Naming People (Children)

Parents and non-parents…what things influenced/would influence the names you pick(ed) for your children? Obviously don’t reveal names if it doesn’t make you feel comfortable.

Things like:

  • Names that are commonly used within your family?
  • Name of someone you admire?
  • Names that you like the sound of (e.g. if I had a girl, I like quite a few Irish names, despite not being Irish)?
  • Avoiding names that you think are “in fashion”?
  • Names that could make gender non-conformity easier (e.g. “Sam”)?

Names are getting wankier

I find the mentality that “ooh my child needs to have a unique name that you don’t hear very often and there won’t be another one in their class” is weird

Are names heading for a fall?

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Maurice

Yeah I struggle with this. They’re all called things like Deia and Iolanthe now aren’t they.

Got several pregnant friends atm and I’m longing for one of them just to send a text announcing the arrival of John or something.

New names are fine, really. My personal beef is with people using nicknames for real names (Alfie etc.) but even as I type that I realise it’s a bit smalltime.

Yeah I feel this is going to lead us to lose the peculiarly British tradition of identifying people with the same name with a gentle pisstake.

“You seen John recently?”
“Which John? Big John?”
“Nah Shat-Himself John”

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I dunno. I can kind of sympathise with the idea that creating a name is a way of declaring your non-conformity in a society that, for example, you feel is racist:

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Yeah I don’t genuinely have an actual problem with it. People can name kids what they want.

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My son’s name is Alex.

When we were watching A Clockwork Orange (and expecting), I said “Alex is a good name”. We wanted something that worked as the short and long version, that sounded good with our surname, and that didn’t have any obvious arsehole associations. In my mind I got to Alex van Halen and it was decided.

So yeah he’s named after the mentalist in A Clockwork Orange.

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Having said that I’m well up for using mythical Welsh names mind which will seem extremely, extremely wanky.

Think I’ve mentioned before but my ma wanted to call me Blue.

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That’s completely different from like “I like the name Sophie but there are too many Sophies so I won’t call my child Sophie” though isn’t it.

Da ba dee da ba di.

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Oh, if you put it like that, I guess not.

I like Bran as well because it means raven in welsh and so is dead goth, and people would think you were named after a breakfast conducive to bowel movements.

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think John is probably the best name for a boy, could be anything with a name like that.

If my daughter had been a boy, we’d have named her Sam.

Thankfully, she was born a girl. Two of the NCT folks had boys and named them Sam. There would have been hell to pay had there been a third.

We chose names that we liked but weren’t really in vogue, and then chose Irish names for middle names for my ex’s heritage.

Found it a lot more difficult finding names that we liked for my son than my daughter - a lot of boys names just sound a bit boring, and also my ex worked as a Primary school teacher so any names associated with toe-rags she’d taught were a no-no.

We ended up being torn between the name we chose and Albert for my son. I liked the idea of being able to call him Al, Albie, Bert or Bertie. Alas, we didn’t go down that particular cul-de-sac.

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Yeah thing is though you’d have genuinely pulled this off, and strongly.