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  1. #6
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    Mar 2012
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    I work as a middle school teacher in the United States (Maryland) and yes, names have absolutely been ruined for me. With my first, we loved the name Luke. Now I have met too many of them, and definitely some bad ones in the mix, that the name is forever ruined for me. I also find myself liking very unique names, names I have never actually seen a child wear. I think this is a side effect of having seen so many names overused and played out.
    Proud Mommy to Maeby Alana (8/6/10) and Saela Eliza (6/24/14)

    Marlow Simone - Romy Corinne
    Zefram Eli - Miles Thatcher

  2. #8
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    Dec 2012
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    I do not have children yet, but as a teacher I can definitely attest to the fact that a difficult student with a name that I love does end up having a negative connotation and I would most l likely associate the name with the student, and therefore, would not use it for a child. An example of a name that my husband and I both love is Josiah, however, after dealing with a student named that I will not use it for future children.

  3. #10
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    Jan 2012
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    As a teacher a difficult student doesn't "ruin" a name. I would easily say there are many adults and other peers who have 'ruined' names far more for me than a child. At the age I'm dealing with they're too young for their behavioral 'problems' to be malicious in any way, and it's not fair (or indicative of a good teacher) for me to hold something against a child for something completely out of their control, which is why their names don't become 'ruined' for me. As I said there are far more people who have been much more aware of their actions to ruin names for me.

    I also don't believe in such a thing as a naughty kid. And I haven't had my own children so I haven't had naming become an issue for me. I don't imagine it would. As I mentioned, the way children act don't create name associations for me, the way adults act do. The way children act is a direct representation of the needs that are not being fulfilled, and behavior is often the only way they know how to communicate. It's not a kids fault if people don't know how to listen.

  4. #12
    Has a naughty or disruptive child (with your favourite name) ruined the name for you?
    -Not any my favorite names. If I love a name, I can see past whatever image the child put in my head of it. There have been names that I was pretty neutral on, eg Joseph, that have been so called "ruined" for me, but they never would have been names that I would have used anyways.

    Have you had a naughty kid with a beautiful name and still used the name anyway?
    Yes. My child's name is common enough that my associations with the name are very broad, though. If it was a unique name, like my son's middle name Ashby, I may have been more reluctant to use it.

    Has naming your child been influenced by your students?
    No, but it very well could. I would be sure never to name my child the same name of a child I have in my class that year, because I wouldn't want to be accused of favoritism. Never happened upon that issue, though.
    Nicholas Arthur Ashby (01.12.10)
    Theodore Stellan Rain (TBE 12.09.13)

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    New England
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    Unfortunately, teaching has ruined names for me. Never ever will I use Caitlin and all it's variations. It's not so much the child I associate it with, but teaching in general. I'd feel like I brought work home.
    Zoe Milena
    9/12/14

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