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October 18th, 2013 02:12 PM #1Senior Member
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Has anyone ever been genuinely angry about a baby name?
I recently ran into an old friend. We were chatting for the first time in about two years, and she mentioned she had a daughter, (I don't have Facebook so it's hard to keep up) and named her Jackson, spelled Jaxyn.
I don't know why, but I got angry. I couldn't pretend to be nice about it.
I don't know if it was because she felt the need to spell it aloud for me after she stated the name, but I said to her "That's terrible."
She looked like I'd slapped her, and obviously we won't be reconnecting, but holy cow.
I usually just roll my eyes at tacky names like that, I don't know what came over me.
Maybe it was just one terrible name too many, but I couldn't handle it.
I guess my question is, has anyone felt a sudden, unjustifiable anger towards another persons baby name, or am I the only one this has ever happened to? If so, how did you deal with it?
October 18th, 2013 02:36 PM #3Senior Member
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Actually, yes. Its mostly happened to me online though. I came across this other site where you could reply to polls anonymously. Most of the polls on the site I'm sure are fake as 99% of the posters are having baby girls, twin or triplet girls, with hardly a boy name post in sight. Most of the posts included awful trendy, made-up, boys names on girls. After a while I found myself getting inexplicably angry when someone insisted on naming their kid (insert ridiculous or trendy name here) and refused to listen to anyone who advised them against it. I had to stop going to that site because I it was just making more angry and bitter that these poor "kids" were being given these awful names and their parents were to obsessed with being "unique" to see it.
I have experienced it in public. This very arrogant dad came into the Library once with his daughter, Colorado. I honestly wanted to punch this guy because he obviously did this to his little girl to be "funny". I just acted very civil towards him but I didn't act friendly or give him a reaction at all. I would probably do the same in a situation like yours. The initial shock might show on my face but I wouldn't give her a straight out response. I kind of brush past it and rage about it in my head.
But what I'm most worried about is when my friends and young relatives start having kids. I know some of them have very "trendy" and "unusual" taste in names. I'm worried about my reaction when they announce their baby's name to me. The baby's not born yet, so in my mind there is still hope but I don't want to hurt their feelings by telling them that their name is awful. But I can't not say anything. I'm a name nerd for goodness sake!Violet Gray
Sad name-obsessed teenager and aspiring writer
Current Name Loves: Jack, Oliver, Leo & Finn <3
October 18th, 2013 02:50 PM #5
I've seen enough family relationships go to hell over babies names to know it's best not to get involved and love the baby anyway. Seriously, the kid'll still be cute whether they call it Kaiylya or Catherine, and if they put the energy into thinking about and deciding they like that name, you can only respect their decision.
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October 18th, 2013 03:30 PM #7
What's the website, I need a laugh.Mommy of Juniper Teagan & Pyrus Nikolai
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October 19th, 2013 10:08 PM #9
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