Teachers!!! Will this name get teased in school?

Saraallison I know you said you didn’t think so, right?

The name is [name]Fiona[/name]. I’ve posted numerous times about it. The issue is this: it’s been our perfect name for years but we passed it up with DD1 due to teasing concerns. Now we are having our 4th and final child, a girl:) and once again, [name]Fiona[/name] is our fav. I’m an [name]April[/name] and have endured stupid teasing over my lifetime (still do!). I know every name is teasable really, but is naming her [name]Fiona[/name] just making her an easy target?? Picture her at a “princess” themed birthday party: all the little girls arrive and are deemed “princess suchandsuch”, and when she gets there, she’s [name]Princess[/name] [name]Fiona[/name]. Is that terrible? I’d think even though the movies will be dated, there would still be a connection made, especially with the parents or older sibs, and I’d hate comments made to her. Wdyt?

Should we move on from [name]Fiona[/name]?

[name]Will[/name] she be teased in school?

Our list is currently [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Eliza[/name], and [name]Stella[/name]. [name]Daphne[/name] remains on the list, too. And we’ve contemplated [name]Isla[/name]. Please any thoughts or preferences are very, VERY helpful:))

[name]Fiona[/name] is by far my favorite on your list. She won’t be teased because of her name any more than the other kids! Any kid can be teased but I know two Fionas, one little, and they’ve never had a problem. [name]Fiona[/name] is lovely!!

I’d stick with it since you love it. I had no idea what she might be teased about until I got to the bottom of your message - and I think it’s a loose connection, at least in UK! Go for it! Having said that, all your name choices are interesting (in a good way!) :slight_smile:

I personally love the name [name]Fiona[/name]. I went to school with a girl named [name]Fiona[/name] and she was never teased.

Are you thinking she will be teased bc of shrek?? I highly doubt it would happen…and [name]Fiona[/name] is a beautiful name!

I’m not a teacher, but I just wanted to say that I love [name]Fiona[/name]. It’s on my top 5. In my country, the name is very unusual (only 500 persons have this name) and would definitely be associated with the green ogre princess. Still, I can see myself using it in the future. I think you should use it if you love it. You have other great options though. Good luck!

I don’t think she will teased. But of course who knows about children, they may tease her on what ever name you choose for her. You can probably say the same thing for the little boys named [name]Sebastian[/name]. To me I link that to little mermaid because that is my generation when I was younger, but little boys are still given the name. Or the name [name]Cornelius[/name] in Thumbelina, and [name]Phineas[/name] from the cartoon [name]Phineas[/name] and Ferb. I love [name]Phineas[/name] and worried if my future son would be teased because of the cartoon.
I say go with what you like. If you like [name]Fiona[/name], use it. It is a beautiful name. Your other options are also pretty. I like [name]Daphne[/name] and [name]Eliza[/name] the most out of the others.

Thanks for all the advice! And yes, because of Shrek, sorry I should’ve stated that!

I know a 3 year old [name]Fiona[/name] and I love it. I dont think she will be teased any more than any other name. If my last name wasnt [name]Friedman[/name] it would be at the top of my list for this baby!

If you live in the US, where little kids might watch Shrek over and over, I think they will associate the name with the Shrek character… it might lead to some teasing. I think that will fade as they grow up, though, and get more distance from animated movies and hear [name]Fiona[/name] used in more contexts.

Not in school but there is a somewhat famous tennis player that is called “[name]Fiona[/name]” on some internet forums/blogs because of there physical likeness…unfortunately.

[name]Just[/name] a small anecdote.

From my personal experience as a teacher, kids don’t name tease like they use to. There is such a wide variety of names used on kids these days that they accept any name as “normal”. When they are that young, they don’t think of unusual names as “weird”, they just know them as that name. When they are older, they are so used to it, they don’t even think of it as unusual.

That being said, [name]Fiona[/name] is also at the top of my list. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it! If it is your favorite after all this time, I say go for it!

I agree. Part of it is acceptance and part seems to be lack of imagination! There seems to be less rhyming and other name related teasing and more put downs like “You’re stupid”. I had a [name]Fatima[/name] last year and never once heard anyone use the “fat” in her name to tease. And my 5 year old would [name]LOVE[/name] to be named after a princess, ogre or not. :). Good luck deciding!

I really don’t think it will be a big deal, but it sounds like you already have issues with teasing related to your own name and may be sensitive. My opinion is, ppl will mention the reference to shrek without any malice, but it sounds like it may drive you crazy. I love the name, but only you can decide if you can deal with the references made to shrek. I don’t find it to be a bad association personally, but that is me. I don’t think kids will be mean about it really, and you’re right you’ll prob get more comments from adults. I love [name]Eliza[/name] too for the record. Good luck!

Not a teacher but I wanted to say [name]Fiona[/name] is lovely!

I was teased for my last name…my husband was teased for his name ([name]Maxim[/name]=maxi pad) so it’s safe to say if kids want to tease they’ll find a way. I wasn’t traumatized by it cause I dished it back! [name]Just[/name] raise [name]Fiona[/name] (or whatever her name ends up being) to have confidence & to joke back.

It’s great to have a little foresight but as far as names with baggage go [name]Fiona[/name] isn’t that bad!

I see no reason why [name]Fiona[/name] would be a name to tease, its completely normal.

I’m teacher and I don’t see how I could help? lol I’ve seen kids get made fun of more for appearances and actions than names, time and time again. In fact I still have yet to witness teasing due to a name (aside from my own generation). And ditto what [name]Bunny[/name] and Peanutmom said. Also, I don’t see why a little girl wouldn’t want a princess connection to her name, not to mention she is a positive role model in multiple ways, and people seem to latch onto negative figures easier than positive figures. Compare [name]Ursula[/name] to [name]Ariel[/name]. So many little girls named [name]Ariel[/name] probably get the “little mermaid” comment a few times, in a joking but merry way, while any [name]Ursula[/name] likely gets the “sea witch” comment over and over again. Ogre, sure, but [name]Fiona[/name] goes back further than that. If anything I think that movie has boosted the popularity of the name. AND, if you still love it after three naming processes, just go for it.

I’m 13, and have been 3, 6, 9, and 12 when the movies came out (On a sidenote, that’s pretty perfect spacing), right in the targeted age group. When I think of [name]Fiona[/name], I think of a [name]Fiona[/name] who I barely know (In the grade below me, I’ve talked to her less than three times) before the ogre princess. I wouldn’t worry about it.

First, I’ve never actually seen anyone bullied over their name.

Second, Fiona is a lovely and super strong princess, I see little girls arguing to be her where I teach.

Third, i don’t think it’ll be an issue. For example, Brennan is a girl, everyone at the daycare know that Brennan is a boys name including Brennan…she’s never once been teased. Kids these days are much more accepting of names because there’s so much diversity that they aren’t noticing when something is different. It’s not the same as it used to be when there were 20 Jennifer’s and one Arielle and everyone made fun of her because her name was different.

So again, little girls where I teach are fighting over being Princess Fiona during their princess games, and I don’t think kids will be bothering too much by it. Kids will find reasons to pick regardless of anything.

I am also a teacher. In this day and age children have a great variety of names and to be honest I have never heard a child teased about their name yet.
[name]Fiona[/name] in Shrek is a funny, strong, warm and clever character. So any association is not negative. Sure she is an ogre but her characteristics are more about who she is than the ogre part. It’s not like she is an evil, crazy, smelly, mean ogre.
I say use it!!!

I would use it, besides princess parties are only a fraction of our life [name]Fiona[/name] is a nice name. I also really like [name]Flora[/name] but if you guys love it so much I think it would be sort of tragic to not give it to your final child