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Crazy Rules for Naming Your Baby

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edited January 2016 in Baby Names

Did you know each U.S. state has specific rules regarding baby names? (As if choosing your baby’s name wasn’t stressful enough!)



Check out this list to see what laws are in place in your area. Do you have any of your own personal “rules” you’re following when it comes to picking baby’s name?


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Re: Crazy Rules for Naming Your Baby

  • edited September 2015
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  • Needs to be a real name, no poor personal connections, easily pronounced and spelled.

    Preferably not an automatic nickname, six letters, and fits well with DD1's name.
  • funny! I hope I get it right 
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  • Sucks for many people who want to give their child a foreign name that has accents in it!!! :(



         
                            
     
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  • "Ohio
    The only punctuation allowed in Ohio is hyphens, apostrophes and spaces. Only letters are allowed, no numbers."

    Dang. I really wanted to name my son H3nry ;)
    Seriously, though. Nothing cutesy, smooshed sounding names and nothing that sounds made up. If it can't pass the resume test or if they have to spend a life time correcting people on pronunciation, it's out. Original spellings only, no variations. (Alizabeth, Kym, Tiffanni, etc).
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  • @mrstrax and I share the same rules!
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  • Elsa1984 said:

    1. Legit name and spelling.

    2. No masculine names for girls.
    3. No names that anyone I know personally has. 
    4. If the child is named after someone, we will not use that person's first name, unless the person being honored is deceased. 
    5. No horrible initials (my husbands cousin is literally KKK)
    6. Absolutely no juniors. Our child deserves his/her own name.
    7. Nothing trendy.
    8. No using a name that has more girls using it than boys (even though it is a boy or unisex name). I have a nephew with a masculine name, but it is used by more females, and I constantly have to remind people I am talking to, that it is a HE and not a SHE. 
    9. Nothing in the top 200 on the SSA list.

    Apparently, my husband and I have a lot of rules when it comes to naming our kid(s).
    Are you me? :)
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  • 1. Legit name and spelling.
    2. No masculine names for girls.
    3. No names that anyone I know personally has. 
    4. If the child is named after someone, we will not use that person's first name, unless the person being honored is deceased. 
    5. No horrible initials (my husbands cousin is literally KKK)
    6. Absolutely no juniors. Our child deserves his/her own name.
    7. Nothing trendy.
    8. No using a name that has more girls using it than boys (even though it is a boy or unisex name). I have a nephew with a masculine name, but it is used by more females, and I constantly have to remind people I am talking to, that it is a HE and not a SHE. 
    9. Nothing in the top 200 on the SSA list.

    Apparently, my husband and I have a lot of rules when it comes to naming our kid(s).
    Are you me? :)
    Probably. LOL
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  • sarahgn said:
    "Ohio The only punctuation allowed in Ohio is hyphens, apostrophes and spaces. Only letters are allowed, no numbers." Dang. I really wanted to name my son H3nry ;) Seriously, though. Nothing cutesy, smooshed sounding names and nothing that sounds made up. If it can't pass the resume test or if they have to spend a life time correcting people on pronunciation, it's out. Original spellings only, no variations. (Alizabeth, Kym, Tiffanni, etc).
    It wasn't in the U.S. but I handled two documents (father and son) abroad that had numbers in the name. We can't use numbers on American documents though so they had to spell out numbers that were in the middle of these two names. 

    I could not bring myself to ask if it was a mistake.... but I have to hope that it was just some sort of passport error.
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    Lol only characters found in the English alphabet? No accents?

    Wow.......
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  • Nothing really for Alaska apparently.

    H and I only have a couple rules.

    Absolutely no "you-neek" spellings.

    Nothing overly unusual but at the same time, not a name that is so common they'll have two or three friends with the same name.
  • My last name is 2 syllables and ends in -on, so I've vetoed any names that end in -en or -on (Peyton, Megan, etc).

    Also, no nicknames.
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  • I live in WI and the rule is/ says "When one Wisconsin mom wanted to name her child a numeral, the state required that the number be spelled out."

    I think I can follow that one when the time comes.
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  • hlvonb said:
    I live in WI and the rule is/ says "When one Wisconsin mom wanted to name her child a numeral, the state required that the number be spelled out."

    I think I can follow that one when the time comes.

    There are a lot of kids named Six, Seven and Nine out there. Not sure why those three specifically. I always thought Twenty would be a pretty name, if you're insisting on a number.
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  • My nephews initials are KKK

  • Our rules are as follows:

    1) Must work in English, French, and Russian.
    2) Must not be after a living relative (this is a big taboo in my culture).
    3) Must stand alone well, since are going with the Slavic patronym template for a middle name.

    Finding a name that sounds good in three languages that do not exactly share common pronunciation is not the easiest thing. :/
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  • Gingermom15Gingermom15 member
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    Our rules are as follows:

    1) Must work in English, French, and Russian.
    2) Must not be after a living relative (this is a big taboo in my culture).
    3) Must stand alone well, since are going with the Slavic patronym template for a middle name.

    Finding a name that sounds good in three languages that do not exactly share common pronunciation is not the easiest thing. :/

    I think I understand not naming a baby after a long living relative. If you don't mind to share, what culture is that and what is the purpose? I'm only asking out of curiosity. I like learning new things :)
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  • @DarthFuriosa very interesting. Thank you for taking the time to explain!
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  • 1) it has to sound like a name
    2) it has to have 1 or more nicknames
    3) it has to pass the "lawyer/Doctor/professional resume" test
    4) it can't be too crazy to spell or weird
    5) it can't be in the top 50

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  • Wow... I didn't know about the Indiana surname rule. How weird and another thing for me to consider. Thanks for the link.
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    I don't get why people say it has to be a real name and not made up all the names were made up at some point lol 
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  • AmyA210AmyA210 member
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    Just didn't want to have any bad nicknames!
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    @linzandjer11 what is the "lawyer/Doctor/professional resume" test?
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  • Why can't it be in the top 50?
  • All three of our kids have names that start with J and middle names that start with N. So any future kids will keep the tradition going. I am open to names that start with other letters but hubby is being a pain about keeping the J's going  :/
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  • I have one very simple rule. It can't end in "N". In my family there are 13 great grand children and 12 of them end in "N". The only one who doesn't is my son who's name ends in "S". And when I have another one (hopefully!) my hubby and I have decided on another name that also ends in "S". 
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  • My big rule is that it can't end in the same letter that the last name starts with.  I think it just sounds wrong.  Like, if your last name is Bilson, you can't name your son Caleb.  Then the names run together and it sounds like his name is "Kayla Bilson." 
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  • Only one spelling and one punctuation, ideally. A few Nick name potentials, not in the top names, especially for a girl.

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  • No top 100
    Can't personally know anyone with the name
    No more than 2 syllables
    Can't start with same letter as our last name

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  • Every kid gets his own first initial (J, W, E, Z, and G are taken)
    Boy: should have a one-syllable name or nickname
    Reusing a middle initial is ok but not ideal
    Avoid the top 5 names in the U.S. for a first name
    Classic/traditional type name in the U.S. and/or on our family tree somewhere (German, Finnish, Norwegian)
    Girl: vowel names are good
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    William (12)
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  • Our naming rules:
    1. Can't share a name with a family member (there are 3 Michaels in my immediate family)
    2. Indian first name, "Western" middle name
    3. Initials have to work for both our cultures (for ex, my bil's initials are RAB in the US, but are BRA in India. He was teased as a child)

    It's not a "rule", per se, but we seem to prefer very traditional names. A lot of my in-Laws are going for very short, trendy names, but all of our name picks are 3+syllables long, even though our last name is a 5 syllable, 12 letter-long whopper. 

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    • Can't be in the top 100
    • Can't be the name of anyone I know personally
    • No more than 2 syllables
    • Can't begin with B, H, R, T
    • Can't be made up
    • Has to be spelled correctly

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  • foxaírtfoxaírt member
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    I don't know about accents in Australia.  
    I might look it up as some of our name selections (almost all irish) have a fada.  
    It'd irritate me to have to misspell it because of silly punctuation restrictions 


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  • My own rules are
    Has be pretty uncommon or unique the more original the better
    No funky spelling 
    DH and I have to have mutual agreement on both first and middle name
    No more than a first name one middle name and of course last name.
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    My rules are:
    Each sibling has his or her own first initial 
    Must be a classic/traditional first name
    No more than three syllables for a first name
    Can't sound too similar to (or rhyme with) a sibling's name
    Boys must have a single-syllable nickname (or first name)

    Laura, mom of:
    James (13)
    William (12)
    Elise (10)
    Zachary (4)
    George (2)

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