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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?!

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

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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

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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..

Guineapigfriend Tue 23-Apr-13 11:16:58

What a pair of prize twats. The poor child

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

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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


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

mrsminiverscharlady Tue 23-Apr-13 11:40:42

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.

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