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June 27th, 2013 08:15 PM #6
This is from my experience as a substitute teacher: Kids are not going to be teased for having a "weird" name in this day and age. There is more diversity now then when we (or our parents or grandparents) were kids, plus parents are just choosing less common names in general. Kids don't know what a "weird" name is. Kids may be teased for having a name that's associated with something else (like a cartoon character, etc.) or if their name rhymes with something funny or inappropriate. A little Bart, for example, may get teased for having a name that sounds like fart. The Simpson's isn't as popular as it once was, so that association wouldn't matter as much, especially when he's younger. You're safe with Linus and Felix because kids don't know who they are. A little Oscar would be more likely to be teased because Sesame Street is still popular and, well, every kid is grouchy sometimes. It just invites a joke. That being said, I have known an Oscar or 2 and it didn't seem to be a big deal for them. Like another commenter mentioned, the kid's personality is a factor, too. Olivia, Arthur, etc. are okay because they have always been popular enough among "real" people that they aren't strictly tied to the character. I imagine Kermit and Grover are practically unheard of, not only because of the Muppet association, but because the names just don't fit well with modern sensibilities. They just aren't the most attractive names out there.
June 27th, 2013 08:28 PM #8
I'm not concerned at all. I mean, I'm not going to name my kid Stormaggedon or anything, but I worry far more about the judgement of adults than I do children. Kids would probably think the name Stormaggedon is pretty spiffy.
Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael
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June 27th, 2013 09:29 PM #10
I avoid names that rhyme with any potty language, No asses, turds, ect, im pretty sure kids will find a name amusing if it rhymes with a "rude or derogatory" word and if your child is sensitive or shows a strong reaction to this teasing it could turn into bullying. I also would hate it if my name rhymed with anything negative.
Some names i crossed off the list for teasing potential -
Logan the Bogan
Astrid (ass turd)
They are all a bit silly but i couldn't use a name i wouldn't be happy being named myself.
June 28th, 2013 12:52 PM #12
I take it into consideration, but don't obsess. I think there's some truth to the idea that kids don't tease about names the way they used to, there's so much more variation today (Example: Mabel has a playdate with Sophie, Dez'tinee, and Catalina) that names are less likely to be considered "weird" than I think they were in past generations.
Still, I think it's worth thinking through a name for obvious teases (especially as a pp pointed out, those rhymes that are likely to come up in the preschool years).
I don't think Felix or Linus are especially cruel in the teasing department! I know a 5 year old Felix and it's quite adorable on him. His teachers are more likely to make the Felix the cat connection than his peers.mom to livvy jozefa 7.10.13
June 30th, 2013 01:27 PM #14
My Linus has never been teased once for his name. He is almost 7, only time he has been teased is when a friends child heard me call him "Graham Cracker" (one of his mn's is Graham) and then this boy thought it was funny and called him "Graham Cracker Boy" (which Linus liked at first, but then when the kid started to say it in a teasing "singsongy" way, it bugged him). Our Felix is of course not with us, and I cannot imagine somebody rude enough to tease the name of a stillborn baby, so I cannot comment on that too much.
BUT, I will say that my kids and I encounter so many names that growing up maybe would have gotten teased but now, kids are very tolerant and not just that, but *used* to different names and they do not bat an eye at all. So if you like Linus and Felix, go for it!Married to my love since August 2001
My lovely bunch of coconuts;
Sebastian Elihu (7/02)
Bronwen Eliza (2/04)
Linus Ezra Graham (9/06)
Violet Leona (1/09) and
Wolfgang Levi (3/13)
Always missing our Felix Emmanuel (10/10-10/10)