Children with long names

@ip5217 (1656)
Philippines
September 12, 2010 6:42am CST
I am 7 months pregnant now. I'm excited to see our little angel, not just a little angel but an angel with an awesome name. My husband and I have thought of an awesome name- three names. Her name is Elle Beatrice Antoinette. We loved it, but everytime my friends would ask about my baby's name, the feedback I get is that it's very long. Our baby will have a hard time writing her name when she goes to school. Are you in favor of giving your baby long names?
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@schulzie (4066)
• United States
12 Sep 10
I wouldn't worry about the long name myself. My youngest child's name is Samantha and that is a long name. She is doing ok with it now that she is learning to write her name in Kindergarten. Choose whatever name you like and don't worry - your baby will be able to deal with it. People have had to deal with long names for thousands of years. Have a nice day and happy myLotting!!!
@eelennah (82)
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
actually i would not advice parents to give their babies long names. the feedback you get is quite right. some teachers even complain of students with long name. they don't get to fit it to their class records. but really, the most disadvantage of having a long name is when the child learns to write his/her name. it might lead to laziness because they get easily tired of even writing their names! so for starters, let us give our children a not so short and not so long but beautiful name.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
24 Oct 10
We have finally decided to just retain the two names and drop Antoinette. Thanks for the feedback. :)
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Sep 10
I figure you give the child a name you love, and you don't worry about anything else. But let me tell you what a friend told me when I was pregnant. He said, if you tell people the name BEFORE the child is born, they all think they have the right to comment and criticize and offer suggestions. If you tell them the name after the child is born, all they can say is "what a nice name" or something similar. So if you've decided on the name, and you don't want to hear the comments, just tell people "we'll let you know when she's born"...
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
I'm proud of our chosen name. I think what's in question here is the idea of having a long name. I agree with you, whatever we post here may receive a positive or a negative comment and I can constructively accept that.
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
13 Sep 10
I think the name you picked out is a very beautiful name. I guess your friends don't pay much attention to schools anymore since they mainly go by first and last names. So, all your child should have to worry about is Elle and her last name if it's not Antoinette. I have noticed with my daughter's school, they don't even focus on the last names except for paperwork for the office and parents. The kids are given a number and that's what they put next to their name on their homework. Luckily, it's only a small number. The middle schoolers has a long number which is also their lunch number. So go with the name that you love, if people find it long, weird or even ugly can just bite it because that is the name you want to be calling your child when she's in trouble. .
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
Yeah, I remembered we also had our class number when I was in elementary. I really find that very helpful. Sometimes, if the teacher is in a hurry, we sometimes just write our first name and that's it.
@flauee (92)
13 Sep 10
i am in favor...^_^ for my son has three names not to mention my husband, his twin and even i have three names as well.... as i look back, i think i did not have problems writing my name when i went to school.. and by the way, i so love your angels name.... have a happy pregnancy.... :)
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
Thanks! It's nice to hear that people like you loved our chosen name for our little angel.
@JasperTore (1317)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
I think giving three names for your baby is bad for her. Writing your name is very difficult specially if it is very long. I know some of my classmates in preschool and elementary who found it difficult to write their names because it is too long. Good for me that my parents were generous enough to give me a short but nice name.You can afford to have your baby two names but don't give her three. Time will come that she would complain about giving her three names.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
I think it's just a phase that she will have challenges writing her name.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
Nice name..i love it! Elle is short but the Antoinette is a bit long plus the Beatrice. your daughter will really have a hard time writing her name when she goes to school but she will love her name when she gets older. Im not in favor of giving long names to my kids, two names would be enough i guess but not 3.
@barelal (111)
• India
13 Sep 10
true Elle is very coooolll name
@eileenleyva (10644)
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
Hmmmm, the names sound royal, except for the the Elle which, if I am not mistaken, I only got to know in Witherspoon's Legally Blonde. But true, it is rather long and difficult to write especially when the child is writing application forms or information before examinations. She will get used to it eventually but she will remember the hassle. But if she loves her names, she will be proud and think nothing of it. But by what name would you call her daily?
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
Elle is a combination of her grandmothers' names. El for Elizabeth and Le for Leticia. Combining the two we get Elle.
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
24 Jan 11
I don't like long names on children,we can not call the children easily in daily life.If the children have short name,everyone can call him easily and smoothly.So if you can give your children a short name,please don't give the children long names
@SViswan (12072)
• India
24 Jan 11
My older son has a pretty long name and that's just his first name. He was born on a special day and we wanted his name to stand out. He doesn't have a surname...just an initial. His first name is so long that he is known by the first half..which is a common name. My younger one's name is the same meaning as that of his older brother's but it's pretty short. My older one didn't have a problem spelling his name. Before he started school, I taught it to him like a song (after the M-I-C-K-E-Y...mickey mouse song) and we would sing it often and he didn't find it hard at all.
@nikramos (701)
• Philippines
22 Sep 10
that is a really lovely name. mix of modern and renaissance :) i don't agree to having long names for my future baby. and you're right about her having a hard time writing her name in school. i just think giving my baby's name would depend on my name, my husband's name and his last name. if my partner is foreign, i should be giving my baby a foreign sounding name too. if he's Filipino like me, i'll give her a lovely Filipino name. Bella Walter if american, Isabel Lopez if filipino or hispanic, Isabella Botticelli if italian hehe. but none that would embarrass her with her friends or classmates when she gets older.
• Philippines
16 Sep 10
Yes my friend. I am in favor of giving long names to the children. I think that it will give him uniqueness. Why? Let's put it this way. In USA alone how many people are named "John"? Millions right? So for me giving long name to my son/daughter will make my child different from the other's and I found that cute too. Me and my wife named our son Hanz Vladimir. At first my family kept on asking why I named my son that long name. They always tell me that our family name is already long ( it's composed of 9 letters). I just tell them well let's see if that'll gonna happen. When my son grows up maybe he'll be happy if he founds out that I named him after the 2 characters on my favourite computer game.
@maximax8 (27045)
15 Sep 10
Congratulations on your pregnancy. I think that Elle Beatrice Antoinette is a lovely sounding name. Your daughter might just be called Elle because most children like to shorten their names. Like a Samantha Jane becomes Sam or Sammy. A Sandra Elaine becomes Sandy. In my home country a child usually has a first name, one or more middle names and then a sir name. For example a girl might be called Louise Francesca Green. She would use the name Louise. I taught a girl called Kerianne and nobody ever shortens her name. If a girl is called Sammy-Jo she will usually be called both names. A long name like Sophie Marianne Stephanie isn't easy for the little girl to write. I know some parents called their children Ian and Ann because of their challenging to write surname.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
15 Sep 10
I don't think that there is anything at all with having a long name. First of all when your daughter goes to school she is most likely going to go by just her first name and that won't be confusing at all for her. Now, when it comes to first names, I like for them to be relatively simple because I was one of those people that was blessed with a somewhat complicated first name. No one will make fun of her unless you insist that she be always called Elle Beatrice Antoinette, but I don't think you are going to end up using that regularly.
@cher8558 (425)
• Canada
14 Sep 10
Hi friends, Its funny this topic would come up. I was just talking to my friend the other day about names. We were saying how difficult it is for a child as it is to learn their names. Imagine some of the names I have been hearing now. People from Pakistan. I have seen some of those names, first names; 25 letters long. That is crazy. Power to these children. Cheryl
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
13 Sep 10
Yes, it is a long name, but if it is the name that youlike and have chosen for your reasons, I would not let it bother me. Children learn their names quickly, no matter how long or unusaul it may be. I do not think she will have any problems at all with those names.
• United States
13 Sep 10
That's a beautiful name, and actually not that long. My daughter's name is Catherine-Prudence Lynette and our last name has 12 letters. Her SS card couldn't even fit all the letters!
@goldie77 (168)
13 Sep 10
are you sure you're having a girl? I think Elle is lovely and should be her first name and the other two can be middle names only used for things like official documents and getting married " Do you Herbert Wally Angelico Oswald Johstone take Elle Beatrice Antoinette Wadgymackaller to be your lawful wedded wife?" (can you imagine the poor priest if she marries a guy with a long name. If she marries John Smith she'll be fine)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
13 Sep 10
Firstly, let me congratulate you both on your impending arrival, I bet you're soo excited! As for the name; well, personally, I love it. When I was at school (unless I wrote out my middle name, which is Elizabeth) my first and last names each had only 4 letters in them! On exam papers and things my name seemed to look "lost" at the top of the page. So, from that point of view I really hated my short name. Now that I'm married I have a longer surname that I've wanted for a very long time. I suppose - when your child starts to write, she may put Elle B A..and whatever her surname is. That's one way of giving her name without having to write the whole thing out at once.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
13 Sep 10
I find the name you have chosen is not long, your child will learn to write his nickname first. So your child is not difficult. The name you choose is very beautiful, I like the name. I also give my child a name with a long name. Now my son can write his name correctly.