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Old 04-29-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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As parents we've all come across other parents who were so eager and happy to inform us of what they recently named their little one(s). It's quite likely that we've heard names that we thought we downright dumb and/or ridiculous but we're pretty much obligated to smile and say something to the effect of "gee what a nice name." Quite honestly it's none of our business what others name their kids and there's really no use in offending another parent or getting into an argument with them over such a thing. But this is an anonymous internet forum so let's have at it.

We named our son Declan because we loved the name but I'm sure many people were thinking to themselves that it was a horrible name while I was telling them what I named my son.

So what are some of the names that you have coem across or heard that you love or hate?

I'll start........

There's a little girl at my kids' daycare named Brooklyn. It's a city, not a name.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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I think the name "Brooklyn" is a shorter version of Brooke Lynne. I also think the name became popular once one of the Baldwin brothers named his daughter that.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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As parents we've all come across other parents who were so eager and happy to inform us of what they recently named their little one(s). It's quite likelt that we've heard names that we thought we downright dumb and/or ridiculous but we're pretty much obligated to smile and say something to the effect of "gee what a nice name." Quite honestly it's none of our business what others name their kids and there's really no use in offending another parent or getting into an argument with them over such a thing.

We named our son Declan because we loved the name but I'm sure many people were thinking to themselves that it was a horrible name while I was telling them what I named my son.

So what are some of the names that you have coem across or heard that you love or hate?

I'll start........

There's a little girl at my kids' daycare named Brooklyn. It's a city, not a name.
LOL. A woman at work recently gave birth and named her son "Declan". Everyone was mystified and wanted to know where such an odd name came from. I was the only one who had heard of it before, and the only place I'd heard of it was...City-Data. Of course, I didn't tell them about City-Data--I said I thought it was the name of a character on a TV show or movie (and I think that's correct, right?)

Another coworker also had a son this past year. Named him "Robert". Imagine that!

22 years ago, I named my daughter "Adele" after her departed grandmother. Only one person ever asked me where the name came from--most people knew of an elderly Adele in their family or as one of their grandmother's friends. Now that there's a Grammy-award winning singer with the name only a few years older than my daughter, it doesn't sound so unusual. I just really didn't want a name that was trendy or overused, although others do choose to go with the trendy, obviously. In the end, as the OP said, it's none of our business.

I think the oddest name for a girl I've heard in recent years is "Addison". It's the name of a disease, which is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear it, plus it means "Son of Adam". I really don't get why someone would slap that onto a baby girl.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Pa
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As parents we've all come across other parents who were so eager and happy to inform us of what they recently named their little one(s). It's quite likelt that we've heard names that we thought we downright dumb and/or ridiculous but we're pretty much obligated to smile and say something to the effect of "gee what a nice name." Quite honestly it's none of our business what others name their kids and there's really no use in offending another parent or getting into an argument with them over such a thing.

We named our son Declan because we loved the name but I'm sure many people were thinking to themselves that it was a horrible name while I was telling them what I named my son.

So what are some of the names that you have coem across or heard that you love or hate?

I'll start........

There's a little girl at my kids' daycare named Brooklyn. It's a city, not a name.
You never heard of Madison? Sahara? They are nice names.

Dumb names:Apple-Blu Ivy-Lordes-Blanket
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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You never heard of Madison? Sahara? They are nice names.

Dumb names:Apple-Blu Ivy-Lordes-Blanket
I presonally don't care for the name Madison. It's way too Trendy. You ever hear a baby name and then immediately a certain type of adult that you think fits that name pops into your head? Well when I hear the name Madison I think of a twenty-something used up, coked up stripper giving guys extras in the parking lot outside the stripclub for money.

Sahara? It's a desert, not a name.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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One man's dumb name is anothers' beautiful child. So be it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: BK All Day
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I presonally don't care for the name Madison. It's way too Trendy. You ever hear a baby name and then immediately a certain type of adult that you think fits that name pops into your head? Well when I hear the name Madison I think of a twenty-something used up, coked up stripper giving guys extras in the parking lot outside the stripclub for money.

....or the mermaid in splash....
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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You never heard of Madison? Sahara? They are nice names.

Dumb names:Apple-Blu Ivy-Lordes-Blanket
BLANKET???? I must have missed that one. Lourdes is an old-fashioned Spanish name. I don't mind that one.

Not thrilled with Madison--I don't think most people realize it comes from the movie "Splash", though.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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....or the mermaid in splash....
Oops, should have read ahead!
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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I agree that a parent has the right to parent how they feel, but even in the REAL world, much less here, I let people know how stupid I think these "special" names are. I may not say to someone "that name you chose is stupid," but I will say "me myself, I prefer EASY and COMMON names, to make it easier on me & everyone else to spell & pronounce it."

My daughter is named Helen Hannah, our son Adrian Malachi. Easy, common, no presumption of individuality. If they want to make their mark, let them make it on what they actually DO, not on what their name is. I figure if people like George Jones, George Washington and Michael Jordan can stand out despite their generic names, based on their ACCOMPLISHMENTS, my kids don't need any special names to "stand out from the crowd."
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