Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

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  1. TheGirlCanSkate

    TheGirlCanSkate New Member

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    Okay I would never do a Chris Christopher, John Johnson, Michael Micheals. It's just...silly.

    And I would never choose Barbie or Ken.
     
  2. Zemgirl

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    I don't know about Oprah specifically, but both Orpah and Ofra (which is how I had assumed she got her name) are Biblical names.

    If Guy's parents are not from English-speaking countries, I may be inclined to give them a pass. For instance, Guy is a very common name in Hebrew, it means dell or glen.
     
  3. KHenry14

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    Much like teachers, us people who work in HR encounter weird names all the time too. The strangest I found was a guy who's legal name was Little Johnny Jones. I saw his birth cert. and it was actually Little. Needless to say he went by L.J. Jones as an adult.
     
  4. Sparks

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    I knew a guy named Christian Christianson.
     
  5. KikiSashaFan

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    I know someone named Emma that named her daughter Amy, but spelled Amme, so they could have matching names.
     
  6. danceronice

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    Pronouced "Gee", it's also an old French name.

    Similar to Oprah, my friend is named Marium after a great-grandmother. They're not sure if the original name was INTENTIONAL, or someone misspelled "Miriam" in the family bible and it stuck.
     
  7. skatingfan5

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    :confused: I had never heard that explanation of this -- le and la mean "the" and de means "of" in French. Here is a paper ("Naming and Linguistic Africanisms in African American Culture") which contains some explanation of naming practices among African Americans (and links to similar traditions in Africa). Not sure how accurate it is, but it states that
     
  8. skateycat

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    I went to school with Tom Sawyer Finn and Tarzan Obadiah Greenberg.

    Mr skateycat wanted to name our son after any of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I might have been okay with Rafael, but at the last minute, we found a name we could both agree with.
     
  9. Zemgirl

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    I think Mariam is the Arabic variant of Miriam, maybe? I've met at least one Mariam.
     
  10. Marge_Simpson

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    I posted this in another thread recently, but it applies here, so I'll repeat: a new mother at my hospital wanted to name her baby girl "Neisseria" because she heard one of the RN's saying it and thought it sounded pretty. She didn't realize the RN was probably talking about a Neisseria Gonorrhea culture. The nurse managed to talk her out of putting that name down on the baby's birth certificate.
    I went to high school with a girl named Candy Barr.
     
  11. Rob

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    I worked with a girl named Experience. I wouldn't name my kid that. Apparently she was descended from someone named Experience back in the 1700s when virtue names were popular. Not so sure Experience would be considered a virtue in all regards.:shuffle:
     
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  12. my little pony

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    i know someone named travel. his mother hoped he would grow up to travel. he has not.
     
  13. skatingfan5

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    :lol: Certainly not now. It's a far cry from Charity, Faith, and Patience, but I think that I personally would prefer to be named Experience than Temperance or Reverence if it came to that. :slinkaway
     
  14. numbers123

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    These stories have been going around since I was in nursing school ~ 41 years ago. I would call them urban legends.
     
  15. Rob

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    I have a friend who claims to have taught brothers named Lemonjello and Orangello in dance school in Texas. I also have a friend who claims to have gone to high school with brothers named Lemonjello and Orangello, but not in Texas. There must be a lot of them or its an urban legend.

    I have a friend who swears he had a student named Female Penus (not "is"). Pronouced Feh-maw-lay Pen-nooz.
     
  16. screech

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    My sister, who is pregnant with her first child, has always wanted to name 2 sons 'Huckleberry' and 'Finn'.

    A family member knew of a young, attractive, single female whose last name was Dick. The worst part: Her first name was 'Anita'. Yup, 'Anita Dick'.

    I'm a teacher, so I think that when I eventually have children, I'm going to try to avoid names of students. A fellow-teacher I know had parents who were teachers, and that was their main criteria in picking his name. They ended up with 'Kent'.

    I'm rather fond of the name Elsa - love that it's normal enough to to get raised eyebrows, but unique enough to not be the same as everyone else.

    I actually like a lot of the Scandinavian names, though one I could never pick is Hildegard. I knew one in high school and it made her sound like the stereotypical obese female opera singer with the viking horns on her head. Funny thing - she did actually have an operatic voice when she sang.
     
  17. mkats

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    Oh my gosh, we had a Hildegard at my practice. She was TERRIBLE and all the MAs dreaded working with her. We told our respiratory therapist once and he shrugged and said, "well, if I were named Hildegard I'd be a pretty unhappy person too." :lol:
     
  18. DarrellH

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    My grandmother's given name was Brazzie. Her sister was LaVada, and her brother was Freelin. Grandma named her first son, Stancil ... her first daughter, Lowell... and another daughter, Dixie. These were the names on the birth certificates, not nicknames.
     
  19. Clarice

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    La-a, Female, Lemonjello, etc. are urban legends. But there are still plenty of legitimately awful names out there. Check out www.bigbadbabynames.net.
     
  20. Jenny

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    I knew I should have found the reference before I posted ;) and of course it was years ago and now I can find it. Searching now though I did learn that a) there are a lot of pointless baby name sites out there that are just lists of names, and b) the ones that offer origins and meanings looks like they were all copied from the same 2-3 sources, so who knows what's accurate.

    Many references to French, suggested connections to slavery in the south, but a lot of guesses too. Other sites say many of the same names are Hebrew in origin.

    Also found an article that studied unusual names, specifically in the African American community, and often the explanation had nothing to do with culture, history etc, and everything to do with "we liked the sound of it" and we spelled it differently so that our kid would stand out and be unique.

    At this point, I'm inclined to chalk it up to fashion. :lol:
     
  21. aliceanne

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    It is interesting too how boys names eventually morph into girls names. Evelyn, Vivian, Laurie, and Leslie started out as names for proper British gentlemen. The only Madison I knew growing up was a boy.
     
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    We have a Charisma at work. Who is very nice, but quiet and keeps to herself.
     
  23. Badams

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    My girls are the only Francesca and Aliyah in their school. My son won't be so lucky. Boys names are so much harder. Trendy names are goofy and classic names are always so common. I like common better than goofy.
     
  24. skatingfan5

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    Also Beverly.
    I had never known a Madison of either gender until Daryl Hannah's mermaid in Splash! :lol: Come to think of if, Daryl is more often a name used for boys, isn't it? (e.g. Larry, Daryl, and Daryl)
     
  25. snoopysnake

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    Have a look at these. "Rotten Earp" is one of my favorites.
     
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  26. Karina1974

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    Here's a couple for you, from my own family. My mother's name is Ragnhild Laila (everyone calls her by her middle name), her sister's name was Thelma, my late grandmother's name was Asta Marie, my one cousin on that side is Trygve (we call him Trig). My own name is Karin Agnethe. My brother Kris's formal name is Kristofer. My grandfather's name originally (and I know I'm going to butcher the spelling 'cause I'm doing it like it sounds) was Schwining Schwiningsen (long "i" on the "Schwin-"). Somewhere along the line it changed to Frank Olsen.

    Someone upthread mentioned Jewish names - I have some of those too, on the paternal side of my father's family. My father's and grandfather's name is/was Ansell, which was my great-grandmother's surname (and her first name was Florence but everyone called her Fadie). My great-grandfather's name was Cyril, but everyone called him Cykie (long "i" on the "Cyk"); that is also my uncle's name (Dad's older brother). There was also someone a few generations farther back who was named Napoleon (I think that was the one who married his cousin - there was some cross-pollination between the Ansell and Alberga families down in Jamaica, both of which I am descended from).

    I also had a great-grandfather (my paternal grandmother's father) whose first name was Noble. Everybody used to call his wife (my g-grandmother) Sweetheart and, IIRC, that may have been her real name. IDK, I don't have access to the birth/death list that side of my family always passes around at the annual family reunion out in Ithaca, NY.
     
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  27. Sparks

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    My grandfather's name was Mood Francis, or Moody Frank.
    Everyone called him Deacon. I didn't know his real name until I was a teen.
     
  28. Moto Guzzi

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    My cousin named his daughter Paisley. I always think of fabric when I see her name.

    I went to school with a Raymond Brayman and a girl named Orleana who was the school slut so everybody called her Whoreleana instead. From my college days, I remember reading an article in the paper about an accident involving a man named Silver Dollar and his daughter Penny. I wonder if he had other children named Nickel, Dime, and Quarter.
     
  29. Cachoo

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    OMG:lol:
     
  30. Artemis@BC

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    The problem is, parents often don't know when a name will become trendy/popular at the time. When my parents picked Karen for me, their parents were all "huh" and "what kind of name is that"? It was only years later that they, and I, found out how popular it was.

    Oddly enough, though, I haven't met a new Karen for years, even of my age group.

    Except that Laurie, as a boy's name, is always a diminutive for Lawrence/Laurence, not a full "Christian" name.

    I agree about 99% of the time. Every once in a while, though, it makes sense -- and a cute story. A friend of a friend has kids named Jayson and Richelle. They are so spelled because the parents names are Jay and Rich.

    Or Endeavour. Poor Morse!