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What's in a name?

Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at 1:52 PM

In case you didn't know -- I didn't until I saw it on a news website -- today is Unique Name Day.

Remember when parents usually chose from a small number of names for their children? Today, the sky's the limit.

Anyone who works in the editorial department of a newspaper sees lots of names. Those of today's students, especially in the long lists of honor rolls we publish in the print edition, are sometimes fascinating.

I read a while back about a TV sports fan who named his son Espen, as in ESPN.

And I've heard of a few people named Porsche, as in the sports car.

So what's your favorite unique name?


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Greased-up Deaf Guy.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 2:01 PM

Temmerlin, this is my husbands name which is very unique, misspronounced and misspelled more times than I am sure it has been written. But it was given to him by the great mind and compassion that his father has for history.

Nadiana, is my daughter and I think it is unique and just beautiful.

Thank you for letting me know that today is Unique Name day.

-- Posted by tamerajesch on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 2:10 PM

I love odd names but sometimes I think parents don't think before they name their children. Just because it is a cutesy name for a 2 year don't mean it will be for a 30 year old.

I remember when I was in school my best friend's name was Starr which is a beautiful name but her last name happen to be Bright...so her name was Starr Bright. I remember her being teased all the time and most people knew her by Twinkle Twinkle. (BTW this was not while living anywhere in this area)

I also have a very good friend out west who named her child Harvest and yep you guessed it their last name is Moon. So she is Harvest Moon. She is in High School now and I remember her saying a few years ago she will have to be careful about who she marrys, at that time she was searching for a guy with the last name of Time. (Just so you know she was joking. I think)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 2:32 PM

Mahlon Delayo is my uncles first and middle name. Nyokia is my mothers first name but she goes by her middle name. It was way too unusual back in the 40's!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 3:04 PM

Since moving to TN, my name is considered strange - Chantal.

-- Posted by cfrich on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 3:11 PM

I absolutely LOVE what Nicole Richie and Joel Madden named their daughter, Harlow Winter.

I am seriously considering that name if we ever have a girl!

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 3:14 PM

I went to school with Wendy Day and Rusty Peters.

I have taught Richard Burton and Taylor Hicks and Scott Peterson...and Jesus several times:-)

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 3:44 PM

Rusty Peters?? Your Kidding right? Surely someone wasn't cruel enough to name their child that?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 4:17 PM

I'm married to James Brown - and you thought he was dead.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 4:34 PM

LoL

-- Posted by Mary on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 4:50 PM

I know of a few. Misty Dawn was unique in the 80's very popular. Sky Blue , Rusty Pugh, Sunny Sky was our waitress at Long Horn.My friend's daughter named her baby Promise, which is becoming more popular. I know we're talking about children's names, but my husband name our daschund (I think that's how you spell it) Patton-after General Patton. I asked why are you naming him after someone so mean? He said he needed a big name for such a little weeney dog.

-- Posted by christiangirl on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 9:39 PM

Somewhere out there, a pot smoker has probably named his daughter Mari Juana.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 9:45 PM

I had some pretty good unique names on that retarded SSA petition. Well I did until some cry baby deleted them. There is still one good one on it though.

-- Posted by jweems64 on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 10:10 PM

I like vegan cookbook writer Crescent Dragonwagon,novelists Poppy Z.Bright and Owl Goingback,genius Marilyn Savant and preachers Creflo Dollar and Canaan Bannana.

As unusual names are supposed to help people be more successful in life,I'd say go beyond John and Mary or Jennifer and Jason to whatever pleases.

Just remember how a hard to spell or pronounce or too cutesy name can be a burden to the person bearing it.

I don't think it funny when hospital personnel,immigration officials,etc. give the unwary names like May O'Naise or Perry Gorack or Klaymiddiah.

I know a doctor named after the battleship Arethusa but she's known as Arie.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 10:12 PM

I really had a tough time spelling a former basketball player's first name correctly...because she kept changing the spelling. For years she was Kathy. From there it went to Cathy, Cathey, Cathye, Cathi, Kathi, Kathie and finally back to Kathy for keeps.

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 10:55 PM

quantumcat, I always liked Poppy Z. Brite, too - such a good name for a writer.

-- Posted by cfrich on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 11:17 PM

Diana, if you thought that name was bad for a parent to stick their child with, I know a guy named Richard Head. Think he didn't have a hard time growing up when kids figured out what the nickname was? :^)

-- Posted by tgreader on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 9:21 AM

I have a really good friend who's mother wasn't the best speller in the world. Her *name* is Margaret, her mother spelled it Magget on the birth certificate. Talk about an awkward moment for all the teachers on the first day of school.

I have a brother who is mentally challenged and we had just taught him to read and sound things out pretty well, then at the special olympics all the kids were reading each others names on the back of their shirts. The girl read his and promptly said "Benji!" very proudly, it took him a while longer to sound hers out then he laughed so hard he started crying. The girls name was Shitass. Pronounced Shi-taz!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 9:34 AM

In the medical field, we have tons of wordplay with names that resemble every body part and function. The most unique names I encountered (both in Mississippi, given to newborns) were Placenta and Condyloma.

Personally, my Father's name is Fereydoun (unpronouncable in English). He went by Fred here in the USA. I have an Aunt named Nasi (pronounced nawzee). I have cousins with nicknames FooFoo and ShooShoo (don't ask what their real names are!). An Uncle named Farhang, pronounced as spelled. And I know one fella named Navid Monajjem who has been called David, Naveen, Naive, Monogram, Monistat, Monoject, Mooneyham, Moneygram, and many others...

-- Posted by nmonajjem on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 3:03 PM

My boyfriend went to college with twin girls from Africa whose names were pronounced "A-quay-lee" and "A-kwa-ka" (I have no idea how to really spell them). The names go together and mean something like "twin of the other." So if "A-quay-lee" was introduced to someone, the other person may ask where "A-kwa-ka" was, because their names indicate their status as twins. Besides just being beautiful names, I think it's cool to have that connection to a sibling.

-- Posted by cubicalgirl on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 10:37 AM

I gave all my children the same initials, which seem kind of silly now since I know my girls will grow up and marry. But I think my most unusual names were my oldest son which is Julius Anthony and my youngest daughter which is Joycelin Aliya. You just don't hear Julius anymore.

-- Posted by JenniferC on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 11:17 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.