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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:47 pm UTC

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Maarsch » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:39 am UTC

I have a cousin who named his kid Arwen.
Naming your kid after a fictional character. Sure. Naming your kid after an Elvish Princess, sure. Pitting your kid against Liv Taylor's looks, sure.

But naming your son Arwen?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Roĝer » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:06 pm UTC

Actually Alegzandr is a very normal name, the spelling only looks weird because that is how slavic languages write it. The family was probably from Eastern Europe. Also, Aleg is the usual nickname for Alegzandr.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Makri » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:30 pm UTC

Both "alegzandr" and "алегзандр" gave below 500 Google hits. "алекзандр" resulted in some 5000. Which Slavic language is it that has that name with /gz/ instead of /ks/?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

The name is usually spelled "Alegzander," with two ees.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:58 pm UTC

Makri wrote:Both "alegzandr" and "алегзандр" gave below 500 Google hits. "алекзандр" resulted in some 5000. Which Slavic language is it that has that name with /gz/ instead of /ks/?

In Russian, it's Александр (Aleksandr), which is commonly shortened to Саша (Sasha).
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Lazar » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:55 pm UTC

Eebster: What? Going by this, it appears that every Slavic language spells the name with "ks" or "x".
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:25 am UTC

Lazar wrote:Eebster: What? Going by this, it appears that every Slavic language spells the name with "ks" or "x".

I don't think it's Slavic. I think it's Lojban. I can't seem to find anything about it online.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:51 am UTC

I'm highly skeptical anyone would name a child in Lojban when it's an international second language. I mean, you'd have to be a serious Lojban enthusiast.
<alegzander> gets 8000 hits or so on Google and <alegzandr> gets about 250, so it's probably an uncommon variant spelling. I don't see a problem with it.

Have I ever mentioned "Max Johnson" before? That's a fairly hilarious name.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:57 am UTC

Iulus Cofield wrote:I'm highly skeptical anyone would name a child in Lojban when it's an international second language.

I was maybe not being 100% serious.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mahou » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:05 pm UTC

My mom once new someone named Gonorrhea. It was pronounced gunor-ia. The mom didn't know what the word was but thought it sounded pretty.

I've always thought unique names are neat. Like, if I had a girl I'd consider Andromeda as a name.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby firechicago » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:43 pm UTC

PROTIP: If you're considering a name that will sound super cute when applied to a toddler, your child will curse you when they're trying to navigate the professional world with a name like "Kady O'Grady."

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Whelan » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:06 pm UTC

Spotted a John Wanker in the buffy end credits today.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:59 am UTC

With a last name like Wanker, it doesn't actually matter what your first name is.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:35 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:With a last name like Wanker, it doesn't actually matter what your first name is.

No, and John Wanker is still probably better than Dick Wanker.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:13 am UTC

Horace Wanker?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Carlington » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:16 pm UTC

Hugh Wanker?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mahou » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:03 pm UTC

I've always been a fan of Dick Bigelow Chevy. That man should be in porn, not cars.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:59 pm UTC

Mahou wrote:I've always been a fan of Dick Bigelow Chevy. That man should be in porn, not cars.

This one is particularly noticeable considering he follows the common car dealership practice of shouting his name loudly lots of times throughout every ad.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Fat Tony » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:04 am UTC

acousticcarnival wrote:For instance, my name is Rob Baxter {not my real last name, but similar]
When trying to pronounce such a name, without using extreme enunciation, you get Rah Baxter or Rob Axter.


Solution: "The name is Baxter. Rob Baxter."
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby zmatt » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:35 pm UTC

I have an extremely generic name. I almost had a really...umm unique one being named Eugene Gibson. But instead I got Matt. I know 13 others with my name.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:35 pm UTC

Would you have preferred Eugene?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:49 pm UTC

zmatt wrote:I have an extremely generic name. I almost had a really...umm unique one being named Eugene Gibson. But instead I got Matt. I know 13 others with my name.

Matt isn't all that common. It's no Michael, anyway.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby zmatt » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:10 pm UTC

Maybe where you are form. I know twice as many Matts than Micheals.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Lazar » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:22 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Matt isn't all that common. It's no Michael, anyway.

Hmm? Among us Millennials, Matt is ridiculously common. I easily know a billion times more Matts than Michaels.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:55 pm UTC

There must be some regional variation in this, but according to the social security administration Michael remained the #1 boys name until 1999, when it was knocked to #2 by Jacob. Matt was #3 consistently until 2002.

I think I knew about the same number of Matts and Michaels until high school, and I've only met a couple of either since.

Boys names seem to be a lot more stable than girls names. My niece's name, Emma, was 67th in 1995, 14th in 2001, and 4th in 2002 and has remained roughly stable since then. I blame Friends.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby zmatt » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:55 pm UTC

regional variation probably does factor in to it. here (Kentucky) it is quite common. My roommate is also a Matt and we also have monosyllabic last names that begin with the same letter. odd.
Also oddly high up on that list, either due to regional reasons or perhaps the number of variations preventing any large numbers are the -den names. ie: Kayden, Brayden etc. they are extremely common for babies in the last two years around here and it's driving me insane. My cousin recently had a child and named him Brayden. Whoever thought that was a good name should be shot. Variations include spellings such as Braiden. In 2009 it was #47.


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finding more tools on this site. In the last 100 years there have been over 1.4 million Matthews. Dang.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:29 am UTC

At my age, Matthew is almost as common as Michael, but among older people, Michael is much more common. Wolfram gives some very succinct info: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=michael+matthew.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:40 am UTC

I once met a guy with the very unfortunate last name "Gitler". A somewhat odd name for a friggin' Israeli jew, the kind of circumstance that would normally result in a name change. I met the guy at a tiny cuckoo's-nest military base and everyone were shouting "Hi Gitler! Hi Gitler!" as he went by.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Lazar » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:51 am UTC

Indeed, the Russian version of Hitler is Gitler (Гитлер); Russian lacks h, so they change it variously to g or kh.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:12 am UTC

I debated myself whether to post that or not, since it is probably common knowledge in a nerdy language/linguistics forum :)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Giant Speck » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:22 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:Indeed, the Russian version of Hitler is Gitler (Гитлер); Russian lacks h, so they change it variously to g (г) or kh (x).

The first time I encountered this sort of thing, it was a discussion in class about Гарри Поттер (Harry Potter).

Also, I added the corresponding Cyrillic letters to your post.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:38 pm UTC

Google "Harry Baals". Apparently it used to be pronounced differently, and I don't blame his parents. It's just unfortunate today.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:02 am UTC

It's still better than Mike Hawk..

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby zmatt » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:40 pm UTC

Or Ben Dover?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Whelan » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:41 pm UTC

Mike Oxlong was mentioned on the radio the other day. Toby Larone complained, and Amil Keyway was fired over it.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Pony! » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:11 pm UTC

My daughter wants to have her (as yet uncreated) son Zephyr.

I don't know if she's just saying that to make all my grandma defenses spring into action, or if she actually would do that to a child.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:49 am UTC

What's wrong with Zephyr?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Giant Speck » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:57 am UTC

Oddly enough, that name has sort of a nice ring to it. He could be called Zeph or Zef for short.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:23 pm UTC

All through school my nickname was Zephy. Wasn't a bad name.
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