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Were you teased because of your name?

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oysterpots Wed 22-Jul-09 15:47:52

If so, was it because your name is unusual? Would you choose a different name if you could? Do you know anyone who wasn't teased about their name?

Seems like some people are pretty scared to pick anything out of the ordinary in case their DC might be teased - I always thought people found something to tease you about, if not your first name then your surname, or the way you look, or what your family's like.

Am I wrong? Genuine questions.

3ofeach Wed 22-Jul-09 16:31:09

yes was teased about my name. Its Alexandra but I'm always called Alex and was teased a lot cos ' its a boy's name'. Still don't like the unisex slant of it and as a contrast have called all 3 of my DD something unambiguously female, very much on purpose.
My DH hates my name too and never calls me it as he thinks its too male

pippylongstockings Wed 22-Jul-09 16:36:27

I agree I think children get teased because of all sorts of things, anything possible infact.

My name is Phillippa, it get shortened to Pip - lots of fruit references for some hilarious people - apple pip, orange pip, etc. But also got teased because of my teeth, then when I got a brace - my brace, my long skinny legs etc etc.

I did however avoid the name Felix (or Mike!) for my son as our surname rhymes with a very rude name for fanjo. Which will be enough for most kids without added fuel. wink

allaboutme Wed 22-Jul-09 16:39:08

I have very very ordinary and common first name.
I got teased all through school for my surname and also the fact that I have red hair.

sarah293 Wed 22-Jul-09 16:39:11

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shonaspurtle Wed 22-Jul-09 16:49:25

I love the name Shirley smile

Not teased because of my name. No one could pronounce it or spell it, but not teased.

Was teased about my hair instead. <shrug>

shonaspurtle Wed 22-Jul-09 16:51:45

I did avoid a Gaelic spelling for ds's name because of my own experience though.

Turns out the Gaelic spelling is more popular than the anglicised version now so everyone assumes it's spelt that way. Can't bloody win.

SoupDragon Wed 22-Jul-09 17:02:32

Yes I was and yes I would have chosen a different name if I could have. The one I was give rhymed FFS.

lockets Wed 22-Jul-09 17:26:22

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IDreamOfJeannie Wed 22-Jul-09 18:40:03

No I have never ever been teased about my name. It's Jenny. I like my name, and the only thing that annoys me about it is that everyone assumes I'm really called Jennifer.

IDreamOfJeannie Wed 22-Jul-09 18:40:21

No I have never ever been teased about my name. It's Jenny. I like my name, and the only thing that annoys me about it is that everyone assumes I'm really called Jennifer.

TheProfiteroleThief Wed 22-Jul-09 18:42:00

Oh God yes.
I so wanted to change my name to Sharon or Tracy and become invisible.

magbags Wed 22-Jul-09 19:22:05

I wasn't teased for my name, which is Margo (so fairly unnusual I guess). Still sometimes get Margo Escargot but more as a term of endearment than a tease. I don't recall anyone from school being teased about their name in fact. I do remember the poor boy with the too short trousers and briefcase tho - he had no chance poor soul.

I think kids will find something if they go looking, if it's not your name it will be something else.

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:24:51

I was a bit... it's Gisele and having a foreign name in the 70s was pretty unusual. I even adopted my middle name when I was at primary school (Spanish name but a bit more known in England than Gisele iyswim).

I got over it pretty quickly though, certainly by secondary school as most of the blokes I knew thought it was pretty exotic and sexy... ha! in your face Michelle "you know who you are"

FAQtothefuture Wed 22-Jul-09 19:28:44

I was teased about my name - it's Gwen.

janeite Wed 22-Jul-09 19:31:18

I went to school with a lovely Gwen; have never, ever met another one. I don't think she was teased - it seems a fairly straightforward sort of name, non?

differentID Wed 22-Jul-09 19:33:13

yes. every sodding day.
It's Maria.

How do you solve a problem like Maria, nearly everyday from teachers at my high school, especially stupid as I was a goody two-shoes.

wrinklytum Wed 22-Jul-09 19:33:13

I was teased about mine as it is unisex.

I was a teen in the 1980's and "Blackadder" was very popular,at the time.....

HecatesTwopenceworth Wed 22-Jul-09 19:33:36

Yes. A lot. I have an uncommon name, a sort of elderly aunt name grin and I got a lot of stick for it.

but tbh, it really wasn't about the name. Kids who like to bully will find something to use. what it is, is irrelevant. They used my big fat arse more than my name!!

HeadFairy Wed 22-Jul-09 19:34:09

Are you called Bob wrinklytum?

HecatesTwopenceworth Wed 22-Jul-09 19:34:12

erm. I think that last sentence does not read quite how I intended it. hmm

ludog Wed 22-Jul-09 19:35:00

My name is Marianne and I have spent my whole life correcting people who can't get heir head around the fact that I am neither Marion or Maryanne (I actually shudder at Maryanne ewwww.... apologies to any Maryannes or parents of same!) I love my name though and I wouldn't change it.

Wilts Wed 22-Jul-09 19:35:24

I got:

Carry on
Carrier bag

And the trusty old Hollies song sung to me on many occasions grin

TAFKAtheUrbanDryad Wed 22-Jul-09 19:38:10

I wasn't teased because of my name, but because of my initials which were ET.

Even the teachers joined in, fgs. I didn't stand a chance.

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Wed 22-Jul-09 19:40:20

my surname, whilst not unusual (tis Poole) caused much amusement for some who like to call me 'MyCatIs swimming poole'

God I was glad to get married and change my name! (obviously glad cause I love DH of course grin)

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