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Why is it so important for our chosen names to be 'original'?

(65 Posts)
MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 16:42:48

I have only ever met one person who truly had an original name; that's because her parents made it up.

99% of us share a name with lots of other people around the world, and we all know this, don't we? So it baffles me when people get possessive over their chosen names or reject a great name because it's 'popular'. No name is unique! Why do we try to fool ourselves?!

Bucharest Mon 08-Jun-09 16:45:42

And moreover "original" names, as you say, are of the kre8iv ilk, and therefore to be avoided at all costs because they're just bloody awful.
People who bang on about others "pinching" their names, when the name is something like Joshua or Emily are just bonkers. grin

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 16:49:36

The 'new age baby name book' gives you tips on how to make names up. (DS2's name was from that book grin)

I think people generally want a name that is a bit 'different' not totally original.

MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 16:49:37

grin like that doctor someone posted about recently - Je T'aime SomethingSomethingWhichI'veForgottenButWasUtterlyRidiculous!

Kre8iv indeed.

I must add that I have chosen a name for a girl (should we ever have one) and refuse to divulge until said child is born...but that's only because I don't want people going: 'You're calling her what??' Once you've named the child Cecilopodus, everyone will pretend it's a lovely name smile.

MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 16:51:09

Hi, DB! What tips do they give, then? <<intrigued...I think Cecilopodus is rather sweet, though...>>

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 16:56:37

Well, personally i think it's lovely when children are named for their meanings, especially if the meanings are personal to the parents. ie. places where they met, reminders of home, rivers/coasts relevant to them, that sort of thing.

I'm not a fan of Bevron, or Barbavid etc. grin

MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 17:03:17



nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 17:06:55

Well, let's just say i'm not of the names police brigade although take offence at names like ella, milly, tilly etc.

there are some lovely parts of the thames you know.

MadamAnt Mon 08-Jun-09 17:07:57

Two reasons:

a) the very popular names quite often become stigmatised (e.g. Sharon, Tracy, Kevin). I'm afraid the Chloe's, Graces, Jacks and Joshuas of today will probably not be too happy with their names.

b) if you have an extremely common surname you risk being one of a thousand "John Smith"s or whatever. I would hate to have a very commonplace first AND surname. Plus it can potentially lead to awkward situations. DH (very common first and surname) has been detained by the police once, purely because he shared the same name and birthday as some guy who was wanted for a crime.

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 17:10:04

true madamant, my new age names were a little restricted by our already 'new age' surname.

he does sound somewhat like a fortune teller, but hey ho. we like it.

BikeRunSki Mon 08-Jun-09 17:12:21

After spending years and years correcting people about my name, and the horrors of various spellings of it, I wanted to give my DS a "normal" name.

He has three first names, all with family connections, and all completely unremarkable Old Testament names. They go very well with our very traditional English/Yorkshire surname.

I never felt the need to get kr8tive. If you don;t want to, then don't! Despite DS's "boring" name, I have never met another one his age, and really wouldn't care if I did.

Having said that, if he had been a girl I wanted to call him Isis. It is the "Oxford" name for the Thames, and I thought it was rather appropriate as DH comes from near where the Thames rises in Gloucestershire, and I come from London. We are joined by the Thames.

Although we met in Newcastle. I am not sure I would have felt the same about Tyne!

MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 17:14:52

Tyne Daly??

Maybe she's a Geordie! grin

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 17:26:06

according to the scottish records there were no babies named Thames or Tyne in 2007. but there was one thierry.

lifeinchaos Mon 08-Jun-09 17:41:18

In my class at school in the 70's there were 4 Catherines, 4 Michaels, 2 Philips and I remember feeling quite relieved being the only one with my name. I don't like made-up names but I can understand wanting your child to have an original name if you were a Michael K as opposed to Michael D Michael M or Michael F

MrsMerryHenry Mon 08-Jun-09 17:45:19


DS is a 2006 baby grin

Would be nice to at least have a chance of Thierry being a family name...if you know what I mean <<drools>>

Lifeinchaos - I do understand that, but it's more the way we create an illusion that the textbook names we choose are somehow unique, and that if anyone else chooses the same name they're at fault! Bizarre, huh?

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 08-Jun-09 17:55:01

DS2 is called S o l.
It's a bit new age but not all that unusual.
I don't get upset when people use it, in fact i presume them to be fabulous and wonderful people smile. Not at fault in any way.

MadamAnt Mon 08-Jun-09 20:52:29

nevergoogle - oooh that's what my DS2 due in Sept will be called for short [fabulous and wonderful]

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roundNround Mon 08-Jun-09 21:00:33

I was always names + first intital of surname eg laura M.

It never bothered me in the slightest, can't imagine why it would bother someone.

Ronaldinhio Mon 08-Jun-09 21:01:52

Nope my children are named after beloved relatives and I'm proud that they bear their names and history to develop further

hulabula Mon 08-Jun-09 21:02:39

OP, why wouldn't someone chose a name that is less common and more 'original' than a very common name?

Wouldn't you rather your child be identified uniquely rather than be Jack A, Jack B or Jack C. In my opinion, thats the whole point of 'naming' someone!

At the same time, no parent wants to choose a name that implies teasing for their child. But unless you name your child Je'taime or Poohead, I don't think whether a name was made up recently or 1000s of years ago matters.

Pingpong Mon 08-Jun-09 21:03:23

My name was very popular in the 70s. Lots in my class at school and at uni and I meet lots at babygroups I go to now. (yes the mums not the babies) It has never bothered me in the least.
My brother had a very unusual name in the 70s and now it has rocketed up the popularity charts.
Neither of us have been bothered.
I really don't think it matters if it is too popular or not. If you like the name then use it.

Greensleeves Mon 08-Jun-09 21:05:16

I know a little girl called Thierry

I was a bit taken aback at first but she is adorable and it suits her.

I wanted unusual names. Not outlandish but different - I always thought it was miserable that we had 4 Claires and 5 Emmas in the same class.

nevergoogledragonbutter Tue 09-Jun-09 07:40:34

ah madamant you really are fabulous and wonderful grin

I'm sure there has been women called Uniqua on ricki lake/maury povich.
That's not good.

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