|1) Some common names|
But after various posts about weird names, I realized something: I LOVE weird names.
Yep. I love weird names.
|Emma Stone gif because why not?|
For me, it's also a great show of diversity. Think about it. How many Katies, Johns, and Annes are there in the ENTIRE WORLD? Yes, many countries have English* names now too (like you could be Julie Chen) but not all of them do. For example, I'm an Indian American but my name is Indian and it means "eyes."
I hate when people say names like Katniss**, Peeta, Cato, Aria, Akira, Hermione, Narcissa, and well anything else that isn't a normal, English name. I don't want more Katies, Johns, and Annes. I want more diversity because hell, with diversity of cultures comes diversity of names.
|2. My reaction when someone tells me they don't like a name that isn't common.|
For me, someone with a name that isn't even common in India, I feel like I'm an annoyance to those who can't say my name. If my name, one that is hard to pronounce, is weird, I could be a pet peeve too right?
Believe it or not, names like Katie, John, and Anne are hard for other people to pronounce too. These names might be an annoyance to people in Asia or Africa or South America.
I'm not saying that weird names shouldn't be pet peeves. After all, what one person likes might not be liked by everyone. Hell, I know not everyone is going to agree with me and that's okay. My main point is: think about the significance of a name before you toss it out:
- Katniss is another name for Sagittaria, an aquatic plant that one can eat. If you think about it, there was never enough food in District 12. So in a sense, katniss could save them all.
- Renesemee may be a name hated by many and Stephanie Meyer might not be well liked but the name was derived for a reason. Has no one ever named their child after their parents?
I honestly don't mean to offend anyone and I'm not going to hate you because weird names bug you (some names bug me too) but I just wish people would think a little into why the character was given the name. And why not put in a little extra work to learn the pronunciation?
*When I say English, I mean names ver popular in English speaking countries like England and America.
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