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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
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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*
 
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