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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:49 am UTC

Seriously, thanks guys, but not looking for girl suggestions! I was looking for comments on naming a boy Indiana, after Indiana Jones. I mentioned the "Eva Brown" story because it was funny.

I just remembered this South African TV presenter called Scot Scott.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:07 pm UTC

existential_elevator wrote:...Mercedes is a fairly traditional Spanish name. But, you know, anyone who uses it because they like the car [rather than because it was their great-grandma's name] is probably making a bad choice.

Yeah, I suppose so. I had a flatmate with the name Mercedes, her father had indeed named her because he always wanted a Mercedes and couldn't get one. Pretty awful.

N-1k-T4 wrote:No, see that was the point i was trying to make... come up with something more original that cant be turned into a lude joke when she turns 16 >>

As far as I know my flatmate Mercedes didn't get any problems before or after she was 16.

Part of the reason was that people thought it might be a normal name in Hungary, where she was born. (It isn't, it's about as uncommon as in Germany.)

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:11 pm UTC

It's a meme. See youtube for details.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby oobitydoo » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:46 pm UTC

I saw this thread and just had to post.

I have a friend whose last name is Ng. He wants to have twins and name them Pi and Po, making respectively Ping and Pong.
Alternatively, if he just has a daughter, he wants to name her CJ, giving CJ Ng and a name with no vowels.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby 22/7 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:54 pm UTC

Luthen wrote:
Angua wrote:Back on topic, does anyone else watch the credits of shows just to see the weird names of the production crew? They normally have at least one or two.
That's a new family tradition for me. Some are just classics, but I can't remember any now.
The new TMNT movie included a Sandy Poon and ... another one that ended in Poon. What was it...

I don't remember.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:29 pm UTC

oobitydoo wrote:I have a friend whose last name is Ng.

Seems to be a common Vietnamese (?) name, in my high school in the US there were a couple of students with that last name. But I only ever read it on name lists ... what is it pronounced like? Just like "ng", i.e. like the "ng" in "sing"? Or "en-jee"? Or something completely different?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby phlip » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:52 pm UTC

Monika wrote:Just like "ng", i.e. like the "ng" in "sing"?

This one. A syllabic "ng" if your accent can pull off syllabic consonants, or preceeded by a schwa if not.

(At the risk of bringing back the accents and pronounciation debate from before...)

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby N-1k-T4 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:29 am UTC

i thought this thread was about THINKING before you name your children
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Zak » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:56 am UTC

It is, doesn't mean we're not sadists though...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Angua » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

A lot of thought goes into those sorts of names you know.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Alder » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:28 pm UTC

Heh...this has been a funny read.

I tend to feel fairly strongly about parents giving their children ridiculous names, because my mum's name is Mervyn. "Merlin?" "No, Mervyn." "Marlyn?" "No - Mervyn" "Marvin?" "NO! MERVYN!!!" "Melvyn?" etc...etc...etc...
What my granny was thinking, giving her baby girl a name better suited to a Welsh rugby player, I've no idea. Goodness knows how many variations she's heard down through the years...misspellings/mispronunciation, getting letters addressed to "Mr Mervyn X".

The best one though, was a little old lady [who'd known her for years, and new her name perfectly well] who poked her head out the kitchen and said, "Would you like a cup of tea, Vermin?"

I laaaaaaaaaaaaaaughed. I'm still sorry for her though. Think ahead, parents!!
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby fyrenwater » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:46 am UTC

Monika wrote:what is (Ng) pronounced like?

Closest English equivalent is like "ing", but without the vowel... if that makes any sense. Works if you're familiar with the language or some other language that uses that sound.


Back to facepalm-inducing names. I was in line at a grocery store that makes an effort to thank cardholding customers by name. The woman in front of me was Ivy Vine. The cashier said, "Thank you, Miss...." then stopped and stared at the name. The customer half-bitterly said, "Yes, 'ivy vine', ha ha. My parents were idiots." One has to wonder: if she dislikes it so much, why she hasn't changed her name yet?
...It made more sense in my head.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby 22/7 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:07 pm UTC

fyrenwater wrote:Back to facepalm-inducing names. I was in line at a grocery store that makes an effort to thank cardholding customers by name. The woman in front of me was Ivy Vine. The cashier said, "Thank you, Miss...." then stopped and stared at the name. The customer half-bitterly said, "Yes, 'ivy vine', ha ha. My parents were idiots." One has to wonder: if she dislikes it so much, why she hasn't changed her name yet?
Or gotten married. I mean, either one of those names is fine by itself.

That name reminds me of a family my mom went to high school with. Last name was Green. There were 4 kids and they all had 'clever' names. The only one I can remember, though, is Leafy Green. Yes, they named their child "Leafy".
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby jenepeuxpaslecroire » Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:27 am UTC

Cynical Idealist wrote:
Rilian wrote:Faith is a common name. My mom's oldest sibling is named Faith.

My mom said people used to ask her family, "Where's Charity?" Because they have kids in the family named Faith, Joy, Hope. Maybe Grace factors in somehow. I don't get the joke, but maybe someone else will.
Charity has got to be the worst name you could give your child.

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...My name is actually Charity Grace. And my younger sister's name is Faith. :|

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby eternal luna » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:59 am UTC

My mother had to bill a 16 year old at the hospital she works at. The girl's name was "Titi Porn".

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby nazlfrag » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:08 pm UTC

Cracking down on baby names: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MXTngYxm8Bs

Share and enjoy.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Angua » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:50 pm UTC

nazlfrag wrote:Cracking down on baby names: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MXTngYxm8Bs

Share and enjoy.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:53 pm UTC

How is Sebastian poncy? They'd just be called Seb, surely.

I support parents giving their children the full original name, then letting them choose whichever abbreviation they want.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby existential_elevator » Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:58 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:I support parents giving their children the full original name, then letting them choose whichever abbreviation they want.

This.
I am generally a little miffed when someone names their kid by a shortened version with the rationale that they'll only be called the shortened version later. Largely because there are a lot of inventive shortenings of things. For instance, my friend Natalie usually goes by "Nate" or "Talia" depending on mood. Had she been christened "Natt", she would never have had those options!

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

Especially when their defence is "but what if the kid wants to be called by their full name or a different abbreviation?"

Tough shit, humans make their own decisions, even ones you bring into the world.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Luthen » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:55 am UTC

And from a more administrative perspective, it would suck. I had a great-uncle who was named Ben, just Ben. He spent the first eighteen years of his life constantly having forms handed back because they weren't "complete". At eighteen he had is name changed, to Benjamin.
A more logical (therefore better!*) reason not to give your children already shortened names!

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:07 am UTC

Luthen wrote:And from a more administrative perspective, it would suck. I had a great-uncle who was named Ben, just Ben. He spent the first eighteen years of his life constantly having forms handed back because they weren't "complete". At eighteen he had is name changed, to Benjamin.
A more logical (therefore better!*) reason not to give your children already shortened names!

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Tass » Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:40 pm UTC

I know a guy called Johan Johanes Johanesen.

And a few years ago a couple wanted to call their child Anus - they changed their mind once somebody told them what it meant in latin.

Oh and I also know of a guy called Christophpher - whats with the double "ph"?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby 22/7 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:44 pm UTC

Is its definition in Latin the same as its definition in English?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby steewi » Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:54 am UTC

22/7 wrote:Is its definition in Latin the same as its definition in English?

Doesn't it mean 'seal ring' or something?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Artemisia » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:43 am UTC

22/7 wrote:Is its definition in Latin the same as its definition in English?

A lot of the normal English words for body parts are directly from latin and hardly changed (as opposed to my own language Dutch - except for this case, ironically).
But seriously, even if it meant something totally different in Latin, who with a sane mind would name their kids ANUS?!

I personally thought "AMus" was worse enough (a character's name in the musical Chicago - I don't know how common the name is)


Random but related thought: I always found it incredibly confusing that my dad only had ONE name. His name is just Peter, that's it, no second name. This was probably due to the fact that my grandparents had so many kids and were hardly religious, but it still seemed like something odd, like there was a second name missing.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby josephoenix » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:35 am UTC

I knew a girl named Wynter Green, Dumass, and As'Shole. No lie, i'll break in to the school and steal their records to prove it to you. Except not really.

Also, a friend of mine just finished med school. Her last rotation was in the maternity ward. There was a crack-something [dealer, hoe, whatever], who named their kid "Ice T Baby Jesus".
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby EstLladon » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:00 am UTC

josephoenix wrote:Also, a friend of mine just finished med school. Her last rotation was in the maternity ward. There was a crack-something [dealer, hoe, whatever], who named their kid "Ice T Baby Jesus".
Probably their last name was Norris.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:50 am UTC

I have just one name, as does my sister. My mother was traumatized by how much she hated her and her siblings' long list family names just didn't see the point of an extra name you never use.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:00 am UTC

My having two names was actually an error. My mother had intended on me only having one given name which would have been hyphenated.

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Postby Moo » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:01 am UTC

That's quite funny.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby djn » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:51 am UTC

I just want to say that I find this insistence on using short forms slightly odd.
-Daniel, who has only ever been called "Dan" by englishmen.

edit: To clarify, both "only the English call me Dan" and "the English only call me Dan".
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Angua » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:34 pm UTC

I was always Jessica until I came to England. I have now turned into Jess. I still think of and introduce myself as Jessica, but everyone only hears Jess.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Alder » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:32 pm UTC

GhostWolfe wrote:My having two names was actually an error. My mother had intended on me only having one given name which would have been hyphenated.

/angell

Reminds me of my sister-in-law, who all her life believed she had a hypenated name until she saw her birth certificate [when she was getting married to my bro, I think] and it turns out she has a first name and a middle name, no hyphen.

She was quite weirded out by it! :D
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby 22/7 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

Artemisia wrote:I personally thought "AMus" was worse enough (a character's name in the musical Chicago - I don't know how common the name is)
I thought that guy's name was Amos, which isn't a particularly unusual name.
Artemisia"]Random but related thought: I always found it incredibly confusing that my dad only had ONE name. His name is just Peter, that's it, no second name.
Wait, when you say second name, do you mean a middle name or a last/family name? Only one name like Cher or only one name like Michael J Fox (J doesn't stand for anything, apparently)?
Moo wrote:I have just one name, as does my sister. My mother was traumatized by how much she hated her and her siblings' long list family names just didn't see the point of an extra name you never use.
Same question. One name like Cher only has one name? Also, my middle name is used constantly at home, since I have a step-sibling with the same name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby djn » Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:11 pm UTC

If the legal requirements for a name are "at least one surname and one first name", and we accept that the surname is often considered to be dictated by that of the parents, then "only one name" would most likely mean "only one first name". Think "Thor Heyerdal" (whose full name was exactly that).

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:25 am UTC

By name I mean first, second etc name. I do have a surname (last name). So I only have one name that is not my surname. I assume Artemisia means the same thing. Only having one name in total would indeed be very very weird. Can you even legally do that at birth?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby eternal luna » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:19 am UTC

22/7 wrote:Is its definition in Latin the same as its definition in English?
anus, ani- rectum; ring.
anus, anus- old woman; old.

Depends on which one you're using.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby ThemePark » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:52 pm UTC

Coming across this thread accidentally, and seeing another Dane in here, I had to post. :D

I'd say Bobber was pretty much right in what he said about Danish. I've however never thought about how our Queen speaks, but her speaking rigsdansk makes sense.

Also, on the topic of strange names, we had a case in Denmark a while back that lasted 9 years about a couple having named their child Christophpher.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Joeldi » Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:34 am UTC

Speaking of Dane. I had not one, but two guys named Dane at my highschool. I dunno how common it is, but seems to me pretty weird.
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"i hav teh dissentors brb""¡This cheese is burning me! u pwnd them bff""thx ur cool 2"


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