You're all intrigued by the thread title, eh?
My lovely born again happy clappy newly wed step sister has just dropped her first sprog*
Yay, all is good, wonderous miracle of life, heavens be praised and all that.
But then she had to go and spoil it all by calling it something stupid. Why do people do this? Is there latent resentment there they're unaware of? "you distended my stomach, kicked me repeatedly in the bladder and made me poop infront of my husband while I was delivering you. you shall suffer for it!"
This poor little girl is doomed to walk the earth with the given name of Favour Kufre Umoh. Kufre is her father's name (and he doesn't like it, he prefers to be known by his surname, Umoh).
Now I appreciate that with parents from two different cultures there is a desire to reflect both. This is all well and good. But Favour isn't even a Nigerian name. It's a frilly bag of sugared almonds that goes with a place setting at a wedding, or lending a mate a fiver.
In stark contrast, a good friend from uni and his missus have also recently spawned. His name is Marijan (his family are Polish, his full name is Marijan Benedict Leopold Maximilian Hubert Von Stauffer, he is the Graf Von Stauffenburg, his father is a Count. How cool is that?) and his wife's name is Yasodhara (She's Sri Lankan). Their baby girl is called Anurhada, which means stream of blessings. I think this is beautiful (and the kid can be called Ana for short, which will be less likely to have her ruthlessly mocked in a playground).
But Favour? You can't shorten that to anything useful. And the jokes that teenage boys in Bristol may make don't bear thinking about. Actually maybe it could be shorted to Fay. Fay is an alright name I guess, though has some slightly wet connotations in an archaic understanding.
I'm rambling now.
What other names are you aware of that are just plain crueland unusual? Where's the line between different-good and different-bad?
*I don't get that sentimental about babies, for the first 18 months or so they mostly all look the same, and the forst 5 or so years their conversation is generally rubbish. They only really get interesting when they can join me in the pub. I'm aware that other people feel differently. but this is my thread, so acceptable terms for offspring shall include spawn, sprog, rugrat and "crying pooping puking miracle".
Intolerance will not be tolerated.
Children have a hard enough time without an impossible name, too. My ex had a very unusual name (named after someone whose parents had changed the spelling of the mother's maiden name) and vowed no child of his would suffer that! So our offspring both had a short name and a longer one, (first name and middle name) so that they had a choice when they were old enough to have opinions about it. We were not to know that our daughter's name would become so popular--no one older than her in the school called it, always at least one other in her year...
See this site for a list of names. It does show that this is not a new problem. I was at school with someone named Silence, poor girl.
I can see a new version of the game P and I play designing a garden full of plants we least like. What name would be the worst you could inflict on a child? Using the list, and Rae Mond's sister's choice, how about No-merit Favour Forsaken?
Can the poor child's doting auntie think of a pet name that might stick and give the child a better outlook on life? What ever she is called, enjoy being her aunt!
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The name that leaps to mind immediately, is the infamous Ima Hogg....
In this time of bulling and cruelty toward on another, you would hope a parent would put a little more thought into naming a kid. Save the unusual, hard to pronounce, obscure name for the middle name. Or choose something that can be easily shortened.
Don't get me wrong, everybody doesn't need to be named Bobby, Billy, Mary or Jane. But its an issue that can haunt you for life.
If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!
Im afraid i have this affliction as well and struggle to keep a straight face when all my friends having there last ditch 40s babies come up with utter gems as names . I struggled with Gabriel thank god he was male the female choice was Gueneviere, that friend is currently expecting another boy and as shes now heavily into the Lord of The Rings it could be interesting , maybe a little Frodo?
im very traditional and have a William not for the prince but because in my husbands family there is always one William and his cousin Bill died when i was pregnant so i was informed i was having a Will
Some of the most unforgivably teasworthy names of boys I have taught:
Dick Staines ( I know, imagine how gleefully 13 year old boys chant that one¦.his father was a vicar)
I have always been hugely grateful to my parents that they resisted giving me a middle name as I know how mortifying these usually are.
My friend decided that if she had a little girl she wanted to call her Sarah. She changed her mind in the maternity ward when she was saying the name to herself to try it out . Sarah Baillie, Sarah Baillie, Sarah Baillie . Then she realised - OMG - in the guid scots lingo sair (sore ) belly. Luckily she had a little boy and called him Andrew.
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class
The first 'bad' name which leaps to mind is Jenny Taylor.
Why is it that when a child is given a perfectly reasonable name, s/he always gets an idiotic 'pet' name that is more commonly used? My niece's name is Rachael - so why is she called Roo by her parents, siblings and grandmother (my sister)? I know why i mentally call her Innit? - 'cos that's what she seems to end every other sentence with. To her face, I call her Rachael.
As for pet names - I do plead guilty to the following naming of my cats ...
Jack - Jacko, JackinaBox, JumpinJack, Smellybreath
Grace - Whinger, PrincessGraceofMoanaco, MyBeauty
Zoe - The Great White Whale, HugeiPuss, Lardarse, MyBestestGirly
Spike - Spikey, HelloYou, TheMog
Gone crazy. Back soon.
Let's not get onto the silly names we give pets. We have a hamster called Custody Battle, Babba Fats or Widdle. We have a mouse which we got from the RSPCA and she was called Lady but we nicknamed her Cake, which gets 'anti-shortened' to Cakels...
Sorry, Mike, but I don't get it. Obviously I am being a bit dopey.
Rose Bush is a real name.
I am going to be slightly crude and a tad off topic, but i will never forget the report from Vietnam c. 1976:
Graffiti on a Saigon wall;
"Withdrawal - what Johnson's father should have done 65 years ago"
Never knowingly underfed
Jenny Taylor... say it a few times quickly...
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