Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What Idahoans name their babies

In case you haven't realized it already, I'm kind of a baby name nerd/snob. It's just the way I am. So when I was in Idaho Falls a few weeks ago, and saw a newspaper insert of all the baby announcements from the local hospital from 2008 lying around, I just couldn't resist taking a look at it. I even wanted to write a blog post about all the interesting names I found, but decided against it because I didn't want to come across as a jerk. About half of my friends are pregnant right now and the risk of mocking one of their secret favorite names seemed to be too great.

Fortunately, someone else has written my blog post for me. You can find it here. Please read it and if you think it's funny, just know that I literally had the exact same thoughts. If you are offended, or if she mocks one of your favorite names, then we can pretend that I am offended right along with you.

Enjoy!

(OK, I can't resist poking fun at one of them: Konnur. Really! It took me days to get over that one.)

(One more, but I'm not really making fun of it, just noting that it appears to be the most popular name ever for baby boys in the Idaho Falls area: Ryker. Doesn't anyone watch Law & Order anymore?)

23 comments:

Jennifer said...

I don't think I'm as big of a name-snob as you, but I definitely am one. What are some of these people thinking? When I tell older adults that some of the reasons we chose my daughter's name were that we wanted it to be distinctly female and easy to spell, that can't believe how practical we are. I love how classic your girls' names are as well.

Scotty P said...
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Scotty P said...

I wonder if this phenomenon is more prevalent among LDS parents. It seems that way, but my exposure is only anecdotal. If so, and more interestingly, what is the explanation for it? This seems contrary to what you might expect from a generally well educated demographic.

Bridget said...

That's the tricky part, though, Scott - is it a Mormon thing, or an inter-mountain West thing? More and more, I'm inclined to think it's the latter. Or hope, anyway. The Baby Name Wizard lady calls Utah a "naming frontier", which I think is a pretty generous way to put it.

And yet, being Mormon does seem to have something to do with it...

Jenn, I love your daughter's name, too. :)

Liz Johnson said...

Hahahahahahahaha. This had me ROLLING.

As a mother of a Konnur (although properly spelled), I am particularly offended by this one. Seriously!? Are you trying to get your kid beat up!?

And doesn't Adicyne seem like some type of poison?

And I always think the EXACT SAME THING about Ryker. Isn't that a prison?!!? And while I know several cute kids named Camden, those parents have obviously never been to Camden, NJ. It is a cesspool. Seriously.

Also, if you last name is "Poole," don't name your kid "Seth" (see above).

Jessie said...

Glad you feel the same as I do!

Funny thing about the Adicyne/poison comment: My brother-in-law said the exact same thing! "Adicyne sounds like the type of poison I'd swallow if my name were Huntter with two T's".

Nancy said...

Xoie
Adicyne

Those two look like medicines to me. Or horrible diseases. But someone already pointed that out... :)

I have a friend named Taggart. He's Canadian and, therefore, weird. Oh, wait...

Jakolby? Taicyr? Oh, wow.

I also enjoy more classic names, but my sister doesn't, really. Deklan, Piper, Malachi. And those were the names that got past her husband. :)

sarah said...

so funny! how did you find that? also did you see what TAMN said she named her babies: Alivyiah TreCole & Tridger Kaegrin. the comments are so funny, it sounds like utah county is big on crazy names.

Bridget said...

I found her post through another blog that I read (By Common Consent). I couldn't believe it was about the very same thing we were laughing about in IF, Sarah.

Nancy, isn't Deklan a "real" name, somewhere? I swear I've heard it somewhere. Slovakia, maybe?

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Declan is an Irish name.

Some of those names on the Idaho list are crazy, weird, humiliating & make the parents look like imbeciles. Unfortunately the kids will be paying the price. I saw one the other day in the newspaper--a normal nice name but misspelled (for what purpose??)-- Izaya. He's still an Isaiah but will be having to spell the name to every single person he ever meets which will be tiresome for all.

Made up names and made up spellings rarely look & sound good. You'll always be safe using a tradition name & spelling.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

PS: I think the key to good naming is to remember that your child will be an adult someday & will want to be taken seriously.

Kat Clark said...

Yeesh those were some seriously awful names. I can't believe all of those were real! When Michael was a med student he delivered a baby who was named So'ja. You know like "soldier." Luckily the baby was adopted shortly thereafter (like his 9 other brothers and sisters) and had his name changed. Thank goodness. I may not pick the best names but I sure am glad I don't feel the need to invent names. Phew.

Lilianne said...

This is crazy beans! I've never heard such nonsense in my entire life. I have two Mormon friends that named their kids Ryker and it makes me CRAZY!

And I was just on seriously so blessed, the best Mormon satire I've ever read, and she came up with some pretty fantastic names for her babies.

I'm glad you're a name snob, Bridget. There needs to be more out there! And I'm totally there with you. I cringe when people express to me some of the names they are thinking of naming their children. I just want to say, "Oh, you don't want to do that..." - and then rattle off a million reason why they should not. But alas, I don't (but probably should.)

Eevi said...

I'm interested to see what you will think of the Finnish name that we will give to our little man:) But at least no matter how strange(and I wouldn't give a strange name to my boy) the name would be to Americans, it would be a Finnish name and not a made up name:)

Mikael said...

It is funny to laugh at people's names. But then again, I have been laughed at by others for some of my names...
I was going to name my twins Asher and Trey, until my best friend thoughtfully said "WHAT? Ash-tray??" And laughed her head off! It was so tough to find a name that went with Asher, I NEVER wanted to rhyme a name or do some stupid "matchy matchy" thing, but conner is the only other name me and my husband could agree on... so asher and conner it was! I am sure people laugh at me, but in the end who cares! A name is a name (unless you use some of those retarded names on that list!).
I still want to name one of my daughters McCall, after my favorite place on earth... am I a nerd?? Maybe I am one of these nerds you write about! HAHA

Shannon said...

Once when we were visiting my home ward, Joey had a hard time not snickering during the blessing of a baby named "Rock." . . . I wonder how many people snickered during the blessing of our son Halen (whose name Joey chose).

Shannon said...

Oh, and one other comment: while I was editing Joey's grandpa's life history, I was amazed to learn the real name spellings of his siblings: Read (Yes, that's right--like the verb!), Marion (female!), and Keren. I queried each of the names, sure they were typos. Imagine my dismay when I found out they were the correct spellings.

Britney said...

Konnur makes my eyes hurt.

Kristen said...

Oh, there is so much to say. But most of it has already been said. There is something wrong if I have to stop and phonetically sound out each syllable of your name. My cousin named his son Kohnor. And they live in Idaho.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Kristin, I assume that's pronounced 'coe-nore' because that's what he'll be called, poor kid.

Peripheral Visionary said...

One comment on the correlation with Mormons, the "creative" names are just as widespread, if not more, among inner-city blacks. Oddly enough the convention of forming a name by preceding it with "La-" or "Le-" (LeRoy, LaDawn, etc.) is found in both Mormon and inner-city black populations--bizarre.

But I suspect that the reason is that most Mormons having children now, at least those in the Mountain West, grew up at a time when there was an absolutely mind-numbing uniformity of names. When I went to high school, I think two-thirds of the boys in my school were named Brian or Ryan, and at least half the girls were Anne or Julie. Now that the Brians and Annes and Ryans and Julies are having children, they're rebelling against the name uniformity and insisting on distinctive names for their children--but having found out that the other couple in the ward hit upon the same distinctive name two months before their own child was born, revert to misspelling it in an effort to make it more unique. And thus Konnur was (literally) born.

sarah said...

I guess it happens in Wyoming as well. I met a little girl last night who immediately upon telling me her name was Courtney, said "But it's spelled different. it's Q-U-A-R-T-N-I. My dad spelled it." ........

Adria Davis Tingey said...

yes, that was very funny. Did you ever read freakanomics? Maybe you did and I didn't read the post- but if not, there is a related section that makes me think it's not just a mormon-intermountain thing, Phew.

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