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Old 02-04-2007, 12:37 PM   #76
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After years of working with a very diverse ESL population in school I don't usually hear names that I consider unusual. That being said, I was left speechless when a woman with a newborn I met at the store told me her daughter's name was Starlight Cauliflower. Poor little thing!
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Old 02-04-2007, 06:17 PM   #77
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Ha ha ha Her siblings could be called Moonlight Zucchini, Sunshine Rhubarb. Stupid people.
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Old 02-04-2007, 06:23 PM   #78
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I've heard of one guy who named one of his daughter's O. I'm hoping it's just a nickname, but even when she was just a little child (she's now in her early 20s) she was referred to as O.

I can't understand doing that to a kid.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:47 PM   #79
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My dad seriously went to school with a boy named Donald Duck - no middle name or anything
Me: I WISH my parent's had given me a more unusual name - they just picked what was popular that year - there were 4 of us in my class with EXACTLY the same first and middle name - BORING!!!
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:17 PM   #80
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When we were having my oldest son soon to be 11, we each highlighted names in the baby book that we both liked.

One of the names I highlighted was "Scatman" as a joke. I had my husband going for weeks thinking that I was serious about the name.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:24 PM   #81
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Ha ha ha! Scatman.

My name is Alicia, which is fairly common these days, but growing up in rural Wisconsin with little to no Spanish-speaking population, no one knew how to pronounce it.

I once asked my mom why she picked that name, and she said "Because Alice was too boring."

Gee, ma, you didn't get too far in that baby name book!
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:25 PM   #82
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My mom went to school with a kid whose dad was piss drunk when she was born. When her mom asked what to name the kid, he said "I don't care if you name her after a shooting star." So the mom took it literally and named her Shooting Star.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:28 PM   #83
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Well, there are always two parties involved in giving names.
really.

what about single mothers?

anyway. i considered naming my daughter sky blue. the night she was born, my best friend called me from the chelsea hotel (she was supposed to help coach me through labor but my daughter came almost three weeks early and she missed it)

i named my daughter chelsea, after the hotel.

amazingly enough, she is thirteen now and wishes i had named her sky blue.
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:11 PM   #84
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Ha ha ha! Scatman.

My name is Alicia, which is fairly common these days, but growing up in rural Wisconsin with little to no Spanish-speaking population, no one knew how to pronounce it.
Me too!!! I learned long ago to let go of the urge to punch people in the face who called me 'A-leesh-a' instead of 'A-leece-ee-a' like it's supposed to be frickin' pronounced!! Otherwise, I'd have to punch out about 4 people a week. Luckily, I go by my nickname: Lisa - which is only a problem when I have to show ID & it reads 'Alicia'. Folks have the hardest time for some reason understanding that I'm the SAME PERSON!!!


Stupid people.
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I'm an A-leesh-a, but growing up I had A-LISH-uh, which I hated. I had a Colombian piano teacher who asked if he could call me A-lee-cee-ah because it was easier for him to pronounce.

I went to school with a girl who's name was spelled the same way, but pronounced like Alyssa. I refrained from telling her that her parents spelled her name wrong.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:37 AM   #86
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I have a method for dealing with names I can't pronounce (or for when I don't quite know what to call someone). When I want to talk to someone I either start with "um," "excuse me," or I make a little throat-clearing sound. Just about everyone will look at me with a questioning look on his/her face, and then I just start in on what I have to say. I doubt most people even notice. Sometimes I've gone years without saying anyone's name when I talk to people.

Now that I think of it, I did something similar with emails to at least one person. I was a bit wigged out about calling him by his name, even in emails, so I would always start my emails to him with a hi or a hiya, but never with his name. I did that for almost two years before I started to use his name. Ok, so I'm weird.
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My mother used to work as a teacher aide, and in that time, she ran into some absolutely dreadful names. Unfortunately, I can only remember one, but it was the one that shocked me the most.

I don't know if this occurs in other countries, but when Asians immigrate to Australia, it's not unusual for them to take on a new English first name in place of their Asian name. For some, this is just a nickname, while others change their name by deed poll. For example, one girl in my maths class in high school was Nanami on the roll, but we all knew her as Becky. All of the Asians I knew in high school who did this chose pretty normal names (which was often a shame, as their Asian names were a whole lot more interesting), but my mother taught one boy in primary school - he was only about seven - whose parents allowed him to pick his own name and he chose an absolute shocker. Homer. As in Homer Simpson. I would like to say "no, he was just a really bright kid who adored the Iliad!", but nope, he took his name from Homer Simpson, and his parents changed it by deed poll. I think that merits a "WTF?"

Also, personally, my name is André, which has never caused anyone pronunciation difficulties (I suppose thanks in part to André Agassi, though I got tired of "oh, as in Agassi!", especially as my parents didn't name me after him), but it seems people have tremendous trouble spelling it. Now, I'm cool with people calling me "Andre" and I often put that on electronic forms myself to avoid difficulties with computers that don't recognise é (to get é, hold down ALT and hit 1 then 3 then 0 on the numberpad). But some spellings have left me dumbfounded. A few people spell my name "Andrea", which irritates the hell out of me. Some other odd spellings I've seen include "Andray" (phonetic, I guess), "Ondre", and "Andrae". And some people seem to just assume a 'w' is missing and call me "Andrew".

And then there's the matter of my stupid last name (I'm truly tempted to change it to Axver). It's more common as a first name, and back in high school, it seemed every substitute on earth lost the ability to read the roll correctly and called out my last name as my first name. I also nearly had to have a bloody argument recently when I was trying to get electricity connected to my new apartment because the person thought I was giving my first name when they asked for my last name. Bah.
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Andre isn't even a terribly unusual name. I went to school with one, and have met a few others since.

There was a little Asian lad across the road of the house I grew up in and his name was Alis. As in Alice.
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Andre isn't even a terribly unusual name. I went to school with one, and have met a few others since.
Back in school, it was always the case that there was precisely one other André in the school. As soon as one graduated or moved away, another would arrive. It got weird after a while.
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