What's The Weirdest Name You've Heard A Patient Name Her Baby? - page 250

Hi, I was wondering about some of those weird names that you've probably encountered in L&D and PP. I remember when I had my maternity rotation a couple of weeks ago, one of the nurses said she... Read More

  1. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from ilove
    We should respect other human names that are being given. i feel this form isn't appropiate... just my opinion! Its no weird names. There are no weird names; a name is a name. That name shoudl be given RESPECT!
    It's ok to have your opinion, as long as you understand....there is something weird about naming your son...."FLAKE".
    Maybe the weirdness isn't always especially in a name itself, but the parents who afix that name to their child!
  2. by   ilove
    Again Nurses. You need to give some more respect to the child named FLAKE. or wat ever name they gave it. Would you want some nurse making fun of the name you gave your child? I didn't think so, so why would you think it's appropiate for you to? Come on Nurses, you can be terminated for that.
  3. by   rn/writer
    Quote from ilove
    Again Nurses. You need to give some more respect to the child named FLAKE. or wat ever name they gave it. Would you want some nurse making fun of the name you gave your child? I didn't think so, so why would you think it's appropiate for you to? Come on Nurses, you can be terminated for that.
    Many of the names mentioned in this thread were those of adults. And celebrities who are fair game because they put themselves in the public eye.

    As for kids' names, I don't think any of us would ever want to show disrespect to a child, no matter what their name was. Of course, that's unacceptable. Nor would we saying anything to a parent.

    I'm a nurse who works postpartum, so I see the latest and greatest names, hot off the press. I respect the mamas, but don't always think they've made the best choice of names. Would I tell them that? Heck, no!

    Do we talk in the break room about names that raise our eyebrows? You bet we do. We're human. And most of us are moms. We shudder to think of what some of these kids are going to face down the road. Teasing from other kids. Names pronounced and spelled wrong. Names so long that it might take until second grade before the child can sign his schoolwork. Names that we fear will invite problems throughout their lives.

    That said, we show nothing but respect to the babies and their mamas. They deserve that as human beings, and we treat them well because they're our patients. I would venture to guess that just about everyone who comes to this site, and to this thread in particular, feels the same way.

    We can show respect to the people and still think a name is funny, unusual, strange, or bizarre. It helps to have a place like this to laugh with others who understand. Knowing we have a safe and legal outlet for our reactions helps us stay professional on the job.

    In answer to your question, if someone wants to make fun of the names I gave my kids, I say, let 'em have a good laugh.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Oct 2, '11
  4. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    rn/writer--

    ABSOLUTELY YES! Thank you for spelling it out. It's not like we go "HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-FLAKE!!!WHAT KIND OF AN IDIOT ARE YOU?" in somebody's face and point and snort at little kids or adults.....or even murmur, 'oh, dear me!'......I mean, Flake may be an honored family name and one to be proud of within the family. But even Johnny Cash sang about a 'boy named Sue', and you can be sure that somewhere there may very well BE a boy named SUE! SO WHAT?!!

    And for the record, one of MY names has been made fun of while I was growing up. You get used to it and it doesn't mean anything after that.
  5. by   Phlavyah
    [QUOTE=No Stars In My Eyes;5697509]rn/writer--

    It's not like we go "HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-FLAKE!!!WHAT KIND OF AN IDIOT ARE YOU?" in somebody's face and point and snort at little kids or adults.....

    very funny!!!
  6. by   Mimi2RN
    We had a premie named Jhon. We all thought it was strange, but what can we do about that? A week or so later, we noticed that he had a new cribcard, "John"! The family had decided to change the spelling, making life much easier for one small boy!
  7. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from ilove
    Would you want some nurse making fun of the name you gave your child?
    No, but I hope one of my friends, family members, coworkers (or even someone on here) would pull me aside and point out that perhaps my name wasn't best.

    Thing is, a LOT of women and men have been pulled aside but don't care. Okay, it's their right. But, like I've said before, it's not to their benefit. And it's not even about the mom or dad - it's about the child who is going to have to live with that name.

    Let's say the child's nurses don't laugh at his or her name. Okay, whatever, but people ARE going to laugh at it.

    But just the same...my parents were thinking of naming me "Brittany." It's a perfectly normal name, right? Except for one thing - my full name would have been nearly identical to a certain pop princess's full name - one who was very popular (and notorious) during my teen years.
  8. by   whereslilly
    Allow me to get on my soapbox for just one moment: I truly feel that every major hospital with a large L&D unit should (somehow) budget for an aide, perhaps a volunteer to help new moms fill out birth certificates! They can be a little confusing, especially when you are being overwhelmed with breastfeeding info, peri-care instructions, C-section instructions, general baby care, discharge instructions, etc. Everything is basically thrown at the new mom all at once. To answer this question, and I have seen many that have sent me verifying the spelling. The all time worst was Female. Yes, Female. Mom was confused filling out the birth certificate and so a woman walks the Earth with the name Female.
  9. by   33-weeker
    We are never rude to parents (or children) over their names. However, in cases where we felt a mom would be receptive, we have gently given her food for thought.

    One mom of a 34-wkr wanted to name her son 'Rocky Road _(surname)_', because the pregnancy had been such a rocky road. We told her we like the Rocky part (some of us didn't, but we were being nice), but that together with 'Road' it brought to mind the ice cream flavor, and that might get her son teased later on. She had a moment of epiphany -- she hadn't considered that at all -- and decided to change his middle name to something else.

    My point? Some of these kids could be saved from a lifetime of teasing and awkward moments of explaining spelling and or pronunciation if nurses would gently and kindly help parents see what the future holds. I truly think many parents don't even think about such things. And I think nurses, if they have a report with the parent, can approach the issue in a way that informs without offending.
  10. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    (tongue firmly in cheek here

    I know! Let's come up with a local/state/federal law +/or constitutional amendment regarding the naming of babies!

    (you may now say 'TSK!' and roll your eyes.)
  11. by   sharpeimom
    i had an uncle whose name was felix sylvester____. where in the heck do you go with that moniker?
    he ultimately became an eye surgeon in a large very well known hospital and he said one time that every
    time a page came over the loudspeaker, people would look at each other and try not to crack up. he was on the faculty at an ivy league university and people always reacted the same way to his name. his attitude was that he might as well laugh too, which was fortunate. he used all three names.

    he was named for long dead family members in the old country. poor little flake wasn't and, that too, is the point.
  12. by   rn/writer
    Quote from sharpeimom
    he was named for long dead family members in the old country. poor little flake wasn't and, that too, is the point.
    how can you be sure there wasn't a flake sr.? :d
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from rn/writer
    how can you be sure there wasn't a flake sr.? :d
    there most certainly will be a poor little flake jr. and probably there be a flake iii someday.
    law of averages and all that...

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