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Subject:The Friday Five for 13 January 2017: Baby Names
Time:02:28 am
These questions were written by lillibet.

1) What would/did you name your first child?
2) What do you think makes a good name for a baby?
3) What do you think makes a bad name for a baby?
4) What's a name that you love, but would never give a child? Why?
5) Did your parents do a good job naming you?

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Time:2017-01-14 12:48 am (UTC)

1) What would/did you name your first child? It's 'would have'... I picked out Lorna Catherine for a girl and Michael John Terence for a boy years and years and years ago (Lorna and Michael have been my favourite 'practical' names all my life, Terence for my father).

2) What do you think makes a good name for a baby? I recall one time reading the suggestion that, when picking a name you try to imagine how it would look on a school graduation certificate, a university testamur, a resume. Not that I think I'd need to be ruled by that (and hey, arty types can add in a book cover or film credits :), but it might weed out anything that is really going to make the people bub will want to impress look squint-eyed.

A good name is always a gamble, you don't know what will come and go in fashion and what in twenty years will seem stale - or fresh for that matter (when I was young, Hanna and Ada were considered absolutely dreadful. Now..?) But I do think classic, strong-sounding, maybe just a little unusual (but truly, you kid would probably rather be one of five Catherines in her class than the one and only Blossom), easy to spell and pronounce...

First and foremost, a name that sounds mature, grown-up, ADULT.

3) What do you think makes a bad name for a baby? Names that express the parent's 'individuality' at the child's expense (I once saw on a baby name list triplets Infinitii, Destinii and Eternitii, and a boy called Sinister Storme).

'Kreeyativ' spelling (I know someone who had to correct the spelling of his name Every. Single. Time. until he turned 16 and changed it to the boringly normal way. His mother was furious).

Anything that's hard to pronounce, or to guess the pronunciation. Something that it just perfect for a small cuddly bub but for an adult (which he or she will be for way waaaayyy longer than a child or even teen) sounds, well, immature. Anything that makes other folk make bad jokes about (I once knew a girl with the names Paradise Celestial, who was a stolid, lumpish, very nice if slightly dotty sort. And there's a whole website devoted to Utah names which I love but still...).

Obvious celebrity names, even your absolute idol of all time (not only is it slightly sad, nothing, and I mean nothing dates your kid faster when said celeb goes out of fashion), brand names, alcohol-related (like Brandy and Sherry, poor kids). Names from songs (Clementine, Jolene) or comics (Marmaduke?)
Oh, and definitely, the place where bub was conceived (if only because trust me no one wants to hear about it from you, most of all bub)

4) What's a name that you love, but would never give a child? Why? There are plenty of names I absolutely adore, but would not saddle an innocent real person with for that length of time, that's what fictional characters, goldfish, computers and cars are for :)
Being a history nut, I love the really really old fashioned ones (I named a cat Maud Matilda once but I would never do that to a child). Among others, I adore Loveday, Griseldis, Aubrey and Bede, but can't help thinking that would be rough from kindy upwards... and I adore Puritan names, but most of even the less OTT ones would be hard to live up to.
I simply love Gregoria, don't ask me why, but I named my favourite wooden cat that. And I sulked for days because they didn't let me name the printers at work (hey, they were naming them anyway!) Jedediah and Obadiah.

5) Did your parents do a good job naming you? I think so (Sally is a middle name, btw, but friends and family use it). Both names are common, but not ubiquitous, my first name is not exactly trendy but I think has a little dignity (and I need all the dignity I can scrape together) and doesn't carry any dodgy nicknames or baggage.

I have nine siblings, and while most of us did okay, a couple... well, let's just say naming after elderly relatives may please them but can be heavy to live with.

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