Monday, August 31, 2009

I don't care how you SAY it's pronounced.

Nobody will ever look at this name and think anything but "Garrison Keillor."


trouble finding a cute, uncommon FN

Ok, we're having trouble finding a FN that we like a lot. We like exciting, cute, uncommon names. And we're having a hard time finding good names on lists. The

name also has to flow well with our older son's name, Kielor (KY-ler).
The MN are Ryan Paul. Ryan is a good friend who passed away recently. Paul is a family name.
Here are the names we have so far, but I'd appreciate many more suggestions.

Jhace Ryan Paul
Janson Ryan Paul

If we are having a girl we have the FN, but completely unsure of MNs. Any suggestions are helpful, especially names with 2 syllables.

I'd like to give her 2 MNs as in:
Makynlli ___ Dawn
Makynlli ___ Lynn
Makynlli Shae ___



Just name the baby THX!

...And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children's names are exciting.

Give her the middle name "Muncie."

Oh, Yahoo Answers. You are always good for horror a laugh.


What do you think of this girls name.?

Indiana Elizabeth Armitage
Indiana Rose Armitage
Indiana Valerie Armitage

Nickname Indie, the last name is armitage.


Well? What do you think of it?

Spell Hell

Yeah, this will come as no surprise to you: In the quest to give children "unique" names, parents often resort to unusual spellings of otherwise perfectly normal, perfectly respectable names. The end result: The kids will grow up having to spell out their name for everybody, for the rest of their lives. This is nobody's picnic, folks.

Often "creative" spellings look weird at best, outright stupid at worst. A "creative" spelling can cause the person reading the name to draw out an unfortunate syllable, stammer, or read the name in a completely jacked-up voice, just because the spelling is so damn odd.

Witness these creative names, from The Retread Ranger.

Orion has become a popular name for boys and, to a lesser degree, for girls in recent years. L approves. L is a science nerd, and stars are kickass. Constellations are even better. Orion is cool-sounding without sounding goofy-ass, effete, or frightening; and any Orion who doesn't enjoy being named after huge balls of gas has a built-in, perfectly respectful alternative: Ryan. Easy.

Easy, that is, until some mom decided Orion wasn't unique enough for her bundle of joy. Somebody named their kid O Ryan. Yeah. O isn't the first name. There's a legitimate middle name tagging along, and it's not Ryan. O Ryan is one word. Without an apostrophe. It made my head hurt when I read it.

Autumn is a lovely name for a girl. It's melodic. It rolls off the tongue. And who doesn't love the season of autumn? It's crisp, colorful, beautiful. Lovely, feminine associations. Autumn is a pretty name.

Until, that is, you decide to spell it Ahtum. And then you name your baby girl Ahtum. I defy you to read that name aloud without saying, "AHHHHH-tummmmmmmmm." You can't do it, can you? It's okay. I can't, either.

Cadence. I'm not a fan of this name, personally, but I don't outright hate it. I'm torn on it, really. I have a strong suspicion that most moms who pick it don't know what it means. They just like it because it sounds like those popular Aidan-rhyming names, but with a nice sibilant little flourish at the end. Cadence. Just name your kid Rhythm or Timbre or Pitch or Meter. I mean, you might as well. On the other hand, if you do know what it means, it can conjure up a nice image. Steadiness, perseverence. Almose like a virtue name, but it sounds a lot trendier than Patience or Flee-Fornication.

However, I am unambiguous about hating Kaedynce. Come on! You can't look at that name without mentally drawing out the "kae" at the beginning. It becomes KAAAYYYYYYYYY-diiince." It's awful. Sorry. It's terrible.

Dayton. Okay, I don't know why anybody would name their kid after a city in Ohio, and to be fair, I haven't seen Dayton used as a name. Yet.

But I've seen Dayten now, and boy does that make me want to pluck my eyeballs out. Dayten? Really? I hope you've installed a Fisher-Price My First Stripper Pole in the nursery.

I will admit that I lol'ed when the author of the linked web page called "Makayla" and all associated, unfortunate spellings "Left Over from the Nineties." Really. I'm so glad we're mostly over the Makayla trend now. Those were dark days.

Jasmine is a little froo-froo for my tastes, but at least it's spelled normally. Jazmon, on the other hand, sounds like Pikachu's arch rival.

Sienna. Being that G and I are the daughters of an artist, we really can't get behind naming your kids after a paint color. But especially when you pair Sienna with Skye. Sienna is an earth pigment, and depending on how it's prepared, it's either red-brown, or the color of baby poop. The sky, or the skye, should never, ever be sienna.

Olivia. It's toeing the line between glorious and too trendy, but no matter how you cut it up, Olivia is a great name. It's classy and classic. Winner.

Until you feel the need to get "creative" with its spelling, and you flog it from the classy original into Ahlyivia. Really? A Y and an I together?

And finally, the winners from Retread Ranger. A three-way tie:
Miranda Joan Ebeneeza. Was the Ebeneeza really necessary?
Qlowui Rose. I hope this is a respectable name in another language.
Aryan Justice. Just, no. Don't name your kid that.

Why? Why are we doing this?

And who the hell are we?

G and L are sisters who have an interest in names. G is a mom who's had to choose unique, fitting, and non-stupid names for children on more than one occasion. L is not a mom, but has always been fascinated by names and the process of naming things. Plus, L works at a zoo and hears parents screaming for their children every day. She is often horrified by the things she hears.

It's an important thing, naming another human being. A name is a unique label. It sets the tone for your child's life. Really, it does. Check out these studies to see what I mean. What you name your child does matter. It's important. Yes, we all want our kids to stand out from the crowd. A classroom or a shopping mall full of Marys and Daves is homogenous. Homogeniety is boring. Nobody wants to associate their child with boredom. But you can go overboard in the quest to give your kid a "unique" label. It's a fine line to walk, between uniqueness and...well, something that may cripple your child emotionally.

The internet has opened the door wide for crazy-ass baby names. Back in The Good Old Days (TM), a mom-to-be had a baby book and a room full of scornful friends and family to help her choose a suitable name for her kid. Now, the scorn is all gone. Instead of mothers-in-law and BFFs raising eyebrows and saying, "Are you SURE you want to name him Bronx Mowgli?" there are like-minded young ladies with stars in their eyes all over Yahoo Answers and baby naming forums, cheering on cutesy syllables, overuse of the letter Y, and every name under the sun that rhymes with Aidan. There is no more filter for baby names anymore. Thanks a lot, internet.

With that in mind, G and L are here to question the sanity of names. You may be surprised at what we do and don't like when it comes to baby names. But we hope you enjoy our blog. And we really, really hope you won't name your kid Jaiydinn.