Category: name teasing
Do you know how, when you’re a kid, your friends’ names are just your friends’ names? It seems to me that the younger you are, the less likely you are to realize that other kids’ names are unusual, and certainly kids have no real idea about what names seem dated or ethnic or “weird.” On the contrary, names seem so inextricably linked with the people who bear them that names are cool or not based on the person him or herself.
Pam Spam: That was a rare one, easy to ignore.
Were you ever teased about your name? In what way? How hurtful was it — did it verge on bullying, or was it more affectionate, even a sign of popularity?
And what about your children’s names? Did you look for a name that was tease-proof, or at least one that would not lend itself to teasing?
Has your child gotten teased about his or her name? Do you find people more tolerant and less prone to name-teasing today than they were when you were growing up?
Please tell us your experiences around names and teasing — either about your own name or the names of your children and loved ones.
On our message boards recently, someone–who happens to be a teacher– expressed the opinion that in the new name landscape, which encompasses so many multi-ethnic names, word names, unusual spellings and “unique” names, Greek god names, etc, etc, today’s children are much more accepting of the wide variety of their classmates’ names and therefore less prone to teasing.
And yet this still seems to remain one of parents’ greatest concerns, as they weigh every possibility of a name’s susceptibility to other kids’ mocking. But are we overthinking this, our references being back to our own childhoods, where there was such a thing as a “normal” name?
That’s today’s Question of the Week: Is name teasing now less of a concern?