"Unique" baby names??

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"Unique" baby names??
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:11pm
I just finished my last week's People magazine which had an article about Gwyneth's new baby Apple. There was another celebrity couple who had named their child Aurelius (after Marcus Aurelius). Other names included Banjo, Pilot Inspektor, and Audio Science.

Why, WHY do people do this to their kids? Do they even think about what the effects will be on their lives? (Rob Morrow named his daughter Tu, so her name is "Tu Morrow" - cute huh?) I understand not wanting your child to be one of five Michaels in his class, but the extremes some people go to . . .

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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:53pm
I don't get the Apple.
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:53pm
I work with a woman named Sunshine. Her parents were 70s hippies. She said it was horrible growing up with such a different name. And you have to watch the initials, too. I work with a woman whose initials are R.A.T.

When our boys were born, DH and I wanted very traditional names. We didn't want anything trendy, although Daniel, DS1's name is up there on the popularity list.

I saw the article on Gwyneth's baby and thought "What *are* they thinking?" What ever happend to Bob, Joe, Sue.....?

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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:56pm
Well, we named dd Aspen because dh and I met in CO and were in a bar in Aspen the first time we talked about having kids and what we would name them. 5 years later, when we were talking about naming the baby, we came up with Aspen. And we are NOT weird hippie types...quite the opposite.

But, we have a problem now. I'm preg with the second and if it's a girl, we are quite screwed. We cannot think of a name that compares to Aspen. We can't have another "place" name because then we are the family with the kids named after places. Can't have something else too weird because then we are the family with the weird pretentious names.

But, I am rebelling against just picking a name out of a book because I *like* it. I feel the new baby deserves a story because Aspen has one.

Why we didn't think of these potential complications is beyond me. I am praying for a boy.

Meldi

Ps: Do you think Aspen is as bad as Apple? Just curious.

Meldi
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:59pm
Lurker weighing in here, I like unique names but not so far out as to be considered weird or strange. Our son's name is Finneas, we call him Finn, and definitely get some weird looks from time to time.

For a good laugh, you should check out the not without my handbag dot you know what site, which has a great section making fun of bad baby names. However, if you are a big fan of unusual names or unique spellings, you may get offended!

Leah, Olivia (5/99) & Finn (5/02)





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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:08pm
Oh, I'd agree on the pronounciation thing. When I was working in Detroit, almost all of the patients were black children. The names were outrageous. "Romeo is Love", "Quammsiha", "Dom Perigon" stick out in my memory. Quivenne (Kevin), Quiana (key-onna), Q'Cean (key-shaun) The random Chardonnay or Chablis, Lexus or Platinum.

I would wonder the same thing...why would the parents burden their kids in this way?

Same as Moon-Unit, Dweezil... fame isn't the only factor, I guess.

Meldi

Meldi
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:11pm
No I don't, but because you have a great reasoning behind the name. Gwyneth named her DD Apple b/c she just liked the name. As for the others, I don't know why they chose those names . . . Pilot Inspektor? C'mon, you can't tell me there's any real "meaning" behind that one! :)

When is your DD due?

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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:14pm
I cant understand why they do that.
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:18pm
Aug 2nd. If it's a boy it will be William Anthony (we'll call him Liam) after dh's dad. But if it's a girl..... like I said, we're screwed!!

Our last name is Snyder so I'm against names that are too *essey* (Sophia, Savannah, etc)

Sigh! The only thing that's on the table right now is Julia or Juliette. We're French so I was thinking something French would be nice. I like Josie, but dh says no. He likes Reagan, but I say no. You can't have a little wispy, pretty girl named Aspen and then a "reagan" ...sounds so harsh to me!

Thanks for telling me why they named the baby Apple. My mom thought it was after the computer. Seriously!

Meldi

Meldi
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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:22pm
Believe me, after a couple of weeks, I was a translating pro! We would see about 50-60 kids a day, so you had to get proficient.

I heard once that you should say a potential name like "Judge" something.... as in "now presiding, the honorable Platinum Harris" ...see, just doesn't work!

Meldi

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Thu, 05-27-2004 - 2:35pm
No not for judgeship but maybe at the local strip joint. lol

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