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Are Proper Names Passé?

Jack is short for John and somehow Molly is a nickname for Mary, but Adam Sandler isn't abiding by the proper rules of naming even if it upsets his mother. When the funny man stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman to promote his new, kid-friendly flick, Bedtime Stories, the daddy of two got to talking about his mother's issue with his second daughter's name, Sunny. It turns out the older Sandler thought it was more a nickname than a given one so he joked that his baby's birth certificate reads, "Sunday Night Football."
Do you think the age of proper names and nicknames has passed?

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candace87 candace87 8 years
This made me think of that one woman who gave her daughter like 100 names? and they had to staple together a bunch of birth certificates? I can't find it anywhere on the internet but, why would you ever do that to someone? Imagine having to write out 100 names on anything official.
martiandoll martiandoll 8 years
I think proper names are better, then just use a nickname, although I don't have problems with people who are named Pat/Patty for Patricia or Jenny for Jennifer. I have 2 names, and when I was in elementary school I would write both names, but I stopped when I was in high school because most students just use their nicknames, so I started using just one name. :D Now people call me Mars, a shortened version of my first name.
Berlin Berlin 8 years
I think it's so odd to see how people will see a name that I always thought would be natural to say, and then they just butcher the hell out of it:) I can almost count on 2 hands the number of times in my life that people actually said my name correctly the first time when reading it. Usually it's either WAY off, or they try to pronounce it a few times before getting through it (it's only 5 letters!!) and then by the 2nd/3rd try, they give up and just say [Miss] last name lol!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I like the nickname Jack but I would name my son John. I also like the name Kate but I would name my daughter Katherine. I would just prefer to use the proper name.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Aw thank you Greggie :) I love it!
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
My name is Katrina, but the family called me Trina. It sort of evolved from my parents and my siblings, but I went by Katrina to teachers/work. My friends that came home with me eventually called me Trina as well. Anytime someone tried to call me Kat, i snipped that in the bud asap. I cant stand it. that being said, my name was NEVER right at school, and i ALWAYS had to spell it. Katrina may not be as common as Jessica, but its not an odd name, its definitley a known name. Every single new year at school, i ended up in the office getting all my school stuff redone becuase theyd typed Kristina, Kristine, or Katrine on it. Katrine, really now.. thats not even a name. I think you should name your kid whatever you wish, whether its considered a nickname of another name, in keeping with respect to how that individual is going to be treated later. There was a kid here in oklahoma named ABCDE ...
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Emmy Dawn is absolutely adorable.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Thanks lawchick! My middle name is Dawn and my daughter will have the same middle name (regardless of what her first name winds up being). My sign on name is my nickname as a kid (and even now). My name is Crystal Dawn. My mom has always called me Kiki Dawn. So when I told her what I want to name my daughter (Emerson). She decided that she would call her Emmy Dawn. lol Oh and my mom pronounces kiki like this: kick-ee --- so Emmy Dawn actually rhymes with Kiki Dawn.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
My parents almost named me Miracle but went with Jessica so in high school anytime someone shouted the name randomly in the halls about 8 girls turned around to respond, along with other reason I shortened to Jess. My grandpa's name was Jess. My Aunt named Jessie, I had an ex call me Jessie and I hated it. Also, Our boys names are Landen and Carter and we thought we'd avoided the nickname thing but somehow my inlaws still shorten to "Land" and "Cart" I mean.. it's ONE SYLLABLE MORE. Sorry to ramble. I'm not even sure if I answered the question. :O
FrankiLee FrankiLee 8 years
My full name is Francesca but I have gone by Franki ever since I can remember....people either mispronounce Francesca (it is pronounced Fran-chess-ka but I have heard SOO many variations, lol!) or just don't even attempt it...Franki is way easier, and I think it's pretty cute :) I really think it depends on the name, the child...etc. I do love my full name, but Franki is easier for day to in a way, I love proper names, but if someone is named Annie and that's their real name, then I think that's awesome. I think an old Grandma Annie would be adorable!
mom2ross mom2ross 8 years
Sunny will always remind me of "Bosom Buddies". Everytime Tom Hanks saw Donna Dixon (whom he was crushing on) he'd sing... "Sunny, Sunny, Sunny..."
tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
My name too is Kristina - but my parents decided to call me Tina because I had an aunt Kristine who went by Kris. I used to wish they had just named me Tina, but Kristina is a more proper name I guess. THEN to complete the vicious circle, we named our son John but call him Jack. We liked the name John because it's found in the Bible - and we love the name Jack - Yes I know he will suffer from an identity crisis in his younger school years - but that is what we liked.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
I love nicknames, but think everyone should have a proper name. The name you give a child is permanent and although many names are cute on a child, they are almost ridiculous for an adult. I had a friend named Tiffy, and she never felt good about being in an adult workplace with a name like that, she thought she was never taken seriously.
Molly Molly 8 years
Oh, and I'm married to a I can't really complain about having a tough name ;)
Molly Molly 8 years
I'm a Mary whose ALWAYS gone by Molly. When I was 10 I almost got it legally changed but cried on my way to the courthouse about losing my identity. At this point, it doesn't get in my way as much as I used to, but people are still pretty surprised when they find out.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
kikidawn, I've got the same issue with initials - I like the name Bridget, but I would never give a child the initials B.O! I prefer proper names - I think they're more versatile - but some names that we consider proper names today started as nicknames. (Lisa comes from Elizabeth, for example.) So it's all relative.
khrystena khrystena 8 years
My real name is Kristina, and I have had to spell it my whole life. My husband has to spell his name and so does my sister and my mother, none of us have hard to pronounce or to spell names. But in such a multicultural society our names aren't "normal" to everyone else and that requires spelling. It doesnt' matter what your name is anymore, expect to spell it and expect someone to have an opinion on it. My sister called her daughter Katie, and her nickname is Kate as she has gotten older. and my 90 year old grandmothers real name (not nickname) is Jennie. There are some names that just scream old more than names scream young.
genxjules genxjules 8 years
I was almost named something like Summer or Karma, but my Grandmother insisted I get a proper name. So I have a proper name, spelled differently. I wouldn't have minded either variation. Summer wouldn't have matched my personality or coloring, but it is when I was born. As a kid you don't get personalized stickers or whatever off the shelf-I guess that was the only drag. Now with computers and labels kids don't care about that anymore!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Emerson/Emmy is pretty kikidawn!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I love the name Victoria with the nickname being Tory. I can't stand the nickname Vicky (no offense lol). My mom has always warned me that even if I called her Tory that other people might call her Vicky or she might like it herself. Well luckily (I guess) I won't have to deal with that because my guy doesn't like Victoria and even if he did we wouldn't use it because her initials would be VD. So now I want to use Emerson with the nickname Emmy when she's little. Although that means her initials would be ED. Oh well LOL
lawchick lawchick 8 years
lol Greggie about having to spell Vincent! that is not a weird name!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Some nicknames (like Katie or Jenny IMO) sound a little young, so I could totally understand naming your child the proper name even if you planned to call her by the nickname in those situations. Then if they want to go by the proper name when they got older, they would have the option.
krae85 krae85 8 years
But what if his daughter isn't 'sunny'? what if she's moody and has a problem living up to her super optimistic name? Sunny comes with too much expectation from the child to be a certain person she may not be. I think more traditional names give the child more freedom to decide who she really is, so I wouldn't consider naming my child something so flippant. I have a lovely name picked out for my future daughter and a nick name as well, in case she wants one, ;) I wanted a nick name around middle school but my mom was always insistent on using my full name, and now I'm rather glad my suggestion didn't catch on.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
My name is Ginger and people often ask if it's a nickname for Virginia... it's not bothersome, though. I also have a friend whose name is Jenny. We're thinking of naming a future son Sam
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I don't mind naming a child a nick name. I don't even see Jack as a nickname, nor Sunny actually. I do however hate creative spelling, which in my book are just names spelled the wrong way.
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