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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17790 on: September 27, 2013, 06:08:15 PM »
Doing family history research, I find that people in the past were often rather casual about spelling names anyway. So many times I've seen "Francis" on census records as a daughter's name, when I would have called that the male spelling, with Frances being the female. Of course that's pretty nitpicky, as I've never heard there's even a pronunciation difference.
I've always heard it the other way around - Frances is male, Francis is female. It's all moot these days anyways.
Well, maybe I have it backwards, then. I don't know any Frans to ask.


I've always heard it Lynn2000's way. As in St. Francis, Pope Francis (both male) and Lady Diana Frances Spencer and my best friend's mom, Frances, both female.  ;D

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« Reply #17791 on: September 30, 2013, 03:17:42 PM »
Funnily enough, Sara and Sarah have completely different pronunciation in the UK, so I've never thought of that as a confusing one. Sara is pronouced like Zara, but with an S.

This is 99.9% true, with the exception of yours truly, because I am just that special. :P

Blame the parents: I never asked for this. Mum wanted 'Sarah'. Dad, for some bizarre reason, disliked the 'H' and wanted 'Sara'. Their brilliant compromise was a name 'spelt-Sara-but-pronounced-Sarah' (because that wouldn't result in their daughter spending a lifetime correcting people on spelling and pronunciation at all...). ::)

Locally, both Sara & Sarah are assumed to be pronounced SAIR-ah if you speak English, ZAH-rah if you speak German (or your parents do), so it's a case-by-case basis.
There was a Sahra I knew once upon a time, and I assumed that it was someone's attempt to force the German (ZAH-rah) pronunciation. I found out after a few years of calling and asking for "Zahrah" that it was "SAIR-ah", because her mom thought that was how it was always spelled.

Oops. At least she thought it was funny.

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« Reply #17792 on: September 30, 2013, 04:47:27 PM »
My uncle (~65yrs) told me the other day that he grew up knowing two brothers whose names were Brick and Brace. Their dad was a bricklayer, and they have both gone into the construction business as well. They kind of stood out in their small town.  :P
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« Reply #17793 on: October 01, 2013, 05:33:32 AM »
Currently in the news where I live, an 18 year old girl is accused of murdering her mother (a profesional clown and stiltwalker). The girl's first three names are "Phoenix Racing Cloud".
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« Reply #17794 on: October 01, 2013, 09:30:15 AM »
Currently in the news where I live, an 18 year old girl is accused of murdering her mother (a profesional clown and stiltwalker). The girl's first three names are "Phoenix Racing Cloud".

Sounds like self-defense.
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« Reply #17795 on: October 05, 2013, 10:07:13 AM »
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« Reply #17796 on: October 07, 2013, 06:07:18 AM »
A lady in the hong kong office of a company i used to work for was called 'chlorophyll'. I did look her up on the website to see if she was in fact green, but alas the photo was in black and white so the result was inconclusive...;)

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« Reply #17797 on: October 07, 2013, 11:24:52 AM »
My mom used to work in an elementary school (I've volunteered there as well). 'Status' names (as we came to call them) were common: Diamond, Champagne, Platinum...

Then there was Felony.

The police were called to the school more than once for her out-of-control behavior. I guess the name was a bit prophetic.


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« Reply #17798 on: October 07, 2013, 11:28:59 AM »
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Then there was Felony.

The police were called to the school more than once for her out-of-control behavior. I guess the name was a bit prophetic.

Or the opposite.  A name to live up to?

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17799 on: October 08, 2013, 06:06:37 PM »
Oluwatomiwa & Oluwatomisin.

I find this incredibly offensive. Just because you aren't able to pronounce these names doesn't qualify them as jibberish.


Correct; they are Yoruban names. So unless you consider the Yoruba language to be gibberish......

Since you seem to know the language these names come from(and I mean no offense asking this, I just can't seem to work it out myself) could you give the phonetic pronouciation of those names?

It's driving me nuts.

Our school had a policy for 'difficult' ethnic names. They asked the child/teen to say their name slowly to the office secretary, who wrote it out phonetically and sent it with the kid's papers to their teachers. Occasionally the fore mentioned phonetics had to be shared with the fellow students. And once a name so stumped the school (it had nine syllables and some had no vowels.) that the student herself took pity on the school and decided to go by "Min".

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« Reply #17800 on: October 08, 2013, 06:28:47 PM »
Oluwatomiwa & Oluwatomisin.

I find this incredibly offensive. Just because you aren't able to pronounce these names doesn't qualify them as jibberish.


Correct; they are Yoruban names. So unless you consider the Yoruba language to be gibberish......

Since you seem to know the language these names come from(and I mean no offense asking this, I just can't seem to work it out myself) could you give the phonetic pronouciation of those names?

It's driving me nuts.

Our school had a policy for 'difficult' ethnic names. They asked the child/teen to say their name slowly to the office secretary, who wrote it out phonetically and sent it with the kid's papers to their teachers. Occasionally the fore mentioned phonetics had to be shared with the fellow students. And once a name so stumped the school (it had nine syllables and some had no vowels.) that the student herself took pity on the school and decided to go by "Min".

For the record I don't find the names incredibly offensive - there was much more to the post that I'm assuming was edited out because it isn't relevent to the pronunciation.

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17801 on: October 08, 2013, 10:30:13 PM »
Here's an interesting scenario:

Friends of mine have just had their second child. Their eldest daughter's name is (let's say) "Rebecca Hannah Smith". Their second daughter's name is "Hannah Madeline Smith"

What do you guys think of this - having your second child's first name the same as your first child's middle name?

I have mixed thoughts. It's sweet that the sisters share a name. But I think it would have worked better if both sisters had Hannah as their middle name (so the younger was Madeline Hannah Smith). To me, it's like "Hannah" didn't make the cut as the elder daughter's first name, but it was "good enough" for the younger daughter's first name.

Thoughts?

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« Reply #17802 on: October 09, 2013, 12:01:45 AM »
Here's an interesting scenario:

Friends of mine have just had their second child. Their eldest daughter's name is (let's say) "Rebecca Hannah Smith". Their second daughter's name is "Hannah Madeline Smith"

What do you guys think of this - having your second child's first name the same as your first child's middle name?

I have mixed thoughts. It's sweet that the sisters share a name. But I think it would have worked better if both sisters had Hannah as their middle name (so the younger was Madeline Hannah Smith). To me, it's like "Hannah" didn't make the cut as the elder daughter's first name, but it was "good enough" for the younger daughter's first name.

Thoughts?

I personally think that children deserve to have their own identities as much as possible while still being connected to the family. If violinp and I had similar names, I probably would have changed my name when I was legally able to do so. Unless it's meant to start a family tradition, like every kid of the same gender gets the same first name and is called by the middle name, I think that the children's names need to be separate enough that they can be seen as their own person.


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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17803 on: October 09, 2013, 05:49:36 AM »
It reminds me of my great-grandfather and one of his brothers...imaginatively named William Henry and Henry William. We thought the census goofed and named great grandfather twice until I ran across the other one's (highly unusual last name so I know it isn't a stranger I found) marriage announcement. He married someone who was definitely not my great grandmother and lived at the other end of the state- my great grandfather lived in his same house all his life.


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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17804 on: October 09, 2013, 10:39:16 AM »
I saw a few more in the course of work lately. Ransom and Lacresha.

Ransom is just not a name. (Well, apparently it is, so whatever.) It's weird. Why would you want to name your child that?

Lucretia/Lucrezia is a perfectly beautiful name, but when I see Lacresha I think lah-cresh-uh. It doesn't even seem like it would sound the same to me.