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  1. #1
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    Disagree with Nameberry definition/description/popularity on a name....

    I'm wondering how much pull Nameberry writers have on encouraging/discouraging someone from choosing a name. Some of the descriptions behind names are quite opinionated....of course, it's an editorial style and that is to be expected...but I'm curious, all the same. While names like Fred and Endicott get the NB writers' praise or at least a short but pleasant description, others get their snub. Does an acclaimed naming site have much sway on prospective names with parents? Other sites that declare the popularity of the name in the last 100 years, or that have quotes from people (and votes) on how they dealt with the name growing up, etc.....perhaps they also have a sway?

    What is your opinion?
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    Amaré Elyse . Her name is the present infinitive of "to love" in Latin, and we pronounce it Am-uh-RAY.

    Job Marcellus. We call him Joby.

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    Edited for privacy.
    Last edited by saracita00; January 18th, 2014 at 08:46 PM.

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    I agree with what saracita has said

    Basically I think it comes down to how sensitive you are to the opinions of others. I personally don't really care about the other people's opinions of my favourites and I'm very unlikely to be swayed by someone else on a site or in a magazine or IRL saying 'George is this' or 'Isabella is that'. Wording like that actually annoys me and makes me even less likely to take someone seriously. E.g. if I see something like 'George is boring, old fashioned and totally ridiculous on a child'... well, no it isn't. That's your opinion of it and that's fine, but George isn't anything. I wish people would just put 'I think' at the beginning of sentences like that (sorry, that's a little gripe of mine )

    Yeah, so I think people take opinionated sites with a (rather large) grain of salt. And if I were looking around on the internet for definitions and opinions on names, I definitely wouldn't stop on one site only. You'd want to cast your nets wide and look at so many other sources. There have been countless times where I've seen definitions, pronunciations & origins of names and thought "uhhhh... no, that's wrong." Nameberry is a prime example (sorry!) and BtN is sometimes guilty too. Other factual sites that are there for facts only- I don't see how they'd sway people's opinions unless someone is dead set on a sub-1000 name or something.

    Overall, I don't think people really like getting told things and I doubt one stranger's opinion on a naming site is likely to completely change someone's personal opinions, especially when you take into account the varying countries, cultures and lifestyles people visiting the site are from.
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    Wow, super informative background! Thanks to both of you...

    Yes, I agree with what you're saying...just wondered how much affect naming sites/books have on the public's opinion on names... It seems certain celebrity babies have made names pop, so it is an interesting idea. But overall, I think the ppl going to NB and other naming sites are probably going in "deep" for their name, so it most likely is more of a "what does this 'magazine's' opinoin mean to you," as you were saying, saracita.
    Mommy to:

    Amaré Elyse . Her name is the present infinitive of "to love" in Latin, and we pronounce it Am-uh-RAY.

    Job Marcellus. We call him Joby.

  5. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieandperry1 View Post
    That's your opinion of it and that's fine, but George isn't anything. I wish people would just put 'I think' at the beginning of sentences like that (sorry, that's a little gripe of mine )
    See, I disagree with this. If you're saying it, obviously you also think it. The "I think" part is assumed.

    I don't let Nameberry affect my opinion. I rarely look up names in the database, as Behind the Name is much more reliable when it comes to etymology.
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