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To think most parents these days don't consider their baby's names for when they are adults..

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LondonAnne5 Wed 22-Nov-17 14:42:56

Just that really.

I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen someone post a picture on their feed of their newborn with a name that is either really, really different or something that the child may not enjoy being called in the future when they are a teenager/adult...

E.g. Billi Mucklow naming her new baby boy Wolf Nine. It's different, yes and okay when he is a baby but I'm just imagining a professional middle aged businessman named Wolf and can't picture it.

I grew up with a very different name that is often mispronunced and is also a bit "babyish" for my age now which I do find awkward in a professional environment.
AIBU and alone in thinking this?

cheesydoesit Wed 22-Nov-17 14:47:36

Oh, I dunno. I just met a toddler called Alan today!

LondonAnne5 Wed 22-Nov-17 14:48:04

@cheesydoesit you win 😂

Splinterz Wed 22-Nov-17 14:48:28

The father in this instance named the baby from what I read. Nine is Andy Carrolls shirt number.

These people will all go to school together, inherit vast tranches of wealth and move in the same circles. I don't see Brooklyn hindered, nor Romeo and I doube Cruz and Half Past Seven grin will be inconvenienced either. If they are they can simply change their name from Zowie to Duncan.

cheesydoesit Wed 22-Nov-17 14:48:30

And I know a Professor called Candy.

Ttbb Wed 22-Nov-17 14:48:50

I would imagine that a lot if parents aren't expecting their children to grow up to be professionals maybe?

Needadvicetoleave Wed 22-Nov-17 14:49:10

Thing is, the more common these names become, the more normal they'll be by the time the child grows up.

Pandrawerschangedmylife Wed 22-Nov-17 14:49:19

The world is split into people who love unusual names and people who hate them. I have an unusual name. My kids are called Marnie and Jude. I'm definitely on the more unusual side of the naming spectrum but would never dream of choosing a name I didn't really love just in case they want to be an accountant.

MissBax Wed 22-Nov-17 14:50:07

Wolf Nine?!?! 😂😂😂

OuchBollocks Wed 22-Nov-17 14:50:56

Had to Google billie mucklow. I don't think TOWIE types, or slebs in general, are representative of normal people. Most of the children I know are of the Evie/ Eva/Elizabeth/ Charlotte or Harry/William/George/Samuel varieties.

araiwa Wed 22-Nov-17 14:51:08

Maybe he will grow up to be a CNN news anchor for over 30 years.

PurpleTraitor Wed 22-Nov-17 14:52:24

You went from one example, to ‘most parents’?

From what I can see, most parents put a lot of thought into naming their children. Personally, I did the prime minister test for mine (put the name into a news anchor commentary mentioning the prime minister or president and see if it looks or sounds odd)

Most people don’t call their kids Daisy-Belle and Rock-Star.

Needadvicetoleave Wed 22-Nov-17 14:52:42

But yes, it was a consideration for me - could I imagine a surgeon, director, 'big wig' with my child's name.

Bambamber Wed 22-Nov-17 14:55:07

I don't understand why parents come up with unusual names or unusual spellings for common names, then get annoyed when people don't know how to pronounce it or spell it.

I do agree with you, I see some names and it's difficult to keep a straight face. But I reckon by the time the kids are older, it will be so common to have an unusual name that it won't be too much of a problem

elQuintoConyo Wed 22-Nov-17 14:55:10

<phew> so my DS Ron Burgundy Smith is ok?

cheesydoesit Wed 22-Nov-17 14:55:26

Ooh I love Marnie and Jude! Yes, I thought Alan was a very brave choice. grin I liked it. He's definately the youngest I have met by at least 30 odd years. Now to see if Keith or Derek make a comeback. Perhaps in a few more decades? I find name trends quite interesting.

Splinterz Wed 22-Nov-17 14:55:38

Yup, I have to say, if the same didnt sit nicely as Chairman of the Bank of England, it wasnt happening in our house either.

But Im sure the parents of little Beyonce and Jaiden-Kai, or indeed Kaiden-Jay have similar aspirations for the fruit of their loins. And yes, I am a snob grin

fruitbrewhaha Wed 22-Nov-17 14:56:13

By the time these babies are grown up, there will be no jobs. It will all be carried out by intelligent robots. So we may as well call them what we like.

SandyY2K Wed 22-Nov-17 14:56:30

A woman had the name she wanted for her child refused...she was crazy... she chose the name Cyanide

That's extreme... but some parents just don't think sensibly.

JacquesHammer Wed 22-Nov-17 14:56:53

I don't know really.

I named my DD after an adult (albeit a long dead one) so she passes the test.

I absolutely love unusual names though - if I ever have a miracle, there will be some eyebrow raising I'm sure (and a nice plain middle name for them to choose if they wish to in the future)

dannydyerismydad Wed 22-Nov-17 14:57:25

I have indeed met a baby Derek.

And I know a school age Alan. It's making a comeback!

fruitbrewhaha Wed 22-Nov-17 14:58:48

<phew> so my DS Ron Burgundy Smith is ok?
As will my DD Veronica Corningstone

OKKOKIE Wed 22-Nov-17 15:00:39

i'm one of those terrible people who want to call my daughter james. My OH prays for a boy.

No1blueengine Wed 22-Nov-17 15:01:28

i think this every time i meet a child called Alfie, Teddy, Harry, Dottie, Lottie etc etc or other diminutives given as a whole first name.

Just cant wrap my mind around Supreme Court Justice Alfie Smith. Give them a proper grown up name and just call them the diminutive until they grow into it.

TheLegendOfBeans Wed 22-Nov-17 15:02:17

I slightly have the opposite. My children have the names of imposing biblical characters because I don’t like shortening names unless the person asks me to.

So when you hear - say - Jedediah or Ezekiel you’d expect a bearded old sage, not a bonny bouncy, dribbly bundle of cuddles grin

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