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Names You Will NEVER Give Your Children

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Bunny Hop

    Bunny Hop Perpetually learning Dutch Waltz

    My great grandfather's middle name was 'Turtle'. It has always been a source of amusement in my family, but when researching my family tree I found out it was his mother's maiden name. It then all made perfect sense, but became much less interesting!

    My mother's name is Dolores. Her big problem with it is that the only people who can spell it (outside of her immediate family) are either Spanish or American. Everyone else tries to spell it with a 'Del', which she hates (particularly when people try and call her 'Del' as well).
  2. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    How do people here feel about the existing of 1) using family surnames as given names, and 2) giving girls such names that had traditionally been given to boys?

    E.g., a woman whose maiden name was Travis naming her daughter Travis Maxine (called Travie as a baby)
  3. TheGirlCanSkate

    TheGirlCanSkate Well-Known Member

    Doesn't bother me...we did call my friends son Parker Lyons Thomas: The Boy with Three Last Names.

    As for girls with boy's name that haven't rolled over to names that are common for both, I wouldn't do it because it's not my thing. A girl named Ralph or Jeffrey *shrug* doesn't do anything for me. Neither does Logan, Tyson, or Evan. Eventually they might sounds like either - the more often girls have those names like Bailey, Whitney and Skylar.
  4. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Half of those are things I would name dogs. (In fact, I DID have a dog named Toby. Next-door neighbor has Cody. And I'm pretty sure I've known at least one horse named Dusty. Brody sounds like a golden retriever.) Mostly they sound perpetually seven.

    Not an NCIS viewer, huh? (Ari Haswari is a terrorist character from seasons 1-2-3.)

    I hate the 'last-name-as-first-name' trend for girls, and I ESPECIALLY can't stand "McKenzie", or any other "Mc" name used for a girl, because you know what that prefix originally meant? "Son of." If it's a surname, you're stuck with it, but actively giving it to a girl just seems somewhat...ill-informed.
  5. TheGirlCanSkate

    TheGirlCanSkate Well-Known Member

    Speaking of ill informed...a friend picked out a name and wouldn't tell anyone until he was born. She named her son Griffin. I told her that was really cool, the while eagle/lion thing. She said, What? I said, The whole mythology thing...." She said she had no idea what I was talking about - that she invented the name.
  6. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    Thank goodness, then, for the sake of the child, otherwise she might have saddled him with Gryphon. :lol: As it is, he just shares with Tatum O'Neal's late brother. :(
  7. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    Says you. ;)

    Me too.
  8. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    I've told this story here before, but it fits this thread. My sister almost named her youngest child Abbey Road Cox. Porn star in training.
  9. escaflowne9282

    escaflowne9282 Reformed Manspreader

    Among Italian-Americans "Guy" is also a common nickname for Gaetano.
  10. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Ari Vatanen, one of the greatest Finnish rally drivers ever. Otherwise known as the source of the immortal quote: "Minor off. No time lost."
  11. DaveRocks

    DaveRocks Wheeeeeeee!

    Mitt :scream:
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  12. nyrak

    nyrak Active Member

    Totally agree. Is Mitt short for something or is that his given name or what?
  13. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    According to Wikipedia, his first name is Willard.
  14. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member


    I can see him as a Willard.

    Or a Ben.
  15. Alex Forrest

    Alex Forrest Banned Member

    We need a friend like Ben. The rat.
  16. quartz

    quartz Take off, eh!

    I'm another "i" name, Judi. My daughter is Andi, who is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has a straight A average. I also have a niece Kelli, who has graduated with distinction with a Bachelor degree in Biology. Another niece Debbi is a missionary. We are not ditzy or slutty. Pffffttttt to you "i" haterzzzz. ;)
  17. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    DH and I have called him Willard Romney ever since learning that Mitt was not his real first name.
  18. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    And dont forget Dr. Debi Thomas!
  19. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member


    I am offended. :drama:
  20. Spiralgraph

    Spiralgraph Well-Known Member


    I'm of Portuguese descent, and Dolores is a very common name for Portuguese women. Other common names are Diamantina, Fatima and Deolinda. Luckily my parents were first generation Americans and all of their children got American names.
  21. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    just met someone w/twins oz and zo. maybe individually they aren't disgusting. but as a set, it is just dumb. and she didnt get the reaction she wanted so she assumed i didnt get it and she SLOWLY explained that each was the other spelled backwards.
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  22. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    My mother went to a 1st birthday party for a coworker's baby girl who had a name that had 'z', 'x', 'y', and all the vowels in it in some order. :eek:

    I probably forgot the exact spelling because of how horrified I was and thought it was a joke or some mistake in the party favors where someone just mashed keys on a keyboard as a placeholder.
  23. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    Xaizouye? Zaixouye? Xaiyezou? Yeyouzia? All right, I give up! :lol:
  24. Moto Guzzi

    Moto Guzzi Well-Known Member

    Maybe she let her cat walk on her keyboard to come up with a name.
  25. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    I knew a guy named Ulric. His parents like the idea of naming their kids in alphabetic order as some people do but felt starting with A was overdone. So they started with Z and worked their way backwards. The only problem with this is that they were of Japanese descent so most of Ulric's family members couldn't pronounce his name correctly including his parents!
  26. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I know how Ulric should sound but how did they pronounce it (phonetically?)
  27. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    Going by what some people here say they like or what they have actually named their kid(s), this community can be pretty bad at naming too. In my own family, I have a sister who has two aunts' names combined: Julia & Lena = Julienne, pronounced JOO-lean. She has had to explain the pronouciation & the spelling all her life. I have a brother named Philip with one L who also has trouble with people misspelling his name. The rest of us have common names with common spellings (Claudia, Michael, Charles), except my oldest sister is Karen, which was not common when she was born.

    My maternal grandmother was Martha, which you don't see much anymore. I have a cousin named for her, but she goes by Marty. My paternal grandmother was called Effie. I can't remember her full name but I heard it when I was young & it was pretty. Ephimena? Something like that.

    I have a niece Katie who married a Ken. That was coincidence, but she named her 2 sons with K's. Their names would be ok if spelled with a C but they just look stupid & cutesy with a K: Kooper & Kolton. My other niece named her son Tanner.
  28. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    I think I've told this story before, but I have a pair of cousins whom my grandfather wanted to name, being the patriarch of the family and all. Unfortunately, my aunt and uncle really didn't want them to be saddled with non-English names that they were going to have to explain for the rest of their lives, but didn't want to offend her father either, so the parents decided that they would just let him pick out the names... and then they promptly put "Alex" and "Emily" on their birth certificates. When the poor toddlers got old enough to make their first trip back to China to visit their proud grandfather, my aunt and uncle tried to explain that they were now required to answer to totally different names :rofl:

    Worst of all, it turned out that neither of them could even really speak Chinese, so this ruse fell through quickly :lol:
  29. quartz

    quartz Take off, eh!

    In my immediate family, there are : Andi, Alyssa, Alice, Ava, Alaina, Alana, and Alina.
  30. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    My siblings all have fairly traditional Anglo middle names. Me? I got the got the German middle name, complete with Umlaut, which nobody can spell or pronounce. Nor does it help that the "ΓΌ" in my middle name is spelled "ue" on my birth certificate since that's the conventional substitute when umlauted vowels are not available on the keyboard. My parents must have chosen that damned name during a particularly jolly cocktail hour.