I stumbled across this blog today and was intrigued by the subject matter. I left a comment but it didn't show up, so I don't know if it will or not.
We are not going to tell anyone our baby's name until the baby is born. It is my in-laws who have had the biggest issue with our names, citing such bizarre reasons why each name is wrong that we have been left with no choice but to pretend we don't have one picked.
Greta was greeted with a snort by half of the family, approved of by the other half of the family, and she was called "Gretchen" or "Gretchum" for the first few weeks of her life. I was going to name her Eva-Kate but was told "they will call her Evil Kate". Apparantly this "they" that dominated the playgrounds of the 1950's going on rhyming rampages and destroying young lives via slight alterations of the first name into something unflattering is still a real worry for folks of a certain generation. Nowadays being given a nickname is the least of childrens worries, and frankly, it just isnt done anymore.
Mickey was a mini-scandal because of MICKEY MOUSE, (an apparently relevant 1930's cartoon character.) And for not being Michael, but "just Mickey". He will never be a president, I have been told, or a lawyer I think was the other one. (Dare I say boo-hiss to those job suggestions?!)
Casey was my husband's dog's name, but not my problem. I have needed to name a child Casey since I was about 7 years old. After being there with me for our homebirth, I really could have named him Mailbox and my husband would have just stared at me with stars in his eyes and agreed to it. (There was a brief "you are so freakin' amazing" honeymoon period for the first few days after he was born, hee hee)
Charlie is a very normal name and sometimes I still can't believe something so normal got picked by us! I was co-erced under Morphine immediately after surgery to name him "Charles" after an unknown family member and I regret it alot but try not to worry about it too much. He is such a Charlie that we love the name now, but I do not like that it is "really" Charles and am not sure what to do about it, if anything.
Our new baby will have the coolest name ever, haha, but there is an extremely select group of folks who will get to hear it...namely one or two close friends whose own beautiful babies' names were scoffed at while still In Utero. I hope this doesn't happen to any of my readers, but please share your own experiences with this subject matter...