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NoTwinkies Sun 21-Oct-12 08:57:48

I had a dream that we had another daughter and because we hadn't decided on a proper name we went with the first thing that came to mind.. Tapina!? Where on earth did that come from? I don't think it'll be going on the short-list (not even pregnant BTW) but it made me wonder has anyone used, considered using or know anyone who has made up the name for their baby?
I like unique names but I'm not sure how it is viewed by others

Gwennan Sun 21-Oct-12 09:10:25

Most 'made-up' names just look like a string of random letters smooshed together to me.

I tend to like names because of their history: their meanings, namesakes, historical/fictional/familial usage, and so on. A made-up name is just never ever going to offer that depth to me.

I tend to prefer names outside the top 50 or so, as my own given name is extremely popular among my age group. That said, having a popular name has done me no harm and I am fond of it so it's not a dealbreaker by any means.

For what it's worth, Tapina sounds like a brand of water filters to me.

BunnyLeBOOwski Sun 21-Oct-12 09:19:53

Makes me think of Tapenade.

As much as I love the stuff, not sure I'd want my child's name to evoke salty, fishy, garlicky, olivey paste.

Also, no no to made up names. 99% sound ridiculous.

MolotovBomb Sun 21-Oct-12 09:47:44


NoTwinkies Sun 21-Oct-12 10:06:30

Haha that's what I thought - Awful. Makes me think that if/when we have another we should get some solid favourite names in place before baby arrives. I imagine there have been some great gas and air/Dad's suffering from shock induced baby name blunders in the past.
I too like a bit of history and meaning to names. I do know a couple who prefer to make up potential names. Some sound cute but may be better as pet names rather than official names.

cuillereasoupe Sun 21-Oct-12 15:20:14

Tapina would mean "was a prostitute" in French. I'd avoid it...

seeker Sun 21-Oct-12 15:22:21

Tapier cam to mind.

squoosh Sun 21-Oct-12 15:22:23

Sounds like something you'd dip your crudité in.

Although, 'dip your crudité' sounds like a double entendre now I've read cuiller's translation. wink

javotte Sun 21-Oct-12 17:17:39

What cuillerasoupe said.

CrapBag Sun 21-Oct-12 20:08:36

I know someone who dreamed of a name and used it for her DD. I have no idea if its a made up name but I have't heard of another one.

CrapBag Sun 21-Oct-12 20:09:25

Just looked it up, yes it is a name. I actually thought it was something she made up.

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