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  1. #1
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    Certain "names" in the database that don't seem like names at all

    Looking through the database, I've found some "names" that I wouldn't consider usable at all. Lancashire, Canada, Bird, Season, Fidelity? I don't really consider them names, they're just words to me. I feel like by including them Nameberry is legitimizing if not encouraging their use as names, and I'm not sure that's a good thing.
    ~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3

    Favourite names:
    Girls: Azalea, Cordelia, Elizabeth, Rosalind, Scarlett, Portia, Felicity, Juliet
    Boys: Fitzwilliam, Sebastian, Percival, Prospero, Orlando, Darcy

  2. #3
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    Agreed. For example, Banana is a name, according to Nameberry. Just because one person uses a ridiculous word as a name doesn't mean it's a name.
    Audrey - Beatrice - Clara - Daphne - Jane - Margaret - Susannah - Violet

    August - Barnaby - Edward - Frederick - Henry - Rupert - Theodore - Walter

  3. #5
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    Hahaha, I go through this a lot with my sister. Some personal faves:

    Glimmer (...........Sparkal's sister?)
    Banana (All I think of is Phoebe from Friends becoming Princess Conseula Banana Hammock)
    Lancashire (Although I saw it in a birth announcement from the London Telegraph)
    Bird (Birdie, yes, Bird? No.)
    Cougar
    Future
    Renesmee (ew, ew, ew, ew, EWWW)
    Katniss (All I hear is 'cat p***')
    Hi
    Madog
    Essex (anything with 'sex' in it should be off limits)

    Best one that isn't on NB that I've seen has got to be Shampayne though.
    Lords: Charlie ❁ Ernest ❁ Harry ❁ Patrick ❁ Daniel ❁ Andrew ❁ Matthew ❁ Oscar ❁ James ❁ Louis ❁ Thomas ❁ Albert ❁ Wilfred ❁ Nathan ❁ Nicholas
    Ladies: Florence ❁ Elsie ❁ Marigold ❁ Lottie ❁ Minnie ❁ Martha ❁ Doris ❁ May ❁ Harriet ❁Iris ❁ Beatrice ❁ Violet ❁ Lillian ❁ Evelyn ❁ Louise

  4. #7
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    I find Lancashire hilarious. And Essex. Just... no. I wonder what else is listed - Glasgow? Newcastle? Shropshire? Peterborough?

    I think the Princess Consuella reference is a strong enough pop culture tie for Banana to stay (we could even add Crap Bag? ''If you need a way to remember it, just think of a bag of crap'' I've actually cried of laughter at that scene)

    And Camera. Camera is listed on a namesite, as a name. Let's just all take a moment... Camera. Camera.
    Last edited by oliviasarah; March 12th, 2014 at 11:33 PM.
    ...much loved / make my heart flutter;
    Rufus ○ Annabel ○ Wilfred 'Wilf' ○ Maude ○ Emmett ○ Rosemary 'Romy' ○ Hugh ○ Estella 'Esa'

    olivia. seventeen.
    film & philosophy student, worryingly maternal! in love with my kitty, majestically named shura
    first-time aunt to sweet baby Yara! a beautifully named, Irish-Portugese princess

  5. #9
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    I think Bird is fine. There are plenty of bird names in use, and people use Wolf and Fox and Bear, so why not Bird? I'm also about 90% positive that Madog is the original spelling of Madoc...

    But yes, I agree that there are words (and their misspellings) in the database that shouldn't be there.
    Emily // Nineteen // American

    Samuel / George / Edward / Arthur
    Helen / Caroline / Georgia / Cordelia

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