My sister loves Rory for a boy, not sure about girls names, but my mum loves Imogen, Haley (my name), Mikayla (my sister), Kathleen, Lily, Rosie, Rosalind, Isla, Matilda, Harriet, Charlotte + Lillian for girls, and Liam, Mackenzie, Daniel, Charlie, William, and Patrick for boys. We share the same taste in boys names, and I do love Kathleen, Matilda, Harriet, Isla + Rosalind, but not the top of list.
Originally Posted by rkrd
I think my generation is too young for Little House on the Prairie, (and the kids I know who are my age wouldn't appreciate the novels), then again, half of my class didn't know anything about the movie Grease (definite no no considering Grease is my all time favourite and has been since I was about a year old.).
First of all, honestly, any name can be picked on given circumstances...mean kids and jealousy and popularity can always come together to cause teasing. Sure, it's slightly less likely with very popular names, but you can't prevent your kids from ever being picked on just by choosing the "right" name.
Second, people are always more afraid of things that are unfamiliar, names included. Everyone has different exposure to names so while one person might think Sophia was a horrible old-fashioned name that would be constantly mocked, another person would say it was uber popular and they'd never force that on their kid, and another would never have heard of it and think it was weird.
Generally speaking though, the more common a name is, the less likely people are to be shocked by it, but uncommon names are becoming more and more acceptable, so while this generation might mock the next generation might not bat an eyelash.
So, here are the names I'd consider "normal-ish". As in, I wouldn't be surprised to meet one (whether I like the name or not):
Merryn (I've never seen this spelling before, but I know several Maren's)
These are the ones I'd be a bit surprised to meet, but I can see it working okay:
These are the one's I'd be very surprised to meet and I can imagine them having a bit more problems.
This all comes from my perspective living in California. I know some of these names are far more common in certain countries or cities.
I agree with kala_way. And I think it really depends on where you live as well- Seren may be considered unusual everywhere else, but it's in the top 10 in Wales and people there would probably be thinking 'not another Seren'.
The ones I think would have the most issues (not just with be mocked, but with spelling and pronunciation too):
But a British perspective is probably very different from a Canadian one.
I can tell by looking at your list that you have excellent taste in names. It's an awesome list. Just don't discuss baby names with them. This is what I have to do...I don't even reveal what names I'm interested in. That's what sites like this are for! Me and my husband never talked baby names during our 3 pregnancies and just announced the names once the baby arrived. We didn't want input and so we never asked for it!
Keep your beautiful names to yourself and trust that your taste is just better than theirs!
lol, really? That's funny. If I mentioned the name Seren to my mother she'd probably say, "What? That's so weird. Is that like Saran wrap or searin' meat?"
Originally Posted by charlieandperry1
(not sure if you have Saran wrap there, it's just plastic wrap for food)