stitches a beating, and eventually seven years to life. Yeah, you’re doing that child quite a service.”
- Jerry, in “The Seven”
I’ve done 2, 4, 5, and 7 and my name is perfectly normal. If I went to Starbucks I’d probably do #1 too just for the fun of it.
Have a song written after him.
Yes, but most of them have no intention of working anyway. Whitey owes them a living.
Anais isn’t made up, and probably not used by black people.
Not my point.
And his masculinity would be under fire.
All seven apply to me, though my first name is normal and my family has been in America for almost 400 years, I have a French last name that everyone has trouble with.
Not only that talk to text feature doesn’t work too well with a name like Ladashla or Tayshawn.
My favorite was a few years ago one of Bammy’s girls named her son Shi’thead. Just freaking sad.
Then there is the story of Texas Governor JIM HOGG naming his daughters IMA.
“Studies have shown that recruiters, headhunters, HR managers, bosses and so on will look at the name of an applicant and form instant opinions.”
Indeed. The weirder or more unusual and the LSM/MSM will be all over themselves to get that person hired.
Just anecdotal, but a review of LSM/MSM ‘reporters’ names reflect more than their share of non-standard or odd names.
I know what your point was, problem is the quote you selected doesn’t match your point, partly because your point is wrong. White people do just as many “odd” names, Anais (which you quoted) is almost definitely a white kid, probably the child of lit nerds, or maybe people with French heritage.
When we named our daughter, I wanted a name where there wouldn’t be half a dozen others in her school, but that you could still find on those gift shop racks with all the “personalized” key chains, license plates, etc.. My name you always find on the gift shop racks, my wife’s never.
In high school we had a guy named Joe Poe. But my favorite was the insurance salesmen in town named Jack Mule.
And then there was the Chinese guy in the phone book, named Fuk Yu.
Two rules when we named our children, Elliott and Olivia: 1) Must look good on a College App. 2) Must look presentable on a Resume. ;)
True. . .and they probably don’t know how to spell their name anyway.
Heard once that a fair amount of weird names that are pronounced like a ‘normal’ name are the result of the baby-mama not knowing how to spell.
I was speaking with a doctor in Dallas. I’m from San Antonio and so he asked me if I knew Dr. So and So in San Antonio. “Oh yes” I said. I knew him and his wife... er, ahh, “Its some funny french name” I said.
He said her name is _______ and she’s my sister.
When I was born there was a battle royale about my name. Irving was the choice. The other side said no and wanted Chaim. My parents chose EQ.
You means like La - a?
(pronounced Ladasha. The Dash don’t be silent.)
I have a Sicilian last name that I am often asked how to pronounce. I usually respond with a pokerfaced “Smith”.
I count myself lucky though; my father wanted to follow the tradition of his family and name me after his father. My Scotch-Irish mother put her foot down, else I would have had to deal with growing up in suburban Houston named Salvatore Antonio Gxxxxx. Timothy Paul Gxxxxx was much easier.
My first name isn’t particularly unusual, but the spelling is (it’s Scot, with only one t). It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even bother correcting people when they spell it with two t’s, unless it’s at the bank or something similar.
Over copied the quote.
Who are more likely in America to spell wrong or make-up names or assign odd names?
That IS the point. . but you knew that already.
I have a German last name that is rather unusual, and I often respond with “Smith” when people butcher it.
Its been said there are 14 perfectly fine and different ways to spell Catherine.
OTOH, there have been a number of odd first names in the political ranks: McGeorge Bundy, Condoleezza Rice, Newton Gingrich, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Rand Paul off the top of my head. Barack Obama doesn’t count, since he was “Barry” until well into adulthood.
I have a real common name and I hated that growing up. There were always five or six other girls with my name in my classrooms. The teachers would resort to calling us “(Name) 1, (Name) 2,” etc.
Once I worked at a company where the women sitting in the desks right next to mine had the same name as me, and several other women in the company also had the name. Someone circulated a joke memo saying please not to hire anyone else with that name.
I always yearned to tell someone my name and have them say, “Oh, what a pretty name!” But it never happened. I felt ordinary and dull.
So there must be a happy medium!
My name is not weird!
My guess is that growing up in rural Georgia at the time that he did, that name was a definite asset.
The studies probably focus on the naming conventions in the black community.
I have a weird name. I’ve only met one other person with it in my life (I’m mid 40s) and have only heard of it on maybe 5 or 6 other people (including a google self search I did that picked up the only other person on the planet who shares my first and last names)
However it IS unmistakably Anglo-Saxon. Overall it was a pain when I was a kid, but it’s definitely paid major dividends as a teenager (dating) and adult (career)
Charming lass ... was probably quite shapely even without the corset.
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