November 15, 2003

By Any Other Name

Diana Goodman has compiled all the most bizarre baby name suggestions from several baby-naming bulletin boards for quite a while. Then she made a wonderful website about it so we can call our moms and thank them for our name.

Unless your mom is this lady:
"What is a nature realated name for a boy? I am pregnant with a boy and I already have four girls. My girls are Summer Skies, Autumn Night, April Shower, and Spring Flower. Please help I am due in November.
Star Light"

This is exactly the kind of thing that winds up with the kid up in the belltower with a high powered rifle. Or in some cult, serving the kool-aid.

**Update: Ralph Wiggum over at It Tastes Like, Burning had an earlier post about loonies who name for the big bucks..

with unceasing hindsighted thanks to my mother, who almost named me Samantha Josephine so she could call me Sammy Jo.

Posted by LeeAnn at November 15, 2003 03:37 PM

If I had been a boy, my mum was going to name me "Shane", after the character in that Alan Ladd movie. Scary...

More scary name stories here:

Posted by: Lynn at November 15, 2003 03:47 PM

The scariest name story I've ever heard is a guy I once knew named Glass, nicknamed 'Woody', and he wanted a daughter so he could name her Crystal Clair...

Posted by: Ted at November 15, 2003 05:02 PM

Lynn: Shane, huh? And heaven forbid if you weren't a cutie, you'd hear "Shane is plain!" on the playground until you snapped.

Ted: Is she in therapy? Or joined a punk band, perhaps?

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 15, 2003 05:07 PM

I prefer nice simple names, like LeeAnn. Of course, with my name, I have issues, anyway. And for the record, that du Toit guy is THE OTHER Kim, not me.

Posted by: Velociman at November 15, 2003 08:20 PM

What about naming your kid something great, like Michael...and having the last name Hunt? That's always a big hit later in life!

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 15, 2003 09:51 PM

Asia Teal--some father yelled this at his daughter at a kite fest. My comment was she was named for a continent and a color; the gf pointed out the kid won't have to change her name when she starts doing porn.

Posted by: Victor at November 16, 2003 07:16 AM

I have no comment.

Posted by: Harlow Possum Stump at November 16, 2003 10:05 AM

Hmmmm. The lady wants nature names? How about:

Fresh Bear Shit
Rotting Leaves
Deer Piss
Rotting Carcass

Then again, there is always "John."

Posted by: Parkway Rest Stop at November 16, 2003 01:12 PM

My maiden name was Igert. My grandfather's name was Frederick. My mother joked that had I been a boy, they would have named me Frederick Boomer Igert: FBI.


Posted by: hln at November 16, 2003 01:21 PM

My sister-in-law has RAT for initials, and she absolutely hates it. For Christmas I'd get her really nice gifts like leather-bound address books and such. All monogrammed of course. ;)

Posted by: Ted at November 17, 2003 06:54 AM

Heh, my ex-'s initials are JAP. Not the most funnest way for a nice Jewish girl to go through life. :)

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 20, 2003 09:27 AM