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Lynn2000

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #18525 on: June 23, 2014, 09:11:04 AM »
Doing family history work this week, I discovered I had a male ancestor with the first name Fountain. The brothers are John, Henry, Fountain, William, Robert... He was born in the 1850s.

Another family about the same time had a large number of kids, like 10 (actually not a record on my family tree), and they named the last one, a girl, Omega.  ;D So weird names are by no means a modern phenomenon.
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« Reply #18526 on: June 23, 2014, 10:13:58 AM »
My two cousins are Peggy and Becky.  No nicknames, just their real names.

I was at school with a Peggy who was just Peggy and not Margaret. i have a cousin who is julie  and not any loger from of the name.  I know a Kate who is just Kate, and her daughter is Beth and not Elizabeth, and have a relative whose second name is Betty because her mother was Betty and not Elizabeth.

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« Reply #18527 on: June 23, 2014, 10:37:31 AM »
Lizzie Borden was christened 'Lizzie Andrew Borden'.   In later years she went by the name of Elizabeth but that wasn't her original name. 

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« Reply #18528 on: June 23, 2014, 11:26:18 AM »
Why would someone name her daughter Kharringtyn-McKhynleigh Khaybryn Sparks?

Gene Weingarten called and asked:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/a-real-khyuty-pye/2014/06/19/47dcff4c-ea65-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html   As it so happens, the parents were out, so he talked to the grandmother, who didn't really know either.

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« Reply #18529 on: June 23, 2014, 01:52:44 PM »
I just approved something at my job for an employee named 'Atari'.  Neither age nor gender is included so no clues there.

Edit: I did a quick google search. Results are for the gaming system, baby name sites, citing the gaming system, and baby name site with no definition for the name.  The word does have meaning in Japanese.  Nothing in the top results indicates that it is used as a people name in Japan or elsewhere.
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« Reply #18530 on: June 23, 2014, 02:05:40 PM »
There are very few "nonsense" names of three syllables or less that aren't actual names in other languages, I'd bet.
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« Reply #18531 on: June 23, 2014, 02:24:26 PM »
My DD starts kindergarten in the fall and there are a few interesting spellings.  We went to her open house and the kids got to visit activity stations and participate.  A handful of kids could not spell their names possibly due to creative spelling.  When we named our kids, we gave them the professional name, stripper name and will they be able to ever spell it themselves test. 

Lynn2000

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« Reply #18532 on: June 23, 2014, 04:08:06 PM »
The most surprising (to me) nickname-as-name I've personally come across was a young woman of about 20, whose name was Jenny. Not Jennifer or anything else, just Jenny.

On the other hand, I know two boys called Jack who are actually John. With the popularity of Jack as a given name, starting with John seems to be much less common, and a lot of people are surprised when they discover Jack is actually John.
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« Reply #18533 on: June 23, 2014, 07:27:06 PM »
As part of a business transaction, my husband and I have been receiving e-mails from someone named Tamarack. No clue whether this person is male or female. A Google search tells me that Tamarack is another name for the eastern larch, which makes it a bit of an oddity for a name choice.

It's really growing on me (no pun intended - promise!) Tamarisk is a related name and I like that one, also.
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« Reply #18534 on: June 23, 2014, 09:52:58 PM »
Lynn2000, I've known some young women named Jenny. My 2 sisters married 2 brothers and Jenny was their mother-in-law's name also. And I know a young man in his early 20s whose given name is Jack. So I don't think either of those names is really unusual.

Browsing the Internet last night I found a country singer by the name of Teea Goans (lovely voice by the way!). It's pronounced Tee-uh. The same as Tea or Tia. I'm not fond of the name anyways and I think that particular spelling is really strange. I've never seen it before.

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« Reply #18535 on: June 23, 2014, 10:06:19 PM »
Ran across a new one today, in Reader's Digest of all places: Imij.    No, not a creative "Image", but "Jimi" spelled backwards.  Her parents were apparently big Jimi Hendricks fans.
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« Reply #18536 on: June 23, 2014, 11:59:25 PM »
Browsing the Internet last night I found a country singer by the name of Teea Goans (lovely voice by the way!). It's pronounced Tee-uh. The same as Tea or Tia. I'm not fond of the name anyways and I think that particular spelling is really strange. I've never seen it before.

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I doubt that's the case here but Teea is a bit rare variation used in Finland that reflects the way it's usually pronounced here (I can't think of an English word with the sound, like the e in wet but longer). Similar names are Pia/Piia, Tia/Tiia, Nea/Neea and Mia/Miia.

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« Reply #18537 on: June 24, 2014, 09:56:34 AM »
The Jack I know best is actually named John. He goes by Jack all the time. So if someone calls him John, he/she is reading a legal document. He is a very chill guy.

I did know a Jenny once who was just plain Jenny.

Anyhow, today's weird name entry is Virjavia. No matter how much I searched, I could not find a basis for it.
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« Reply #18538 on: June 24, 2014, 02:02:24 PM »
I had to pick up a prescription today.  The pharmacist on duty was named  Nike lastname.

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« Reply #18539 on: June 24, 2014, 02:27:46 PM »
The doctor in my hometown had a phlebotomist on staff.  The poor guy's name (legal first name) was Chuddy.  Not a nickname. Not a shortened version of anything. That was his name.

Same town....sheriff's deputy's first name was ST    not initials. No periods between. Just two consecutive letters in the alphabet.