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I think it would be absolutely ridiculous to name a human being after a Pokemon. A pet I can understand, but a human child??? A child who will more than likely be going to school with other children; and just by the virtue of being children, will tease said "Pokechild" for having a name based after video game creatures?
I remember a kid in my school would get made fun of all the time because his name was Mario, and that is a real name of Latin origin! So no, I would never name a child after a Pokemon.
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"Bayleaf" sounds like "Bailey". So maybe that would work? :P
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No. God, no. Kids can be quite nasty, and no child should suffer for their parents' unfortunate obsession.
I wouldn't even name them after the characters. I'm planning to move to Japan after college, and even there I wouldn't call my kids Satoshi or Hikari, and those are names I really, really like. Satoshi means wisdom and Hikari means light. And they are real names, but I still think it would doom them. Maybe not so much with Hikari, but Satoshi? Poor kid. Everyone would associate it with the show D:
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No way! That's bordering on child abuse lol (although a friend of mine wants to name their first child Ash if she ever has kids because of pokemon...)
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My sister named one of our pet goldfish Goldeen. When it died in four days she got another one and it was Golden II. (The fish I got at the same fair, Citrus, lived for several years...sorry, I just wanted to brag!)
Anyway, I think that Pokemon names can be a good pet name, but not a kids' name. But I'm not really a big fan of naming kids things that aren't already human "names," though. And I also just don't like most Pokemon names.
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Considering people these days are naming their kids all sorts of weird stuff (what with all the invented names, place names as first names, boys' names on girls, celebrity kid names, etc.), it would leave a bad impression. And more importantly, do you want your kid to get teased or have their teachers constantly mispronouncing it?
It's even weirder than non-Japanese people using Japanese names. I once saw a birth announcement for a white kid named Toshiro who didn't look Japanese at all. Imagine a plaque reading Toshiro Jones.
I admit it would be funny if someone called out "Bulbasaur, come over here!" and their kid came running to them.
A little off-topic, but I wonder if anyone would be weird enough to name their kid after a MLP: FIM character. Imagine a little girl named Twilight Sparkle or Pinkie Pie . Although I could see Celestia as a name - Celestia is actually a real first name. I think it means "heavenly" in Latin (quite fitting for the character).