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AIBU to think the government should cap the number of children called a particular name each year?

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sausagesandwich34 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:52:27

ok I know I am and this is supposed to be a bit of a light hearted thread but....

I am a brownie leader

25% of my pack are called Chloe!
3 of them have a surname starting with the same letter

out of the rest of them Molly,Holly & Emily I have multiples

I've taken to calling the entire pack by their full names so no one feels left out hmm but that's 48 names to rememeber!!!

how do teachers do it?

ivykaty44 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:55:18

I think they should limit names - so when you turn up to register your baby's name and it is full you have to then think of another name in 5 minutes that you both like.

We should limit top ten names to 1000 per year, then the next top 90 to 95 per year - after that there wouldn't be any limits

See I have it all worked out

MoetEtPantsOn Sat 13-Oct-12 22:57:22

That'd be brilliant. But they'd have to allocate the ration of names across the year as well? Otherwise all the January babies would use up all the Amelias etc

sausagesandwich34 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:57:48

that's exactly what I'm talking about! grin

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 13-Oct-12 23:03:34

No, forget names. We should number everyone. Or do something like car registrations.

I like the idea of January Amelias. Do it alphabetically by birth date and then you'd have a rough idea of when someone was born.

Or just call everybody Dave.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sat 13-Oct-12 23:04:41

we should all be called MN nicknames so no one at all is named the same

ivykaty44 Sat 13-Oct-12 23:04:43

So a monthly ration of the top ten names, followed by the 90 left on the list and then a free for all on anything over that

What about every 4 years though on 29 February? would you get a bonus Billy on that day?

KatyPeril Sat 13-Oct-12 23:04:55

Yanbu. If I come across another child called Mia I may vomit <Joke. Quite like the name actually>

lurkedtoolong Sat 13-Oct-12 23:10:42

Put all the girls with the same name into the same six, then don't call the sixes names like the gnomes or imps, they becomes the Emilys or the Ellies or the sodding Hannahs....

ivykaty44 Sat 13-Oct-12 23:14:29

in England and Wales, the most popular female and male names given to babies born in 1800 were Mary and John, with 24% of female babies and 22% of male babies receiving those names, respectively.[24] In contrast, the corresponding statistics for in England and Wales in 1994 were Emily and James, with 3% and 4% of names, respectively. Not only have Mary and John gone out of favor in the English speaking world, also the overall distribution of names has changed significantly over the last 100 years for females, but not for males. This has led to an increasing amount of diversity for female names.

So we have got better and more adventurious

LonelyCloud Sat 13-Oct-12 23:16:00

I've got a better idea.

Get the registry office or whoever to pick 365 boys names and 365 girls names. Then allocate a name to each day of the year.

So, for example, girls born on January 1 are Amelia, boys born on January 1 are Harry, girls born on January 2 are Chloe, boys born on January 2 are Billy, and so on.

And then, OP, you will only have name confusion if the brownies share birthdays!

tescocarrierbagexplosion Sat 13-Oct-12 23:18:45

But it's so hard to pick a really nice boys name! I picked Oliver in the end...

And he was a end of November baby.. So I would have missed out on a yearly allocation of that name...

But YANBU there are so many Amelia's and Mia's at the moment!

nailak Sat 13-Oct-12 23:20:04

it wont work. As in some areas you will still end up with loads of kids called the same name.

In my dds class there are loads of variants of sumayyah, i bet that is not even in top ten, but in her nursery afternoon of 60 kids there is loads of them, samia, somaya etc

LonelyCloud Sat 13-Oct-12 23:21:09

See, tescocarrierbagexplosion, my idea means all this name choosing angst would be a thing of the past! grin

Viviennemary Sat 13-Oct-12 23:21:16

No. Can't think why they would want to do this. I do think they should clamp down on the more ridiculous names and the weird spellings. There was five Rebecca's in DD's class at one time. I quite like LonelyCloud's idea!

DorothyGherkins Sat 13-Oct-12 23:22:39

I think children should be named by the registrar in batches, like dog breeders do with puppy litters. First batch, something starting with A, next batch with B, etc, and I like it when theyhave to get a bit inventive with X Y and Z,

GreatGretzky Sat 13-Oct-12 23:23:08

YANBU. DS1 has four friends at school called Oliver!

Mrsjay Sat 13-Oct-12 23:24:51

IN dd2s year there is at least 7 chloes I know off a handful of emmas and a lot of Rachels

DD1 was all Amys and Emmas It must be confusion , dd2 is friends with 3 chloes and a lewis or 4 shock

Mrsjay Sat 13-Oct-12 23:25:19


Mrsjay Sat 13-Oct-12 23:28:07

MY daughters didn't have anybody with a shared name in the school years not because they are unusual probably really boring but they were not popular the years they were born,

fuzzysnout Sat 13-Oct-12 23:29:44

I think it would be fun to give an allocation of each name to each social class wink. Therefore when all of the naice middle class names run out parents will have to broaden their horizons with what would previously have been considered 'lower class' and no classroom with an unbalanced intake will be over-run with children who answer to the same name.

One would also find it harder to be judgey on the basis of names grin

of course I will be shortly informed that there is no longer any such thing as social class and that, if there were, it wouldn't influence children's names anyway

and that no MNer would dream of being judgey

TuftyFinch Sat 13-Oct-12 23:31:45

We should do it how they do it in Iceland. A name for every minute of a 24 hour period. The names are all on a database. There's obviously male/female lists. So a boy born on any day at 15.45 would be Peter.

kerala Sat 13-Oct-12 23:32:46

One third of girls in DD class called eve. Most families with boys will have a Ben, Oliver or josh. These names are full!

MadStaringEyes Sat 13-Oct-12 23:34:39

Ds1 has a top 10 name I think and he's the only one in our village, but there are millions of Henry, George, Thomas, Emily, Amy, and Roses.

Perhaps allcocate by area too.

WorraLiberty Sat 13-Oct-12 23:34:54

we should all be called MN nicknames so no one at all is named the same

This ^^

And when they run out of names, they can put numbers and kisses after them....

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