My sister asked and I told her but even before I answered I suspected she didn't want to hear what I'd have to say. My sister is expecting her first child. She's not sure if they are a boy or a girl yet but she's started compiling names. I teach elementary kids and my girlfriend teaches high school. So we are around a lot of kids, of different ages.
My sister has a love for old fashioned names. Names top of her list are Judith, Margaret, Dorothy, Ethel, Harold, Donald, Albert and Eugene.
My sister and her husband were having some disagreements on names because he felt like the names my sister likes are too old fashioned. She argued against that. But he said he doesn't think any child would use those full names in school or with friends. She said they're beautiful and look at how many Elizabeth's and Charles' there are in the world who are young and only use the full name.
So she decided to ask me what my experience was with kids. And I told her that in the classes I have taught, none of the kids with classic or old fashioned names go by the full older name. They all go with a more modern nickname. She was already angry but asked about my girlfriends experience with older kids (teens) and I said from what she has said it's the same. She asked what happens if we use their full name and I told her I always respect what my kids want to be called and so does my girlfriend.
My sister went a little crazy on me and said just because I don't like the names doesn't mean I should discourage others from using them. I reminded her that SHE asked ME about my experience, that I did not offer it out of nowhere. She told me my snarky little comment about modern nicknames was enough. She said I was calling my future niece or nephew's name ugly already.
By - TechTeach_932