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Question of the Week: What was I thinking?

whatwasithin

Yes, that’s the question of the week:

Is there a name that you were seriously considering for your child that you now can’t believe you ever contemplated using?

Was it a fleeting idea or did it remain high on your list?

So what were you thinking?

And what got you to come to your senses?

Care to share?

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perfectfami

Calling all name nerds!  This question/challenge of the week is aimed at you:

If there weren’t any restrictions—no real life spouse to compromise with, no in-laws to contend with, no last name to match, no concerns about overpopulation or putting six fantasy children through college–

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL, PERFECTLY NAMED FAMILY BE?

The family can be any size you like.

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samenamex

Today’s QOW was inspired by a comment from jgirl525.

This week it’s a two-parter:

a.  What’s your response when you meet someone who shares your own first name? Do you feel an instant kinship or do you feel more proprietary?  If it’s a popular name, do you immediately start comparing nicknames and wondering why your parents chose a name like, say, Jennifer, of which there are now (literally) 1,424,755 in the world?

If it’s an unusual name, do you feel just a little bit resentful that it’s not yours alone?

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scared

Today’s Question of the Week comes from the pages of our very own forums:

Is there a name that you wish you were gutsy enough to use—but probably aren’t?  One that you really  love, but fear is too extreme?

Are you afraid of the effect it would have on your child–or other people’s reaction?

FYI–some of the names your fellow berries have put on the table:

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Sibsets: Is their importance overblown?

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It’s long been a precept of Nameberry, and of our books—dating back to Beyond Jennifer & Jason and more recently in Beyond Ava & Aiden that names of siblings should ideally share a similar style and feel, not matchy-matchy, certainly, but complementary yet distinct.  And thus the concept of sibsets was born.

We still feel that way, but we’ve been seeing something of a backlash emerging lately.  For instance, for the past couple of months, there has been an interesting thread on our forums, posted by a berry expressing concern about ‘breaking the mold’ set by her first daughter’s very feminine name, wondering if she was locked into choosing an equally feminine name for her second or could use a completely different kind of name that she has fallen in love with. A number of interesting points were raised, some people feeling that the whole sibset obsession has gotten out of hand and is unnecessarily restrictive. Where do you stand?


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