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A tabloid star is ruining my name!

My name is Vienna. Unfortunately, this name is shared with the latest winner of the Bachelor, and people do not like her very much. I have heard people saying "I HATE Vienna! She's disgusting! Why would he want HER?" It takes me a while to realize that they're talking about the reality-show Vienna. I love having such a unique name! I don't want it to become popular and I don't want people assuming Viennas are bad people. Help? - Vienna

Vienna, you're living out the fear of every name-obsessed parent. "What if the stylish, creative, unusual name I choose for my child suddenly hits the headlines?" The poor souls who share their names with notorious criminals know your pain well. But you're in a better position than the law-abiding Theodore Bundys who woke up one morning considering a name change. Your namesake is guilty only of crimes of taste and fashion, neither of which carry a 30-to-life sentence.

Yes, your lovely name will be associated with a controversial personality--but only for a time. Just five years ago, a reality tv star made Talan the fastest rising boy's name in America. But when was the last time you thought about "Laguna Beach's" Talan Torriero? Most fame is fleeting, and reality tv fame flies at warp speed. The taint of the tabloid vixen will fade.

In the short term, try deflecting the Vienna haters with humor. Answer a Bachelor fan's Vienna abuse with a cheerful quip: "Her name's the only good thing about her!" or "Don't worry, we've already revoked her invitation to the Vienna Society's annual picnic."

As for your other concern, a jump in your name's popularity, I'm afraid I can't be so reassuring. Vienna shows every sign of being the right name at the right time. It's a place name with a trendy "high Scrabble value" letter and a traditional feminine sound. That combo has shot names like Savannah and Alexandria up the charts. Vienna even rhymes with popular names like Sienna and Mckenna. Just look at Madison and Addison for proof of the power of a rhyme.

Five years from now the "Vienna like the Bachelor?" comments will have died down, but I'm wagering the "Vienna like my two-year-old niece?" comments will have swelled. That loss of uniqueness may take some getting used to. On the bright side, it's proof of your name's stylish appeal, and it will keep you sounding eternally youthful.

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March 22, 2010 12:50 PM
By Alex (not verified)

Of course, a girl's name such as "Calcutta" has a charm of its own, but somehow few users. I wonder why. . .? :-)
Alexander (not named after Pope Alexander VI)

March 23, 2010 1:44 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

The Tonya Harding incident was not fun for me in school and I assume all Tanya's, Tonya's etc. (I'm the former). But it eventually died down (thankfully!) (of course, mine is a fairly common name).

March 23, 2010 3:29 PM
By Anya (not verified)

My daughter's name is Vienna, and she just turned 2 years old. We love the name too, and hope the tabloid noise will die down soon. I agree it's a bummer if the name really becomes popular, but I severely doubt it will ever reach even the top 100 names.

When we chose the name 2 years ago, we had some people in the midwest saying, "oh, like Vienna Sausages"? Ak. So, there will always be SOME connection people can make with any name.

Enjoy your beautiful unique name!!
: )

March 23, 2010 7:10 PM
By Stephanie (not verified)

I personally love the name Vienna. Not that I plan on using it, but just because a reality tv lady has it doesn't mean you have to be less happy with it. You and the people who know you well understand that you are a good person, etc. So, it really shouldn't matter.

March 23, 2010 9:59 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

to me vienna is so pretty, but I don't like names that are places so that's out of the question...

March 24, 2010 5:35 AM
By Burriol (not verified)

I've actually never heard of this infamous Vienna or Vienna sausages.

The only familiarity I have with it as a name is the musician Vienna Teng. Even before that, the city always reminded me of music.

March 25, 2010 8:29 AM
By Elizabeth (not verified)

Seconding the comment about Vienna Teng! One more reason Vienna is such a lovely, delicate, musical name. I agree that it's poised to bloom, but hey, think of it as acquiring sisters in Vienna-hood. :) I doubt it will ever reach the same heights as Emily, Amelia, etc.

Concerning the sausages: where I grew up (the Deep South), those are pronounced vye-EE-nas!

April 14, 2010 7:29 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Not being a Bachelor follower, I only heard the name on Regis and Kelly (and had no connotation of the character). My reaction: What a lovely name. I do think NameLady is right, it's likely to rise--not skyrocket, but rise--in popularity. Look, just a few months later and most people don't even remember her from Bachelor. Not like Omarosa from the Apprentice. Now there's a name that stuck in memory.

April 15, 2010 7:20 PM
By LauraLake (not verified)

I named my daughter Hadley, a name that I heard once years ago and it stuck with me. It was pretty rare at the time and I loved the uniqueness of it. But about four years ago that Barbie Twelve Dancing Princesses movie came out and one of the characters was named Hadley.

I was so mad! "They" took "my" name and now everyone would think I named her after a barbie character and it would become trendy. But, although Hadley has been going up and up in popularity, it's still fairly uncommon, and the truth of it is, I don't have any control over those kinds of things. We can't control trends and other people, so what's the point of worrying about it? I love my little girl's name no matter what.

April 20, 2010 1:39 PM
By Victoria (not verified)

Vienna - if you really want to escape it, move to England. We've never heard of The Bachelor or the sausages, just the place. (Though it does sound a bit like Vienetta, which is a kind of cheap family-size ice-cream bar over here - but everyone loves them for the nostalgia.)

June 7, 2010 2:53 PM
By Berlin (not verified)

Why do people name their kids after cities. I lived in Vienna or Wien. Also if your name is Vienna or Paris should you be called Paree while in france or Wien While in Austria.

Please tell people to stop naming their children after cities or geographical places. I learned my lesson after I name my children Death Valley, The Somme, and the worst mistake Gaudacanal.

It is hell on Memorial day. We usually stay at home.

June 7, 2010 2:54 PM
By Berlin (not verified)

Why do people name their kids after cities. I lived in Vienna or Wien. Also if your name is Vienna or Paris should you be called Paree while in france or Wien While in Austria.

Please tell people to stop naming their children after cities or geographical places. I learned my lesson after I name my children Death Valley, The Somme, and the worst mistake Gaudacanal.

It is hell on Memorial day. We usually stay at home.

June 7, 2010 2:57 PM
By Berlin (not verified)

How do I verify this? I am a real person. Plus have the time the stupid name protect thing is unreadable by the must powerful pettern recogniciation device. The human mind.

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