They're going to called...
One of my big peeves in regards to naming is when someone says "But they're going to get called [blank]!!!!"
My name is Molly, a name that's hovered relatively steadily between 110 and 90 for about 30 years (except the big jump to 78 in 2011), so it's popular and familiar, albeit a bit down-home and cutesy, but with a long historical legacy as a common nn for Mary. However, I've been called everything from Molly McButter to Good Golly Miss Molly many, many times in my life. My ln is L@cy, and I also got called Molly Laci Peterson frequently by certain callous people when Laci Peterson was murdered, plus a number of names having nothing to do with my name at all. Isabelle (and its varients), all very popular currently, and you'd think it the name-calling aspect wouldn't affect it, but it's my niece's name, and she was teased mercilously by a boy who called her Lizard Bell.
Of course we all know that some children and adults will find any way to make fun of someone, but I'm curious about WHY people hate on a name based on this argument. It comes up mostly with unusual names, so maybe it's a defense mechanism to deal with the unfamiliar? i.e., "I'm not comfortable with it, so the easiest way to deter you from using it is to mock it". I hate this argument, because there are so many old, interesting, and unused names that people really love, but feel too fearful to use because of the mockery someone they care about presented to them. Everything about it is mean.
Do you all have any thoughts about this? Any names you've been called, or unforseen teasing upon a child in your life?
Wed, 05/16/2012 - 4:19pm