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September 22nd, 2010, 12:24 PM
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We all have opinions on wether the name makes the child or the child makes the name, but what do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent. Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become? Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent? Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own? If you have children, does the image of the name on a child in your mind fit your actual child?
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September 22nd, 2010, 11:07 PM
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what do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent? I think it can reflect the PERSONALITY of the parent, and perhaps the ethnic background you are coming from, but I don't think it says much about you as a PARENT. Your actions speak louder in that department than what you choose to name your child.

Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become? I think that the way I went about choosing my son's name reflect who I am as a person (biblical and family references). The fact that I chose a biblical fn for my son reflects my hope and desire for him to follow in the religious faith of his parents.

Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent?I think an emphasis on family relationships and the importance of our faith are both reflected in the name I chose for my son. As for my actual parenting style, I don't think what I choose to name my son really plays into that.

Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own? I am pretty tolerant of other people's naming styles... I hear a lot of names as a teacher! The only time I feel judgemental is if the name is an obvious target for teasing, or if a name has been "creatively" spelled to the point of ridiculousness.

If you have children, does the image of the name on a child in your mind fit your actual child? Absolutely.
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September 22nd, 2010, 11:45 PM
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What do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent? I think it says more about the parent's personality than their parenting style.

Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become? I think in some cases it can. If you've got a set of parents who name their kids George, Elizabeth, William, and James - that crosses me as a family with parents who have hopes of their children being doctors, lawyers, politicians, and the like. And, they probably have a more conservative or strict parenting style.
If you have a family who uses names like River, Ruby, and Daisy, I could see those parents with hopes that their children will do right by the environment, eat and buy only organic, and the like. And then, parents with children named Lucy, Charlie, Angelica, and Cobain would be more interested in their children going into the arts, acting, singing/performing, and the like.

No, it's not a 100% for sure thing. I was so surprised when my most artsy, anti-mainstream friends named their son Adam 4 years ago. It was just so plain and normal for them. I was really expecting something like Rafferty, Gray, Stone, or something like that.


Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent? Again, it's not 100% across the board, no. But, I have seen a pattern of more conservative parents (with more of an authoritarian parenting style) stick to more traditional names and more "hippy" parents choose less traditional names.

Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own? Not really as I see myself as more of a moderate when it comes to my naming style and parenting style.

If you have children, does the image of the name on a child in your mind fit your actual child? Max is perfect for him. I really can't imagine him by any other name. Isabella could go by another name, but I have never come across a name that said it was more her name than Isabella is.
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September 23rd, 2010, 07:27 AM
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What do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent?
I think my naming style says a lot about me as a person and who I hope to become as a parent. I have always been drawn towards the more uncommon and artistic names and I feel that those names best represent who I am and how I will parent.

Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become?
I think my naming style totally reflects who I am as a person. My style seems to be less main stream/conservative and more inspired by the arts/literature, which reflects my creative and imaginative side. I definitely hope that my children pick-up my creativeness and I feel by giving them a name outside of the "norm" it will set them apart from the get go.

Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent?
Since I am very creative and seem to gravitate more towards the creative/eccentric names, I feel like as a parent I will be creative and tend to parent "outside the box" and with creative flair!

Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own?
I am guilty of carying judgements on those who have the opposite naming style as myself. I find that I feel that parents who choose names that are common are probably very traditional in parenting and on the religious/conservative end. And that parents who choose names that are hippy-ish are parents that are free-spirited and parent in alternative ways.
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September 23rd, 2010, 03:56 PM
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what do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent?I think it says that I like to make sure there are options available to me & my child that will fit us as individuals. I think that it also says that family is a very important aspect in my life as I tend to incorporate versions of family names in all my picks.

Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become?
A little be of modern mixed w/ a bit of traditional. I'd say that's basically what I'm like. As for my children, I just want them to be happy, independent and self-confident.

Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent?
Well, my parenting style could be considered as a happy medium between AP and TP, so I guess my choices kinda fit in w/ that.

Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own?
Not in the least

If you have children, does the image of the name on a child in your mind fit your actual child?
Yes, sometimes the nn fits better than the full name and other times the full name fits better than the nn.
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September 23rd, 2010, 04:30 PM
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what do you think a naming style says about you as a person or as a parent? In most circumstances I don't think it effects parenting at all. I personally just choose a name I think is nice, something pretty or handsome. I met a lady who was pretty straight laced & high class and from what I saw was a pretty strict parent who had children named "stone & ridge" and I also have known plenty of trashy parents who don't give a hooot about their kids with Elizabeth's, Victoria's or Michael's so sometimes I wonder if its the opposite effect... someone desiring to be something they are not? Who knows! I don't think there can really be any association at all with parenting styles & naming styles.

Do you think a naming style reflects who you are as a person and who you hope your children will in turn become? my hopes in a career for my child never in my life occured to me while choosing a name and when I think about what I would name my children if I wanted them to be something wonderful, really most of the Dr's names I have ever come across have had some really wacky ones I definitely named her in "hopes" of her not to be teased about her name, in hopes she would like it and that if for some reason she wasn't the most gorgeous girl in the class the name didn't amplify it, ya know...ike Murgatroyd or Gertrude! So in that sense I took it into consideration.

Do your choices in anyway reflect how you parent/will parent?
I don't think so. But like I said, I don't associate a name with parenting styles because I have seen to many varieties that just wouldnt fit the profile. But I think I am just your average girl striving for a happy family with happy children.

Do you have judgements or opinions on those who have an opposite naming style of your own?
Not at all. I love it because it makes my favorite names more unique!

If you have children, does the image of the name on a child in your mind fit your actual child?
Definitely, I can't imagine her anything but a Layla
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