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Sister in law is still nuts!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

So those of you who know, my sister in law calls her unborn child "Mr. Fetus" I told her I did not like that and would joyfully await the name (She already knows she's having a boy).
Well, they chose a name and is it ever a doozy: Basil Marcellus.
Yep, and I'm not even kidding....she almost named the last one Constantine, but everyone freaked! So his name is Elliot and the oldest is Oliver (which are still a "kick me" signs as far as I can see)
My 13 year old son, Bob (nice old fashioned name, that is!) said to me, "She hates her kids, doesn't she?"
Please understand if you have any of those names, I mean no offense. However, just having lived through my kids Jr High traumas, I foresee difficulties for these poor young men, especially since her extra curriculars for them consist of French and Ballet. My hubby told her he'd spring for Martial Arts classes! She was not amused....

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  • MARYJEANSL
    Well, I imagine Basil would be more common in England. Who was that actor who played Sherlock Holmes? Basil Rathbone, I think? It's unusual, for sure, but not totally unknown. I do feel sorry for him. Kids can definitely be cruel. Elliot and Oliver don't seem so bad in comparison.
    2822 days ago
  • TRUCKERWIFE2
    My first name is a common name that is unisex except for the spelling. Mom insisted I was going to be a boy and after I was born she insisted on giving me the male spelling. While I was growing up neither parent would spell my name correctly and both used separate spellings. In school I used several variations of spellings of my name and I had a kind teacher who pointed out I would have to pick one eventually for legal reasons. Had to ask Mom how my name was on my birth certificate. I was 10 and had no idea what the real spelling of my name is. I've kept the original spelling. Get weird looks when someone new calls me for something and a buxomly woman steps forward. I get a lot of Mr.... mail.
    It's something to laugh at and I've gotten a good sense of humor. When asked why I don't change the spelling I reply: My brother's name is Tom and I'm glad I wasn't born first! Jerry
    2828 days ago
  • IACTA_ALEA_EST
    The answer to bullying is neither hiding nor avoiding standing out from the crowd.
    2829 days ago
  • BRTRAINS
    Names are fine, Nothing wrong with being different. If you bring kids up with values and teach them morals and how to be their own person names are just names... You're son at 13 would only say that if he heard the negative comments about their names... That's how bullying starts.
    Just my .02 cents !
    2829 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Maybe they can get their names legally changed when they turn 18.
    2829 days ago
  • CHANTENAY
    Yep...headed for trouble.

    emoticon Maybe she'll come around with this one too.
    2829 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I have a brother who did something similar to his daughters...so sad emoticon
    2829 days ago
  • MRYTYLER
    Maybe your son can give them nicknames that will stick with them through their school years. One of my DD is a 6th grade teacher and she told me she wishes parents would think before naming (and picking out the spelling of said name) how those kids are going to be treated during their school years.
    2829 days ago
  • KATIGIE
    I really like it! It has a very distinguished sound, and she should think about a toddler three-piece suit. ; ) Actually, if the child is brought up with a healthy sense of self and a nonchalance about unimportant things, he can rock that name. emoticon
    2829 days ago
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    I actually know a Basil! He wasn't too impressed either, he answers to his middle name, Derek. But you wouldn't want to answer to Marcellus either would you!
    2830 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423281
    I like Oliver and Elliot but Basil is....well.....different for sure.

    Our thing when picking out a name for our son was what can it be shortened to? Nicknames can be VERY different from your given name. We went with Jacob because while i like Jacob better...Jake is a nice strong name too.

    Basil? hmmm...that is different.
    2830 days ago
  • REGILIEH
    Oh Dear!!! Oh Dear!!!! Poor soul! Poor little boys!
    2830 days ago
  • KLMEIRING
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    2830 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13487241
    Basil???????? just read this to my daughter (20yrs) She says he will have every weird nickname in the book. Can you say "Spicerack McCormick!" LOL
    Thanks for the chuckle this morning!
    2830 days ago
  • AKATHLEEN54
    I remember when I was pregnant with both my kids we tried to avoid any kind of name that would spell out as "strange" initials, names that would rhyme with anything they could be teased for, "wierd" names and ended up with a Timothy and a Kathleen. don't hear "normal" names like that much anymore. Basil??? really? Maybe in ancient Roman times. Maybe she just wants to be old fashioned? OK, Maybe just wierd!! emoticon
    2830 days ago
  • TESENISIS1
    I completely understand!!! As my previous coworker used to say, "Never name your child something that would not sound good in the bedroom or the boardroom." I whole-heartedly agree.
    2830 days ago
  • RAINBOWFALLS
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  • MUFFINSKI
    We have gotten used to Oliver and Elliot, but when she first mentioned them, we were a bit taken aback. Maybe she thinks we will get used to Basil too...I predict that her Mother in Law will throw a hissy and a new name will be forthcoming.
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    2830 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13453844
    I like Oliver and Elliot....but Basil?? That one is a little odd
    2830 days ago
  • WALLINMW
    Stay motivated!
    2830 days ago
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