I bring this up because when I talk with friends and family about certain names, they are quick to come up with every possible way someone could make fun of whatever name it is we're talking about. My mother's response to my earlier post, Plumeria, was "Plummy the Plumber." But the point of this post is for two reasons. One, be aware of the potential "naughty nicknames" the name you choose for your baby can bring. Two, be aware that this trend of making fun of names is
Which brings me to a more important point: it's the adults you have to watch out for. While kids are becoming more accepting of unusual names, adults are becoming more judgmental. It's not any name in particular. Sometimes it doesn't suit their personal style, so they trash-talk it. "Eww, how could she name her daughter Morgana?" And then sometimes adults pass judgement on names that are definitely cringe-worthy, names that should have had a professional namer give their advice on. If twenty out of the twenty one people you've introduced your kid to have dropped their jaws and couldn't find anything nice to say, their awkwardness should be telling you something. But if it's just the minority telling you the name is awful, it's probably just them.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, or your personal experience or observations.