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Old 02-02-2007, 02:34 PM   #16
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my cousins and i have names that will never be found on souvenir cups...but, for our family i guess it is more of a cultural thing. nobody in my family is named tinkerbell, but i do have a cousin named precious. she has friends with the same name.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:43 PM   #17
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i knew a kid in high school named "perfecto"
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:49 PM   #18
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nobody in my family is named tinkerbell, but i do have a cousin named precious. she has friends with the same name.
I know a lot of students whose families are originally from Nigeria or Ghana that have names like Precious, Happiness or Patience. It's a cultural thing. If my boyfriend and I ever have kids, I think they will have African first names at least because it would be a tie to their father's culture. Indeed, his mother's name is at the top of my list for potential baby names: Rokia.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:11 PM   #19
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i knew a kid in high school named "perfecto"
The parents were pretty confident about their kid
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:19 PM   #20
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I like a lot of semi-weird names.

Some are Dutch like Marijke (mah-rye-kuh), Maaike (micah for a girl), Liesbeth (lease-bet), Thijs (tice), and Kees (case). I also like Petra and Jordan (for girls) b/c they are cool Biblical places. The only normal names I love are Ann Marie and Camille, but neither are family names.

Like sula said, in Tanzania I met tons of African woman named Happiness, Precious, and Patience. It sounded odd at first, but it's a cultural thing, just like our abundance of Courtneys, Ashleys, Brittanys, Katies, etc.

My mom always says the girls at her daycare are all named after cars - Avant, Mercedes, Kia, Porshe, Infinity, etc.

One of the worst I've heard of is Shithead (I think it's pronounced shih-tade). I'm guessing it's a legit Irish name or something, but...wow.

I don't mind weird names as long as there is a point. For example, my name is "weird", but really only here in the USA b/c it's a Dutch name and my entire extended family is Dutch. I think it's strange to give a kid a weird name with no regard for what the name really means or if it has no cultural or family significance. For example, I'd never give my child a traditional Muslim name, not b/c I have anything against them, but we're not Muslim and the name has no meaning.

Everyone should read the chapter on names in Freakonomics, it's hilarious, disturbing, and insightful.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:27 PM   #21
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Some are Dutch like Marijke (mah-rye-kuh), Maaike (micah for a girl), Liesbeth (lease-bet), Thijs (tice), and Kees (case). I also like Petra
Mareike (Ma-raye-ke), Maike (Maye-ke), Mike/Maik, Elisabeth (E-lease-a-bet), Thies (Tease), and Petra are common German names as well
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:38 PM   #22
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i knew a kid in high school named "perfecto"

Was his surname "Mix"?
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My mom always says the girls at her daycare are all named after cars - Avant, Mercedes, Kia, Porshe, Infinity, etc.



Everyone should read the chapter on names in Freakonomics, it's hilarious, disturbing, and insightful.
When I was a candy-striper on the OB ward we had 4 Mercedes babies born in one week.

I keep meaning to read that book.
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In my country, people of my state are very know for giving weird names to the babies usually we use the parents names, mix them and make a new and bizarre name for the baby
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My son's first name is Landen and his middle name is Drake. He hates it. He's asked me many times why I couldn't have called him something normal. I think it's fine to give your child an unusual name. But I also think parents should consider whether that name is so strange that their child is going to be ridiculed. My son has never been teased, but I don't think you could say the same thing about a kid named Tinkerbell.
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NooNoo isn't a Teletubbie
I don't think the parents had the brains to realise this minor detail!
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my cousins and i have names that will never be found on souvenir cups...but, for our family i guess it is more of a cultural thing. nobody in my family is named tinkerbell, but i do have a cousin named precious. she has friends with the same name.
I don't think Precious is bad... I'll bet they suffered during the LOTR trilogy, though!

Liesje: the Dutch names aren't weird to me - I did my degree in Dutch and spent a year in NL.
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Why do so many Americans have middle names, by the way?
I know from my mother that the generations before her always had a first name, chosen by the parents, then a second name, which was the name of the grandfather, grandmother or another ancestor, and the surname.
Because the mother of my grandfather's was very strict and demanded this tradition to be kept my grandparents gave their children a second name, but they all just go by the first name, and leave out the second one.

My father and his family doesn't have a second name at all.
Today it is very mixed, but normally children don't get a second name.

However, as far as I've experienced (and maybe I'm just wrong here), in the US most have a first and a second name, I don't know how it is with other countries.

So is that a tradition as well or does it just have become normal?
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Why do so many Americans have middle names, by the way?
I know from my mother that the generations before her always had a first name, chosen by the parents, then a second name, which was the name of the grandfather, grandmother or another ancestor, and the surname.
Because the mother of my grandfather's was very strict and demanded this tradition to be kept my grandparents gave their children a second name, but they all just go by the first name, and leave out the second one.

My father and his family doesn't have a second name at all.
Today it is very mixed, but normally children don't get a second name.

However, as far as I've experienced (and maybe I'm just wrong here), in the US most have a first and a second name, I don't know how it is with other countries.

So is that a tradition as well or does it just have become normal?
Giving kids middle names is pretty normal here in the UK...
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The more unique the name the better....I think it should be encouraged, the invention of new names especially. Who said that naming a child can't be a creative and enjoyable experience. Where's the fun in calling someone John or Sarah?

A little off topic, but I've always loved the occasional instance of a couple marrying/having a kid and combining both their surnames to create an entirely new surname......a grand idea.
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