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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17865 on: November 18, 2013, 06:45:43 AM »
I found this list the other day: http://theweek.com/article/index/251655/the-least-popular-american-baby-names-from-1880-to-1932

My favorite is Spurgeon.
I really hope Manley and Chestina settled down together.  ;D

Sadly, several of my relatives names fall on that list.   ;)
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17866 on: November 18, 2013, 08:02:47 AM »
I found this list the other day: http://theweek.com/article/index/251655/the-least-popular-american-baby-names-from-1880-to-1932

My favorite is Spurgeon.
I really hope Manley and Chestina settled down together.  ;D

Sadly, several of my relatives names fall on that list.   ;)

Mine too. I think it depends on the population you are studying. Some of those would have hit a 'top ten' list with my older relations.

Personally I think it is a shame that names like Parthenia and Gregoria are not popular now. Maybe I need more cats so I can use them. ;D
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17867 on: November 18, 2013, 03:02:42 PM »
When I was growing up, one of the neighbor girls was named Parthenia.  I guess she'd be about 40 years old now.  Her name was one of the few unusual names that I always liked.  Sadly, since everyone butchered her name, she went by the nickname of Bird (she was petite and cute).

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« Reply #17868 on: November 18, 2013, 08:38:56 PM »
I found this list the other day: http://theweek.com/article/index/251655/the-least-popular-american-baby-names-from-1880-to-1932

My favorite is Spurgeon.
I really hope Manley and Chestina settled down together.  ;D

Sadly, several of my relatives names fall on that list.   ;)

Mine too. I think it depends on the population you are studying. Some of those would have hit a 'top ten' list with my older relations.

Personally I think it is a shame that names like Parthenia and Gregoria are not popular now. Maybe I need more cats so I can use them. ;D

That article is a weird combination of "those are odd names" and "were 'Jack' and 'Louise' really that unusual?" (I'm guessing most of the men called "Jack" at the time were more formally named John.)

Also, from the nitpicking angle, I suspect that even before you get down to the genuinely unique names, which would appear once in a year or even once in a decade, you get well below "top 1000 names." There were 2.2 million births in the United States in 1930 (according to about.com; I couldn't quickly find a number for earlier in that timespan). Some of those entirely unique ones might be spelling errors (like "Chiam" for "Chaim," given by a well-meaning parent who didn't know Hebrew or think to ask someone who did).

"Parthenia" is Greek for "Virginia," but that doesn't mean I'd recommend it for a human child.
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« Reply #17869 on: November 18, 2013, 11:01:51 PM »

New one today. Sebestyen.

What on earth is wrong with Sebastian or Sebastien? They are perfectly adorable names. Why with the unique spelling?!
It's the Hungarian spelling therefore not unique.

Cool. Learn something new everyday... is it pronounced the same?

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« Reply #17870 on: November 19, 2013, 02:53:27 AM »


Cool. Learn something new everyday... is it pronounced the same?

No idea; sorry. I googled it because it looked legit to me.

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« Reply #17871 on: November 19, 2013, 05:17:24 AM »

New one today. Sebestyen.

What on earth is wrong with Sebastian or Sebastien? They are perfectly adorable names. Why with the unique spelling?!
It's the Hungarian spelling therefore not unique.

Cool. Learn something new everyday... is it pronounced the same?

The Hungarian letter S is pronounced like "sh" (and their letter Sz is like our "s"), and emphasis is usually on the first syllable. So Sebestyén would be pronounced SHEH-behsht-yayn.

Another example in Hungarian is Krisztina - it looks like an unusual spelling, but it's the traditional way to spell it in Hungary because of how their alphabet works. And in fact the government has rules that if your name is a traditional Hungarian name, it must be spelt in the traditional way. My friend Csaba (pronounced "CHAW-baw") has a lot of troubles in the US because of his name!

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« Reply #17872 on: November 19, 2013, 06:38:18 AM »
My company has two clients a father (born about 1940) and son (born 1970) who share the same name. The name? Donald Duck.

We also have a client called Zen Skywalker.

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« Reply #17873 on: November 19, 2013, 10:34:14 AM »
I found this list the other day: http://theweek.com/article/index/251655/the-least-popular-american-baby-names-from-1880-to-1932

My favorite is Spurgeon.

Awesome. Some of these names are on my family tree as well. I remember specifically a woman named Jettie, and also the name Pleasant for a man occurs several times on my family tree. Also, spelling "back then" was looser, so IMO there's nothing particularly odd about "Carry" or "Buelah"--I'm sure they would have been pronounced like their more traditionally-spelled versions, Carrie and Beulah, and in fact over the course of the person's life you could probably find their names spelled several different ways on official forms. Also "back then" most forms were handwritten, and sometimes that was hard to read--imagine how a cursive "u" and "e" could easily run together, for example.

Willodean is pretty awesome, though. That's definitely an original. Also I had a relative whose first name was "Colonel," so Commodore doesn't seem so weird to me. ;)
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17874 on: November 19, 2013, 10:45:51 AM »
I found this list the other day: http://theweek.com/article/index/251655/the-least-popular-american-baby-names-from-1880-to-1932

My favorite is Spurgeon.

Awesome. Some of these names are on my family tree as well. I remember specifically a woman named Jettie, and also the name Pleasant for a man occurs several times on my family tree. Also, spelling "back then" was looser, so IMO there's nothing particularly odd about "Carry" or "Buelah"--I'm sure they would have been pronounced like their more traditionally-spelled versions, Carrie and Beulah, and in fact over the course of the person's life you could probably find their names spelled several different ways on official forms. Also "back then" most forms were handwritten, and sometimes that was hard to read--imagine how a cursive "u" and "e" could easily run together, for example.

Willodean is pretty awesome, though. That's definitely an original. Also I had a relative whose first name was "Colonel," so Commodore doesn't seem so weird to me. ;)

I have a Pleasant in my family too. He served in the Civil War and has objects on display at one of the forts near-ish to me. It's a day trip, but I can go see it.

I always remembered his name because it's Pleasant Fountain, and I always pictured him to be this paragon of calm and relaxation. And from the picture that's on display, he looks like it too. Also, he was just a generally nice guy, according to all the family stories.

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17875 on: November 19, 2013, 10:51:00 AM »
I have a Pleasant in my family too. He served in the Civil War and has objects on display at one of the forts near-ish to me. It's a day trip, but I can go see it.

I always remembered his name because it's Pleasant Fountain, and I always pictured him to be this paragon of calm and relaxation. And from the picture that's on display, he looks like it too. Also, he was just a generally nice guy, according to all the family stories.

Oh, that's nice. In my family tree they're named Pleasant Hamm. :)
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« Reply #17876 on: November 19, 2013, 11:43:09 AM »
I'm catching up on CakeWrecks. On one of the cakes the birthday child's name is Jamyre, or possibly Jamyie. The other name on the cake is Kadence. It's Sunday Sweets, so presumably the names are spelled as desired. Kadence, okay, whatever, I actually rather like the name Cadence and this is just an unnecessary but not particularly troubling IMO spelling change.

But Jamyre? That's really different. I wonder how it's pronounced. juh-MYR, maybe (last syllable rhymes with fire). I'd rather it be Jamyre than Jamyie, because that seems bound for trouble (assuming it's a spelling of Jamie). I guess it could also be juh-MEER, but now I'm stuck on the "rhymes with fire" thing and kind of like that. That's definitely an arena-filling, no-surname-needed kind of name. "Ladies and gentlemen... JAMYRE!!!"

Oh, and then another cake later in the post was made for the 6th birthday of Lambdin. At least that's what it looks like to me in the picture. I could see Lambdin being a perfectly respectable surname on your family tree, but personally I just don't think it works well as a first name these days. I'm going to guess it's a boy, and I can't see a name with "lamb" in it being too popular for the first 14 years of life or so. Just a little too close to a mom-only nickname like "lammy-kins" or something.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17877 on: November 20, 2013, 09:44:30 PM »
The news last night included a story about a guy arrested for committing a crime, but with the name his parents gave him, he was destined for lockup:  His first name is Alkapone.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17878 on: November 20, 2013, 11:11:17 PM »
I'm catching up on CakeWrecks. On one of the cakes the birthday child's name is Jamyre, or possibly Jamyie. The other name on the cake is Kadence. It's Sunday Sweets, so presumably the names are spelled as desired. Kadence, okay, whatever, I actually rather like the name Cadence and this is just an unnecessary but not particularly troubling IMO spelling change.

But Jamyre? That's really different. I wonder how it's pronounced. juh-MYR, maybe (last syllable rhymes with fire). I'd rather it be Jamyre than Jamyie, because that seems bound for trouble (assuming it's a spelling of Jamie). I guess it could also be juh-MEER, but now I'm stuck on the "rhymes with fire" thing and kind of like that. That's definitely an arena-filling, no-surname-needed kind of name. "Ladies and gentlemen... JAMYRE!!!"

Oh, and then another cake later in the post was made for the 6th birthday of Lambdin. At least that's what it looks like to me in the picture. I could see Lambdin being a perfectly respectable surname on your family tree, but personally I just don't think it works well as a first name these days. I'm going to guess it's a boy, and I can't see a name with "lamb" in it being too popular for the first 14 years of life or so. Just a little too close to a mom-only nickname like "lammy-kins" or something.

Well Lambdin could have easily been a mishearing of the name Landon

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17879 on: November 21, 2013, 10:58:25 AM »
Kawther.  I don't know if the family is into crows, or what.
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