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Oh my. I don't get why people bother getting so hung up on names, I won't deny that some names DO have a "bad vibe" to them because of earlier experience but not nearly bad enough that would make me think "u-oh, sorry baby but you aren't allowed to be friends with that kid"
I wonder where Tanja elise falls on that list though, Tanja is a more "norwegianized" version of Tanya.
Lucinda Elizabeth - now that's a stumper. I had a old lady once say to me in the mall "Oh those new fangled made up names" when she heard me call dd Lucinda. I laughed so hard because it's an old English name that has been in my family for generations.
As for Brandan. My kids play with one who is the BEST behave kid I have ever met. I love when they play with them because there's no fighting or drama.
I couldn't even consider sarcasm because I was too pissed that she was judging kids parents by what they names their kids. I guess I'll always be screwed since someone else chooses my kids names before I adopt them
Does she have a list by her front door, just so you know where your kid falls? I mean, I have a Jude. A female Jude. What in the world does that say? Am I too trendy, not posh enough? Most people I know wouldn't use the word posh to describe me. Off-beat, weird, and for the love of all things holy don't piss her off, are usually tosseda round. But posh, not so much.
I'm of course teaching my kid to make friends regardless of the child's name. So I might get stuck with one of these uptight snobs while Jude plays with her little PoshyWashy. Wait til she finds out I'm an Aster marrying an Amanda, weird hippy name and super common name. AHH!!! The horror! The Horror!!!
The bottom line is, once your kids leave the toddler stage and start school you really can't choose their friends based on if you like the parents or not. The kids like who they like. Of course you want them to play with kids who behave, and if it's a drop-off playdate you need the other parent to be trustworthy, but that's as far as it goes. My kids have made friends with other kids whose parents don't speak much English, have much more or much less money than us, different religions, twenty years older than me, and the list goes on. Really just people I probably wouldn't have met and befriended on my own. But that's okay because we're all parents, and it's the kids that matter, right? I have in fact made some new friends through the kids though, and that's just a bonus.
As for the name thing? Just silly! And I thought all the names she listed were pretty "normal" anyway.
But if we were all talking about the celebrities and how they name their kids apple and coco, wouldn't we all be saying, "oh those poor kids will be made fun of their whole lives with those rediculous names!"? I think so. And to the blogger Nickie who agrees with the author....what? Her name is just as badly spelt! It's Nikki, no silly c in it and no ie. Just throwing some humor in it. I think it's more for humor's sake.
And no Brandon wasn't the bad boy in class this year, it was Brendan! He was the terror of the sixth grade class at our school. See, there is some truth to the article after all!! LOL Mom had to go switch it up with changing the A to an E!
Oh and like Clouise, my daughter has friends with kids from all backgrounds and have migrated from different countries. Their names are different from what we traditionally know here. Their parents might now know much English as well and have different religions, but to the kids, we are all the same. And that is what we teach. Names are names and everyone is unique just like where they may come from.
All of my kids have some friends whose parents migrated here, I wonder what the 'woman in question' would think of names like Anouk, Rahini, MeiQi, Aatmik or Tapiwa. All beautiful names in their countries of origin.
Cybele, wife to Ash and mummy to 5, Anindita (18), Azriel (15), Sundance (12), Lux (10), Sasha (4)
Mummy to 4 feline furbabies, Clio, Kitra, Rupert and Tess