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To think this really isn't a bloody name?

(198 Posts)
ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:27:02

My cousin and her DP have just had their first baby together (she already has three sons, it's her DP's first).

Cute little thing, very sweet.

They've called her Thirteen.

Thirteen

Apparently this is because she was born in 2013 and cousin's birthday is on the 13th of June. I'm sure they think they're very unique and interesting, and yet I can't help feeling that they have forgotten that they're naming a person. Someone who has to go to school and introduce herself as Thirteen. Someone who has to apply for university as Thirteen. Someone who has to, every time she says her name for the next (hopefully) eight or nine decades, put up with a confused pause followed by '... Thirteen?!'.

I know name snobbery gets bashed on MN and I'm fully prepared to be told it's a beautiful, unique signifier and that no one will ever bully her for it but seriously... Fucking Thirteen?!

OnTheNingNangNong Tue 23-Apr-13 10:28:20

Unlucky....

Oh. Dear. God.

shock

sweetfluffybunnies Tue 23-Apr-13 10:29:14

YANBU it's ridiculous.

msrisotto Tue 23-Apr-13 10:29:57

God that's harsh (of them)

ShadowStorm Tue 23-Apr-13 10:30:00

Oh dear.

Do they realise that a lot of people are a bit supersticious about the number 13?

shellshock7 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:30:10

Maybe they think Thirteen was actually her first name in House?!

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 23-Apr-13 10:30:29

Um.

Well. If it was a different number I think possibly it could be nice.

Did anyone point out how many people are woo about 13 being unlucky and that might be a bit awkward for their DD?!

I would have at least gone with "thirteena"...

It's beyond stupid and into a whole new realm of fuckwittedness

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 10:31:20

I quite like unusual names but thats a whole different level of 'unusual' to put it mildly. It sounds like a name you'd be given upon entering a Victorian workhouse.

Do they hate the baby?

APipkinOfPepper Tue 23-Apr-13 10:31:31

Have they at least given her a proper middle name?

Crinkle77 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:31:54

YANBU that is stupid and cruel

bigpantspam Tue 23-Apr-13 10:32:03

Unlucky for some... She will hear that FOREVER.

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:32:35

Yes, they're aware of the superstition surrounding the number. Apparently, though, she's a lucky baby because... Well, apparently the doctor said she was a 'special baby'. So they decided Thirteen was perfect for her.

Because she's special.

And, apparently, so are they.

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 10:32:41

Jeez, thats gonna be a social faux par for life, poor kid.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:08

Maybe they could call her Tina for short??

GoingUpInTheWorld Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:19

It is very erm unusual, but on the other hand i do know someone called Tuesday.

ow.
I can understand giving numbers as names, but far far too many people think the number Thirteen is unlucky - she will find a lot of problems with that name.

poor thing sad

Gubbins Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:54

There's a child in my daughter's class called Six. Still better than Thirteen though, particularly with the 'unlucky for some' connotations.

Unlucky.

Poor girl.

Remotecontrolduck Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:57

Oh that's awful. I'm all for unusual names but try think of the adult who will have to live with it, rather than the cute little baby!

She could change her name by deed poll I suppose, there's always hope. Or maybe she'll grow to like it. Maybe confused

I like "Tuesday" and "Wednesday"...

msrisotto Tue 23-Apr-13 10:34:01

Middle name?

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:34:17

Fortunately she has a beautiful middle name, which I assume she will use for pretty much everything, as soon as she is able to express a preference.

MrsClown1 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:34:19

YANBU - the poor child has to live with it - she may change it later. Have they given her a 'normal' middle name, she may be able to use that. I had a friend who called her son Norman due to some stupid family tradition then she gave him a lovely middle name and used that. When I was pregnant with my son I read Anna Karenina and wanted to call my son Sergei (pronounced Sirgay). My husband couldnt stand it and said he would get picked on - I am so glad I listened to him because he would definitely have got picked on about it.

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 10:34:42

They aren't "special" they are cruel and ignorant.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 10:34:48

I think 72 is much more elegant and timeless.

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 10:35:24

Some parents really cannot imagine their kids as adults can they.

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:35:32

squoosh grin

Sparklyblue Tue 23-Apr-13 10:35:49

I don't think you should be allowed to register names like this sad
Poor kid.
I know two brothers called Storm and Chaos hmm

SirBoobAlot Tue 23-Apr-13 10:35:51

What. The. Fuck?

I've heard some ridiculous names, but this is just a prize winner.

Can't believe it's just that she was born in 2013 either, how utterly bizarre.

zukiecat Tue 23-Apr-13 10:36:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GoingUpInTheWorld Tue 23-Apr-13 10:36:23

Have they registered the baby yet? If not can someone give them a good talking to?

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 10:36:24

Please tell me your response was "Why the fuck have you called her that you thick twats?"

[hopeful]

shock are they house fans or something? They do know 13 was just her nick name and she had a real name???

Poor kid

pictish Tue 23-Apr-13 10:36:48

squoosh grin

unebagpipe Tue 23-Apr-13 10:38:24

Out of the kindness of your heart please show her this thread. And this is a forum where usually any suggestions are welcomed (IMHO!)... It will haunt her forever, poor wee girl- can't they use it as a middle name instead?

SlimFitWellies Tue 23-Apr-13 10:38:57

Lordy.

My cousin went to schooll with a girl called Seven. That was kind of cool though and she carried it off well.

I read on here once a MNetter went to school with someone called Wednesday West, which I thought was a terrific name.

Thirteen though - I doubt it will catch on.

Nanny0gg Tue 23-Apr-13 10:39:43

Have you actually told them how ridiculous they're being?
And how she will be ripped to shreds at school?

She (and they) will certainly be a hot topic of conversation in the Staff room!

Nanny0gg Tue 23-Apr-13 10:40:33

Soupdragon

grin

zukiecat Tue 23-Apr-13 10:40:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 10:41:12

I'd love to work in the births registry office. I'd soon set people straight. I'd probably be fired after a week for extreme rudeness but at least I'd have save a few baby Thirteens.

zukie - not with that "alternative" spelling, though i hope wink

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:44:22

Other members of the family have tried their best to talk them round, including some very harsh and frank 'That's just fucking stupid' comments. They refuse to be swayed though as their friends are all telling them what a wonderful name it is, and how their daughter's amazing uniqueness is reflected in their amazingly unique choice of amazingly unique name.

Precious little snowflakes that they are.

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 10:45:02

Right up there with the idiots who called their DD Hashtag.

How's she ever gonna get into a night club?? smile

zukiecat Tue 23-Apr-13 10:47:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

piprabbit Tue 23-Apr-13 10:47:14

"I am not a number, I am a free man."

Oops, turns out I am in fact a number and a very unlucky one at that.

On the plus side the child will be able to choose her own name in life without needing to feel guilty about rejecting her parents' choice.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:48:45

Do they watch a lot of 'House' as well? That would be my first though, followed by 'are they a bit, you know, thick?'

angelos02 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:48:57

I bet the parents think they are being 'out there' and original when in fact they are just cretins.

knittingirl Tue 23-Apr-13 10:49:21

It's this type of thing that makes me think countries with lists of "approved" names are onto something...

Fudgemallowdelight Tue 23-Apr-13 10:51:22

Yes she can call herself Tina

Buzzardbird Tue 23-Apr-13 10:51:34

Thirteen is the age that the child will reach when she decides to change her name and dis-own her parents. sad

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 10:53:13

10 illegal baby names

1) Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii (New Zealand)

2) Venerdi AKA 'Friday' (Italy)

3) Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (Sweden)

4) Gesher AKA 'Bridge' (Norway)

5) Chow Tow AKA 'Smelly Head' (Malaysia)

6) @ (China)

7) Miatt (Germany)

8) Anus (Denmark)

9) Ovnis (Portugal)

10) Akuma AKA Devil (Japan)

BlastAndDalmatians Tue 23-Apr-13 10:56:05

I'm all for unusual names but that's just silly. Its not even a nice sounding number! Six sounds cool (remember her in Blossom?) and I like Wednesday and Tuesday.

Thirteen looks and sounds ugly.

noblegiraffe Tue 23-Apr-13 10:56:15

At least Harper Seven Beckham has a non-numerical first name.

Wasn't Blossom's friend called Six in that TV show?

noblegiraffe Tue 23-Apr-13 10:57:28

Cross-post Blast! Clearly we have the same taste in 90s TV!

BlastAndDalmatians Tue 23-Apr-13 10:59:20

I always wanted her amazing floppy hats..

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 23-Apr-13 11:03:31

Oh dear. I'm usually firmly in the "their baby, their choice" camp on less than fabulous name choices but, in this case, OH MY DEAR GOD. sad

Some numbers, I suppose, could work quite well as names - Twelve might not be quite so bad (clutching at straws) but Thirteen?

Where will the madness stop? Conversation of the future (or possibly for a sibling for Thirteen);

"May I introduce you to baby PorkChop?" "Sorry, what was his name, I must have misheard you - it sounded like PorkChop" "Yes, lovely isn't it. His dad loves pork chops & it's unique."

YoniMatopoeia Tue 23-Apr-13 11:08:37

Suggestion from the geeks here.

Her nickname could be Dee.

*D is 13 in hexadecimal

Fudgemallowdelight Tue 23-Apr-13 11:10:29

What are the rules about naming children in the UK? I assume someone is allowed to call their child Thirteen, but not allowed to call them Anus (as in the Danish example Loulybelle gave above?)

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Tue 23-Apr-13 11:12:05

Fucking hell. There should be laws against this kind of thing. I hope the daft name does not prejudice the child's chances in life

Sidge Tue 23-Apr-13 11:14:11

There's a great ride at Alton Towers called Th13teen.

There's also one called Rita. I think I'd rather be called Rita than Th13teen though..

Snort
What a pair of prize twats. The poor child

everlong Tue 23-Apr-13 11:18:59

Poor little Thirteen.

Having that name and idiots for parents.

badtime Tue 23-Apr-13 11:21:46

In Freakonomics, the author discusses a chap called 'Loser' (his older brother was called 'Winner'). Loser was known as 'Lou'.

I think your cousin's child will be Teena/Tina.

RunRabbit Tue 23-Apr-13 11:25:35

YANBU

So ridiculous I'd refuse to use the babys name.

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 23-Apr-13 11:26:08

Having that as one of my middle names ( used it instead of my first name until I was about 25) never caused me any problems.

Its not that unique.

But it is very twatty to rip the piss out of people's names chances are the only bullying that happens because of names is probably on forums like this by adults. Generally children behave better.

CloudSurfer Tue 23-Apr-13 11:30:12

Is there still time to talk them out of it?!? Show them this thread before they register her. She will hate it!! What about a normal first name and 13 as her middle name? (if they really must)

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 11:33:39

Really Sock? My own parents gave me an 'unusual' name that children did not hesitate to rip the piss out of. Hence my concern for this poor baby.

RobotLover68 Tue 23-Apr-13 11:37:35

Could have been worse I suppose eg. Sixty-nine wink

Get her to post on AIBU grin That will be both amusing, and will change her mind if nothing else will!

I expect she'll wake up in a cold sweat in 6 months time screaming 'what was I thinking????!!!'

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 11:41:13

chances are the only bullying that happens because of names is probably on forums like this by adults. Generally children behave better.

Not in my experience, not by a long way.

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 11:42:12

Adults on a forum are commenting on the name. Children are bullying or teasing the actual child.

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 23-Apr-13 11:43:42

Yep I've only seen adults get silly over stuff like this unless its children doing it in front of their parents who are quite open about being the type of people who think its ok to make personal comments so tend to encourage it.

They both picked the name they both love it, its up to them. Days numbers and places are used its no big deal. Perhaps they think the more usual names are odd or boring but are to polite to pass comment on someone else's choice.

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 23-Apr-13 11:45:01

Children tend to pick up on different things

Longdistance Tue 23-Apr-13 11:45:27

Idiots, the world is full of idiots.
Thirteen?
I've heard it all now.
<Hoiks up judgy pants>

Sockreturningpixie - the bullying I suffered, using a nasty name based on my surname, was entirely the brainchild of the children who bullied me - I am absolutely sure of that. Children can be really nasty, right off their own bats, in my experience.

My parents had a friend whose 10th grandchild was a daughter, called Decima. I used to think that was a bit mean, until I read about poor Thirteen.

ryanboy Tue 23-Apr-13 11:46:44

How is it six and seven are ok as names but thirteen isn't? If it is purely superstition then you are dafter than the parents!!
The Ops sister has (what are to her) meaningful reasons for their DDS name .You cannot second guess what name a child will like, and the child can always change it or use her middle name when she is older.If I came across a thirteen , I would feel a bit odd saying it the first few times but then I'd get used to it.
I actually think you atre being really rude to your sister in not respecting her choice of name and posting it up here for everyone to rip the piss out of.I really hope your sister doesn't join MN hoping for a bit of support as so many new mums do.

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 23-Apr-13 11:47:15

I am less concerned about bullying and more about her getting a job. How many superstitious people aren't going to look any further than her name on her CV?

It's just a bizarre risk to take with your child's future.

ryanboy Tue 23-Apr-13 11:47:18

sorry cousin, not sister

BlackeyedSusan Tue 23-Apr-13 11:47:24

I quite like the sound of it, but i agree that it will be irksome to live with all the unlucky comments.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 23-Apr-13 11:48:23

Oh dear God.

Fast forward 19 years, imagine Thirteen at university and she's out for the night with friends, and a rather dashing young man approaches her...

Guy: Hi - I'm Fred.
Thirteen: Hi - I'm Thirteen.

<Fred hot foots it away as fast as he can>

wink

DioneTheDiabolist Tue 23-Apr-13 11:49:49

If they are insisting on a numerical name, I've always found SevenofNine a lovely name.

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 11:50:24

sockreturningpixie I must have imagined the constant taunting and silly rhymes I endured as a child then.

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 11:50:29

Actually Sock, I don't think my cousin does find the more usual names boring or odd. As I said in my OP, she has three sons already, all with boring unusual names, so she can't dislike them that much, can she?

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 23-Apr-13 11:55:16

Sock must only know lovely children who don't taunt others.

Tess is a relatively normal name yes? However, even with my normal name, the bitchy girls at school called me 'Tess the Mess' (all because I wasn't into my appearance like they were, I wasn't perfectly groomed etc).

SanityClause Tue 23-Apr-13 11:55:39

To be fair Soup the bullies used your name, but if your name had been Jane Smith, and they chose to bully you, they would just have made up a name to call you.

I have a very ordinary name, and I wasn't bullied because of it, but the school heavies certainly found some things to bully me about.

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 23-Apr-13 11:56:18

Wasn't 'Six' in Blossom so called named, as her dad said that's how many drinks it took?! wink

LtEveDallas Tue 23-Apr-13 12:00:14

I watched Blossom as a child. I always liked the reason given for the Six name

"My mum says that's how many beers it took for her to say yes"

Maybe your cousin has a better alcohol tolerance?

grin

zukie chill, i was only being norty grin

LtEveDallas Tue 23-Apr-13 12:04:52

ha! cross posted with Freedom!

FreedomOfTheTess Tue 23-Apr-13 12:15:28

LtEve - that's right, it was her mum, I knew it was or the other.

That made me chuckle.

NB: Off topic, but Jenna Van Oy (who played Six) writes a great 'baby blog 'on People magazine's website, it's well worth a read, well I think it is. She writes really well. Clicky link

zukiecat Tue 23-Apr-13 12:16:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 12:17:57

Reminds me of Jason Manford's stand up gig, where he takes about a 6 week old baby in 2011 called "Barry"

"They refuse to be swayed though as their friends are all telling them what a wonderful name it is, and how their daughter's amazing uniqueness is reflected in their amazingly unique choice of amazingly unique name."
Is your cousin sure that her friends like her?

JenaiMorris Tue 23-Apr-13 12:18:42

I think considering the number of times it will be used in any school day "9, 10, 11, 12, 13! ', plus the "I'm Thirteen" thing (regardless of any signifcance of the the age or the number) that they ought to reconsider.

Bullying is a bit of a red herring - bullies will find something to latch on to whether a child is called Amy or Ambulance.

TheRealFellatio Tue 23-Apr-13 12:19:38

Good grief. I try and fail not to judge on these things but that is just shit.

SimplyRedHead Tue 23-Apr-13 12:22:48

My son was born on 13/04/2013 at 00.13.

Still didn't call him 13 though.

Missed a trick there!

I don't think it's that bad.

Won't this thread make you terribly conspicuous, I shouldn't imagine there are many baby Thirteens at the moment.

SoupDragon Tue 23-Apr-13 12:28:35

To be fair Soup the bullies used your name, but if your name had been Jane Smith, and they chose to bully you, they would just have made up a name to call you.

No, they bulled me because of my name. That is the point.

If my name had been Jane Smith I would not have been brought to their attention.

MidniteScribbler Tue 23-Apr-13 12:34:23

Reminds me of a lotto commercial here in Australia when they were giving away 13 million. "Thirteen! THIRTEEN!!!" (Sorry, only aussies will understand, and they're up to nineteen "Nineteen! NINETEEN!" now).

Should be a law against it.

"Won't this thread make you terribly conspicuous, I shouldn't imagine there are many baby Thirteens at the moment."
It wouldn't do the OP's cousin any harm to have the point that she's being idiotic hammered home.

In my opinion, bullies will seize on the person who stands out. In my case, it was because I didn't have the local accent, and was a bookish child, and an incomer, all of which marked me out for the bullies, who then used my surname as the basis for my bullying nickname. Giving a child a name like Thirteen is going to make them stand out in a way that the bullies will notice - and whilst I don't think you should give in to this, equally, having been the bullies' target and given that I am still suffering for it, I wouldn't paint a target on my child's back, as I fear this name will do.

sherbetpips Tue 23-Apr-13 12:43:03

even worse it will probably end up called Tina for short

PeppermintPasty Tue 23-Apr-13 12:44:36

Can I gratuitously drop in that the tea lady at my old place of work had two grandchildren called Canderelle and Dune? The latter was definitely named after the perfume, but when I asked if Canderelle was named after the sweetener(albeit with a different spelling), she looked at me as though I was er, mad.

Different strokes and all.

FairPhyllis Tue 23-Apr-13 12:50:05

Holy mackerel.

<looooong pause>

No, still can't think of anything to say.

EasilyBored Tue 23-Apr-13 12:55:29

Really? People are fucking stupid. If I was the clerk doing the registration, I would probably have politely asked if they had been smoking crack when they decided on that one.

Idiots.

TheApprentice Tue 23-Apr-13 12:59:52

Naming children after numbers, days of the week etc is just confusing. I once did a day's supply teaching in a class with a child called Wednesday. Obviously i didnt know this when I walked into the class. The teacher had helpfully left a pile of worksheets and put the children's names on them. At the top was one saying "Wednesday".. I left these worksheets as I assumed they were there ready for the next day and the teacher had written Wednesday at the top as a reminder (I was working on a Tuesday!) . It didnt occur to me that this was a child's name! It was only after that I realised my mistake.

And of course the other kids will rip the piss.

Samu2 Tue 23-Apr-13 13:00:35

I knew a Sunday, she hated it.

i don't think thirteen's that bad, tbh.

not one i'd choose, but it's not horrific.

Viviennemary Tue 23-Apr-13 13:05:07

This sort of nonsense makes me think there should be a government list of approved names such as they have in some countries.

BonaDea Tue 23-Apr-13 13:09:48

Yanbu. Stupid thing to lumber someone with!!

I hope she doesn't post on mn though or you are outed. wink

Fakebook Tue 23-Apr-13 13:11:26

Blossom's friend in Blossom was called Six. Just some useless trivia there.

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 13:15:36

I don't really mind if I'm outed, I just feel for the poor bairn.

In fact, Cousin and Cousin's DP, if you're reading this, even Nana thinks you're enormous twats for naming your daughter Thirteen, so there.

gingeme Tue 23-Apr-13 13:16:32

What are her boys names ? 10,11 and 12? wink.

EldritchCleavage Tue 23-Apr-13 13:18:52

A relative of mine knew someone whose father was an obsessive Elvis fan. She was called 'Elvismania'. Couldn't he have just called her Elvira Presley [surname] or something? Poor woman.

ceebie Tue 23-Apr-13 13:20:31

She might marry someone with the surname 'Flowers'

'Thirteen Flowers' isn't so bad. Perhaps her parents should seek to arrange a marriage along those lines...

olivertheoctopus Tue 23-Apr-13 13:21:42

Wow. That's proper daft. I hope your cousin isn't on MN though as she isn't going to be too happy with you slagging her new baby's name off to all and sundry even though it really is a fucking stupid name

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 13:27:57

Its a shame the boys arent forthright in saying "Thirteen, what a stupid name".

gallifrey Tue 23-Apr-13 13:33:52

maybe they are fans of House? If I remember correctly her real name was Remy which I love.

Also reminds me of that sketch from The Young Ones where Vyv is pregnant and wants to call the child Shut Up or Piss Off because it will be very handy for getting into fights and things in later life!

JaxTellerIsAllMine Tue 23-Apr-13 13:35:56

Thirteen is just ridiculous. cant they just call the baby April?

I always thought my name was horrid - called after my mother, but I'd rather have mine than thirteen.

Alligatorpie Tue 23-Apr-13 15:07:40

I just asked my six year old what she thought of Thirteen as a name, she said when the girl is at school and counting, everytime she hears the number 13 being called, she will say "yes?" I think it is awful.
Didn't Nicole Kidman call her dd Tuesday?

ryanboy Tue 23-Apr-13 15:11:08

*Guy: Hi - I'm Fred.
Thirteen: Hi - I'm Thirteen.

<Fred hot foots it away as fast as he can>*

LMAO!!!!

We need to know her surname. shock

Hopefully it is neither Sins or Thumbs, or .... Smithers

And she better not move to a country where they find the TH - pronunciation difficult, she may be Fourteen before she knows it!

ZZZenagain Tue 23-Apr-13 15:17:34

I don't mind original or unusual names but Thirteen is daft

EldritchCleavage Tue 23-Apr-13 15:20:07

ryanboy, she could be Thirtie for short. Problem solved!

ZZZenagain Tue 23-Apr-13 15:20:34

hah Thirtie for short!

BikeRunSki Tue 23-Apr-13 15:23:59

If you are going to give a number as a name (but why?) that's probably the absolute worst number to give! At least she'll be the only one in her class. Probably!

QOD Tue 23-Apr-13 15:24:14

Omg at the hi I'm Fred
Hi I'm thirteen scenario!!

I know a Friday. Ridiculous

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 23-Apr-13 17:44:42

I don't only know nice children but the ones I know who do tend to bully pick on other things often things that their parents also pick on.

Obviously that's not all children just the few bullying ones I know.

Names would not make a difference to people's lives in a negative way if people didn't judge things as simple as names. Fine judge actions and behaviour but judging things like a name unless you are doing so to chose it yourself for your own child is pretty piss poor, and says much more about you than it does about the person you are judging.

StuntGirl Tue 23-Apr-13 17:51:07

I'll be honest, I've been thinking about this thread all day and the name has grown on me.

I think their reasoning is slightly clutching at straws but to the children she grows up with/goes to class with Thirteen won't mean anything but the little girl who sits on their table, iykwim.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 17:54:14

You're being very charitable StuntGirl...........now snap out of it wink

School is only a fraction of someone's life. The number 13 will appear everywhere, buses, Chinese takeaway menus, car reg, house numbers, all the hilarious 'unlucky for some' references that will happen day in, day out.

Egusta Tue 23-Apr-13 18:07:40

Nicole Kidman named her daughter 'Sunday' after a famous Australian painter.

Rather unfortunately, the middle name was 'rose' so she has been nicknamed Sunday Roast.

I like Sunday. Sigh. I really wanted to name DS 'Winter'. Well- he was born in Winter in Oz, but sadly, in Summer here. There are lots of Summers around (love the name) but they are all girls.

Egusta Tue 23-Apr-13 18:09:38

Thirteen though..,.. as someone said upthread. Not sure it will catch on.

(Mind you though, My DFather said that windsurfing would never catch on, so declined the chance to invest...... that turned out well too.)

Leaving aside the meaning, it sounds pretty. The meaning though...

I don't get the link with the cousin's birthday though, unless that was the conception date ::vomit::

Hormones do odd things to brains.

Egusta Tue 23-Apr-13 18:11:00

Indeed horry and that is why you get 6 weeks to register.

Otherwise DS was potentially Winter or Tobermory.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 18:11:26

Typhoid is a pretty sound too.

Sunday Roast Kidman was also not born on a Sunday.

I know someone who was a bit disappointed that she wouldn't be able to use her favourite name April as she was due in June. Baby was obligingly premature and little April is now five.

nooka Tue 23-Apr-13 18:12:31

I think calling your child any number is a pretty poor joke but 13 is just asking for trouble. I am relatively conservative about names (have a very unusual name personally which I like, but didn't choose very unusual names for my children because much as I love my name it is also pain) and have always thought that if you want to go for something wacky you should try it out yourself first.

Go into Starbucks and have it written on the cup to yell out when it's done, introduce yourself a few times to new people etc. If you feel uncomfortable and get really odd looks bear in mind that your child will have that for the rest of their life, and possibly just possibly think again.

squoosh don't tempt me. I am 12w but don't dare write name lists until/unless a safe scan.

perplexedpirate Tue 23-Apr-13 18:15:06

I quite like it.

<legs it>

Egusta Tue 23-Apr-13 18:15:42

[actually i love Tobermory] blush

Congrats horry. smile

MrsDeVere Tue 23-Apr-13 18:20:27

FFS its just a name.

What is this obsession on MN with what other people call their kids?
You all have her written off as a depressed failure based on her name.

What if she really does turn out to be the sort of person who loves being different and having a different sort of name?
What if she makes up her mind at the age of five that he wants to be in an emo band.

She won't have the bother of thinking up a new name.

That is about a likely as all the other dreadful scenarios posted.

Of course its a name. Someone is named it.

Names evolve like just about everything else. Numbers might be the next big thing and in five years no one (apart from MN) will bat an eyelid.

Its not one I would choose but I wouldn't choose Martin or Claire either (nothing wrong with them).

And why the insistence that they are doing it to be cool and unique and showing off their wackiness?

That might be true. It might also be true that their reasoning is just as they have said. It is to do with the circumstances of her birth.

If a name is not overtly offensive just leave it. Even I would draw the line at Fuck Off and Piss Pants.

But Thirteen? Meh.

I also reckon that all the hysteria from the family is probably making them dig their heels in. They probably feel they can't back down now, even if they want to.

schobe Tue 23-Apr-13 18:27:06

Ah Mrs Devere the voice of reason. Totally agree.

Live and let live and all that.

If the only way we can teach our kids not to bully is by making sure everyone has 'approved' names, then we're fucked aren't we?

amandine07 Tue 23-Apr-13 18:31:29

Surely this is a wind up...?!

GrowSomeCress Tue 23-Apr-13 18:48:59

Oh dear. Bet she will change it, or just ask to be called Tina.

Gingerandcocoa Tue 23-Apr-13 18:54:54

Please try to talk some sense into them, think of the poor little girl!

soverylucky Tue 23-Apr-13 19:04:17

It is a stupid name but there is no point asking them to change it. Their child and all that.

ParadiseChick Tue 23-Apr-13 19:08:56

I like it!

TidyDancer Tue 23-Apr-13 19:11:28

I've heard it all now.

Hands down the worst baby name I've ever read on MN.

Shinigami Tue 23-Apr-13 19:30:08

It's not even a paticularly attrative sounding number. Where I'm from it would be pronounced thur'EEn.

Poor child.

I imagine that when she is older there will be plenty of "thirteen, lucky for some" nudge nudge, wink wink comments. Bleurgh.

AnnaKissed Tue 23-Apr-13 19:38:15

I was chatting to someone today who has a DD called Sixtine (pronounced Sixteen). They are French but living in an English speaking country. I tried my hardest to be polite and but was secretly shock

PuppyMonkey Tue 23-Apr-13 19:41:27

I think I prefer Th13rteen grin

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Tue 23-Apr-13 19:43:15

I quite like it.

JuneChurch Tue 23-Apr-13 19:43:28

DH is Southern Italian and apparently it used to be quite common to name all your children First, Second, Third etc.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 23-Apr-13 19:44:54

I want to call my DC 4,398. Now THAT will be unusual (unless someone higher in the thread made a comment similar to this - I cannot be bothered reading it).

LillianGish Tue 23-Apr-13 19:45:55

Annakissed - Sixtine is a v Catholic name in France. It is what the French call the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican - nothing to do with the number.

MummytoKatie Tue 23-Apr-13 19:59:04

The reasoning seems slightly tenuous as well. Had both parents been born on the 13th, got together on the 13th, married on the 13th and she be born on the 13th then it would (sort of) make sense. But roughly 1 in 15 people have a parent whose birthday is on the same day as the year they are born so it really isn't worth the naming rights.

(Come to think of it, dd was born in 2010 and dh's birthday is in October which is the 10th month. Or maybe dd was born on the 27th, dh and I got together on the 27th, dh's dad's birthday is on the 27th and we found out I was pregnant on the 27th. And I'm not even trying!)

They should have called her Remy. (Only House fans will get that!)

Loulybelle Tue 23-Apr-13 20:01:30

Suddenly my desire to call any sons i have Ezio and Altair, are not so stupid.

greenishfingers Tue 23-Apr-13 20:22:44

On the subject of number names, I'm a little surprised that no-one has mentioned the fantastic episode of Seinfeld where George plans to call his baby Seven. DH and I were planning to tell everyone that's what we'd call our first-born, and see who got it, but Posh and Becks put a stop to that.

greenishfingers Tue 23-Apr-13 20:24:30

"I defy you to come up with a better name than Seven!" grin

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 20:42:41

MrsD I honestly think you're wrong on this one. If I called my baby plant pot, would it automatically become a name?

I'm not judging a child I don't know because of a name perceived as chavvy. I'm genuinely concerned about the future happiness of a relative because her parents are too fucking stupid to think beyond the next couple of years.

ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 20:45:13

And yes MummytoKatie I agree. DS was born in 2012 and DP was born in December... However I did not feel the urge to name him Twelve.

Probably because I'm not fucking stupid.

everlong Tue 23-Apr-13 20:49:29

It's not a name though it's a number. A number associated with bad luck.

Lovely gift to give your baby girl hmm

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Tue 23-Apr-13 20:55:31

Meh. I can't get worked up about it.
I know people with totally unique names, and to be honest, you just get used to them. You don't think about it at all unless you're introducing them to someone else.

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 20:59:27

I agree that you get used to all kinds of crazy names and after a while a name just sounds like a 'name', funnily enough! But I feel weary on behalf of a baby called Thirteen just knowing the daily questions and gags she'll have to take on the chin. Every time she introduces herself to someone new......ugh...............I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

toffeelolly Tue 23-Apr-13 21:02:48

No way, this is a joke right?

NoToast Tue 23-Apr-13 21:44:42

Tidydancer I knew a girl who called her son 'Tuna'. Is that worse? smile

raisah Tue 23-Apr-13 21:50:55

report them to social services for child neglect! Seriously, has anybody said anything to them or are they just keeping schtum to maintain the peace? I wonder if they would be allowed to register the name as its not really a name is it?

MrsDeVere Tue 23-Apr-13 23:06:00

yeah.
choosing name most people don't like is just like neglect hmm

ball I get what you are saying but do you really think you or anyone else is going to change their minds by telling them its not a name?

They think it is. They like it.

I reckon if you are all really concern you should all back off and leave them to it. They are far more likely to be able to change their minds without losing face that way.

If they stick to it i doubt it will all be as awful as you imagine.

StuntGirl Tue 23-Apr-13 23:17:02

It does come across as very try hard but like I say I'm warming to it. Depends on the surname too. If it was something like Thirteen Jones it would sound brilliant grin

I guess it depends on the family and what they're like too? A kooky/hippy family could probably get away with it more than your average Normal Bloggs family.

raisah , don't be so bloody ridiculous! hmm

BuntyPenfold Tue 23-Apr-13 23:25:47

I hope they don't live in Plymouth, where it is pronounced Fir'een.

sashh Wed 24-Apr-13 05:29:14

Were they fans of Blossom?

Have they heard of Magdalen Laundries?

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 05:49:47

Loulybelle - your number 7 on that list was my DS1's dad's middle name, Miatt. Can't see the issue with that one...

Thirteen, on the other hand, I have massive issues with!

Poor child, saddled with a number for a name. It's not cool, it's fucking insane to name a baby that. They need their bumps felt or something.

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 06:03:13

My parents have me a name that was 'normal' for the time I was born but with a 'cre8ve' spelling. I also have a Surname with a more unusual spelling.

I'm sick and fucking tired of having to spell both my names every time I am on the phone, or in appointments.

Unusual names or spellings can be such a drag when you are older - the spelling of my name is still quite unique. I alternately love it and loathe it.

When I was a child, I longed to be called Sophie!

I think they will be making a huge mistake naming their DD 'Thirteen', and that it is their DD that will have to suffer the effects of their name choice.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 24-Apr-13 06:31:40

I was appalled when I heard of a child being called Hurricane, but I do think that Thirteen trumps it just.

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 06:55:03

'I imagine that when she is older there will be plenty of "thirteen, lucky for some" nudge nudge, wink wink comments. Bleurgh'

eh?? It's 13 unlucky for some.I think you are stretching it a bit there tbh

BalloonSlayer Wed 24-Apr-13 06:56:35

I am hmm about all the posts saying "well what about days of the week, Wednesday is popular," etc.

Wednesday in the Addams family is meant to have an awful name - the clue is it's the Addams Family; everything that repluses us they like. I don't see many baby Pugsleys or Puberts, do you? Maybe it's only a matter of time.

Having said that, I remember an actress back in the 70s called Tuesday Weld.

One of Jacqueline Susann's books has a heroine called January Wayne. In one of Jilly Cooper's little books, Octavia, I think the heroine was originally called October. However I do seem to remember a line about being called that "because she was born in October and her lazy parents couldn't be bothered to think up a proper name for her."

TBH I always hate it when parents decide on a name based on "Wouldn't it be cool if I had a child called . . ." rather than "What would my child like to be called . . .?"

There was a thread on here a couple of weeks ago where the OP's DH thought their DD might inherit his short stocky stature and didn't want any delicate names in case they didn't suit her and by gum it was flamethrowers at dawn the last time I read it. But I thought it was quite sensible. I knew a girl at my old school who had the most romantic name ever - a name synonymous with "beautiful princess" and sadly it didn't suit her at all. She abbreviated it to something plainer but kids are cruel and some did snurk about it.

MrsWilliamBodie Wed 24-Apr-13 08:54:15

OP, every time the name is mentioned by the parents you should say "unlucky for some" and then laugh loudly like it's the first time you've said it and you're utterly hilarious. If they mention anything to you about the 'joke' not being funny after a few times, you can remind them that that's what their daughter is going to have to face until she is old enough to change it.

Not quite the same, but I have a really annoying surname. It is only a few letters long but nobody can write it without me spelling it out at least 3 times & then they often still get it wrong. It is very similar to some common British surnames that no one has a problem with (think John vs Sohn). It's very unusual, it's not rude or weird or funny but it is also not exotic enough to spark any interest in it. People just tend to look confused by it; I've even been asked if I'm sure I've spelt it correctly hmm. I've had this for 40 years, it is extremely tiresome and frankly I'm weary of it.

Fudgemallowdelight Wed 24-Apr-13 11:02:32

January Jones is a nice name.

Fudgemallowdelight Wed 24-Apr-13 11:03:48

(She plays Betty in Mad Men.)

TheBigJessie Wed 24-Apr-13 12:30:47

Either she will love it, and they will feel glad they chose it.

Or, she will hate it, and she will make them pay for choosing it. My 13 pence is on the latter!

chansondumatin Wed 24-Apr-13 14:08:55

I intend to name my firstborn 3.14159. Or "Pi" for short.

Modern, unisex and there's even a handy symbol for it.

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 15:14:26

Areaq of a circle Pi arse queered

crje Wed 24-Apr-13 16:01:33

That was a name used in House ..........wonder did they see it there.

They will probably call their pets nicer names

Poor baby

Flisspaps Wed 24-Apr-13 16:19:00

I like it - my DC have boringtraditional names.

Then again, my mum wanted to call me April Tuesday but I ballsed that up by being born on a Wednesday grin

Spero Wed 24-Apr-13 16:28:41

It's not bad.

Much better than Mhadyzyn or Honey Kitten Boo Boo or whatever Jamie Oliver is calling his children.

And I agree with whoever said, the more you go on about how shit it is, the more likely they will dig their heels in.

squoosh Wed 24-Apr-13 16:30:34

I heard of a little girl born recently called Mackenzie MacDonald. I thought it sounded like a law firm.

noddyholder Wed 24-Apr-13 16:38:33

Last year I heard someone call their child ikea in the supermarket

NotSpartacus Wed 24-Apr-13 16:40:08

I really don't think it's that bad.
The child will no doubt make it her own.
It's not one I would use but there are "proper" names I like less.

Toasttoppers Wed 24-Apr-13 16:57:20

She will grow up and her career choice will be super villain with island hideouts oth name like that.

Absy Wed 24-Apr-13 17:01:28

Greenfishfingers .. clearly a Seinfeld fan grin

I know a family where the seventh child is called Sheva (hebrew for Seven) which I did think was a bit, erm, odd. BUT, it is actually a name in its own right, has a lot of meaning and was one of their grandmother's name (kind of the reason why it was chosen).

noddyholder Wed 24-Apr-13 17:07:11

I agree bond villain name.

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