paranoid that nobody likes the names of my children

(94 Posts)
howardbear Fri 11-Jan-13 13:25:02

i had my second child 5 weeks ago and have given them a name i really love, but im beginning to get paranoid that people dont like it, nobody has been rude enough to say it to my face but ive had the line 'oh that's different/unusual' a bit (which it isnt) so im gunna put it to the test if i can and ask you to tell me what names you LOVE or HATE or even what you LIKE or DISLIKE from the lists below (the other names are friends/family)

dont know if i'd be more upset if people said they hated it or if it wasnt mentioned at all, lol!

here are the names:-

GIRLS:- sophie, kiera, ruby, elin, bethan, erin, seren, brooke, maisie, mollie, haylie, layla, jasmine.

BOYS:- joseph, flynn, jack, arthur, rhys, robbie, henry, ellis, toby, oliver, jacob, james, dylan, alfie, logan.

thanks for looking x

gymboywalton Fri 11-Jan-13 13:26:38

all those are fine

particularly like erin maisie sophie
love jack and henry and james

all the rest are perfectly pleasant

atthewelles Fri 11-Jan-13 13:29:20

Girls:
Sophie - nice but a bit too popular
Kiera - Misspelling of the Irish name Ciara
Ruby - As per Sophie
Elin - Don't like
Bethan - Don't like
Erin - Don't like
Seren - Don't like
Brooke - Don't like
Maisie - Quite cute
Mollie - Okay but I prefer traditional spelling
Haylie - No
Layla - Not mad about it but its okay
Jasmine - Quite Nice

Boys:
Joseph - Lovely
Flynn - No
Jack - Boring
Arthur - No
Rhys - Only if you're Welsh
Robbie - Nice
Henry - prefer Harry
Ellis - No
Toby - Nice
Oliver, Jacob and James - Nice
Dylan, Alfie and Logan - No

LoopsInHoops Fri 11-Jan-13 13:30:09

Firstly, does it really matter? You like them, right?
Secondly, are you sure you want honest opinions?

Well, here goes...

GIRLS:- sophie love, kiera love, ruby love, elin not heard but really like , bethan love , erin love , seren like , brooke dislike , maisie love , mollie love , haylie dislike , layla dislike , jasmine love .

BOYS:- joseph like , flynn like , jack like , arthur love , rhys dislike , robbie dislike , henry like , ellis like , toby love , oliver like , jacob like , james love , dylan love , alfie love , logan love .

smile Sorry if they are Haylie and Rhys sad Just not to my taste.

noddyholder Fri 11-Jan-13 13:32:01

Girls like Sophie and Erin
Boys like Arthur Henry Oliver James and Dylan

Pasiphae Fri 11-Jan-13 13:36:26

I love: sophie, ruby, jasmine. jack, arthur, henry,

I don't mind: elin, bethan, erin, seren maisie mollie. joseph, flynn, ellis, toby, oliver, jacob, james, alfie.

Those are not to my taste: kiera, brooke, haylie, layla, rhys, robbie, dylan, logan.

Does that really help?

meditrina Fri 11-Jan-13 13:37:26

They are all perfectly good names!

As requested, my personal preferences are:

Girls:
Love - Sophie
Like - Maisie, Mollie (though prefer Molly), Layla, Jasmine
Dislike - Kiera, Ruby, Bethan, Erin, Seren, Haylie,
Hate - Elin (Lin, Lynn, Lynne and Ellen all fine, though), Brooke

Boys:
Love - Joseph, Ellis, James
Like - Jack, Henry, Toby, Oliver, Jacob
Dislike - Flynn, Rhys, Robbie (prefer Robert), Dylan, Alfie, Arthur
Hate - Logan

comeonbishbosh Fri 11-Jan-13 13:39:42

Congratulations on your DD! And you gave her a name you really love... that's as good as anyone does.

If you've mooched around this board any length of time you will know just how different everyone's taste is regarding names. And this is a (moderately) random group of people. Even within my circle of friends and family there's such a range of names that I personally like and don't like so much, that I would or wouldn't of chosen. But it makes not a whit of difference to how I see them as parents or how I get on with their DCs.

I know sometimes that I feel a bit defensive about the name of my DD, and probably will about the name of my DC to come, both of which are/will be moderately on the different/unusual scale. But though it's nice to think of yourself as someone who choses good names for your DC (and how differently we all define 'good' ha ha), almost every other aspect of being a parent is more important!

Good luck with it all!

evamummy Fri 11-Jan-13 13:43:07

But why on earth SHOULD we expect everyone else to share OUR tastes?! Thankfully we all have different tastes and choose different names for our children. The more names there are, the easier life becomes and also the more interesting!

Arithmeticulous Fri 11-Jan-13 13:47:56

GIRLS:- sophie like, kiera - don't like that spelling, ruby like but loads around, elin wouldn't spell it like that , bethan like , erin like , seren like , brooke dislike bigtime, maisie love , mollie love , haylie dislike , layla dislike , jasmine don't like .

BOYS:- joseph love , flynn like , jack like , arthur love , rhys like , robbie like , henry like , ellis like , toby love , oliver like , jacoblove , james like , dylan don't like, alfie love , logan don't like

If it's any consolation, my DC4 has an obvious Marmite name. I got a lot of "Oh hmm" and one (marvellous) 'HA shock Really? Ha grin' Now he's older, it's just him - no one I meet now makes any comment at all. It's as if it's easier to pass judgment comment on a newborn who has just been assigned a name, than a 'proper' child who just becomes that name.

Trills Fri 11-Jan-13 13:48:46

I think you are overthinking. It doesn't matter.

But if you really want to know

Girls:
Sophie - fine
Kiera - fine
Ruby - fine
Elin - didn't know this was a name
Bethan - fine
Erin - not particularly keen
Seren - didn't know this was a name
Brooke - not particularly keen
Maisie - fine
Mollie - fine but she will have to say "with an ie"
Haylie - don't like it - I think it's the "wrong" spelling (unlike Mollie/Molly where I think either is fine)
Layla - not particularly keen
Jasmine - fine

Boys:
Joseph - fine
Flynn - fine
Jack - fine
Arthur - fine
Rhys - I wouldn't know how to pronounce this
Robbie - I don't like shortened names as full names
Henry - fine
Ellis - less keen but OK
Toby - fine
Oliver - fine
Jacob - fine
James - fine
Dylan - fine
Alfie - I don't like shortened names as full names
Logan - less keen but OK

rachel234 Fri 11-Jan-13 13:52:14

Agree - why does it matter what us random internetters think of YOUR childrens' names. Thankfully we all have different tastes - you might dislike my kids' names!

But ok, here are the names I like (although I don't love any) - Sophie, Erin, Joseph and Henry.
And here are the names I dislike - Kiera, Ruby, Brooke, Maisie, Mollie, Maisie, Haylie, Layla, Jasmine, Robbie, Toby, Alfie and Logan.

Hope that helps.

ladymia Fri 11-Jan-13 13:52:54

i am not sure what it matters now smile

ChuffMuffin England Fri 11-Jan-13 13:56:14

Personally the only name I'm not keen on is Maisie, and that's only because meisie (pronounced similarly) means girl in Dutch/Afrikaans.

The really important thing is that you like the names. They're your kids, as long as you're not calling them something ridiculous like Optimus Prime or Toilet Duck, who cares what other people think? smile

Narked Fri 11-Jan-13 13:59:29

It doesn't matter what we think! You've made your choice and you say you 'really love' it. They'll get used to it!

MarilynValentine Fri 11-Jan-13 14:02:45

They're all great names. You didn't include Spliffany in your list, or Dolt. Two names that may understandably make eyes roll a little.

Everyone else can bugger off, they are your DC, and you love their names.

(Apologies to any Spliffanys or Dolts reading).

grin at Optimus Prime and toilet duck.

I think all of them are fine.

Some I wouldn't choose like Haylie and Brooke, but don't have a strong response to other people choosing the name they like.

Nobody can pronounce first time, let alone spell my kids names and I don't give a monkey's because we chose them and they have meaning to us (and not close to toilet duck!)

howardbear Fri 11-Jan-13 14:06:23

wow, thanks for the responses!!

i know it doesnt matter what people think and i do love the names ive chosen, but its nice to get an unbiased, honest opinion on what people think, its interesting to see that people generally seem to think its a nice name and my eldest has come under fire a lot more for his name choice (which in real life is generally really liked)

rachel234 Fri 11-Jan-13 14:07:13

Imagine if we all loved the same names and everyone was named, say, Jack and Sophie, for example...! Life would be really dull and very confusing!

Name variety is a good thing so thank goodness we have different tastes!

sooperdooper Fri 11-Jan-13 14:08:21

I don't think any of those names are particularly different/unusual, they're all perfectly normal smile

Narked Fri 11-Jan-13 14:08:36

Is Toilet Duck for a girl or a boy?

RooneyMara Fri 11-Jan-13 14:10:19

GIRLS:- sophie, yes. kiera, no. ruby, yes. elin, mm-mm not really but I don't like Ella/Ellen/Eleanor either. bethan, Ok. erin, no. seren, yes. brooke, no. maisie, ok. mollie, no. haylie, no. layla, no, jasmine, Ok.

BOYS:- joseph, yes. flynn, ok. jack, ok. arthur, ok. rhys, ok - bit chavish here though now. robbie, no. henry, ok. ellis, maybe. toby, yes. oliver, no. jacob, no. james, ok. dylan, no. alfie, no. logan, ok.

Trills Fri 11-Jan-13 14:11:54

Are you going to tell us which are your DCs then?

extracrunchy Fri 11-Jan-13 14:12:08

I actually think they're all nice names!

RooneyMara Fri 11-Jan-13 14:12:12

ps my kids have freak names, smile don't stress it - your choice, that's the important bit.

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