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Are baby names like Hashtag cruel?

It may be a hoax, but Hashtag Jameson hit the headlines last month ( Is this a modern and creative name to give, or a sure fire way to open a child to ridicule. Will anyone know what a hashtag is in a couple of decade's time? Like calling a kid Telegram 80 years ago?

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Denis Oakley
Denis Oakley Inconstant Dad Kuala Lumpur, MY

LOL. Never thought of giving a baby names like that. I focused on wonderful Saxon and Byzantine Greek ones to annoy my wife :)

I can't see it being cruel. Daft maybe, but not cruel - because in many ways name giving is always as cruel as it is kind and inspirational.

We called our second child Aslan. Partly because I'd always loved Narnia and partly because it reflected his Turkic heritage. Alp Aslan (sic) piled the skulls and shattered bodies high on his march of plunder. Lord of peace or the destroyer?

Hashtag is different and that really all it is. It gives the child some really cool ways of expressing himself. Lets hope he does

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Opinion 3 years ago
Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Possibly. When I my kids were born more than a decade ago I rushed to get their own names as AOL emails. Rushed.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Vivek Khare
Vivek Khare Doctor. Learner. Educator. London, GB

Hashtag could be a pretty cool name if my son is sure to be a rapper or a dj but that is obviously something no one knows. Besides websites and terms associated with them have an expiry date and then 25 years from now the kid will be left with the awkward business of explaining to the girl at the bar, what was going through his parents mind when they decided to call their kids hashtag Jameson or Tweet Rodriguez or Facebook mohammed.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Tania Sullivan writer
Tania Sullivan HomeEd mum of 12, writer, Kent, UK

I prefer traditional names to the point that it sounds like we are rounding up a bingo game for an old people's home rather than having several young children. But no, I'm not a fan of made-up or 'different' names.

I did write a post a while back on names which weren't illegal but probably should be. I ask you, would you name your child Fishy Scales? Or Brainy Fish? I wonder how they expressed themselves or did they just choose to go by a different moniker to save their blushes?

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Opinion 3 years ago
Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

I think it's cool...I remember hearing about a teacher naming kids after fonts (yes I went to design school) and I think that they are beautiful names...way better than "John" or other drastically over used names. Maybe if I get pregnant again I'll name my baby Ligature...

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Opinion 2 years ago

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