I ask for two reasons: first, this comment came up during a name discussion on the AppMtn Facebook group:
Does no one remember the cruelty of the schoolyard?
And then, one morning as I walked my six year old daughter Clio to school, I heard one of the boys in her class call out:
There we were. In the schoolyard. And another child was definitely calling out a twist on her (unusual) name, one meant to grab attention.
But here’s the thing – it didn’t appear to be cruel. My daughter didn’t appear to be upset by it. No one giggled or pointed. The boy didn’t seem to be taunting her in any way. In fact, the only one who noticed for more than a second was … me.
Do kids get teased because of their names? And if so, is that sufficient reason to stick to only the most mainstream possibilities when naming our children?
I know where I come down on this one, but I’m curious to hear your take on the question, too.
- This! This post from Anna about discussing baby names with her husband is truly laugh out loud funny! It reminds me of my conversations with my husband, though I didn’t think to jot them down. Hilarious, honest, and surprisingly sweet, too.
- Did you see this post at Duana? The writer asks if celebrity baby names are just a big joke – do the kids really have normal names, and we’re just being told the parents went with Wyatt Isabelle or Briar Rose? I had a similar conversation with a dad (who I promise reads very little celebrity gossip) the other morning. Here’s my take: Nope. They’re real names. For two reasons. First, musicians and actors live in a world where creativity and individual style is celebrated. Even if you’re not an Oscar/Grammy-winning A Lister, I’d guess that there’s little inclination to choose the ordinary. (And some impulse to avoid it.) Secondly – and more importantly – we sometimes find out the kids’ names only when an actual birth certificate is filed. If you give birth in a hospital in Los Angeles, you’ll have a tough time keeping your kid’s name quiet.
- Elea covers Theodore. A classic definitely coming back into fashion.
- Kelli talks about names that were most popular from 1900 – 1910. Would Beulah ever have a shot at a comeback?
- I almost called Beulah a potential hipster name, except what does that mean anymore? Love this quote from the Washington City Paper’s D.C. Manual of Style and usage, found via Nancy at Away with Words: hipster: a term that is somehow both loaded and meaningless.
- I’m enchanted by this name from Nomes e mais nomes: Cidalia. Sort of like Cecilia plus Dahlia – love the sound!
- What is THE name of the moment? Baby Name Wizard readers are nominating Elsa and Isis, but remember, it doesn’t need to be a name. “The Situation” took the title a few years back.
- Alexia has some advice for parents who like Biblical names that are just a little bit different. What goes with daughter Shiloh and son Jedidiah?
- I very much like these names featuring the letter V at The Art of Naming. It’s hard to choose favorites, but Avalon, Everild, and Vittoria leap out at me from the girls’ list, and Davion, Tolliver, and Harvey from the boys’ list.
- Swistle readers talked this family out of using Aviatrix. The name they went with? Beatrix Dare, nickname Bix. Suddenly, Beatrix sounds like the greatest name ever.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!