Yesterday, as I was writing about the favorite names on nameberry, it seemed as if all was in perfect harmony and solidarity, complete sweetness and sunshine on the site, and that nameberry.com was as tranquil a place as Mayberry R.F.D.
Not totally true.
Turns out that some visitors are as passionately opposed to some of the popular names on the site as others are passionately in favor of them. And so a kind of rebel thread was set up called Secret Name Heresies, where people could voice–make that vent–their negative feelings. And vent is what they/you have been doing, often in EMPHATIC CAPITAL letters. Not surprisingly, since our opinions are formed from our individual experiences, there were some who disliked a particular name because of, say, an unshakable association with an obnoxious high school classmate, or with a Disney character they will forever attach to its name. Or in some cases a simple dislike of its image or sound.
Here, from the varied responses, are a few choice, disgruntled, examples–some of which we found hilarious:
ASTRID – I liked this before The Office.
CECILIA – I have a slight lisp–Ce-ce-lia sounds AWFUL when I say it.
DAISY – I love this name but for a pet.
EVELYN – It’s still 100% nursing home to me.
GUINEVERE – Waaay too regal.
POPPY – I’m all for nature names but this is way too close to “puppy,” not to mention the association with opiates.
– The words “seed muffin” follow this in my head.
– This is what we call my Dad instead of Grandpa, so no.
SADIE – Reminds me of S & M.
VIOLA – Means rape in Spanish.
DUNCAN – Donuts.
— Sounds like it should be the name of a thick, chubby boy.
EZRA – It looks like a typo.
FELIX – This is a cat’s name only.
JASPER – Seems like a girl’s name to me.
— 101 Dalmatians, anyone?
OTIS – Too hickish for someone who lives in rural Nebraska and gets labeled a hick for that alone.
SEBASTIAN – Crab from Disney movie.