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To think this really isn't a bloody name?

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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.


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


QuietNinjaTardis Tue 23-Apr-13 10:28:29

Oh. Dear. God.

wannabedomesticgoddess Tue 23-Apr-13 10:28:55


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


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?!

SchroSawMargeryDaw Tue 23-Apr-13 10:30:31

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

LaurieFairyCake Tue 23-Apr-13 10:30:45

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.

UniqueAndAmazing Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:24

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.

overmydeadbody Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:56


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

SchroSawMargeryDaw Tue 23-Apr-13 10:33:58

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

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

Middle name?

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