Initials that spell words
Curious; what do you think of initials that spell words? Is it something you’d try to avoid or do you think it could be cool depending on what the word is?
I grew up with initials that spelled a word (a neutral word, nothing embarrassing) and I remember liking it when I was little but by 8 or 9 I thought it was a little silly.
With Alex’s middle name, there were two legitimate spelling options and I chose one based solely on it NOT making his initials spell a word.
MyosotisParticipant5 months ago
My initials spell JAAM, or JAM without my second middle, which my friends and I think is cool, because my first name begins with Jam, so Jam/Jami etc. are some of my nns (although I’m not a big fan of jam ironically!). All the name combos a I like don’t spell any actual word of stand for anything (as far as I know), but if it was something really bad, I’d definitely change a middle. The initials BOO would be cute for a child, but if that child’s first name begins with P, not so great. I would avoid: any 4 letter swear words, any STDs (and STD/STI itself), any drugs etc. Pretty much any not so great 4 letter word.
kimihaParticipant5 months ago
i think you should avoid it. its totally ok if the word is not significant for example,
but if its something bad you should not use it. for example,
IngaParticipant5 months ago
I think initials spelling neutral words are fine. My initials were/are JAR. I always liked that they spelled a word. Honestly, people never knew my initials unless we had a specific conversation about it so it never caused me any issues. I wouldn’t change a name combo I loved unless the initials had a negative connotation.
PS – Not sure what’s going on, but I had to login about 5 times in a row to post this!
jenni_lynn91Participant5 months ago
It depends on the word. I ruled out all names starting with an A so that my daughter’s initials wouldn’t spell AXE. However, those initials might be cool for a boy. It’s a little harder for girls because their initials can change if they change their last name when they get married. She shouldn’t have any problems with her middle name starting with an X. Someone could have the initials FAE, but then marry someone who’s last name starts with a T, and then her initials would be FAT. Boys are easier because they don’t usually change their names.
TheWishingStarParticipant5 months ago
Ah man, I thought I posted earlier, but my internet crashed. Guess it didn’t go through. I agree with jenni_lynn91, though, about the girl’s initials. And there’s the nickname problem too. If you go by a nickname all the time, and it starts with a different letter, that can cause an issue.
I think I’d try to avoid any word initials, honestly. Even the pretty harmless ones, they just don’t appeal to me much. I wouldn’t completely rule out a combo just because of the initials, though, unless it’s pretty undesirable or vulgar or something… My sister’s spell HAH, and I know she’s never been fond of that. And a friend of mine’s spell JAW, which I know she finds dumb. It just seems like there aren’t any 3 letter words I’d want to have be a part of a name, even if it’s a really minor part…
Interesting to hear others’ thoughts.
TWS, I think that’s pretty much what I think too.
I did an internship practice at an agency where the therapists’ initials were on everything–the schedule, bills (that clients saw), file folders, etc. I realize not everyone might work in an environment like that but I also think you can’t assume initials will never be an issue.
True about girls’ initials; I wouldn’t worry about that though. She would always have the option of using her maiden as her middle or keeping both names if she wanted to avoid spelling a word. I actually did that; if I had just switched out my maiden for my married name my initials would have gone from spelling one innocuous word to spelling another and I preferred to avoid that. I ended up with two MNs though in retrospect I wish I had dropped my middle and just made my maiden name my middle for simplicity’s sake.
lcd1912Participant5 months ago
Interesting points-TwoSapphires, your last comment about how initials can be used in a professional setting & TheWishingStar’s point about taking potential nicknames into consideration! So much thought can (and should) go into a name! It always bothered me that mine (LMK) are out of order alphabetically-only because those three letters happen to be alongside each other in the alphabet in the first place. I definitely think initials could make or break a name for me.
kcussParticipant5 months ago
I think it’s cool when the initials spell out a potential nickname for the child.
We want to name our first son Jonathan Asa Custance. I’ve always loved the NN Jack for Jonathan, and it’s pretty cool that JAC looks/sounds like Jack. So in that case, I think it’s pretty neat!
I also had a friend growing up who’s initials were KCP. Her name was Kaitlin, and she hated all the NN associated with her name – Kate, Katie, etc. Though she overall preferred Kaitlin, she didn’t hate the idea of being called KC.
Just a thought
peachy93Participant5 months ago
I know a guy whose initials spell his first name. I always thought that was kind of cool