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Thread: Your weird naming rules
September 11th, 2013 03:01 PM #1Senior Member
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Your weird naming rules
I'm just curious what your own name rules are. For example, I have this weird notion that none of my kids' names can start with the same letter. I like Clementine and Claudia and Imogen and Indigo, but having two same letter names feels way over the top to me...probably because I know several families who named all their kids with same-letter names, and I always hated it. But I take it even farther, so if I had four kids, I wouldn't even want two of them to share a letter.
There are more common rules like alternating the number of syllables in first-middle-last, or not having two word-names next to each other. But I'm sort of wondering what other people's weird rules are that they've made up for themselves.I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.
My apologies for any typos; i post from my mobile phone.
September 11th, 2013 03:33 PM #3
I have a few which I flout all the time as I can never find the right names/combos! :P
1. Combinations must contain a biblical name and/or a name connected with my family/heritage.
2. Names must have the right 'feel' together, e.g. William, Peter and John are all lovely classics but Peter & William feel better together than William & John.
3. Potential sibsets should have a visibly similar length, for example:
^ I love all these names but I hate the way they look written down!
4. I'd love for names to have an additional (children's) literature reference
5. Popularity and meaning never factor into name choices.
September 11th, 2013 03:42 PM #5
My rules for myself is that they all have to fit into the same style. I really wanted to go with all five-syllable names for girls, but that's proven a little too difficult to hold to. But, I like to feel like the names are "fair" in that they all feel equally special or grand or old-fashioned--whatever I'm going for. For example, I really like old man kinda names for boys: If I were naming a brood of boys today, they'd be Arthur and Edmund and Booker and Laurence.
I also do not choose names SOLELY based on meaning, but the meaning is taken into consideration. If it's something I really don't like or is really negative, then I won't use it.
pet peeves: nicknames as given names; unconventional spellings; masculine names on girls
not-so-guilty pleasures: five-syllable girls' names; virtue and nature names; over-the-top antique names for boys
(if i repeat name suggestions in a thread, it's because i like them! no apologies here for repeats of great names! )
September 11th, 2013 04:30 PM #7Senior Member
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The only "rules" that I have about naming is, for our future children any middle names will honor family, either my husband's or mine, and that the name flows well with our last name. Other than that I don't limit myself very much.
September 11th, 2013 04:36 PM #9
1) No repeating first letters.
2) No repeating last name sound (difficult with -a for girls, especially...).
3) Similar "feel", but length and popularity don't matter (although if Nicholas and Kit were to suddenly whoomph out of the Top 1000, there would be no complaints here).
4) Meanings are important, but don't rule everything.
5) I would say no nickname-y names...but then there's Kit. So. Apart from Kit, no nickname-y names.
6) I have to be able to imagine it on my grandmother/grandfather.
Last edited by ciottolo; September 14th, 2013 at 03:39 PM. Reason: realised one of my favourite names broke the rule...