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baby names: the best and worst so far

So as I wrote a while back, I don't have a lot of fabulous girl names in mind for baby #2. I honestly didn't think up Josephine's name until I was pregnant with her, but once it grabbed hold of me it really worked, and after she was born I was convinced it was just AWESOME. The best. All other names paled in comparison.

It is perfect for the following reasons:
1) Sounds good being yelled from the hills in fits of rage
2) Has lots of nickname options, everyone calls her something different... Josie, Jo, JoJo, Jo Bug, etc.
3) A family name
4) Not too uncommon, not too common, I think it's around #200 for popularity (avoiding the top 20 is a MUST as far as I'm concerned)

Maybe the problem is that I just have a hard time picturing another baby girl besides her, she's kind of a take-over kind of kid. Or maybe names really are tough.

To entertain myself I read through threads of other people's names on the various forums and oh. my. god. All I do is judge and hate. I know. What's new.

You want a list?

Ten Names I Cannot Believe Anyone Would Actually Name A Kid, But Lord Help Us They're Planning To AHHHH!

5 Worst Girl Names... so far
1. Addilyn
2. Nyasia
3. Amery
4. Jentri
5. Bridlee

5 Worst Boy Names... so far
1. Bryler
2. Declan
3. Jaxsen
4. Tristan
5. Brezden

Don't worry, I've got lots more names on the NO list... mostly I hate weird spellings of traditional names, your child will not be cool and unique because her name is "Mykynzy", no, she's just gonna have her name spelled wrong all the time. Weird spellings are like a plea to spend extra energy remembering something a person, whether they're memorable or not. Well you know what I'll remember about your kid? That her family is annoying.

Anyway back to this baby... I like trying to think of H names because I think it'd be funny if the kid's initials were HAL. I don't like 2001: A Space Odysey, I haven't done enough drugs to like it. But it's a pop culture thing. That's really the only idea that's interesting so far. My mom & sister came up with some older family names that could work. Also, my due date is 5-8-13 which __ pointed out is in the Fibonacci series. Cool! Maybe there's a name like that... Fiona or something.

If I have her four days early, 5-4-13 is Star Wars day. I could name her Padme. Except, I can't.

Well, I've got months to think about it. Nothing to freak out about too much just yet.


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Jan. 20th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
I love discussing baby names.

I think Josephine is a great name. I understand the pressure of trying to match the first baby's name, because we were so happy with Melanie's name, and I felt like we were never going to be as satisfied with another name.

And I'm not entirely. I always swore not to choose a top 10 type of name, because I always hated having people around with my name, and instead I chose a name that was not only top 10, but top 10 every single decade this century. Well, at least it isn't trendy. But since we only call her by her nickname, which is one that you very rarely hear and everyone seems to like, I can be happy with it.

Also, regarding the awful boys names, I hear Tristan and Declan constantly around here because they're Irish/Gaelic names and everyone is Irish here.
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Something interesting I found though is that today's popular names aren't as popular as they have been in the past, maybe the internet and all this data has made it easier for everyone to diversify. Like, decades ago when "Mary" was on top, it was given to WAY more babies than any of today's top names... so even if you give your child a popular name, odds are there won't be five of them in one class anymore, that sort of thing.
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
That sounds right. Even though her name is #11 on a list I recently saw for 2012, I think there's only one girl with the same name in the entire daycare, which has close to 100 kids.

It may be more true of boys names though. I know like 30 babies named Ryan right now.
Jan. 20th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
It general, it seems that people are less likely to experiment with boy names, both in terms of giving them unusual names and spelling them differently. Even at work, where we keep a running tally of every baby born, boy names tend to be very traditional or trendy, but with "safe" spelling. So even if a kid is named "Aidan/Brayden/Hayden/Jayden/Kayden," you'll almost never see "AYDYYN/BRAEDEN/HADEYN/JAYDYYN/KAIDYN" variations. Girl babies are also disproportionately christened with interesting and unusual names. And I say that as someone who named my daughter Persephone, ha.
Jan. 20th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in 17th C England, there were some cities where fully 25% of the men were named John. That was about the worst of it, but in pretty much every medieval western European culture between the 11th C and the 17th C, John was either the first most popular or second most popular men's name (either when considered alone, or when all variant spellings of names are grouped together). During that period, the most popular woman's name was never as popular.
Jan. 20th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, we're down to three brittanys and ashleys and two rachels.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Yes, Swistle did the maths on that one. A really popular name you might get several per school, but probably not several per class. You can also check statistics for just your state, I believe, where particular names might be significantly more or less popular than the average.
Jan. 20th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
I think I'm happy Persephone didn't make your list of names you can't believe someone would name their daughter.
Jan. 20th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
i don't see what's wrong with Tristan or Declan, IMO. both are traditional Gaelic names. i find Brayden/Braden/etc far more obnoxious. and the overuse of Addison--for either gender.

now those girl names....bleah. though i did know a girl in school named Amary.

my hideous and/or i can't stand names for girls:
-- Destiny (all the pregnant teens in my generation were naming their girl babies Destiny...uggh)
-- Paytyn (ex-coworker's daughter gave her kid this name. WTF)
-- Anistyn (from some twitbrain here on LJ)
-- Preslee (ran across this on FB the other day)

(i'll come back, i'm forgetting the others at the moment, lol)
Jan. 20th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
One of the qualifications that we also had was "must be spellable on demand". This is why we went with the -lyn spelling rather than -len or -line, since it's the one that both of us defaulted to.

Addilyn isn't too bad other than the froufry spelling. I had a great aunt Adeline, and I'd actually consider it except that I don't like the nickname Addie.

Declan and Tristan at least have the advantage of being (a) real names (Declan is the name of an early Irish saint) and (b) spelled ordinarily.

Henriet(t)[e/a] might be a nice complement to Josephine.

I could go on and on with other suggestions, opinions, and advices, but I won't, since it's your baby, not mine. :)
Jan. 20th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
Except to say that if she IS born on Fibonacci day, she should be named Leonarda.
Jan. 20th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth? It's got the same traditional but not dusty feel as Josephine. (And there's the Little Women tie). Of course, I may just have Pride and Prejudice on the brain lately. : )
Jan. 21st, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Your icon makes me want to suggest the name Hannelore.
Jan. 21st, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
I love the Little Women idea!!!! Amy or Margaret or Elizabeth! You don't have to use the nicknames they used (Meg is usually Megan these days) but I know a Margaret who goes by Mara and its still one of the most beautiful nicknames I've ever ever heard.

Personally, I don't have a problem with about three of your ten hated names (the same ones other people already defended) but the other seven were pretty awful.

for H, hazel is nice, but also going up in popularity like exponentially. Hattie? Hailey? Hannah? Harley? Harmony? Harper? Harriet? Heidi? Helen? Hester? Hilary? Holly?

naming babies is my favorite thing ever. i want to name more babies than i actually want to have, lol!
Jan. 20th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
at least tristan is nice and old fashioned
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
well, we thought we gave our daughter a simple Indian name anyone, Indian/Non-Indian could pronounce. But everyone who meets her and doesn't see her name written thinks it's Olivia! :S I do like the name Olivya, but that's not her name! Forgot that only Indians have a soft "Di" that can't be pronounced elsewhere. So, D is going to be stuck correcting people! :S Or she will have to say, it's like Diva...great!
Jan. 21st, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Hmm, the first H names that came to mind were Harriet (um) and Henrietta. But now that I think of it, Hannah is a nice name.

ETA: and it's also a palindrome, which makes it doubly cool! (I also have a first name that is a palindrome, so she could join the cool girls' name club. XD )

Edited at 2013-01-21 05:05 am (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm a Helen, but then there were 4 Helens in my year group (of 100 girls) at school so it might be a bit "too popular". Also no really good short-forms. But I can pretend I was named for the Trojan Princess :-p

I'm never sure whether names I'm unfamiliar with are things that the parents made up on the spot or are traditional names in cultures other than mine. Tristan for instance is a very old name (consider Tristan and Isolde) which has more than one traditional spelling (not helped by Gaelic orthography being... unlike English orthography in many ways).
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