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    Guess I just grew up in a very open and multicultural setting.

    I hear a name I'm not familiar with and I don't think more or less of it. In fact one of my favourite names is my friends sister. I asked where it came from and I think she saw my jaw drop when she told me their parents made it up. It didn't even occur to me that it could be the case.

    I do take exception to odd spelling for the sake of odd spelling. In saying that, the 'odd' spelling can often be cultural, but just not known here in Australia.

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    I think it's just as bad for parents to give their kids stupid names that match with the last name like Theresa Green (I'm sure there are much worse examples I just can't think of any)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shhhsleeping View Post
    Yep Zero. I still can't believe she did it. She is pregnant again so we are guessing he will be called Ten
    I just saw Eleven in my baby name book!

    It's under girls names though...

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    My name was odd growing up. In a school of 700 I was the only Sonja and at high school with 2000 students I was the only one spelt with a 'j'. I loathed it. My father is fluent in Russian and has degrees in Russian history so I forgave him because I understood the roots of how my name was spelt, and it had a pretty cool story (Sonja was the only daughter of czar Nicholas to live). But it wasn't always an easy ride and I still get asked "is it with an I or a y?" Aah, neither.

    My pet hate is email. People I don't know never get my email right because they spell my name incorrectly then insist it's what I told them or wrote. Um no I know how to spell my name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    In all honesty I have looked after at day care identical twins called Big Dragon and Little Dragon. Seriously.
    This is a situation where the government should step in when the birth certificates are done and not register these names. They are not names!!

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    I thought it was traditionally spelled Sonja? :/ my brother had a friend in school named Sonja

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrules View Post
    This is a situation where the government should step in when the birth certificates are done and not register these names. They are not names!!
    I disagree. They might sound silly to you, but to the parents they were obviously named that for a reason. Id hate if the government disapproved of my childrens names just because they werent common.

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    I haven't read through the replies yet, but to the OP...

    There's a difference between unusual or uncommon names and names that are just plain weird. Yes, I think to give your child a "just plain weird" name simply because it is a "just plain weird" name is both misguided and cruel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by αληθη View Post
    I thought it was traditionally spelled Sonja? :/ my brother had a friend in school named Sonja
    Maybe in Europe but here mostly it's with an I or a y. It was pretty uncommon in the 70s and 80s that's for sure.

    But it's probably an example of the anglicising of traditional names.

    It was even more infuriating to me as my 2 brothers and sister all had 3 of the most common names imaginable. You could tell when dad started studying Russian as I got my name and every family pet was Pushkin or misha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Maybe in Europe but here mostly it's with an I or a y. It was pretty uncommon in the 70s and 80s that's for sure.

    But it's probably an example of the anglicising of traditional names.

    It was even more infuriating to me as my 2 brothers and sister all had 3 of the most common names imaginable. You could tell when dad started studying Russian as I got my name and every family pet was Pushkin or misha
    I think Sonja is lovely. I don't think using a 'j' is odd, seems normal to me.

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