If you are about to name a child something that could damage them for life or create real problems for them - should that be outlawed? or should parents be able to get away with anything they want? Where do we draw the line? or should we? and when do truly stupid names become a form of abuse? Do some people not realize that babies aren't pets or objects, but human beings who have to grow up with these "clever" monikers? Unusual fine - stupid and asinine guaranteed to get you teased - not so much. what do you think?
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I followed the link and read the article, which really surprised me. However, I can see the reasoning behind those countries' decisions. I agree with you that any name that makes a child a target for hate or persecution should not be allowed.
How interesting the link is. Thank you, Victoria. I actually lived in Germany and had no idea about the "name" laws.
This is interesting to see how other countries deal with this. I agree with you on protecting the safety of the child.
I agree with you - it's such a hard call, because some parents have no sense. Limberger Cheese Jones LOL - someone would actually do it. I have a family member who has come up with some whoppers.
Faith.....Ya think he called his wife, "Sweety" and their child, "Bread & Butter?" OK....that was lame. I'm sour....I mean, SORRY!
Lol ...good ones, Christin ... hee hee
Ladies, I can't help but tell it. I have a neighbor, "Dick" Head, the Rev. Dick Head, to be sure. I assume his given name is Richard, but I don't know because he goes by Dick. He is the pastor of a church down the street from me.
@ fpherj ...I see now that it was YOUR clever response LOL, good one to you, Paula! My cell phone does not show the pics. @MizBejabbers .. Now, that just is beyond bizzare LOL. My goodness, real life IS stranger than fictions ... Thank you both!
That's the kind of "cutesy" stuff that I think people don't see will cause their kids to be teased. Makes you wonder about people's sense sometimes. We had a Richard Head who taught in my HS, seriously! It was brutal! but he went by "Dick" crazy.
Christin.....I think I knew your teacher's siblings...."Hammer" and "Hilton."......LMAO...Oh my...I crack myself up!
I agree, or at least make it to where minors can petition the court for a free name change or something if they truly can prove their name is creating a hardship.
I tend to agree, and unusual names can be amazing. But what about people that want to name offensive names or names that can get the kids targeted? It's such a tough thing, Initials too! I know a PMS for example lol.
I don't care for Talula either, but Tallulah Bankhead was a famous American actress of the 1920-1940s in films, Broadway and on the London stage. Maybe that's where they got the name.
Bus Shelter - why on earth would someone think that's clever. This is the kind of stuff I was referring to. Kids have no say in it and that's what makes it such a tough thing. don't want to give up freedoms, but still need to speak for the innocents.
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Totally, unfortunately some names are so bad I think minors should be able to petition the courts for name changes. Of course by then the damage is done. Kind of sad really that some parents don't think of the child.
Jaye..U reminded me of a name I heard once (when you mentioned, Hippies.) A younger friend of mine spoke of her boyfriend, "Carm." Soon found out his birth name was "Karma Genesis." born of bona-fide hippies living in a commune in the '60's.
i had a neighbor in Texas named Karma. She was too old to have been named by hippie parents, so I don't know where she got the name.
I tend to agree. It just pains me when kids are given truly stupid names - not unusual, but painfully stupid because the parents think it's clever. It's not and these kids will be teased mercilessly yet can't defend themselves or choose until 18.
In a way, that's kind of cute :) They were adults and those names are fun, not something that would be demeaning. Hazel and Peter are both fine names :) fun story :)
I hear what you're saying about laws, makes me cringe too, but innocents without choices suffering makes me cringe equally. It is truly a perplexing situation.
Absolutely agree on the free name changes if you petition the court because you're name is so stupid you can't live with it. Or fine the parents and make them pay ha! lol.