This is in the future for now, but my long term boyfriend’s last name starts with an “e”. We’ve been together for a while and have discussed future baby names a lot because, clearly, I’m into that sort of thing. Boy names are no problem - the initials on our top two favorites would be CJE and NDE, nothing crazy there. However, a lot of the girl names I like have a tendency to form words when paired with his last name. Has anyone encountered this before? Obviously I know to avoid negative words ([name]Autumn[/name] [name]Phoebe[/name] E. or [name]Paige[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name] E. are off the list ) but how do y’all feel about names whose initials spell words that are neutral / positive? Examples:
[name]Imogen[/name] & [name]Isla[/name] are two of my top favorites right now. We have a variety of middle names for them, but he likes [name]Imogen[/name] [name]Claire[/name] and I like [name]Isla[/name] [name]Charlotte[/name]. Would “ICE” be awful initials? Or sort of awesome? [name]Ever[/name] since I realized this, I’ve had a rather insane urge to think of some name that would spell “AWE” - like [name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Willa[/name] E. or some such. I realize this is probably crazy (we also joked about naming a boy [name]Adam[/name] [name]Xavier[/name] E., so we could refer to him as “and my [name]AXE[/name]!”)
What about using initials to form a nickname? Like calling [name]Claire[/name] [name]Alexandra[/name] E “[name]Cae[/name]” for short? Or [name]Meredith[/name] [name]Ann[/name] E “[name]Mae[/name]”?
Or, is it best just to avoid any word altogether, as we’ve done with boys names? Like go with [name]Isla[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] or [name]Imogen[/name] [name]Jane[/name] instead? I love those two first names, but changing the middle names won’t lose me any sleep. [name]Just[/name] curious as to general thoughts on this since we’ll have to consider it to some extent when naming our future kids.
I don’t really have a problem with initials spelling something, as long as it isn’t derogatory or negative. I think ICE is actually pretty cool. I once knew a woman named [name]Icie[/name], and she was pretty awesome. Also, using initials to get a nickname is pretty cool, too. I [name]LOVE[/name] nicknames, so I all for anything to get nicknames.
My parents named me [name]Aisling[/name] [name]Ruth[/name], my surname begins with a K so they unknowlingly named me ARK.
It’s never bothered me as when i was very young i used to be bought [name]Noah[/name]'s Ark themed toys etc. I’ve never encountered any problems and am pretty proud of it (hence my username )
I think ARK is pretty cool, actually. And I love the name [name]Aisling[/name]!
[name]Glad[/name] to hear that the general consensus is not to worry if it’s a neutral/positive word or nickname. Like I said, I know enough to avoid initials like PEE or APE or anything like that. But I’m glad that ICE may still be on the table.
My initials are [name]LEO[/name] and I’ve always enjoyed that.
My initials are OCD, due to a random switching from “[name]Bridget[/name]” to “[name]Olivia[/name]” at the hospital. Good thing you’re doing your homework for your kids, because, while no ones ever bugged me about it, I hate not being able to have anything with my initials on it!
Lilylunapotter, I grew up in an area and era where it was all the rage for people to have those LL Bean backpacks with their initials on the back. I think that makes me extra sensitive to initial related issues. I remember when my aunt G. was having her youngest, and wanted to name her [name]Kelly[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name] G. We all protested, on account that she’d be in middle/high school with a backpack with the initials “KEG”!
I knew a family who did this and had a [name]JOY[/name] and a [name]GAY[/name] (they were going for the happy meaning, but by coincidence he is gay) and it was the kind of thing that no one ever really noticed until one of them mentioned it. They were never actually called by what their initials spelled, but by their first names. I know that my mom didn’t name me [name]Amy[/name] cause if she had my initials would’ve spelled ASS. I would avoid PEE and APE, but don’t over think it too much.
My initials spell AST, they used to be ASC…if I had taken my step fathers last name it would have been ASS >.<
I think it’s pretty neat to get a nn out of initials. ICE is pretty cool. Of course avoid negative things but there shouldn’t be any problem whatsoever if it’s neutral of positive.
One of then names on our list - Persephone Elysia - spells PET but I don’t consider that to be too bad. We also have Alexander Constantine and that makes ACT which is awesome for us theatre lovers!
Our name pick if our current baby was going to be a boy would have been [name]Oliver[/name] [name]William[/name] - with our last name [name]Ludwig[/name]: OWL. I wasn’t going for a word or anything, but since it’s nothing “bad” I wouldn’t have let it deter me; I was pretty sure he’d probably end up being called Hooter or something in college!
I think yours are totally fine, and getting the nn from the initials is not so uncommon - especially for boys. I went to elementary school with an AJ and a CJ… I can’t even remember what their actual names were.
I actually think it’s cool to have initials that spell something out! My initials are AMR, and I always wished I could switch the “M” and the “R” so my initials would spell ARM! I’m not sure why that appealed to me so much, though, lol.
I’ve thought about using something like [name]BEAR[/name] for a future son, since I’d love to be able to use that nickname, or LEER for a girl (which, in English, isn’t very good, but in Spanish it means “to read”, and I love that I would be passing down two of my favorite things–reading and languages–to her!).