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the playground factor vs. is this really important?

I talked to one of my close friends yesterday and she said that when I’m looking at names I need to pay close attention to the "playground factor" as in how much would the kid be picked on. Is this really that important?

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Poll created: Jun 05, 2009
Total Votes: 1


It depends...I really think that with some people’s choices they should have thought about the kid getting picked a lot but honestly a kid is going to get picked on no matter what its name will come up with something no matter what.
posted by Katie-Nana :: 8 years ago | report
I have never heard it called the playground factor, but yes it is important. There are some names that are just setting the kids up to get teased. Middle school and High school can be stressful enough, I would want to cause my child any extra stress.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
I would say, only to the extent that you don’t give them an extremely weird name, or one that lends itself to teasing. For example, we considered the name Carter if our first was a boy, and my family immediately started calling him "Carter the Farter Starter." I decided it wouldn’t be long before some clever 6 year-old came up with that one too!
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
It doesn’t matter what name you give a child, children will attack it anyway, even if it is an uncommon name.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
Names like Leia (pronounced Lay ya) should be avoided. Not only the princess Leia reference, but comments like "I want to lay ya!" would just naturally come out

London was another name that I always hated. "I see London, I see France,..."

Or names like Mabel make me think of a cow.

Basically if you say a name and something immediately pops in your head, then it should be avoided.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
I agree with 4th poster. If a child wants to tease or bully another child, they will no matter what his or her name is. However, i don’t think a parent should put their child in that situation by giving him or her a name that lends itself to teasing, like Romeo or get my drift.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
I agree that children are going to pick on other kids no matter what... but I also think sometimes its just easier than others. My name is Anita... and I got the "I Need A" jokes all the time. I hated it. I always wished I had something simple that couldn’t be such an easy target for kids. But that also doesn’t secure your child from bullies.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
That’s why I don’t like the name Cooper....Cooper the Super Pooper Scooper...I’ve heard that one before.
posted by guest :: 8 years ago | report
I think you should definately consider it. Yes, kids will get picked on no matter what, but if you give them a good name at least its not YOUR fault their being picked on! Like naming a child Baldy its asking for teasing, but naming a child Jenna wouldn’t cause kids to tease because of her name.
Hope my opinion helps!
posted by Remy Hadley :: 8 years ago | report

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