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2013-02-15 12:25:48 PM

give me doughnuts: GalFriday: My first child will be a girl.  I shall name her Stacy, and I will be Stacy's mom, and I will have it going on.
My second child will be boy and I will name him Luke so that my husband can say, "I am your father, Luke."
My third child will be named Narnia so that when I purchase something for her, I can shout, "FOR NARNIA!"
And my fourth child will be named Sparta so that when I introduce him to people, I can proclaim, "THIS IS SPARTA!"

/oblig


You'll have to start a rumor that your fourth child's name is "Madness."



I already have a child named Madness.  He lives in our house, in the middle of our street.
 
2013-02-15 12:27:06 PM

busy chillin': My last name is constantly misspelled and mispronounced so we gave our kids easy old school names.

My daughter's name is Ella. And once I was asked how to spell it. Really?

Ellqah - the q is silent. duh.

just kidding.


You forgot the 4 'M's

And thus missed out on her chance to become a well-known Dutch author
 
2013-02-15 12:28:31 PM
Oh, and my favorite naming CSB, I had a friend in college whose hippie father wanted a strong, manly name for his son. So he got a pouch of furthic runes (which some people use for divination purposes, natch) and pulled out three stones. They had the "N" "TH" and "O" runes on them, so his son became "Thon".
 
2013-02-15 12:28:42 PM
theorellior:

It's like the name Taliaferro, which is supposed to be pronounced "Tolliver". If you pronounced it the way it was spelled or spelled it the way it was pronounced everyone knew you were puttin' on airs.


I didn't know that. Had a friend with the name Taliaferro. We pronounced how it looks.
 
2013-02-15 12:30:11 PM

ciberido: I already have a child named Madness. He lives in our house, in the middle of our street.


Is your wife so house proud?
 
2013-02-15 12:30:45 PM

busy chillin': gawd damnin clickershow

Top 10 Searched Baby Girl Names:

Isabella
Millie
Sookie
Ann
Ella
Betty
Ellie
Emma
Eithne
Charlotte
Top 10 Searched Baby Boy Names:

Jacob
Max
Liam
Ted
Mo
Aiden
Andy
Bertie
Ned
Gus


Yeah, most boys with those names would get their ass kicked in my school.  Then again, it would be Max or Gus doing the ass kicking.
 
2013-02-15 12:32:24 PM

ciberido: busy chillin': My last name is constantly misspelled and mispronounced so we gave our kids easy old school names.

My daughter's name is Ella. And once I was asked how to spell it. Really?

Ellqah - the q is silent. duh.

just kidding.

You forgot the 4 'M's

And thus missed out on her chance to become a well-known Dutch author


had to google it...F*ck me. I am NOT clever/original at all. All these things have been made up by people already. DANGIT!

but I guess it is still kind of cool.
 
2013-02-15 12:32:35 PM

theorellior: Oh, and my favorite naming CSB, I had a friend in college whose hippie father wanted a strong, manly name for his son. So he got a pouch of furthic runes (which some people use for divination purposes, natch) and pulled out three stones. They had the "N" "TH" and "O" runes on them, so his son became "Thon".


My high school sweetheart talked about naming her son, if she ever had one, Thon. She got the idea from a Toyota-thon commercial. She got in touch with me through Facebook a few years ago and low and behold she had a son...named Norman, after his dad. Im sure the kid would have preferred Thon
 
2013-02-15 12:35:35 PM

theorellior: Spiralmonkey: For added extra embarrassment, 'Rafe' is how British aristos pronounce Ralph (as in Ralph Fiennes, look up how posh his family is). So if they're looking to be posh they spelled it wrong too.

It's like the name Taliaferro, which is supposed to be pronounced "Tolliver". If you pronounced it the way it was spelled or spelled it the way it was pronounced everyone knew you were puttin' on airs.


"Featherstonehaugh" -- pronounced "Fanshaw" -- remains my ultimate favorite.
 
2013-02-15 12:36:51 PM

Onkel Buck: Im sure the kid would have preferred Thon.


Thon was perfectly happy with his name, but he probably got a lot of questions about it, because he told the story pretty soon after I met him. Before that, when friends would mention his name, I thought he was Vietnamese or Thai. Nope, a russet-haired pasty white boy.
 
2013-02-15 12:37:12 PM

theorellior: Oh, and my favorite naming CSB, I had a friend in college whose hippie father wanted a strong, manly name for his son. So he got a pouch of furthic runes (which some people use for divination purposes, natch) and pulled out three stones. They had the "N" "TH" and "O" runes on them, so his son became "Thon".


Did the Thon have a thithter?
 
2013-02-15 12:37:30 PM
probably have a kid named Aiden each
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2013-02-15 12:39:30 PM

Jim_Callahan: 4. Do not intentionally give your child the name for the wrong gender.  It's great that you're progressive and are past notions of constrained sexuality and all that, but if you use your kid as a prop to make a point about how superior your politics are to everyone else's you are literally the worst kind of human being on the planet, even the Nazis are more virtuous than you, because at least they weren't treating their ownoffspring as subhuman creatures with no right to make their own political decisions.


Names, like everything else in this world, change over time.  Specifically, names change which gender they "belong to," at least in the United States.  Look at a list of what were the most popular names for girls and boys in the 1960s, then compare that to a list of names from the 1980s and the (first decade of the) 2000s.  You'll see that a lot of names which are now considered "girls' names" were "boys' names" a few decades ago, and vice-versa.

Despite your paranoid fantasies, giving a child a name that "belongs" to the other gender is neither uncommon, nor something that only "progressive" parents do.


5.  If you come up with a name and think "oh, that's clever", Do.  Not.  Use.  That.  The kid has to use the name literally his entire life, or until he's 18 and can legally change it.  Is it going to still be funny the thirty-thousandth time in six months?  No.  No, it will not.

It may vary from state to state, but in general it is entirely possible to change your name before age 18.  You just need the permission of your parents to do so.  (Again, I am speaking specifically of how things work in the USA.)
 
2013-02-15 12:39:34 PM

Snarfangel: Did the Thon have a thithter?


Yeth, her name wath Thelethtine.

/not really
 
2013-02-15 12:39:38 PM

abreucantina: Teknowaffle: Fark Name Thread!

La-a. YOU PRONOUNCE THE DASH LADASHA LOL!!

My cousin's uncle's sister's proctologist's wife is a teacher and she had twins Orangejello and Lemonjello

"I gave my kid a traditional Gaelic name that is completely unpronounceable. Fearghas. It means 'breaks terrible wind'"

-aiden/ayden

How about "Detroit?" Pronouced "Dee-twa..." it's French!


You know you say that as a joke, but those names are in our database as prospective students that may apply here.
 
2013-02-15 12:44:34 PM
I was unaware that my middle name had a meaning. I figured it was just a random old-timey name, since my paternal great grandfather had it. "Wild boar" doesn't fit me at all.

Now I officially dislike my first, middle, and last names. Thanks, Dad for giving me an ancient English surname for a first name, "wild boar", and an impossibly misspelled last name.

/Why, yes, I was awkward in high school. And college. And as an adult.
 
2013-02-15 12:46:14 PM

GalFriday: My first child will be a girl.  I shall name her Stacy, and I will be Stacy's mom, and I will have it going on.
My second child will be boy and I will name him Luke so that my husband can say, "I am your father, Luke."
My third child will be named Narnia so that when I purchase something for her, I can shout, "FOR NARNIA!"
And my fourth child will be named Sparta so that when I introduce him to people, I can proclaim, "THIS IS SPARTA!"

/oblig


I rarely actually LOL.  I am going to flagrantly steal this in the future and will never give you credit.
 
2013-02-15 12:48:02 PM

Tricky Chicken: I wanted to name my sons after the sons of Jacob.  I was going to start with the names least likely to get their ass kicked figuring the older ones might help look out for the unfortunately named.

Dan
Joseph
Benjamin
Reuben
Levi
Asher
Zebulun
Simeon
Judah
Napthali
Issachar
and Gad (seriously)


Don't name your child "Zebulun" or else he might end up living in Georgia or North Carolina.
 
2013-02-15 12:50:06 PM
Anyone who names their child Sookie should have their appropriate tubes snipped.
 
2013-02-15 12:50:45 PM

ggecko: busy chillin': gawd damnin clickershow

Top 10 Searched Baby Girl Names:

Isabella
Millie
Sookie
Ann
Ella
Betty
Ellie
Emma
Eithne
Charlotte
Top 10 Searched Baby Boy Names:

Jacob
Max
Liam
Ted
Mo
Aiden
Andy
Bertie
Ned
Gus

Yeah, most boys with those names would get their ass kicked in my school.  Then again, it would be Max or Gus doing the ass kicking.


Name your boy "Zod," then others will kneel before him.  But he might end up in prison.
 
2013-02-15 12:54:03 PM
No Tegan, so I'm happy.
 
2013-02-15 01:01:34 PM
Link

A fun site for baby names.
 
2013-02-15 01:05:30 PM
Have friends with two little kids with the, IMHO, awesome names "Max" and "Stella", so getting a kick, etc. ...

CSB1:  Mom knew a woman whose name was "Pajama" - pronounced "Pay-ja-MAY"

CSB2:  Was designer for an online game that allowed players to create their own in game names.  Since I'm not congenitally stupid, we only allowed them to select from a list of first and last names (no text entry - therein lies madness).  So, I headed to the Census websight and tracked down their lists of all first and last names registered in the U.S.  There are about 13k last names, and roughly 50k first names (I'm going from memory here, but the numbers are approximately correct - maybe it's 13k first and 50k last).  Again, not being stupid, I forced myself to read through both lists, searching for names to delete from the "official" lists as innapropriate for our game.  I had to delete many, many names. (I don't care if it's a 'legit' name, you're not naming your character "Rape Cockburn")

/always wanted a son to be able to name him "Duncan Idaho" (Duncan's a family name, but the Idaho would confuse the rest of the clan), but, alas, no women want to nurture my seed.
//plus, his initials would be "DIC" which would rock.
 
2013-02-15 01:09:45 PM

Tricky Chicken: GalFriday: My first child will be a girl.  I shall name her Stacy, and I will be Stacy's mom, and I will have it going on.
My second child will be boy and I will name him Luke so that my husband can say, "I am your father, Luke."
My third child will be named Narnia so that when I purchase something for her, I can shout, "FOR NARNIA!"
And my fourth child will be named Sparta so that when I introduce him to people, I can proclaim, "THIS IS SPARTA!"

/oblig

I rarely actually LOL.  I am going to flagrantly steal this in the future and will never give you credit.


Since you have given me fair warning, we are good.
 
2013-02-15 01:09:53 PM
One of the names listed is my son's middle name.  I wouldn't have called it old-fashioned myself, as I thought it was always a somewhat common name.
 
2013-02-15 01:11:53 PM

theorellior: Oh, and my favorite naming CSB, I had a friend in college whose hippie father wanted a strong, manly name for his son. So he got a pouch of furthic runes (which some people use for divination purposes, natch) and pulled out three stones. They had the "N" "TH" and "O" runes on them, so his son became "Thon".


Where did you go to college?  Because I, too, went to college with a guy named Thon.
 
2013-02-15 01:13:24 PM

blatz514: Strangely this name wasn't on the list


Sadly, a friend of mine dated a guy with a daughter named Six.
 
2013-02-15 01:19:11 PM
I have 1 year old twin girls.  When the Mrs. and I were deciding on names, she loooooved the name Analise.  She and her friends thought it was so cute until I reminded them it sounded like a very specific brand of lubricant.  We did not name either of them Analise.
 
2013-02-15 01:20:22 PM
My wife and I are both recovering catholics, but one tradition of the church we've held on to is naming our offspring after the better-known apostles and saints. Good, solid names that aren't overly popular and are easy to pronounce and spell. We actually get a lot of compliments on them, like, "Cool, you don't hear that name much anymore."
 
2013-02-15 01:26:33 PM
I have a nephew named Gus.  I like to think his dad is a little ahead of the curve.
 
2013-02-15 01:27:48 PM
My son's name (John) used to be number one for generations, but I predict by the time he's my age it will be extremely rare. He's the only one in his school afaik. The names on the list are not that old fashioned - try Eula, Ernestine, Winifred or for a boy, Clyde.
 
2013-02-15 01:29:07 PM

QueenMamaBee: blatz514: Strangely this name wasn't on the list

Sadly, a friend of mine dated a guy with a daughter named Six.


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What a daughter named "Six" might look like.
 
2013-02-15 01:29:39 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: I have a nephew named Gus.  I like to think his dad is a little ahead of the curve.


Gus?!?  We cant have an astronaut named 'Gus'.

What's his middle name?
 
2013-02-15 01:30:21 PM

QueenMamaBee: blatz514: Strangely this name wasn't on the list

Sadly, a friend of mine dated a guy with a daughter named Six.


It could have been worse...

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-15 01:31:53 PM
My family had 3 generations of "Adolf" until that no talent ass clown started invading countries.
 
2013-02-15 01:33:53 PM

89 Stick-Up Kid: My family had 3 generations of "Adolf" until that no talent ass clown started invading countries.


Knock knock.
Who's there?
Adolf.
Adolf who?
A dolf ball hit me in the teef.
 
2013-02-15 01:36:53 PM

astroman05: Warthog: I clicked through that whole stupid slide show just to make sure my two snowflakes' names were NOT there.  If I came to find out that I gave them trendy names, I'd have to shoot myself.  Fortunately the names Reinhold and Helga seem not to be taking off.

All my kids' names are on there (as well as several of the finalists we didn't choose), but they were all named 5 years ago or more.  Do I have to shoot myself, or do I get a "I liked them before they got big" exemption?


You get the exemption but then you have to shoot yourself for hipster cliche.
 
2013-02-15 01:37:46 PM

89 Stick-Up Kid: My family had 3 generations of "Adolf" until that no talent ass clown started invading countries.


Same thing happened in my family. My father was named John Wayne Gacy. To avoid the infamy from that name he changed his name to Slash Murderclown.
 
2013-02-15 01:38:24 PM
Oliver? Seriously? Everyone knows Oliver killed The Brady Bunch. Yeesh.
 
2013-02-15 01:39:59 PM
So glad that traditional names in my family are German and not all that common here. Not every day that you run into an Angelika, or Gabriele. Even my cousin and I use the uncommon German spelling for our names which are very common Russian names. It just gets annoying when I have the Russian ex-pat in my office keep insisting that I spell my name wrong and has on more than one occasion had my name changed on the company website.
 
2013-02-15 01:43:05 PM

GRCooper: Pants full of macaroni!!: I have a nephew named Gus.  I like to think his dad is a little ahead of the curve.

Gus?!?  We cant have an astronaut named 'Gus'.

What's his middle name?


I honestly can't remember.  He is very interested in astronomy though.
 
2013-02-15 01:50:14 PM

Caluth: Agamemnon

Auggie for short


images3.cliqueclack.com
So he'll be handsome and successful, but he may end up blind.
 
2013-02-15 01:51:04 PM

ciberido: give me doughnuts: GalFriday: My first child will be a girl.  I shall name her Stacy, and I will be Stacy's mom, and I will have it going on.
My second child will be boy and I will name him Luke so that my husband can say, "I am your father, Luke."
My third child will be named Narnia so that when I purchase something for her, I can shout, "FOR NARNIA!"
And my fourth child will be named Sparta so that when I introduce him to people, I can proclaim, "THIS IS SPARTA!"

/oblig


You'll have to start a rumor that your fourth child's name is "Madness."


I already have a child named Madness.  He lives in our house, in the middle of our street.


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2013-02-15 01:51:49 PM

The Singing Bush: I have 1 year old twin girls.  When the Mrs. and I were deciding on names, she loooooved the name Analise.  She and her friends thought it was so cute until I reminded them it sounded like a very specific brand of lubricant.  We did not name either of them Analise.


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2013-02-15 01:55:01 PM

HailRobonia: 89 Stick-Up Kid: My family had 3 generations of "Adolf" until that no talent ass clown started invading countries.

Same thing happened in my family. My father was named John Wayne Gacy. To avoid the infamy from that name he changed his name to Slash Murderclown.


Well, at least if you don't know what to buy him for Christmas one year, you can always get him some Faygo.

Or magnets.
 
2013-02-15 01:58:03 PM

ciberido: Tricky Chicken: I wanted to name my sons after the sons of Jacob.  I was going to start with the names least likely to get their ass kicked figuring the older ones might help look out for the unfortunately named.

Dan
Joseph
Benjamin
Reuben
Levi
Asher
Zebulun
Simeon
Judah
Napthali
Issachar
and Gad (seriously)

Don't name your child "Zebulun" or else he might end up living in Georgia or North Carolina.


I live the next town over from Zebulon, NC. Gettng kicks

/also those rubbery spongey synthetic corks that come with wine bottles are made in Zebulon, NC. I used to work on the extrusion machines. CSB
 
2013-02-15 02:01:05 PM

ciberido: Don't name your child "Zebulun" or else he might end up living in Georgia or North Carolina.


Or he might end up teriyaki style.

www.hwdyk.com
 
2013-02-15 02:10:30 PM

ciberido: QueenMamaBee: blatz514: Strangely this name wasn't on the list

Sadly, a friend of mine dated a guy with a daughter named Six.

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What a daughter named "Six" might look like.


Not even close, wrong ethnicity.
 
2013-02-15 02:13:55 PM

StewMcG: We used to take pride in picking unusual names, too.  However, our youngest's name, Amelia, showed up on this stupid list.  GAH!  We always made it a point to pick names that were fairly uncommon.  (Given that Mr. StewMcG and I both have pretty common first names.)  Imagine our shock when our oldest, Julia (which was pretty uncommon 17+ years ago) started kindergarten... with 3 other Julia's.


So... in other words, while you THOUGHT you picked unusual names, you totally didn't. CSB.
 
2013-02-15 02:17:34 PM

CygnusDarius: Where's Nicky and Vinnie and Tommy?.


Beating the s**t out of Todd, Kyle, and Tucker.
 
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