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    Default Are unusual names cruel?

    I met a kid the other day who had an outdated traditional name... Bruce. Bruce was a girl. Now THAT is cruel. So traditional names can be just as cruel as ewwneek ones.

    I like different names, but not outrageous. I went to a rather large high school, and there was only 2 other girls at my school that shared my name - unlike some girls who had 2 in every class! I liked that. I wasn't made fun of for a weird name, but I didnt have to share it with a load of people.

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    But Ajax is a real name, from Greek , mythology - one of the warriors at Troy?

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    Default Re: Are unusual names cruel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    I agree with this. It would be hard to take someone seriously if they were your solicitor and their name was Bluebell. I always remember a guy on Big Brother a few years back named Gaelan and the reactions to his name were hilarious but I felt a bit sorry for him as well. Makes me hope that NRL player Nathan Hindmarsh's kids don't grow up to be CEO's or mining magnates - their names are Buster and Rowdy. Rowdy is my DOG'S name lol!!!!
    There are an awful lot of Caelan 's around these days.. And I once knew a Dalen (Rhyming with Caelan)... I think it all depends on the first letter... A G was probably not the best idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennos Mummy View Post
    Hashtag = CRUEL!!!

    As is "talula does the hula from hawaii"

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    As someone with an unusual name and children with unusual names and one that isn't spelt how it normally would be, this is a difficult topic. And there has been a thread about the name I chose for my DD. People really really disagreed with me and upset me by the negativity. Others were very supportive. Apparently I was one of these cruel people.

    I believe that there is a line, and IMO I have not crossed it but names such as Princess, Tinkerbell etc are crossing that line. But at the same time it doesn't effect my life or anyone else's so why bother disputing them? people gonna do what they wanna do

    It probably doesn't seem cruel to the parents involved otherwise they wouldn't use the names. A whole lot of people usually have nick names anyway. And this has been said 100 times before it doesn't matter how simple or 'normal' your name is I can guarantee someone will ask you to spell it out for them.
    Sarah, Sara? Shaun, Sean,Shawn.... Nicky, Nicki.

    Such a touchy subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LifeInShadesOfGrey View Post
    Wow.......................................


    I agree about pilot inspektor as well.

    Yuck.
    Who's called their kid pilot inspektor?

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    Default Are unusual names cruel?

    Being the bearer of a made up name (thanks mum!), I much prefer real names. but I wouldn't say that all unusual names are cruel. Some can be really nice.

    The comments I get vary between:
    That's a beautiful name
    Wow, what a lovely name!
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    Were your parents on drugs?
    You sound like you should be on the Jerry Springer show!
    Are you serious?
    I'm sorry, what?
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    Is that Indian?
    Is that Chinese?
    Is that Irish?
    (My response is - nope, just made up!)

    So I absolutely hated it growing up, but I've gotten used to it now...and it doesn't sound made up enough or silly enough for it to not be taken seriously...I worked in law for 7 years!

    I also hate incorrect spellings!!! My sister has a eewneek spelled name and it causes her grief constantly. Just spell it the way it's meant to be spelled IMO.

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    Neekie I've wondered if you wound up using that name. I still think about it sometimes as it did bring out strong emotions (me included). I think most people were upset about finding out about something they didn't know existed before that thread. You sound like an incredibly down to earth person who just likes funky names. No harm in that.

    One of my first legal jobs was changing names for people by deed poll. I did a lot for people with unusually spelt names changing them to the traditional spelling. Most of these people had grown really tired of being made fun of and couldn't wait to change their names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neekie View Post
    Who's called their kid pilot inspektor?
    Jason Lee

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    Just remembered a favourite celebrity name. Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame called his daughter Moxie Crimefighter! Always amuses me.

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