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Are Unusual Baby Names Good or Bad for Kids?

Living 2011/03/01 12:00:00
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It's no secret that celebrities have a thing for weird baby names. Apple, Bronx, Sunday, Zuma ... you've heard 'em all.

But are these names good or bad for kids?

According to a new study, parents tend to choose less common, quirkier baby names in "newer" states like Washington and Oregon, LiveScience reports.

These states seem to "select for people who are high in individualism and foster and reward individualistic values such as uniqueness and self-reliance," said lead researcher Michael Varnum of the University of Michigan.

Meanwhile, parents in "older" areas, such as the original 13 states, pick more popular names (like good old Jacob and Emily). Older moms from urban, more affluent areas also tend to choose more traditional names.

Overall, unusual baby names appear to be on the rise. But are the Bronxes and Apples of the world going to grow up to feel unique or embarrassed?

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  • Dickens 2011/03/01 16:23:15 (edited)
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    Dickens
    +8
    It depends on the name; I've seen names (after 33 years carrying mail) that looked like they were made up from the letters left over after losing a game of scrabble.

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  • CサïCサï xχx 2011/03/02 14:29:07
  • wolfshadow CサïCサï xχx 2011/03/03 06:17:59
    wolfshadow
    Beats worm.
  • CサïCサï xχx wolfshadow 2011/03/03 15:42:55
  • Quintessentila 2011/03/02 14:26:32
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    Quintessentila
    +2
    It depends on the name. I don't think out-of-date names are a good idea, no matter how much you want great aunt Ermintrude's house. But interesting names are good, and if it sounds good and your child won't be teased, I don't see why not. It will give them a sense of individuality. It is especially annoying to have a common name and to know many people with it.
  • Junichi 2011/03/02 14:18:07 (edited)
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    Junichi
    +1
    it depends on what it is and where tho cuz a lot of people do middle names it wouldn't be bad if it was a middle name :) seems liks people like gaelic names or something close to that for their 'unique' names. and maybe the one that's named apple the person thought it might catch on like a flower name such as lily or rose? i dunno apple is horrible name :/
  • bags 2011/03/02 14:03:41
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    bags
    +2
    I was gifted with one of those 'unusual' names at birth. I've hated it all my life. If it wasn't shared with someone I honor greatly I would have changed it years ago. NO ONE uses it, and it's gotten me mocked all my life.

    Don't do this to your kids.
  • janet 2011/03/02 13:59:18
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    janet
    +1
    I think if you are rich or famous or your parents are, it really doesn't matter how crazy your name is. rich famous parents crazy
  • xFallingxDownx 2011/03/02 13:55:42
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    xFallingxDownx
    +1
    Makes them unique being named xander is way More cool then john , Jacob or luc
  • Rambo S... xFallin... 2011/03/02 14:18:16
    Rambo Smurf
    I think Xander is a shortened form of Alexander. So if your parents named you Alexander, you could go by Xander, or you could chose a more traditional nickname like Al or Alex.
  • xFallin... Rambo S... 2011/03/03 03:40:49
    xFallingxDownx
    It is but my ex boy friends legal name was actually Xander wasnt a shortened form in his case
  • TheKidd 2011/03/02 13:37:42
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    TheKidd
    +1
    Well, having a uncommon or never heard of name could cause more people to talk to the person because of their name. And once you talk to a person, you can descide if you want to be their friend or not. Uncommon names could equal to a lots of good friends. But, you never know.
  • GaPch 2011/03/02 13:17:05
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    GaPch
    +1
    There needs to be an undecided button. If you are a stars kid...it is probably good.
    If you are average Joe's kid...maybe not so much... Apple Jones? bronx Smith?
    Sunday is actually beautiful. Zuma Thompson?
  • La 2011/03/02 12:39:45
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    La
    +5
    In my experience, if a child is well-liked, confident and "cool" by today's standards, it doesn't matter if s/he has an unconventional name. However an average or un-cool child may suffer more so for having an odd name.
  • Vanessa 2011/03/02 11:56:13
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    Vanessa
    +1
    that makes them unique! hah
  • LudmyCullen 2011/03/02 11:19:44
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    LudmyCullen
    +1
    A name doesn't mean nothing, having a normal one might be boring for some children and great for others, I think that, as long as the name doesn't insult anything it is okey. In countries like Brasil you can call your children as you like, and there are some really funny.
  • Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of ... 2011/03/02 11:19:06
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    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +4
    How unusual are we talking?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lif...

    Honestly, I don't think it's a good idea. What you may find "unique" or interesting may be incredibly embarrassing to your child.
  • Helmholtz 2011/03/02 11:15:55
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    Helmholtz
    +4
    It has the potential to hurt their job hunt later in life, as detailed in "Freakonomics."
    Also, that's a really cute baby :)
  • Jaguar 2011/03/02 11:10:00
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    Jaguar
    +2
    It totally depends on the name... If the parents are stupid enough to pick a silly name, then that can get embarassing... But if they are careful enough to pick a name that works, then awesome :)
  • XD 2011/03/02 11:02:19
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    XD
    +2
    Because* it sucks !! :P
  • Smokey 2011/03/02 10:35:35
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    Smokey
    +5
    I have nothing against unusual names, but I've heard from many HR reps that many people over look resume's with names like, Aquanesha, Shanaynay, PassDa Licka, ect. ect.
  • wolfshadow Smokey 2011/03/03 06:19:20
    wolfshadow
    That is true. May not be right, but it is a truth.
  • mrdog 2011/03/02 10:24:38
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    mrdog
    +1
    For me.... traditional names are best.... wild names for child is a burden ....right Tiger?
    bark
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2011/03/02 10:13:21
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    Jana~ una chica loca
    +2
    makes them unique :)
  • Bad
    Dark Demonic™ ★ The Original SodaHead Guru ★
    +4
    People can call their children whatever they like, but there will be always be consequences if they randomly pull Scrabble letters out of a bag and give their child any name that may end up getting them ridiculed in school by other children or ignorant adults.

    scrabble letters bag child ridiculed school children ignorant adults
  • wolfshadow Dark De... 2011/03/03 06:19:51
    wolfshadow
    +1
    Anastasia Beaverhousen....
  • Dark De... wolfshadow 2011/03/03 10:38:13
  • Tasha 2011/03/02 09:48:43
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    Tasha
    +1
    Definitely BAD for the kids. These parents really need to stop giving their kids these crazy names.
  • Roxxi 2011/03/02 09:44:45
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    Roxxi
    +1
    Well some are plain stupid and weird ass, although I think people with really common names must find theirs boring. I like original names, as long as they're not Apple or something.
  • Miko 2011/03/02 09:42:49
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    Miko
    when the baby grows up and feels that his/her name is different and attractive. he/she will appreciate you for his/her name and may be once a day a famous person and well known
  • MissJo 2011/03/02 09:06:52
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    MissJo
    +1
    Really, it depends on the name. Some unusual names aren't that bad. You don't see very many Naomis, Tarryns, Esthers or Anastasias but it doesn't mean they aren't bad names.

    I kind of want to name my daughter Terra-Rayne, myself. Yes, it's an unusual name but I don't think it's a bad name.
  • La MissJo 2011/03/02 12:41:25
    La
    +1
    Sounds like "terror reign". Your child may grow up to be a dictator.
  • MissJo La 2011/03/02 18:04:28
    MissJo
    Not really. TerrA and TerrOR sound way different. The first four letters are the same, but the last make the difference.
  • La MissJo 2011/03/03 00:37:07
    La
    +1
    Maybe it's an accent thing. Here, we would pronounce "terror" pretty much "terra".
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/03/02 08:56:43
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    Myrle Hulme
    Think how child will feel if it had that name and then name the child
  • Nattie 2011/03/02 07:26:52
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    Nattie
    +2
    Nattie is only part of my name and the only part I use, most people think it's short for Natalie and I let them because my real full name is embarrassing, it's hard to say and harder to spell if you've never or hardly ever done so. I'd kill for a normal name and so would my sibs, my Mom gets fussed at lot for that, it may seem "cute" and fun to some people, but they need to remember that they are not the ones that have to live with that name nor are they the ones who have to listen to the people around them mock, make fun of, or tease them because of it. Please have a heart for your kids, pick something normal.
  • La Nattie 2011/03/02 12:41:58
    La
    What's your full name? :P
  • Nattie La 2011/03/03 11:58:54 (edited)
    Nattie
    I'm taking that with me to the grave it took me far to long to make everyone forget to use anything besides Nattie, (and if they post it on my grave stone I'm coming back haunting my family) Lets just say my Mom's first genaration American-Irish and my Dad's Native American, you can't imagiane how bad names can turn out.
  • Lily247 2011/03/02 06:21:35 (edited)
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    Lily247
    +1
    Well first off, I think Apple is an adorable name for a girl.

    My boyfriend is completely AGAINST giving our children normal names, and I love all the names we have come up with. :)

    edit: Lenele, Keone, Naomi and Cade to name a few :)
  • largo1 2011/03/02 06:16:51
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    largo1
    as humans we tend to hate what is different than the norm
  • harleyxx 2011/03/02 06:07:20
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    harleyxx
    +2
    I once worked with a guy named "Harry Johnson". I swear this is true. I couldn't talk to him without laughing.

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