If you are sensitive about names, don't read this. Because I am probably going to insult you. I am not trying to be insulting. I am simply making an observation from my own perspective.
Please don't e-mail me or facebook me. Because I warned you ahead of time.
I met a child named Brooklynne.
Not Brooklyn. Not Brooke Lynn. Brooklynn.
Pretty much hate that name. She is a sweet girl though.
In all fairness, if you didn't name your child after a saint -- and I mean a common saint, not Saint Felix or anything -- then I probably don't like your kid's name.
I like your kid (probably). Just not the name.
I think I am a name-Nazi because my mother has an unusual name. Her name is Aurelia, but everyone calls her Pucky. Like hockey-pucky. Don't ask. But it tells you why my brothers & sister & I all have very plain Catholic names.
I just managed to blame my rudeness on my mom, didn't I?
Ooops. Sorry Mom!
I like names with meaning. If you named your kid Britnee because it was your great-aunt's name, I will think that's an awesome name. If you named your kid Britnee because you just like the name, and because you want an "unusual" spelling, then I hate the name.
Spelling is important.
I once met a woman whose name is Adarin. She was my customer. I went to the lobby and called out "ADARIN!". She said "It's pronounced ADRIAN". Really? Because it's spelled ADARIN. I had a customer named Jorge who insisted his name was George. (OK that one I sorta get. But don't get in my face just because I called you Hore-Hey. That's how Jorge is pronounced. Jeesh.)
I laugh when people say things like "We really wanted something unusual".
I always recommend Ralph or Karen. You don't see many Ralphs or Karens born these days, do you? Unusual!
Below please find a list of names that I am not liking right now (in no particular order). Please note, at least half of these names can be found in my kiddo's classes.
Madison. . .Madysyn is even worse.
I always ask the parent if they named their child after the President or the city. They almost always say something like "There's a city called Madison?". Ummm, yeah. It's the CAPITAL of WISCONSIN.
If the parent ever says "The city. We met while at UW" (which I have yet to hear), then Madison is the BEST name EVAH! Go Badgers!
Jett (I love John Travolta. But Jett? no.)
Ham (Biblical name. Good name. If Ham is a rabbi, then I am fine with this name.)
Dalylah (I really hate this one. It's pronounced Delilah. Delilah is a perfectly nice name. Why do you have to wonk up the spelling????)
Camden (Orioles Fan?)
Colby (you know that's a cheese, right? It was invented in COLBY, WISCONSIN)
Jordan or Jordyn (On this one I ask if the child is named after the river or the greatest athlete who has ever lived. Again, if I like the answer, I like the name.)
Xoe (Zoe is fine. Xoe is stupid)
Xander (stupider than Xoe even)
Brandon, Brenden or Brayden
Tawny (that's a stripper name)
Octavian (There is a sweet little blond kid in #3 Son's class named Octavian. Love the kid, hate the name)
Feel free to add your own list of yucky names!