Tbh I don't care If I am, some parents need to get a grip

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WildThongIWannaKnowForSure Mon 22-Apr-13 17:58:12

I give you A-Jay, Charlidh, Ameiliah, Blaiyre, Boudicca, Blu-rayne, Foozy, Deztany-Rose, Madison-Bluebell

My favourite is Wyntrr. They could at least have added an h to the end though.


MrsKoala Mon 22-Apr-13 18:57:45

ooohh I love Salome. If i ever have a girl it's defo on my list.

I have recruited loads of African women called Lovely, Precious, Pretty etc as well as hundreds of women called Olu and Anu with something really long to follow. Totally normal where i work/lived.

People often comment on ds's name for being 'unusual', i'm sure some people sneer inside when they hear it, but we just love it. Altho i think any same shouted down a supermarket aisle with expletives attached sounds horrendous. I did once hear 'Sigourney' being bellowed in a shopping centre and thought, wow - such a specific name of one particular actress must be difficult. I know that it feels a bit, as when i was about 20 a very popular tv show had a character with my unusual name, and still whenever i introduce myself people say 'what, like x'.

manicinsomniac Mon 22-Apr-13 18:59:59

unique - you should try some of the baby name games on www.sporcle.com

Most of them are from America and when you try ones like 'the top 300 Baby girls names beginning with K in 2011' the number of spelling possibilities are endless:
Kaylee, Kaylei, Kaylea, Kayle, Kayli, Kaylie, Kayleigh, Kaile, Kailee, Kailea, Kailey, Kaileagh, Kaley, Kalee, Kalie, Kaleigh, Kalea.

Katelyn, Katelynn, Katelin, Katelinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaetlyn, Kaetlynn, Kaetlin, Katlyn, Katlynn, Katlin, Katlinn.

And you can do the same with numerous other letters. Hours of fun!

Ashoething Mon 22-Apr-13 19:00:05

My first dc was called Conor manic-but sadly he died. I think its a lovely name-obviously! but my friend said all the ones she has taught have been...challenging! I know 3 Dylans and tbh they are pretty naughty-in a small boy way of course.

AllAboutFlavour Mon 22-Apr-13 19:01:10

In ten years I have taught one lovely Connor. All the others have been terrors. Same with Dylan. I've never taught a well behaved Kyle or Cameron. Doesn't mean they don't exist, and I don't prejudge class lists before I meet them.

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 22-Apr-13 19:02:05

The badly "alternative" spellings of names make me cringe. Abbiegayle? Khrysteen? Blayke? Really? It's ugly and illiterate. No apologies for judging that.

But actually, the unusual but correctly spelled names (Olympia etc) I have seen in very posh families too, so not such an indicator of low socio-economic status as MN seems to decree!

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 22-Apr-13 19:02:27

badly spelled ffs.

Well DD's name (Brady) featured as one of the unusual names, as only 1 child of each gender was named it. I'm surprised I always thought it was unusual but not that unusual.

currentbuns Mon 22-Apr-13 19:03:46

There is a little girl at dd's nursery called Ruby Tuesday.

I agree MrsDeVere. My children have Russian Inuit names because DH is. Sorry for naming my children according to our family, our history, our heritage. Someone laughed at Sahiththiyah as a name today. Sorry if no one likes it, but it's the pretty name of DS' five year old best friend ever and happens to be Tamil. If you came over to DH's home, with a kid named Louis would be considered unusual. I'm amazed at how it seems acceptable to think names can be commented in in such a rude way- politely going 'well, it's not my personal choice but I you love it....' Whether they are traditional names from different cultures or a name with a different spellings or whatever.

Scottishtanguera Mon 22-Apr-13 19:07:05

I have a fairly ordinary name that has about 4 options spelling-wise, like the examples above, and it drives me insane having to spell it for people so why anyone would choose an alternative spelling or an unusual name for their kids is something I've never understood. They must have had a very dull name and thought they would make up for it or something...

That aside, I think these sorts of names are pretentious and idiotic but each to their own.

A bit blush at it being a Scottish list though...!

MrsKoala Mon 22-Apr-13 19:08:35

Artemis is also on my list of girls names smile

SherbetVodka Mon 22-Apr-13 19:08:47

ooohh I love Salome. If i ever have a girl it's defo on my list.

It is lovely but she'd be nicknamed Salami...

I think Sigourney is a beautiful name. Wouldn't dare use it though.

ArtemisatBrauron Mon 22-Apr-13 19:08:56

Theherringscreams it's totally different having a name from a different culture and having a name that is deliberately mis-spelled to be "cool" or "different". How "cool" will a 35 year old called AbbieGayle feel?
I teach a child with a lovely and very unusual African name - no-one is judging him, it's the illiteracy and selfishness of the "Bo-Laci-Star" brigade that I can't abide. It's cute when they are newborns, but what about when they are trying to be taken seriously at work?

noblegiraffe Mon 22-Apr-13 19:09:36

Tamil names are usually awesomely long, I wonder what they make of Ben or Kate.

TheFallenMadonna Mon 22-Apr-13 19:09:50

I've been teaching long enough to know it would be mightily foolish to prejudge a name. The only names I dread are the ones where I can't tell of it's a boy or a girl, and it's not always immediately obvious with all year 7s...

I ask for set lists with info on students' sex.

MrsDeVere Mon 22-Apr-13 19:10:43

No ashoe they will be judged because of the small mindedness of certain individuals.

And what the flip has any of this got to do with PC confused

big that is an urban myth. Like La -

Its just another way of sneering at the plebs and in the USA particularly these urban myths are most often aimed at African Americans.

noblegiraffe Mon 22-Apr-13 19:12:37

Yes, Fallen, I remember the embarrassment of looking at the register at Courtney, asking if anyone knew where she was as a very male Courtney approached me to apologise for being late.

tabulahrasa Mon 22-Apr-13 19:13:01

'Theherringscreams it's totally different having a name from a different culture and having a name that is deliberately mis-spelled to be "cool" or "different". How "cool" will a 35 year old called AbbieGayle feel?'

Well what about names like Danyal or Hari? Where they have no etymology in common, they just happen to be similar to English names...

YouTheCat Mon 22-Apr-13 19:14:53

I think Ruby Tuesday is a brilliant name. grin

We had a kid at school whose name was pronounced 'Shit' - I have no idea what country he was from or how it was spelled but his teacher asked his parents if he had another name for use in school.

MrsDeVere Mon 22-Apr-13 19:14:56

Why is it assumed that the working classes chose names because they are desperate to be cool or different? Perhaps they like the way the names look and sound.

Maybe the Gucci namers are being aspirational but if they are so are the Hector namers. In their own ways.

One is beyond the pale on MN, the other is perfectly acceptable.

MrsDeVere Mon 22-Apr-13 19:15:14

yy to Ruby Tuesday being a lovely name.

SherbetVodka Mon 22-Apr-13 19:16:12

I'm amazed at how it seems acceptable to think names can be commented in in such a rude way- politely going 'well, it's not my personal choice but I you love it....'

Do you mean people commenting directly to you in real life? If that's the case, I agree it's very rude! I don't see anything wrong with discussing names you like or dislike online though.

GreenShadow Mon 22-Apr-13 19:16:45

My first (relatively 'normal') name doesn't even feature on the list.... sad

Bobyan Mon 22-Apr-13 19:16:50

Should I be pleased or ashamed that my dc's names appeared once and three times respectively...?

AuchAyethenoo Mon 22-Apr-13 19:17:56

I agree manic, I ended up having to read the entire list to give a sort of tribute to all those little stars.

(I'm not nuts, I do this to on remembrance days at our local children's hospice)

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