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#1 antigone_

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

So I just Googled the first and middle name of my soon-to-born child. Turns out that there's a jailed sex offender with the name... just reversed and my kid's middle name is actually this guy's last name.

I go to Google images and there are loads of mugshots of American offenders... none of them have the exact name of my child - they are all reversed.

So, to give an example:

My kid will be Harrison James Lastname (First, middle)

The offenders are all James Harrison (First, last)

Would this be a problem for you? have you ever Googled your kids' names and found some things that you didn't like? Would it stop you from using the name?

#2 Riotproof

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

Not with names that common no.
And no, I never googled ds's name.

#3 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

My DH (full name) shares a name with convicted murderer in the US.

No it would not bother me unless it was the name of a sex shop.



#4 Kay1

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

Would depend on how unusual the name was.

#5 antigone_

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE (Riotproof @ 18/02/2013, 09:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not with names that common no.


They're not the actual names.


#6 AbbottProofFence

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

With a common name, no.


#7 Cranky Kitten

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Unless I was considering calling my child Charles Milles (Manson) or Catherine Margaret (Birnie), it wouldn't really bother me that much.

Obscure offender in the States? Who cares?

#8 BadCat

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

I discovered a while back that DD shares a name with a rather prolific US porn actress.   I don't care.

Unless you are using a really unusual name you're going to find a bunch of folk with the same name.  Some of them will be good, some not so much.  shrug.gif

#9 antigone_

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 18/02/2013, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unless I was considering calling my child Charles Milles (Manson) or Catherine Margaret (Birnie), it wouldn't really bother me that much.

Obscure offender in the States? Who cares?


The sex offender had many Google pages of articles attributed to his capture, trial and jailing.

The mugshots were of American offenders. Many of them - just to make it clearer original.gif


#10 Riotproof

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

QUOTE (antigone_ @ 18/02/2013, 10:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They're not the actual names.

Well, I guess that depends. Without the actual names, it's hard to tell.



#11 MrsLexiK

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

With the inclusion of my maiden name as a middle name there is no way my child will have the same name as anyone else in the world so not something I think about.

#12 Cranky Kitten

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:20 PM

The point I was making though, was that unless the desired name is a household name that everyone (or close enough to it) knows, it's no big deal. A few google pages is not exactly high profile or likely to stick in people's mind much past a few weeks.

#13 Liadan

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:20 PM

I just did, and discovered that my ex (dd's father) has a public photobucket album with some photos (and my ultra sound pictures) on them.

Feeling slightly ill at the moment. Those ultrasounds are my medical images.

My full name, my doctors name, my age at the time (and the date of the scan) are all on the scans, and are all there for anyone to see.

#14 antigone_

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 18/02/2013, 10:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The point I was making though, was that unless the desired name is a household name that everyone (or close enough to it) knows, it's no big deal. A few google pages is not exactly high profile or likely to stick in people's mind much past a few weeks.


I see what you mean. I don't think it's going to be enough to put me off, having thought about it some more, which is a relief. It's the only name DH and I could agree on!

QUOTE (Liadan @ 18/02/2013, 10:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just did, and discovered that my ex (dd's father) has a public photobucket album with some photos (and my ultra sound pictures) on them.

Feeling slightly ill at the moment. Those ultrasounds are my medical images.

My full name, my doctors name, my age at the time (and the date of the scan) are all on the scans, and are all there for anyone to see.


That is really upsetting and I really hope you can have them removed. I recently found out that the real estate listing from 6 years ago for our current house, was still up on the internet, with how much we paid, photos and the floor plan for all and sundry to see. It's definitely not on the same scale but that made me feel ill enough and I asked them to take it down immediately.


#15 FiveAus

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

My sons names bring up American sports stars. They woul love that!
My eldest daughters name gives me a character on Glee (I had no idea, I never watch that show), and my youngest daughters name just brings up her.

#16 Old Grey Mare

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Just tried mine: DD is a world ranked kick-boxer and DS is a top US orthopedic surgeon and an English Premier League footballer, talk about multi-tasking!

#17 namie

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

I googled both boys' names prior to their birth (along with any other combinations we had in mind) just to see how common they might be. I know if I search for my name I'm the only one who comes up, and only in relation to primary school, but DP has a few people with the same name in America, plus others with a slightly different spelling of surname.

I don't think there was another of either boys name in the combinations we had which was nice.

#18 B.3

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

I did Google first names and read sites like Yahoo Answers to see how the name was perceived. Some that I liked did not fare well and I did rule names out based on this.

I have never Googled first and middle together. I'm not sure I want to now!!

#19 WinterDancesHere

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

If it was a common name I wouldn't think twice, if it was relatively unique I would think again.

I just did a google on DS and there is no one with the same combination of names. There is one hit on firstname/lastname and that was an obituary and church records for an American priest that died in the 60's.

One of the benefits of a very uncommon surname I guess.

Just reread and realised you were just talking firstname/middle name. That wouldn't bother me at all. Middle names are used so rarely anyway. But DS gets an Earl who was in the House of Commons, a Baron, a Victoria Cross recipient so nothing too untoward there.


Edited by WinterDancesHere, 18 February 2013 - 10:09 PM.


#20 bmieke

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

Umm, yes. I know I didn't google DD's name until some time after she was born (we didn't decide on her middle name for a couple of weeks after birth). But when I did Google her first and middle name I found out it is the name of a porn star..... yep, great.

OK just Googled again, and the first 60+ pages of Google are dedicated to this particular porn star. Starting to consider changing my 4 year old DD's middle name......



#21 Bel Rowley

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

I don't think it would worry me if the names were switched around.

#22 Nofliesonme

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:32 AM

QUOTE (O TheHugeManatee @ 18/02/2013, 09:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I discovered a while back that DD shares a name with a rather prolific US porn actress.   I don't care.

Unless you are using a really unusual name you're going to find a bunch of folk with the same name.  Some of them will be good, some not so much.  shrug.gif


Oh dear a few come to mind.... Lol I could think of worse....
Jesse James maybe, Riley Steele am i close. Lol reason I ask if we have another girl one of the names I like is a porn star name too.

Our DS 2 is Declan paisley and if you google it, there was a baby called Declan murdered in paisley Scotland.
We still used it.

Edited by thunda, 19 February 2013 - 06:35 AM.


#23 Nofliesonme

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:35 AM

Dp

Edited by thunda, 19 February 2013 - 06:39 AM.


#24 Mrs Manager

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:48 AM

If it were the names switched around it wouldn't bother me.  If it was the exact name then to be honest, yes it would.

I googled DS's name before we settled on it and there is a neurosurgeon with the same name....  We decided that was a good omen!

#25 JaneLane

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:00 AM

If a google search brought up bad associations with the name and I was going to always think about it, I might change it.  If its a very common name combination I probably wouldn't bother about it and if it's unusual then unless I really wanted to use it, I would change one of the names.

Googling my kids names brings up nothing, they do have unusual name combinations and are highly unlikely to ever have someone with the same or even similar names.




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