I was born in a year where Ashley was the #1 name for girls. I HATED it. There were always 4 or more other Ashleys in my class(es). Everyone I knew that had a common name hated it as well. So I developed a hatred for common names. I'm not big on "normal" spellings either. But your child is not my child. I won't say anything about your child's name unless you ask for my opinion, in which case I will be 100% honest with you. One of my good friends is naming her son Alexander Johnson. When she asked what I thought of it, I told her I absolutely hated it, but it was her son, not mine. We still get along fine. And quite a few of you have attacked me for my daughter's name. Get over it. She's not your daughter, she's mine. And as for her feeling like an outcast, MANY woman have unique names and aren't outcasts. Would you say that to an African-American woman with the name Swarkena? No, because it's normal for African-Americans to have unique names. When a caucasian does it is wen people flip out. It's becoming the norm for caucasians as well. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but that does not mean you have to be a rude bitch about it. There are those of us who just do not like "normal" spellings or common names.
There are some semi-common names that I like.
Ladies, it is an OPINION. As in, you don't have to agree with it. Nor do you have to tell me I suck or anything. I'm not going around telling you that you suck for not naming your child something I like, am I? Every parent's tastes are different. I am simply stating my opinion in hopes of a decent conversation with you ladies.
Also, just because a child has a unique name or spelling does not mean their parents were/are poor and uneducated. My daughter's name has a very different spelling and I have an Associate's degree in interior design, working on my Bachelor's. Her father is working on his Master's in psychology. We both work as well. So we are neither poor nor uneducated.
on Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM