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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17760 on: September 25, 2013, 12:18:11 PM »
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« Reply #17761 on: September 25, 2013, 12:43:55 PM »
Sidney is still very much a male name in the UK. Whilst there might be one or two female Sidneys, it is overwhelmingly seen as an older mans name. Ashley is still a boys name here too. There are more female Ashleys than Sidneys but it is still seen as a perfectly acceptable boys name. I know several male Ashleys but no female ones.

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« Reply #17762 on: September 25, 2013, 01:15:53 PM »
Sidney is still very much a male name in the UK. Whilst there might be one or two female Sidneys, it is overwhelmingly seen as an older mans name. Ashley is still a boys name here too. There are more female Ashleys than Sidneys but it is still seen as a perfectly acceptable boys name. I know several male Ashleys but no female ones.

I'll always think of Ash as a boys name, but I think I'm more likely to think of Ashley as a girls name.
Ash -> Ash Ketchum from Pokemon, Ashley -> Ashley Simpson (who I actually have no idea of who she is/what she does).
Ash Ketchum who was named Sacha in France, a name I don't really like and even though I know it's a perfectly valid boys name for me it's scream 'girl' because it ends with an 'A'.
Also, how on earth is Sacha and Sandy short for Alexander?  :o

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« Reply #17763 on: September 25, 2013, 01:23:06 PM »
Alexander = Xander = Sander = Sandy ??
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« Reply #17764 on: September 25, 2013, 01:25:20 PM »
Daughter of a friend of the family: Katia. At least I think that's how it's spelled. It's pronounced like K'Tia.

Saw a girl on Judge Judy the other day. Taelyr. I don't mind the name Taylor for a girl. Some people may not like it, but it's fine for me. But spelling it like that? Sorry, no.

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« Reply #17765 on: September 25, 2013, 01:31:15 PM »
I don't get the point of bizarre spellings. How often do you really look at (much less take the time to appreciate) somebody's name when it's written down?

Contrast that with the number of times you hear/say a person's name, and consider also the number of times that it will be mispelled, or that you'll have to explain the spelling. It's bad enough for the likes of Kathy/Cathy, don't invent new sources of confusion!

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.



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« Reply #17766 on: September 25, 2013, 02:16:22 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

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« Reply #17767 on: September 25, 2013, 03:01:05 PM »
I heard an interesting one the other day:

Ian...

spelled "En"

Admittedly, if you say the letters out loud, does create the name "Ian", but that poor child will spend the rest of his life spelling his name!!!!!!!

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« Reply #17768 on: September 25, 2013, 03:07:27 PM »
Sidney is still very much a male name in the UK. Whilst there might be one or two female Sidneys, it is overwhelmingly seen as an older mans name. Ashley is still a boys name here too. There are more female Ashleys than Sidneys but it is still seen as a perfectly acceptable boys name. I know several male Ashleys but no female ones.

I'll always think of Ash as a boys name, but I think I'm more likely to think of Ashley as a girls name.
Ash -> Ash Ketchum from Pokemon, Ashley -> Ashley Simpson (who I actually have no idea of who she is/what she does).
Ash Ketchum who was named Sacha in France, a name I don't really like and even though I know it's a perfectly valid boys name for me it's scream 'girl' because it ends with an 'A'.
Also, how on earth is Sacha and Sandy short for Alexander?  :o

Sacha, Sandy, Sasha all come from "Aleksander and Aleksandra" which is the original spelling that the nicknames derive from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasha_(name)
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« Reply #17769 on: September 25, 2013, 03:42:47 PM »
I heard an interesting one the other day:

Ian...

spelled "En"

Admittedly, if you say the letters out loud, does create the name "Ian", but that poor child will spend the rest of his life spelling his name!!!!!!!

I would pronounce that like the letter "n" NOT like "Ian."
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17770 on: September 25, 2013, 04:31:29 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.



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« Reply #17771 on: September 25, 2013, 05:34:47 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.

How do you pronounce Sarah if not identically to Sara?  In my area (grew up in Texas, lived in Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas over my lifetime - so USA South & Southwest) - the two words are identical to my ear.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17772 on: September 25, 2013, 05:38:42 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.

How do you pronounce Sarah if not identically to Sara?  In my area (grew up in Texas, lived in Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas over my lifetime - so USA South & Southwest) - the two words are identical to my ear.

Sarah would be more like "SAY-ra" whereas Sara would be "SAW-ra", I think. (I've never heard them pronounced differently either, though!)
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17773 on: September 25, 2013, 08:08:46 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.

How do you pronounce Sarah if not identically to Sara?  In my area (grew up in Texas, lived in Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas over my lifetime - so USA South & Southwest) - the two words are identical to my ear.

For Sarah,  the first syllable rhymes with bear. For Sara,  the first syllable rhymes with jar. They're two completely different names in the UK.  Which is why the US adaptation of A Little Princess (one of my favourite books as a child) always annoyed me. They were saying Sara's name wrong!  Well, that and they changed the ending.



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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17774 on: September 25, 2013, 09:51:36 PM »
*snip*

A woman I went to school with recently had a son and named him Jak. Pronounced exactly like Jack. What on earth is the point of that? He'll be "Jack-without-a-c" for the rest of his life.

Maybe "Jack-without-a-c" could marry "Sara-no-h" and they'd name all their kids with traditional, non-U'neek names like Emily, Jennifer, Samantha, Aaron, Jacob, Robert, to spare their children having to constantly correct people on the spelling of their names.

Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.

How do you pronounce Sarah if not identically to Sara?  In my area (grew up in Texas, lived in Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas over my lifetime - so USA South & Southwest) - the two words are identical to my ear.

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