Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
Savvy parents looking for a name consider how well the first, middle, and last name get along (or how well the names flow).
But before we talk more about name flow, some discussion about where flow stands in the pecking order would be helpful. My motto when it comes to names, clothes, home decor, etc. is:
“Style without function causes unnecessary grief.”
By Linda Rosenkrantz
These days, not many of us name our kids Junior—though British singer Peter Andre (whose other child is Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther) did just that–or even call them My Name, Jr. * But there are ways that you can still honor yourself but a little less blatantly. And for this, as in so many ways (just kidding), we can look to the stars for ideas.
Nickname-names still appear on birth certificates. In the U.S., such names as Ellie, Abby, and Charlie for girls; Jake, Jack, and Johnny for boys all rank high. In the U.K., nickname-names are even more fashionable, with Evie, Maisie, Millie, and Ellie in the Top 35 for girls, and Jack, Charlie, and Alfie in the boys’ Top 10.
But there are generations of nickname-names that have fallen off the Top 1000, yet sound cute and baby-ready today. The list here is drawn from names that were on the Social Security roster on their own in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but fell off by the early 1970s (the date of their last listing follows the name) and haven’t yet reappeared.
Pam Spam: That was a rare one, easy to ignore.
Were you ever teased about your name? In what way? How hurtful was it — did it verge on bullying, or was it more affectionate, even a sign of popularity?
And what about your children’s names? Did you look for a name that was tease-proof, or at least one that would not lend itself to teasing?
Has your child gotten teased about his or her name? Do you find people more tolerant and less prone to name-teasing today than they were when you were growing up?
Please tell us your experiences around names and teasing — either about your own name or the names of your children and loved ones.