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What are "American" names?

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CheerfulYank Sat 05-Sep-09 08:15:10

I've seen that term bandied about a bit and I'm curious.

Is it the whole surname trend thing? I love my country, but I have to admit I'm sick of all the little Parkers/Mackenzies/Carters running around as well as the Ayden/Kayden/Jayden business. So...just curious! And mightily bored. It's 2 in the morning here but am on vacation and can't force myself to sleep yet!

IdontMN2makecopyforlazyjournos Sat 05-Sep-09 08:17:09

Warning - there was a thread about this a few months ago and it descended into one of the biggest MN bun fights I have ever seen.

Surname thing sound very American to me. Boys' names for girls also has a yank feel to it - Jamie, Tyler, er struggling to think of more but you know what I mean.

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 08:17:59

Old school - Bret, Brad, Chip etc
Nowadays I associate either 'surname as first name' type names (Brady, Riley, Mackaenzie etc) or totally loony made up names with Americans. Sorry Yanks!

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 08:18:41

Madison. Oh my God, why is every other American child called Madison?

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 05-Sep-09 08:21:55

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CheerfulYank Sat 05-Sep-09 08:22:51

Oh yeah, sick of Maddison. And Addison come to that. I don't know what's next. Kaddison? Thanks for the warning, IDMN2MCFLJ, but I'm tough to offend.

My DS is Samuel Robert and the next one (theoretically, as we haven't started ttc yet) will be William Frederick (Will) or Eleanora Josephine (Ellie).

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 08:24:43

Oh and I am not bashing Yanks. We have some 'baby naming' eccentricities over here, too grin.

Your names are lovely@Cheerful

CheerfulYank Sat 05-Sep-09 08:24:46

If it's someone that's actually in your family Stewie then it's not so bad. But for instance I know a few little ones named Kennedy and they're definitely no relation!

CheerfulYank Sat 05-Sep-09 08:27:16

Oh thanks Beryl. Most people think Eleanora is pretty but I've gotten a few hmm at it. But I think it's gorgeous and it was DH's grandmother's name and I'm using it!

dizzydixies Sat 05-Sep-09 08:27:26

the one that springs to mind is heaven spelt backwards giving Neveah - is that not quite high up the American top 100 list?

wonder how many wee Obamas will be running about within the next few years grin

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 05-Sep-09 09:09:16

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Prunerz Sat 05-Sep-09 09:17:27


Surnames as first names v common in Scotland too but the pool of names is smaller and they are more common, so nobody rolls their eyes any more.

Prunerz Sat 05-Sep-09 09:19:54

Anyway we had the Puritans

and so on

I don't think we're in a place to judge!

pinkthechaffinch Sat 05-Sep-09 09:30:09

My DS is called Lyndon, which is rare over here but relatively common in the States.

I love it though because it's old english meaning is 'lime tree'.

paisleyleaf Sat 05-Sep-09 09:33:52

Courtney used to be

dizzydixies Sat 05-Sep-09 09:36:54

oh pinkthechaffinch I once met a wee boy called Linden/Lindan not sure of spelling, and he was lovely - he had a brother called Clyde too grin

posieparker Sat 05-Sep-09 09:37:22

I named my ds1 after my grandmother, using her surname, and then an unusual name for ds2.... they are both in the top 100 boys names in the USA.

dizzydixies Sat 05-Sep-09 09:41:32

and one of my girls has a boys name which is very common for girls in the US so I doubt I'd have a leg to stand on would I be inclined to judge

5inthebed Sat 05-Sep-09 09:57:23

I think Corey is quite american sounding.

gloomysue Sat 05-Sep-09 11:03:42


paisleyleaf Sat 05-Sep-09 12:59:23

Oh yes, Randy. Is that one of those words used differently/not used in the Fanny? I like Lyndon, not heard it before.

pranma Sat 05-Sep-09 13:05:29

McCauley like that awful 'home alone'kid
hyphens like Corey-Lee or Mary-Lynne
Gene for a boy
I knew a girl called Forest[US]
of course there is always Peggy-Sue which is unuseable but lovely

AllThreeWays Sat 05-Sep-09 13:09:59

I had an American friend who used to tell me all about classrooms full of kids who's names ended in ...shah, but I think that was more a particular cultural group rather than "american", there does seem to be quite a lot of long winded made up sounding names that I associate with America

Leln Sat 05-Sep-09 13:51:12

Slightly off topic...
I live in France and have french friends who have called their DD "Shanez" which apparently sounds lovely, slightly exotic, very unusual to the French ear. But to my ear sounds, ahem, very common.

I have another french friend whose DD is called "Ornella" which sounds like the name of one of the ugly sisters in Cinderella to me.

All a question of taste and local culture.

mrswoolf Sat 05-Sep-09 14:16:59

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