I think I'd be tempted to just say, "wow, how rude."
Wow. I'm not sure why I'm surprised at how rude people can be, but I am. If someone is being rude to me, I tell them, "You're being rude." They usually don't have a response to that.
Moron: "Indie? Huh. That's a weird little hipster name."
Mom: "My, my, you're a rude little person, aren't you?"
Toss your hair and walk away. They'll go home and tell their friends and family about the weirdo they met that was so rude to them. But you'll go home knowing you stuck up for yourself, and your choices. Hopefully your children observed you and learn that it's totally okay to let people know when they're being RUDE; and, further, that it is not okay to talk to other people like that.
You can't please all of the people all of the time.
Since your daughter is actually named Florence Imogen, nn Indie, perhaps this person felt more within their rights to discuss the name Indie itself (as it bears no actual relation whatsoever to your daughter's given name). Your other two children's names are fairly ornate and upper-crust sounding, which again might invite comparisons by someone who thought you were closer than you are.
Personally I think if you're snippy in return you come out looking worse than simply saying "well, it's done now, isn't it?" or "we love it, it's meaningful to us because of X, Y and Z."
My sons name is Levin. It's not for everyone. That is okay, b.c we love it, it is very meaningful to us, and it fits him perfectly. I am not holding out for universal popularity. My name was unusual while I was growing up (less so now) and I have gotten many rude comments on it. I just always figured if it wasn't my name, it would be something else.
Mostly, no one says anything negative about it. I really don't think most people are just waiting around for an opportunity to be rude, you know? But when people do unkind comments about it, or wrinkle their noses, I feel embarrassed for them. Seriously, what kind of awful things could be going on for a person who feels compelled to insult a baby's name? So I just pretend that they said something appropriate.
Stranger: "What's his name?"
Stranger: "Really? What a terrible name!"
Me: "Thank you. We love it, too."
This generally just confuses people and they give up.
Ha ha ha tarynkay! Love it! Victory through confusion ;-)
I actually love the nn Indie! So cute. I probably would have just raised my eyebrows at them until they looked away :-)
When I [very occasionally] get averse reactions to my own name, I just kind of stare the Philistine down and feel smug about my superior manners and knowledge of names.
Well that's rude. Indie is a cool name, too.
haha 'hipster.' At this point, EVERYTHING is hipster. I'm seriously sick of it, but I'd take that as a compliment; it means people think you're being different (even if THEY don't approve).
Yeah, people should keep their name judgments to themselves. Unless it's a forum (lawl), or if it naturally arises in a conversation, at which point you say it nicely, 'well, it's not really my style, but it fits your child very well!'
Lots of people I know have chosen baby names I dislike, but the only comments I've ever made regarding names have been the white lie: "Oh, that's so cute!" Unless someone is specifically asking for your opinion on a name, it's not your place to comment.
It's hard to believe people can be so rude, but it happens all the time. I would never imagine saying any negative comment to someone about their child's name, even though my complaints are usually that the name is too boring or trendy. The only way I would say something negative if it was obviously racist, hateful, or a slur of some kind.
My mom strongly disliked the name Rowan when I first told her and she tried calling her RJ for the first few months of her life. I corrected her every time and sternly verbalized my hatred for it and she eventually got it. She loves her name now though, of course. I've had little old ladies in grocery stores ask what Rowan's name is and then say something to the extent of "Oh...that's different" with a scowl on their face. It just makes me like it more. :D
Exactly what sort of response does an individual expect when they tell someone that they don't like their child's name?
Rita Rude: "Your son is adorable! What's his name?"
Mia Mom: "-insert name here-"
Rita Rude: "-insert dumb comment here-"
Mia Mom: "..."
It's seriously the most awkward situation. What exactly is the purpose of telling someone that you don't like their child's name? Does Rita Rude expect Mia Mom to skip on down to the county courthouse and change her son's name just because Rita Rude doesn't like it? I wouldn't even bother telling Rita Rude that she's being rude; I would just say "okay" and walk away.
I do like it when "that's an old man/lady name" is used as an insult. Do people not realize that old people were once babies too, and that all of the babies with "old people" names will hopefully all be old people one day...?