Uzh wrote:By now it's quite researched, whether younger underclass parents tend to give especially strange sounding names (which they usually can't pronounce...). This is called "Chantalism" or "Kevinism" and there was a thesis quite a time ago, that teachers use to give worse marks to children with such names...
There is a clear pattern at play: Once a name catches on among high-income, highly educated parents, it starts working its way down the socioeconomic ladder. Amber, Heather, and Stephanie started out as high-end names. For every high-end baby given those names, however, another five lower-income girls received those names within 10 years.
Sam Knight wrote:There's actually someone in my course who's named Placid. His surname is also a common first name.
Adjectives as first names usually yields a degree of hilarity
Baby names can be cruel when combined with certain surnames though, like naming your son Jack when you have a surname like Gogh (pronounced Goff).
tomandlu wrote:Many diseases would make okay names (well, if you were in Ancient Rome)...
Chlamydia, Septicaemia, and so on...
We were going to call our daughter Mimble after the Moomintroll character, but we chickened out and gave that name to the cat instead...
userxp wrote:I don't get it.
karanj wrote:I'd like to see if anyone can do a GOOMHR on this (and I don't mean just "oh yeah I was trying to pick baby names too")
#20. Kamalakeiimalamalamaiaikanaau, also Aanuoluwatomilehin – These may well be ethnic names. While I respect ethnic names in general, these names look like someone fell asleep with their forehead on the keyboard. I totally understand giving your child a name that has cultural or family history significance, but one should also consider the society in which the child will grow up and how the name will be received in this society. No one will be able to pronounce, much less spell, these poor children’s names. These children will also have a disadvantage on all standardized tests – it’ll take them twenty minutes alone just to fill in their name on those multiple-choice test score sheets!
#19. Y – Here we have the opposite problem. Y is a letter, not a name. It’s a fine letter, it’s just as good a letter as the other 25 letters in the alphabet, but it needs to be followed by some other letters before it can be a name. Y don’t we just add a few of those here to turn Y into a name?
#16. Asma – No child should have a name reminiscent of the name of a disease or other health disorder.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised – one little girl was also named Hermione.
Djehutynakht wrote:(old Gaelic can get interesting)...
Durinia wrote:My wife is having a baby on Friday - Randall has excellent timing!
(I almost gave my first daughter the middle name "Ada")