kimsmikParticipant1 month, 4 weeks ago
Most say they were never teased, the others say they were teased because of the VW Jetta.
I dont want to give my baby a name that everyone will say the same thing every time and annoy her.
I know i wouldnt say anything like that if i met a Jetta. Would you? What do you think?
kimihaParticipant1 month, 4 weeks ago
is that the name of a car? im not sure. i have no knowledge of cars so i wouldnt think of that. i believe there was a jetta in the clifford the big red dog books. i cant remember if she was a dog or a person. i think it is the name of the black haired girl. thats the only reference i know of.
when i hear this name, i think its a nice name. its rare yet easy to say and spell. one that i could see rising in popularity. its cute. i prefer jett on a boy. but jetta is nice. i would be happy to meet a jetta.
TaraParticipant1 month, 4 weeks ago
My first thought was Jetty, not VW Jetta. I think it’s nice! Not really a huge teasing potential, even if she does get Jetty or VW Jetta.
lcd1912Participant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I thought of the car but that’s not really a bad association. They are very cute, girly cars! I like it way better than Jessa, Jemma or Jenna
TheWishingStarParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I definitely wouldn’t have thought of the car – I doubt too many kids would, either, honestly. I just thought of the word jet. I don’t really like the name because of that – it seems kind of made-up to be cool and futuristic to me, and kind of masculine. I also have negative associations with the name Jet, so Jetta is not really my style. But it is unique.
In regards to teasing – kids will get teased. If not about their name, then about their size, hair, voice, family, etc. Even the most normal of names might be used in some popular movie sometime in the future that would encourage teasing. Don’t avoid a name just because it MIGHT invoke teasing. If the only reason your kid is ever teased is because their name is shared with a car, they will be doing pretty well.
Do avoid names that are REALLY obvious for teasing, though, like using an actual word, or something that rhymes with a swear word or an insult, or something along those lines.
embraParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I thought of the car right away, but I don’t think it is a bad association. I’d be more concerned with the fact that when you say “Jetta” it sounds a lot like the more common “Jenna” said by someone with a cold. I think a little Jetta will have to correct people quite a lot.
Anabel ConnerKeymaster1 month, 3 weeks ago
I thought of the car immediately upon seeing the title of your post. Its the first thing that came to my mind. I don’t think its a horribly association personally, but it will be a common one, so be prepared for that. “Her name is Jetta” “Oh. Like the car?” I can see more of that happening than outright teasing or bullying.
Knowing that you have to decide if your love for the name is stronger than that. Prepare yourself to hear that kind of thing often as a parent, and know your kid will probably hear it, too, and decide if you think that is bad or if it is alright. Its in your hands to decide. You choose this name for someone else.
That being said, I know plenty of people named Duncan that hear “Dunkin doughnuts” and they are just fine. Plenty of people are named Alexia and that is the name of actual neurological condition. Plenty of people are named Dasani and that is a brand of water (a name for the water made up by Coca-Cola company that didn’t exist prior to that). You have to decide what your own personal threshold is for what is ‘too much’ and then choose accordingly.
kimsmikParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
Well, I’m not so much concerned about childhood bullying as much as I’m concerned every time she introduces herself (mostly in adulthood) people would reply “oh like the car?” Or something. Sometimes no big deal, but if it was every time I think it would get old and annoying.
Our last name is super common, so it’s better to have a less common first name I think.
TaraParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
My friend has a daughter named Solara and that is a type of car (in Australia definitely, not sure about overseas) and she doesn’t get much grief about it.
TwoSapphiresParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I thought of the car as soon as I saw your post. (I’ve never heard Jetta as a person’s name; only context I’ve heard it in is the car.) I think she would constantly get, “Like the car?” And that could get really annoying. I think there can also be some bias against using a “product name” for a child so I think that’s important to keep in mind when thinking how this name will be perceived on a resume, business card, etc.
- This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by TwoSapphires.
yellowwattsParticipant1 month, 3 weeks ago
I can’t get past the car association. Jessa is soooo much better!
PhlutegirlParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Jetta is all car to me, sorry. Not a very attractive sound to me, either.
One of the greatest pieces advice I’ve heard given is “give your baby a name you wouldn’t mind having for yourself.” Test drive it. Give Jetta as your name at Starbucks, or introduce yourself as Jetta to random strangers when making small talk while waiting in line somewhere. See if lots of people say “Oh, like the car?” and decide for yourself if you could live with hearing that your entire life. It’s hard to pick out a name for someone else without meeting them first and there’s no way of knowing ahead of time if your child would eventually find this a hassle after dealing with it for years.
You’re on the right track since you’re here asking these questions and weighing these options. Good luck!
promiseParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
What about Britta?
TheWishingStarParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Promise – I feel like Britta is even worse of a product name. I don’t specifically think of Jetta as a car, but Brita is easily the most popular brand of water filter. At least where I live, everyone knows that if you say “Brita,” you mean the pitcher of filtered water.
I agree with Britta being worse of a product name.
I also really agree with phlutegirl’s idea of “test-driving” a name at a restaurant, Starbucks, etc., to see what kind of responses you get. We did that when we were testing out names for our twins.
promiseParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
I’ve actually met a Britta before, but I get what you’re saying.
When it comes down to it, if you love a name, use it. Others will get to know your child and begin to associate that name with him/her, not the product that he/she may share a name with.
While good friends will get used to it, I do think it’s smart to factor in (like the OP is doing) the reactions she’ll get from the people she is meeting every day throughout her life–people at doctor’s offices, restaurants, school, work, friends of friends, etc. Hearing “Like the car?” multiple times a day for years could get old.
FWIW, I just turned to DH and asked him out of the blue, “What do you think of the name Jetta?” He instantly replied, “Like the car?”
Anabel ConnerKeymaster1 month, 2 weeks ago
Bretta is nice and it’s not a product of any kind!
kimsmikParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
We are wanting a “J” name. And one that isn’t too common because we have an extremely common last name.
embraParticipant1 month, 2 weeks ago
Maybe… Jillian, Julissa, Johanna, Jovanna, Jade, Josephine, Jola, Juno, or Jacqueline?
I like Jillian and Josephine! I also think Josette is cute, or perhaps Jessa, June, Jada, Junia, Jolie, Jacey, or Joelle.