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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby slinches » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:25 pm UTC

There was a kid in my high school whose parents had recently emigrated and decided to give their child an "American" name so he would fit in. They named him Eric Shin.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby O Choco » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:13 am UTC

slinches wrote:There was a kid in my high school whose parents had recently emigrated and decided to give their child an "American" name so he would fit in. They named him Eric Shin.

I went to high school in Florida. There was an urban legend among people in my high school of a kid who had graduated "last year" (every year,) the son of Cuban immigrants. They knew no English but wanted to give him and English name, so they named him the first bit of written English they saw: Usnavy.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:57 pm UTC

Wow. My daughter's class has a Felony.

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Maybe they're going by the "Chastity Rule".

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Suzaku » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:15 am UTC

Somewhat surprised this hasn't made the thread yet, but Suri (Tom Cruise's daughter's name) means pickpocket in Japanese.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:35 am UTC

Suzaku wrote:Somewhat surprised this hasn't made the thread yet, but Suri (Tom Cruise's daughter's name) means pickpocket in Japanese.

It's also a language native to Ethiopia, a breed of alpaca, and one of several local names for a large flightless bird in Argentina.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby 21khz » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:57 pm UTC

I think "Jaquex" (jay-kweks) would be quite a cool name

Or maybe I name my first child something super hard to pronounce, like /ɮe:əqɑr̥/ or the Icelandic "hnífur" (although "knife" isn't that great of a name). Perhaps I could have the first one written "Łheäqârr"? Or perhaps simply "Lheqâr"...

And then his middle name could be "ihipqiuqtuq" - Inuktitut for "explore", which is pretty cool.

"Łheäqârr Ihipqiuqtuq". Nice. :lol:

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:02 pm UTC

Your child will murder you in your sleep before she turns 18.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Yablo » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:55 pm UTC

After the Super Bowl, I read an article about a Seahawks fan who gave his newborn daughter the middle name "12th" since his last name was Mann.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:31 pm UTC

I don't get it. Girlname 12th Mann? What's the joke?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Deva » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:36 pm UTC

Wikipedia. Plays with eleven players. Refers to fans as the twelfth.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:36 am UTC

Deva wrote:Wikipedia. Plays with eleven players. Refers to fans as the twelfth.

Additionally, "Twelve men on the field" is the most common name for the five-yard penalty officially called "too many men on the field," since teams are required to have exactly 11 players on the field at the snap, and sometimes one extra is still in bounds after a substitution.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby ThinkSweet » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:53 am UTC

My biological father deliberately made my brother's initials BMW. Just cos he could.

And in my school there were sisters called Neisha and Ahsien. Ahsien was younger by a year or two and I felt really sorry for her having to go around knowing that her parents couldn't be bothered thinking of an individual name for her but just gave her the older sister's name backwards.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:08 am UTC

Especially since it looks like someone misspelled Asian.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby VectorZero » Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:14 pm UTC

Our two girls have Roman numeral initials. Cut down on the number of names we had to consider.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:09 pm UTC

A guy I met in Durban had the name "Matric Exemption"
Now, to most of you, that's just weird, but if you are in the British schooling system, or one styled after it, you'll know that matric is your final year of High School. In effect, the kid had the name "University-grade pass". Which is quite ironic, considering he only got a standard grade pass.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:42 pm UTC

He's a bit of a local urban legend
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Many South Africans are fond of the Victorian practise of "virtue names", in which they name their children for virtues they hope they will grow up to exhibit. It is fairly common to find women named Beauty, Grace, etc.

So one can only presume his mother's wish for him was to graduate matric (high school) with university exemption.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Derek » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:09 pm UTC

Reminds me of the famous Batman bin Suparman of Indonesia

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:18 am UTC

ThinkSweet wrote:My biological father deliberately made my brother's initials BMW. Just cos he could.

I had a room mate/flat mate in college who was named Mercedes by her father because her father desired to have a Mercedes car and could not afford it. She was not Spanish or from any other country where this would be a natural name. She had her friends call her Merci.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby markfiend » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:12 am UTC

Monika wrote:I had a room mate/flat mate in college who was named Mercedes

Mercedes cars are named after Mercédès Jellinek anyway, so that's a girl named after a car named after a girl.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby mathmannix » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:52 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby mathmannix » Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:04 pm UTC

Moo wrote:
mathmannix wrote:Portia is a real name too, and it sounds just like Porsche. Portia and Mercedes would make great names for sisters, or a first and middle name.
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Well yeah, most * car companies are the founder's last name... Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Buick. (Lincolns are named after Abraham Lincoln.) Rolls Royce is two last names!

* - well, a lot of them anyway... Obviously not ones like Mercury or Saturn or BMW, or I guess most Japanese and Korean ones. (Honda is, though!)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Suzaku » Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:39 pm UTC

Honda after Honda Soichiro, the founder of the company.
Suzuki after Suzuki Michio, the founder of the company.
Mazda after Matsuda Jujiro, the de facto founder of the company (and also from Ahura Mazda; Jujiro seems to have made use of the coincidence).
Toyota after the Toyoda family (hard to say which one, really), the founders of the company.

So, yeah, a lot (if not most) of the Japanese ones as well. Not sure about the Korean ones, though.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby mathmannix » Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:29 pm UTC

Suzaku wrote:Honda after Honda Soichiro, the founder of the company.
Suzuki after Suzuki Michio, the founder of the company.
Mazda after Matsuda Jujiro, the de facto founder of the company (and also from Ahura Mazda; Jujiro seems to have made use of the coincidence).
Toyota after the Toyoda family (hard to say which one, really), the founders of the company.

So, yeah, a lot (if not most) of the Japanese ones as well. Not sure about the Korean ones, though.

OK. I glanced at the article on Toyota and saw it was located in the city of Toyota, Japan and stopped there. The other ones I had looked up besides Honda - Mitsubishi, Nissan (which also explained Datsun in its history), and Kia - made me think most of them were portmanteaus or acronyms.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

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mathmannix wrote:OK. I glanced at the article on Toyota and saw it was located in the city of Toyota, Japan and stopped there. The other ones I had looked up besides Honda - Mitsubishi, Nissan (which also explained Datsun in its history), and Kia - made me think most of them were portmanteaus or acronyms.

Apparently the city is named after the car company. It used to be Koromo, and changed it's name in 1959.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Suzaku » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:53 am UTC

mathmannix wrote:OK. I glanced at the article on Toyota and saw it was located in the city of Toyota, Japan and stopped there. The other ones I had looked up besides Honda - Mitsubishi, Nissan (which also explained Datsun in its history), and Kia - made me think most of them were portmanteaus or acronyms.

Rereading my post this morning, it came over a lot more confrontational than I had intended. My apologies.

Derek wrote:Apparently the city is named after the car company. It used to be Koromo, and changed it's name in 1959.

I didn't know that. I had assumed (dangerous, I know) that the city was also named from the family, rather than the company itself.

Anyway, to bring the thread somewhat back to the original topic:
A few years below me at primary school were a pair of girls, 'Mercedes' and 'Morgan'. I was quite chuffed when I was the first in my family to pick that whoever named them loved cars :)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby buttered_cat_paradox » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:37 pm UTC

My favorite two examples were both waitresses -- Toy and Latrina (which to the best of my knowledge means "toilet" in Latin).

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

Apparently in 1974, people in the U.S. named over 280 baby girls "Latrina". Numbers were still pretty high through the 70s before falling off, though it's possible they are creeping back up. What a terrible name.


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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

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Eebster the Great wrote:Apparently in 1974, people in the U.S. named over 280 baby girls "Latrina". Numbers were still pretty high through the 70s before falling off, though it's possible they are creeping back up. What a terrible name.

Did you happen to see the same episode of TripTank as I did last night? Or is this just some weird cosmic coincidence that I encounter the name Latrina twice within 12 hours?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:05 am UTC

You should be quoting buttered_cat_paradox.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby buttered_cat_paradox » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:24 pm UTC

Cosmic coincidence (although that seems like a show I might like).

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

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Cosmic Coincidence or Baader-Meinhof?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Flumble » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

Isn't it "the effect that in a vast space of possibilities some improbable events occur"? (I can't find a name for it, but surely it exists —which a fallacy(?) that probably also has a name)

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Postby Monika » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:33 pm UTC

HES wrote:Cosmic Coincidence or Baader-Meinhof?

Baader-Meinhof??
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Angua » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:34 pm UTC

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HES wrote:Cosmic Coincidence or Baader-Meinhof?

Baader-Meinhof??

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

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Monika wrote:
HES wrote:Cosmic Coincidence or Baader-Meinhof?

Baader-Meinhof??

The illusion that after something comes to your attention, you keep seeing instances of it in the next few days. Like the idea that after you buy a car, it suddenly seems like everyone else is driving the same car with the same color, or after jaap watches an episode of Trip Tank that features a Latrina (apparently), he sees buttered_cat_paradox mention the name in this thread. Anyway, the name is not as rare as you might expect, and it came up in the news back in May.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

Oh, a frequency illusion. I wondered what it had to do with the RAF.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Copper Bezel » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:31 pm UTC

I subsequently wondered what the Royal Air Force had to do with the frequency illusion.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:15 am UTC

They are!
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:32 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Sources: Social Security Administration, Infoplease from the National Center for Health Statistics, assuming 49% of live births are females
No such assumptions are needed. The SSA keeps track of the exact number of names each year, by sex, for all names with at least 5 occurrences that year.

https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/limits.html

Edit: in 1974 the number was 138 girls, 0 boys, so I'm guessing you misapplied the fact that half of births are girls or something.
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