January 7, 2010

A Slightly Random thought:

Do you ever hear a person's name and think, ":Your parents actually named you that? Is that even a name?"


And then do you think, "I wonder if people ever think that about my children's names. . . "

Just wondering. . .

22 comments:

Emmy said...

I have thought that about others.. but so far yet to think it about my own...

Though sometimes the whole Alex thing confuses people on gender... but whenever I saw Alexandria they all love it.

MommyJ said...

Um, yes. I've definitely thought that about others. My kids' names are all pretty traditional, so I don't think anyone ever thinks I made them up. But I do get some odd looks when I tell people Henry's name. One person said to me, "Isn't Henry in the same category as like, George, and Fred?"

Humpf. I LOVE the name Henry... even if it is old fashioned.

Barbaloot said...

I love the name Henry, too!

But I was wondering about Pauly Shore's parents the other day.

Linds said...

Yes! What is it with celebrities and giving their children the oddest names!?! Do they think because they're rich and famous that their child will be sheltered from all the ridicule? Probably will, but still. C'mon!

also known as shell said...

Its funny being here in GA when people hear Dallen's name. They think its so cool and original. in utah its everywhere. They also think its Irish :)

Lara said...

I guess anything can be a name, but occasionally people take it way too far!

My oldest is Bria, and people think I made it up, but I didn't. It's in the name books and everything and we have met quite a few of them. But, at least it isn't Tomato or something, right?

Kristina P. said...

Don't fall pray to the Mormon Mommy syndrome.

My SIL is a sweetheart and has never lived in Utah, but she is "Utah" all the way.

They just had a little girl and there was a poll up on their blog with names. They were all CRAZY with CRAZY spellings!!

They ended up naming her Everly, which is cute. She originally wanted Everliegh. No.

The Boob Nazi said...

I have my baby names all picked out. I was recently told one of them was "SO UTAH." I was like, but if I chose them before I came to Utah, doesn't that not count?!?

wonder woman said...

I saw Erick Erickson the other day on TV.

Seriously?

Erick Erickson?

I think your kids' names are adorable and NOT weird, for the record.

Liesl said...

I think that about some of the celebrity's kids names. Most of them actually. Poor rich kids.

Emily - Good Frau said...

Ha ha.... Yes, I frequently think that about names I hear. But who am I to judge? I think some people think we are weird because we named our son Charlie as his given name, and not Charles, but it's a family name, and they are all Charlies in my family. And I love the name Henry, too. Charlie was almost a Henry and if he ever has a brother, we will probably name him Henry. Except I think those are the names from the "Charlie Bit Me" video. Oh well.

blueviolet said...

My daughter's name is slightly unusual but yet normal. My son's is standard fare.

But my brother in law names his kids such weird names that I have never once remembered what they are. They're just too bizarre. I don't get it.

Sara said...

I like more traditional names for my kids, but I like other people's names that are different as long as they sound nice. It's the ones that arn't names like "apple" or "ocean" that I question. Although when I was a kid, I wished for a wierd name. I constantly spelled my name Cerrah, just to be different.

Rochelle said...

I get it all time..."Your kids have such unusual names." but I don't think they are that unusual. When my husband and I named our second son Dexter, my brother in law actually said. "Are you serious? That's really what you named him? I don't think there are real people named that." Whatever, I love it, and no, we didn't name him after the show Dexter, or Dexter's laboratory!

Melinda said...

Yeah, I wonder if people just make up names, I have a harder time with weird boy names than girls. Girls can be more whimsical, but what if you name your son Woody and he wants to be a lawyer, come on! :) Sometimes I wonder if people hear my kisd name and think they're so beautiful they must name their kids that, is that the same thing? haha

That Girl said...

I knew a Harry Balls once. He was a teenager. And swore he'd change his name as soon as he was old enough.

Sell...Party Of 3 said...

I don't think that about my childs name, because I didn't pick anything crazy...but I think that about other names all of the time.

Becky Parkin said...

I heard about a girl with the last name "French." She married a "Fry"

Erin said...

I inadvertently named both of my boys names in the top ten, or even five, of each year they were born. I'm not quite sure what to do about this baby - try really hard NOT to make it a top 10 name??

By the way, I just saw your comment on Motherboard's post about Elder Oaks. He is my uncle's uncle! So yes, it is a small Mormon world.

Terresa said...

This is a fun, great post. Makes me think...um, yes.

All of those names after cars just slay me. Like Mercedes, for example.

And all of the new agey names that might've been hip a few years back and now? They suck.

My husband grew up with 2 guys with the last name Wolf. One of them was named Grey. The other one? Blue. Kinda cool. Kinda weird.

Lourie said...

There are some names the world can definitely do without. My kids have pretty traditional names so I think we are safe there. Also, each child's middle name is family related. I was named after my grandmother. Her name was Lourene. My parents just shortened it a but to Lourie.

j@nAe said...

I know a girl named Seven and another named Thursday. And I know a boy named Sam "The Brave" - quotations marks and all. But after living back east and hearing the various iterations of the name Enoch by people who aren't familiar with it, I've learned to just mind my own business. Poor kid. Look what we've done to him. :)

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