Baby Name Turn Offs
Baby Name Turn Offs
My twinkle-toes are 4 years, 6 months & 2 weeks old.
Did you ever love a baby name and got suddenly but abruptly turned off by it? Perhaps it was a bad association with a girl you knew back in school or at work. Or maybe a boy or girl your partner knew at one time or another. A person from our past can either give a name a good or a bad vibe, let’s admit it. And also exes. Forget about it. Those names are off limits, so hopefully your partner never dated somebody with the baby name of your dreams or you might just be screwed there. Even television and celebrities can impact our baby name choices.
For me it’s popularity and overuse. Names are popular for a reason it is true. Most times it means it is a beautiful or very solid name, but for me, it’s a turn off. I grew up with what I thought to be a common and pretty boring name. I grew up with the Jennifer’s and Jessica’s. It’s fun since my husband is older to hear about the top names of his day as they do change every decade. How much so? You can see the most popular baby names by the decade right here. Nowadays, we are surrounded by Ava’s and Isabella’s and Sofia’s. I think they are all beautiful and would have used a couple myself had they not been so very popular.
Baby names in 1913 vs. 2013.
Top baby names over the decades.
Other turn offs can be the way a name sounds with your last name. If it doesn’t flow or God forbid makes a rhymey or unsavory sounding flow or lack thereof, you usually will forfeit the name and go for another, or maybe change the name up a bit. What about super trendy names? The classics will always be here, Joe, Anna, Marie, John names like that. But what about names that come and go with the fads?
I love the movie Frozen, and my twin girls will be Anna & Elsa for Halloween. (We couldn’t resist with the brown hair/ blond hair twin thing. Plus, they do love them anyways.) But if twin pairs start getting named Anna & Elsa, I think that is more than coincidence and a little too much for me personally, but to each their own. There already is a rise in the baby name Elsa. Anna was always there, but what about Olaf? Will anybody name their baby boy after the poor little snowman? I mean he is cute, no?
What do you think about trendy names, and what are your turn offs? Sometimes I can get turned off by a name just saying it to someone and getting ‘not so wonderful’ feedback about it, which I have learned to NEVER do to anybody else. The negative feedback kind of sits in my brain and torments me until I sour. That is why I advise that you save your very best baby names, and lock them in the vault. (You and your partner’s brain(s) only. Until the birth of your baby or twins that is.) Nobody should influence a decision you two have already made because of their own opinions, but it surely does happen.
How did you come about the names that you gave to your kids? Did you go traditional or trendy and why? I think some considered-to-be trendy names will one day become classics, as they all had to start somewhere, no? I just wonder how you feel about the subject, and about souring baby names. What does it for you?