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You Asked: What's in a Name Anyway, Right?

You Asked: What's in a Name Anyway, Right?

Dear Sugar--

I met a great guy. We have been dating for a few weeks now, but there is one problem that may seem petty and ridiculous to some, but it's pretty major to me -- I can't stand his name! I can't bare to say it let alone introduce him to my friends and family. It's a short name so there is no way for me to really call him by a nickname that would make sense to others. Is there anything I can do? I really like this guy and want our relationship to work, but his name just pains me, it's almost like his parents were on drugs when they named him! Help!! -- Flustered Fiona

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Dear Flustered Fiona --

I hate to break it to you Fiona, but if your man's name is the only thing you have to complain about, I think you're in pretty good shape here. Does he like his name or does he know how much you can't stand it? Do you have any pet names for him that are acceptable to use out in public? Obviously you can't introduce him to your family, friends, or co-workers by honey, baby or cupcake, but after you suck it up and get the name off your tongue once, you can reinstate the nickname ASAP!

No one is perfect, so if he treats you well, loves you and if you have fun with him, get over it honey -- he can't have it all! Who knows, with time, you might learn to love how bad his name is, or at least get a good chuckle out of it. Good luck!

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cubadog cubadog 8 years
If he doesn't go by a nickname than you shouldn't call him by a nickname. As long as he is comfortable with his name than you shouldn't worry about it! People always tried to call me Shelly instead of Michele and in grade school when anybody including teachers would try to change it I would say that is not my name, my name is Michele. I even had teachers go so far as to say there is another Michele in the class can I call you Shelly my answer NO.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
(this is me...being tired) I used to have that problem with peoples names... then ... I get a life... and I get real problems.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
(this is me...being tired)I used to have that problem with peoples names... then ... I get a life... and I get real problems.
ricarocks ricarocks 8 years
just give him a nickname! or call him hun or something. unless his name is janice, i think this is a quick fix.
tralalala tralalala 8 years
haha did anyone see the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine was dating a guy with the same name as a serial killer? Then when he decided to change it, she suggested OJ? hahaha it came out before the OJ mess....but it's still funny. Then they roke up because she wanted him to change it to Remi....now that I'm done geeking out.... If Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa can find love, I think you can get over it.
reese05 reese05 8 years
I think you're not really in loved with him because if you are then you can see beyond his name
anorthan anorthan 8 years
o i just read again and realized it said "flustered fiona" thought it was your name- my bad! :) still think it's silly to not like someone because of their name- and like everyone else I'm dying to know what it is- cause no matter how hard I try I can't think of anything so bad that I wouldn't date the person
anorthan anorthan 8 years
what is his name???? I don't want to sound rude but fiona isn't exactly a "normal" name either. Would you want someone to dump you because of it???
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 8 years
You just introduce him however he would introduce himself. If he's comfortable with it, you should be too. You sound so petty in this post.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 8 years
WHAT'S THE NAME!!!! lol..if it really was Dick...please GET OVER IT! You're making it worse by hesitating every time you say it.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 8 years
WHAT'S THE NAME!!!! lol..if it really was Dick...please GET OVER IT! You're making it worse by hesitating every time you say it.
xnessicax xnessicax 8 years
I am interested to know as well!! I think if your that embarressed about it maybe he can go by his initials. Does he know you feel this way? Does he like his name?
juliemyjewel juliemyjewel 8 years
A name can be annoying, but you'll get over it with time. I once dated a guy named Louie-his given name, not shortened. I hated his name but I dated him anyway. He turned out to be a compulsive liar and I had to get a restraining order against him...Apparently I should have gone with my gut and not dated a guy with a name I can't stand! HAHA! =O
calibabi calibabi 8 years
oh man i'm SO interested to know what his name is!!! all sorts of things are popping into mind...
KandiQTC KandiQTC 8 years
I never really thought about a name being that annoying..f(o_O) candyapple, you crack me up!! ^_~* I have a joke with bf that I'm mostly German and he is Jewish, lol..My only fear is that if/when we get married that I'll pull a (Princess) Diana and mess of his full name: David Sascha Yehuda Eliezer Lichtenstein. WAH! mouth full, ;) and SO full of Jewishness (which I <3).
KandiQTC KandiQTC 8 years
I never really thought about a name being that annoying..f(o_O) candyapple, you crack me up!! ^_~* I have a joke with bf that I'm mostly German and he is Jewish, lol..My only fear is that if/when we get married that I'll pull a (Princess) Diana and mess of his full name: David Sascha Yehuda Eliezer Lichtenstein. WAH! mouth full, ;) and SO full of Jewishness (which I <3).
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
This is the best thread! :rotfl:
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
This is the best thread! :rotfl:
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
are you serious??! his name is yr problem?? :S
candy-apple candy-apple 8 years
hehe thanks pop- for the record it's not Adolf! i don't think anyone would name their child that anymore, esp not in germany! hehe. but yeah, his name is more of a "caricature nazi" name.. and when it's coupled with middle and last name its much much worse. i remember when he told me his middle name my reaction was :"lmao! how much more german could u get?!" just to give everyone an idea, it's as caricature-like as Siobhan Deirdre O'Shaunessy would be to an Irish girl or David Isaac Cohen to a Jew! :P
candy-apple candy-apple 8 years
hehe thanks pop- for the record it's not Adolf!i don't think anyone would name their child that anymore, esp not in germany! hehe. but yeah, his name is more of a "caricature nazi" name.. and when it's coupled with middle and last name its much much worse. i remember when he told me his middle name my reaction was :"lmao! how much more german could u get?!"just to give everyone an idea, it's as caricature-like as Siobhan Deirdre O'Shaunessy would be to an Irish girl or David Isaac Cohen to a Jew! :P
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
This is hilarious. Candy Apple as an interesting point. I mean, what if his name is Adolf? Or Osama? If it's just Dick, well, what are you going to do? Does he have a middle name? Is it Rod? Ha ha, I kill me. bluejeanie, you made me lol. I don't have any advice, I just thought this was post was insanely ridiculous and I'm loving the comments.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
This is hilarious. Candy Apple as an interesting point. I mean, what if his name is Adolf? Or Osama? If it's just Dick, well, what are you going to do? Does he have a middle name? Is it Rod? Ha ha, I kill me.bluejeanie, you made me lol.I don't have any advice, I just thought this was post was insanely ridiculous and I'm loving the comments.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
I don't think it is something you should even worry about. If you like the guy and you guys get along who cares what his parents named him? Maybe that is what makes him different and unique. I have a rare first name and I can't tell you how many times people screw it up. At least 5-6 times a day. I am not kidding you. At first I didn't like my name growing up, but now I have come to learn to love it. And I think the more you fall in love with this guy, you will start to love it too.
vmruby vmruby 8 years
If that's your only problem where he's concerned then i'd say you're a pretty lucky girl.If he's such a great guy and you really care about him then whatever his name is or isn't should not affect you're life in the slightest.It's pointless and ridiculous......
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