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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Tue May 18, 2010 10:32 am UTC

What's so funny about AOK?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Lazar » Tue May 18, 2010 10:34 am UTC

Monika wrote:What's so funny about AOK?

A-OK is a rather folksy/jocular way of saying okay.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue May 18, 2010 4:03 pm UTC

My friend, who is obsessed with Moses and Sherlock Holmes, wants to name a child:

Moses Mangoes Middle Moriarty (last name, which happens to begin with R)

How evil would this be?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Bobber » Tue May 18, 2010 6:20 pm UTC

Moses Mangoes Middle Moriarty is bad enough - what's wrong with the last name beginning with an R?
MMMM or MMMMR, the initials would still be quite, ehm, unique.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Chopperman » Tue May 18, 2010 9:17 pm UTC

If I have a son, I'll seriously consider naming him Mercutio. It's just an amazing name-- no woman could resist a man named Mercutio. As a double-whammy, since my last name begins with D, I would give him the first name William so he could be WMD. People in my family tend to go by their middle names, but the name William is a potential "out" for little Mercutio.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed May 19, 2010 1:40 am UTC

Bobber wrote:Moses Mangoes Middle Moriarty is bad enough - what's wrong with the last name beginning with an R?

Nothing, it's just to note that it wouldn't be MMMMM.

As an aside, this person's middle name is, I believe, Kunt. His parents are from India and didn't know what it meant apparently.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed May 19, 2010 4:06 am UTC

Moo wrote:Whoosh :roll: Because God forbid someone might have other interests, at different intensity levels, and expressed in a different manner to you.

I was obviously kidding. This is a stupid debate.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Moo » Wed May 19, 2010 7:01 am UTC

Not "obviously" at all; but glad to hear we're not actually disagreeing on anything.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Bobber » Wed May 19, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

Chopperman wrote:he could be WMD
Those are the best initials yet in this thread.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby poprocks and coke » Sat May 22, 2010 4:26 am UTC

A friend of a friend of mine is named Max Wang. I assume his parents were setting him up for some great pickup lines.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Shivahn » Sat May 22, 2010 5:11 am UTC

They could've gone all the way and named him Hugh G. Wang.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby animeHrmIne » Sat May 22, 2010 2:10 pm UTC

I have a friend who's first name is [one of those names associated with a penis] B. Long.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby TheMelancholyJaques » Thu May 27, 2010 10:02 pm UTC

Bobber wrote:
Chopperman wrote:he could be WMD
Those are the best initials yet in this thread.


I had a friend at school whose intials were KKK. He was black.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Deque » Sat May 29, 2010 10:25 am UTC

My initials are "KZ".
That is a common abbreviation for "Konzentrationslager" (concentration camp) in Germany. My parents just didn't realize. My arts teacher did, he told me not to sign my paintings with the initials. (He also considered signing the other way around, but "ZK" ist the abbreviation for "Zentralkommitee". Sorry I don't find the english word for it)

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Makri » Sat May 29, 2010 10:36 am UTC

*lol* KZ - ZK... That sucks.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby pooteeweet » Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:16 pm UTC

Guys, what's that website that's got long lists of the worst/stupidest name suggestions from some other baby-names site? I used to get a kick out of that and I suspect the link was from somewhere in this thread.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:37 am UTC

Is this the one you're referring to: Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing?

(stumbled on the link while hanging out at TV Tropes ruined my life... earlier)

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Odd_nonposter » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:01 pm UTC

My friend knows a Gilbert Gilbert Gilbert III. No way you can screw up on government forms!

Also, mind your surname if you ever want to name your kid Harold. I've seen a "Harry Balzer," a "Harry Heini," and a "Harry Butt" before.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby pooteeweet » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:40 am UTC

GhostWolfe wrote:Is this the one you're referring to: Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing?

(stumbled on the link while hanging out at TV Tropes ruined my life... earlier)

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YES That's the one! Thanks! I used to have it bookmarked but that was on my old (now dead) computer.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:19 am UTC

Encountered the first name Acharaporn today. It almost sounds like the scientific name for some kind of fetish I'd rather not know about.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Veora » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:42 pm UTC

Just dont name them with special letters! its such a peeve when somone calls me Martin, not Martyn! argh!
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Whelan » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:33 pm UTC

I just heard the name "Isaac Dickson" It was mostly the accent that made it so bad but still.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby jpopes43 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:19 pm UTC

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

jpopes43 wrote:Wolfe­schlegelstein­hausenberger­dorffvoraltern­waren­gewissenhaft­schaferswessen­schafewaren­wohlgepflege­und­sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen­von­angreifen­durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde­welche­voraltern­zwolftausend­jahres­vorandieerscheinen­wander­ersteer­dem­enschderraumschiff­gebrauchlicht­als­sein­ursprung­von­kraftgestart­sein­lange­fahrt­hinzwischen­sternartigraum­auf­der­suchenach­diestern­welche­gehabt­bewohnbar­planeten­kreise­drehen­sich­und­wohin­der­neurasse­von­verstandigmen­schlichkeit­konnte­fortplanzen­und­sicher­freuen­anlebens­langlich­freude­und­ruhe­mit­nicht­ein­furcht­vor­angreifen­von­anderer­intelligent­geschopfs­von­hinzwischen­sternartigraumen, Senior.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby jpopes43 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

Monika wrote:
jpopes43 wrote:Wolfe­schlegelstein­hausenberger­dorffvoraltern­waren­gewissenhaft­schaferswessen­schafewaren­wohlgepflege­und­sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen­von­angreifen­durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde­welche­voraltern­zwolftausend­jahres­vorandieerscheinen­wander­ersteer­dem­enschderraumschiff­gebrauchlicht­als­sein­ursprung­von­kraftgestart­sein­lange­fahrt­hinzwischen­sternartigraum­auf­der­suchenach­diestern­welche­gehabt­bewohnbar­planeten­kreise­drehen­sich­und­wohin­der­neurasse­von­verstandigmen­schlichkeit­konnte­fortplanzen­und­sicher­freuen­anlebens­langlich­freude­und­ruhe­mit­nicht­ein­furcht­vor­angreifen­von­anderer­intelligent­geschopfs­von­hinzwischen­sternartigraumen, Senior.

So fake.


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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby meatyochre » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:55 pm UTC

I spend time occasionally perusing the yahoo answers baby names section. The name lists in questions there are so awful, I wonder if the better part of them aren't trolls just making crap up. The thing that bothers me most is the misuse of the letter Y. So many people abuse Y for different sounds within the same word, even. Augh!

Seriously, nobody wants to try to spell Maydylyne or Maydysyn or Mykayla. Especially not your child on a daily basis.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Bobber » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:18 am UTC

When I see those names, I pronounce the y as /y/ in my head. Because to me, y is /y/ when its funnier than y being the billion other things that English abuses this poor letter for.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Sizik » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:53 am UTC

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http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ben_Skywalker


More likely http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_kenobi
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Helbereth » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:29 pm UTC

I'm already doomed to have every single banker, lawyer, friend, telemarketer, government worker, etc. pronounce my last name - 'Thibeault' - incorrectly, or alter its spelling while still pronouncing it wrong. Why would I further doom my child by giving them a made-up name that's even more difficult to pronounce and impossible not to laugh at?

It's (Tee-Bow) phonetically, btw. Numerous immigrants converted it to some other spelling that was easier to read like 'Tebo', 'Tebow' or 'Teebo'. Either that or the jackass stamping their papers when they passed the gates spelled it wrong on the form.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Sizik » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:55 pm UTC

Helbereth wrote:Why would I further doom my child by giving them a made-up name that's even more difficult to pronounce and impossible not to laugh at?


Name him Thibeault, but pronounced "thih-bolt". :)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Cecily » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:05 pm UTC

I've known a few people with odd names: Richard Head who preferred to be called Dick; a girl called Pelican; a woman known as Jessie who was actually called Majestic (after the ship her father served on).

One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is initials. In a positive way, I saw a birth announcement for Clive Llewellyn Ivor Victor Emery, which I thought very clever, but I once attended a christening where I realised with horror that the girl's initials were SLAG (why hadn't the priest spotted that and suggest swapping the middle two names?).

Personally, I like having an uncommon name, even though people struggle to spell and pronounce it, but I'm glad it's not a really bizarre one.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby eSOANEM » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:17 pm UTC

On the subject of initials, I know a Toby Oliver Mann, so close.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby TimelordSimone » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:49 pm UTC

poprocks and coke wrote:A friend of a friend of mine is named Max Wang. I assume his parents were setting him up for some great pickup lines.


I think I might have mentioned this previously on this thread, but a friend's boyfriend is named Max Dicks.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Bobber » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:29 am UTC

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:26 am UTC

I have a double barrelled surname, which is bad enough. There are a lot of people out there who seem to think double surnames don't exist, and insist on getting confused by it. However in my case, the problem is compounded because the first part of that surname sounds like the word "surname".

So I'm on the phone and I say "My name is [forename] [surname 1]-[surname 2]", and it sounds like I'm saying "My name is [forename], surname: [surname].

Also, having two surnames means people think you're a posh twat. :cry:
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Postby Monika » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:29 am UTC

Here compound surnames are common, for example there is a politician with the name Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Velifer » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:49 pm UTC

My friends and I were talking about this thread and plotting ways to mess with the registration nurse and every government form ever.

Parent: "His name is Jonathan Patrick Adams"
Nurse: "Ok, first name, Johnathan. Is that with an 'h?'"
Parent: "Oh no, the first name is Johnathan Patrick. We're Irish Catholics."
Nurse: "Um, what's the middle name then?"
Parent: "No middle name."
Nurse: "..."

It would be even better if the first part of a compound surname could be a first name. "Johnathan Patrick [NO MIDDLE NAME] Landon-Adams"
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

But the whole reason there's a tradition for having middle names in Northern Europe is so that you have your given name, then your Christian name, or saint's name.

Arrrrrrg.

Although if you're messing with a child's name, make sure that their first name is a city, or their last a province or state.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:05 pm UTC

The whole idea that there is such a thing as a "middle name" is strange. There are 1 to n first names = given names and then there is the last name = surname = family name, which could be a hyphenated compound name after marriage or could be a non-hyphenated compound name made up of two parts with a space in between if you are from India.

I only noticed that "second first name" might just sound a little bit strange after having been in the US for some weeks or months <g> .

I think changing from "given name(s)" (British English) to "first name" and "middle name" (American English) was a cunning ploy to limit imigrants from countries with typically four (or three or five+) given names to two.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:09 pm UTC

You missed out given names that come after the surname, inherited titles and potential lack of surname in that list of ways to construct names, Monika :P And I've likely missed out others.
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