• Tue, Sep 3 2013

People Seriously Think I Named My Son After A Department Store

baby names for dummiesFrom now on, whenever someone asks me what my baby’s name is, I’m going to answer, “Michael.” Coming up with baby names is one of the best parts of having a baby. There’s the stripper test for example: “MUFFIN? YEAH, OK, HEY MUFFIN, HERE’S A 20 FOR YOU TO DO A DANCE.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never share your baby’s name until after birth, because that way no one can say, “What? You named your kid ‘Scout?’” (Which, personally, I think is a great name.) But it turns out even AFTER you name your child something a little different and unique, it’s a pain in the ass.

I named my baby Holt. I did the male version of the stripper test. “Hey, that’s Holt who scored that goal!” And, “This is my boyfriend, Holt.” But…but…but. Either people think I’m a fucking moron or some people really don’t know social etiquette.

My baby wasn’t even born yet when the cracks of his name appeared in a gossip column in a national Canadian newspaper. I had written that I had choose his name, in another publication, and this gossip columnist wrote something like, “Rebecca Eckler has picked out her son’s name that will go really well with a pink bag.” The reference to the “pink bag” was because here in Canada, we have a high-end department chain called Holt Renfrew. They put your purchases in pink bags. That was the first time I thought, hmmm, do people really think I’m fucking stupid enough to name my child after a department store? It would be like naming my child, “Walmart,” or, “Target,” for god’s sake!

The second time, a woman at the gym with a daughter who also has a fairly unique name made a stupid joke like, “I guess your mother really likes to shop at Holt’s.” Yeah. I know. Ha ha ha. It’s not everyone’s fault all the time.

Many times people ask his name and I’ll say, “Holt,” and they’ll say, “What?” to which I’ll respond, “HOLT! H-O-L-T! Holt!”

Two out of 10 times, I will get, “That’s a great name.” The eight other times I’ll be forced to say, “You know, like HOLT RENFREW!” because they are staring at me blankly.

I adore unique baby names but buyer beware if you don’t name your child Sarah or Daniel. For the rest of your life, you will hear, “That’s an interesting name,” or, “What was his/her name again?” Because when you give your baby an unique name, it’s almost as if a). people can’t help but make jokes (“Oh, you named your daughter Porsche. You must really like sporty cars! Ha ha ha!”) And b). people honestly become suddenly hard of hearing.

Never ONCE, that I can remember, when people ask my son’s name, did I only have to respond, “Holt,” once. It’s more like THREE times I have to repeat his name.

One of the babies in my son’s weekly playgroup is named Mason. Would I ever say, “Did you name him after a Mason jar?” Um, no.

Holt is a family name, which is what I started telling people, because it’s the truth. My Jewish grandfather who escaped to Canada way back and couldn’t get a job with the last name Burnholtz (too Jewish) shortened his last name to Burns. I loved my grandfather, so I wanted to honor him by bringing back “Holt.” End of story.

But I really don’t want to spend the rest of my life explaining this story every time someone cracks a joke about my son having half of a name of a department store. Never once did I think, “Well, hey, yeah I sometimes buy shoes at Holt Renfrew. Hey! What a great name for a boy!”

So go on – name your baby whatever the heck you want. I always thought that unique names are the better way to go, especially if it has some sort of meaning to you. (Yes, we fucked in Paris. So we named her Paris!) But I’m realizing the cons of unique baby naming. Even my daughter, Rowan, I have issues with. Most of the time, when I tell people her name, they automatically think she’s a boy.

Be prepared for the questions and explanations of your choice of name. But, please, don’t insult me by even cracking a joke – especially because it’s not really all that funny – that I named my son Holt after a fucking department store. And if you can’t handle it, well, just call him “Mike.” I swear, I think about doing it sometimes. NOT! Holt is his name and it rocks.

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  • Véronique Houde

    OMG we named our baby a unique baby name: Adeléa. I know that there is an italian coffee brand called Adelia and that it’s also a first name, but in my case, I wanted to name my child after my grandma Adèle, and liked the name Léa, so I put them together. But people (especially in french) get confused and think I spelled it with an I and start butchering her name, even if I take the time to pronounce it slowly so that they can hear the E instead of the I. It’s a pain in the ass when I have to correct them after that. Oh well, my bad, shouldn’t have made up a name!!

    • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

      Oh my gosh, what a beautiful name! I’m a total baby name nerd. Do you pronounce it Adel-lay-a or Adel-lee-a?

    • Véronique Houde

      THANKS! It’s pronounced Adee-lee-a in English

    • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

      Lovely!

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Adee-lee-a? What a minute. I thought in English my niece’s name was pronounced Adele-ia. Like… Adele. Iyaaah.

      FML I can’t even pronounce my own fam’s names…

      (and that’s why I stuck to a 3-letter name).

    • Jim King

      Right there is the big problem with saddling a kid with an unusual name. They will be correcting the pronunciation and spelling of it their whole life. The parents who give their kids these names don’t have to go through that, the poor kid does. Of course the dolt Veronique will claim she’s had no problems because of it, but that’s probably a lie.

    • disqus_WjKIYzni5a

      Hey there! No name-calling. I’ve had to correct people on pronunciation my whole life, and I love my name, would never change it.

  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    I really miss Holt renfrew

    • CMJ

      Oh god, so do I.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      The cafe is so good too. Let’s go. Let’s goooooooo. Now.

    • CMJ

      I do need a new purse…I’m in!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      We can go see Rebecca’s babies!

  • Rachel Sea

    I think Holt is a nice name. Some people are uncreative jerks (is that the ONLY Holt they can think of?); if you want to know how someone picked a name you can say “How did you decide on that name?” or “is that a family name?” without sounding like a fool.

  • TngldBlue

    My husbands name is not that unusual but for some reason people constantly get it wrong. So unless it’s someone or someplace that matters, when asked his name he says “Bill”. We went with a slightly unusual name for our daughter and I have to repeat it often. I hated that we couldn’t name her after my maternal grandmother as my paternal grandmother was the type that would’ve taken great offense and would have never forgiven us (her middle name was non negotiable so that wasn’t an option for paternal grandma either). Our daughter names all her baby dolls “Baby” and I think she’s on to something.

    • LadyClodia

      People get my husband’s name wrong a lot too, and he gives the name “Steve” when we’re waiting for a table at a restaurant or something. Very very few people calling the house for him get his name right: “Joann” (no that’s a woman’s name,) “Jonah” (now you’re transcribing letters,) “Joe-han” (oh so close!)

    • GPMeg

      It must be something about J names– I’ve heard loads of people get Jonah, Jorah (yes, like Mormont, he was named long before the Ser!), James, Jamie, and Jimmy (obv. it’s Jenny) wrong and for some reason folks have trouble with my husband’s name, Jeremy. Who knew?

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      Johann? Anyone a little bright would get it. Or anyone who has listened to classical music on purpose.

  • Jayess

    I have a fun anecdote that I share all the time when my husband isn’t listening. His family is German, and most of his cousins and aunts and uncles live in Germany. Obviously, so does his Oma. In Germany, English names are becoming popular. He had a cousin name his baby daughter “Samantha.” Cute!
    Oma calls mom-in-law (who lives here in Canada) and says to her, “Oh, it is too bad! You vill not believe vhat dey have named dis baby! Dey have named her…. Cement!”

  • LadyClodia

    Holt is a great name! I understand, though, my boys have unusual names for the US. My older son is named “Hans,” after my husband’s best friend (my husband is Dutch,) and our younger son is named “Ridder.” Ridder means “knight” in Dutch. It’s not at all a usual name in Dutch, but we were having a horrible time agreeing on a name, and I saw “Ridder,” and we both liked it and the rest is history. People call him “Rider” all of the time, and it’s annoying to correct them. Or people are like “Oh, those are interesting names,” which of course translates to “What were you thinking?”

  • JD

    My son has a nice, strong Italian first name – the same as my FIL. It’s unique in that not a lot of American toddlers are walking around with it, but it’s not long or difficult to pronounce. And we live in Brooklyn, which feels like the epicenter of unique baby names, so I was really surprised by the number of people who asked us, “Soooo, what are you going to call him?” after he was born. Um, his name? Which I just told you?

  • JLH1986

    I have the most boring name of the 80′s, “Jennifer”. I love the idea of unusual names. I wished my name were a little more fun. I know being made fun of was something my parents considered and they did good…until Forrest Gump came out. I’ve never been called Jenny but for years after that movie came out people would call me “JENNAY” . Kids will find a reason to pick. If it works for you and yours. Do it. Even stripper names (which I hate, but still your kid your family). Just avoid names like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin

    • Rachel Sea

      Adolf was a nice family name, on my mother’s side, until that jerk ruined it.

    • JLH1986

      My grandfather is German, he said the same thing. It was a strong family name. But now it’s impossible to use.

    • Amber

      I know a guy name Adolph. People kind of pause when they first hear his name but they get over it really fast. I think it helps that he has a thick Jersey accent.

    • Merle

      My father-in-law’s name is Adolf. He was born in Germany in 1942. Lots of little boys were given that name…people pause when they hear it, but it’s really not uncommon for people born in those years to have that name here..

    • Sara610

      My husband and I were JUST having a conversation about this the other day. Like, after WWII, how many Adolfs were like, “Well, crap…..” I mean, it wasn’t an unusual name in Germany, and for that matter neither was Hitler. Are there just a bunch of Hitlers running around now, cursing that one guy for making their lives a living hell every time they have to fill out any paperwork or introduce themselves to anyone new?

    • Rachel Sea

      Hitler was not a common name, the few others who used it probably just switched to Heidler or Hittler.

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      And sadly, you can’t use Rudolf/Rudolph to honor someone either because of a stupid department store invented reindeer. Randolph is the only thing I can think of.

    • Emmali Lucia

      I know what you mean about little kids making fun of even the most mundane names.

      “Em-Molly”
      “EmMAAAH”
      “EmmaLIII”

      Good God just going over those memories makes me want to punch those little bucktooth assholes in the face. I mean, it wasn’t really hurtful, but it was REALLY ANNOYING

    • JLH1986

      Yep. Kids will find SOMETHING to pick at. JennEfur, Fur, Jennay!, JenEJen. Any possible stupid variation of Jennifer. I don’t dislike my name, but lots of Jennifer’s in the 80′s and lots of nicknames. So my advice? People should name their kids what they want (even if I think it’s stupid, I do NOT get naming kids after cars but whatever) because it’s their kid and they should be able to name them what they want. As long as they are good parents who cares? I know as many asshole Daniels as I do O’Dontes (meaning one each! ha!)

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      Also a Jennifer here. Seriously? Jennifer is an excellent name, for all that it is common. No one has preconceived ideas about you, it’s super easy to spell, it looks sensible on a resume, it grows old with you gracefully, no one thinks it’s weird and you have numerous nickname options.
      I personally really dislike unique names. An identity is forged with who you are, not what your first name is. Common names help you get through life with few complications and are a blank slate on which to unfold yourself.

    • JLH1986

      I don’t have any beef with Jennifer. I still use the name, I like it well enough. My point was people should name their kid what they want even if others give them grief because kids (and adults) will find something to pick at. And you must live somewhere that Jennifer isn’t spelled crazy because on a weekly basis I get: Jannifer, Jeniffer, Ginnifer, Ginefer, Jenifer, Jenipher, Jenniphfer, Jennafer etc. I’m the only Jennifer at my office so it’s easy to narrow down, but yea, just because it sounds simple to others doesn’t mean they won’t make it difficult.

    • Justme

      I was a Laura at the height of TGIF and Steve Urkel fame. I was on the receiving end of “Lauuuuuuraaaaa!” for much of the fifth grade.

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    • ElleJai

      My name is Eliza Jayne. Not Aliza. Not Elisa. Not Elizabeth.

      I always wanted to be a Jennifer. So much so I nearly changed it. I decided not to because it would have broken my parents hearts. I just go with Liz or Elle now…

  • Anika

    Steve Holt!

    • BubbleyToes

      This is the exact thing scrolled down here to type!

  • RosieW

    I admit that I can’t stand seeing names with Yewneekp (the p is silent) spellings, but I love unique names. I have a boring name. I refer to it as an American bastard stepchild name because it has no historial significance, it’s not British, has no foreign translation, and peaked in popularity thirty years before I was born. It has never been the #1 name, can’t be shortened, and is not one of those names that’s making a comeback (i.e. Audrey or Josephine). I have always wished for a name that could be shortened in some way just to escape the terminally mundane reality that is my first name.

    If I were you I would go ahead and tell everybody his name is Michael, but you spell it H-o-l-t. At least then you’ll have an interesting answer when they make you repeat yourself!

    (My name isn’t really Rose/Rosie/etc.)

    • Sara610

      OMG, Eckler should totally tell people that the baby’s name is Michael but spelled H-O-L-T. That would be hilarious.

    • talonsage

      That. Is. AWESOME.

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    I remember while pregnant I had a ton of people tell me what not to name my son as if I asked or really cared which is why I kept my decision a secret until after he was born.

    • Jim King

      Any parent who cares about their kid won’t give him an unusual name. The parents don’t have to deal with all the people who won’t spell or pronounce it correctly, and don’t have to deal with the teasing from other kids. They might be well meaning, just stupid.

  • Sara610

    But if you live in a country with a popular department store that bears the same name as the one you chose for your son, you had to figure that some people would crack stupid jokes about it. Sure, I get that it’s annoying, but you seem really, really ragey about something that’s actually pretty predictable.

    Down here in the US, if I named my baby, I don’t know, Macy or Penney, I would probably expect to get some jokes about how I must really love to shop at Macy’s or JC Penney. I’m not saying you’re wrong to think that it gets a bit old–I’m sure it does–but you seem really shocked that people are doing this, which I find surprising.

    When we were expecting our daughter and thinking about baby names, one name that we really loved was Bracha, which is Hebrew for “blessing”. But we decided that if we ended up somewhere in the middle of nowhere, with no Jews within miles (and in my husband’s line of work, this isn’t totally unlikely), we didn’t want her to have to go through school hearing “Okay, class, this is our new student…..Brah-tcha? Brat-cha?” So we went with Hannah, which is a good deal less unusual and easier to pronounce.

    • http://www.8bitdad.com Zach Rosenberg

      Or Montgomery Ward, which I personally wish was my name.

    • Leafyleafster

      Your sister is rude, and Ruth is an awesome name. Before we found out the gender of the baby I’m currently carrying, I suggested the name Ruth if it was a girl, because I love the name, I had a wonderful aunt by that name, I think it’s cute for a baby (Ruthie), and transitions well into adulthood. The other half shot it down immediately, but for good reason: Ruth Roth just does not work. =P

    • Sara610

      Haha! Yeah, Ruth Roth would be unfortunate. We also love the name Shoshana, but our last name starts with an “Sch”, so Shoshana Sch—— is just way too much “shhhhh” :)

    • Guest

      Plus you were having a baby, not an 80-year-old.

    • Leafyleafster

      Rude! And laaaaate to the party. =)

    • Mae Blackwood

      Awh. I love the name Ruth. It’s my great grandmothers name and I was almost named Ruth Ann. But, my mother decided on just keeping the Ann and naming me after a doll she had as a child, which seemed like the better choice, somehow.

      I agree with everything else though. It seems like she should somewhat expect it and understand that it will come with it. We’re naming our daughter Lydia and I fully expect to hear lots of “Oh, you guys must loooove Beetlejuice!” A friend recently made a joke about it.

      We love the name though, but we won’t at all be surprised by the jokes that will come with it. I’d much rather get them than the “Clamlydia” joke another friend made.

    • talonsage

      Lydia has gotten popular. Unlike me, who broke free of the family curse to unknowingly name your children the most popular names of the time, my cousin RACHEL(born in the 80′s with sister Jessica) has recently named her children Lukas (he’s almost 2) and her newborn is Lydia.

      While I LOVE both those names, they’re distressingly popular. But as long as Rachel loves them, that’s all that matters. (If you knew my cousin like I know my cousin, you’d add a caveat too. O__O)

  • Lisa

    Giiiiiiiiiirl. I feel you. We named our daughter Penelope because I wanted something that to me sounded like you had to smile when you said and that I didn’t know too many people named their child. I have LOVED that name since I was in my undergrad for Lit. It had meaning behind it for me being a Lit nerd and it just sounds (to me) so beautiful and happy) Flashforward to last year when she was born and every person is like “You must love the Kardashians! FML.

    • Emmali Lucia

      What? The Kardashians?

      Hell, the first thing I thought was Criminal Minds (Garcia’s first name is Penelope), just goes to show how (Insert adjective here that reflects how you feel about people who watch reality TV) those people are if the first thing they think of is a reality show.

    • Lisa Judson

      Haha Seriously. I always want to be like, “You know what other MORE/BETTER famous person has a daughter named Penelope? Tina Fey!” Ive had 1 person be like, “Oh isnt Tina Feys daughter named Penelope too?” and I was *whisper* “I love you forever”.

    • talonsage

      Ripley’s first middle name is Honor, an old English name I’ve loved in all its incarnations for like…ever…and now I have to say “I named her LONG before Jessica Alba was even THINKING about getting pregnant, thank you!”

    • Rachel Sea

      I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that more people pay attention to US Weekly than the Odyssey.

      I have two friends who named their daughters Penelope (known as Pip and Penny respectively), and people make such faces! Like they think the girls’ lives are going to be ruined for having old fashioned names.

    • Andrea

      The first thing I thought was Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds who is the most awesome nerd EVER. So you rock on that name. I LOVE it.

      I didn’t even know there was a Kardwhateverthefuck named Penelope.

    • Lisa Judson

      All of you have restored my faith in humanity. <3

    • Lisa Judson

      for a minute.

    • Andrea

      Sorry, I didn’t upset you with the dog thing did I? I’m sorry!!! I thought it would apply because they named her after the character too. My apologies!!!

    • Lisa Judson

      haha Oh no.I just said “for a minute” because I feel like as soon as I think there are decent people in the world…there’s 242485974584 articles/news stories/people in general that I’m like…oh Lawd.

    • Andrea

      True. Just hang out in the comments section here. You will find tons of awesome people. Trollage is at a minimum.

    • Amanda Rene Slinger

      Wow I must be out of touch, I thought all those vapid girls had K names?

    • jsterling93

      Yeah I had to google this one because I didn’t get the connection. Apparently the sister with all the kids named one Penelope.

    • Lisa Judson

      I didnt know that one of them had named their child Penelope either until someone had said it to me when asking my daughters name.. I wanted to do a slow crying wall slide.

    • Emil

      That is unfortunate. Penelope is still and awesome name though and in 10 years everyone is going to be like Kardashian? who?

    • arizonamom

      SERIOUSLY. I wish the all the Kardashians would go dig a hole and jump in it. My husband and I had a baby 2 years ago; however we had her name picked out since I was pregnant- Chloe and my name is Courtney. He loves that name and brought it up as a contender and I agreed and also wanted to go with a short name. Well, apparently we live in a cave, since we don’t have cable and we never had time to be on the internet reading gossip on reality shows. I knew who Kim was because of the big football player she was dating at the time, since my husband loves football. I couldn’t keep track of any of her other ‘six’ sisters names and it was really unimportant. This was about three years ago, before they all really exploded with the media. Now everyone asks if our names are with a K ugh.. seriously, no. We have the nice old school names that have been given for generations. It wasn’t until my maternity leave when I was at an ECFE class that a young nanny asked me if I liked the Kardashians. Right after that I went to our grocery store and saw all 3 on a cover of a magazine. go figure. maybe I’m over thinking this as she was the only one to make the comment since then. Unfortunately, I still think of the K’s when I introduce ourselves.

    • Tinyfaeri

      I’ll second the character Penelope Garcia – she’s who I think of when I see/hear Penelope. She totally hooked me on geeked out, bright-colored or sparkly glasses, so she has a special place in my heart. It’s a happy, sunny name!

    • break_time

      Congrats on your Penelope! I have a Penelope as well who was born a few weeks before the Kardashian’s Penelope, so I joke that she copied me. Other than that, if it comes up, I just say that we both have good taste in our daughters’ names.

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      *knock, knock, knock* PENNY!

    • Not That Rebecca

      Oh FFS. No, Penelope was a name WELL before the Kardashians, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
      I lived in fear of one of my kids’ names being coopted by a hideous celeb. Never happened, thank God.
      Imagine all the people out there who named a child Dexter?

  • historychick79

    C’s first name is a fairly common Scottish surname (it is not a tongue twister). While I’ve heard many people say this surname properly when they see it as a last name, they lose all sense of phonetic rules and mispronounce his name all the time for no apparent reason. It shouldn’t be that hard, but it is. At least his middle name is Michael, so he can always resort to that if he is fed up someday (though since it’s my husband’s name, I’m amazed at how many people even manage to mis-spell Michael).

    • ElleJai

      My dad is a Michael, as was my best friend growing up. Seriously it’s not that hard, people are just stupid.

  • GPMeg

    Wow, people are too dense! It’s not like when we hear Michael we think a mom must love crafting… (Michael’s=big crafting store in the states, I don’t know if they’re international)

    I’m waiting for my boy name (Byron) to be questioned– obviously since I’m a Brit Lit major it’s LORD Byron, not an amazing Uncle who passed away.

    • ElleJai

      Just keep him away from his sisters ;)

      In all seriousness I love Byron. My all time favourite poet. I think I love you now lol.

    • GPMeg

      Haha! I do love Byron the poet, but I loved more my dear Uncle Byron more.

      It’s the thing about kid names, you know, there’s always a reason and there’s always a stupid question to be asked. I suppose at least my potential question isn’t just absolute density like Holt’s…

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      I think the best thing Lord Byron ever did was reproducing. Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace. But hey, who wouldn’t love the first computer programmer? <3

    • Jim King

      Given all the millions of other Michaels in existence (and that it’s a Biblical name) compared to how few other Holts there have been…

  • Amanda

    People are dumb. Enough said. Our son is named Teague. (a very old traditional gaelic name — for what its worth.) The number of people who asked if we maid it up boggle my mind – the many ways they find to pronounce it amaze me. I say it (repeat) and then I spell it out for them T-E-A-G-U-E – and then they inevitably say “Oh Teagan !”
    No. Not Teagan. (face palm)

    • ChillMama

      I get why the “Teagan” thing grinds your gears, but I don’t think people are dumb just because they don’t know how to say/spell a child’s name. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of potential names just bursting to be accessed!

    • Amanda

      I think people are clueless and not making attention to the idea that I just had to spell it for you (which I expected) and there is no N at the end. For the record, my other son is named Samuel and people seem to have a hard time spelling that as well. Perhaps people in my area just can’t spell. We pronouce it JUST like Leage with a T – because I knew going for a more traditional pronunciation would be problematic. I figured if I went with the “obvious” way to pronouce it to me it would be easier. It seems I was mistaken.

    • Sara610

      How IS it pronounced? I would think it would rhyme with “league”, but I’ve never seen or heard that name so maybe I’m way off base. I agree, though, with the other commenter–if you name your child something that’s unusual, no matter how beautiful or significant the reasoning may be, you have to realize that people won’t always know how to pronounce or spell it right away. It doesn’t mean they’re stupid, any more than mixing up “made” and “maid” makes a person stupid. It’s just a matter of someone else not having the same knowledge of a specific area of trivia that you do.

    • Andrea

      Until she said it rhymes with “league” my mind was pronounce it like “tag”". Yeah, I’ll go to my corner now…

    • EmmaFromÉire

      Well, if it is indeed based of the gaelic (and it’s a very poor bastardisation at that) it’s pronounced tye-guh, emphasis on the first syllable.

    • Paul White

      Well, most of us don’t know jack about old Gaelic culture (myself included).

    • talonsage

      I know quite a bit actually, but I have trouble with pronunciation due mainly to my dyslexia. There are some Gaelic names I’d swear I know, but when I see them rather than hearing them, they go right out my brain. :( “Teague” is one I’d ask about, because I KNOW it’s Gaelic, but it’s one I’d have to hear and see several times before it cemented.

      Btw, it’s an awesome name and I LOVE it. It would just take me a bit to learn it properly. My husband’s family is mostly Welsh (hence, son named Rhys) and mine is mostly Scot and German (hence his middle names being MacCaskill (family name) and Lachlan).

    • Talija

      I feel your pain, my son’s name is Teige.

    • Jim King

      Poor kid.

  • ChillMama

    Hmm, I don’t get all the anger. Both my names are unusual (by North American standards anyway) and I ALWAYS have to spell them and repeat them several times. The butchery sometimes amuses me – where the heck did you get that from those piles of letters? – but I certainly never got annoyed.
    People are not mind-readers. For the most part, people asking you to repeat/spell are probably doing so since they don’t want to offend you by getting your child’s name wrong. Cause boy do people freak out if you spell their kid’s name wrong!

    • Aldonza

      Yeah, I work with a lot of children, and anymore almost all of them have names that are either less than common or nontraditional spellings so I usually ask them to repeat their name and then confirm I’m saying it correctly when I first meet them to try and make it stick right away. Also they can get really pissy if I do mispronounce it.

    • Jim King

      There’s no point in giving a kid an usual name. For one thing, you can’t make them special by doing that. For another, any name will eventually become common (but that doesn’t help the poor kid and the hell he or she will go through, a hell the well meaning parents are largely spared).

  • G.E. Phillips

    If I had kept my mouth shut, my son’s name would be Beau. GAAAAHD I love that name. But you would not believe the disbelief–nay, the horror that name was met with, especially from members of my own family. You would have thought I was planning to name my child Booger or Cornholio. *sigh*

    I love the name Holt. I first thought of True Blood, but I guess that’s Hoyt?!?

    • Rachel Sea

      What did the haters say was wrong with the name Beau?

    • G.E. Phillips

      My dad, mainly, just had a big issue with it. He just thoroughly disliked the name, said it sounded soft and weak (I thought it sounded ridiculously strong and handsome, like a movie star/football player, especially with our last name.) If had been any other member of my family, I might have said, “Screw you,” but I’m very close with my dad and I’ll admit, I didn’t want him to hate his first grandson’s name.

      My ex MIL also hated it, as well as 2 out of 3 of my sisters, so….yeah. If I ever have another baby, my lips are SEALED on the name until after he or she born. Maybe even after that, lol.

    • Rachel Sea

      Olympic Gold Medalist Beau Hoopman would like your dad to know that his opinion is mistaken.

    • G.E. Phillips

      *cries because Olympic Gold is my Mommy Dream for my child and I totally should have named him Beau*

    • Rachel Sea

      You can still call him Beau. It’s not an unheard-of nickname.

    • Paul White

      How do you say that? I’d pronounce it “Boo” but I’m not sure if I’m right.

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Beau is pronounced “Bo” and it means handsome in French. ;) I personally love the name.

    • Jim King

      It means “beautiful.” Not the name you’d want to give a boy. Unless you hate him.

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Actually “belle” means beautiful, “beau” means handsome. Beau is definitely a name for a boy. – Signed, a French Canadian.

    • Jim King

      No, beau means beautiful, or beauty. French-English dictionaries are a handy invention. (I know what you’re thinking – “What’s a dictionary?”) One of its meaning is handsome but not the primary one – which, of course, they list first.

      I kind of doubt you’re a French Canadian – unless you’re the kind not really acquainted with the French language.

    • Rachel Sea

      You’re acting like a condescending asshole, so I don’t actually expect you to listen to me, but as another French speaker (not just someone who relies on a dictionary, with all it’s limitations) I can confirm that “beau” is the masculine form of pretty or beautiful, which in English, is translated to handsome.

      Just like English has multiple words meaning the same thing in different contexts, so does French.

    • Jim King

      Most words also have a primary meaning, which for beau is beautiful.

      By the way, you mean to say its, not it’s.

    • Rachel Sea

      Actually I meant to say fuck off, but I’m much too polite.

    • Jim King

      Obviously you’re not.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Gah. Shut up.

    • Jim King

      Consider taking your own advice.

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Vous me chatouillez l’égo par votre présomption, M. King, alors je jouerai à votre jeu. Je vous assure que je suis francophone de souche québecoise et je maîtrise très bien ma langue, en plus de l’anglais. Vous pouvez aussi compter sur le fait que je n’ai nul besoin d’un dictionnaire de traduction anglais/français pour savoir que “beau” s’accorde au masculin et “belle” s’accorde au féminin – ça nous est enseigné dès l’école primaire. Vous pouvez prendre l’exemple “votre fille est belle” et “votre fils est beau” pour voir la différence. Et, pour votre information, “beauty”, c’est “beauté”, pas “beau”.

      Donc, dans ce cas, le nom “Beau” serait mieux traduit par le terme “handsome” que par “beautiful”.

      Maintenant, allez hop à Google Translate ou votre dictionnaire anglais/français pour traduire mon texte.

      Bises xx

    • Jim King

      They should call this Dog French – you know, like Dog Latin. Quite pathetic.

    • Jim King

      I wouldn’t need Google Translate for that – it’s only Quebec French after all.

    • Rachel Sea

      You wouldn’t know the difference if it whacked you upside the head with a baguette. The written language is the same in Paris and Montreal.

    • Jim King

      Incorrect.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Whatever you just said, je suis cosigning!!

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      And for shits and giggles, since you seem to like dictionaries, here’s a reputable French dictionary’s website where they clearly define the translations for you. :)

      http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/beau/8465

    • Jim King

      The Larousse dictionary is where I got it from, moron.

    • Véronique Houde

      wow. such anger. do you need a hug?

    • Rachel Sea

      Yeah, a special hug.

    • Véronique Houde

      awww Jim, you’re at it again! You’re quite the charmer, aren’t you? Beau dommage de te voir te comporter comme un idiot sur un site réputable…

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Est-ce que je me suis fait avoir par un troll?

    • Véronique Houde

      Probablement ;). Sinon, c’est juste un bel idiot.

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      Bon, je préfère accepter qu’il est un bel idiot qui s’est fait enseigner une leçon de français. J’ai fait mon bon geste pour la journée. :P

    • Jim King

      See? Clearly not French. And if you are, well it’s no wonder the real French – you know, the ones in France – mock the French language spoken here. It’s about as close to the real thing as Pig Latin is to Latin. Fool.

    • Guest

    • Jim King

      You just can’t do anything right.

    • Véronique Houde

      ah dangit… guess my husband and daughter just truly hate me, don’t they? :S I guess I really am a fool! Thanks for clueing me in, Mr. Pretty King! Will you marry me? I guess no one really loves me…

    • Jim King

      Of course you’re a fool. You know that as well as I do, and all I have to go by are your comments here.

    • Rachel Sea

      Véronique! You’ll get the man all excited. Clearly his winning personality is just too much for all the weak and silly women in his real life so that he has to get his rocks off online. It would make anyone cranky.

    • Véronique Houde

      no but seriously, i think i need that kind of man in my life! one to tell it as it is and make sure i know my proper role in life. It’s like Dr. Phil, but just more jerky. I think i’m having an enlightened moment here!!!! :)

    • Rachel Sea

      I am feeling a bit of a need to kick off my shoes and get back in the kitchen…where did I put my frilly apron?

    • Véronique Houde

      I’m making sushi right now if you want to join and help out! we can take the cooking sherry out and laugh over the cutting board :). no but i’m wondering if sushi is a bit too modern though…

    • Rachel Sea

      It’s not real sushi unless it’s Japanese :)

      Jim likes things authentic, so it should probably be acorn mash, tubers, and dried venison.

    • Véronique Houde

      true dat… perhaps a nice pot roast might be more appropriate.

      no but seriously, on the sushi – it counts, ’cause a japanese chef taught me how to make them ;) lol

    • Rachel Sea

      I never discriminate against sushi. My favorite sushi chef on the planet is Chinese. I would totally make drunk sushi with you. But not Jim. I don’t sit at table with people who lack both manners and a sense of humor.

    • Véronique Houde

      Deal! And we’ll drink awesome Quebecker alcohol that even the french like because we’re awesome like that, and we’ll speak french like a boss. Oh. And @rachellehoude:disqus can come too.

    • Rachel Sea

      Much like the people in England mock the Americans who think they speak English?

    • Jim King

      No, not really. It would be the same only if Americans – or Canadians, or Australians, etc. – spoke English as it was spoken in the 17th century in England. *That’s* what the French find funny.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Shut up. Just shut up. You’re being an incredibly condescending and sexist asshole, and you need to stop mansplaining.

    • Jim King

      Whatever you’ve got to tell yourself.

    • Jim King

      This is hardly a reputable website. I know you’re not all that bright, but still. You did notice it’s mommyish.com, right? And, ahem, notorious brainbox (heh) Rebecca Eckler. You did notice that, right?

    • Véronique Houde

      You know, if you’re gonna argue with a whole bunch of french canadians on the definition of a word, you should definitely NOT just rely on a dictionary ;). IMHO. But then again, I had to use my fingers to count 13 days on my hands this morning when responding to you, and it took an eternity because I got confused when I got to 10 – I mean, what are you supposed to do when you run out of fingers?!? That’s why I used the “…”.

      But you know… French is such a complicated language, maybe it’s just above your level of comprehension.

    • Jim King

      You’re not French. Admittedly your command of English is quite poor, but that doesn’t mean much.

      You are of course an idiot. Yes, dictionaries are totally unreliable.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Dude. It’s a BOYS NAME.

    • Jim King

      Dude? Man, whatever microscopic amount of credibility you had you lost right there. Are you a 20-year-old frat boy, surfer, or snowboarder?

    • Jim King

      How was he mistaken? This guy looks like a total pussy.

    • Rachel Sea

      Say that to his face.

    • Jim King

      In the extraordinarily unlikely event that we ever meet I would not be afraid to say that to his face. I don’t know where you got the idea swimmers are tough. Fit, yes, not tough.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Jiminy Cricket, I am just seeing what’s going down over here. Now I kinda wish I had named my kid “Shut The Fuck Up, Jim King.”

    • Jim King

      You are unbelievably stupid.

    • Andrea

      Sometimes it’s best not to announce the name until after birth. Because once they SEE the baby, they are gonna LOVE the baby and the name will be secondary.

    • talonsage

      Damn, Beau is AWESOME!!

      My grandparents tried to re-name Ripley, “Elizabeth”. No lie. Telling everyone that was her name, then claiming to US it was a “nickname”. My parents went OFF. I have NEVER seen both of them so angry at the same time at my grandparents. It was epically awesome. Personally I said first,” She has THREE NAMES. PICK ONE.” And then I had a onsie made up that said, “My name is Ripley, believe it or not.” And that’s what she wore when she’d go to visit great-grandma and grandpa.

    • G.E. Phillips

      That onesie sounds fantastic!

    • talonsage

      It was!! It was the ultimate passive aggressive move. :P

      I still have it, cause obviously it’s something for Rip to keepsake in the future.

  • Mary (my alias)

    I have a very unique name and no, it’s not Mary. Whenever anyone asks my name and I respond, their eyes get wide and ooze, “I LOOOOOVE your name, what’s the story behind it???!!”. I’ve had to spell it a lot but I’ve gotten nothing but love from it. I’ve had such a wonderful experience having a unique name that I named my daughter a fairly unique name that has become increasingly popular each year (ugh).

    • http://www.APDentalBenefits.com/ $14.95 Dental Plans

      We are so curious as to what your name is!

  • C.J.

    My first name is Carrie (C.J. is my nickname). I was born in 1976 so people always asked my mother if she named after the movie. My mother doesn’t watch horror movies and didn’t even think about the movie when she named me. Seriously, who would name their kid after a horror movie anyway. I was named after my grandfather Cary, just spelled the girl way.

  • Guest

    I have a sister named Serena Rae who was born right before Sailor Moon became popular in Canada. Needless to say, assumptions were made and my mom spent several years explaining that she’d never even heard of Sailor Moon until well after my sister was born and named.

  • Kaye

    Ugh, now I’m confused. Should I just give my baby a common, “clean slate” name (as one commenter eloquently put it below), or go with the not-so-common (but not unbearably pretentious) name I’ve settled on?

    • EB

      Why have you settled on the name if you find it “unbearably pretentious?”

    • RIF

      Why you no can read :(

    • break_time

      There are a few things to consider with an uncommon name. First, are you comfortable correcting people who might mispronounce or misspell it? Second, have you run it through Google or run it by people you trust to uncover any unfortunate associations? (For example, Vienna brings to mind the city, but also the sausages.) Third, would you be comfortable using the name yourself for a day (if applicable) just to try it out?

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      Underused is fine, obscure is likely to cause problems, and “unique” (made up) is gonna be nothing but a headache.

    • Jim King

      A common name is best. Giving a kid an unusual name will not make them special (Isaac Newton would have been just as great had he been John Smith), but what it will do is doom them to a lifetime of correcting other people’s pronunciation and/or spelling of it. As well as probably the teasing, even bullying.

  • shanon

    the day is very near when people name thier children PEPSI,ANOROID,COKE,APPLE, ETC

    • Kristinkles

      Hey now, my name is ETC, what are you trying to say? ;)

    • shanon

      Et cetera (ETC) COMMON YEAH GK(general knowledge)

    • Kristinkles

      Dude, it was a joke.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      And then there’s this woman, who is actually named Marijuana Pepsi. I shit you not.

  • Tori

    Once, when my boyfriend and I were shopping at Wal-Mart, we heard a woman yelling “IKEA!” A few moments later, a little girl comes running around the corner. Don’t get me wrong, I love IKEA, but not as a person’s name!

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      Are you sure it wasn’t Akiya? It’s Japanese.

  • Me

    My name is Lauren. Not uncommon, spelled the usual way. People can’t even get that right. Since I was a kid I’ve been called/had it spelled Laura, Laurel, Laureen, Warren, Lorraine, Laverne, Lorne, Loren, Lorin, Lauryn, Loran, etc. A lot of times it’s older people who I don’t think have any freaken idea how to say any name that isn’t John or Mary. So I can only imagine having a name that is truely “different.” We are naming our son due in December Callum, call him Cal for short. It’s uncommon in the US but not really uncommon in the UK. I know people will make us repeat it all the time but I just love the name!

    • Laura

      I’m a Laura, and I get called all those as well (except replace Warren for Dora).

      When people get what my name is, they always ask if I was named after the character from General Hospital (no!). Although I did meet a guy named Luke a few years ago who was named after the General Hospital character, and he got excited hoping I was too (Luke and Laura are a power couple on General Hospital).

  • Jayamama

    We named our daughter Jaya. No, we didn’t make it up – it’s Hindu and means victory. I thought it was simple enough, but I can’t believe the variations people come up with. It’s JAY-uh, like the bird with a little extra. Not that hard.

  • jec

    Rebecca, you could always move here to Australia. We don’t have Holt Renfrew stores. Heck, I don’t even know what they sell!
    Australia did have a prime minister named Harold Holt in the 1960s. He went for a swim at a surf beach in rough weather and disappeared, never to be found. I’ve always wondered how a prime minister could just get … lost (think about it in context of president and you’ll know what I mean). It’s his name I think of when I hear “Holt”, as well as it being a surburb I lived in – obviously named after the drowned prime minister.

  • Athena A

    My name is Athena, which is super uncommon in Belgium, where I’m from. I’ve always liked having a different name, I’m glad I wasn’t one of the groups of Stephanie’s, Sarah’s and Kim’s in my class. I did have to hear ‘did you know it’s the name of a Greek goddess’ from adults a million times over, but you learn to roll your eyes and ignore it.
    My partner is Irish so when we have children they’ll likely have Irish names, which are often spelled in Irish language. This can get confusing outside of Ireland but oh well, you get used to repeating how it’s pronounced, it’s not the end of the world. As long as it’s not horrible insulting or just silly it’s you who’s supposed to like the name.
    And Holt is a cool name! Very manly.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      I’m Irish, and every so often i’d get a teacher who was BIIIIG into the language, and would Irish up everybody’s name in the class. Everyone gave up with Emma.

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      You could always go with Anya if you wanted something easy-ish. It’s pronounced just like Aine as far as I know that originates elsewhere in the world and people never seem to have trouble with it.

  • Blueathena623

    OT note for you Rebecca — there is a character called Rebecca Eckler in Margaret Atwood’s The Year Of The Flood. Noticed it last night. Thought I would share. That is all.

    • SDanielle

      She paid for a character to be named for her in Atwood’s book. It was part of a charity auction. Fun fact.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      That’s kind of AMAZING.

    • Jim King

      Was this character a pretentious douche with no common sense, shame, delusions of grandeur, massive sense of entitlement, and low IQ?

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Nope, but then again, it wasn’t based on you.

    • talonsage

      BURN!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    So far the only flack we got was from my mom, who said the kid’s name sounds ‘hard’. As in, not soft and girly enough I guess. Also it’s apparently a common dog name so whenever we see stuff with her name on it, it’s usually something like a bandana or a paw wipe. Oh well.

  • SDanielle

    I’m Canadian, and the first thing I thought of when I heard that Rebecca Eckler’s son was named Holt was Holt Renfrew. I didn’t think she named him *after* Holt Renfrew, it’s just the first thing that popped into my head. Followed by: Steve Holt!

    • EmmaFromÉire

      Oh thank god someone else was thinking Steve Holt!

  • BubbleyToes

    I will be naming my daughter (if I ever have one) Piper. This has been picked out since I was about 10 I think. I know it’s a little out there, but it’s not REALLY weird or anything. I adore it and so does my husband! We will be keeping it a secret I think, until she is born (this fictional daughter I speak of haha) because I know our relatives will all have an opinion. It wouldn’t change anything for me, but I really just don’t want anyone to spoil any part of her name for me, especially before I even get to call her that.
    I like Holt. I did immediately think “STEVE HOLT!” but that’s not a bad thing.

    • Suburbanzoo

      My 4 month old is Piper Jane!

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      All it makes me think of is Charmed. And that’s not a bad thing.

    • BubbleyToes

      That’s exactly where it comes from :). I’ve always loved that show!

    • talonsage

      It’s not really all that unusual. I’ve seen lots of little “Piper’s” over the past couple of decades. :) And it’s an AWESOME name!!

  • EmmaFromÉire

    Not entirely topical, but I live in dublin and right now we’re still in the height of tourist season, and for the last few weeks nothing has given me more joy than watching american and italian tourists butcher irish names. There’s nothing more wonderful than hearing a very thoroughly texan family muddle over names like Siobhán O’Cuilleanáin (or my personal favourite, my favourite radio morning host, Hector ní hEochagáin). At least Holt is easily pronounced!!

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      Actually, Siobhan should be easy for people in the South if you say it out loud once, because bastardized spellings of it are popular there. Shavonne and the like.

  • Victoria Morningstar

    My first name is Victoria, which is more common now, but in the 80s it was very uncommon. I get a lot of comments on my name to the point of having a test: if you respond by saying, “Oh, like the Queen!” or “Oh, like the city!” you’re cool. If you respond with “Like Victoria’s Secret?” or even worse “So what’s your secret?” then I know you’re a creeper.

  • KaeTay

    personally I hate the name.. I think of “HOLT! who goes there!” but then again everyone hated that I chose Alice for my daughters name.. and turns out it’s a family name on my husbands side.

  • KatDuck

    I have a moderately unusual name and, honestly, I’m over it. I wouldn’t have traded with any of the half-dozen Jennifers of my era but I would have committed small acts of violence to have found my name on those spinning racks of keychains or to at least have the choice of a good nickname or two. I’ve known others who adore their unusual names so maybe I’m the outlier, but I get dead tired of spelling it and have utterly given up correcting people. I just don’t care any more.

  • talonsage

    My daughter, having been named after an alien-ass-kicking heroine gives people blank stares when they ask her, “Believe it or not?” Well, she used to. Then we decided she was old enough to actually see the movie with the character she’s named for.

    Now she’ll give you a “I’m 13 going on 30″ look and say, “I was named after an alien killer, so believe it.”

    Yes, we named our daughter Ripley. Yes she is named after Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens. She has a cat named Newt. She gets why this is funny. (Newt is a neutered boy; she also gets why THIS is funny.)

    Holt is an AWESOME name! (It’s also the name of a town close to where I live.)

    • JewelEyedGamerGirl

      Ellen is more my speed, but if it works for you guys.

    • talonsage

      Too girly and too close to a great grandmother’s name-Eleanor. Her second middle name is a tribute to all 3 great grandmother’s. Besides. No one calls her “Ellen” in the movies.

      And Rip is definitely NOT an “Ellen”.

    • Jim King

      Yes, why would you want to give a girl a girl’s name? That’s a very strange idea. What is this, 1950?

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Your sexism and gender-essentialism are best returned to the 1950s.

    • Jim King

      You’re a fool. Have any of you given any thought to how it would be growing up for the child given the unusual name? No, of course not, that would be asking too much.

    • talonsage

      Yes, do pick ONE reason out of all I gave to whine about. She was born in 2000, it’s a real name, not a common name and not kreatively spelled.

      And no, I personally do not care for girly names. Since it’s my kid, conceived and grown, pushed out and then fed from MY body, that’s my prerogative to not give her a girly-assed name.

      And I don’t LIKE the name “Ellen” anyway, girly or not.

    • Jim King

      I guess you don’t give a shit about your kid.

    • talonsage

      Golly, what gave me away? That I lock her in the closet or beat her with red-hot pokers?

      Oh. You mean because I gave her an awesome name? I’m sowwy widdew jimmykins doesn’t like his name.

      It must really suck to be you.

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      Why are you here?

    • talonsage

      Hilarious update: I showed my daughter (you know, the one I don’t care about because I gave her an awesome name) this thread because I knew she’d LOVE the explosion you posted (She did, btw).

      Her response to “Jim” about me not giving a shit about my kid because I named her Ripley was an eye roll and a hand gesture and a “Whatever. What’s he doing here, anyway.” I asked her if she suffered because I named her an unusual name and she looked at me like I was insane. “It’s my NAME. I AM Ripley.”

      She about tore something laughing at my response to “Jim” that I don’t care about my kid and am a fool because she suffers so much growing up because I named her an unusual name.

      I think it’s pretty safe to say she hasn’t suffered unduly from being given an awesome name. But your explosion macro has been the hit of the day. :D

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      I love sassy kids! Nobody eye rolls quite like a pre-teen. Good to know she’s come to terms with her name and the correlation of you not caring about her. When will people learn to just name their kids Jane or John (or Jim! There’s a name that screams stability)!
      In my mind, when she has to sign her name it’s like this –
      ‘Ripley: Alien Killer’.

    • talonsage

      Low self-esteem is NOT one of Ripley’s issues, that’s for sure! She’s an awesome kid, even for a 13 year old. (Oh GOD is she ever 13 sometimes!!) Yes, I’m a TERRIBLE parent who doesn’t care about their spawn…oh wait…:P

      I’ll TOTALLY pass that signature suggestion on!

      Super sad notation: (not really, just irony) her father, my husband’s name is also Jim. When his stepfather adopted him and legally changed his last name (hint: it made him a DC character) my husband ALMOST changed his first name to Steve. He also almost took my surname when we got married, but because he’d served 10 years in the Army, we knew that any stuff related to VA and whatnot would be HELL for him if he changed his name.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Dude, give your kid a high five for me, yeah?

    • talonsage

      Will do!!

      She loves your icon and user name, btw.

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      I like to imagine her like this after she replies about the alien killer name

    • talonsage

      That is so. Awesome!

    • analyzethis2

      stupid is as stupid does.

  • m

    I have a name that’s very common around the world (Maria), so I never have trouble with people not understanding how to spell it or anything. But I couldn’t pronounce the R in it properly before I was 14 years old and got bullied at school because of that. So not even a common name can save you from annoying people making fun of you :(

  • KAL

    We named our daughter Sarah.. and when my husband told his mom, her response was a little .. erm.. flat. Almost a month went by before he realized she heard him wrong and thought we were naming her Farrah. oops.

  • Jim King

    Holt? Wow, that’s stupid. If I hadn’t known it already, that by itself is enough proof you are in fact a moron. Here’s a tip (though it will be too late unless you have more children): You can’t make someone special by giving them an unusual name.

  • CrazyFor Kate

    …Canada also has a giant craft store called Michael’s (do they have it in the US?), so you’re pretty much screwed either way. Holt’s a cute name, own it.

  • Not That Rebecca

    A. That is a beautiful story. Zaide Burnholtz is up there smiling.
    B. Why not just say, to people who ask, “It’s a family name”? No need to tell them the whole story, just that it’s a family name. It’s true, it’ll shut them up, and shame on anybody who’d mock naming for a dead relative, even if it’s not the most direct naming-after possible.

  • i lika holts too.

    an article you wrote mocking service staff in calgary, and complaining there was no door service here at the local Holts. Made you seem like someone that might name their kid after their obsession, plus every time i went there ( back in those days) you where there, in the Marc Jacobs dept. without fail. with baby and fiance number 1 in tow.

  • analyzethis2

    Yes all parents must by law make their babies “special” these article make me puke, this bitch wants attention, hey did you get over the fear over Holt’s penis?

  • Emily Clocke

    If you think explaining his name is bad, just think about how bad it’s gonna be for the poor kid. You don’t have to live with a ridiculous name, but he does.

  • Maira

    I love the name’s back story. Endearing.

  • Guest

    My friend gave birth to her daughter Monica approximately 12 HOURS before the Lewinsky/Clinton scandal broke in the news. She was in tears over it for days and seriously considered changing it. She didn’t, and people got over it…mainly thanks to the popularity of Friends. I think Holt is cool, but I’d never heard of the store. My kids’ last name is Penny, and people always want to put another “e” in there, or inverse the first names, and assume they’re girls. Their first names are pretty common and could also be last names, and I’m like, seriously? Who names a kid “Penny” anymore? Is it 1920?