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August 3rd, 2014 08:48 PM #1
A Quick Rant About 'Out of Date' Names
I just need to vent because it really bothers me that "out of date" is such a strong bias on NB. I witness perfectly good names being criticized for being out of date or "dated" when there is nothing else wrong with the name! Several people will reply - too dated, out of date, no, dated, no - the effect is a small avalanche of discouragement against a name without any real thinking at all.
So here's my rant: A name that is out-of-date in 2014 is not sufficient as a reason to dislike, discourage, reject the name. My name was rare at my birth, now forty years later it's very popular. No one knew it was going to happen! My girl cousin was given a boy's name, everyone criticized her parents, but now twenty years later, her name is statistically a girl's name. No one knew it was going to happen. Thirty years ago everyone incorrectly pronounced my sister's name. They confused it with a highly popular name. Now, everyone says my sister's name correctly! The other name grew so unpopular there is no longer any competition. No one knew it was going to happen.
The human being who is named now is going to live for seven or eight decades. A lot changes in just two decades. In my opinion, it is very very short-sighted to reject a name just because it feels out-of-date right now. No one knows what the opinion of that name will be twenty years from now. If names like Lorraine or Jason or Helen are out-of-date now, so what?!?! Each one is a classic name, familiar, literary, pronounce-able, internationally known, good on the top of a resume...what's the problem?! Do people really believe that a child will have a life of terrible ostracization because they were given an "out-of-date" name in 2014? I don't think so.
Whew. Ok. Had to get that out of my system. I'm okay now.* My name is Adelaide. I love to play with names.*Saffron Jane Calliope - Seraphine Mariah Rose - Rhiannon Noelle - Rowan Mazarine - Oswell Constantine - Maceo Alexander - Lucas Balthazar - Israfel Ronin - Paul Constantine - Malcolm Ephraim
August 4th, 2014 12:10 AM #3Senior Member
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THANK YOU! I absolutely agree 100%. A "dated" name is not a problem. Just because YOU don't like that it's "old" and "out of style" doesn't mean that a child is going to have legitimate negativity as a result of their name. It is the child's life that matters, not anyone else's opinion. Many "dated" names are perfectly fine and absolutely charming, and would be wonderful choices. They are easy, people know them, and what is so wrong with that? A lot changes over a person's life, and a "dated" name is not an issue. Babies are people, and they grow up. I LOVE a lot of names that were popular in the 70s, 80s, and 90s and am tired of the rhetoric about "dated" names as though that is fate worse than death.We've finally decided that we're waiting for Peter or Hope.
August 4th, 2014 05:07 AM #5~Boys~
★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★
★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★
Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.
August 4th, 2014 05:59 AM #7
The dated thing is a silly argument (I have been guilty of it once. Just once. Forgive me.). The irony is, by the time your kids are about 10, or even 5, that name is probably going to be considered 'cutting edge.' Even if that isn't the case, bestowing your child with a name you love is much more important than its 'hip' factor. Pretty much every name would be labelled as 'dated' at some point, and that is just as true for the names of today.
No matter how 'current' or 'timeless' it might seem now, remember that in 20 years, that probably isn't going to be the case, regardless of what name you pick. And there are some wonderful 'dated' names: Wendy, Lisa, Mary, Christina, Paul, Dawn, Larry, Gerald, Frank, Vanessa, Farrah, Theresa, Valerie, Anne, etc. If you don't like a name, fine, I respect that. However, I think tacking the argument to it isn't really a legitimate reason to put a name aside.Mary, Esther, Susanna, Nora, Camellia, Francesca, Dominica, Tilly, Bellamy, Gardenia, Pearl, Evangeline, Ida, Mabel, Yuki, Rose, Josephine, Arabella, Magnolia, Mirabelle, Theodora, Louisa, Raphaela.
Amias, Moses, Bellamy, Albert, Callahan, Quincy, Arthur, Bertie, Pello, Raphael, Frederick, Abraham, Gus, Charles, Sullivan, Patterson, Frank, George, Ezekiel.
August 4th, 2014 06:27 AM #9Senior Member
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I like names when they sound dated. They seem a bit more rebellious against the status quo.