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February 2nd, 2013 12:38 PM #1
Are some names better than others
Do you think some names are better than others? Like is Eleanor better than Neveah? What names are best?
Would you describe these names suitable for children:
1. Place names? Like London, Massey, York, India...
2. Surnames? Like Hayden, Harper, Madison, Lacey...
3. Word names? Willow, Melody, Pearl, Autumn, Lake, Star...
4. Title names? Like Duke, Queen, Princess, Earl, Lady, Viscount, Count...
5. Biblical names? Like Sarah, Elizabeth, Anne, Leah, Rachel, John...
6. Gaelic and Scottish names? Fiona, Mairead, Aoife, Deidre, Sean...
7. Invented names?
8. Names that are differently spelled? Like Byonkah (Bianca), Locklyn, Sofia, Vivienne...
9. Foreign names? Like Priya, Tena, Nina, Lucia, Karolina (this is polish name)...
10. Literature names?
11. Greek and Roman names? Like Bryony, Circe, Helena, Antonia, Martina, Augustus, Marcellus, Homer, Julius...
12. Dog names? What makes one random name a name for pet?
What makes names better or worse?
Should parents who choose worse names be ashamed? Should person who likes invented names be ashamed? Should they change their taste?
I think there are no names that are better than others. I think invented names are just as equally good as biblical names as Elizabeth. IMO names that are not offensive (like Trash and Whore, not every name with potentially bad nn) are suitable for children. Parent should not be ashamed if they love some name for their children.
Last edited by theclocktowerofjoy; February 2nd, 2013 at 12:47 PM.
February 2nd, 2013 12:44 PM #3Senior Member
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I agree with you, that no name is necessarily "better" than another one, but I think it all has to do with style. Do I like made up name? No, not really. Do I like classic names? Yes, that's pretty much all I like. So for my future children, I think classic names are "better" but if someone wants to use a made up name, then that's what's better for them.Gracie ~ Teen Berry ~ Not Expecting, Just Planning
February 2nd, 2013 03:23 PM #5Senior Member
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It may not be a popular opinion, but yes - I think so. People want to bury their head in the sand and pretend that names don't come along with connotations or stigmas attached to them and your love of a name should not result in your child suffering in any way. I'm sorry, but the simple fact is that Eleanor IS a better name than Nevaeh. Why? Eleanor has been around for a very long time. It has a backbone, a meaning and it's one that demands respect and brings to mind people who are educated and classy. Nevaeh, on the other hand, it made-up nonsense. It has nothing to stand on other than being a word spelled backwards, it has connotations of low-class, uneducated people, or people who are overly religious. It's spelling does not make sense with the popular pronunciation people give to it and in the end, whether you want to admit it or not, names like "Heaven" (or in this case - Heaven spelled backwards) has always and WILL always bring to mind images of adult entertainment and other things that anyone with half an ounce of class would not want associated with their daughters.
These stigmas and connotations DO exist and they DO matter whether you want to admit it or not. When your daughter grows up and has to function as an adult, is it fair to have those stigmas and connotations follow her around for the rest of her life? People judging her badly based on her name (which we all admit is NOT fair or right, but it happens, everyone does it whether they mean to or admit it or not) and your love for a name should not cloud your judgement on something as important as a name that your child has to live with for the rest of their life.
Last edited by flick; February 2nd, 2013 at 03:25 PM.
February 2nd, 2013 06:22 PM #7
I agree with flick. you cannot separate yourself from the associations made by society.
I will take it further.
Naming is very much an art form, and very much like art.
You hear people say, well all art is good, because it's based on your personal preference, and other such things about opinion.
But this is simply not true.
Some people really are better artists, and some people really are better namers. It's not something you can exactly put your finger on, and it surely does have a lot to do with taste, but that doesn't mean there is not a distinction to be made.
A Manet is most definitely better than your average person's painting. And it's because of experience, thoughtfulness, and the ability to evoke feeling.
A beautiful name is stunning, provokes thought, and it evokes feelings in the person who hears it. It is art.Mama to big kitty Jasper
a feel for the names i adore:
February 3rd, 2013 01:02 AM #9Senior Member
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I think the idea of one name being better than another is subjective but some names are more respected than others and imo because of that they are often perceived as being better by a great number of people.Josephine Athénaïs - Josephine Ivy - Myriam Athénaïs - Vivienne Josephine
Athena Beatrice - Beatrice Cecile - Eléonor Anne-Sophie -Myriam Beatrice - Meredith ElizabethAmbrose Aristide - Ulysses Aristide
Girls: Aenor, Bérangère, Bérénice, Catalina, Honorine, Nadezhda Boys: Augustin, Calixte, Emeric, Hugo, Lambert, Maxandre, Maxence, Yves
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February 3rd, 2013 07:23 AM #11Senior Member
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I think what defines a name as 'better' depends on where you live and what era you live in. Our ideas of what makes a name good or bad depend a lot on the associations and history we perceive a name to have. While something might seem quite classic and timeless to us (and thus, 'better'), many of these 'classic' names were also, at one point, considered either low-class or made-up rubbish. People didn't really start deviating from using family names until the late 1800s, I believe, and I'd bet money that the ones who deviated or used the 'trendy' names we hold up as timeless classics weren't thought of as sensible (or even stylish) namers.
Having said that, I agree with previous posters that there is something to be said for considering the genral stereotypes associated with names. People's perceptions affect how they view both you and your child, and that can in turn affect how your child sees themselves. A Sarah tends to perform better in school than Krystalique, for example. Employers are also more likely (sub-consciously) to hire Sarah because she 'sounds' more reliable. Sad? Yes. Unfair? Yes. True? Yes. I think that's primarily why people consider some names 'good' and others 'bad'. A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but (in the paraphrased words of Anne Shirley), it wouldn't have the same appeal if it were called a skunk cabbage.
February 3rd, 2013 08:32 AM #13
Eleanor meets Rachel they will not say "Hi I am Eleanor, it means 'other Aenor'". Meaning of the name is only tibit.
Second, I will never perceive somebody like less valuable member of society if they had name like Nevaeh. If many people do that, I think that's their problem and we should not bother ourselves what random people thinks.
Neveah want that their daughter will be connected to adult entertainment?
Please, give me evidence that Neveah is bringing connections to adult entertainment, because I think you just making things out of your mind.
You are defending social stigma. Are you aware of that?
February 3rd, 2013 09:24 AM #15Senior Member
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I don't think some names are better than others. Actually, I think the simple notion of that is silly. Everyone has their preferences, but that doesn't mean what they like is better than what you do.
I think if you love a name, go for it. If the name is one that carries social stigma, raise your children to be strong, decent people and maybe they'll help change the stigma of the name.Kylee
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February 3rd, 2013 10:40 AM #17Senior Member
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February 3rd, 2013 10:42 AM #19