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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eugo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:09 pm UTC

Once upon a time, I sat at a DMW, waiting, next to a girl (who was reading a thick book), just about the age to go for her driver's license. Her father was sitting next to her. Then the officer who just made the license, called out her name: Trillian.

Too bad I didn't see what the book was. I'd bet it was THHGTTG.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby VectorZero » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:34 am UTC

I met a girl with the same (gender neutral) name and surname as a male alt-rock singer. Unusual enough to stand out but probably not mainstream enough to cause an issue. Certainly she was the right age for it to have been intentional.

I also met a young white girl with a very common male Japanese name. At least it was spelt correctly.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:53 am UTC

What were those names again?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby VectorZero » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:04 am UTC

I met them in a professional context, so revealing their names is not appropriate.

I studied with a girl called Hazel Greene. She had blue eyes...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby skullturf » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

VectorZero wrote:I studied with a girl called Hazel Greene. She had blue eyes...


The hockey player Roman Polak is neither Roman nor Polish, but Czech.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eugo » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:09 pm UTC

skullturf wrote:The hockey player Roman Polak is neither Roman nor Polish, but Czech.


I knew a Hungarian guy with a last name Polyak... which is a Serbian name for the Polish. We immediately nicknamed him Lengyel - which is the Hungarian name for the Polish, and actually a regular Hungarian last name.

It feels somehow weird to me to ask a girl what is her last name. She may remarry many times, and change it. She can't possibly know which one may be the last.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:15 pm UTC

Guys can also adopt their wives' names.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby markfiend » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:11 am UTC

Monika wrote:Guys can also adopt their wives' names.

And a lot of women don't change their names when they marry. My wife didn't.

Going double-barrelled (like some people do (for example Hercules Grytpype-Thynne)) wasn't an option as we both have three-syllable surnames as it is.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:22 pm UTC

I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee'.
I think Randall has not been keeping up with this thread.

The thread for the comic brings up a new variety of the Le-a / La-a urban legend, now with a-a = adasha.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby ekolis » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

I know a woman by the name of Carol Lynn. To be fair, that's her married name...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Oflick » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:13 am UTC

ekolis wrote:I know a woman by the name of Carol Lynn. To be fair, that's her married name...


What about Stan Lee?

I mean, that's not his real name, but still! (Still what? I don't know)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eugo » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:12 pm UTC

markfiend wrote:Going double-barrelled (like some people do (for example Hercules Grytpype-Thynne)) wasn't an option as we both have three-syllable surnames as it is.

My wife has two four-syllable surnames, and a five syllable first name, so what. Breaks half of the databases out there.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby markfiend » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:52 am UTC

Eugo wrote:
markfiend wrote:Going double-barrelled (like some people do (for example Hercules Grytpype-Thynne)) wasn't an option as we both have three-syllable surnames as it is.

My wife has two four-syllable surnames, and a five syllable first name, so what. Breaks half of the databases out there.

Fair enough. I do not mean to denigrate anyone else's name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:38 pm UTC

Eugo wrote:so what.


Eugo wrote:Breaks half of the databases out there.


Well, there you go.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eugo » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:39 pm UTC

Iulus Cofield wrote:
Eugo wrote:Breaks half of the databases out there.

Well, there you go.


I do. I design my databases wide enough for her :).

markfiend wrote:Fair enough. I do not mean to denigrate anyone else's name.


No offense taken. We differ only in our views on what's practicable and what's not. Just wanted to show that in case you took the long name way, you wouldn't have been alone.
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Re: Think Before Naming you's Child

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:07 am UTC

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Re: Think Before Naming you's Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:26 am UTC

People should be careful not to name their child something in an upcoming wordfilter.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby UniqueScreenname » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:05 am UTC

It was fun while it lasted.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:55 am UTC

In a similar occurance to http://xkcd.com/910/ ... I am predicting an increase of girls with the middle name "Rarity" in the coming years.
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Re: Think Before Naming you's Child

Postby ekolis » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:54 am UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:Tony


Heh, that reminds me of my dad's stepmother... in her family, there were some rather strong Italian traditions! Pretty much one out of two men in the family was named Tony, due to the tradition of naming sons after their fathers, uncles, etc. I always knew her as "Grandma Rose", but I found out in recent years that Rose was her middle name; her first name was - wait for it - *Antoinette*!

By the way, another Italian tradition that I found out about through my grandma (well, actually through my mom, since she was actually there and told the story to me later on) was that of throwing spaghetti at the wall - if it sticks, it's done!
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby dhokarena56 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:12 am UTC

I have been poking around various name websites. I could rename myself Porphyrius Leopold Alonzo Snufflebottom-Trattles if the mood so struck me. But should I?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:23 pm UTC

dhokarena56 wrote:I have been poking around various name websites. I could rename myself Porphyrius Leopold Alonzo Snufflebottom-Trattles if the mood so struck me. But should I?

I approve of Porphyrius, just because I love Porphyria's Lover so much. The rest of it, however, sounds like the fourth Captain Underpants book.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Angua » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:26 pm UTC

We've got a live one.

[url=http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/21/north-west-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-baby-name_n_3476512.html?utm_hp_ref=ukKim Kardashian and Kanye West name their child 'North West'[/url]

She doesn't even have a middle name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:40 pm UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:your ability to tell things from things remains one of your skills.

Weeks wrote:Not only can you tell things from things, you can recognize when a thing is a thing


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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:43 pm UTC

I was thinking of the movie too.

Well...at least she's a girl, so the allusion to the movie isn't quite as obvious.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Wolby » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:13 pm UTC

A math professor at my college (who retired slightly before I got there) had four kids. I can only remember two of their names, which is a tragedy:

One of the two boys was Pyrex Nebulon $Lastname. The girls had similarly odd names.

The youngest and most normally named was Oliver Oxygen $Lastname, which is actually pretty badass.

I've found references to Oliver Oxygen in the town paper, so it's not 100% campus legend.

I'm not immune---I'm seriously considering changing my name to a less or differently gendered one, and the temptation to legally change it to something on the order of Barnabas Kalonymos $Lastname can be a little overwhelming. It's too bad Oliver Oxygen is already taken.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby mathmannix » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:11 pm UTC

OK, so I have about two months to come up with an awesome name for my daughter. And if my wife gets an epidural, it just might pass muster. Any ideas? Anything that would go awesome with the last name "Nix" in particular? (I'm wondering about a middle name that ends in a "fee" or "klee" sounding syllable, for example... or maybe there's a scientific name of a rare insect or flower that ends in "-nix"?)

Oh, and does anybody know if anyone ever actually tried the whole "drop tables" thing in the nearly six years since the comic was first uploaded? Surely someone out there...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:04 pm UTC

If my last name were Nix, I would name my son Garth.

But Toniclo would be funnier. Or you could name him Apped to ensure his name was never spelled correctly.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:31 pm UTC

Or something ending in -u.

Also today I learned that Willy Brandt (German chancellor) had a daugther with the name Ninja.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:31 am UTC

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Derek » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:43 am UTC

Monika wrote:Or something ending in -u.

No, just make the first name start with U. Like Ulysses or something.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

Euphemia.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby ElWanderer » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:15 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Anything that would go awesome with the last name "Nix" in particular? (I'm wondering about a middle name that ends in a "fee" or "klee" sounding syllable, for example... or maybe there's a scientific name of a rare insect or flower that ends in "-nix"?)

Cacofon came immediately to mind, though it's not particularly endearing!
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby zombie_monkey » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:14 am UTC

VectorZero wrote:I also met a young white girl with a very common male Japanese name. At least it was spelt correctly.

I know someone like that who intentionally changed her name, knowing it's a male Japanese name. She said it caused a lot of hilarity when she visited Japan. Also, what do you mean by "spelled correctly"?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Grop » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:46 pm UTC

ElWanderer wrote:Cacofon came immediately to mind, though it's not particularly endearing!


Me thought Agecanonix.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:44 pm UTC

There's always Faw Nix.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby mathmannix » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:05 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:There's always Faw Nix.


I might be hooked on Fawn Nix...

hmm...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:15 am UTC

If I was mr. Nix and had a daughter I'd name her Aurora to counterweight the surname's goddess-of-night vibes.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby O Choco » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:03 am UTC

personally, I've always disliked the idea of naming my child after myself. Family names I completely understand, but it just seemed. . . I hate to say it because I don't mean to judge other peoples' naming their kids, but it seemed arrogant. And confusion seems inevitable, but I'm sure people make due. I'm probably going to name my first son Alexander and call him Sasha, in the russian fashion.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby eSOANEM » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

I was just told the story of a child who'd been named "Avarice". When the parents were asked if they knew what it meant (apparently the guy who knew them thought there was a possibility they didn't) they said they did but that they were trying to reclaim it.

Not quite sure that's how it works.
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