On our message boardsÂ recently, someone–who happens to be a teacher–Â expressed the opinionÂ that in the new name landscape, which encompasses so manyÂ multi-ethnic names, word names, unusual spellings andÂ ”unique” names, Greek god names, etc, etc, today’s children are much more accepting of the wide variety of their classmates’ Â namesÂ andÂ therefore less prone to teasing.
And yetÂ this still seems to Â remain one ofÂ parents’ greatest concerns, as they weigh every possibility of a name’s susceptibility to other kids’ mocking.Â But are we overthinking this, our references being backÂ to our own childhoods, where there was such a thing as a “normal” name?
That’s today’s Question of the Week: Is name teasing now less of a concern?
Do you think itÂ differs dependingÂ on where you live; isÂ this less of an issue in places where unusual names are the norm?
Have you or your child ever been made fun of because of a name?