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(Live Science)   Expert says that baby-naming regret is on the rise among parents, and that it damn well should be with all the little Braden Jaden Aidens and Kayeghleighs and Dacrons and Sinutabs out there   ( livescience.com) divider line
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2012-10-20 08:27:44 AM  
Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.

I was always partial to Nosmo King... You know... After a No Smoking sign in the waiting room.
 
2012-10-20 08:31:31 AM  
Well that's an incredibly racist headline
 
2012-10-20 08:33:05 AM  
There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)
 
2012-10-20 08:35:00 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


What's racist about it?

/not subby
 
2012-10-20 08:38:07 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


Why? Those are all white kid names around here. Well, maybe not the last two jokey ones.
 
/not subby
 
2012-10-20 08:43:17 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


I intend on naming my kids Oxycontin and Percocet.
 
2012-10-20 08:46:07 AM  
This is why I have named all of my non-existent children after that Master Baby Namer, George Foreman, even the girls.
 
2012-10-20 08:56:39 AM  
The wife and I always joked about naming the kids after pairs of city names as seen on interstate road signs:

Custer Feldspar
Thurber Mingus.

We used to think we were being weird; now I'd say reasonable.
 
2012-10-20 09:04:53 AM  
Good. I hope they continue to have regrets.
 
2012-10-20 09:08:42 AM  

Mugato: cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline

What's racist about it?

/not subby


Lack of apostrophes
 
2012-10-20 09:17:53 AM  
I never got along with my father, but he kept me from being named "Huey," because it was the first object mom saw from the window when I was born on a USAF base overseas.

I was 8 or 9 when Huey Lewis and the News were a big deal. That would have been untold 'nad punches. No kid in my generation was named Huey. At least none at my schools.

Thanks Dad, for talking sense to her.
 
2012-10-20 09:18:19 AM  
Nursing homes are going to be weird in a few decades.

"Can someone please change Dykkotah Jayde's sheets?"
"Wow, D'Yl*an's pants are nipple high today."
"You don't want to play Bingo with KatnissaBella - she cheats worse than Chl@mydeea"
 
2012-10-20 09:21:39 AM  
In my daughter's kindergarten class, it's nothing but Olivias and Sophies as far as the eye can see. Oh, and plenty of Dylans.
 
2012-10-20 09:27:31 AM  
I'm naming my baby Mitochondria.
 
2012-10-20 09:31:37 AM  
I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.
 
2012-10-20 09:39:20 AM  

dickfreckle: I was 8 or 9 when Huey Lewis and the News were a big deal.


www.filmoria.co.uk
 
2012-10-20 10:16:44 AM  
 
2012-10-20 10:30:52 AM  
I thought we had given my son a perfectly respectable, traditional name. And then my dad started singing "Old Mark Donald had a farm . . ." shiat.
 
2012-10-20 10:37:38 AM  
Looking for an archive of the Miasnthropic Biatch's rant on "Bad Baby Names" but can't find one. Ah well. I guess we'll have to settle for the best of Harris County (Texas) arrest records...Complete with bonus links to all sorts of hilarious names.
 
2012-10-20 10:38:45 AM  

dickfreckle: I never got along with my father, but he kept me from being named "Huey," because it was the first object mom saw from the window when I was born on a USAF base overseas.

I was 8 or 9 when Huey Lewis and the News were a big deal. That would have been untold 'nad punches. No kid in my generation was named Huey. At least none at my schools.

Thanks Dad, for talking sense to her.


This story is more interesting when you assume that your dad convinced her to name you dickfreckle instead
 
2012-10-20 11:03:55 AM  

silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.


I always liked Maggie.

/parent of a Maia
 
2012-10-20 11:36:58 AM  
You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!
 
2012-10-20 11:40:35 AM  
+1 tag. Very clever


/Pete
//Repeat
 
2012-10-20 11:41:11 AM  
Brayden, Jayden, Kayden bullcrap.
When my daughter was born, I sent out an email to the family saying that we had named her Placenta Febreze.

/Joke, of course.
 
2012-10-20 11:41:12 AM  

dugitman: There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)


And we wonder why kids can't spell...
 
2012-10-20 11:41:13 AM  
Isn't Sinutab a reference to an old Onion article? I thought it was clever, subby.
 
d23 [BareFark]
2012-10-20 11:41:24 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


Huh? They left out "Shaniqua" and "Latrina" so it WOULDN'T be racist!
 
2012-10-20 11:41:33 AM  
images.politico.com

Agrees.
 
2012-10-20 11:42:22 AM  
O'bligahtorie:
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-10-20 11:42:57 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!


Your wish is my command.

www.jppatches.com


/Hi Patches Pals!
 
2012-10-20 11:43:38 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice


It sounds like the name for an allergy medicine
 
2012-10-20 11:43:42 AM  
Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.
 
2012-10-20 11:44:11 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.


img69.imageshack.us
 
2012-10-20 11:44:13 AM  
But little "Emma-Kaitlin-Hanna-Grace" had such a nice ring to it at the time.
 
2012-10-20 11:45:00 AM  

Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?
 
2012-10-20 11:45:00 AM  
I'm almost certain some of those are Pokemon names...
 
2012-10-20 11:45:08 AM  
I have a friend who has a kid named Jayden, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-10-20 11:46:06 AM  

mab1823: [images.politico.com image 605x328]

Agrees.


Mitt and Ann Romney, with their sons (left to right): Tagg, Tarp, Shoop, and Whoop.

The oddest thing about that family's names is that "Mitt" actually has a normal name. Yeah, "Willard" is a bit goofy, but you could go by "Will".
 
2012-10-20 11:46:09 AM  
Ashlynn for girl
Septimus or Agamemnon for boy.

No really.
 
2012-10-20 11:46:35 AM  
One of the profs that runs a lab in my microbiology grad program supposedly names his kids Serine and Alanine
 
2012-10-20 11:46:42 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?


From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.
 
2012-10-20 11:47:59 AM  
Dacron and Sinutab... Awesome! Made me laugh, which I needed and nearly snot coffee out of my nose, which I didn't need, so it worked out well.

Thanks, Subby...
 
2012-10-20 11:48:02 AM  
My father-in-law is a physician at a medical school. The training hospital is the county hospital so he sees a lot of indigent patients. He has told stories of seeing patients that were named after the medications given to the mother pre/postpartum. Strange.
 
2012-10-20 11:48:17 AM  

mab1823: Agrees.



that would be Trip, Tagg, Mitt, Ttti_nNn, Glerp, and Cthuhlu?
 
2012-10-20 11:48:32 AM  

lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.

[img69.imageshack.us image 479x403]


Ha. Got some suburban bourgeois friends who imported/adopted two Chinese designer kids.
They named them Charlie and Mary.

/Now they're separated and headed for divorce.
//Hee-haw.
 
d23 [BareFark]
2012-10-20 11:48:33 AM  
If you are going to name them weird.. go all out.

He did:

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2012-10-20 11:48:39 AM  

Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.


Doesn't your daughter know that Hawaiian names are what's hot right now?

Pua'a has such a nice ring to it.
 
2012-10-20 11:49:45 AM  
One of the hospitals near my place has a baby announcement billboard and I kid you not I saw the name Ja'lyrics.

/csb
 
2012-10-20 11:49:56 AM  
Jackie and Johnny and Tommy and Bill. Danny, Larry, Johnny, and Phil. What happened? Todd. And Cody, and Dillon, and Cameron, and Tucker. Hi Tucker, i'm Todd. Hi Todd, i'm Tucker. fark Tucker, Tucker sucks. And fark Tuckers friend Kyle. Thats another soft name for a boy. Kyle. Soft names make soft people. I'll bet you ten times out of ten, Nicky, Vinnie, and Tony would beat the shiat out of Todd, Kyle, and Tucker
 
2012-10-20 11:50:18 AM  

Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.


Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.
 
2012-10-20 11:51:43 AM  
My sons are named after their grandfathers. Easy. One is Zane, the other John. My son, John, is the only John in his entire school. It's the new 'unique' name!!!
 
2012-10-20 11:52:08 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Doesn't your daughter know that Hawaiian names are what's hot right now?

Pua'a has such a nice ring to it.


I guess I should just be thankful it's not Sinutab. *sigh*
 
2012-10-20 11:52:23 AM  
Sinutab Macarthur Xiao
Sinutab Bobbie-Jo McWillingsford
Sinutab Saorise McMacher
Sinutab Jaeger McMeister
Sinutab Mickey Rourke
 
d23 [BareFark]
2012-10-20 11:52:25 AM  
rockhall.com

BILL OR GEORGE.. anything but SUE!
 
2012-10-20 11:52:31 AM  

lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.

img69.imageshack.us


Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?
 
2012-10-20 11:53:00 AM  
Obligatory.

Sadly, the official hospital announcement has been removed.
 
2012-10-20 11:53:08 AM  
Parents should be ashamed/feel regret. These kids have to go all the way through life with this horrible creations.
Some of personal favorites from school
A'Mircale
Frankeshia
Jamesicia
Daleshawn
Archavia

I also have a Jayden, Kaden, Brannen, and a Kaitlyn.
 
2012-10-20 11:53:48 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


ohnblog.com
 
2012-10-20 11:54:32 AM  

Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.

[img69.imageshack.us image 479x403]

Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?


The thing with Asians is that they have "English names" assigned to them in school. So Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.
 
2012-10-20 11:55:29 AM  
My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.
 
2012-10-20 11:55:59 AM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


Actually, it's classist.
Money is green and when you don't have enough it doesn't matter what color your skin is.
 
2012-10-20 11:56:12 AM  

Karma Curmudgeon: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.


I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.
 
2012-10-20 11:56:13 AM  

Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.


Have you considered 'Sinutab'?
 
2012-10-20 11:56:24 AM  

Shyla: 'Seer-sha'


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-20 11:57:22 AM  

Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.



I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.
 
2012-10-20 11:57:37 AM  
It's pronounced "Ahs-wee-pay".
 
2012-10-20 11:57:37 AM  
Wow, and I felt weird for wanting to name a girl Samara.

Arthur Jumbles: Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?


I'd say that would be your answer.
 
d23 [BareFark]
2012-10-20 11:57:43 AM  
Asians adopting English names...

i.kapook.com

This is Sunny Lin... and I approve.
 
2012-10-20 11:58:09 AM  
Shocking. Maybe parents are starting to realize that these kids with the cutesy, stupid names will one day be adults who have to put that goofy name on a resume?
 
2012-10-20 11:58:20 AM  
You guys crack me up.

/thankful
 
2012-10-20 11:59:51 AM  

rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.


I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.
 
d23 [BareFark]
2012-10-20 12:00:01 PM  

pxlboy: Shocking. Maybe parents are starting to realize that these kids with the cutesy, stupid names will one day be adults who have to put that goofy name on a resume?


Yeah.. encouage the idiots in H.R. to be even more arbitrary. It's a great idea!
 
2012-10-20 12:00:09 PM  
While some of the names these days are terrible, its the "unique" spelling of some of the more traditional names that drives me nuts. E, I, Y, and A are not interchangeable, stop it, stop it right now.
 
2012-10-20 12:00:22 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

Have you considered 'Sinutab'?


Heh - made me lol, thanks!
 
2012-10-20 12:00:33 PM  
In my family I am the fourth my father is the third, my son damn well will be the fifth.

John

Its a good name, doesn't wear out.
 
2012-10-20 12:00:37 PM  

silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.


^^^^THIS. My two daughters are Elizabeth and Margaret, although I did want to name them Polly and Esther.
 
2012-10-20 12:00:49 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Brayden, Jayden, Kayden bullcrap.
When my daughter was born, I sent out an email to the family saying that we had named her Placenta Febreze.

/Joke, of course.


LOL when I was pregnant (knew we were gona have a boy) I told anyone who asked about names he was going to be called Ezekiel Milhouse-"Z" for short.
 
2012-10-20 12:01:13 PM  
Budesonide. i'm gonna name mah baby Budesonide

dailymed.nlm.nih.gov
 
2012-10-20 12:01:17 PM  

Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

Hahahahaha...

Nice.

[img69.imageshack.us image 479x403]

Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?


A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".
 
2012-10-20 12:02:11 PM  

Ennuipoet: This is why I have named all of my non-existent children after that Master Baby Namer, George Foreman, even the girls grills.

 
2012-10-20 12:02:18 PM  
At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.
 
2012-10-20 12:02:47 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?


Sore-ass?
 
2012-10-20 12:02:53 PM  

Shyla: I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.



JUST FOR THAT I HOPE SHE NAMES YOUR GRANDBABY QUADRUPLE REVERSE SAOIRSE
 
2012-10-20 12:03:06 PM  

Shyla: Karma Curmudgeon: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.


Keep trying. No one should have be to be saddled with a bad name. If nothing else, there is always the option of a more rational middle name.
 
2012-10-20 12:03:16 PM  
'Anacin' is a beautiful name. Hardly ever hear that any more.
 
2012-10-20 12:03:27 PM  
Eh, choose something that's going to look good on a CEO nameplate.

And there's always the NPR Host Name Generator.
 
2012-10-20 12:04:08 PM  
The Ex used to refer to the children affectionately as 'Getoff' and 'Stayoff'.
 
2012-10-20 12:04:20 PM  
YO PROPECIA WHATS THE HAPS WITH TEH CRAPS
 
2012-10-20 12:04:42 PM  
My name is fairly "normal", but through some curse of language, nobody can ever spell it correctly.
My last name is the German version of a common English surname. Sounds the same, but has another letter in it (sch vs sh). My first name is the Scottish version of another English name, so everyone defaults to the English spelling.

If I just say my name, it will invariably be spelled incorrectly, so I have to spell it every time.
 
2012-10-20 12:04:57 PM  

Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.


Sofia is a beautiful name - one of my faves. And there will be at least four others in her class.
 
2012-10-20 12:05:00 PM  
I've been a college prof for eighteen years and there's always some fun the first day of every semester when I go over the rosters. Two best that I can remember:

1. Guy whose first name was "Genghis Khan".
2. Guy whose last name was Dickreiter.
 
2012-10-20 12:05:25 PM  

d23: pxlboy: Shocking. Maybe parents are starting to realize that these kids with the cutesy, stupid names will one day be adults who have to put that goofy name on a resume?

Yeah.. encouage the idiots in H.R. to be even more arbitrary. It's a great idea!


I don't like HR-tards any more than the next person, but I think there is some merit to it. Noble intentions aside, it's hard not to have preconceived notions about someone based on a name. He or she might be smart as a whip with a great work ethic, but that doesn't matter if your resume gets tossed because your parents gave you a stupid name.

For the record, I never liked my name, but at least it's "normal".

/Nathan
//goes by Nate
///that seems to work
 
2012-10-20 12:05:29 PM  
This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.
 
2012-10-20 12:05:51 PM  
Poor little Candida Albicans.
 
2012-10-20 12:06:12 PM  

Scaevola: 2. Guy whose last name was Dickreiter.



Your mom is a dickreiter.
 
2012-10-20 12:06:30 PM  

Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.


Sofia is pretty but I know 17 of them under the age of 7. It's replaced Isabella as the prettiest name I never want to hear again.
 
2012-10-20 12:06:35 PM  
My mom works in a hospital in an "urban" area and when black people go to register their newborns, they often admit that they can't spell the name they just gave their newborn kid. So yeah, black people often name their kids goofy shiat. It's not racism to simply notice that. Black people make jokes about it too.
 
2012-10-20 12:07:22 PM  

Mugato: My mom works in a hospital in an "urban" area and when black people go to register their newborns, they often admit that they can't spell the name they just gave their newborn kid. So yeah, black people often name their kids goofy shiat. It's not racism to simply notice that. Black people make jokes about it too.


Yet it continues.
 
2012-10-20 12:07:44 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: mab1823: [images.politico.com image 605x328]

Agrees.

Mitt and Ann Romney, with their sons (left to right): Tagg, Tarp, Shoop, and Whoop.

The oddest thing about that family's names is that "Mitt" actually has a normal name. Yeah, "Willard" is a bit goofy, but you could go by "Will".


My father in law was a Willard. My youngest was *this close* to being another.
Thankfully, I was afraid folks'd call him Willy..bleh.
Instead he's a Jack with Grandpa's middle name. Matthew.
 
2012-10-20 12:07:48 PM  

drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.


And now those parents are crying because they cost their children a job in the fast-paced high-prestige world of pizza delivery.
 
2012-10-20 12:08:00 PM  

drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.


That's farked up.
 
2012-10-20 12:08:03 PM  
I'm serious with the Hawaiian naming. So many to choose from.

Keilani
Hale'kulani
Kukui
Kahanamoku
Mahimahi
Ono (like the skater!)
Kailuakona
Pua'a

It's a treasure trove of undiscovered names.
 
2012-10-20 12:08:17 PM  
Came for Jackmerius Tacktheritrix and Xmus Jaxon Flaxon-Waxon, leaving disappointed.

/Saggitariutt Jefferspin
 
2012-10-20 12:08:46 PM  

OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.



Yup. my wife's cousins and uncles on her mom's side all have some variant of "Edward" in their name, as everyone named someone after the patriach.

HOW MANY ED/EDWARDS/EDDIES DO YOU NEED, WHITE PEOPLE?
 
2012-10-20 12:08:59 PM  
My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.
 
2012-10-20 12:09:04 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: My name is fairly "normal", but through some curse of language, nobody can ever spell it correctly.
My last name is the German version of a common English surname. Sounds the same, but has another letter in it (sch vs sh). My first name is the Scottish version of another English name, so everyone defaults to the English spelling.

If I just say my name, it will invariably be spelled incorrectly, so I have to spell it every time.


Geoffry shiatface??
 
2012-10-20 12:09:21 PM  
CSB time: We searched and searched for a name for a girl last year when my wife was pregnant, and eventually settled on the strategy of each of us making a list. Then, we would narrow the list down by those names that matched. None of them did. As my wife went through my list, every single name got vetoed as a first name, but "Jo" hung on as a middle name (It's my mom's middle name). My wife was hell-bent on picking the name "Raelyn", taking it from her dad's middle name of "Rae". She announced that she liked the name "Raelyn Jo", to which my response was, "Oh, that name sounds like it comes from a trailer park!" My wife looked very hurt at that exclamation, so I let it be. Raelyn Jo is sitting next to me in her swing right now while mom is at work.
My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.
 
2012-10-20 12:09:25 PM  

rickythepenguin: Shyla: I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.


JUST FOR THAT I HOPE SHE NAMES YOUR GRANDBABY QUADRUPLE REVERSE SAOIRSE


Just for that, I hope one of your grandkids gets SINUTAB
 
2012-10-20 12:09:27 PM  
Is it worse when Jews do it?

Bagel Luxemberg
Mitzva Brachot
Hannukah Menorah
Israel Palestine
Schmaltz Herring
 
2012-10-20 12:09:41 PM  

rickythepenguin: Scaevola: 2. Guy whose last name was Dickreiter.


Your mom is a dickreiter.


*golf clap*

//which I caught from your Mom.
 
2012-10-20 12:10:03 PM  
Mrs. RevCarter teaches in a Baltimore City school. Her favorite name this year is Cortez's.

I'm just worried about how that kid is going to ascribe posessiveness in writing.

"This is Cortez's's backpack" or "This is Cortez's' backpack"?

At least he's not likely to ever have to indicate plural possessive, with a name that stupid.

\Pissed because that stupid movie ruined my opportunity to name a kid Prometheus
 
2012-10-20 12:10:05 PM  

rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.


Seriously, all Americans who claim "Irish" ancestory, be it your mother was run train on by the sons of hibernia, or a guy named Sean was within a block of you at the moment of conception:

Stop giving your kids gaelic names that no one can pronounce, like Siobhan. I know you get a tingle in your genitals every time you get to explain to a perplexed teacher "Its pronounced Shivaaaahn"

It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.
 
2012-10-20 12:10:31 PM  
What about all the shiatheads?
 
2012-10-20 12:10:33 PM  
resumes with "white" names were more likely to receive callbacks than identical resumes with "black" names.

Well No Shiat...
 
2012-10-20 12:10:37 PM  
Both of my sons have Italian/Catholic/East Coast names. We're German/Atheist/Minnesotans. So far the kids haven't had to share their name with a single classmate


/Vinny
//Dom
///I've been assured by friends in NYC that it would be a different story if we lived there
 
2012-10-20 12:10:37 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy:

The thing with Asians is that they have "English names" assigned to them in school. So Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.


I went to high school with a guy named King Wong and had a co-worker named Hung Lo. Good times. Addressing a more pervasive issue, how many of the wacky names are merely the result of illiteracy of the parents? Famously, "Oprah" was a misspelling of the intended "Orpah" from the Bible, and I wonder how many names spring from the parents intending to call a kid "Antoine" but farking it all up.
 
2012-10-20 12:11:17 PM  

dbax1985: CSB time: We searched and searched for a name for a girl last year when my wife was pregnant, and eventually settled on the strategy of each of us making a list. Then, we would narrow the list down by those names that matched. None of them did. As my wife went through my list, every single name got vetoed as a first name, but "Jo" hung on as a middle name (It's my mom's middle name). My wife was hell-bent on picking the name "Raelyn", taking it from her dad's middle name of "Rae". She announced that she liked the name "Raelyn Jo", to which my response was, "Oh, that name sounds like it comes from a trailer park!" My wife looked very hurt at that exclamation, so I let it be. Raelyn Jo is sitting next to me in her swing right now while mom is at work.
My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.


Can we call her Rae? Or can we call her J?
 
2012-10-20 12:11:19 PM  

Teknowaffle: It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.



she was conceived in Ireland. is that good enough for you?
 
2012-10-20 12:11:20 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


Well at least it isn't some form of the word "rise" or it would really be a movie title cliche.
 
2012-10-20 12:11:41 PM  
can't wait to see how many girls are named Ermengarde in the future

/ermahgerd!
 
2012-10-20 12:11:56 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


Randian names always a good choice? Galt or Gulch always a good one. No one will ever make fun of him, ever. Ayn had a very normal name and a very normal philosophy. No one ever made fun of it, ever.
 
2012-10-20 12:12:04 PM  

Mugato: drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.

That's farked up.


Hey, I haven't delivered a pie in quite a long time. Always did love that job though. College town and we delivered ribs and beer as well. Constant poker game going in the shop and no actual customers, just the phones. I'd go back to that job in a farking heartbeat (if we hadn't drank them out of business anyway)...
 
2012-10-20 12:12:51 PM  
I went to school with Thorin Oakenshield **** (last name reacted).
 
2012-10-20 12:12:57 PM  
Bring back 'Adolf' for the males. Or 'Gevorg' if you're from the Eastern Bloc, 'Diaspora' for the females.
 
2012-10-20 12:13:07 PM  
ionetheurbandaily.files.wordpress.com

dbax1985: My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.


wow...your daughter is very......nice looking?
 
2012-10-20 12:13:10 PM  

Teknowaffle: rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

Seriously, all Americans who claim "Irish" ancestory, be it your mother was run train on by the sons of hibernia, or a guy named Sean was within a block of you at the moment of conception:

Stop giving your kids gaelic names that no one can pronounce, like Siobhan. I know you get a tingle in your genitals every time you get to explain to a perplexed teacher "Its pronounced Shivaaaahn"

It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.


Nice. Your dad is a good man for standing up to that nonsense.
 
2012-10-20 12:13:21 PM  
Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers and the name has a bit of a family relevance as well. It's unique and nobody should ever have trouble spelling it. Win.

Baby #2 of unknown gender is on the way. I feel like we have our work cut out for us now.
 
2012-10-20 12:13:29 PM  
I think the bigger regrets will come once a few generations of 'empowered' joint last name hyphenations start to pile up.
 
2012-10-20 12:13:59 PM  

dickfreckle: I never got along with my father, but he kept me from being named "Huey," because it was the first object mom saw from the window when I was born on a USAF base overseas.


My dad flew one in Vietnam. (A huey, not your mom)

Still, you dodged a bullet.

Arthur Jumbles: Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense.


The chart is a joke... You know this, right? Also [Bob'sGuideToTheApostrophe.jpg]
 
2012-10-20 12:14:08 PM  

Shyla: rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.


I think penicillin stills cure that, right?
 
2012-10-20 12:14:25 PM  

riverwalk barfly: My father-in-law is a physician at a medical school. The training hospital is the county hospital so he sees a lot of indigent patients. He has told stories of seeing patients that were named after the medications given to the mother pre/postpartum. Strange.


A friend of mine is a hospital nurse and told me a woman who had just given birth had decided to name her newborn daughter Meconium, because she'd heard the nurses use the word and thought it sounded pretty. She reluctantly changed her mind when they explained to her the word meconium is the medical term for an infant's first bowel movement.
 
2012-10-20 12:14:27 PM  

acronym: can't wait to see how many girls are named Ermengarde in the future

/ermahgerd!



I saw a "ERMAGAD" license plate just days ago. hah.
 
2012-10-20 12:14:47 PM  
I thought my name was "Hey You !" until I got to school.
 
2012-10-20 12:15:11 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


That is interesting because I met a Ulysses and an Achilles at Disneyland last summer. The mythology names are making a comeback. I also met a Leviathan but that doesn't count or something.
 
2012-10-20 12:15:18 PM  
The bottom line is, don't name your kid something weird. Kids have enough shiat to go through without having to carry around a goofy or even unusual name. Get a pet to express your creativity on.
 
2012-10-20 12:15:23 PM  

Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers and the name has a bit of a family relevance as well. It's unique and nobody should ever have trouble spelling it. Win.

Baby #2 of unknown gender is on the way. I feel like we have our work cut out for us now.


Nicola is way too obvious.
 
2012-10-20 12:15:27 PM  

wotthefark:
I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".


media.nscdn.com
 
2012-10-20 12:15:29 PM  

dbax1985: CSB time: We searched and searched for a name for a girl last year when my wife was pregnant, and eventually settled on the strategy of each of us making a list. Then, we would narrow the list down by those names that matched. None of them did. As my wife went through my list, every single name got vetoed as a first name, but "Jo" hung on as a middle name (It's my mom's middle name). My wife was hell-bent on picking the name "Raelyn", taking it from her dad's middle name of "Rae". She announced that she liked the name "Raelyn Jo", to which my response was, "Oh, that name sounds like it comes from a trailer park!" My wife looked very hurt at that exclamation, so I let it be. Raelyn Jo is sitting next to me in her swing right now while mom is at work.
My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.


Oh, and my boy's name list was completely vetoed too. What did I expect with names like "Achilles" and "Atticus" and "Dean"?
/Power Names!
 
2012-10-20 12:15:46 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


/shrug
 
2012-10-20 12:15:59 PM  

drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.


Not sure why you would brag about being intellectually lazy, but I'm sure it makes sense to you.
 
2012-10-20 12:16:04 PM  

Teknowaffle: rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

Seriously, all Americans who claim "Irish" ancestory, be it your mother was run train on by the sons of hibernia, or a guy named Sean was within a block of you at the moment of conception:

Stop giving your kids gaelic names that no one can pronounce, like Siobhan. I know you get a tingle in your genitals every time you get to explain to a perplexed teacher "Its pronounced Shivaaaahn"

It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.


Should have gone with seventeen. The number of drinks it took to knock up your mother. Heyoooooo
 
2012-10-20 12:17:07 PM  

rickythepenguin: Teknowaffle: It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.


she was conceived in Ireland. is that good enough for you?


That's why my kid's name is Honda Civic.
 
2012-10-20 12:17:17 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?



I'm guessing J-A-N-E-T.

/of course, teh 'J' is silent, as in Yanet.
 
2012-10-20 12:17:19 PM  

dbax1985: Oh, and my boy's name list was completely vetoed too. What did I expect with names like "Achilles" and "Atticus" and "Dean"?
/Power Names!


What's wrong with Dean? That's a cool, normal name.
 
2012-10-20 12:17:31 PM  

pxlboy:

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.

Nice. Your dad is a good man for standing up to that nonsense.


Well if she had stuck to her guns, he might have filled out the birth certificate with the dog's name. Not something cool like Indiana.

Petrushka would have been my name. A kid named after a dog named after a ballet.
 
2012-10-20 12:17:43 PM  

rickythepenguin: OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.


Yup. my wife's cousins and uncles on her mom's side all have some variant of "Edward" in their name, as everyone named someone after the patriach.

HOW MANY ED/EDWARDS/EDDIES DO YOU NEED, WHITE PEOPLE?


My Dad was Edward and my brother is Edward.
I didn't want another Ed and my dad's middle name doesn't sound good with my last name, so we went with my maiden name. Porter. It's an actual name, and it's for my dad.
 
2012-10-20 12:18:02 PM  
To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal
 
2012-10-20 12:18:11 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


Just shrug it off.
 
2012-10-20 12:18:18 PM  

cig-mkr: I thought my name was "Hey You !" until I got to school.



Flag, 10 yard penalty, rebranding Bill Cosby's "i thought my name was 'jesus christ!' until high school. "Jesus Christ whadja do NOW?" "Jesus Christ, your room is a MESS!""
 
2012-10-20 12:18:37 PM  
Swiss Colony
We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

That other Farker's post about all the girls in his daughter's class being named some form of Olivia or Sophie could count against Sofia.

/ with regard to Alison: "Is that with y or i? One L or two?" (no idea if that's a general issue or just me, but I can't remember how to spell actress Al{1,2}[y|i]son Hannigan's name)
// Sofia will probably suffer from "With f or ph?"
/// has a "With or without 'd'?"-name
 
2012-10-20 12:18:39 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: dbax1985: CSB time: We searched and searched for a name for a girl last year when my wife was pregnant, and eventually settled on the strategy of each of us making a list. Then, we would narrow the list down by those names that matched. None of them did. As my wife went through my list, every single name got vetoed as a first name, but "Jo" hung on as a middle name (It's my mom's middle name). My wife was hell-bent on picking the name "Raelyn", taking it from her dad's middle name of "Rae". She announced that she liked the name "Raelyn Jo", to which my response was, "Oh, that name sounds like it comes from a trailer park!" My wife looked very hurt at that exclamation, so I let it be. Raelyn Jo is sitting next to me in her swing right now while mom is at work.
My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.

Can we call her Rae? Or can we call her J?


I call her Rae.

rickythepenguin: [ionetheurbandaily.files.wordpress.com image 456x304]

dbax1985: My dad and sisters have called her Rae-J since birth. My wife hates that.

wow...your daughter is very......nice looking?


That's why my wife hates it. I think it's hilarious.
 
2012-10-20 12:19:03 PM  

namegoeshere: That's why my kid's name is Honda Civic.



my youngest is named "Burger King Bathroom"
 
2012-10-20 12:20:21 PM  
Not sure why you would brag about being intellectually lazy, but I'm sure it makes sense to you.

Not sure how avoiding the repetitive drudgery of pre-pc paperwork is "intellectually lazy", I always viewed it just plain lazy.
 
2012-10-20 12:20:58 PM  
Wayyyyy back in 1990 My then wife and I were expecting. A couple weeks before we found out she would be a girl I had a strange dream (that I won't describe) and when I woke I said to the wife "We're going to have a girl and her name will be Jessica." Didn't care if it was popular at the time or whatever, that was our child's name. For months we argued about her name. Not the actual name but the fact the she wanted to spell it "Jesikah"... "Farking JESIKAH! Because then she'd "different".
I won in the end thankfully and Jessica thanks me every once in while when the story come up.
 
2012-10-20 12:21:25 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?


Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?
 
2012-10-20 12:21:26 PM  

dugitman: There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)


It never occurred to me that Olivia could be spelled any other way.

At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!
 
2012-10-20 12:21:26 PM  
Urhines Kendall Icy 8 Special K? Whar?
 
2012-10-20 12:21:36 PM  

OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.


You could name the kids after people further back in your family tree. Dead ancestors.
 
2012-10-20 12:21:41 PM  
I work in a jail so I get to see all kinds of weird names. My new favorite is "Alize' Courvoisier"
 
2012-10-20 12:21:49 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Nicola is way too obvious.


Family ties to Edison. While I willingly concede that Tesla was a genius, I just can't go there.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:03 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: dbax1985: Oh, and my boy's name list was completely vetoed too. What did I expect with names like "Achilles" and "Atticus" and "Dean"?
/Power Names!

What's wrong with Dean? That's a cool, normal name.


It was going to be our middle name. It's going to be recycled. My wife's grandpa is "Berdeane" and mine was "Valdean". Apparently it's "too old fashioned". I think it's cool.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:35 PM  
I've considered Tesla Anne (Tess for short) but I'm sure she would hate me for it in the end.
 
2012-10-20 12:22:55 PM  

Shyla: Karma Curmudgeon: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.


It's impossible. I have a grandson named Braxton. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE. Before long, I'm going to be worn down, although they don't seem to mind me calling him Brak. I'm not exactly fond of Bradley, either, but one of those is my oldest grandson and Bradley he is. I have to keep telling myself I had my turn.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:07 PM  

silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.


Great names. We need more parents like you.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:21 PM  

digitalrain: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?


Yes, if you're dyslexic.
 
2012-10-20 12:23:27 PM  

FizixJunkee: At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!


www.straitpinkie.com
 
2012-10-20 12:25:02 PM  

Ed_Severson: AverageAmericanGuy: Nicola is way too obvious.

Family ties to Edison.


Sorry about your misfortune. Hope you have been able to rise above it.
 
2012-10-20 12:25:13 PM  

edmo: The wife and I always joked about naming the kids after pairs of city names as seen on interstate road signs:

Custer Feldspar
Thurber Mingus.

We used to think we were being weird; now I'd say reasonable.


Pelzer Easley, is that you?
 
2012-10-20 12:25:23 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar:

If I just say my name, it will invariably be spelled incorrectly, so I have to spell it every time.


ditto

Neither are very unusual at all, but just saying them will end up in misspelling. I don't really mind, they are unusual enough to be cool, but not so much as to be weird.

Was once married to a Jones, were the easiest years as far as name goes. My in laws were the Smiths. It was awesome in it's own way.

/csb
 
2012-10-20 12:25:54 PM  

Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal


I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.
 
2012-10-20 12:26:07 PM  

Uncle Tractor: OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.

You could name the kids after people further back in your family tree. Dead ancestors.


I personally have 30 first cousins most of which who have their own kids (at least 2 or 3), he's got a few more than I do with the same scenario . I would literally have to go back to the 1400s to maybe find something that isn't in current use and at that point it would be entering the outdated strange name territory again. We've got our work cut out for us.
 
2012-10-20 12:27:09 PM  
If you've named your kid __aden, you've relegated them to the bargain basement of life...
 
2012-10-20 12:27:12 PM  

snake_beater: Wow, and I felt weird for wanting to name a girl Samara.

Arthur Jumbles: Looks like the Asians are the only one's with any sense. Why do stupid people give their children silly names? Are they trying to be unique? Stick it to the name? If you have an IQ below 95 does the name "John" cause your ears to bleed?

I'd say that would be your answer.


Well, it IS important to give your child a unique name. I mean, without a truly unique name, people like Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Steve Martin, Bill Clinton, John Williams, and James Brown would never have been able to become successful.
 
2012-10-20 12:27:50 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-10-20 12:28:21 PM  

wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.


I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:32 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: 'Anacin' is a beautiful name. Hardly ever hear that any more.


So is Petocin. It has that get up and get things moving vibe about it.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:46 PM  
The more unique the name, the more mundane the child.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:56 PM  
Otto Wolfslayer _______.

And a family I knew: DaQuinn, DaQuann, Jonisha, and yes, John. No multiples.

John was the only one in the family who wasn't whack, go figure.
 
2012-10-20 12:28:58 PM  
Once, at an amusement park, I ran into an attractive and successful employee whose name badge read "Latrina". I couldn't decide between pity and amusement.
 
2012-10-20 12:29:39 PM  

mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths



Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?
 
2012-10-20 12:30:22 PM  
I was at either Mammoth Cave or Lost River Cave in Kentucky a few years ago and wanted to buy some souvenir mugs for my nephews. On the racks they had spots for three different spellings of Caitlin, but didn't have any for the one I needed: Charles.
 
2012-10-20 12:30:28 PM  

buckler: Once, at an amusement park, I ran into an attractive and successful employee whose name badge read "Latrina". I couldn't decide between pity and amusement.


I'd go with ammusement, you being in a park for that and all.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:07 PM  

Shyla: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.

c

Good luck. You could go the earworm route....

rsrc.psychologytoday.com

Saoirse, Saoirse, Saoirse

/of course I've just cursed you if you're unsuccessful. Sorry about that
 
2012-10-20 12:31:08 PM  
My co-worker is named Siobhan. I believe it's a fairly common name in Ireland but it's pretty unusual in the US. Multiple times a day, she has to spell it out and explain the correct pronunciation, which is more like shuv-awn. It's got to be totally frustrating at times.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:16 PM  

Scaevola: I've been a college prof for eighteen years and there's always some fun the first day of every semester when I go over the rosters. Two best that I can remember:

1. Guy whose first name was "Genghis Khan".
2. Guy whose last name was Dickreiter.


There used to be a guy in a university class I took named "Handi Wang".
 
2012-10-20 12:31:26 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm serious with the Hawaiian naming. So many to choose from.

Keilani
Hale'kulani
Kukui
Kahanamoku
Mahimahi
Ono (like the skater!)
Kailuakona
Pua'a

It's a treasure trove of undiscovered names.


I like Keilani. I may use it for my next D&D character.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:36 PM  
The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.
 
2012-10-20 12:31:52 PM  
Shotgun Justice
My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


Should they ever turn the third Percy Jackson book into a movie (after farking up the first and AFAIK currently farking up the second book):
You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...
 
2012-10-20 12:32:19 PM  

leevis: I was at either Mammoth Cave or Lost River Cave in Kentucky a few years ago and wanted to buy some souvenir mugs for my nephews. On the racks they had spots for three different spellings of Caitlin, but didn't have any for the one I needed: Charles.


Hopefully they had plenty of "Bort" ones...
 
2012-10-20 12:32:22 PM  

rickythepenguin: mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths


Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?


Every wedding he panics and wants to hang the DJ.
 
2012-10-20 12:33:46 PM  

The Voice of Doom: Shotgun Justice
My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.

Should they ever turn the third Percy Jackson book into a movie (after farking up the first and AFAIK currently farking up the second book):
You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...


Cronus.
 
2012-10-20 12:33:51 PM  

SundaesChild: Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

Sofia is pretty but I know 17 of them under the age of 7. It's replaced Isabella as the prettiest name I never want to hear again.


I came to say pretty much the same thing. For what it's worth, my vote is for Alison. :)
 
2012-10-20 12:33:54 PM  
True story:
My wife works in a hospital. One night an older black nurse was bragging about the beautiful, unusual name her daughter had picked for her newborn: Aubergine.
The wife: "Your granddaughter's name is eggplant?"

I love my wife.

Oh, and our twin daughters now share a preschool class with a "Rad" and, I kid you not, a "Fayelynne". Also, the usual Jaydens and Olivias.
 
2012-10-20 12:34:16 PM  
Neighbor named her kid Mia Piper. Tried to discourage her before the birth, but no luck. If I included her last name, you'd know even more how stupid this choice was.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:00 PM  

Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal


A lot of people were named Adolf before you know who came along.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:15 PM  

dickfreckle: I'm naming my baby Mitochondria.


And her sister, Eve.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:20 PM  

WhippingBoy: The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.


Props to that, they should stick to traditional north american names like dancing eagle and smoking bear.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:38 PM  
Do people not realize that when they make fun of 'black' names that they sound like intolerant, racist pricks?
serious question
 
2012-10-20 12:35:42 PM  

SundaesChild: Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.

Sofia is pretty but I know 17 of them under the age of 7. It's replaced Isabella as the prettiest name I never want to hear again.


My buddy has two young daughters close in age, Sofia and Isabella.

The cutest Chinese/Lebanese kids on the planet.
 
2012-10-20 12:35:51 PM  

namegoeshere: rickythepenguin: Teknowaffle: It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.


she was conceived in Ireland. is that good enough for you?

That's why my kid's name is Honda Civic.


Conceived in Japan, born in Ohio, and heavier than his European equivalent?
 
2012-10-20 12:35:57 PM  
I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.
 
2012-10-20 12:36:17 PM  
How is this "on the rise", wasn't it a running joke how common it was in several 90s comedies (LA Story for example)? Or is this "oh my god, the rest of America is now like 80s/90s LA"?
 
2012-10-20 12:36:49 PM  

EnemyFrank: True story:
My wife works in a hospital. One night an older black nurse was bragging about the beautiful, unusual name her daughter had picked for her newborn: Aubergine.
The wife: "Your granddaughter's name is eggplant?"


Better than Rutabaga, I guess.
 
2012-10-20 12:37:19 PM  
No Chalupa Batman?
 
2012-10-20 12:37:25 PM  

Scaevola: silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.

^^^^THIS. My two daughters are Elizabeth and Margaret, although I did want to name them Polly and Esther.


I couldn't get Hubby to go along with Esther or Edith (I really liked Edith), but he did approve of Iris.

\kid wasn't named Esther, Edith, or Iris, but something else in that genre
 
2012-10-20 12:37:44 PM  

rickythepenguin: mcwehrle: My in laws were the Smiths


Morrissey is a dick, isn't he?


+2

thank you for the laugh. Even though it hurt, I've a terrible sinus headache. :^)
 
2012-10-20 12:37:47 PM  

rickythepenguin: cig-mkr: I thought my name was "Hey You !" until I got to school.


Flag, 10 yard penalty, rebranding Bill Cosby's "i thought my name was 'jesus christ!' until high school. "Jesus Christ whadja do NOW?" "Jesus Christ, your room is a MESS!""


Wow, if you can remember when Cosby said that, you must be old too......
 
2012-10-20 12:38:40 PM  

Donau: In my family I am the fourth my father is the third, my son damn well will be the fifth.

John

Its a good name, doesn't wear out.


You can never have enough Johns in the house...
 
2012-10-20 12:39:58 PM  

Swiss Colony: My wife and I can't decide on a name for our daughter due early next year. We've a non-finalised short list of Alison, Julia or Sofia. We already have one daughter called Catherine.


I'm serious. If you want them to get anywhere in life, don't make another Sofia. My niece (who is 4) is one of five variations of Sofia/Sophia/Sophie in her preschool and it's just asinine.

My honest suggestion: Find your paternal grandmother's middle name. Use that. You'll probably end up with Rachel or Helen or something else a little biblical, but it's better than naming your kid .

Two years ago I was looking for a job, and the man who is now my boss had also interviewed another man with the same first name as me. To this day he still gets us confused, even though he only talked to the other candidate the one time. On occasion I am left wondering if he didn't actually prefer the other guy, since he keeps thinking I'm him. It drives me nuts. Don't do this to your kid.
 
2012-10-20 12:40:47 PM  

pxlboy: Shyla: Karma Curmudgeon: Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

Ugh, her name is going to be butchered by every teacher and every job interview she ever has.

I've tried to explain this, but it didn't work. I got a hormonal daughter crying saying "you think I'm going to be a bad mother" so I had to back off. I'm just going to have to think of a nickname for her I guess. Still hoping for that last minute at the hospital where she just pulls out a random normal name and goes with it.

Keep trying. No one should have be to be saddled with a bad name. If nothing else, there is always the option of a more rational middle name.


I'm from Ireland, and I quite like the names Saoirse and Caoimhe, but I agree, it's insane giving them to a child outside Ireland. Write down your choices on a piece of paper; hand it to your friends and family; ask them to read the names back to you, without any verbal hints. If more then a third of them get it wrong, cross it off the list.
 
2012-10-20 12:41:15 PM  

Earpj: LouDobbsAwaaaay: mab1823: [images.politico.com image 605x328]

Agrees.

Mitt and Ann Romney, with their sons (left to right): Tagg, Tarp, Shoop, and Whoop.

The oddest thing about that family's names is that "Mitt" actually has a normal name. Yeah, "Willard" is a bit goofy, but you could go by "Will".

My father in law was a Willard. My youngest was *this close* to being another.
Thankfully, I was afraid folks'd call him Willy..bleh.
Instead he's a Jack with Grandpa's middle name. Matthew.


You take that back right now.

/Will
 
2012-10-20 12:41:55 PM  
My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.
 
2012-10-20 12:42:07 PM  

cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline


Against who? Suburban white people?
 
2012-10-20 12:42:43 PM  

Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.


You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.
 
2012-10-20 12:42:44 PM  
wotthefark
The Voice of Doom:

You have three guesses one guess who the Titan villain is that the book's title "The Titan's Curse" refers to...

Cronus.



Nah.
They didn't even mention him in the first movie.
Considering how bad that movie was, I bet they'll just go with "rescue the abducted princess" and forget about Kronos again in the third (should they ever make it).
 
2012-10-20 12:42:47 PM  
We named my second son Ian thinking it was a classic name that wasn't in heavy rotation. (Plus my favorite author is Iain Banks, but the extra i seemed pretentious) Was something like #80 on the popularity list

Now we've got 2 others on our street, including the next door neighbor who he plays with all the time. We have to use his first+middle all the time. I'm worried that it's going to end up somewhere near the top ten- it's still only 72 but I swear I see more of them every day.

/Oddly, I've never seen another Adam (older son) despite Adam being higher on the list (~75 or so when we named him, falling over time)
 
2012-10-20 12:43:07 PM  

Shyla: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

From what I understand the pronunciation is 'Seer-sha', it's Irish, wish neither my family or baby daddy's family are.


That's okay - there are hundreds of "Siobahn"s whose families haven't been near Ireland in hundreds of years (if ever), dancing on poles around the country this very night.
 
2012-10-20 12:43:09 PM  
Chalupa Batman

/Taco Corp
 
2012-10-20 12:43:35 PM  
My wife threatened to have an abortion over my insistence that our child be named "Megadude".
 
2012-10-20 12:44:12 PM  
I suppose by now everybody's heard that you pronounce La-a as "LaDasha - the dash don't be silent!"

Anybody come up with names for her siblings? So far we have . (pronounced Dot) and #atha (pronounced hash-tag-atha).
 
2012-10-20 12:44:30 PM  
BeerGraduate 2012-10-20 11:52:23 AM

Sinutab Macarthur Xiao
Sinutab Bobbie-Jo


Insult my ma all ya like, but don't be dissin' Bobbie Jo, pal.

Bobbie Jo in ''Little Women'' was an awesome young lady.
 
2012-10-20 12:44:59 PM  
Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?
 
2012-10-20 12:45:04 PM  
But Siobahn hasn't been an unusual name for at least 25 years now.That's a safe,mainstream choice I think.
 
2012-10-20 12:45:13 PM  
Not only did my parents not want any "weird" names for their children, they don't even like nicknames, so we got "Craig", "Bruce" and "Scott" for the boys, and "Roni" for the daughter (no, it's not short for "Veronica").
 
2012-10-20 12:45:56 PM  

cig-mkr: Wow, if you can remember when Cosby said that, you must be old too......


"and just LOOK at this report card! Jesus Christ!"

/jello puddin' POP
 
2012-10-20 12:45:56 PM  
Preshes. I shiat you not.
 
2012-10-20 12:46:09 PM  

Dadburns: Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?


Next up, Ducati
 
2012-10-20 12:46:38 PM  

OhLuverly: Uncle Tractor: OhLuverly: This is actually something I'm concerned with. My fiance and I come from extremely large close knit families, and naturally no one really wants to repeat a name simply to avoid confusion. We're rapidly running our of "normal" names to go with in the future.

You could name the kids after people further back in your family tree. Dead ancestors.

I personally have 30 first cousins most of which who have their own kids (at least 2 or 3), he's got a few more than I do with the same scenario . I would literally have to go back to the 1400s to maybe find something that isn't in current use and at that point it would be entering the outdated strange name territory again. We've got our work cut out for us.


How bout Everett? It fell out of common usage as a first name several ecades ago, but it doesn't sound strange because it's also a surname
 
2012-10-20 12:46:45 PM  

Hollie Maea: drewogatory: At my old job we would automatically shiatcan any application with a stupid, stupid name on the grounds that the apple never falls far from the tree. Probably made us racist, but we were just too damn lazy to go thru the paperwork hassle of firing dumbasses.

Not sure why you would brag about being intellectually lazy, but I'm sure it makes sense to you.


Meh, I've done the same thing. We weren't hiring anyway.

/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table
//round filed in the boobies
 
2012-10-20 12:46:46 PM  
My ex girlfriend had a child support case where the baby's first and middle names were Ninety-Five South.

I'm waiting for the day when I meet a Lunesta, a Boniva, or a Valtrexia. Also I'm expecting to see, some day, a NFL reciever to be named Completrius
 
2012-10-20 12:47:30 PM  

Teknowaffle: wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.

I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.


CSB time:

Back during my last year in college (2004) I was working at a pizza place, and we hired a driver named Osama. For obvious reasons, he insisted on going by Sam.
 
2012-10-20 12:47:38 PM  

Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


How's that supposed to be pronounced?

Sareez?
 
2012-10-20 12:47:42 PM  

TastyEloi: Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.

You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.


Atlas?? I hope he's good with directions...
 
2012-10-20 12:47:47 PM  

Queen Amy: I suppose by now everybody's heard that you pronounce La-a as "LaDasha - the dash don't be silent!"

Anybody come up with names for her siblings? So far we have . (pronounced Dot) and #atha (pronounced hash-tag-atha).


Marger@ (good luck with that one, employer's email admin!)
*
Iva :
 
2012-10-20 12:48:49 PM  
I know a guy named Rommel. I don't think he cares much for it. I think it's the coolest name ever.
 
2012-10-20 12:49:10 PM  

Hoarf: I work in a jail so I get to see all kinds of weird names. My new favorite is "Alize' Courvoisier"


I met a Courvoisier at Disneyland too. His mom was wearing a fringy crop top that said "Slut".

/I meet the weirdest the most interesting people at Disneyland
 
2012-10-20 12:49:47 PM  
My kid is almost 13, Logan Xavier. I thought it nice and solid-sounding. I didn't think that many people would immediately think X Men (yeah, I was a fan...his dad wanted Bosephus, which was close, but I liked Logan better). By the time he hit kindergarten, there were always 3 Logans...the movies were in full swing and I was afraid I had the next Brayden-type name.

At least the kid seems to like his name...I just asked him and he shrugged and said "It works for me".
 
2012-10-20 12:49:57 PM  
So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?
 
2012-10-20 12:50:05 PM  

WTFdoesitmatter: Teknowaffle: wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.

I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.

CSB time:

Back during my last year in college (2004) I was working at a pizza place, and we hired a driver named Osama. For obvious reasons, he insisted on going by Sam.


My son has 3 Osamas in his class. The Muslim community here in Mpls is huge and nobody gives a name like Osama a second thought
 
2012-10-20 12:50:13 PM  

Arthurgoboom: I have a friend who has a kid named Jayden, so I'm getting a kick...


Heh, me too. The Jayden i know is a little girl.

Had a friend about 17-18 yrs ago whose son was Hayden, i think that was the very early stages of that trend
 
2012-10-20 12:50:39 PM  
dick trikkle
 
2012-10-20 12:52:11 PM  

tuanortsa: Dadburns: Ooh, ooh! Is this where we come to list the crazy baby names we've heard lately? Last week I met an automotive inclined young couple and their three boys ages four, three and 6 months; Diesel, Harley and last but not least Viper.

DNRTFA, was it about baby name regret of parents or of the so-named children?

Next up, Ducati


Yeah, my thought too. I managed to work the many benefits of vasectomy/tubal ligation into the conversation.
 
2012-10-20 12:52:41 PM  
Beats the hell out of having common names and having people constantly confuse you/compare you with everyone else they know with the same name.

/especially when those people are Law Enforcement Officers, business databases, etc...
 
2012-10-20 12:53:05 PM  

Mugato: cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline

What's racist about it?

/not subby


If someone is offended it automatically racist
i26.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 12:53:22 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: TastyEloi: Shotgun Justice: My son was just born on Tues. Picked out his name (Atlas) months ago. Now it seems like every other movie coming out this month has Atlas in the title.

You named your son Atlas?

As a name choice, that's really...Promethean.

Atlas?? I hope he's good with directions...


I would think she'd be more concerned with her kid being depressed...always having the weight of the world on his shoulders.
 
2012-10-20 12:53:43 PM  
 
2012-10-20 12:54:08 PM  

wraith95: I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.


Aden is actually more historically accurate than Aiden.
 
2012-10-20 12:54:34 PM  

wraith95: I work in a library, and the worst by far are weird spellings for common names. I've seen Kloey, Alysun, Aden (for Aiden), and countless others I can't recall at the moment. What's the point, other than to be annoying?

Worst name I ever heard was "Chopper." That kid is probably doomed.


I knew a guy named "Thunder" -- no sh*t. Oddly, he was born in the early 70s.
 
2012-10-20 12:55:18 PM  
Ken Clean-Air-Systems
 
2012-10-20 12:55:22 PM  

dopekitty74: Arthurgoboom: I have a friend who has a kid named Jayden, so I'm getting a kick...

Heh, me too. The Jayden i know is a little girl.

Had a friend about 17-18 yrs ago whose son was Hayden, i think that was the very early stages of that trend


I have a Jayden, a Braden, an Aden, and a Kayden in my family. Kayden is a girl.
 
2012-10-20 12:55:52 PM  

Coco LaFemme: My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.


You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....
 
2012-10-20 12:56:23 PM  

Teknowaffle: wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.

I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.


I've got an Osama in my class who is probably 15.

I feel bad for him.
 
2012-10-20 12:56:33 PM  

ScottRiqui: So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?


No I haven't! But I have often noted is as the most unpopular Bible name for children.

At my job I often work with list of names and see some really interesting ones in passing:
Candy Barrs
Sindy (yes, I checked it was the correct spelling of this young woman's given name. Who gives their baby a porn name?)
 
2012-10-20 12:56:34 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon:

/of course I've just cursed you if you're unsuccessful. Sorry about that


I will blame you forever.
 
2012-10-20 12:56:35 PM  

tuanortsa: Do people not realize that when they make fun of 'black' names that they sound like intolerant, racist pricks?
serious question


No, they're just calling a spade a spade.

/sorry
 
2012-10-20 12:57:12 PM  

ScottRiqui: So, has anyone ever known someone named "Judas"?


www.prowritewcu.com
 
2012-10-20 12:57:17 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: We named my second son Ian thinking it was a classic name that wasn't in heavy rotation. (Plus my favorite author is Iain Banks, but the extra i seemed pretentious) Was something like #80 on the popularity list

Now we've got 2 others on our street, including the next door neighbor who he plays with all the time. We have to use his first+middle all the time. I'm worried that it's going to end up somewhere near the top ten- it's still only 72 but I swear I see more of them every day.

/Oddly, I've never seen another Adam (older son) despite Adam being higher on the list (~75 or so when we named him, falling over time)


Adam is my boyfriend's name. Other than him, I don't know anyone else with that name. I don't know why, it's a very lovely name.
 
2012-10-20 12:57:18 PM  

digitalrain: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?


It's 'Seer-sha'. I don't get it either. *shrugs*
 
2012-10-20 12:57:23 PM  
Haven't run in to a lot of "Octavian"s lately. Just sayin'.
 
2012-10-20 12:58:03 PM  

rickythepenguin: mab1823: Agrees.


that would be Trip, Tagg, Mitt, Ttti_nNn, Glerp, and Cthuhlu?


IDK Cthulhu would be a sweet name. The ones that know I think would love it. The ones that don't all you have to say its an old family name from old times. I would take that name and run with it.
 
2012-10-20 12:58:07 PM  
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick
/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table

Well, considering how many elements are named after a god, someone's surname or a location...

/please tell me the name was "Antimony Kryptonite Ytterbium"
 
2012-10-20 12:58:23 PM  

digitalrain: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?


Sorcery?
 
2012-10-20 12:58:41 PM  

FizixJunkee: Scaevola: silo123j: I named one of my daughters Emily... there are a ton of them out there. But I chose the female variation of my father's name. Boy does she act like it.

My other daughters name is Margaret, the regular old damn spelling. She goes by Maggie.

No one has trouble with their names.

\csb
\\screw them for thinking they are so damn clever.

^^^^THIS. My two daughters are Elizabeth and Margaret, although I did want to name them Polly and Esther.

I couldn't get Hubby to go along with Esther or Edith (I really liked Edith), but he did approve of Iris.

\kid wasn't named Esther, Edith, or Iris, but something else in that genre


I've always liked Esther, too (was my grandmother's name). Suggested it for our daughter, but the Mrs. vetoed it.

/ Named daughter Alana
// Worked for 18 years
///Damnit, Honey Boo Boo Child
 
2012-10-20 12:59:06 PM  

beany:

I'm from Ireland, and I quite like the names Saoirse and Caoimhe, but I agree, it's insane giving them to a child outside Ireland. Write down your choices on a piece of paper; hand it to your friends and family; ask them to read the names back to you, without any verbal hints. If more then a third of them get it wrong, cross it off the list.


That is an excellent idea for a baby shower game! You might have just solved the problem - thank you!
 
2012-10-20 01:00:14 PM  
what about the name Koyaanisqatsi
 
2012-10-20 01:00:46 PM  
We decided to give our son a name that wouldn't date. All the kids at his school love the fact that he's called Han Tiberius Jones.
 
2012-10-20 01:00:53 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon: Coco LaFemme: My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.

You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....


No chance of our daughter having the intials HOE; his last name doesn't begin with an E.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:02 PM  
My biddy and his wife had a baby yesterday. Named him George.

My wife likes the name Beric (after the Game of Thrones Character). She should probably read this article.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:31 PM  

The Voice of Doom: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick
/got a résumé from a person named after an element on the Periodic table

Well, considering how many elements are named after a god, someone's surname or a location...

/please tell me the name was "Antimony Kryptonite Ytterbium"


With my luck he hangs out on the Geek tab, but his first name has the Atomic Number of 6...

At least I think it was a "he"
 
2012-10-20 01:02:53 PM  
Current English obsessions where I live:

Harry
Charlie
Lilly
Ruby
Archie
Evie

Basically anything old school with a Y sound on the end.

I of course bucked the trend with Laurie and Jemima which I still think are awesome. But then I would, I am a dad.

I still want to change my name to Benedict Cumberbatch because frankly that is the most awesome name ever made.
 
2012-10-20 01:02:56 PM  

Shyla: rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

I realized I spelled it wrong when I saw your version. You're right, it's actually Saoirse. Kill me now. And shame on you.


As a teacher of adults, I can tell you that I would pronounce that Sow-eer-seh even after you explained how it was pronounced. I'm not in the business of spending 15 minutes on roll call and since we have to print out new sheets daily for the first weeks of class, I don't have time to put in diacritics and phonetics. I have to tell the students "this isn't about how to pronounce your name, as that's irrelevant, it's about whether you're in class as established by the rules of the institution."

That "Sow" part really bugs. Of course the kid named Amanda Foeces (I wanted to say Foe-seize for obvious reason) who insisted it was Fee-seize, well, I remembered how to pronounce it but winced every time).

Some last names need to go.
 
2012-10-20 01:03:35 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Karma Curmudgeon: Coco LaFemme: My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.

You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....

No chance of our daughter having the intials HOE; his last name doesn't begin with an E.


no need to add an E..
 
2012-10-20 01:03:44 PM  
M'Ankay, pronounced "Em-ahn-kay". When the lady told me this kid's name I thought she was saying "M.N.K."

Chevantay with French symbol thingie on e. Pronounced "Chay-vahn-tay".

Liz and Lizzy for twins.

Was a "camp nurse" at a summer camp at it was not at all uncommon for the parents to disagree with each other about their child's name or for the name that their child goes by to be different from the paper work.

I have a rare name which is missing one letter from a common name. People get cross at me when they call me by the common name and I don't respond. Also have had numerous annoying and valueless conversations about my name pronunciation/spelling.

/accidents waiting to happen
//What's so wrong with a normal name with no ambiguous spelling or pronunciation?
 
2012-10-20 01:03:53 PM  
You should discriminate against people with stupid names. It means their parents were very stupid, and therefore THEY are likely also very stupid.

On the average, of course.
 
2012-10-20 01:04:11 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm serious with the Hawaiian naming. So many to choose from.

Keilani
Hale'kulani
Kukui
Kahanamoku
Mahimahi
Ono (like the skater!)
Kailuakona
Pua'a

It's a treasure trove of undiscovered names.


My FIlipino neighbor named her kid Keilani. I believe the dad is Samoan.
 
2012-10-20 01:04:33 PM  
Back in grade school, the names were all very boring/solid/normal (pick which you like)...Jeff, Gary, Jessica, Susan, etc etc. For one year in 6th grade, there was a young man named Slade. We all thought it was the most awesome name, and he owned it. Wore black t-shirts with rock bands on them (think Sex Pistols, Ramones, the really great ones) and spiked leather wrist bands, etc. Lived in what was considered "the poor part" of town, which was hilarious because it was a tiny dirt farming town, we ALL were poor. They were just a lower level of poor. His dad worked as a mechanic at the gas station, no one ever really saw his mom. His older sister's name was Winter, but even though she seemed like high school age, she never came to school. (remember, I'm in 6th grade, I didn't really think about that kind of stuff)

He was very nice, really smart and a blast to be around. His parents, which I never met, seemed like they were pretty hands off though, he was out and about way past what our parents would let us run the streets. Then they left.

There's no point to this post, just all the different names brought that memory up.
 
2012-10-20 01:05:18 PM  
My wife and I settled on Samantha and Rebecca. The boys names that we had picked out before we knew we knew we were having girls were equally as normal and boring. We have one friend who named their son Maximus, and another who named their son Nano. I still don't know what they were thinking.
 
2012-10-20 01:06:23 PM  
Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.
 
2012-10-20 01:06:57 PM  
Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?
 
2012-10-20 01:07:07 PM  

Tunney: We decided to give our son a name that wouldn't date. All the kids at his school love the fact that he's called Han Tiberius Jones.


Ouch. Yeah, with that name, I don't think you'll have to worry about any dating... Mission accomplished
 
2012-10-20 01:09:14 PM  
Maybe not Judas, but I'm pretty sure I have a relative named Judah.
Not the most common Jewish name but not unheard of.
 
2012-10-20 01:09:31 PM  
My fiancee and I have talked it over and we're going to give our future kds one normal name and one less common (family) name.

I'm hoping to use Ragnahild, Angus, or Sjur as middlle names
 
2012-10-20 01:09:45 PM  

Sultan Of Herf: While some of the names these days are terrible, its the "unique" spelling of some of the more traditional names that drives me nuts. E, I, Y, and A are not interchangeable, stop it, stop it right now.


As well as apostrophes, and adding "La" or "Ja" (or worse, replacing the a with an apostrophe) to a common name, like "LaMichael".

Earpj: Instead he's a Jack with Grandpa's middle name. Matthew MeHoff.


Fixed?

/kidding :)
 
2012-10-20 01:10:08 PM  

mcwehrle: Back in grade school, the names were all very boring/solid/normal (pick which you like)...Jeff, Gary, Jessica, Susan, etc etc. For one year in 6th grade, there was a young man named Slade. We all thought it was the most awesome name, and he owned it. Wore black t-shirts with rock bands on them (think Sex Pistols, Ramones, the really great ones) and spiked leather wrist bands, etc. Lived in what was considered "the poor part" of town, which was hilarious because it was a tiny dirt farming town, we ALL were poor. They were just a lower level of poor. His dad worked as a mechanic at the gas station, no one ever really saw his mom. His older sister's name was Winter, but even though she seemed like high school age, she never came to school. (remember, I'm in 6th grade, I didn't really think about that kind of stuff)

He was very nice, really smart and a blast to be around. His parents, which I never met, seemed like they were pretty hands off though, he was out and about way past what our parents would let us run the streets. Then they left.

There's no point to this post, just all the different names brought that memory up.


As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!
 
2012-10-20 01:10:46 PM  

gumpy: Current English obsessions where I live:

Harry
Charlie
Lilly
Ruby
Archie
Evie

Basically anything old school with a Y sound on the end.

I of course bucked the trend with Laurie and Jemima which I still think are awesome. But then I would, I am a dad.

I still want to change my name to Benedict Cumberbatch because frankly that is the most awesome name ever made.


Yes! I love that name from beginning to end.  Thank God my eggs are expired.
 
2012-10-20 01:10:54 PM  
It's funny how people preach diversity up until we get to something as ridiculous as baby names. Grow up, people. Every freaking name that has ever existed was new at one time. If we were always has inflexible as some of the people here, we would all still be named "Ugg."

/Knew a guy in college named Gorikashora.
//He was a tall, red-headed, and freckled.
///Name is the primary reason I remember him, and I don't remember names well.
 
2012-10-20 01:10:58 PM  
When choosing names for our offspring, we used the fear test. How fearful will you child be when you yell their entire first, middle and last name. Quivering in terror factor applying that's how we chose.

Both boys stop and snap to attention the second the middle name is uttered.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:02 PM  

WhippingBoy: The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.


Half credit for being semi-valid. However, if you extend your logic out to all Americans, regardless of ancestral heritage, your comment would dictate that we all be named Running Elk, Hand on Wee-wee, Hwapatoi, or something similar as they are the only true American names not derived from other cultural influences.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:33 PM  

Clockwork Kumquat: Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.


This. It seems like the trend, especially among internet folk, is to pretend their kid is a character in some bad L Ron Hubbard novel.

It's like, you're a boring, bland person with no audience for your creative endeavors, so you use society as the audience and your child's name as the art project. Sad for the kids.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:38 PM  
The only name regret i have is my 3rd daughter cailin gets called kaitlyn all the time. I live her name and it suits her, but i would have named her something else to save her the no t thing she has to explain over and over. I have seen her just ignore the fact that other kids are saying her name wrong and just play. She gives them one it's cailin not kaitlyn. The she just answers to whatever.

My kids all have Irish names. They have a really Irish last name so it fits. Taylor,Brianna,cailin,reilly, and liam
 
2012-10-20 01:11:40 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return:

/ Named daughter Alana


Alana is an awesome name. My calculus teacher in HS was an Alana, we ended up being great friends for years, shot league pool together after I graduated. She rode a motorcycle. I used to borrow books from her and would find pot seeds down in the page bindings. heh.

A few years after I graduated she confided in me that the thermos of hot tea she brought to work every day and drank in the classroom was liberally laced with whiskey. She said it was "the only way she could stand the stupid ones".

Tragically, she died of pancreatic cancer when I was 25. I still miss her. That woman forgot more about science and math than I'll ever know.

RIP Ms. Alana. you were great.
 
2012-10-20 01:11:45 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: I know a guy named Rommel. I don't think he cares much for it. I think it's the coolest name ever.


Is he a magnificent bastard?
 
2012-10-20 01:12:20 PM  
i227.photobucket.com
My mother's name was Jughead
 
2012-10-20 01:12:44 PM  

tuanortsa: WTFdoesitmatter: Teknowaffle: wotthefark: Shotgun Justice: To people who think I picked it because it was Randian: you are wrong. Atlas is a bit older than that moron.

/Southern Liberal

I realize that but names take on new meanings over time.

You name your kid Julian now a days people will have certain thoughts on that name.

I definately regreted naming my son born in 1998 Osama.

CSB time:

Back during my last year in college (2004) I was working at a pizza place, and we hired a driver named Osama. For obvious reasons, he insisted on going by Sam.

My son has 3 Osamas in his class. The Muslim community here in Mpls is huge and nobody gives a name like Osama a second thought


This was in South Georgia, and if he showed up at one of the trailer parks with a name tag that said Osama, he probably wouldn't have come back and some redneck would have been calling the CIA demanding reward money.
 
2012-10-20 01:12:45 PM  

LiberalEastCoastElitist:
//What's so wrong with a normal name with no ambiguous spelling or pronunciation?


Because some people aren't interested in having a human being as a child--they want to create a product they can market to the world.

A pretty sizable percentage of parents don't really care about the well-being of their children.
 
2012-10-20 01:13:18 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?


I didn't know it was all that popular, but I think it's beautiful. It's simple, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, has no unnecessary punctuation marks, and is short. Your name is what you're stuck with your whole life, unless you decide to legally change it when you're 18. So it should at least be something ages well with you, looks good on a resume, doesn't sound retarded coming out of someone's mouth, etc.,

I can't remember if I read it here first or somewhere else, but a good rule of thumb when picking names for a baby girl is to grab a hairbrush or remote control and in your best strip club announcer voice, say "And now dancing on the main stage, ___________!" If it sounds like it fits in that sentence, don't give that name to your baby.
 
2012-10-20 01:13:36 PM  

Clockwork Kumquat: Yeah, just give your kids normal names, and let them pick their own Star Wars name when they get older.


HAHAHAHA

I am stealing that. Star Wars name...brilliant.
 
2012-10-20 01:15:01 PM  

FizixJunkee: dugitman: There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)

It never occurred to me that Olivia could be spelled any other way.

At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!


My middle name (after a great aunt) is Micaela. I always considered it an old fogey name... and suddenly it became super popular. But it is NOT pronounced "Mickayla", it is "Mick-a-Ela" thankyoumuch.
 
2012-10-20 01:15:37 PM  
Some of my the more out there and stupid names I've seen lately:
Flavious
Kyan
Cyncire (pronounced sincere)
T (that's not a typo)
Tree
Tequila
Chevyell
Emilea (pronounced Emily according to her whack job mom)
Margarita (non Hispanic)
A'marie
Jax
 
2012-10-20 01:15:56 PM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: mcwehrle:
As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!


yeah, way cooler than I am too. I hope life turned out well for him.
 
2012-10-20 01:16:06 PM  

mcwehrle: Back in grade school, the names were all very boring/solid/normal (pick which you like)...Jeff, Gary, Jessica, Susan, etc etc. For one year in 6th grade, there was a young man named Slade. We all thought it was the most awesome name, and he owned it. Wore black t-shirts with rock bands on them (think Sex Pistols, Ramones, the really great ones) and spiked leather wrist bands, etc. Lived in what was considered "the poor part" of town, which was hilarious because it was a tiny dirt farming town, we ALL were poor. They were just a lower level of poor. His dad worked as a mechanic at the gas station, no one ever really saw his mom. His older sister's name was Winter, but even though she seemed like high school age, she never came to school. (remember, I'm in 6th grade, I didn't really think about that kind of stuff)

He was very nice, really smart and a blast to be around. His parents, which I never met, seemed like they were pretty hands off though, he was out and about way past what our parents would let us run the streets. Then they left.

There's no point to this post, just all the different names brought that memory up.


Your story reminded me of a girl in college I knew who was named Sloan, which seemed pretty unusual at the time. She had a sort of haughty, pretentious personality, so it sort of suited her.
 
2012-10-20 01:16:14 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: That "Sow" part really bugs.


www.haltpestcontrol.com
 
2012-10-20 01:16:55 PM  

tuanortsa: Do people not realize that when they make fun of 'black' names that they sound like intolerant, racist pricks?
serious question


But you're fine with us busting on the stupid white names, right? And the Irish ones? Asian? As long as we don't say anything about stupid black names?

/just checking
//would hate to offend McKennesey Eymylee Aidenne Q'anishia
 
2012-10-20 01:17:16 PM  

CaptArmond: Some of my the more out there and stupid names I've seen lately:
Flavious
Kyan
Cyncire (pronounced sincere)
T (that's not a typo)
Tree
Tequila
Chevyell
Emilea (pronounced Emily according to her whack job mom)
Margarita (non Hispanic)
A'marie
Jax


www.mortalkombatonline.com

/nothin'
 
2012-10-20 01:17:22 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Shyla: 'Seer-sha'


At least She-ra's name was pronounced as it was spelled. I think the pronunciation of the celtic and gaelic names are lovely indeed, it's the spelling that kills me.
 
2012-10-20 01:18:43 PM  

dopekitty74: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Shyla: 'Seer-sha'

At least She-ra's name was pronounced as it was spelled. I think the pronunciation of the celtic and gaelic names are lovely indeed, it's the spelling that kills me.


Because most people, myself included, don't know Gaelic pronunciation beyond "Sláinte".
 
2012-10-20 01:19:19 PM  

hockeychick: When choosing names for our offspring, we used the fear test. How fearful will you child be when you yell their entire first, middle and last name. Quivering in terror factor applying that's how we chose.

Both boys stop and snap to attention the second the middle name is uttered.


Slightly tangential, but growing up, my sister and I always knew how much trouble we were in based on how many names our mom screamed at us.

First name only = no trouble

First and middle name = we're in trouble, and she doesn't want to say "come over here" again

First, middle, and last name = katie bar the door, mama's mad

She never spanked us; usually getting the full name treatment was enough to get us to confess to whatever we did that we shouldn't have done, and we got sent to our rooms with no dessert/no TV.
 
2012-10-20 01:20:05 PM  

TastyEloi: LiberalEastCoastElitist:
//What's so wrong with a normal name with no ambiguous spelling or pronunciation?

Because some people aren't interested in having a human being as a child--they want to create a product they can market to the world.

A pretty sizable percentage of parents don't really care about the well-being of their children.


Nailed it.

"I named my son Atlantis Tiberion Quetzequatl, and my daughter Lucinia Rosedragon, because they just fit their little baby faces perfectly... Nevermind the fact that those are characters from my failed WoW novel."
 
2012-10-20 01:20:13 PM  
Glad I'm not the only one who hates the trendy, porn-star name fad.

Precious snowflakes can't just be named Bill or George, anything but Sue Jayden. I still hate that name.
 
2012-10-20 01:22:16 PM  
My 3 month old is named Dean. He has 2 brothers, neither of whom are named Sam.

But I still call him The Sword of Michael.
 
2012-10-20 01:23:50 PM  
The school where I work has an Aiden, Brayden, and Caiden all in the same class. That class also has four Nicholases, so go figure.

I've also noticed a spate of kids named after occupations and other nouns: Baker, Parker, Archer, Cooper, Hunter, Spencer, Fletcher, etc.
 
2012-10-20 01:23:53 PM  

silo123j: But I chose the female variation [...]


There are no variations on name spelling. There are just wrong ways to spell them. To all the parents that think they're being cool, unique, or otherwise clever, you done farked up your kids name. Good job.

/I'll pronounce your name the way it's spelled.
//Don't biatch at me if you spell it wrong.
 
2012-10-20 01:23:59 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?


I don't know, but I think it's a beautiful name. But of course I'm biased, I am the proud great auntie of a 4 month old Olivia Grace. And it flows so well with her last name. My niece and her hubby didn't name her older brother (Matthew James, also cool) or her after anyone in the family, as they had seen the famdamily whining of "why did you name YOUR baby after X and XX, and not MY family names" that went on when my other two nieces had their children. So they named them after no one. Problem solved.
 
2012-10-20 01:24:23 PM  

mcwehrle: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: mcwehrle:
As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!

yeah, way cooler than I am too. I hope life turned out well for him.


I went to high school with a guy named "Slade Cutter" - coolest name ever. Years later, I did a double-take when I saw "Slade Cutter Memorial Park" in Virginia. Then I looked it up and found out that the park was named after a WWII Navy Captain who was quite the badass himself. I don't know if my friend was related to him or named after him, though.
 
2012-10-20 01:24:28 PM  

WordyGrrl: Eh, choose something that's going to look good on a CEO nameplate.

And there's always the NPR Host Name Generator.


Shakti Okeki Chan

I think its broken....
 
2012-10-20 01:24:29 PM  
www.rip-factor.com
"I'm afraid you couldn't pronounce the Vulcan name."
"Can you?"

/warp drive hot
 
2012-10-20 01:25:37 PM  

Coco LaFemme: hockeychick: When choosing names for our offspring, we used the fear test. How fearful will you child be when you yell their entire first, middle and last name. Quivering in terror factor applying that's how we chose.

Both boys stop and snap to attention the second the middle name is uttered.

Slightly tangential, but growing up, my sister and I always knew how much trouble we were in based on how many names our mom screamed at us.

First name only = no trouble

First and middle name = we're in trouble, and she doesn't want to say "come over here" again

First, middle, and last name = katie bar the door, mama's mad

She never spanked us; usually getting the full name treatment was enough to get us to confess to whatever we did that we shouldn't have done, and we got sent to our rooms with no dessert/no TV.


Did we share a mom?

LOL, that was my family dynamic too. All three names, just bend over and kiss your arse goodbye, you've totally farked up.....
 
2012-10-20 01:25:44 PM  

Heamer: The school where I work has an Aiden, Brayden, and Caiden all in the same class. That class also has four Nicholases, so go figure.

I've also noticed a spate of kids named after occupations and other nouns: Baker, Parker, Archer, Cooper, Hunter, Spencer, Fletcher, etc.


As long as Hunter's not deaf...
 
2012-10-20 01:26:40 PM  
If my kid had been a boy, I was going to hold out for "Lucifer".
 
2012-10-20 01:26:57 PM  

Heamer: The school where I work has an Aiden, Brayden, and Caiden all in the same class. That class also has four Nicholases, so go figure.

I've also noticed a spate of kids named after occupations and other nouns: Baker, Parker, Archer, Cooper, Hunter, Spencer, Fletcher, etc.


I hate that trend. If you're going to give your kid an occupation for a name, use one they might get. Like cashier, or plumber.
 
2012-10-20 01:27:23 PM  
My wife's cousin named her sons "Moxin" and "Birdy".

The first sound like some sort of antibiotic, and the second just sounds moronic.
Its like they WANT these poor kids to get the snot beaten out of them in school.

And then she and her sister had the nerve to get snotty about it on facebok, claiming others were just jealous of their "creativity". No, we just think you're morons.
 
2012-10-20 01:28:45 PM  
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick - My buddy has two young daughters close in age, Sofia and Isabella.

I have a co-worker with a 4 year old named Isabelle Sophia. He got them both in one name. I'm pretty sure those were the first and second most popular names the year she was born. Evidently, they are going with Amelia for their second girl due soon.
 
2012-10-20 01:29:34 PM  

Ambitwistor: Atypical Person Reading Fark: That "Sow" part really bugs.

[www.haltpestcontrol.com image 225x166]


Exactly. That would be the image in my mind (sorry to distress the future grandma, but it's true). So far, the names my older daughter has thrown out are pleasing enough.
 
2012-10-20 01:29:50 PM  

ScottRiqui: mcwehrle: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: mcwehrle:
As soon as you described Slade, I instantly knew he was cooler than I will ever be.

Great name!

yeah, way cooler than I am too. I hope life turned out well for him.

I went to high school with a guy named "Slade Cutter" - coolest name ever. Years later, I did a double-take when I saw "Slade Cutter Memorial Park" in Virginia. Then I looked it up and found out that the park was named after a WWII Navy Captain who was quite the badass himself. I don't know if my friend was related to him or named after him, though.


That is really cool. Funny, I don't remember Slade's last name, nothing about it, if it was unusual or not. I do remember him being my partner on a March of Dimes walk. He raised more money than I did. He was just a great kid. And coming from someone who was a kid then too, that's some praise. Even then my silly 6th grade mind knew he was awesome.
 
2012-10-20 01:30:24 PM  

Heamer: The school where I work has an Aiden, Brayden, and Caiden all in the same class. That class also has four Nicholases, so go figure.

I've also noticed a spate of kids named after occupations and other nouns: Baker, Parker, Archer, Cooper, Hunter, Spencer, Fletcher, etc.


Archer is a fantastic name, at least if you pr-pend it with Sterling.
 
2012-10-20 01:31:01 PM  

SilentStrider: My wife's cousin named her sons "Moxin" and "Birdy".

The first sound like some sort of antibiotic, and the second just sounds moronic.
Its like they WANT these poor kids to get the snot beaten out of them in school.

And then she and her sister had the nerve to get snotty about it on facebok, claiming others were just jealous of their "creativity". No, we just think you're morons.


Good god. My ex has two brothers - Lenny and Jim. Not Leonard and James, Lenny and Jim. Legal names on the birth certificates.
 
2012-10-20 01:31:03 PM  
Dacron
I like it when they name their daughters "Nylon," expecting mothers please name her "Nylon."

/what
//what?
///was that wrong?
 
2012-10-20 01:31:25 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?


You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.
 
2012-10-20 01:32:41 PM  
Have a friend in Switzerland whose married name will be Delphine Poisson, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-10-20 01:33:26 PM  
When we named my son at first I wanted to name him after me so he would be a IIIrd and we would call him Trip for a nickname, wife was the fence about this and then about a month before he was born Sarah Palin's crotchfruit named her son Trip so it was obviously vetoed. We eventually got out a baby book and picked the name we liked and yelled them upstairs like we were calling him, Ethan stuck. My wife wanted to name him after my great great great grandfather Ransom but I said no. When I was depressed we named our 2nd daughter Samantha Autumn so her initials were SAD. Autumn was my wife and I's favorite season.
 
2012-10-20 01:34:52 PM  

ScottRiqui: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?

You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.


I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.

In my family, any Olivia would probably have been called "Oli." The tendency for everyone to shorten names bothered my mom so much that she tried to think of a name that couldn't easily be shortened to something else (was partially successful).
 
2012-10-20 01:36:11 PM  
I had a friend in high school who used to babysit a girl named Crystal Lear. Her middle name? Shanda.

I'm not even joking.
 
2012-10-20 01:36:11 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: SilentStrider: My wife's cousin named her sons "Moxin" and "Birdy".

The first sound like some sort of antibiotic, and the second just sounds moronic.
Its like they WANT these poor kids to get the snot beaten out of them in school.

And then she and her sister had the nerve to get snotty about it on facebok, claiming others were just jealous of their "creativity". No, we just think you're morons.

Good god. My ex has two brothers - Lenny and Jim. Not Leonard and James, Lenny and Jim. Legal names on the birth certificates.


The woman known to me as "the slut who lives with my ex they deserve each other"* named her oldest daughter Danyell. She wasn't being creative, she's just that stupid she honestly thought that's how it's spelled.

/* not really, not anymore. For the first year maybe. 17 years down the line, I really don't care.
//dodged a bullet, and should probably thank her
 
2012-10-20 01:36:23 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: In my daughter's kindergarten class, it's nothing but Olivias and Sophies as far as the eye can see. Oh, and plenty of Dylans.


It used to be all John, Michael, Chris, and so forth. Not sure what the aversion is to a different set of names. Every decade has its trend. And some of the old ones were worse -- Mildred, Beatrice, etc.
 
2012-10-20 01:37:13 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: That "Sow" part really bugs. Of course the kid named Amanda Foeces (I wanted to say Foe-seize for obvious reason) who insisted it was Fee-seize, well, I remembered how to pronounce it but winced every time).

Some last names need to go.


My great-grandfather's name was Fucci when he immigrated to the US.

Was quickly changed to Fuci.
 
2012-10-20 01:37:39 PM  

CaptArmond: Some of my the more out there and stupid names I've seen lately:
Flavious
Kyan
Cyncire (pronounced sincere)
T (that's not a typo)
Tree
Tequila
Chevyell
Emilea (pronounced Emily according to her whack job mom)
Margarita (non Hispanic)
A'marie
Jax


All good examples of names you'll never see on a business card...
 
2012-10-20 01:38:38 PM  

acronym: can't wait to see how many girls are named Ermengarde in the future

/ermahgerd!


+5!

My first guffaw of the thread

/expected more from the rest of you laggards
 
2012-10-20 01:38:40 PM  

5monkeys: The only name regret i have is my 3rd daughter cailin gets called kaitlyn all the time. I live her name and it suits her, but i would have named her something else to save her the no t thing she has to explain over and over. I have seen her just ignore the fact that other kids are saying her name wrong and just play. She gives them one it's cailin not kaitlyn. The she just answers to whatever.

My kids all have Irish names. They have a really Irish last name so it fits. Taylor,Brianna,cailin,reilly, and liam


The names are nice, but apart from Liam, I'd dispute their being Irish, per se. "Brianna" is definitely Celtic in some sense, but I've never met one in Ireland (not conclusive, of course). "Cailín" means "girl" in Irish, so nobody's actually called that (ditto the anglicised version, "Colleen"). "Reilly" is an (anglicised) surname, not a first name. And "Taylor" has no Irish connection whatsoever that I can think of.

Ok, now I feel like an assh**e.
 
2012-10-20 01:39:04 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Archer is a fantastic name, at least if you pr-pend it with Sterling.



are they doing season 3 or whatever?

I got in late so i saw about the last 10 or so episodes, but missed teh first. i have 1-5 or so on the DVR right now, just wached the first two last night. holy god what a brilliant show.
 
2012-10-20 01:39:25 PM  

Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers


A pity you didn't name him after one, then. Instead you went for a self-promoting businessman best known for re-marketing Joseph Swan's lightbulb, electrocuting elephants, and inventing movie piracy.
 
2012-10-20 01:39:37 PM  
i1156.photobucket.com

/Dave, Charlotte and Lily
 
2012-10-20 01:39:49 PM  
Mildred was usually called Milly, and Beatrice is a great name (I still get one on the roster every once in a while). There was a Gertrude in my kindergarten class (known as Trudy, which is an okay name).

The Minnesota Twin Study found that preferences for sounds ran in families. I'm adopted, but when I found out my biological ancestry, I was impressed with how many of the names on my baby names list were in my ancestral pool multiple times. Millicent/Melisande/Milly was frequent and while I would never name a modern kid that, I've always liked Milly/Meli/Melisande.
 
2012-10-20 01:40:28 PM  

TastyEloi:

Your story reminded me of a girl in college I knew who was named Sloan, which seemed pretty unusual at the time. She had a sort of haughty, pretentious personality, so it sort of suited her.


I went to college with a Sloan as well. She had the same attitude. Odd.

anecdote =/= fact, but still odd.
 
2012-10-20 01:40:29 PM  

aerojockey: Atypical Person Reading Fark: That "Sow" part really bugs. Of course the kid named Amanda Foeces (I wanted to say Foe-seize for obvious reason) who insisted it was Fee-seize, well, I remembered how to pronounce it but winced every time).

Some last names need to go.

My great-grandfather's name was Fucci when he immigrated to the US.

Was quickly changed to Fuci.


Still. In calling role, I can just see myself making a critical error there.
 
2012-10-20 01:40:40 PM  
Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."
 
2012-10-20 01:40:47 PM  
Saw this Kay & Peele skit last night. Fits for this thread for sure.


Link 

/Very funny show actually.
 
2012-10-20 01:41:37 PM  
I found some old yearbooks at the school where I work and came across one of the most bad-ass names ever from the class of 1986: Zealous Wiley.

I used to go to college with a girl whose real name was Misty Cool.
 
2012-10-20 01:41:39 PM  
Lord & Lady Douche Bag approve.
 
2012-10-20 01:42:39 PM  

rickythepenguin: BumpInTheNight: Archer is a fantastic name, at least if you pr-pend it with Sterling.


are they doing season 3 or whatever?

I got in late so i saw about the last 10 or so episodes, but missed teh first. i have 1-5 or so on the DVR right now, just wached the first two last night. holy god what a brilliant show.


They've done three complete seasons so far (and yah it never loses any steam, sharp the whole way through), pretty sure they've got a fourth in the making.
 
2012-10-20 01:42:40 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Atypical Person Reading Fark: I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.


OLIVIA! *harmonica*
OLIVIa! *harmonica*
 
2012-10-20 01:42:45 PM  

Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."


It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.
 
2012-10-20 01:43:09 PM  

beany: 5monkeys: The only name regret i have is my 3rd daughter cailin gets called kaitlyn all the time. I live her name and it suits her, but i would have named her something else to save her the no t thing she has to explain over and over. I have seen her just ignore the fact that other kids are saying her name wrong and just play. She gives them one it's cailin not kaitlyn. The she just answers to whatever.

My kids all have Irish names. They have a really Irish last name so it fits. Taylor,Brianna,cailin,reilly, and liam

The names are nice, but apart from Liam, I'd dispute their being Irish, per se. "Brianna" is definitely Celtic in some sense, but I've never met one in Ireland (not conclusive, of course). "Cailín" means "girl" in Irish, so nobody's actually called that (ditto the anglicised version, "Colleen"). "Reilly" is an (anglicised) surname, not a first name. And "Taylor" has no Irish connection whatsoever that I can think of.

Ok, now I feel like an assh**e.


Yeah, it's okay - i was about to comment too. Taylor comes from the French, Tailleur, or Sizing-Person. It is also related to Taillefer, which means the same thing. It came into England with the Norman-French invasion and was eventually anglicized into Taylor.
 
2012-10-20 01:44:54 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."

It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.


But I do like the name Trenton, so if he shows up in my class, I'll give him unconscious extra credit points.
 
2012-10-20 01:46:02 PM  
Can't be worse than all those Italians out there named Paulie.
 
2012-10-20 01:46:34 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."

It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.

But I do like the name Trenton, so if he shows up in my class, I'll give him unconscious extra credit points.


Yeah, I was just snarking. Trent is a fine name.
 
2012-10-20 01:47:02 PM  

Heamer: I found some old yearbooks at the school where I work and came across one of the most bad-ass names ever from the class of 1986: Zealous Wiley.

I used to go to college with a girl whose real name was Misty Cool.


i1133.photobucket.com


I know that's not obscure
 
2012-10-20 01:48:00 PM  

BumpInTheNight: They've done three complete seasons so far (and yah it never loses any steam, sharp the whole way through), pretty sure they've got a fourth in the making.



3 full seasons? huh. thank god for reruns!

yeah, every episode is a hoot. love that show.
 
2012-10-20 01:48:47 PM  

FizixJunkee: dugitman: There are 2 Nevaeh's, and 3 different spellings of Olivia in my daughter's(2nd grade) class of 22 students.
 
/7 kids have either an apostrophe or hyphen in their name (including O'Lyvia)

It never occurred to me that Olivia could be spelled any other way.

At my daughter's school, there is a Micaela and a Michaela, the only acceptable variations of the name, if you ask me. McKayla is just W.R.O.N.G. wrong!


I've seen Mikayla also
 
2012-10-20 01:49:35 PM  

skinink: Can't be worse than all those Italians out there named Paulie.



our itlian american friend married an honest to god italian (they met in itlay, he came over) and their new son is Rocco.
 
2012-10-20 01:50:43 PM  

tuanortsa: Coco LaFemme: Karma Curmudgeon: Coco LaFemme: My boyfriend and I aren't sure if we'll have children, but in the event that we do, we've already got names picked out so there can be no arguing (in order of preference):

For girls: Ariel Rose, Rebecca Frances, Hannah Olivia

For boys: Nathaniel Michael, Joshua Daniel, Oliver Edward

No weird spellings, no unique names, no words taken from the dictionary. We both have very traditional, basic, boring names, and the kids would have his last name, which is Jewish. So you have to take into consideration how the whole name sounds if you say it out loud. There has to be a nice flow to it.

You also have to look at the initials. The warning signals on one of your girls names are flashing.....

No chance of our daughter having the intials HOE; his last name doesn't begin with an E.

no need to add an E..


Also, Areolas will be one's nickname
 
2012-10-20 01:51:13 PM  

Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


Kick her in the belly. It's more merciful to the kid.
 
2012-10-20 01:52:36 PM  
Chalupa Batman or GTFO.
 
2012-10-20 01:53:18 PM  
Likely this has been noted, but read the obituaries of a local paper (and, to be fair, I guess I am talking about the South). Women starting about age 75-77 seem to have a set of names no other generation has.
 
2012-10-20 01:53:22 PM  
GeneMasseth?
 
2012-10-20 01:54:08 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers

A pity you didn't name him after one, then. Instead you went for a self-promoting businessman best known for re-marketing Joseph Swan's lightbulb, electrocuting elephants, and inventing movie piracy.


Three of my favorite things!

/But seriously, fark off.
 
2012-10-20 01:54:10 PM  

Shyla: digitalrain: AverageAmericanGuy: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.

How would that be pronounced? Sow-ree-say? Sow-rise? Sow-ree-zee?

Isn't it pronounced Sor-sha?

It's 'Seer-sha'. I don't get it either. *shrugs*


Irish Gaelic has a lot of weird rules. Tuam, for example is pronounced "Choom"

But it's definately Seer-Sha. ao makes the Long-E sound. Caoimhin is pronounced KEE-veen, but has been Anglicized to Kevin, just like Aodhan to Aiden.

I'm of irish decent and I'd love to name my (someday) kids something Irish as well, but anglicized. It's painful to see how many of the names have been co-opted by the ridiculously spelled name movement, expecially when they didn't even bother to do a lick of research.

CSB time: I met a girl whose name was Ceili (pronounced Kaylee). I mentioned it was an interesting name, and she explained how it's the "real" irish spelling of Kaylee. I didn't have the heart to tell her that Ceili was a kind of dance party, not a name. I did ask her if her brothers were named Jig and Reel though. She gave me that "Huh?" look, so I said it was a bad joke, and walked away before I got myself in trouble.
 
2012-10-20 01:55:46 PM  
I like to ask myself if an intended name will have the right ring to it when announced.

And now gentlemen please give a big hand to Tapioca!

We know you're in there Optimus, come out with your hands up!
 
2012-10-20 01:56:14 PM  
Some prove the Irish aren;t just farking with everyone with the way they romanize Gaelic.

Siobhan
Niamh
Saoirse
Caolite
Donadh

==

chiffon
neeve
sersha
cooltuh
donny

This is on purpose, you rotten bastards.
for farks sake, it's easier to spell in Chinese than Gaelic. Ni hao=="nee how"
SPEAK ENGLISH.
 
2012-10-20 01:56:17 PM  

Teknowaffle: rickythepenguin: Shyla: Currently trying to talk my daughter out of naming her daughter Saorise. I have 2 months left and I'm afraid I'm not going to be successful.


I WANTED THAT NAME TOO!

I wanted Saoirse, Caiomhe, and a few other Irish ones which I forget. Wife shot them all down for predictable reason. then, a few months after our daughter was born, i ran into an Irish woman at the store and we started talkign (not many Irish in phoenix) and she had a daughter naemd Caiomhe.

Seriously, all Americans who claim "Irish" ancestory, be it your mother was run train on by the sons of hibernia, or a guy named Sean was within a block of you at the moment of conception:

Stop giving your kids gaelic names that no one can pronounce, like Siobhan. I know you get a tingle in your genitals every time you get to explain to a perplexed teacher "Its pronounced Shivaaaahn"

It doesn't make you any more Irish, doesn't make your kid any more Irish, and will likely get their asses kicked.

/my plastic Paddy mom tried to name me Padraigh. My dad said that he would name me after the dog before he let her spell it that way.


Was the dog's name Indiana?
 
2012-10-20 01:56:49 PM  
Some aren't so bad...

i163.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 02:01:13 PM  

Ed_Severson: Ivo Shandor: Ed_Severson: Named my boy Edison ... He comes from a long line of engineers

A pity you didn't name him after one, then. Instead you went for a self-promoting businessman best known for re-marketing Joseph Swan's lightbulb, electrocuting elephants, and inventing movie piracy.

Three of my favorite things!

/But seriously, fark off.


Yeah, fark that guy. He's just bitter. I named my boy Socrates Einstein. He comes from a long line of retail workers, buy at least he'll sound smart
 
2012-10-20 02:01:35 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: ScottRiqui: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?

You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.

I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.

In my family, any Olivia would probably have been called "Oli." The tendency for everyone to shorten names bothered my mom so much that she tried to think of a name that couldn't easily be shortened to something else (was partially successful).


At least some of the popularity is from the old Cosby Show and the character played by Raven-Symone. My first name is Olivia, but I was born in the 60s and named for a great-aunt who was very dear to my mother. Growing up, I was the only Olivia around; now, I'm the only middle-aged Olivia around. Can't tell you how many times I've introduced myself or been introduced to others, only to hear, "Olivia! Our baby daughter (or niece, or godchild, or some random toddler) is named Olivia!"
 
2012-10-20 02:01:40 PM  
Another Key and Peele sketch about names, sports intros.

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/trending/post/_/id/8343/key-peele-ha v e-fun-with-football-intros
 
2012-10-20 02:01:54 PM  
i1127.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-20 02:01:58 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!


Actually, a friend of mine has a daughter named Gertrude.
 
2012-10-20 02:02:16 PM  

Caluth: Ashlynn for girl
Septimus or Agamemnon for boy.

No really.


Wow. I had to check your profile because I thought for sure you were my coworker (you're not).

I swear to God those were his same choices for kiddo number two.

/He ended up with 'Nathaniel'
 
2012-10-20 02:02:59 PM  

NewportBarGuy: cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline

I intend on naming my kids Oxycontin and Percocet.


My two baby girls are named Lexus and Mustang:

farm9.staticflickr.com

 
2012-10-20 02:03:58 PM  
Lets try the link again.

Link
 
2012-10-20 02:04:33 PM  

sporkme: [i1156.photobucket.com image 500x375]

/Dave, Charlotte and Lily


Mulva?
 
2012-10-20 02:05:23 PM  

la_cyberchicana: Atypical Person Reading Fark: ScottRiqui: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Can anyone explain why Olivia is so popular?

You can go to one of the sites that tracks historical popularity for baby names and see that "Olivia" took a huge jump in 1975 (322 in 1974 and 671 in 1975), and it's been climbing nearly every year since. I'm betting that Olivia Newton-John had something to do with the initial popularity, but I don't know what's sustained its growth for so long.

I was thinking maybe Olivia Hussey (I was tremendously into her back in...1972 or so). I was just wondering why it stayed so popular. I'm wondering if the nickname "Liv" has something to do with it.

In my family, any Olivia would probably have been called "Oli." The tendency for everyone to shorten names bothered my mom so much that she tried to think of a name that couldn't easily be shortened to something else (was partially successful).

At least some of the popularity is from the old Cosby Show and the character played by Raven-Symone. My first name is Olivia, but I was born in the 60s and named for a great-aunt who was very dear to my mother. Growing up, I was the only Olivia around; now, I'm the only middle-aged Olivia around. Can't tell you how many times I've introduced myself or been introduced to others, only to hear, "Olivia! Our baby daughter (or niece, or godchild, or some random toddler) is named Olivia!"


Ah, I think you've got a major variable there. Thanks.
 
2012-10-20 02:08:29 PM  
Saw the name Can Dylan on one of those baby stickers on the back of a car the other day. Couldn't figure out if it was for a boy or a girl. Just hoped that the family name doesn't start with a D.
 
2012-10-20 02:08:53 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

... Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.


wotthefark: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".


/You sound Southern.
 
2012-10-20 02:09:01 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm serious with the Hawaiian naming. So many to choose from.

Keilani
Hale'kulani
Kukui
Kahanamoku
Mahimahi
Ono (like the skater!)
Kailuakona
Pua'a

It's a treasure trove of undiscovered names.


I spent about half my life in a small Florida surfing town, and they are somewhat common. However, being Florida, the white trashy Jayden Aiden Brayden Satan thing is still more common.

/going with Greek names for the kids
//is actually Greek
 
2012-10-20 02:11:03 PM  
I met a guy named Exavier.
 
2012-10-20 02:12:19 PM  
I sometimes make those wall composite photos for school graduating classes, and other groupings. I also deal with school data dumps with names to be injected into an sql database.
The length of those hyphenated names are a pain in the ass, and are certainly getting worse.

Favorite (real) name I've seen is a kid up north. Last name Law, his parents named him Marshall.
 
2012-10-20 02:12:52 PM  

mcwehrle: Mitt Romneys Tax Return:

/ Named daughter Alana

Alana is an awesome name. My calculus teacher in HS was an Alana, we ended up being great friends for years, shot league pool together after I graduated. She rode a motorcycle. I used to borrow books from her and would find pot seeds down in the page bindings. heh.

A few years after I graduated she confided in me that the thermos of hot tea she brought to work every day and drank in the classroom was liberally laced with whiskey. She said it was "the only way she could stand the stupid ones".

Tragically, she died of pancreatic cancer when I was 25. I still miss her. That woman forgot more about science and math than I'll ever know.

RIP Ms. Alana. you were great.


Thank you. I shared your story with my daughter (who likes her name).
 
2012-10-20 02:13:27 PM  
The kid's name that will always stick with me is TheOne. Yeah, that's how it was spelled although they slurred it together so it was pronounced more like thwan.

I have an old-fashioned name. The only other person that I ever met with it growing up was my grandmother. Now it's somewhere in the top ten most popular girls' names in the country. I go to the zoo and hear the name called, turn around automatically, and it's somebody calling their 4 year old. I want my name back!

/has an Orion and a Ulisses this year. Maybe true classical is back in
 
2012-10-20 02:14:08 PM  

piglet: I sometimes make those wall composite photos for school graduating classes, and other groupings. I also deal with school data dumps with names to be injected into an sql database.
The length of those hyphenated names are a pain in the ass, and are certainly getting worse.


That's nothing, just wait until the 4chan era geeks get to the breeding
imgs.xkcd.com 

/you've very likely already seen this, but its still funny to me
 
2012-10-20 02:14:48 PM  

Queen Amy: I suppose by now everybody's heard that you pronounce La-a as "LaDasha - the dash don't be silent!"

Anybody come up with names for her siblings? So far we have . (pronounced Dot) and #atha (pronounced hash-tag-atha).


I work as a teacher and walking our halls is a La-a, yes ladasha, and also there is a T I daysha, Tee Eye day-shuh...no really, and there are dashes, accent marks and apostrophes thrown in willy nilly. It infuriates our French teacher. Accent marks do not work that way!

One year I had three different tequila's spelled 3 different ways.
 
2012-10-20 02:14:51 PM  
Today's parents have so many choices for their baby girl. If the baby is white, here are all of them, as far as I can tell:

Katelyn
Katelynn
Katelinn
Katelin
Caitlynn
Caitlin
Caitlyn
Caitlinn
Kaytlynne
Kaytlin
Caytelynn
Kaytelyn
Kaitelinne
Caitlynne
 
2012-10-20 02:15:24 PM  

beany: 5monkeys: The only name regret i have is my 3rd daughter cailin gets called kaitlyn all the time. I live her name and it suits her, but i would have named her something else to save her the no t thing she has to explain over and over. I have seen her just ignore the fact that other kids are saying her name wrong and just play. She gives them one it's cailin not kaitlyn. The she just answers to whatever.

My kids all have Irish names. They have a really Irish last name so it fits. Taylor,Brianna,cailin,reilly, and liam

The names are nice, but apart from Liam, I'd dispute their being Irish, per se. "Brianna" is definitely Celtic in some sense, but I've never met one in Ireland (not conclusive, of course). "Cailín" means "girl" in Irish, so nobody's actually called that (ditto the anglicised version, "Colleen"). "Reilly" is an (anglicised) surname, not a first name. And "Taylor" has no Irish connection whatsoever that I can think of.

Ok, now I feel like an assh**e.


Ah don't feel like an ahole for saying it. We weren't looking dorm "Irish" names in the traditional sense, just names that fit well with their last name and we liked. I said the same thing about Taylor but my weird ex's family swear that it us Irish somehow. I thought it was English, but whatever. My daughter like it, so its a win. My Brianna wants to change her name to fiona when she turns 18. well, fiona awesome. I'm all for it. I still want to change my name. My mother wanted to name me valeska after my great great grandmother but got bullied by my family to name me Valerie. I don't like my name and never have. i would have really dug valeska.
 
2012-10-20 02:15:55 PM  
Pete Punchbeef
Pack Blowfist
Slab Bulkhead
Butch Deadlift
Slake Fistcrunch
Punt Speedchunk
Duke Rockhard Vaginblaster
Count Magnus von Beaverpounder
Dr. Flint Butthrust, American
Lord Beef Swellington
Prince Bolt Poonpounder
Lex von Vagmaster, Earl of Queef
Count Ludvig von Boxstuphin
Sir Meat Van Der Throb
Lady Grindetta von Thrust
Countesss Lubetrina von Takeitoffen
Duchess Standinline Pullatrain
Czarina Ivana Threevayovich
Countess Phistina O'swallow
Miss Sluttina Jaminfist
Punch Rockgroin
Crud Bonemeat
Buff Hardback
Splint Chesthair
Blast Hardcheese
Dirk Vanderhuge
 
2012-10-20 02:16:03 PM  
I wonder how many women around the age of 25 are named Madison, after the character from the movie Splash. Apparently, the name really didn't exist for women before that film came out.
 
2012-10-20 02:17:39 PM  

WhippingBoy: The thing I hate the worst is people with a "Celtic" background giving their children some sort of hard-core, uncommon (in North America) "Celtic" name (Bronwyn, Ciaran, etc.).
The closest experience most of these people have with the "old country" is buying a Shamrock shake from McDonalds.


IME, the claim of "Celtic" ancestry usually means "hillbilly." They want to get in touch with their roots, they should name the kids Cletus or Bobbie Sue.
 
2012-10-20 02:18:25 PM  

lyanna96: AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

... Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.

wotthefark: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".

/You sound Southern.


I think a lot of Asian immigrants give their kids common American names because, for some strange reason, they care about the welfare and future of their children, and want them to successfully integrate into the culture they're going to be a living in.
 
2012-10-20 02:19:38 PM  
This about sums it up.

http://youtu.be/Dd7FixvoKBw
 
2012-10-20 02:20:37 PM  
My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...
 
2012-10-20 02:21:46 PM  

boredofedu: My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...


Eh. Paisley isn't that bad. It could be plaid.
 
2012-10-20 02:21:52 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The thing with Asians is that they have "English names" assigned to them in school. So Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.


I work for a company that's mostly Chinese. Everyone gets to choose an "English name" supposedly to make it easier to interact with their American counterparts. They usually just Anglicize their given names, so Jian becomes John and Xiao becomes Joe, etc. Some of them just pick nonsense words that sound "American". It's pretty fun. One of them chose "Microwave" for her English name, and when asked why, she said, "Well, you laughed, right?"

Usually we just call them by their Chinese names anyway, they're not that hard to pronounce. You just have to remember that last name goes first and first name goes last.
 
2012-10-20 02:22:04 PM  

pxlboy: d23: pxlboy: Shocking. Maybe parents are starting to realize that these kids with the cutesy, stupid names will one day be adults who have to put that goofy name on a resume?

Yeah.. encouage the idiots in H.R. to be even more arbitrary. It's a great idea!

I don't like HR-tards any more than the next person, but I think there is some merit to it. Noble intentions aside, it's hard not to have preconceived notions about someone based on a name. He or she might be smart as a whip with a great work ethic, but that doesn't matter if your resume gets tossed because your parents gave you a stupid name.

For the record, I never liked my name, but at least it's "normal".

/Nathan
//goes by Nate
///that seems to work


I don't have hiring/firing power but I do now schedule initial interviews, so I have some discretion over who gets a foot in the door. And honestly, you didn't choose your freaking name.

My SO has a very Irish first and last name - his father's grandparents came over as teenagers - but his Mom managed to misspell his first name while filling out the form. So it's unconventional but still "white" enough it doesn't matter, I guess. Even though it took me a good month to spell and pronounce it properly when we first met (oh so stupidly slightly wrong).

However, if you have a stupid email address on your resume (my favorite had 187 in it - and he did a mass resume email blitz (but was smart enough to BCC us all) so another employer responded before I did with "get a freaking adult email address before you apply here"), well, you're SOL. You can't change your birth name, and maybe you don't want to, but you sure as f--k can register [firstname]_[lastname]@gmail.com, dammit.
 
2012-10-20 02:23:43 PM  

Chelsea Clinton Is Carrot Top's Lost Twin: NewportBarGuy: cretinbob: Well that's an incredibly racist headline

I intend on naming my kids Oxycontin and Percocet.

My two baby girls are named Lexus and Mustang:

[farm9.staticflickr.com image 850x409]


You are very late for the gym!
 
2012-10-20 02:24:10 PM  

TastyEloi: lyanna96: AverageAmericanGuy: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: Sinutab?

... Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.

wotthefark: Arthur Jumbles: lohphat: NewportBarGuy: A kid in my kid's kindergarten class is Asian and named Lily?

I have to bite my tongue when the Asian "asian" parents show up. Plus the kids name is Xiao or some shiat but they chose an "Engrish" name and went with "Riry".

/You sound Southern.

I think a lot of Asian immigrants give their kids common American names because, for some strange reason, they care about the welfare and future of their children, and want them to successfully integrate into the culture they're going to be a living in.


Yeah, one of my buddies is from Ghana and he has a traditional Ghanan name, which almost sounds like one of the stereotypical African American names. It would be completely appropriate for him to name his son Kwamenza or Twumaso, but he chose Franklin.
 
2012-10-20 02:25:23 PM  
Say, Lou, didya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plates, so he went and changed his name to J3L2404?
 
2012-10-20 02:25:51 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: mcwehrle: Mitt Romneys Tax Return:

/ Named daughter Alana

Alana is an awesome name. My calculus teacher in HS was an Alana, we ended up being great friends for years, shot league pool together after I graduated. She rode a motorcycle. I used to borrow books from her and would find pot seeds down in the page bindings. heh.

A few years after I graduated she confided in me that the thermos of hot tea she brought to work every day and drank in the classroom was liberally laced with whiskey. She said it was "the only way she could stand the stupid ones".

Tragically, she died of pancreatic cancer when I was 25. I still miss her. That woman forgot more about science and math than I'll ever know.

RIP Ms. Alana. you were great.

Thank you. I shared your story with my daughter (who likes her name).


My middle name is a version of Alana/Elena/Elaina/Illana etc. I honestly wish it was my first name simply because it translates so, so easily into so many other languages. My first name was the most popular name the year I was born, on top of being known as [first name] [last initial] growing up, it simply doesn't have an easy analogue in many other languages, especially ones that use feminine/masculine word designations. Somehow the closest my Polish teacher could get was still technically masculine. Whatever.
 
2012-10-20 02:26:07 PM  
My sixth grade son has yet to meet another Tarzan in his class, so I guess I picked a good one.
 
2012-10-20 02:27:09 PM  

Mr.Hawk: Saw this Kay & Peele skit last night. Fits for this thread for sure.


Link 

/Very funny show actually.


Good clip. I thought you were going to post a link to the East/West player intros.
 
2012-10-20 02:27:32 PM  

otto the bull: Pete Punchbeef
Pack Blowfist
Slab Bulkhead
Butch Deadlift
Slake Fistcrunch
Punt Speedchunk
Duke Rockhard Vaginblaster
Count Magnus von Beaverpounder
Dr. Flint Butthrust, American
Lord Beef Swellington
Prince Bolt Poonpounder
Lex von Vagmaster, Earl of Queef
Count Ludvig von Boxstuphin
Sir Meat Van Der Throb
Lady Grindetta von Thrust
Countesss Lubetrina von Takeitoffen
Duchess Standinline Pullatrain
Czarina Ivana Threevayovich
Countess Phistina O'swallow
Miss Sluttina Jaminfist
Punch Rockgroin
Crud Bonemeat
Buff Hardback
Splint Chesthair
Blast Hardcheese
Dirk Vanderhuge


Bob Johnson?


Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kali-Ma: Named my son Trenton (we're temporarily displaced New Jerseyans). The joke whenever we go back home is "at least he's not Camden."

It's always prudent to name your child based on how much of a punchline it is.


By that logic, the name "Rectum" would be best of all.
 
2012-10-20 02:27:59 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!


I had a great-aunt named Gertrude. She hated it so much that she went by her middle name, Sadie, instead.
 
2012-10-20 02:29:33 PM  

stiletto_the_wise: AverageAmericanGuy: The thing with Asians is that they have "English names" assigned to them in school. So Ching Chong Lee becomes Amy Lee and Ling Long Kwan becomes Lisa Kwan.

They aren't given those names at birth, much of the time.

I work for a company that's mostly Chinese. Everyone gets to choose an "English name" supposedly to make it easier to interact with their American counterparts. They usually just Anglicize their given names, so Jian becomes John and Xiao becomes Joe, etc. Some of them just pick nonsense words that sound "American". It's pretty fun. One of them chose "Microwave" for her English name, and when asked why, she said, "Well, you laughed, right?"

Usually we just call them by their Chinese names anyway, they're not that hard to pronounce. You just have to remember that last name goes first and first name goes last.


So, they're Bajorans.
 
2012-10-20 02:32:28 PM  

Jgok: AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!

Actually, a friend of mine has a daughter named Gertrude.


German name, pronounced Gehr-tru-duh.

My grandmother was named Pearl at birth but apparently changed it herself to Bertha, another German name, pronounced Bear-tuh.

She was 100% Chinese, born in Honolulu, before WWI.

/yes, I mentioned the war.
 
2012-10-20 02:34:17 PM  

boredofedu: My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...


I know a little girl named Paisley. Her brothers have equally weird names.
 
2012-10-20 02:36:18 PM  
FTFA: one well-known 2003 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finding that resumes with "white" names were more likely to receive callbacks than identical resumes with "black" names.

That is pretty racist. They're not "black" names, they're "ghetto" names.

Similarly, the following names, while typically given to white people, aren't likely to inspire the impression of intellectual brilliance and professionalism either:

Alexis, Krystal, Britney, Destiny, Tiffany, Misty, Tammy, Tonya, Rhonda, Starlene, Shyla, Skyler, Neveah, Faith, Chastity, Brandi, Bambi, Fawn, Dakota, Cheyenne, Wayne, Harley, Ralph, Darryl, Merle, Earl, Ennis, Luke, Ty, Travis, Chase, Chuck, Buck, Ronny, Duke...

I knew a brilliant, stunning, incredibly professional woman named Brandi. She was aware her name was something to overcome.
 
2012-10-20 02:37:08 PM  

FizixJunkee: boredofedu: My go-to names when someone asks for suggestions is La-sha or La Shantae Shaniqua. My son and daiughter-in-law are having a baby next spring and want to name it Paisley if it's a girl.

/I weep for my grandchild...

I know a little girl named Paisley. Her brothers have equally weird names.


Paisley only belongs on ties and underwear.

No love for Trayvon?

/runs back to other thread, cackling
 
2012-10-20 02:39:41 PM  

tekmo: FTFA: one well-known 2003 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finding that resumes with "white" names were more likely to receive callbacks than identical resumes with "black" names.

That is pretty racist. They're not "black" names, they're "ghetto" names.

Similarly, the following names, while typically given to white people, aren't likely to inspire the impression of intellectual brilliance and professionalism either:

Alexis, Krystal, Britney, Destiny, Tiffany, Misty, Tammy, Tonya, Rhonda, Starlene, Shyla, Skyler, Neveah, Faith, Chastity, Brandi, Bambi, Fawn, Dakota, Cheyenne, Wayne, Harley, Ralph, Darryl, Merle, Earl, Ennis, Luke, Ty, Travis, Chase, Chuck, Buck, Ronny, Duke...



thesmartmarks.com

/Was extremely professional!
 
2012-10-20 02:44:41 PM  

lohphat: Jgok: AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!

Actually, a friend of mine has a daughter named Gertrude.

German name, pronounced Gehr-tru-duh.

My grandmother was named Pearl at birth but apparently changed it herself to Bertha, another German name, pronounced Bear-tuh.

She was 100% Chinese, born in Honolulu, before WWI.

/yes, I mentioned the war.


My paternal grandmother's name was Gertrude. We always pronounced it in the standard English way (with two syllables). She was born in Poland, though, so it may have been anglicized.

I always assumed that was one name which was never coming back.
 
2012-10-20 02:48:13 PM  

otto the bull: Today's parents have so many choices for their baby girl. If the baby is white, here are all of them, as far as I can tell:

Katelyn
Katelynn
Katelinn
Katelin
Caitlynn
Caitlin
Caitlyn
Caitlinn
Kaytlynne
Kaytlin
Caytelynn
Kaytelyn
Kaitelinne
Caitlynne


IIRC "Caitlin" is the original spelling (with the accent over the last "i" for stress) pronounced "Kaythleen"
 
2012-10-20 02:49:26 PM  
My father was born in Denmark, and my mother came from a long line of Anglo-Irish nutters. My mother decided as a teenager that she wanted to name her son Kelly (something about Irishness and blah blah blah).
Turns out when my brother was born, Kelly had become a girls name as opposed to a boys name, and she thanked God everyday she married into my father's very very Danish family and she could pass off Kell as an English version of my grandfather Kjeld's name.
My other brother was named Kai, which is a name used in Denmark, but is also Hawaiian (apparently) and is now hyper trendy. He had only met one other Kai in his life growing up. Turned out that kid not only had the same first name, but the same last name ( with a slightly different spelling).
My own name is common enough, but has so many variants that no one spells or pronounces it right. It was the least popular variation of a very popular name. I hate all Christines, Christinas, Christys, Kristys, Kristins, Kristens, Christas, Kristas, Kristines, Kristinas... This week I was buying a cell phone for my 15 year old's birthday present and I had to spell my first name well over a dozen times while the guy had my I.D. right in front of his face.

/Kirstens rock. Both Kur-stens and Keer-stens. I'm a Keer-sten.
//own daughters are Gwendolyn, Aislinn and Emma. Oddly enough I regret the Emma. So. Many. Emmas.
 
2012-10-20 02:50:18 PM  
i.imgur.com
"To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue."
 
2012-10-20 02:53:31 PM  

edmo: The wife and I always joked about naming the kids after pairs of city names as seen on interstate road signs:

Custer Feldspar
Thurber Mingus.

We used to think we were being weird; now I'd say reasonable.


You forgot:

Bognor Regis
 
2012-10-20 02:53:38 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: lohphat: Jgok: AverageAmericanGuy: You hardly ever see any Gertrudes anymore.

Bring back Gertrude!

Actually, a friend of mine has a daughter named Gertrude.

German name, pronounced Gehr-tru-duh.

(snip)

I always assumed that was one name which was never coming back.


I know a number of Gertrudes -- mostly friends from Mexico or South America. The Spanish version, Gertrudis, is pronounced hehr-TROO-dees. And now I live in Minnesota, and I know three Gertrudes, but they're all over 75 years old. It's a lovely name, but very old-fashioned.
 
2012-10-20 02:54:00 PM  

otto the bull: Pete Punchbeef
Pack Blowfist
Slab Bulkhead
Butch Deadlift
Slake Fistcrunch
Punt Speedchunk
Duke Rockhard Vaginblaster
Count Magnus von Beaverpounder
Dr. Flint Butthrust, American
Lord Beef Swellington
Prince Bolt Poonpounder
Lex von Vagmaster, Earl of Queef
Count Ludvig von Boxstuphin
Sir Meat Van Der Throb
Lady Grindetta von Thrust
Countesss Lubetrina von Takeitoffen
Duchess Standinline Pullatrain
Czarina Ivana Threevayovich
Countess Phistina O'swallow
Miss Sluttina Jaminfist
Punch Rockgroin
Crud Bonemeat
Buff Hardback
Splint Chesthair
Blast Hardcheese
Dirk Vanderhuge


ya fergot Blast Howitzer, Dukie Howitzer, Wolf Blitzer, Dick Wolf etc.
 
2012-10-20 02:54:57 PM  
I met a guy not long ago named John Thomas. When I said to him, "So, I'm guessing your parents aren't from England?" he just stared blankly at me.

I hope for his sake he never travels across the pond.
 
2012-10-20 02:55:29 PM