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May 4th, 2012 11:42 AM #6Senior Member
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To be quite honest, I don't think certain names you've mentioned have aged well. Janet, for example, is very dated and not many people consider it for babies nowadays. "Dated" isn't well-aged in my opinion; it means the name has aged too much. And I've met adults named Janie and Missy, and it seems a little strange to me. Ideally, I like names that are classic, that won't ever sound young or dated or trendy.
May 4th, 2012 11:57 AM #8Senior Member
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I think I disagree. One question I always pose to myself is what would a name sound like on a grandfather or grandmother and if it sounds ridiculous then the name is out and that's the biggest reason why I'd probably never use the name Maddox, Grandpa Maddox, seriously?!
Maddox isn't even the worst possibility it's when you see made up or creative names such as Raleigh, Makayla, Neveah, Sydney, Kylan, Raylan etc. I mean seriously, I feel sorry for children who grow up with these names because in actual fact they probably won't grow up too well.
To me I think it is most important to have a name that is suitable, a generally normal spelling and one that will see the child through life.
Bella to a degree is fine, but Kaylee is not to me. Kaylee has far too many spellings and to many similar names such as Baylee, Raylee, Maylee, Miley, Rylee etc. Therefore it falls into the trendy/creative names to me! I do agree with the previous post the it does tend to be a lot of names that end in the 'ee' sound quite childish but that's not to put all names under that category if they are legitimate, normal names and spellings.[Isaac Barnaby Jude] [Persephone Eden Willow] [Noah Sebastian Arlo]
[Pandora Alice Winter] [Casper Nathaniel James] [Matilda Eloise Snow] [______ Gabriel Asher]
[Olwen Isadora Violet] [Theodore Ezra Jacob] [Harriet Arabella Maeve]
May 4th, 2012 12:21 PM #10Senior Member
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As daisy451 said, 'dated' isn't well aged, and any trendy name will fall into that category. While it may not sound weird to have Nana Kaylee or Grandpa Jayden in another 40 years or so, I still don't think that means Kaylee or Jayden aged well as a name.
Plus, there's also the difference if you give a child a name that doesn't age well simply because its not a very good name for an adult (I think Rosie or Freddie are a good example of this, adorable on a child, sounds a bit silly on an adult--or course, there are much more obvious offenders, like Queenie)
May 4th, 2012 01:26 PM #12
I think people have different ideas about what a name "aging well" means. Just something I've noticed.
I totally agree with you though OP. I'm sure there were plenty of people in the 80s that just "couldn't picture" the name Jennifer on an adult. Or maybe Amanda, Amber, Heather, other popular names of the time. Well, here we all are, adults. Sure, there may be a stamp on my forehead that says I was born in the 80s, but the name isn't an eternal "little girl's name".
I see where people come from with the argument though. The way I see it, it isn't as much about "aging well" as it is about being too "cutesy" or just a bad name. One example I have is Graciella. It's super cutesy and though it's totally NMS, I could see it being cute on a little girl. Maybe not so much on a 30 year old professional. Graciella Smith, CEO. Odd to me. But it isn't because the name won't grow with her and be normal to others her age. To me it's because it's smooshing together cutesy names.
I guess it's hard to explain. I tend to have the opposite problem. There are names I kinda like for an adult, but I could never picture on a cute little baby. It's hard for me to picture a cute little George, Hector, Gertrude, Esther, etc (not names I like, just examples).
ETA - I've noticed it's more about what we're used to. Using my name as an example again, when I was a kid I'm sure Jennifer was a cutesy little girl's name. Now it's a "normal" adult name. In 40 years, my grandkids will be saying it's an "old lady" name. It's all about the cycles. Look at the names coming back. Eleanor for example. I'm sure in the early 1900's, it was seen as a kid's name. Then it was a "normal" adult name in the 50s. In the 80s-90s it was a "grandma" name. Now, it's back to becoming a little girl's name. A lot of names do this. How we feel about the name depends a lot on our own age and where in the cycle we are for that particular name.
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May 4th, 2012 01:30 PM #14Senior Member
Mom of Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine, James, and expecting Andrew Lawrence
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