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What's in a name? Your name, baby names, terrible names, awesome ones

MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS
edited October 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
So names can be terrible, bad, good, okay, hilarious.

Do you like your name? Hate it? What do you want to name your kids (if you're having any)?

Here's the top baby names from 2007

Jacob
Michael
Ethan
Joshua
Daniel
Christopher
Anthony
William
Matthew
Andrew

Emily
Isabella
Emma
Ava
Madison
Sophia
Olivia
Abigail
Hannah


Personally I like my name. I want to name my kids with names from antiquity and myths. Artemis, Diana, Perseus, Jason...

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  • GanluanGanluan Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I know it's a tradition in certain families, but it seems almost narcissistic to name your kid after yourself. The practice seems to have faded a lot over the past couple decades.

  • InvisibleInvisible Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If I ever have kids and they happen to be boys, Alexander and Maximilian. I don't know why, but I've always liked those names.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    My name is Matthew. Eh, I don't think much about it.

  • bowenbowen Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    It'll be a strange day when we refer to our grandchildren as Gretchen, Gertrude, Beatrice, Etta, or Zelma.

  • DoxaDoxa Registered User
    edited October 2008
    I like my name, trevor, my g/f likes to say "you're my favorite trevor ever" which is hilariously cute. On the flip side I get a lot of "whatever trevor"s thrown at me.

    I've thought about naming my children names of famous people. One name I play with the idea is Robert, its practically trevor backwards (Rovert) so I can poke fun for years to come. Some of my favorite famous people are named robert, Robert E. Lee; Robert Frost; Robert Kennedy.

    Girls names? well...lets just say I'm hoping its not a girl <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" /> (I kid, I kid). I thought about naming her Jezebel but that would be cruel, I'll leave that up to the wife.

    On a different note I want to change my last name. Its been family tradition for the males to disassociate from their father by changing their last names as a mark of defiance for many generations. I have no idea what I am going to change it to.

  • linkswordlinksword Registered User
    edited October 2008
    I actually really like my name (William). It's sort of been popular for a long time though, and my best friend has the same name. I think it's one of the only names I've ever known someone of every race/ethnicity who has it.

    Also my initials are WTF.

  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I always thought Edgar was a stately name.

    Then I would refer to him as Gar.

    I have a grandpa named Elwood. Whatever happened to that name?

    You haven't given me a reason to steer clear of you!
  • clownfoodclownfood packet pusher in the wallsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    James wrote: »
    My name is James.

    If I have a girl I would name her Amanda or Tracy.

    If I have a boy I would name him Constantine.

    My nephew's name is Constantine Robert. My best friend named her little one constantine vladamir. The best thing was neither was aware of the other's choice. Remarkable names. They are going to suck to fill in a scantron sheet with those names.

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  • Nova_CNova_C Sniff Sniff Snorf Beyond The WallRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    My name is Jonathan, which is fairly common, but a name I've always liked.

    My last name, though, is Irons, which is badass. :P I mean, I'm cool with any girl I marry not taking my last name simply because I'd never give up Irons.

  • YarYar Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm not cool with Constantine. It reminds me of Rev. Lovejoy's lecture on constancy.

    In college all my friends were named Mike. Now, everyone I work with is named Matt. Yes, everyone.

  • AsiinaAsiina Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    There's so many people trying to be unique with names but going about it the entirely wrong way.

    If you give someone a very old name, make sure that most people still know it. Sarah, Cassandra, Jason, Alexander, Julia, Felicia, etc. are all ancient names that people would still recognize as names. If you name your kid Nicodemus or Saturninus you are dooming your child to a very hard life.

    A similar way people go wrong is to give the kid a relatively common name but spell it in magical ways. Do not name your kid Aishleigh or Meighien. What are you doing? They will spend their entire life repeating the spelling of their name and nobody ever getting it right.

  • BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Asiina wrote: »
    I'm so annoyed with Abigail suddenly being popular again. Ever since I was a child I wanted to name my first daughter Abigail. It's an old name not used very much, but it's not totally out there. It also shortens to Abbie which I think is adorable.

    Now suddenly it's popular. I had a problem growing up with a common name that wasn't all that common before I was born and I don't want my kid to be Abigail S. in her class.
    Ive told very few people some of the baby names I liked because Im afraid of them somehow becomeing more popular or stolen.

    Kind of like that seinfeld episode.

    Also William is kind of a dumb name. Mostly because everyone automatically assumes it shortens to Bill which I fucking hate to be called. I guess the upside is that I dont meet as many Wills out there. But I cringe when people think its funny to call me Willie.

  • clownfoodclownfood packet pusher in the wallsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    JebusUD wrote: »
    I always thought Edgar was a stately name.

    Then I would refer to him as Gar.

    I have a grandpa named Elwood. Whatever happened to that name?

    You would figure Dan Akroyd would have made it popular after his performance as one of the Blues Brothers

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  • YarYar Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Freakonomics had a cool chapter on how names originate in the upper-class as exotic and aristocratic, and then slowly migrate down until they become cliche and ignorant among the poor and uneducated.

  • BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Asiina wrote: »
    If you name your kid Nicodemus or Saturninus you are dooming your child to a very hard life.
    Man f that assina, Nicodemus would be a fucking awsome name to have. And it shortens very well to Nick if youd prefer it.

    Id much rather be named something gay like Sage or Dagger then meet every third person with the same name as me.

  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I don't really like my name, for some reason it's hard for me to say. Don't ask me why I falter on "Greg" all the time, but I do during introductions.

    Plus my dad thought it would be good to name me after a pope. That's the uncool side of old school names.

  • PantsBPantsB Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Apparently the old school Logans, Abigails and Jacobs of the world must unite to defeat the foul usurpers.

    My grandmother was named Euphemia May, and since there there are 6 girls with May as a middlename that descend from her. No Effies yet though.

    If you're going to give your kid a weird name, make sure there's an easy shorter version. Maximillian=Max. Nicodemus=Nick etc. That way they have an out.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    My first name is Grady.

    Grady is a bad ass, wisened name.


    I desperately want to name a child Baloo.

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I am Mike in Real Life. (I was almost named Mitchell, after my grandfather, but my mother decided it was too old-fashioned.)

    Potential kid names: I like Lionel and Charlotte.

  • MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    I think it's okay to want your child to hve a unique name. I also think it's okay to choose a popular one - in the end I don't think it makes a terrible world of difference and legal name changes after adulthood are always possible.

    There is a line of "okay that's not unique, that's just dumb" which includes stupid spellings and naming your kids after jello, but I'm guessing that line is probably different for everyone.

    I think Constantine would be a great name and I stick by Perseus and Artemis too.

    "goes to page through mythology books"

  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Asiina wrote: »
    There's so many people trying to be unique with names but going about it the entirely wrong way.

    If you give someone a very old name, make sure that most people still know it. Sarah, Cassandra, Jason, Alexander, Julia, Felicia, etc. are all ancient names that people would still recognize as names. If you name your kid Nicodemus or Saturninus you are dooming your child to a very hard life.

    A similar way people go wrong is to give the kid a relatively common name but spell it in magical ways. Do not name your kid Aishleigh or Meighien. What are you doing? They will spend their entire life repeating the spelling of their name and nobody ever getting it right.

    Goodness me, it is infuriating seeing someone trying to over-spell a perfectly normal name because they want to be different.

    Then you get a story I heard a few years ago, that probably won't translate well to text (I'll have to do it phonetically), about a teacher reading off the register to her class of children on her first day. She got to the end and a girl comes up to her and says "you didn't read out my name". She asked what the girls name was, and got the reply (here's where it falls down) "Wivonee".

    Checking down the list of names, she found one absence, 'Yvonne'.

    Apparently her parends had seen the name written down, and didn't know how to pronounce it.
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    I used to run a canvass office in Philadelphia. We hired for short time work, so we were doing interviews constantly. I saw all sorts of crazy names come through.

    Personal favorite: Saf-aye-en-aye
    Spoiler:

    My wife is a med student. Apparently there are horror stories about mothers trying to name their kids with words they see on the charts, most notable "miconium."
    Spoiler:

    Yup, first example is the kind of thing I'm on about, and I've heard of people doing the latter, doo.
    Also 'Mileena' is a popular one too.

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    darleysam wrote: »
    Asiina wrote: »
    There's so many people trying to be unique with names but going about it the entirely wrong way.

    If you give someone a very old name, make sure that most people still know it. Sarah, Cassandra, Jason, Alexander, Julia, Felicia, etc. are all ancient names that people would still recognize as names. If you name your kid Nicodemus or Saturninus you are dooming your child to a very hard life.

    A similar way people go wrong is to give the kid a relatively common name but spell it in magical ways. Do not name your kid Aishleigh or Meighien. What are you doing? They will spend their entire life repeating the spelling of their name and nobody ever getting it right.

    Goodness me, it is infuriating seeing someone trying to over-spell a perfectly normal name because they want to be different.

    Then you get a story I heard a few years ago, that probably won't translate well to text (I'll have to do it phonetically), about a teacher reading off the register to her class of children on her first day. She got to the end and a girl comes up to her and says "you didn't read out my name". She asked what the girls name was, and got the reply (here's where it falls down) "Wivonee".

    Checking down the list of names, she found one absence, 'Yvonne'.

    Apparently her parends had seen the name written down, and didn't know how to pronounce it.

    Same thing happened to Bette Midler.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Medopine wrote: »
    I think it's okay to want your child to hve a unique name. I also think it's okay to choose a popular one - in the end I don't think it makes a terrible world of difference and legal name changes after adulthood are always possible.

    There is a line of "okay that's not unique, that's just dumb" which includes stupid spellings and naming your kids after jello, but I'm guessing that line is probably different for everyone.

    I think Constantine would be a great name and I stick by Perseus and Artemis too.

    "goes to page through mythology books"

    I like the name "Phaedre," but I wouldn't really want my kid to learn where it came from.

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    KalTorak wrote: »
    Medopine wrote: »
    I think it's okay to want your child to hve a unique name. I also think it's okay to choose a popular one - in the end I don't think it makes a terrible world of difference and legal name changes after adulthood are always possible.

    There is a line of "okay that's not unique, that's just dumb" which includes stupid spellings and naming your kids after jello, but I'm guessing that line is probably different for everyone.

    I think Constantine would be a great name and I stick by Perseus and Artemis too.

    "goes to page through mythology books"

    I like the name "Phaedre," but I wouldn't really want my kid to learn where it came from.

    Dad, where did you get my name from?

    Sweetie, we were super stoned one night, listening to Tangerine Dream, and it seemed like a good idea.

    My middle name is taken from a doctor on a soap opera.
    D:

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  • MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    Phaedra is another one I really like

  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm obviously called Sam and I'm quite happy with that. Very few people call me 'Samuel', but it always makes me feel a bit special when they do.

    As for kids' names, I've got no idea what I'd go with yet.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Medopine wrote: »
    Phaedra is another one I really like
    Name a son Phaeton

    Don't let him borrow the car

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  • Andrew_JayAndrew_Jay Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Oh man, I'm in the top-10? I feel so . . . so generic.



    My girlfriend doesn't like any of the names I've suggested for children (not that any are on the way). Though I think we might get somewhere with Nichola.

    She rejected the Irish names I've come up with - Emer, Saoirse.

    I just consistently suggest Colin as a boy's name to piss her off.
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  • MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    Andrew_Jay wrote: »
    Oh man, I'm in the top-10? I feel so . . . so generic.

    For your birth year too?

  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Andrew_Jay wrote: »
    Oh man, I'm in the top-10? I feel so . . . so generic.



    My girlfriend doesn't like any of the names I've suggested for children (not that any are on the way). Though I think we might get somewhere with Nichola.

    She rejected the Irish names I've come up with - Emer, Saorise.

    I just consistently suggest Colin as a boy's name to piss her off.
    Spoiler:

    My name's David. How is that not in the top 10?

    Though I guess it could just be on the downswing.
    I was able to field an all-Dave ultimate frisbee team at college.

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  • DoxaDoxa Registered User
    edited October 2008

    My name's David. How is that not in the top 10?

    Though I guess it could just be on the downswing.
    I was able to field an all-Dave ultimate frisbee team at college.

    Every Dave I've met who is past the age 25 is married to a Sue

    I don't know what the fuck is going on, but its happened four times.

  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Everyone always adds an s to my last name and that makes me angry.

  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    "Mistake" and "Failed Abortion" are the top contenders for my kids. If I have twins: "Real" and "Clone #1".

    My first name is pretty standard, James. I do like that my (rather silly sounding) last name is an Ellis Island Polish name. Which means no one in Poland has it, and no one but our relatives in the States has it. Googling my last name returns my family tree and nothing else.

  • fairweatherfairweather OregonRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Alternatively, if I ever have crib midgets, I might name them after famous mathematicians and/or computer scientists. Ada would be a cool name for a daughter and Haskell for a son.

    I always liked the idea of having a son and daughter named Charles and Ada.

    Another name that dawned on me after reading this thread is Archimedes. The only problem is that it doesn't shorten down to anything really.

    I also like the names Virgil and Alexander.

  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
  • kilroydoskilroydos Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Archimedes easily becomes Archie. Whether or not that's a good thing is up to you.

  • AsiinaAsiina Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Another name that dawned on me after reading this thread is Archimedes. The only problem is that it doesn't shorten down to anything really.

    Archie.

    EDIT: Damnit

    EDIT 2: x2

  • evilbobevilbob Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    93rd in my birth year, and that site has the wrong meaning for my name.

    evilbob wrote: »
    How pretty am I?
    Geth roll 1d10
    Geth wrote: »
    /me rolls 1d10 -> 10 (sum:10)
  • kilroydoskilroydos Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    On a related note, I am now the proud father of a baby girl whose name is Ophelia June. Any advice on potential nicknames or shortenings would be appreciated. Obviously, OJ is right there, but with the multiple murder and robbery association, that might not be the best bet.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm not a fan of the name "Alexander" but I like "Alexandra" a lot

    It is very strange

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