Do you have any regrets choosing an unusual name?

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Cheesegloriouscheese Thu 28-Mar-13 19:38:58

DH and I agreed on a name months ago and now we're close to the big day (C-section is next week!) but I'm starting to have a wobble. Although we love the name it's starting to worry me that others won't, part of me thinks I shouldn't care and part of me thinks we may regret picking something so unusual.

I got a bit of a flaming when I trialled the name on these boards a few months ago so I won't share it, but wondered whether anyone has regretted or opted out of using an unusual name they love?

I'm pretty certain friends and family won't like it but I expect they'd be polite enough not to let on to us. Since we choose the name I haven't been worried about what other people might think but now I'm wondering whether we might regret using something so unusual that many people won't like.

I can't tell if this hormones talking or if we should have a re-think and choose a name that people have at least heard of and are more likely to like. Wow that's a bit of an essay, any advice/comments very welcome.

MoelFammau Sat 30-Mar-13 19:21:18

Well, DD has a fairly normal name. Not a popular one though.

I have a damn weird name. I won't share it because I'm the only one on Google. And I've always loved it. It's not a pretty name, or an intellectual name, or a yoo-nique name. It's an old Celtic short form of a common classic name, a bit ugly-sounding if I'm honest. But I love having an odd name. It's been nothing but helpful in my career because I work through word of mouth and my name is memorable.

So yep. Go for it, I reckon.

shufflehopstep Sat 30-Mar-13 10:12:21

Go with what you want. My mum wanted to call me Daisy but was persuaded against it by her mum who said it was a cow's name! That was in 1977 and these days you can't move without bumping into someone who's called their child Daisy. Just because something's unusual doesn't mean it will be forever so don't let that sway you. smile

Cheesegloriouscheese Sat 30-Mar-13 09:46:36

chipmonkey I'm really sorry to hear about yuor DD. So glad you choose a beautiful name that you loved and I'm sure was perfect for her.

I don't think the name we love is 'brave', it's an actual name but is very old and doesn't seem to be have been used in the last 80 years. The good thing is that it has some very normal, recognised shortenings so if DC really didn't like it they could easily use one of those.

Thanks for all the comments and advice, I think we're going to go for it!

chipmonkey Sat 30-Mar-13 01:33:02

Go for whatever name you love. Three of my boys have "common" names, one is not all that unusual but a little unusual around here, he is the only one in his school. But all of their names are nice and suit them. Dd had, IMO the most beautiful name in the world. My aunt said it was a "mouthful" and I suspect some other people probably thought it was too but my aunt is known for being rude "honest" . But then dd died and I was glad that her name was unusual, as I think I would have found it hard to meet other little girls with her name. Not that that should ever be a consideration, by the way, most babies will hopefully grow up to live long and healthy lives!

The other thing about a name being a consideration when doing job interviews etc ; my SIL had a boss who admitted to her after she had been working with him for a while that one of the reasons he had employed SIL was because she had gone to a "good" school, by which he meant a private school. But his snobbery didn't get him anywhere, in the end and the company folded. Perhaps if he had judged his employees on their skills rather than the names they had (Pretty sure he'd never have employed a Kaycie-May!) or the schools they went to, he might still be in business.

CandyCrushed Sat 30-Mar-13 01:04:47

I know a little Trilby too..... I thought it was a very unique name.

Disastronaut Sat 30-Mar-13 00:49:41

Designjunkie: BamBam is so cute it's actually causing me to reconsider.

Trilby & Paradise, though, they're just erm, delightful. And if the type of wild cat is a Cougar, I think I'll cry.

Viviennemary Sat 30-Mar-13 00:32:13

It depends on what the brave unusual name is. And don't forget it isn't you who will have to brave the teasing it's your child.

nooka Sat 30-Mar-13 00:25:42

I have a very unusual name, and really like it. But it is a real name (dates back several hundred years), just not at all commonly used (so much so that it doesn't register in the stats - it's been mentioned here three times I think ever!). It has no teasing potential and it has a very common short version should I have ever wanted to be more anonymous.

I virtually always get a positive comment on my name, but it's still a bit wearing to always have to spell it out, and sometimes getting the 'what' response from receptionists etc.

My sister has as one of her middle names an equally unusual name which she absolutely hates, and for which my parents have apologised. Unusual is not always good!

If you really have found that a large number of people have disliked the name and that a high proportion of your friends/family will also dislike the name then yes I think you should think very carefully about it, because it's a bit sad to imagine your child introducing his/herself and having negative reactions more times than not.

Designjunkie Fri 29-Mar-13 23:30:27

If you love the name you have to go for it, you'll only regret it. You'll never please everyone anyway. Distronaut I know an Alabama and have never known anyone to disparage the name. She is called Bam Bam as a nickname which is so cute. I don't want to give myself away on here but where I live there are some truly original names which barely raise an eyebrow. Paradise, Trilby, Ace and another that is like a certain wildcat. I could go on.

MajaBiene Fri 29-Mar-13 22:52:00

A real name that is seldom used (like Beryl, or Ivo) is great imo.

"Unique" names not so much. Plus I have met 3 baby Cocos recently grin The mother of one did not look happy when I said I had met another with the same middle name too.

Creameggkr Fri 29-Mar-13 22:36:51

Shelly I have a 22 yr old with Levi as his second name. His first name is even more unusual scored 0 on the name website.

Shellywelly1973 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:00:43

My ds is 24 & i named him Levi.

Peoples reactions were very surprising. I didn't think it that unusual. We have met a few now & even a girl Levi.

Ds loves his name, never been an issue.

I love Herbie by the way!

Frikadellen Fri 29-Mar-13 19:16:54

I have an unusual name look here if your nosy

I have NEVER liked it and I always found it a bother having to spell it. & at age 43 it bugs the life out of me when I get letters addressed to MR as it is also unisex..

My children have what I would call unusual but not weird names (apart from dd1 whose name didn't appear on the top 100 list the year before she was born (feb birthday) and went in at highest riser the year she was born. All 4 have very traditional names but not names that are commonly in use. They have also all 4 got the traditional spelling.

I would not go for something over the top unusual However I dont mind actual names. Yours is not one "I" would pick but nor do I think OMG horrible..

MidnightMasquerader Fri 29-Mar-13 18:51:18

Depends what you mean by unusual. grin

I was given a very 'unusual' name - I've still never actually met anyone else with my name IRL and I'm 39. My parents gave me a nice, simple one-syllable middle name, so that I had a back-up in case I truly hated my first name enough not to want to bear it any longer. Although they actually only told me that was an option in adulthood - I probably would've taken it up, had I realised I wasn't going to horribly offend them...! I certainly never let on to them that I really disliked it. Most children who like their parents probably don't.

I never liked it growing up. Didn't think it looked nice written down and got everyone making the same 'hilarious' joke about being necessary on a bike (must've been in my teens before I even got the damn joke) the first time they met me.*

I'm named after both grandmothers (both of whom died before I was born) so I obviously don't apply this rationale to my own lovely parents...

But I do think that giving children very unusual names is incredibly self-indulgent and ego-trippy. But, you know, people do what they gotta do, own child be damned... hmm

*My mind still boggles that the name is so popular now and the pendulum has swung so far in the other direction that people are starting to get bored of it from sheer over-use. <boggle>

ZolaBuddleia Fri 29-Mar-13 18:45:42

I love Seraphina!

DD has an unusual-ish name, outside top 300. Only met a couple of adults with her name and I love it.

I changed DD's name, her original one was more unusual still. I felt lacking in confidence saying her name, it made me feel pretentious. Could have been the galloping PND though.

birdofthenorth, is your DD Bess by chance? Love that name!

Talkinpeace Fri 29-Mar-13 18:28:15

DD has an unusual name so she has two traditional middle names in case she hated it. She doesn't.

GraceSpeaker Fri 29-Mar-13 18:25:42

Just be prepared to spell and correct pronunciation! DD has a mildly unusual name and it's only been pronounced correctly by a stranger once so far!

Disastronaut Fri 29-Mar-13 18:16:41

Seeker - ok, but don't laugh. Alabama. We really liked the film True Romance & there's a character in it called Alabama Whirly (although she's not the kind of girl you'd want your daughter to take after).

The best anyone can say is, 'D'you mean it in an ironic way?'

So, back to square one!

seeker Fri 29-Mar-13 16:51:03

Oh, go on diasronaut- tell us. You know you want to!

Bunbaker Fri 29-Mar-13 16:47:46

It's not really about whether you regret it though, it's about whether the kid hates their name.

Spot on. I hated my name as a child. As an adult I don't mind that it is unusual, but I still really dislike my name.

I really don't like alternative spellings though. A friend has called her little boy Konner. When he gets to school the teachers will think that his parents can't spell. She complains now that everyone spells his name wrong.

Disastronaut Fri 29-Mar-13 16:31:16

Hi. First time MN poster here! Two thoughts about unusual names: firstly having been saddled with difficult, foreign 1st & last names, it becomes really wearing, constantly having to spell/ explain every time. So unless your surname is straightforward, I might give the kid a break! Secondly, me & DP have only come up with one solitary girls name we both like so far (we don't know the sex yet) and it's been universally panned. People literally snort when we tell them. We think it's fab, but are reluctantly admitting defeat.

seeker Fri 29-Mar-13 15:51:33

Banana- because when people say "unusual" that's what they mean.

baskingseals Fri 29-Mar-13 15:49:43

i would go for it. my dc have lovely but traditional names. i was willing to be a bit more original - dh not.

is your name Seraphina by any chance?

jellybeans Fri 29-Mar-13 14:27:34

No I don't regret it. So glad they are not one of several in the class, too popular names can become 'boring'.

mum47 Fri 29-Mar-13 14:24:36

If you like it, and it is not so out there that dc will be likely to be bullied/ridiculed for it, go for it.

My DS2 has what was an unusual name, it has become a bit more popular since though far from common, but annoyingly I have seen it used as a girls name too recently.

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