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  1. #1
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    How concerned are you about teasing?

    I keep hearing that kids today are so used to so many different kinds of names that name teasing doesn't happen as much anymore. I'm still a little worried. The top 2 names for our boy are both names of fictional characters (Linus and Felix), as are many of the names I've liked. Names of characters like Oscar, Olivia, or Angelina don't seem to keep people from using them. But then, you'd be hard-pressed to find a little Kermit or Grover. Why are these deemed unusable? I'd [like to] think a little Clifford or Arthur would fit in nicely on the playground, but you rarely see them. I'd love some insight. Especially from teachers or parents that have used names that are ripe for teasing.
    Mom to Sylvia Caron (May '09) and Linus Roman (born 08.21.13)
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    Ladies: Fiala Joan · Alma · Miriam · Claudia · Tabitha · Helena · Linnea · Vivian
    Gents: Felix Simon · Arthur · Malcolm · Desmond · Theodore · Jasper
    · Dexter · Phillip
    Guilty Pleasures: Lyric · Echo · Hero · Juno/Juniper · Lark · Wren · Fox · Zephyr · Vesper
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  2. #3
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    Most kids today don't know who Linus (our Charlie Brown, even!) is. I'm 25 and can't figure out what fictional character Felix refers to. I do actually know a little Arthur, and no one really associates his name with the aardvark.

    I think most of the name teasing we worry about isn't likely to happen. And even if a loud has a teasable name, often whether that kid is teased depends on his/her personality. An easy-going, charismatic kid can handle being named Harry Baals better than a timid, socially-awkward kid. At least that's what I've seen from the names and people around me.

    I've heard some bizarre names, but usually the kids don't bat an eye, it's the adults who comment on the name, and part of me wonders whether kids with bizarre names would be teased at all if the adults were as open-minded as the kids around them.
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  3. #5
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    Felix could refer to Felix the Cat, Felix Unger from the Odd Couple (old TV show/movie), or Fix-It-Felix from Wreck-It-Ralph and I've heard there is a potion in Harry Potter called Felix (but I haven't read/seen it).
    Mom to Sylvia Caron (May '09) and Linus Roman (born 08.21.13)
    Other favorites:
    Ladies: Fiala Joan · Alma · Miriam · Claudia · Tabitha · Helena · Linnea · Vivian
    Gents: Felix Simon · Arthur · Malcolm · Desmond · Theodore · Jasper
    · Dexter · Phillip
    Guilty Pleasures: Lyric · Echo · Hero · Juno/Juniper · Lark · Wren · Fox · Zephyr · Vesper
    · Loki


  4. #7
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    As a 7th grade teacher and my husband a 6th grade teacher, we've never had students pick on one another for their name. They are more likely to make fun of someone because of their looks, mannerisms or character. I know that sounds awful, but it's true!

  5. #9
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    I am concerned about teasing, though rarely for names I like myself- mostly other people's I've seen people say things likes 'my son Gaylord won't view being called 'gay' as an insult'. Doesn't matter. I know from experience- I have a physical feature that I was bullied for in school. No matter how much my family and friends told me it was beautiful and something to be proud of, having other kids constantly laugh & sneer at me, throw things and call me names was really horrible. And middles matter too! A boy in my form was called Benjamin John. He was teased excessively! Some parents really need to think about their kids rather than themselves!

    Saying that, I think your names are absolutely fine. If it was a name strongly associated with one character (like Kermit and Grover) then you can definitely expect teasing. But if I met a Clifford, Arthur, Linus or Felix I wouldn't think of anything in particular because they're more common and there have been several notable people/characters with those names.
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