For any teacher, naming their own children is probably one of the most difficult and personal tasks. For art teachers, it’s probably even worse, because we have hundreds of student names on our roster… And those names… Well, lets just say they all come with a little bit of baggage and associations. For some reason all the Dylan’s I’ve had always seem naughty (Sorry if your kid is named Dylan, I am sure he is an angel). So I could never use the name Dylan for my own kids. You get the picture.
Plus, even if it’s a nice name, having multiples of the name can really turn you off. One year I had a Maddie C, Maddie B and a Maddie D, all in the same class. (I’m seeing stars just thinking about it)
When my husband and I were coming up with names for our first child (we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl) he would suggest a name, and I would instantly say.. NO… because of a kid at school I had with the same name. My goal was to name my kids something different from any other student I’d ever had. Luckily, I’d never had a Nora. Our boy name was safe, too. Mission accomplished.
So maybe you wouldn’t choose a certain name for your own kids, but what about the names that are so different, you wonder why anyone would EVER name their kid that (Hello Gweneth Paltrow naming your kid Apple). I can’t say I’ve had any student names that are too crazy, but I have heard of colleagues that have some interesting stories about student names. Here is my favorite one: The girls’ name was spelled La-a. The teacher, very confused, asked the parent how to pronounce it. The mom was quick to point out that the dash shouldn’t ever be silent. (Ladasha). OMG.
So, dish- What is the strangest student name you’ve ever had?
Was it hard to name your own kids because of students you’ve had in the past?
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