There are a few basic stances on this subject. Some people consider a bad rhyme/association a deal-breaker. Others say, "Kids will get teased no matter what, and it might as well be about their names." Whatevs. Today, this part of the subject is moot. Here is what we are interested in today: DO kids get teased about their names? Or is that just something parents imagine/worry will happen?
I'm going to put a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see below.] It is a LITTLE tricky, so pay attention. If you had a "teaseable" name (rhymed with a "bad word" or potty term, had an obvious association such as "poison" with "Ivy," etc.), did you get teased about it, and if so how badly? If you had a NON-teasable name (Jennifer, for example, or Michael, where there's no obvious tease problem), did YOU get teased about your name ANYWAY ("Michael Smichael!" "Mike bike!"), and if so how badly?
I'm wondering a couple of different things here: (1) Do teaseable names GET teased? and (2) Are children such little nutjobs that they'll even tease the non-teaseable ones?
Poll results(263 votes total):
Teasable name, teased a lot: 5 votes, roughly 2%
Teasable name, teased some: 14 votes, roughly 5%
Teasable name, teased a little: 24 votes, roughly 9%
Teasable name, not teased: 7 votes, roughly 3%
Not-teasable name, teased a lot: 12 votes, roughly 5%
Non-teasable name, teased some: 44 votes, roughly 17%
Non-teasable name, teased a little: 69 votes, roughly 26%
Non-teasable name, not teased: 88 votes, roughly 33%