Rant 1: So on the nameberry forums I saw a post that really relates to me. So many of the members are really into names that I can’t imagine on a baby such as Maude or Persephone. And I would prefer to name my daughter Madison to Maude or Ava to Agatha. I think of Agatha, Maude, Beatrice and Penelope in the same way as I think of Gladys and Bertha names that don’t need to come back for a long long time.
Rant 2: What is wrong with popular names? You know why Lily’s popular because it’s so pretty, same with Ruby, Emily, Jessica and Sophie. I have a top 100 name and guess what: I have only ever met one other and her name was spelt Ebonee. My name is like another Emily, I actually know an Emily Ann with the same last name as me and I know she has a brother named James, she is more likely to meet another person with the exact same name as her first, last and middle then I am to share my name with 3 others in a class. Or if a name is only top 50 like Molly (number 50 in Australia) what are the chances that there will be so many, the number 1 name Lily gets boosted from all the variant spellings and the fact it is also a nickname. Popularity does not ruin a childs life.
Rant 3: I can’t stand nicknames as first names. Names like Bella and Ellie are just too short and cutesy for my liking BUT I can stand some such as Alfie and Archie due to the fact that Alfred and Archibald just seem too heavy for a child, adult or granddad. I know sisters of Lexi Rose and Cleo Rayne personally I would prefer Alexandra and Clementine but that could just be me being all name-nerdy, my mum prefers Lexi-Rose. I personally believe hyphens work well there as it makes the nickname seem more mature without the formal name.
Rant 4: I also can’t stand illogical nicknames such as Daisy for Margaret and Pippa for Ophelia or Penelope. The only one I can stand is Libby for Isabelle (and variant spellings) and Elizabeth. Personally if you can’t see the link to the nickname logically then there is way too much explaining to do. Lets say you use the name Isaac and use the nickname Ziggy which I saw on a website as a nickname for Isaac, how many people are going to see that connection, I still don’t know how they are connected even though I call my brother Ziggy a lot of the time.
Rant 5 (hopefully this is it): Names like Anne, Grace or Rose being used in the middle. My middle names Anne it is not a filler it’s my mums middle, my grandma’s 1st middle (she has 3) and my great grandma’s name is Annie. I was advised against using Rose as a middle because it is used so often, like I said in rant 2 it is popular for a reason we shouldn’t hate it for the fact that people like the way it sounds with so many other names. For example the commonly regarded “fillers” are Anne, Rose, Jane, Jean, Marie, May, Elizabeth, Lee, Lynn and to an extent Nicole. For short one and two syllable names Elizabeth works such as Eve Elizabeth. For names of one and three or more syllables Marie and Nicole work such as Stephanie Nicole and Annabelle Marie. While the others work with pretty much every name.