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  1. #1
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    Aug 2014
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    Nameberry Confessions

    Nameberry has introduced me to a lot of names that I like but I actually try to avoid coming here, particularly to the forums, because it seems like every time I find a name I really like, right after I'll come to the forum and see that someone has just been hating on the name, saying its hideous and one of the worst names out there, yes they are entitled to their opinions but a lot of times I begin to doubt my name list but honestly if I were to pay attention and be offended by everything that I read on here then I'd end up with no names at all on my list. What I'm getting at is, how do you all deal with seeing others hating on names that you love? I know you shouldn't pay too much attention to the opinions of others but sometimes that can be difficult. I'm beginning to stop liking this site because literally every time I come here I see someone being very negative towards a name that I'd use for a child and I start to think, "well, I guess I can't pick that name".

    Have their been any names that you used to like that people on Nameberry have made you dislike or have you ever had a name that you love and you've seen someone on here talking trash about it? I still like hearing others opinions when they are stated in a friendly way and aren't so negative but at the end of the day my future children and characters will have names that I like and I don't care what others think about them really. It's just that sometimes I have my doubts, and no I don't like names with cre8tive spellings or Neveah or anything like that, the names I like are almost all actual names. We all do realize that any name can be made fun of, right? If kids want to tease someone then they will do everything possible until they find a way to tease you, just wanted to say that because I've seen people say stuff like Victoria is bad because Vikki rhymes with icky. I actually sort of admire the people who name their kids whatever they want and refuse to pay attention to others' opinions. It's almost as if some people just are trying to keep people from using certain names. Hello, John is another word for toilet yet it's considered perfectly normal and is still widely used, if that name is fine why isn't any other? Ok, I understand that if the name is Buttrisha or Dorkish then the name really is awful and should be avoided, but most names are not that bad, some people are just ultra picky and negative and hate every other name and try to spread their hate online.

    What do you guys think of all this? I hope I haven't bored or annoyed anyone. I think this is actually a good topic to talk about since their are so many differing opinions on here. What are your Nameberry confessions? Do you think that people on here can sometimes be overly mean about disliking a name. Sometimes people seem so judgemental about names.
    Here are a few of my (admittedly many) current favorites:
    David, Caleb, Aaron, Ambrose, Joseph, James, Abram, Luke, Adam, Hugo, Jasper, Leo, Ezra
    Amber, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Lorelei, Juliette, Sabrina, Claire, Ruby, Vivienne, Vanessa
    Pretty much I like all types of names from the traditional to the exotic.
    Feel free to PM me at any time

  2. #3
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    What I mean is that it's ok to dislike a name for whatever reason but people need to remember that there are people out there with those names and their are people that really like those names so they should be more careful about how they express their dislike. Imagine if someone says that your name or one of your favorites is ridiculous, idiotic, or ugly, you'll probably feel at least a bit bad. Yes, their will always be people who dislike a name but hey, I'm not crazy about Bertha or Dorcas or Nevaeh but I'm not going to be super mean about them because their are people out there who like or have those names and they might see my comments and feel bad about themselves, if they like their names. Just like Hephzibah, it still annoys me that the creators call it a "you can't do this to your daughter name" because I've seen people who like the name, I've seen i used, heck, I don't dislike the name, they might not like the sound but it's not like her name is Buttrisha. Sometimes people just seem sort of hostile towards some names.
    Here are a few of my (admittedly many) current favorites:
    David, Caleb, Aaron, Ambrose, Joseph, James, Abram, Luke, Adam, Hugo, Jasper, Leo, Ezra
    Amber, Rebekah, Elizabeth, Lorelei, Juliette, Sabrina, Claire, Ruby, Vivienne, Vanessa
    Pretty much I like all types of names from the traditional to the exotic.
    Feel free to PM me at any time

  3. #5
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    Oct 2013
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    I think people can be mean, but I don't think any of it is really mean spirited. I think people find a joy in beautiful names and hate to see children with names they find trashy or trendy. It's rude, but I understand. I'm probably guilty of it too. Ok, I definetly am. I've trashed Michaela, Neveah, Tessa, Abraham, and the -ayden names. Sorry to anyone I upset.

    I think sometimes all of us need to take a step back and remember it's just a name.
    Amy
    Very indecisive namenerd
    Planning to adopt one day



    Mirabelle Lilith♥Luna Rosalia♥Audrey Iris♥Juliet Aurora♥Hermione Maeve♥Delilah Eloise


    Xavier Eeverett♥Salem Laszlo♥Lionel Ronan♥Dexter Poet♥Alexander Philip

  4. #7
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    Oct 2014
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    I have strong feelings about the name Caitlin and its many spellings that differ from most. I know I was a bit rude, but I'm a passionate defender of spellings such as Catelynn (my personal favorite) which others seem to think is tacky.
    This gets sorta tricky on the "Rate the Previous Signature" thread, because there are times when I honestly loathe a name, but am trying to be polite.

    Ciaran David Eugene * Peter Malachi "Machi" * Jonah William * George Abraham Wolf * Sidney Dean
    Noel * Hamish * Hugo * Arthur * Benedict * Rory * Jonathan * River * Westley * Harper
    Jane Silvia Hero * Mary Odilia Lark * Susannah Miriam "Annie" * Alice Thisbe * Victoria Ivy
    Eden * Daisy * Georgiana * Niamh * Phoebe * Marigold * Juliette * Isobel * Esther * Ruth

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
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    I can see what you're saying. There has been quite a bit of negativity expressed on the forums, to the point where I basically post and run...I don't often check back, because I don't want to see it. To be fair, I've only gotten negativity expressed towards my viewpoints on non-name related stuff. Moving on...When it comes to getting negative opinions on names I like...or even names I don't like, but I feel bad for those who post that they like the name and it gets bashed...I just try to keep in mind that we're just all so different. There is so much that can influence someone's opinion on a name. Maybe they had an abusive ex, or a school bully...or a best friend, or a beloved grandma...who had the name that you are considering and can't help but feeling some emotions towards the name. I think all of us wouldn't want to see a child saddled with a name that would bring about bullying or anything. Prime example: I really do not like the name Helga. However, some on here love it. If they post asking for honest opinions, I would state that I personally do not like the name...but I would also try to say something positive about it. Like if they give an example combo, I would try to say something like "Helga is not my cup of tea, but I think that Helga Margaret sounds really good! I like that combo ". I don't always accomplish this, but I do try. It gets a bit tricky though, because it can be hard to restrain yourself if someone loves Adolph, and all you can picture is Hitler, and you know that a good number of people also make the same connection.

    Regardless, it is your choice what you name your child. You are the mom (well, potentially). We may bring some things to your attention that you didn't think about (and this is a general "you"). Please don't let others taint your liking of a name. I've been in the same boat, with various names I like. It's even happened with names that I don't mind, but that others hate more than anything else in the world (for example: Nevaeh...yes, it may be a bit trendy, but come on, is it the worst? If she has onesies on her back, diapers on her butt, and milk in her belly and is loved, is it that big of a deal?)Then one day I realized 1) people on here usually don't have horrible intentions and 2) if I said I had blonde hair, and someone on here told me they hated blonde hair but thought brunettes were the bomb, would I go running to the hair dresser? no.

    Take things with a grain of salt and despite whatever you see, respond positive.
    Alyssa
    *Ada*Lydia*Aria*Leah*Elijah*Peter*Paul*Calvin*

    "See, it is not enough to leave school and just desire to succeed in this cold, cruel world. Because then you've simply become a part of it. You must also have the desire to change it. And to change it, you'll need your fine mind, and his good heart" ~George Feeny, Boy Meets World

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