Originally Posted by Paradroid
Whatever you do Do Not
take a normal name and give it some stupid spelling ... like spelling Christina as Crystyna or Britany with three 'M's and a silent 'Q'
For more examples of what not to do:
Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing
Parts of that are funny and I certainly am against the ridiculous spelling variation naming concept (though the editorial comments are pretty craptacular - someone who thinks they are funny but can't write or spell worth shit).
Here's one section I disagree with wholeheartedly (other than the "from a boy" comment
We have a 4 year old girl named Luna & I'm 8 months pregnant now from a boy.
(I should think so!)
We were thinking about : Lucca (He lives on the second floor.)
Could someone suggest us some other special names for a boy please...
Sure! Triste! Firenze! Roma! Venezia! Vespa! Con Carne! Bicicletta! Amontillado! Vente-uno! Coloseo! Proscutto! Cavalleria Rusticana! Parmagiana! Ponte Veccio! Stronzo! Espresso! Dean Martin!
My first son is named Matteo and I think we hit that one out of the park - it is far and away my favorite name choice of all my kids or any name I've ever heard for a kid. It is familiar and yet unique - Italian for Matthew. And my last name is Italian so I needed the vowel ending and that's tough for boy's names. And it has a handy shorthand nickname built in (Teo). Matteo hovers around 600-800th place on the Social Security site list of baby names so it is in use but definitely unique enough without being outrageous.
By the way, Wombat, you may want to check the Social Security name site:
It is a great way to get name ideas and also see which ones are too popular (so you don't have to give your kid a nickname to differentiate them from the 3 other kids in their class with the same name).
As you can see Sophia and Samantha are 9th and 10th for 2006 so there's a good chance there will be 2 or 3 in every class while she grows up if you name her one of those names (though I still like Sophia). And for god's sake don't pick Emily or Emma - there are 100's of those in every school!