More strange baby names - page 50

just had a unique baby name the other week....thought i'd share, and hope to continue this thread from earlier.... "strange baby names": strawberry :roll (thank goodness this was changed by the... Read More

  1. by   maythen
    My husband and I don't plan on having children, but we both LOVE weird names. I'd love to name a boy Vladamir and call him Vladdie. I'd love to have a girl and string along several names like Freya Winter, Twilight Dreaming, or Pyretta Blaze. I know they're strange and impractical. I know that it's a teasing waiting to happen. But in my ears they sound lovely and unique. Maybe that's what those moms are thinking when they give their kids unusual names.
    Kids are cruel when it comes to teasing. There's no name you can think of, no matter how unusual or traditional, that a bully can't mangle into a taunt.

    But, on the other hand, sometimes you wonder if the parents were deliberatly cruel. I went to high school with a girl named Cocaine and her brothers Jack Daniels and Harley Davidson.
    I attended junior high with a boy whose first name was Driver and his sister Nussins ('cause "she was just a cute widdle bundle of nussins" according to the mom). My moms best friend named her daughter Holly Bush. One of the girls in my 4th grade class was Tafetta Ann Gold, her sister was Silver Ann Gold and their mom was Emerald Ann Gold.
    One of my best friends in high school was named Ruby (which isn't so bad) but her last names was Mount. Everybody teased her and said she would end up a porn star.
    Last week we had a couple in our OB (Oleg and Nona) who named their beautiful baby boy Lucifer.
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from stevierae
    Actually, according to snopes, the choice of these names is always attributed to an illiterate, usually poor minority mom who chose them after looking at her meal choice menus in the hospital, and seeing them listed under desserts (not being able to read) sounded them out phonetically (apparently clueless that she was mispronouncing lemon and lime jello) and thinking that they sounded like good names for twin boys.

    That's why I don't buy the stories that somebody knows somebody that has actually been there when kids have been there and been named that--to me, those stories perpetuate covert prejudice toward poor minorities, particularly those who are illiterate.

    I would think nurses are beyond perpetuating these myths, or, on the slight chance that they are true, ridiculing these people. Why not utilize your teaching skills in these situations--call for an interpreter, if need be--instead of making fun of them?

    Variations on this story go back to the early 1900s.
    Hi Stevie . . . why do people assume that just because someone is illiterate that they don't know any names to name their child? Just because you can't read doesn't mean you don't have alot of names in mind . .what about family names?

    It just bugs me that because someone may not read well they are automatically assumed to not be able to name their child something normal.

    Illiterate = lemonjello . . .right.

    steph
  3. by   nursescar
    Quote from stevielynn
    Hi Stevie . . . why do people assume that just because someone is illiterate that they don't know any names to name their child? Just because you can't read doesn't mean you don't have alot of names in mind . .what about family names?

    It just bugs me that because someone may not read well they are automatically assumed to not be able to name their child something normal.

    Illiterate = lemonjello . . .right.

    steph
    well, when I worked on OB the first time.....back in the 80's---there was two babies
    born with odd names. One was Harley Davidison Spell the other one-I kid you not--
    Clitorious Ureathra Rose. They have suddenly reappeared-in the criminal report section of the local paper. One for DUI, one for petty larc. Only this time she had
    changed her middle name to Areatha!
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from stevielynn
    Hi Stevie . . . why do people assume that just because someone is illiterate that they don't know any names to name their child? Just because you can't read doesn't mean you don't have alot of names in mind . .what about family names?

    It just bugs me that because someone may not read well they are automatically assumed to not be able to name their child something normal.

    Illiterate = lemonjello . . .right.

    steph
    Wayelll....

    In general, I agree with your statement. We have thousands of Moms who are completely illiterate in this country, and probably millions who are functionally so. They have all managed to give their children names, and I've never seen any indication that they saddle their kids with odd monikers in any greater proportion than anyone else (maybe less, so, too, IMO, given my distaste for some of the pretentious sounding names I've heard rich people come up with).

    The lemon and orange or lemon and lime jello stories have been around at least since I was in nursing school, and that was a looooooooong time ago. It makes sense to me that it would have had its origins in a nurse telling about working with Moms who couldn't read (English, anyway). I've never seen any proof that any baby has ever been named such a thing, but if at some point, someone was, whyohwhy would they choose that? Yes, I believe that illiterate people have plenty of names to choose from. That's why I don't buy the lemonjello story. But it did have to come from somewhere, and whoever started it had to have put it in some kind of context for it to be believed.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I guess I just don't see how people who didn't learn to read well were so isolated that they never heard anyone's name while growing up and in school. Surely they knew their schoolmates names. John, Joe, Cindy, Mary, Alecia, Bob, Brian, etc. Surely their parents and grandparents and cousins had names.

    I think it is the current trend of the media elite to name their kids funny sounding or "kreatively" spelled names and that filters down to the rest of us.

    And while bullies will always find something to tease a kid about, in general, if your name is normal most kids won't stereotype you into a certain mold. Even the nice kids would laugh at a girl named "Apple" or a boy named "Wolfgang". Look at how we are snickering . . . .

    steph
  6. by   AKAKatydid
    Quote from maythen
    One of the girls in my 4th grade class was Tafetta Ann Gold, her sister was Silver Ann Gold and their mom was Emerald Ann Gold.
    I actually think these are so cute! 'Course my first thought was, isn't "Silver and Gold" a Burl Ives Christmas song??
  7. by   pooh54
    Kinda off subject but here goes. Worked with a retired ob-gyn who's name was Hoare, his partner's name was Bloom, Bloom and Hoare. A real estate agency named Stiff and Little.
    Had a baby with last name, Heine (pronounced like your back end), the pediatrician's name was Pillsbury, though it was a joke when he identified himself and asked where baby heine was located. Thank God for other nurse's stopping me from telling him off!
    The twin sisters with the last name Butts.
    Truth is stranger than fiction.
  8. by   stevierae
    Quote from stevielynn
    Hi Stevie . . . why do people assume that just because someone is illiterate that they don't know any names to name their child? Just because you can't read doesn't mean you don't have alot of names in mind . .what about family names?

    It just bugs me that because someone may not read well they are automatically assumed to not be able to name their child something normal.

    Illiterate = lemonjello . . .right.

    steph

    Oh, I am just quoting snopes' rationale for the practice--I don't assume anything about ANYONE. For instance, regarding the post about the illegal migrant workers naming their baby "Nosmo King--" well, at first my assumption was (IF the story was true) that they were illegals from Mexico, and, therefore, were Catholic--so why didn't they choose a standard Catholic name (Maria? Pedro?) Then I had to admonish myself for making 2 assumptions bases on stereotypes: 1) All native Mexicans are Catholic (untrue) and 2) All illegal aliens--particularly migrant workers-- are from Mexico (also untrue.)

    I sure don't buy that Nosmo King story, for sure. In fact, it seemed very mean-spirited and prejudiced, and makes me make assumptions---perhaps unfair?--about a nurse who would claim she actually witnessed this firsthand.
    Last edit by stevierae on Apr 30, '05
  9. by   tracimom
    Our Pediatrician is Dr. Spring Cloud. I kid you not...in New Orleans. Spring Cloud. HAHA
  10. by   Ruth1201
    How about Animal Raven Bandit _____? Poor kid!
  11. by   camay1221_RN
    I have read this thread from beginning to end, so I have forgotten some of the names, so forgive me if this is a repeat.

    Had a pt this week name her baby, I'munique, yes, pronounced, I'm unique.
  12. by   greenivy
    Hi all,

    Fun post this is. I knew a man named Don married to a lady named Dawn and they had children named Donna and Shawn.
  13. by   Lawnurse
    Quote from stevierae
    I sure don't buy that Nosmo King story, for sure. In fact, it seemed very mean-spirited and prejudiced, and makes me make assumptions---perhaps unfair?--about a nurse who would claim she actually witnessed this firsthand.
    This also happens in a Beverly Cleary Ramona book - no actual baby-naming, but Ramona wonders who the Smo King is and why he isn't allowed.

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