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    New Trend In Baby Names Is Just Weird

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    If Madison or Michael are just way too commonplace for your taste in baby names, look around your house, closet, or garage to get the latest ideas for naming Junior. News Interactive reports that some parents are naming their sweet little babes after shoes. Or cars. Or cheese.

    Timberland. Reebok. Camry. Chanel. Gouda. Snicker if you will, but according to Social Security records, five babies were named Timberland in the year 2000. Give it a decade, and Timberland could be in the top 10 names. Forty-nine kids were named Canon in 2000. That same year, there were 11 Bentleys, five Jaguars, and a Xerox.

    Many American parents are marching to their own baby name drummer, spurning traditional names. Here's a fun fact: At least 10,000 different first names are now in use in the United States, and two-thirds of them were basically unheard of before World War II. Edward Callary, a past president of he American Names Society, said parents are choosing these unusual names to be purposefully different. He said, "The more we feel defined by numbers, in our postal codes and bank statements, the more we need to shout out a unique name into the world." Well, maybe not totally unique. The Social Security records show that 24 children were named Unique in 2000.

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    sad as it is i can see Timberland being the next baby name in the hip hop community. Although theres already a rapper thats been out for a LOOONg time name timbalin.

    yea but thats idiotic. It's bad enough every1 walks around as a billboard for fashion designers (aka. armani shirts, bebe shirts) but to name ur kid... no no crazy talk

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    I know someone who named their baby Cabello. Or whatever the name of that sports store is. yuk:\

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    Naming children something that sounds cute up until about age 10 but sounds silly for an adult has always made me shake my head. The rule for naming a child should be: How would it look on the door if she/he were CEO of a major company? The same for visible piercings and tattoos...would I be embarrassed if I were being sworn in as president and this was showing?

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    Don't laugh. My given name is Massengill.
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    In the paper a few weeks ago, there was a photo of a man with his two little girls named Mercedes and Lexus. What will his next child be named--Corvette?

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    Naming your child after some commercial product or foodstuff or whatever is just inane! What's the child going to think at the age of eight when all his/her classmate are unmercifully teasing about a first name like Snapple or Lysol or Spyder? By the time the kid is in high school it will be an even bigger problem. Some of these parents seem to be trying to out-do other parents when choosing outrageous names for their children. I knew it was a bad sign when Frank Zappa began giving his kids weird names like Moon-Unit.

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    Those odd names are NOT a good idea. Back in USSR, I had an aunt that everybody called "Lena". I was very surprised to find out that her real name was Vilena -- for V.I. Lenin! Yikes!!!

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    Well what do you think of this Rgirl?

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    We know we are in deep, deep trouble if a child is named "Depends", or "Ex-lax".

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    New Trend In Baby Names Is Just Weird

    I also heard today, that people are naming their kids for places they were conceived or born! I forget who the actress is but, they named their baby Brooklyn.

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    Originally posted by serenity
    Well what do you think of this Rgirl?
    Do you mean about my given name being Massengill (see above post) or the trend in general? If it's the former, I'm just glad I wasn't a boy, because my parents would have named me Leaky Trojan-enz. If my mother had had her way, she would have named me Midol. My dad would have named me Overtime.

    In general, we're a consumer socieity; I guess it was only a matter of time before we started seeing kids named Gap, KFC, Walmart, Asplrirn, Pepsi, Sprite, Jelly Belly, Mop and Glo (for twins), we could go on and on.

    Actually, I remember goofing around with a friend about 20 years ago when designer (Tiffany-Chandelier) and granola (Sunflower) baby names first started becoming all the rage. We wanted to kids to have names like Plate, Toaster, Blender, Table, Rug--names of everyday household items.

    I actually like Moon Unit and Ahmed Zappa. But their dad was the real deal. Moon Unit for him was real. I also liked that the Clintons chose Chelsea because the song "Chelsea" morning was playing on the way either to or from the hospital just before or after her birth. I think if there is a genuine connection for the parents to the name and it suits the child, different is great. It seems like a lot of the parents in this article are forgetting that they're choosing a name for theiir child, not choosing a name to impress their own friends.

    Surnames used to be based on what someone did, ie Miller, Baker, etc. Names that sound odd are often just foreign versions of same. Then there are the family-related names, ie, Johnson for John's son, etc. Some people have started going back in their family trees, thanks to geneology sites, and finding names for their children from four or more generations ago, which I personally like.

    One of the funny comments on this is in the movie "Sugar Town." It's about various aging rock stars living in Laurel Canyon in LA. A guy from Duran Duran is in it (forget his name, lol) but in the movie, some woman drops off a kid at his door and says, "Here's your son, no YOU take care of him." What is the kid's name? Nerve. All the groupies who hang outside this guys house find out about the kid and of course start idolizing him too, "Hi, Nerve! We love you, Nerve!"

    In all seriousness, I don't have children, but I have had various dogs and cats. Especially with the cat I adopted 15 years ago, I had a name I thought I wanted, but when I got the eight-week old kitten home, the name I'd picked out didn't suit her (can't even remember it now). So I thought we'd just hang out for a while and she'd let me know her name. And she did: Pi. It's the first time I'd done that with a pet and everybody who met Pi, whether or not they knew the spelling--it was the sound tha was important--said something like, "You know, that is the perfect name for that cat. I don't know what it is, but it's like she's saying, 'Hi. I'm Pi.'" It was true. She WAS (still is) PI.

    I'd like to see more parents take that kind of approach with their children. Get to know them for a while and try to feel what name suits the child, whether it be a modern name or a family name from generations ago. After all, the child is going to have to live with the reactions to the name, not the parents.
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    Thumbs up Congratulations, Ladskater

    Hey, Lad! Congratulations on your 1000th post! Way to go!
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    When I named my sons, my husband said keep it simple and short. So their names are Kyle and Dean.

    My mother-in-law still can't get Kyle's name spelled right. After 17 years she still spells it Kiel

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