I have only looked at the A's & B's in girl names so far, but there are some rather unusual ones. Some are rather pretty, but I would mad if my parents named me Apathy.I second this but at the same time, I don't know why nobody ever gets the pronunciation of my name right. It's not that difficult or that ethnic. I also once had a tattoo artist say that my name (first and middle) sounded like a stripper's.Speaking of names, I think it's also important to consider the country your child is going to be raised in and realistically give your child a name that is at least 'pronounceable' and won't make his/her life a living hell.
Anyways, reading this I automatically thought of this website:
The Utah Baby Namer
Mormons give their kids some pretty funny names and I actually found my name on here so I don't know what that says about me. I wonder if any Utah Mormons have a hard time finding a job should they venture out of state.
Oh and Freakonomics is such a great book. There's also a fantastic film and podcast people might want to check out.
People shouldn't be refused jobs, etc, based on their given name. You can't help what your parents named you. I have still found some ridiculous over the years. I know there has been a thread or two about unusual names here. My 7th grade teacher once taught a boy names Harry Nipples. Why on earth would his parents do that? With that said, I see no point in acting like it's something only specific people do. It's universal.
At one point hospitals could refuse to put names on birth certificates, if found too different or unusual. My mom's middle name is Darcus, which I love and it is a family name, but they asked her parents to put a different name on her bc. They had to, but her father/family still called her Darcus.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??