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  1. #66
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    The popular excuse, definitely. Why would the popularity of a name stop you from using a name that you really love? Makes me think that you don't love the name that much.

    The but-I-just-really-like-it-and-nothing-can-stop-me-from-doing-so excuse used when talking about problematic names. Does your love for a name really overshadow all its horrible associations? Does your love for a name overshadow future problems the child could face with the name? I think that's a really ignorant way of thinking.

    The but-it-doesn't-have-that-connection-anymore excuse. Basically the same as the let's-give-the-name-a-new-association excuse. To me, some names are just tainted forever and have connections that are so brutal that they should never be reinvented.

    And lastly, the I-want-it-to-be-yooneek excuse. No. Just no.
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  2. #68
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    I actually have a pet hate that's kind of from the other perspective.

    It irritates me when people justify their name choice with, 'It's a family name' or 'It has special meaning to us'. As in, 'We want to call her Roderick Belle; I know it's an unusual choice for a girl, but it's a family name'. Or, 'We have chosen Brooklyn for our first boy; I know it'll get pushback, but it has special meaning for us as his dad was working in Brooklyn when we met'. :/

    They're probably bad examples, but it seems as if special meaning/family name is used as a 'free pass' on nameberry to use some really questionable names!

  3. #70
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    Hey all - first time poster here!
    Really interesting discussion! The excuse to not use a name that I don't understand is "They will be called [first name] [last initial]" I guess those who feel this way are really saying the name is too popular. I was often a "Katie S." growing up. I never thought twice about it.

    While names are important, I think we all know that ultimately its personality/intelligence that makes someone unique, smart or interesting, not their name.

  4. #72
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    The only one that really, really irks me is "He/She will hate you"
    It's such an immature scare tactic. It's like you're wishing discord upon a person simply because you disagree with their choice in names. It's almost always posted in regards to a boy name deemed "girly"
    Quote Originally Posted by jeska View Post
    I actually have a pet hate that's kind of from the other perspective.

    It irritates me when people justify their name choice with, 'It's a family name' or 'It has special meaning to us'. As in, 'We want to call her Roderick Belle; I know it's an unusual choice for a girl, but it's a family name'. Or, 'We have chosen Brooklyn for our first boy; I know it'll get pushback, but it has special meaning for us as his dad was working in Brooklyn when we met'. :/

    They're probably bad examples, but it seems as if special meaning/family name is used as a 'free pass' on nameberry to use some really questionable names!
    I've noticed this too and my eyes roll every time. Usually it's an excuse to use a uber masculine name for a girl.

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  5. #74
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    Quote Originally Posted by dramagrl19 View Post
    Hate to break it to you m'dear, but where I live, usually kids with strange and unusual names get picked on (more in the lower grades)! O_o
    Strange! Where I live, everyone is welcomed with strange and unusual names. I have an unusual name myself, and it's always been a conversation-starter more than anything else! I have never been picked on for my name.
    I'm twenty with a furbaby named Frederick

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