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April 9th, 2013 09:43 PM #1
Descriptions that rub us the wrong way...
In light of another topic discussion, I decided to start this read for us to list the name description found on nameberry that are viewed as offensive, and inappropriate or as any other negative.
So far the list are as follows:
[Names with Bothersome Descriptions]
Antoine - "Your friendly neighborhood hairdresser."
Antoinette -" as out of style as other early French forms, such as Babette and Nanette."
Ashley - "When a name has been in the girls' Top 10 for a decade, would you really want to inflict it on a son?"
Cedric - "The name was then sissified as Little Lord Fauntleroy, the long-haired, velvet-suited and lace-collared boy hero of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book, who became an unwitting symbol of the pampered mama's boy."
Cyril - "Snooty sounding for a boy, it's both soft and virile for a girl."
Dorian - "crossed the lake into the girls' camp several years ago" (It's worth noting that popular stats pretty thoroughly refute this claim; Dorian has never been ranked for girls, while it's been bouncing around the 400-500-600 range since the early '70s for boys. In 2011 there were 488 male to 21 female Dorians, and the gap wasn't any smaller "several years ago," either.)
Darcy - "The ultimate Jane Austen hero name, but a bit feminine for an American boy."
Elke - "Creates a seemingly contradictory image: a German sex kitten"
(I don't think it creates an such image since most people aren't even ware of Elke Sommer. Even so, does this make other names like Marilyn worthy of such commentary?)
Lance - "Despite the heroic achievements of Lance Armstrong, has a rather limp-wristed soap opera image"
Madison - "When a name has been in the girls' Top 10 for a decade, would you really want to inflict it on a son?"
Marilyn - "When you realize that the iconic Marilyn would now be in her eighties, this name sounds anything but young and sexy."
(The age of someone who was an icon with the name doesn't affect the sound. It seems to fit in sound with Marin and Ashlyn and it just as vintage as Agnes, Agatha, Harriet and others if not less.)
Osbert - "soft" and "wimpy"
Pomeroy - "Baroque and sissified."
Sidney -" the male version has virtually lost what little testosterone it had."
Sisyphus - " and completely sissified to boot."
[Names That Should Have Things Added to Its Description]
India - a blurb about the name being controversial.
[Names Whose Genders Don't Add Up]
Arthur - Doesn't seem to deserve being added to the Girls section
Cyril - Doesn't seem to deserve being added to the Girls section
Feel free to add in or point out whatever else you notice. Hopefully these descriptors will be changed.
Last edited by east93; April 10th, 2013 at 12:14 AM.Nathaniel . Eden | Alessandra . Noel
April 9th, 2013 09:53 PM #3
Great thread! Thank you for including Antoine.
edit: oops, you already got there.
Last edited by blade; April 9th, 2013 at 09:57 PM.Blade, MD
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April 9th, 2013 09:58 PM #5
April 9th, 2013 09:57 PM #7
It really bothers me that so many traditionally male names have boy AND girl entries. The same is not true of a single traditionally female name I can find. Examples: Dorian (brought up on another thread), Arthur (seriously?!), Roscoe ("even edgier, more hipster" for girls than boys, apparently), Everett ("a prime crossover candidate" -- if I see a girl with this name I will cry), Elliot, James ("James for a girl? Well, why not?" SO MANY REASONS), Emmet...I could go on. Stop the madness! Or, alternatively, list Emma, Ella, Jemima, Verity, Dora, Aria, Rachel, etc, as unisex as well. Why NOT use these names on a boy, if James is acceptable for a girl?Simon, Eloise/Louise, Faye, Judah, Thea, Felix, Iris, Cordelia, Roscoe, Lydia, Jasper, Phaedra, Adrian, Lucinda, Jane, Conrad, Wallace, Finnegan, Sylvie, Charlie, Dashiell, Juniper, Atlas, Matilda, Julian, Alice, Marlowe, Octavia, Jack, Marigold, Archer, Gabriel, Persephone, Raphael, Dov
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April 9th, 2013 10:02 PM #9