Yes, it's cruel.
Yes, it's cruel.
As are normal names spelt stupid ways.
I have a somewhat unusual name, I lie about my name when on the phone ordering things and even worked on the phone under another name because it saved time spelling it, or repronouncing it to clients. My husband operates under another name as people butcher his name all the time. This is a huge hassle. I used to complain to my dad about my name and he'd say 'well you'll be the only ***** in school, you'll never have to be ***** C', on my first day of high school I met a girl with the same name, she even changed schools when I did and moved to Australia when I did (same city - all coincidental).
DS's name is uncommon in Australia, but is easy to pronounce, doesn't sound like another common name, but if I had used it to be 'unique', I'd be disappointed as I now know 3 other little boys with this name.
Uncommon / unusual - fine. Misspelled / really odd - often not fine.
The problem is, everyone draws the line in a different place. There are many names listed in this thread that I do feel are cruel (although none deliberately so) to call a child, but those posters feel they are okay and OTHER names are cruel.
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I think a name can also give an initial impression of a person, however wrong that might be.
If someone got a CV on their desk from someone called Crystal, or Tinkerbell... Well their CV would have to be pretty good!
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What a cutie!
I actually don't associate it with the disease at all. The disease is named as such because the babies resemble harlequin clowns. To me it's similar to using the word "jester" as a name (and spelling it "Jestah"?!)... Not my cup of tea, but not offensive.
I could never use a made up name but I also wanted something different as so many names brought up various memories of others with those names (I worked in childcare) you get the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to personalities and for various reasons, I was turned off alot of names or the way some sounded.
We found a name for ds in the baby name book we had brought, it was the only one we both agreed on (not kidding, df wanted him called "luke skywalker" ) no..just, no!
We love the meaning of ds's name, it means "little king". For our first born we felt it was fitting.
We get all sorts of comments about how do you spell or pronounce it, and was it made up. We have got a short answer, no it's not, it sounds like "xxxxx" with "x" at the start instead of "x". The one that upsets me is the "did you make it up?" comment - I had not even considered making a child name up!
But in saying this, none had ever said we are cruel, and everyone loves it. it also really suits him!
I do however find names like "princess, tinkerbell, precious" a bit ott. Seriously, they bring up images of cheap hookers on a movie.
"hi honey, my names precious, I can show you a good time"
Eta: we spelt it exactally as it is in the book.
Last edited by shadowangel0205; 11-01-2013 at 07:18.
Generally, the only names that I have an issue with are ones that have outrageous spelling, losing the original name within the 7 extra p & q's, a minor tweak to names I don't mind. I also don't think absolutely ridiculous names should be allowed, not Bluebell or Tinkerbell, but #, La-a, Abcde and anything that is clearly unrealistic.
As much as I don't like sisters called Destiny, Faith & Hope or wouldn't use Holden or Bentley, atleast they are names that the majority will know how to spell (or atleast have a fair idea) and they are somewhat real.
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