Friday, May 08, 2009

I Got To Thinking About Names

We don’t have much choice over how we’re called, unless we are in the entertainment industry and, even then, film studios or the Screen Actors’ Guild may have a say over things. The first doesn’t like your name and the second may already have a member with the same and you have to change yours.

So you are stuck with what your parents wanted. Maybe after you reach 18 you can change it if the folks really got foolish.

Friend of mine was named Durward. “My father was in the waiting room when the doctor came in and asked what he wanted to name me. The tv was on and some guy named Durward Kirby was on the screen. That was it.”

A local woman is a fan of a tv cartoon and named her twins “Pebbles” and “Bam-Bam.” She did. I’m sort of hoping the father will get a name change order.

Penn (Penn & Teller, magicians) named his girl Moxie CrimeFighter. Some celebs came up with the brilliant idea of naming their kid Pilot Inspektor. Nicholas Cage is the proud father of one Kal-El Coppola.

I don’t mind children having their old-country names, but they should realize it will be hard for us to get it right; same with American parents who give their kids alternate spellings for common names.


Anonymous ruthc said...

I could tell you stories (well, actually, I'm not allowed to) about the kids' names I learned while working for the welfare department. Some of those stories would curl your hair.

May 08, 2009 3:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

As long as you don't use their last names, I see no problem.

May 08, 2009 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a fellow from Maine, Frank Lamarde, who asked for a nmae change and the judge understandingly accorded it ( The judge was of French-Canadian descent) and he asked Frank what name he'd like and Frank said,

''Joe Lamarde''

On a serious side tho, there was a kid in school whose first name was ''Edmond''. Edmond is the French version of Edmund and the nun told the kid that his parents did not know how to write

How about the kid came from Morocco and named his dog Askim? People would say, What's your dog's name?''


Exit 318

May 08, 2009 6:13 PM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

For the past few weeks I have been wrapped up in dredging up details and ephemera in the life and death of a beautiful, talented, intelligent, and vivacious almost-local young woman who got herself involved in drugs and hardcore pornography and wound up dead five weeks before her twentieth birthday. Her given name was beautiful, but suggested (as did other elements in her life) that her parents were a couple of old hippies. Her "stage" name was extremely unusual, in that instead of choosing something exotic and sensual, she chose a name entirely pedestrian - which turned out to also be the name of a recently-deceased author of historical sagas and historical romances. From what I have learned of this young lady, this was almost certainly not a coincidence.

May 08, 2009 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's something D.B. Almost like she knew it was coming...''fatalist'' as we say here in Québec. Sad but beautiful. Beautiful as she protrayed or comanded her own destiny and it worked. Exit 318

May 09, 2009 6:36 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

As long as you don't use their last names, I see no problem.

Some of the first names are so unusual that they are likely unique. As such, anyone who might recognize that first name would know exactly who I was referring to.
Better not to take that chance.

May 09, 2009 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former director of a childhood lead poisoning prevention program, I saw lots of interesting names. My story, however, is better spoken then written. Phonetically, one little girl was A-nall-ich. Cute? They spelled it analitch. Yeah, anal itch. The real winner was a poor little girl whose name, phonetically, was Sha-Teed. They spelled it Shithead. There's a lifetime on a couch - guaranteed.

May 11, 2009 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,,,,,,,,you get the cake!

Ever see that Dolphins player, Star Choice? Boy these satellites are all over the place!


May 11, 2009 4:54 PM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

"Anal itch" and "shithead", eh? I've got one that will beat even those! I dare not be specific, but it was a venereal disease.
What people can do to their kids!

May 13, 2009 12:31 PM  
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