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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17625 on: August 24, 2013, 03:04:20 PM »
I'm growing increasingly uncomfortable with some of the 'funny' names submitted here.

Not to put too fine a point on it, a lot of the names are basically names (or naming conventions) associated with black communities. There have been many studies which show that such names hinder employment prospects, hinder chances of getting housing, and even cause children to be treated differently by teachers.

To say that sterotypically black names are 'funny' is highly problematic, and feeds into the kind of insidious urban legend we see exemplified in the tales of La-a, and the -jello twins.

I'm all for laughing at somebody who names their child 'Super T-Rex III', but I can't stand by and see the Shaniquas and DeShawns of this world being mocked because of their ethnic and cultural background.

I see what you mean but I don't think I've seen very many people making fun of Shaniqua or DeShawn per se.

I think Shaniqua is a very pleasant-sounding name, myself. 
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17626 on: August 24, 2013, 03:15:31 PM »
Madison is a very popular girl's name here.  Most live in the city and/or county of Madison. 

I've had a Molley as a student.  A young man we had over for Christmas is named Stebby. 

My DIL's name was made up by her mother.  She spends a great deal of time correcting pronunciation and spelling.  DIL is in a love-hate relationship with her name. 

Parental weirdness over names transcends groups. 

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« Reply #17627 on: August 24, 2013, 03:39:22 PM »
It's interesting how fashions change. I've just read a couple of books written about 60 years ago. In one someone is surprised at the name Miranda, thinking it only appears in Shakespeare. In the other someone comments that no-one is called Tabitha

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« Reply #17628 on: August 24, 2013, 03:48:48 PM »
It's interesting how fashions change. I've just read a couple of books written about 60 years ago. In one someone is surprised at the name Miranda, thinking it only appears in Shakespeare. In the other someone comments that no-one is called Tabitha
I read one set in (I think) the 30's where Melissa was considered unusual.

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17629 on: August 24, 2013, 04:03:10 PM »
Oluwatomiwa & Oluwatomisin.
Ba Blu Moo

Ok, these make me think of the last song in the movie Grease, where they sing,
 We're for each other
Like a wop ba-ba lu-bop and wop bam boom
Just like my brother is
Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na yippity dip de doom
Chang chang chanitty chang sha-bop
We'll always be together
Wha oooh, yeah!

We'll always be together
We'll always be together
We'll always be together


Anyone else get that?

(sorry for the earworm!)

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« Reply #17630 on: August 24, 2013, 06:19:48 PM »
Thanks Region mom..thanks

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17631 on: August 24, 2013, 07:27:36 PM »
When my siter in law was pregnant, early on she was mentioning names.

I heard Heiress, and I'm sure my face was interesting as I tried to figure out how to respond.  So she spelled the name, E-r-I-s. 

Oh, I had a mental connection there! "Like the goddess of Discord?"

Not my finest moment, but if the name was truly in contention, I don't feel too bad about basically letting them know the first thing that popped into my mind.

Probably for the best the baby was a boy.

I find Eris quite cute for a little boy, but being in France that's a very different pronunciation from the one in English. But the kid will always have to correct from the Eric spell that everyone knows. (it wouldn't sound the same at all, but written most would think it's a typo and correct it to Eric ).

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17632 on: August 24, 2013, 07:33:48 PM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17633 on: August 24, 2013, 07:48:11 PM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

Either I'm missing something or you really mean a typography font/type face?
Are they named Arial,Verdana, Colibri ? Times New Roman?
Bonus point if they are named Akzidenz-Grotesk, or one of those Something STD (who are a type of font licensing thingy or something like that, not a disease riddled font, but I always found the name funny).

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17634 on: August 24, 2013, 08:09:59 PM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

Either I'm missing something or you really mean a typography font/type face?
Are they named Arial,Verdana, Colibri ? Times New Roman?
Bonus point if they are named Akzidenz-Grotesk, or one of those Something STD (who are a type of font licensing thingy or something like that, not a disease riddled font, but I always found the name funny).

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17635 on: August 24, 2013, 08:13:28 PM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

Either I'm missing something or you really mean a typography font/type face?
Are they named Arial,Verdana, Colibri ? Times New Roman?
Bonus point if they are named Akzidenz-Grotesk, or one of those Something STD (who are a type of font licensing thingy or something like that, not a disease riddled font, but I always found the name funny).

The first. Yeah... only it is spelled with an extra E. Aerial. And there's a girl named Iquayla (lovely name, in my opinion) spelled Ikequayla or something of the sort. the Ke is silent, I guess.

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« Reply #17636 on: August 25, 2013, 12:11:34 AM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

Either I'm missing something or you really mean a typography font/type face?
Are they named Arial,Verdana, Colibri ? Times New Roman?
Bonus point if they are named Akzidenz-Grotesk, or one of those Something STD (who are a type of font licensing thingy or something like that, not a disease riddled font, but I always found the name funny).

The first. Yeah... only it is spelled with an extra E. Aerial. And there's a girl named Iquayla (lovely name, in my opinion) spelled Ikequayla or something of the sort. the Ke is silent, I guess.

Did she say that she was named after Arial? Isn't aerial a word with at least one meaning people might use for a (bit strange) name? Though maybe not antenna.

We have name days here, a remnant of Catholic saint calendars even though Finland has been protestant since 16th century. You can use names that aren't in the calendar but it's a fun thing and people used to celebrate name days more than birthdays. My mother always sends me a small gift and a card, otherwise I don't usually do anything. New names are added every five years if necessary, I think that there have to be 500 people with that name as the first name for them to consider it. They just announced the new name days and though there aren't any really strange names (I was surprised that there were some foreign names, like Noel, Robin, Isabella and Melissa) one interesting is Taika which means magic or a magic spell.

The new names, in case someone is interested in the sort of names that have been trendy here (on top of all the older poplar names), are: Aava, Annu, Enna, Iisa, Isabella, Isla, Janni, Juuli, Kiira, Melissa, Mimosa, Mirella, Nanna, Nadja, Nita, Pipsa, Saaga, Sarita, Seela, Stella, Taika, Vanessa for girls and Eemi, Hugo, Jooa, Joose, Kasper, Kimi, Luka, Milo, Nooa, Noel, Okko, Paulus, Peetu, Robin, Sasu, Sisu, Tiitus for boys. Double vowels are popular :)




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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17637 on: August 25, 2013, 01:52:46 AM »
I met a little boy named Mustang-Blue today.

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17638 on: August 25, 2013, 02:39:38 AM »
One of the people in my training class is named after one of the Fonts.... O.o

Either I'm missing something or you really mean a typography font/type face?
Are they named Arial,Verdana, Colibri ? Times New Roman?
Bonus point if they are named Akzidenz-Grotesk, or one of those Something STD (who are a type of font licensing thingy or something like that, not a disease riddled font, but I always found the name funny).

The first. Yeah... only it is spelled with an extra E. Aerial. And there's a girl named Iquayla (lovely name, in my opinion) spelled Ikequayla or something of the sort. the Ke is silent, I guess.


A variant on the Shakespearean name Ariel, probably, and would be rather pretty if it wasn't that the font, rather than The Tempest, has become most associated with the name over the last twenty years.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17639 on: August 25, 2013, 09:43:09 AM »
A variant on the Shakespearean name Ariel, probably, and would be rather pretty if it wasn't that the font, rather than The Tempest, has become most associated with the name over the last twenty years.

Not sure how Disney spells it, but the little mermaid is my closer association to Ariel, over Shakespeare AND font.   (And the spelling given, reading the name would have me thinking about antennas)