Rule #12: Screw Tradition When Naming Your Baby

in Rules of Parenting

Get ready for people to marvel at your ingenuity if you give your kid a weird name.

Get ready for people to marvel at your ingenuity if you give your kid a weird name.

You need to make a bold statement with your newborn baby’s name. And that statement, down to its very essence, should be that you don’t care all that much about your child’s future prospects for friends, dating, college admission, or avoiding public humiliation in general.

Really, you just want to show how undeniably hip you are. And there is no greater testament to your hipness than branding your child with an unconventional name.

So forget about baby-name books, genealogical web sites, and family almanacs—these are the tools of your neighbors and friends who name their kids Joshua, Laura, Brandon, and Ashley. Yes, these are yawningly predictable.

This is not you.

You are creative. You are original. You are a trendsetter. Indeed, you possess the type of baby-naming attitude that will put your kid on the map, and so will these ideas:

Name your kid after famous diseases.

Tired of hearing the names of presidents, actors, and athletes foisted on kids? Anyone can name his kid after someone famous. But only the truly original will think to bestow the names of infamous diseases and afflictions on their children. Imagine how cool your friends will think you are when you introduce them to little “Chlamydia Marie,” your chubby-cheeked pride and joy. And imagine the jealousy you’ll inspire when you tell folks back at the office, “I’ll never forget the day when my husband and I brought Scurvy home from the hospital. I’m still glowing.” And your neighbors will be wowed by your creativity when you call young Herpes in from playing with  his friends (“Herpes, you can’t hide from me! I see you there!”)

(Expert tip: When selecting a disease namesake, you’ll want to steer clear of the mundane Lou Gehrig-type inflictions and instead opt for standouts like “Typhus,” “Jaundice,” and “Gonorrhea.”)

Choose a name from common household items.

If Gwyneth Paltrow and artsy-fartsy Chris Martin can name their child Apple, than so can you. But why stop there? Simply look around your house for inspiration. Want to get all classy? How about “Ottoman,” “Armoire,” or “Chandelier”? Or maybe you’re going for the earthy, organic-sounding moniker, in which case you might consider “Potpourri” or, one of our favorites, “Stain.”

if your newborn baby just kind of lies there unblinking and slothful, just name him “Doormat.” Soon enough, everyone else will...

If your newborn baby just kind of lies there unblinking and slothful, just name him “Doormat.” Soon enough, everyone else will...

Or, if you’re looking to convey your child’s future sense of reliability and sturdiness, consider “Desk,” Chair” or “Table.” These names conjure up images in the American psyche. They convey intangible virtues like “reliability” and “sturdiness” that will sure to be associated with your kid when he or she answers the roll call in elementary school and beyond.

If all else fails, just make something up.

It doesn’t even have to make sense. Or be pronounceable. And please be sure to teach your child to be offended when friends, schoolteachers and strangers fail to pronounce it on the first attempt.

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandwiched November 13, 2008 at 11:30 am

Brilliant. Wish I’d thought of Chlamidia Marie.

The name Mordecai was on our list, though. Nothing like naming a new life with a word that reminds you of death.

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Lindsay November 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

hahahahaha! Thanks, you made my day! :)

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Leanna November 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

ROFL!! Your ‘advise’ cracks me up! Thankful that you are not my parent but none the less it makes me laugh! You made really have to think if the names I chose would ruin their lives forever! I think they will survive….at least as far as their names go. ;)

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Rachel November 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

chlamydia maria isn’t half bad. It has a nice flow to it. i think definitely sticking to STD names is key. Venereal is the new Vanessa I heard.

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Father Knows Worst November 13, 2008 at 3:35 pm

@Sandwiched: I’d prefer Mordecai over something just plain awful like Halitosis. (Though I guess you could go by Hal for short, but even “Hal” is a weird name. I mean, come on, “Hal??” It’s like a partial laugh.

@Leanna: The cool thing about parenting advice is that even if you aren’t a parent, you still probably had one. And they probably…had their shortcomings. Everyone can relate to bad parenting!

Sidenote: Traditional names can come back to bite you, too. So sticking with convention doesn’t always mean your kid won’t get bullied. (Don’t believe me? Ask any guy out there named “Gay” or “Dick.”

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A Mama's Blog November 13, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Very funny post. Where I live, a few years ago these “creative” names were all the rage. The disease names are too funny. :-)

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Brick Jones November 14, 2008 at 8:03 am

Love it! Finally someone understands where my parents were coming from!!

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Tyreece Birdwatch December 29, 2008 at 10:14 am

Great names, although, I thought you might be making fun. Where I come from, I know a couple Typhus’. Also, my second cousin is Aquanet.

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Anya January 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm

My mother in law worked at a daycare, a little girl was named Urine (You-reene).

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Bettis March 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I interviewd a woman who introduced herself as “Fee” (which I assumed was a shortened version of Fiona) but upon looking at her application, her full name was Fe Male Jones.

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Tracy April 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

My son went to school last year with an Alexus and Alexxus. I thought that was super creative mashing up a real name with the name of a car (bonus points for the extra x!)

You forgot the take a word and spell it backwards thing. Not just Naveah, but I know of an Evoli, too.

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Lucy October 27, 2009 at 7:05 am

But you’re forgotten the part where you name your child
WkdlR123@#$ and insist that it’s pronounced “Tom.”
There was a weirdo lady whose kid took karate with ours for years who had named her daughter “Verneisha” but insisted that it be pronounced “Veronica.” She thought that the unusual spelling made it more interesting and yelled at and humiliated new instructors everytime they “mispronounced” it. Seriously! She never quite got the concept that certain letters made certain sounds. She thought you could just pick and choose how they were pronounced. It was the damndest thing!

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jess January 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

after working in the credit industry for the less fortunate in new zealand you realise how original some of them were! i remember receiving an applications for ‘quantum leaps’, ‘solomon solomon’, ‘samoa samoa’ (first and last names) and also ‘mountedenbusstop’ – this was actually his first name and he was conceived at mount eden’s bus stop…..! you have to wonder!

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Jd April 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

Actually I like unique names, but NOT names like these and I HATE weird spelling (like Madysnne for Madison. It still sounds the same anyway).

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Nicole June 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

My sister is a nurse and had to call a “La-ia” to triage. She thought maybe it was pronounced “Lay-a” or “Lah-i-a” and tried saying those names for several minutes before the young woman figured it out and walked over. She was indignant when my sister asked how she pronounced her name.
It was pronounced “LaDASHia.”

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Lisa June 14, 2010 at 10:42 am

I once knew a girl named Khalydia. Close enough to chlamydia that she was tormented as a child.

Think of the flow of the name too.

I know a girl name Annelise and her last name is Sexton. She was teased badly by her own sister with “anal ease sex toy”

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Claire June 15, 2010 at 5:45 am

@Lisa
Annelise is a french name , which is pronounced Ann-Liz.
In France we also have many weird names. We used to have a law that forbed them, but it was repealed a few years ago. For example, some people give their kids english names misspelled and mispronounced like Brayanne for Brian; or invented names, brand name (often car names), or even place name: a boy was name Périphérique a couple of years ago, because he was born on the périphérique, Paris’ beltway.

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Paula June 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

My baby girl will be Porsche Lamborghini and my baby boy Audi Bentley lol well not really, but they are cute names…

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Lucy M June 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

Oh, my god. Re: the last line? People really DO get offended if you can’t remember their ridiculous name after one go, or pronounce it at all. I have this problem at work sometimes. I forget her name exactly (…still) but it’s like…Ta-something. With way too many syllables.

I can barely remember names when they’re simple, come the first go. Why on earth would I remember something made up??

Also, I have a friend named Megan, but everyone absolutely insists on trying to spell her name Meagan or Meaghan or other, more complicated varieties, convinced that she cannot simply be “Megan”. I still do not understand this (also, someone once called her name over the announcement system as “Mee – ghan” after perfectly pronouncing much more difficult names. Do they simply think that no proper parent would go with something so easy to say and spell?)

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Kara C. June 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

A little girl at a school my mom worked at was called Neon Green. And a lady I worked with named her daughter Kara, which is fine (obviously I don’t mind the name) but their last name is Sell.

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Pam June 28, 2010 at 1:11 am

Ok I am a teacher and I have had children with very different names…. some of the names are ok on there own but when you combine them with the last names well…. it adds more humor to it: Sandy Beach, Ima June Bugg, Otto Mobeal, Sara and Brock Lee (twins) These are mean parents. When I was married to my ex my last name was White I had so many people tell me to name my child Snow, or Chyna. I had a girl named Wildfire in my class. These are just to name a few.

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Jacqueline July 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

Our daughter’s grade school is right next door and we can hear the teacher calling the car-riders to come down in the afternoons. There’s an Armani, a Mercedes, a Chanel and a few more ridiculous names like that, reflecting the parents’ shallowness and materialism. There are also a Taylor, Tyler, Kyle, Kylie, and Skylar. Names like that make me want to puke. Whatever happened to masculine and feminine? If your child was a hermaphrodite, ok, give it a name that could go both ways. Don’t set your kid up for gender confusion. He or she has to live their whole life with that name, unless they wise up at 18 and get it changed. Remember that couple that wanted to name their son 4Real? BTW my children are Lisa, 10 and Vaughn, 2.

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nicole t December 3, 2010 at 4:31 am

jacqueline – kylie is actually a female name, there are 2 meanings, a gaelic where it is the feminine form of Kyle; meaning beautiful, attractive, or even “strait of water. And In the Western Australian Aboriginal language Noongar, the settlers took the word Kiley/Kylie/Koilee to mean curved, returning stick or ‘boomerang’.

I have 3 kids, Zane, Kurt and Amelia. I couldn’t give my kids ‘chic’ names that are taken from buildings/places of conception/random items spotted on the side of the road, as it wouldn’t be fair to them growing up. I have heard of a girl who named her son Frankenstein…*shudders*

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Taylor August 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

I actually love my name. I am a girl and as far as I know I have never had anyone confuse me with a male. just telling you. If my name makes you puke, then you have a lot more issues.

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Loren September 6, 2010 at 12:09 am

@Jacqueline I don’t think some of the either or names are that bad. Taylor is just as easily a boy’s name as it is a girl’s. And certain names, like Ashley, used to be a boy names and that’s it. Although I admit I wouldn’t name my daughter Charlotte only to call her “Charlie” all the time.

An nothing will ever beat “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii” as a first name. Thank god a judge let her change it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/24/familyandrelationships.newzealand

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Britt September 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Nothing beats the kids named after alcoholic beverages. Courvoisier, Remy, Cristal, etc etc.

My friend worked for a school in an inner city and had twin boys in one of his classes – Lemongelo and Orangelo (Yeah, that’s Lemon Jell-o and Orange Jell-o).

Funny enough, I can relate to an earlier poster – I was a substitute teacher, and had a La-ia (Ladashia) as well as a girl whose name was spelled Aisha and insisted it was pronounced “Asia” after I pronounced it Ah-ee-sha. Even the class laughed at my mispronunciation… I’m like… I had an Ah-ee-sha in my last class! WTF!

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Molly November 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm

My 5 yr old has a Mathieu in her class. That is supposed to be Matthew. On orientation night he went up to the teacher and told her she spelled his name wrong. Surprise, Surprise! Get used to it kid.

There’s also a Salony and an Iz’Rell and of course the requisite 4 vowel names (Kayleigh, Carleighy)

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Cass November 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

@ Molly
Actually, I have no doubt that his name was supposed to be Mathieu. That’s the traditional and correct French spelling of the name. Names from other cultures are not psycho or funny, they are names from other cultures. I find it appalling that because something is outside of your experience, you are assuming that it must have been done for “creativity”.

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Molly November 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

@ Cass,
Guess what! We don’t live in France, and the kid’s not French! Also I never said anyone was psycho. Funny though? Definately! And I find it appalling that your life is so unfulfilled that you can get offended by what is said in jest.

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Cass November 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

@Molly:
And no one in his family was ever French or French-Canadian? And no one in the world could ever choose to have a family name remain the same despite moving to a new culture?

Yes, I do find your USA-centric view offensive. Might have something to do with the “it’s strange to me, therefore it must be wrong” attitude displayed in your comment. That or the fact that you felt justified stating what someone else’s name is “supposed to” be.

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Mark November 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I find it hilarious that y’all were complaining about something that doesn’t matter.

Ronaele November 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I find it strange that you would be offended. Its very clear that she isn’t making fun. She is simply sharing A FUNNY STORY on A FUNNY SITE that is meant for entertainment. My name is Ronaele (Ra-nell). Read it backwards once. I think that the spelling of some names, and the way they spelled Matthew is funny. Take this from someone who does not have a normal name. I have yet to meet another Ronaele, I know there are others out there but none who have the name for the same reason as me.

Adri76 May 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I agree with Cass. Next time you encounter a different spelling name or a name you are not familiar with maybe you should research it a little bit before you judge it on what you think it’s supposed to be.

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Cassi August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

@Cass & Adri76 – If you are going to take offense to a comment made on a joking site like this…. maybe you shouldn’t be on here in the first place.

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Cass August 17, 2011 at 1:58 am

Really Cassi? Because some of the funniest jokes I have ever heard are as offensive as all get out. I am sometimes horribly offended by jokes even as I laugh at them. Likewise, I did not criticise the original joke, which did amuse me and did not offend me. I criticised a particularly USA-centric and unapologetic person for reveling in her own ignorance and displaying an “It’s new to me, so it’s wrong” attitude.

“It was just a joke” is no excuse for bigotry. Yes, this is a humorous website, but there is a difference between humour and insensitivity. By the way, since the joke in question is “screw tradition when naming your child”, that would seem to indicate that *traditional* names and spellings from other cultures would be outside the bounds of the joke.

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Rebecca Mellott November 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I went to school with a Hubcap and my boyfriend’s sister taught a Shithead (prononces Shi-theed)

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Melynda June 24, 2011 at 12:19 am

I’m a teacher, I’ve taught a Shithead (pronounced Shith-ay-edd), and seen Abcde (pronounced Abb-keh-dee) and even an Assassin…
My name is spelled differently (apparently it’s Welsh, and no, nobody in my family is of Welsh descent – Irish and Scottish yes, but not Welsh), and all my life I have had to spell it out to people and had them misspell it, but I like how it looks, and I hope that my children, when I have them, can have unique (but not completely out there) names as well, as I refuse to name my kids anything that would remind me of the little (and big) horrors that I teach…

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kmodek April 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

My parents thought I was a boy (long before ultrasound days & judged by the way the mother was ‘carrying’), so they were going to name me Christopher. Since I surprised them by being a girl, they had no name chosen. On the way to the hospital, my dad was listening to the radio and heard a song and I got the singers name….Krystal Gail.
Yep, I even got the ‘different’ spelling, so I could never get cool stuff with my name on it like all the Jennifer & Lisa’s of the day.
I found a baby name book that made fun of names and it said Krystal is a female who shops at WalMart, lives in a trailer park, works at a bar.
I don’t work in a bar, but the first 2 are true.
Thanks for the name, mom.

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Gena July 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I was born in the 70′s and nobody really spelled their children’s names differently then. I have had to correct people all my life on how my name is spelled and would occasionally get teased as a child over it. But you know what? I LIKE that my name is different than all the other Gina’s out there. It makes me stand out and I am perfectly fine with it. Thank you mom and dad for giving me a unique name. I’d rather be unique than boring!!

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susan July 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

my girls are Wendy(cos I like it) and Allyssa(for my aunt Alice) different but not “out there” I know a lil girl named Malloiraye(mal-or-ee) WTF?????
Come on here…….bad enough last names that are different.Give the kids a chance at normalcy.
BTW my fav for traditional name thats a real pain…Richard called Dick omg poor kid

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Ella July 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

Before my name was trendy people used to always automatically call me Emma or Ellie even after hearing or reading my name. It was like since they hadn’t heard it (Ella Fitzgerald, the Ella brothers anyone??) their brain wouldn’t let them say it.

On traditional names that aren’t safe my mother went to school with a Dorkus & Fanny -sisters who had a brother named Nigel. Poor things!

Finally, when I was pregnant with my daughter and told people I would name her Poppy they always asked how I would spell it , when I said how it’s spelt they would suggest an ie, ee or ey ending.

But look my mothers name is Adrienne (female French spelling) mine Ella and my daughter’s Poppy they are all different but not retarded.

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susan July 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

I’m laughing here! My English boyfriend is a Nigel and I think its sexy as hell….to each his own I guess

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Xenia July 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Apparently my very traditional Greek name also refers to a variety of coral, a city in Ohio that got leveled by a tornado, a model of Daihatsu sold elusively in Indonesia and at least five porno actresses. Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter can cry me a river!

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yoreney August 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

yes, there’s a daihatsu xenia in Indonesia (that’s where i’m from) and i can happily tell you this, Xenia, your car is quite popular. it’s quite cheap, fits 7 people, and the engine is tough. at least you should be proud.

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anonymous August 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

I’ve been a teacher for 10 years and while a lot of people claim to know students names Lemongelo and Orangelo, nobody actually knows them – urban myth people! However, names I can confirm because I had them in class myself are just as bad (I could link you to their FB pages for proof but I won’t for their privacy). I had those named after food and drinks: Alize and Tequila (pronounced ta-QUAY-la), Nestle and Candy Fudge (girl twins). I had the random category: Tyranny (she was actually very nice), Aquanetta (she had no idea she was named after hair spray), Horlesha (seriously), and Deaquanesia (Dee for short). There was also the annoying spellers competing for the most unique way to spell Kaylie, Kylie, Hailey, Ashley, Tiffany and Madison. And in my own family, we had the truly awful “traditional” names of Dorkus, Buella, Nettie, Earl, Earlene, Mildred, Homer, Prestina, Leta, Buford and a host of others that escape me right now. I’ll be choosing simple, classic names with simple, classic spellings for my own baby.

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SUSAN August 9, 2011 at 8:15 am

I’ve reread this for the 3rd time and still crack up
@Cass get a grip hun…we all know different countries spell names differently….and the USA is not full of “Ugly Americans” Maybe it’s you? Got a name problem?
We can and do laugh at our selves cos we are humans and face it humans are funny.
I had a dear friend from Pakistan named Preete “pretty” and she endured tons of mispronunciations but took it all in stride.
My own married name gets mispronounced every time I tell everyone just call me Susan

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Cass August 17, 2011 at 1:45 am

No, the US is not full of “Ugly Americans”. However, Molly’s attitude does qualify her for the criticism. She clearly had no clue that the name was from another country and defended herself with a “well, this is America, we speak American” attitude.

I have no issue at all with my name. I chose it. At birth I was named after Katharine Hepburn, an actress who played some of the strongest women ever to appear in movies. It also happens to be the most unusual spelling of that particular name in the English speaking world. I got to the point where I wouldn’t even correct the spelling because it wasn’t worth the time.

I work with several people with names from other cultures. I make every effort to learn how to pronounce their names correctly. I cringe every time I say the names wrong because I respect the people and their cultural origins. I would never dream of telling any of them that their name was “supposed” to be something else. There is a major difference between names based on a different cultural tradition and names that are made up.

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alan August 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

SHUT UP ALREADY!

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cass is annoying August 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

SHUT UP ALREADY!

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JO August 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

My parents were convinced their first child was gonna be a boy, and had everything for a boy including a name (born 1968, so no ultrasound then). She came out a girl, so they mashed up the name they were gonna give the baby boy “Bryant” and her name is Bryannette (Bry-a-nett). I have NEVER seen this name again in my life.

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Lynn August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

It’s true – there are twins named Orangello & Lemongello. They are from B’ham, AL. I also know a Lavia, Mary Moody, Kitty Carr, & a Shithead. My favorite is Richard “Dick” Wick. :D

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Cassi August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

We also have a set in Houston, Texas.

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Florence August 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

My husband once worked with a chap called Richard Head – apparently he had no sense of humour at all, after a lifetime of Dick Head jokes I have no idea why….

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Lethia August 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I know a girl whose mother named her Cteghanie. It is pronounced Stephanie. The daughter is now 7 and the mom now says, “What was I thinking?”

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Charissa August 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I overheard a mom yelling her daughters name shrilly. “SATIVA! SA-Ti-VA!” I heard a comedienne say that every childs name deserves the name test. You are going to have to yell it at least once so don’t name your kid after drugs. I thought my name was unusual until I met a girl named after the pills her dad favored, I am not sure how to spell it but it was pronounced Dulata.

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Tricia August 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

My daughter has an unconventional name i found her name in my fave book her name is Kitara (Kit-Are-Uh) of course everyone pronounces it kit-tear-uh but I perssonally love her name my son’s are named Wyatt and Connor.

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Anon August 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Just ask a black person for a goofy name.

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Christin August 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

My name was supposed to be Christopher until I was born- surprise! So now I am Christin- pronounced just like “Kristin,” not ChristinE or ChristiAn!

I have heard of a person named Clitoria, Clitty for short.

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Mindy September 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I have a cousin named December. Yep, she was born in December. And I have known someone to name their daughter Disney, and my fiance’s son’s name is Eeann (Ian).

I had a hard time with my name. I was always asked where Mork was. It really didn’t help, when I dated a guy named Mark.

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Lynda September 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I always liked strong names for girls. I felt that some people are so prejudice about names that I wanted my girls (I have 4 girls and one son) not to be overlooked for a job based on that- I mean its a fact a lot of employers will rather hire a Jordan over a Buffy (ugh buffy was my dog as a kid). So, I have a Jordan Paige, Taylor Elizabeth, Madison Drew, and Isabella Celeste (her dad got to pick her 1st name). When I had my son I wanted a really cool name, so we went with Malachi, but spelled it how it sounds thinking it was unique and who could mess it up? So our 7 yr old is Malikye Joseph. We get (pronounced) Mah-leek-ee, or Michelle (wtf?) and whats really sad is his last name has a silent r in it so that gets screwed up too! For the 1st year in school he argued with me (my son) that his last name was how the teacher pronounced it!

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Lokio September 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

My parents named me Debra-Jean Thankful. Pronounced Debra hyphen Jeen. I’m getting it legally changed to Loki, to reduce confusion, because no one gets that it’s Debra hypen Jeen, and just one name. They think that Jean must be the middle name, and the Thankful is a second middle name.

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Sena Kott October 2, 2011 at 7:02 am

I worked with a guy who’s last name was Kott. He named his first born daughter Sena. Sounds just like the laxative- http://www.senokot.com

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nicole November 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

my daughters father suggested Jenna Talia, because it sounds feminine

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william wizer January 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

it’s not an incredibly strange name but when I was young one of my friends was called Joseph Andres. nothing wrong with it but since it’s a long name and his surnames where a bit longer too at school lists his name was shortened to “Joseph A.”

you can’t count how many times teachers called him “Josefa” because that’s a real name and it sounds the same as josepha (without the space)

the funny thing is that Josefa is a FEMALE name. poor guy all schoolmates made fun of him because of that.

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Angelique January 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

from someone with a kinda wierd name, yeah, I had parents that were hippies, I was named Angelique after a witch on an old soap (Dark Shadows), born on Christmas Eve so have gone by Angel for the past however many years and thank God, because Angelique gets jacked up all the time….ann jelly Q being one of my personal favorites and obviously my dad’s too cuz that is what he always called me as a kid. but even Angel gets messed up….people spell it angle, and rarely do I actually get called Angel, it’s always Angie or Angela….sure whatever. My son has a plain first name but like me when he was born, I had never heard the name except a few – VERY FEW now there are 1,000s of Brendans running around everywhere, on his dad’s side (THE FIGHTING IRISH) the name Patrick ran in the family so of course it was expected to be one of his names as well, YAWN! so we drug out the family bible and low and behold great great great great grandpa Paddy that came over from Ireland on the boat was actually Padraic – pronounced Pad Rick not puh-dray-ick! so why not….still family tradition but with a twist! I think original names with different spellings are just that: original, who wants to be the same as everyone else, and yes some of them are funny as hell…..get over it folks, live a little and for the love of God, LAUGH alot! I thought this was a great story, hilarious and love most of the comments too!

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