Bluenose63, no, there are no real restrictions on naming practices in the US. That is how we get names like Apple, North, and Moon Unit. There was one case recently where a judge decided a specific child could not be named Messiah, but I have a feeling that will be overturned, particularly since he is not the only child named that here.
As for the original question- my name has been super common for a very long time so I can always find it on "personalized" items. I have not had much luck for my kids' names, though even though they are fairly common. One is a very traditional name that is regaining popularity and the other is a last name that is relatively common when used as a first name (since naming him I have now met 3 other kids with the same last name as first though I had never noticed it before) but I have yet to see their names on those items. Now, I have noticed that the people who were naming their kids something "unique" a few years ago are finding their choice is not so unique.
My husband and I have very common first names. We would be able to find stuff with our names on it easily. We chose a less common first name for our child because of our experience of so many of our peers having the same name. Our daughter has a name with a spelling that is not traditional in this country, although the spelling is very common in another country. We can custom order personalized stuff if she wants it. It isn't a big deal.
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I have two sons, one how whom I can always find his name on stuff, the other not so much. Both my name and my husbands is pretty easy to find.
I can always find my name on those mini plates - I'm named after the saints for my first and middle name (which I go by) - so it's an old name but just not too common.
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Now correct me if I am wrong but I had read that in the US there is a law about naming your child after an inanimate object. I could have dreamt that but at my age there is a lot of useless cocktail chatter-type information in my head.
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My name is spelled different to the norm, too, and I can't find it on commercial stuff with the names on. Mind you, I wouldn't be too keen on it with a key-ring - it is a open invitation if someone finds it who knows who that person is. The same with addresses on house keys or Car Number Plates numbers on car keys.
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Certainly A-a could custom-order things online these days.
I have a compound first name (like Mary Ann...but not) and I've never found that. I would say that I can find the first part of my name 80% of the time. That's a nice balance--a recognizable, traditional name that is not super common. I do wish that my name translated better...one letter difference and my name would move between cultures much more easily.
I would give my parents a B+ overall on the naming front. :)
Myself and both of my daughters were discussing this yesterday; they said they can always find their names (and mine) on those cute blue name plates or key chains in stores that sell them at the mall but some of theirs friends who have "unique" spellings of traditional names can't find their name on those plates or key chains.
I told them it's no big deal if they can't find them, it's a unique spelling of a traditional name so they should be proud of it. Or an original name altogether.
My youngest said a girl she knows at school is named
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