This is a continuation of my Original CNL thread.
Please be kind and respectful.
Classic Name Lovers - People who love and appreciate classic names. This includes any name that has a history and an origin to stand on and used on the correct gender.
DEFINITIONS and EXPLANATIONS:
~*~ Popular and Trendy are two different animals
. A popular name can be a timeless classic, such as Sophia and Emily OR it can be Trendy AND Popular - like Madison . Trendy in the baby name world means it's made-up and / or follows a certain trend. I will list the current huge trends a bit later in the post. Just because we say something is trendy does not mean it is popular. Classics like Jacob and Emma are merely popular - nothing trendy about them. See the difference?
~*~ Trehneigh, Trendee, Tryndie - all words used to describe misspelled crap.
And YES, you CAN misspell a name. If a name is ACTUALLY a name with real roots, then yes - it can be misspelled. It's meaning and roots are based off of the linguistics it is derived from. Don't be illiterate and screw with that. I would also like you to note the difference between trehneigh spellings like Emmaleigh and ethnic spellings like Emilie. If the spelling is 100% legit in another language or culture - then it is not trehneigh, it's ethnic. HUGE difference.
~*~ Don't believe everything (or even 90%) of what you read on things that label themselves "baby name" sites.
They are very rarely updated and are generally full of false information. Usually very similar false information since they tend to copy from one another. It's MUCH better to go with something that is ethnically based or is based on etymology.There are several indications of crappy sites:
- Includes "American" names. There are no American names other than Native American ones. We are a melting pot of others cultures.
- They give a meaning that is about as long as a sentence. Linguistically, thats crap.
- They put names in the wrong gender. Avery, Bailey, Emmerson, Riley - just to name a few, should not be in the girls section. Even if they are USED on girls as a trend at the moment, they are still masculine and any reputable site will label them as such.
If you have a question on whether the site is to be trusted - just ask and we can probably tell you. Crappy sites include babynames.com. / babyhold.com / thinkbabynames.com / babyzone.com / babynamescountry.com / mybabyname.com - there are some other really crappy one's, too. If your in question - feel free to ask.
- Boys names on girls.
This is not cute. This is not original. Your daughter WILL have a tougher time in the job market. She WILL get mail addressed to Mr. -. Don't believe us? Ask one of our members who happens to have a male name as her first name. It's also extremely common - which makes it boring.
- taking -lyn, -lee, -leigh onto everything
. It's boring to keep seeing the same suffix everywhere. The name itself might not to overly popular - but it sounds like so many others that it will just blend in anyway.
- - McNugget names
. Mc- is an ethnic surname prefix. Not something that should randomly be added to the front of any random group of letters. Mackenzie is a Scottish clan name, not a name for a child, muchless a girl. Adding Mc- to a name will not make you Scottish, only a douchebag.
- Randomly adding a letter to the front of -aden is the epitome of boring and trendy.
Save your child the trouble and avoid it all together.
- Surnames on girls.
For a boy, it's fine. Most of them have masculine meanings. For a girl, it's pretentious and makes you look like a snob.
- Inventing your own name.
If done correctly, this can be a neat thing. Take Briallen for example. It's based off of the Welsh word for Primrose. It has a starting point, an origin and a meaning. Jayla and Mikaylen are crap. They have no origins, no roots and nothing to stand on.
Some Advice for Middle Names:
Ann(e) try: Annika, Annelise, Annabel, Annette, Anita, Anais,or a name that ends in -ann, such as Marianne, Vivianne etc.
Lynn(e) try: Linnea, Linda, Lynnette, Linnell, Linnet, Melinda, Belinda, or a name that ends in -lyn, such as Madelyn, Evelyn etc.
Marie try: Mariel, Marisse, Marisa, Mireille (mee RAY), Mireia (mee RAY a), Maria, Maureen, Mara, Maren, Maura
Jane try: Jean Joan, Joanne, Joanna, Janelle, Jeannette, Janine, Jana, Ivana, Sinead, Siobhan, Janna
Rose try: Suzanne, Susannah (both names mean 'rose'), Rosette, Rosa, Roseanne, Rosalie, Rosaleen, Rosaline, Rosalyn, Rosemarie, Rosemary
Lee/Leigh try: Liana, Leanne, Leela, Leila, Julie, Jolie, Leena, Leah, Carly, or another name that begins or ends in Lee.
Read more about it!
Some Good Sources:
Top 1000 baby names (US)
Behind The Name - a site based on etymology:
Name Berry - great blogs and lists. Some of the suggestions, IMO, are crap, but not a terrible site:
Name Wizard - a wonderful site with a wonderful blog and neat tools:
Nymbler - a great site that offers up suggestions based on names that you enter for inspiration. Of course they come up with a bunch of general crap - but if you put in the right style, it's a good tool:
A lot of the CNLs have been labeled as "brutal", "mean", or "harsh" - it's not an attack on your personally or your child personally - it's an attack on the name itself. We look at this objectively and can see a name for what it is - a name. No people or children attached to them, just a name. If we are brutally honest - it's better than kissing ass and sugar coating things. If we're harsh - it means we're passionate. If you don't like our negative opinions - then don't ask for them. We don't ALWAYS give negative opinions and sometimes what you see as negative, we see as constructive.
All in all - don't take us too seriously and know that we are just trying to help you give your child a name that he / she can proudly carry, put on resumes and have a name that will grow with them into adulthood.
Have fun, ladies.