1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby gjbloom » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:33 pm UTC

If you're having trouble coming up with absurd baby names, babyzoink.com has got you covered, with an endless supply of quality names like:
    Arnolda
    Ebonstance
    Elvada
    Beuben
    Gwesley
    Gigidget
    Jodger
    Mook

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby blazemongr » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:40 pm UTC

The best names always seem to come from the Discworld books in general, and Lancre in particular. Saccharista is one of my favorites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld_characters -- although the best names always belong to minor characters.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby shella » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:41 pm UTC

If you ever want to see the state of names in the US, you need only watch an episode or two of Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC. There was a great post on "name rules" for pageant girls on the TWOP forums but I can't find it just by searching (think instead of an "e" add "eigh" and other random misspellings). There's been girls named Alaska, Paisley, Saryniti, Sparkal Queenz and I could go on but I won't. One of the girls was named Dianely. Most people expected it to be pronounced Diane-lee. Nope. Try it's pronounced Dee-ann-el-lee!

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Mikoto » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:45 pm UTC

grythyttan wrote:...
And Major Major Major is a pretty good one too.


I am ashamed that it took me a few minutes to recognize this.

Off to re-read it, I suppose.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby That Ben » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

How about
Salmon Ella
or maybe
T'Spoon?

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Trickster » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

I'm at minor risk of violating confidentiality, but the following must be shared...

About ten years ago when I worked for Head Start, one of the children was named "Sativa". "What a funny name," I thought, and wondered why it sounded vaguely familiar. Soon after working there, the other workers privately told me to look in his file, as Sativa was actually his middle name rather than his first name (all of his records were also labeled with his middle name).

Yeah. It's what you think. (Or if not what you think, what you Google.)

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby neoliminal » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:51 pm UTC

gjbloom wrote:If you're having trouble coming up with absurd baby names, babyzoink.com has got you covered, with an endless supply of quality names like:
    Arnolda
    Ebonstance
    Elvada
    Beuben
    Gwesley
    Gigidget
    Jodger
    Mook


Sweet, now I can totally name those elvin NPCs from Shadowrun.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:52 pm UTC

My mother is a teacher in a school where most os students are from the lower social classes, and in Brazil this means lots of weird names (we have close to none regulation/rules regarding naming your child).

The best (or should I say worst?) one was from a student a few years ago: Luft Power (that's the first and midle name, no idea what was his last name).

The name is kind of ridiculous on itself, but in Brazil, it makes even less sense to use such foreignness (using a german and an english word), making it a way too much bizarre name.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby jemtallon » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:52 pm UTC

Does it usually take 2 hours for a post to publish to a thread or was it silently moderated away again? Sometimes I think these boards just don't want new members *sad sigh*

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby jjane » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:54 pm UTC

Weird real names I've heard about over the years:

(phonetically)
L'Mon-Gel-O
O-Ron-Gel-O
No-Na-May

Holly Wood
Lolly Pop

My friend went into Starbucks to get a coffee on his work break. They kept calling out the name "Shady Nasty." "Shady Nasty!" "SHADY NASTY!" Nobody was coming to claim their coffee. Until finally, a woman walked up, did the "oh no you di'nt" head bob and said, "MY NAME IS SHA-DYNASTY!"

True story.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby lensman3 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:55 pm UTC

My wife, who teaches 6 grade in the US, had a student once who name was pronounced Or-ran-ge-low. Spelled "Orange Jello"!

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Re: Well, there is always… “Sozialisma”

Postby Fire Brns » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:57 pm UTC

There was a thread coviering this in liguistics.

Apeiron wrote:Apeiron's 10 Commandments of Child Naming
...
2) Thou shalt not make up a name. Pick an established non-stupid name. If want to give your child an "ethnic" name, PICK A NAME FROM THAT ETHNICITY. Don't make up something! You might think you're ever so clever or that you're "keepin' it real", but you're ensuring that your child will never be taken seriously (Orangello, DaShawn).
...

At least the de prefix has a french/spanish tradition even if it implies possession. I hate hearing names such as laqueesha or jawanda.

BAReFOOt wrote:A friend of mine from former east Germany had a girl in class, that her parents had named… brace yourselves… “Sozialisma”!
The German version of English folks calling their child “Socialisma”, as you probably guessed.

Now old German names generally are pretty horrible, like Brunhilde, Kunigunde or Heidemarie, which all sound like fat women from the middle ages with those large double pointy hats with a veil hanging from them on their heads. But Sozialisma definitely takes the cake!

Poor girl…

Look up the russian names acronyme names like VILOR.
It is an acronym Vladimir Ilvich Lenin October Revolution.

And what's with all the Nordic people liking restriction of names?

Recently I have grown fond of chinese nameing customs, it's as simple as: Hello this is my daughter "bueatiful" and my son "luck".
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby MathUhhhSaurus » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:59 pm UTC

Oh. It's very easy to come up with dumber names. The only thing is you have to be pregnant. Hormones screw up your opinions on normal sounding names and in the case of my school advisor, t-shirt designs.

Also, one of my biggest pet peeves is alternate spellings of my name, Emily. It really really really bothers me.

My roommate is a 1st grade teacher and she once had a student name Almighty and refused to call him that. I guess she spoke to the mother and the mom agreed to let her call him Al or something.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby GreatLimmick » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:00 pm UTC

One of the worst I've seen in real life is a guy I know who named his son Seven. That's going to get confusing in a few years.

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marsonkhan wrote:In elementary school, I had a classmate named Richard Dick. By Junior High he was "DickDick", and of course in High School he was "Double Dick".

Dick is an unfortunately surname. But what is wrong with 'Richard'. How does it shorten to dick?

I don't know how, but it's traditionally the case. In his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, Tim Allen mentions that his real name is Tim Allen Dick (his agent urged him to adopt a stage name because, based on his material at the time, he didn't think any audience would believe that was his real name) and he had a paternal uncle named Richard Dick (who was also known as "double Dick).

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Sprokket » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

I've always toyed with the thought of naming a girl "Elemenope..."

(that's L-M-N-O-P, if you didn't get it.)

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Karilyn » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:34 pm UTC

GOOMHR

My roommate is pregnant and he was wanting to name his child Goomhr. He doesn't know the baby's sex yet, but was going to name the child Goomhr either way.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby TranquilFury » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

So apparently it's a good thing i didn't get the alt text reference.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:45 pm UTC

And about nicknaming/shortening conventions, russians have some weird ones. While my friend Grigory was nicknamed Grisha (just one letter shorter), I also met two girls named Natalia nicknamed Natasha, wich has the same length as Natalia.

If there is any russian around here that can explain these things, I thank you in advance.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby RebeccaRGB » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:48 pm UTC

Renesmee

I don't know which I should have more of: love of esoteric names1, or hatred of crappy literature. :/

1 (that actually sound like names, of course)
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby TheCycoONE » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:58 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:My wife and I agree. Worst possbile name for a girl:

Dome
pronounced "Do me."


Great. Now I have Richard Cheese stuck in my head.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:04 pm UTC

tsarna wrote:I had a dream once that the most popular girl's baby name for 2009 was "Loch Ness Newark".

I was under the influence of cold medicine at the time...


Would that be Newark, New Jersey or Newark, Delaware or Newark, California?

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:19 pm UTC

Looks like we've got a lot of idiot closeted racists in this thread... Funny how that works.

Pro-Tip : If a friend swears this person they know totally has this crazy name, don't believe shit without a birth certificate, drivers license or news article. You look like less of a dumbfuck that way.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby pbnjstowell » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

blazemongr wrote:The best names always seem to come from the Discworld books in general, and Lancre in particular. Saccharista is one of my favorites... although the best names always belong to minor characters.


My favorites are his troll's names. :)
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby SEE » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:31 pm UTC

Lukeonia1 wrote:These names sound a lot like what my babymama had on her list of possible names for our daughter. I remember "February" was on it


Well? April, May, June, Julie, Augusta . . .

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:42 pm UTC

Aedl Foxe wrote:
VectorZero wrote:
Aedl Foxe wrote:Although 'Teancum' by itself is a rockin' awesome name.
Two apostrophes would like to disagree with you.

My wife and I are having naming trouble. We have agreed that it must actually be a name... That's all we've got so far.


Oops. I've been writing in Python too often... got used to demarcating predefined strings in single quotes. :3

That is, insofar as it's possible to write in Python "too often".


Speaking of Python, it's pronounced Throat-warbler Mangrove.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Karilyn » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:45 pm UTC

Actually come to think of it, my girlfriend's middle name is November, and that's pretty strange. Didn't ever occur to me before that it was an odd name. I guess this is one of those "Your milage my vary" things.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby J.D.KaPow » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:50 pm UTC

Sprokket wrote:I've always toyed with the thought of naming a girl "Elemenope..."

(that's L-M-N-O-P, if you didn't get it.)


See "Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters", by Mark Dunn. I found it amusing.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby dmm » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

1) Studies have been done of this phenomenon. It is real, and it occurs most often among the lowest economic class. (My wife went to school with a Female.) Sadly, that demographic really does contain a non-negligible percentage of people who are so ignorant and/or stupid that they do it by accident.
2) Laughing at this isn't inherently racist or regionalist. I agree that it often devolves into those, but there's a reason for that. The sad fact is, poverty in America is concentrated in certain races or regions. Sometimes it's laugh or cry.
3) "And we let these people vote!" That could be a racist/regionalist comment, but it could also simply be frustration that very stupid people are allowed to vote. During the last presidential election in the U.S., I drove an old Italian-American man to the voting booth. My wife, making conversation, asked who he was voting for. (It was the primary.) He answered, "Not the black guy!" That was the extent of his opinion. IMHO, that man was not competent to vote. It certainly frustrates me that people who know nothing about economics, science, history, geography, the issues, or the candidates get the same vote that I get. But, the alternatives are probably worse.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Neveko » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:20 pm UTC

thacerine wrote:Let's not forget La-a. The dash isn't silent.

Would you believe that there is even a worse way of spelling this name? I got one.
My sister is a nurse. She witnessed a woman give her new daughter this name: Le'a.
After having so many people "mispronouncing" her daughter's name, the woman screams "It's pronounced 'la-dash-a!'"
B| Seriously still beyond stupid.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby CousinFabian » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:21 pm UTC

I actually know a girl named Emmmily. Her parents did it on purpose in order to help her name stand out on lists.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:36 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Looks like we've got a lot of idiot closeted racists in this thread... Funny how that works.

Pro-Tip : If a friend swears this person they know totally has this crazy name, don't believe shit without a birth certificate, drivers license or news article. You look like less of a dumbfuck that way.


Why do you keep reading these threads if you obviously don't like them? You don't see me going around criticising everything I don't like! If you thought those posts were bad, where are YOUR genius posts, huh? huh? huh? DONT FEED THE TROLS, GUYZ

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

dmm wrote:1) Studies have been done of this phenomenon. It is real, and it occurs most often among the lowest economic class.


Yeah, then it's totally true. Studies show that Studies are always right.

dmm wrote:2) Laughing at this isn't inherently racist or regionalist.


Indeed. It's just that black is an inherently funny color.

dmm wrote:3) "And we let these people vote!" That could be a racist/regionalist comment, but it could also simply be frustration that very stupid people are allowed to vote.


Yeah, because forwarding e-mails with poorly concocted urban myths is a totally smart thing to do.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Vanst » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:42 pm UTC

Renesmee is pretty terrible, made worse that it's from Twilight. But I think "Blue Ivy" comes pretty close.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Tomlidich » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:01 pm UTC

am i the only person here who does not get the point of this comic?

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Tulicloure » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:24 pm UTC

There's this movie in which a character changes his name on his false ID to "McLovin". I laughted so hard when he said that. :mrgreen:

I've always wanted to name my (future) son Mufasa. Either that or just give him my name with a "II" in the end. =)

Also: http://www.cracked.com/article_14982_the-9-manliest-names-in-world.html

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby VectorZero » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:27 pm UTC

Sprokket wrote:I've always toyed with the thought of naming a girl "Elemenope..."

(that's L-M-N-O-P, if you didn't get it.)
For triplets, how about Kay, Elle and Em? Jay's their elder brother.
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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby Epod » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:33 pm UTC

Couldn't the stick figure couple save a lot of time over the years by agreeing to name all of their children "George Foreman"?

A physician in my family tells a story from their OB/GYN rotation in medical school of a mother who decided to name her impending daughter "Sagittal" (pronounced "sahj-i-TAHL") after seeing a prenatal ultrasound of the child, labeled to show that it was a sagittal view.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby XTCamus » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:36 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:Looks like we've got a lot of idiot closeted racists in this thread... Funny how that works.

Pro-Tip : If a friend swears this person they know totally has this crazy name, don't believe shit without a birth certificate, drivers license or news article. You look like less of a dumbfuck that way.


Why do you keep reading these threads if you obviously don't like them? You don't see me going around criticising everything I don't like! If you thought those posts were bad, where are YOUR genius posts, huh? huh? huh? DONT FEED THE TROLS, GUYZ

Still laughing about this one, SirMustapha, partly because of the self-referential bit, but mostly because I was shocked at the casual way you ribbed SexyTalon. I thought you couldn't mess with the ones with purple usernames... don't they have magic powers or something? (I just dodged a bullet there as at first I wrote this as " the ones with funny colored names", which in context would have been grossly misinterpreted.) So, does this mean I can finally point that every time I see that dancing cowgirl, my brain threatens to eject my eyeballs right out of my face if I don't look away? Don't destroy me, though! I loved those Snopes links, and now understand better why these dumb stories thrive. Plus, that chopsticks analogy you found is brilliant. Seriously.

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Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Postby jonbly » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:50 pm UTC

As a colleague's wife was expecting, we naturally, started a pool on arrival date, sex and weight... with our usual rider that anyone nailing all three gets to name the child.

Two girl's names stuck out in particular. And I have to concede, Norbert is a pretty good name for a girl.

But, let's face it, you'd never forget a young lady named Golliwog McConalogue...


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