To think this really isn't a bloody name?

(198 Posts)
ballinacup Tue 23-Apr-13 10:27:02

My cousin and her DP have just had their first baby together (she already has three sons, it's her DP's first).

Cute little thing, very sweet.

They've called her Thirteen.

Thirteen

Apparently this is because she was born in 2013 and cousin's birthday is on the 13th of June. I'm sure they think they're very unique and interesting, and yet I can't help feeling that they have forgotten that they're naming a person. Someone who has to go to school and introduce herself as Thirteen. Someone who has to apply for university as Thirteen. Someone who has to, every time she says her name for the next (hopefully) eight or nine decades, put up with a confused pause followed by '... Thirteen?!'.

I know name snobbery gets bashed on MN and I'm fully prepared to be told it's a beautiful, unique signifier and that no one will ever bully her for it but seriously... Fucking Thirteen?!

raisah , don't be so bloody ridiculous! hmm

BuntyPenfold Tue 23-Apr-13 23:25:47

I hope they don't live in Plymouth, where it is pronounced Fir'een.

sashh Wed 24-Apr-13 05:29:14

Were they fans of Blossom?

Have they heard of Magdalen Laundries?

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 05:49:47

Loulybelle - your number 7 on that list was my DS1's dad's middle name, Miatt. Can't see the issue with that one...

Thirteen, on the other hand, I have massive issues with!

Poor child, saddled with a number for a name. It's not cool, it's fucking insane to name a baby that. They need their bumps felt or something.

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 06:03:13

My parents have me a name that was 'normal' for the time I was born but with a 'cre8ve' spelling. I also have a Surname with a more unusual spelling.

I'm sick and fucking tired of having to spell both my names every time I am on the phone, or in appointments.

Unusual names or spellings can be such a drag when you are older - the spelling of my name is still quite unique. I alternately love it and loathe it.

When I was a child, I longed to be called Sophie!

I think they will be making a huge mistake naming their DD 'Thirteen', and that it is their DD that will have to suffer the effects of their name choice.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 24-Apr-13 06:31:40

I was appalled when I heard of a child being called Hurricane, but I do think that Thirteen trumps it just.

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 06:55:03

'I imagine that when she is older there will be plenty of "thirteen, lucky for some" nudge nudge, wink wink comments. Bleurgh'

eh?? It's 13 unlucky for some.I think you are stretching it a bit there tbh

BalloonSlayer Wed 24-Apr-13 06:56:35

I am hmm about all the posts saying "well what about days of the week, Wednesday is popular," etc.

Wednesday in the Addams family is meant to have an awful name - the clue is it's the Addams Family; everything that repluses us they like. I don't see many baby Pugsleys or Puberts, do you? Maybe it's only a matter of time.

Having said that, I remember an actress back in the 70s called Tuesday Weld.

One of Jacqueline Susann's books has a heroine called January Wayne. In one of Jilly Cooper's little books, Octavia, I think the heroine was originally called October. However I do seem to remember a line about being called that "because she was born in October and her lazy parents couldn't be bothered to think up a proper name for her."

TBH I always hate it when parents decide on a name based on "Wouldn't it be cool if I had a child called . . ." rather than "What would my child like to be called . . .?"

There was a thread on here a couple of weeks ago where the OP's DH thought their DD might inherit his short stocky stature and didn't want any delicate names in case they didn't suit her and by gum it was flamethrowers at dawn the last time I read it. But I thought it was quite sensible. I knew a girl at my old school who had the most romantic name ever - a name synonymous with "beautiful princess" and sadly it didn't suit her at all. She abbreviated it to something plainer but kids are cruel and some did snurk about it.

MrsWilliamBodie Wed 24-Apr-13 08:54:15

OP, every time the name is mentioned by the parents you should say "unlucky for some" and then laugh loudly like it's the first time you've said it and you're utterly hilarious. If they mention anything to you about the 'joke' not being funny after a few times, you can remind them that that's what their daughter is going to have to face until she is old enough to change it.

Not quite the same, but I have a really annoying surname. It is only a few letters long but nobody can write it without me spelling it out at least 3 times & then they often still get it wrong. It is very similar to some common British surnames that no one has a problem with (think John vs Sohn). It's very unusual, it's not rude or weird or funny but it is also not exotic enough to spark any interest in it. People just tend to look confused by it; I've even been asked if I'm sure I've spelt it correctly hmm. I've had this for 40 years, it is extremely tiresome and frankly I'm weary of it.

Fudgemallowdelight Wed 24-Apr-13 11:02:32

January Jones is a nice name.

Fudgemallowdelight Wed 24-Apr-13 11:03:48

(She plays Betty in Mad Men.)

TheBigJessie Wed 24-Apr-13 12:30:47

Either she will love it, and they will feel glad they chose it.

Or, she will hate it, and she will make them pay for choosing it. My 13 pence is on the latter!

chansondumatin Wed 24-Apr-13 14:08:55

I intend to name my firstborn 3.14159. Or "Pi" for short.

Modern, unisex and there's even a handy symbol for it.

ryanboy Wed 24-Apr-13 15:14:26

Areaq of a circle Pi arse queered

crje Wed 24-Apr-13 16:01:33

That was a name used in House ..........wonder did they see it there.

They will probably call their pets nicer names

Poor baby

Flisspaps Wed 24-Apr-13 16:19:00

I like it - my DC have boringtraditional names.

Then again, my mum wanted to call me April Tuesday but I ballsed that up by being born on a Wednesday grin

Spero Wed 24-Apr-13 16:28:41

It's not bad.

Much better than Mhadyzyn or Honey Kitten Boo Boo or whatever Jamie Oliver is calling his children.

And I agree with whoever said, the more you go on about how shit it is, the more likely they will dig their heels in.

squoosh Wed 24-Apr-13 16:30:34

I heard of a little girl born recently called Mackenzie MacDonald. I thought it sounded like a law firm.

noddyholder Wed 24-Apr-13 16:38:33

Last year I heard someone call their child ikea in the supermarket

NotSpartacus Wed 24-Apr-13 16:40:08

I really don't think it's that bad.
The child will no doubt make it her own.
It's not one I would use but there are "proper" names I like less.

Toasttoppers Wed 24-Apr-13 16:57:20

She will grow up and her career choice will be super villain with island hideouts oth name like that.

Absy Wed 24-Apr-13 17:01:28

Greenfishfingers .. clearly a Seinfeld fan grin

I know a family where the seventh child is called Sheva (hebrew for Seven) which I did think was a bit, erm, odd. BUT, it is actually a name in its own right, has a lot of meaning and was one of their grandmother's name (kind of the reason why it was chosen).

noddyholder Wed 24-Apr-13 17:07:11

I agree bond villain name.

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