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July 5, 2012 03:52 PM

The Sha*a thing has had me wide-eyed for about 10 minutes. There's a popular kid's show right now on Nick Jr. One of the actresses for the first and second season is Shayna Rose. My small fry love the character, but I've had issues with the name from the first moment. Now, I realize why. 'Cause it sounds like an 'adult entertainer.'

And now, I commence to giggling terribly.



March 31, 2012 06:10 PM

1) Jennifer. That's all I have time to guess! Sewing like mad tonight!

January 26, 2012 11:57 AM

#2 - I guess Lucy! Mostly because our cats are Lucy and Oliver. The rest, I'm lost.

November 5, 2010 01:41 PM

i was shocked that they've changed the names in Hotel for Dogs. But I turned deathly pale at the idea of changing the Bennett sister's names. no matter the book, to my mind things have gone too far when any book characters names are changed from what the author intended. how would we as parents feel if someone came along and told us our child's name had to be changed because it wasn't right?

August 6, 2010 03:56 PM

I've been thegrimtuesday for quite a while now. I've found that it suits, but not the way it might appear to on the surface! Initially, it started out just as a complete rip-off of a Garth Nix book that I really enjoyed (The Grim Tuesday in the Keys to the Kingdom series.) I liked the character, even though he was the bad guy. Over time, it morphed into something that just ended up fitting pretty well. Pretty well if you take into account that 'grim' has definitions beyond the dark and the dire. For me, it is more about my unyielding, stern, and fierce side. And fittingly enough, I was born on a Tuesday. A Tuesday that also happened to be Halloween!

March 25, 2010 12:43 PM
In Response to The Name Not Taken

Hubs and I are expecting our first in August. We've ended up in a pretty strange naming situation from a lot of angles, and I only just realized it! We've got two names picked out: James Vincent for a boy and Elizabeth Ruth for a girl. We feel like we've ended up selecting names that are really flexible: they have a multitude of nicknames (especially Elizabeth) that would suit several personalities. So we aren't taking a list to the hospital. We also know that among our circle of family and friends, our choices sound stylistically old or out of date. We've got loads of the 'can't throw a pebble without hitting 20 Emmas or Jacobs'. And it seems to us that our choices are right on the outskirts of that. They sound enough alike, but are not the same. I suppose that last one is why we don't feel like we own the names. Also, of the four individual names, I've only ever not met a Vincent. I suppose that by selecting these super-traditional names we've just known that our James or Elizabeth simply could never be a one-of-a-kind in the name department so we haven't bothered to try to test ownership. :D

January 29, 2010 12:59 PM

I'm more of a controlled release type. We learned early on that my father-in-law is incapable of keeping any announcement to himself long enough for Hubs and I to spread the word. So we are pretty choosy and careful now about who gets told what when. We've only decided on a boys name (it was the easiest decision) and I've only told two people just the first name we've picked out. We've not really talked much about girl's names, but that will be the same way: only talk about the first name. With our amiable windbag in the family, that seems to be the smartest way to keep announcements in our hands!

July 29, 2009 12:33 PM

I really think that when it comes to the kre8tiv spellings, there doesn't need to be a separate entry for every possible spelling. i think that the rule should be the one with the most conventional spelling for it's pronunciation should be the main entry, followed by all of the other spellings listed as variants. example: Jaylen. To me, that is the clearest identifying spelling for how the name is pronounced ('jay' being much more reliable for the long a sound than ja, which could have a short a or a long a, and 'len', 'lon', and 'lin' all ending up sounding closer to 'len' when spoken quickly.) While Jalin, Jalyn, Jealon, etc. all sound very much alike, the clearest and most common pronunciation is best represented by the Jaylen spelling. as far as Biblical obscurities go, i think that is Judas and Jezebel can have a page, then anything else Biblical can. Are they out there? Yes. Do some of them sound like there was a contest to see who could sneeze the funniest? Again, yes. But, if you can have names of famous not-very-kind folks, then old Hamutal can have a place as well. Likewise for historical oddities as well. The kicker is that there should be that use of the out-there selection should be provable from a universally accessible source (encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, off-the-shelf concordance.) I won't weigh in on any of the other examples. I'm a snobby gamer, invented names of any sort annoy me, fringe names tend to be invented, and heartfelt commentary has never won my approval for anything. I can't be fair about any of those areas, so I won't even try. I'll leave it to cooler heads than mine.

June 18, 2009 07:17 PM
In Response to Sharing the Choice

Leafy, I realized that as soon as I posted the suggestion! *feels like a dunce* I'm sorry! Thinking more about choice of last names though, i really think that is so totally a personal choice. I chose to drop my middle name, take my maiden as the new middle, and take Hub's last as mine. It was right for me and it felt completely logical. It also helped my family to realize that I'm not the 'baby' anymore. Also, the attitudes of my dad's family (maiden name was dad's) don't really mesh with my own ideas. If I'd had mom's maiden name, I likely wouldn't have changed it. They were a livelier bunch! Hubs and I will give our kids our shared last name. Most likely, we will work in my maiden somewhere, even if it does sounds horribly preppy to us outside of a last name. Our last also allows for us to pull some amazing practical jokes on our families. Since the last name begins with the 'herri' sounds, we've talked about having some fake announcements printed up with some laughable repetitions of that sound in the name to see how many people we can fool. can't do that with my maiden!

June 18, 2009 06:27 PM
In Response to Sharing the Choice

Leafy, something that i have always liked and may one day end up using is Miranda. It's Shakespearean without being OMGShakespeare. And I've always thought that it seems fluid: it can be a child covered in mud or a woman leading a business meeting. Just my two cents on that one tho. Also, Laura is another name that is fluid enough to be both little girl and grown woman. I am a Laura, and while I tried to hate it when I was young, I barely managed it. And it's nice middle ground in popularity as well: I always knew of enough Lauras that I didn't feel too unique for my name, but there weren't so many that I had to be Laura B. at school. And so ends that shameless plug. :) I've already started working on my Hubs as far as naming input. He's gone from 'i'll think about it later' to 'i heard a name today that i like!' it's funny to me tho that he and i can both come up with stacks of names for boys, but only a handful for girls. in truth, most of the girls have come from him saying that he hates certain names. he and i have also clashed more over boys names. but, even though it has been like pulling teeth to get his input before, i will make sure he has his say when we have children. beisdes, i don't want to be saddled with a child screaming ONLY at me that it's my fault her name is Elizabeth instead of Kayleigh or Addison. parents need to stand together and all that stuff. :D