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Vermina vs. okay vs. no way

We told our 6-year-old, Violet, that she could help pick out a name for her baby sister. She picked her favorite computer game character, the pirate rat Vermina. Yeah, like Vermin-ah. Anyway, it’s kinda growing on us. It’s cute, sounds a little like Minerva (which we were considering in honor of my husband’s aunt)...but is it crazy?

The Top Baby Name is...

Name Votes
Vermina 0% (0 votes)
Okay 20% (3 votes)
No way 80% (12 votes)

Comments

It is OK but not great. I would go with Vera Minerva or something like that.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:34:47 | report
Vermina sounds like a termite....
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:36:26 | report
I hope this is a joke. Vermina? Like VERMIN??

Here is the definition of vermin:
noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, and rats.

That’s awful. Like really awful.

Go with Minerva. Or if you want to involve your daughter in the decision, give her a list of names that YOU have already chosen as acceptable and let her pick one. Don’t name your daughter Vermin.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2013-10-14 10:36:43 | report
If you pronounce it ver-MEE-na it is not bad. Vermin-ah is AWFUL. TERRIBLE. Your child is not a termite. Although I do like the Reader Rab[removed]aracter.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:37:58 | report
I would suggest:
Velma
Vivian
Vera
Valentina
Vanna
posted by guest: Sara :: 2013-10-14 10:38:27 | report
It is so awful. You really want the potential for your child to be called a rat. So horrible, I hope this is fake.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:38:31 | report
Name her Minerva and tell your other daughter you just rearranged the letters of her suggestion.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:39:34 | report
No, Ver-MEE-na is still bad. It still sounds like Vermin and the word is still in there. I’m sorry but that’s completely ridiculous and your daughter will HATE you. But no really... it’s every girl’s dream to be named after a RAT.
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:39:43 | report
Minerva always sounded like "unnerving" to me but it’s way better than Vermina. What about Verona?
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:40:14 | report
NOT Vermina. No. But would you consider Verena (pn vuh-REE-nah) as an alternative? And yes, it\’s an actual name. It has German roots and means \"protector\".
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:40:57 | report
Thanks for the feedback! I like Vera and Verena. You’re right, I guess I should have told Violet that some names are off-limits... :)
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:42:39 | report
Vermina sounds like a pest control company or something...
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:43:49 | report
Verbena maybe instead?
posted by guest :: 2013-10-14 10:47:51 | report
When I my oldest brother was 4 he got to choose my middle name. Like most 4-year-old boys he liked cars and trucks and such, and he chose ’Stop Sign’. That is my middle name to this day. Since I was little I’ve loved telling people the story of my middle name, and it’s made me feel a strange but deep connection with my older brother, even so if my first name was Stop Sign I think I would feel embarrassed and resentful.

Following with family tradition, when I was 8 I got to choose my youngest brother’s middle name, I choose Amedeo because I like the way it flowed off your tongue. My own first name "Anisa", although I’ve always loved has aways felt a bit clumsy or awkward. I think Vermina it a fantastic middle name, and it would make your daughter, Violet feel like she’s contributed to the creating of her sister without Violet also feeling like grown ups took her choice and twisted it around and made it more ’grown upy’. Vermina’s got a great story (just like Stop Sign) which is perfect for a middle name. But if you really like it as a first name I don’t think it’s awful, perhaps you might want to change it just a bit, though... Someone suggested the German name ’Verena’ and I like that, my favorite, though, is Vermeena (Ver-MEE-na) It’s only a bit different, yet rolls off the tongue so much better... :-)
posted by guest: Anisa :: 2013-10-14 11:05:12 | report

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