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The other day I read a newspaper, and when I arrived at the gossip section, I saw a nice lady on a pic. I read - and her name was "Kendall". Hm. I thought first, ok, they use the family name for some reason, but then there was a "Jenner" added. 


What the heck ? A lady with no first name and two family names ? Well ok. So be it, then. Until I thought of Taylor Swift. Or Swift Taylor ? Or a girl I heard whose name was Dakota. Then, her brother must be Wyoming.


Chelsea Clinton might as well be called Arsenal Clinton. Or so. Weather seasons seem also be a popular way to name the kids. Summer, Autumn (;-)), April, June, August even exists in German, then the next one would be Claus, first name Santa.


Here in Europe, you can't name your kid Chad (that's a country's name), Sylvester (that's New Year's here) or Coca-Cola. In some countries like Nauru you can not only choose Coca-Cola, but also Pepsi. Here there's lists with names which are accepted as first or second names, and don't put a kid in constant embarassment when his name is Dumbo for example ;-)


I guess parents who give their kids names like Delta, Dylan (Bob ?), Jojo, Destiny, Dieudonné (god-given, in Africa) Edison, Brittany (U.K. ?), Paris (why not Houston ?) etc. either want to show off how special they (or their kids) are or seem to be, or they simply haven't got all cups in the cupboard, as we say here.


Or what's the reason ?


BTW: My first daughter has 3 first names: Isabelle Jenny Sayonara. Sayonara goes into the above category, but a) I simply thought it sounds good, b) it is her THIRD name, and c) she likes it. She calls herself Sayo. And she's NOT Japanese LOL


What's YOUR name and why did you get it ?


Dino Manalis Added Nov 28, 2017 - 9:13am
Names have meaning, especially the last name expresses ethnicity or culture.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 10:06am
I'm not talking of family names but of surnames.
Bill H. Added Nov 28, 2017 - 11:21am
In my area, some of the kids are ending up with names like "Atherton ", "Coleman", "Miles", "Mason", "Barrington", "Paxton", Wellington" and others that send shivers down my spine. I'm not sure what triggered all of the names ending in "ton", but it seemed to come from some earlier activity of seeing who could give their dogs the corniest names. Some of the recent girls names that are popular were actually used by "Ladies of the Evening" in the past, such as "Alexis", "Raven", "Silver", and "Jade".  Surprisingly some of the real young girls are getting names like "Emma", Anna", and Mabel" that many remember from our Grandparents.
opher goodwin Added Nov 28, 2017 - 11:44am
Opher is my name Stone. I was named Christopher but when I changed schools at 11 years there were already 3 Chris's in my class so someone called me Opher. Dropping Christ was fine with me.
It has created schizophrenia. My friends still call me Opher, everyone calls me Chris. My pen name for all my books is Opher.
When I'm Opher I'm me.
When I'm anything else I'm in a role.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 12:41pm
Even here nostalgia rules again - together with trend names. Maria, Elias and other bible stuff comes up again, along with Sven, Lia, Mia or any -a. There seems to be almost no girl names anymore which don't end with an "a".
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 12:57pm
Ah......Christopher !
BTW: Schizophrenia would also be a nice girls' name, or Paranoia. Remember "a" :-)
The Burghal Hidage Added Nov 28, 2017 - 1:39pm
LOL!  There was for a time a rather naughty animated series featured here on the Comedy Central network called Brickleberry. There was a Doctor character in the show and in one scene he is portrayed prepping for surgery. As the patient is wheeled in he cries " Where's Anaesthesia?"  A rather large black nurse props herself up from a reclined position on a nearby gurney and replies " Anaesthesia's on break, mother f---er!"
opher goodwin Added Nov 28, 2017 - 1:50pm
I always thought Daphnia or Coelenterata or maybe Ophelia? We called our daughter Hester.
Carole McKee Added Nov 28, 2017 - 2:09pm
I will only answer to Carole, although it's my middle name. I have never liked my first name and I will not respond to it. There are a lot of hurtful memories attached to it.
I think it's important to think about what a kid will have to suffer through because of the name. For example, one of my brother's is named Galen. When he started school, kids were calling him Gay, and then laughing. My parents didn't think about things like that. I named my daughter Terra, and my son Eric. Terra was originally supposed to be Tara, but everybody pronounced it wrong, so I changed the spelling. Her teachers asked her if her mother was a flower child. 
She asked me once, why I named her Terra. I told her because Terra meant Earth, and she meant the whole world to me. She was happy with my answer.
I tried to choose names that couldn't be made fun of or be changed around, but my son, being Eric McKee, got the nickname, Emick (for E McKee).
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 2:47pm
Terra.....sort of neat :)
wsucram15 Added Nov 28, 2017 - 3:26pm
My name is pronounced Jean..even though my parents though it was cute to spell it Je-anne.  Most people pronunce it that way or Jeannie.  My name rhymed so I got tortured in school.
I was going to change my name when I was emancipated to Elizabeth, but my friend Liz talked me out of that and I kept my name.
I named my kids after people or things of the time, watching the spelling so they werent tortured.
My Granddaughter is named after myself and my Grandmother. My Grandson..well, he has one of those names that he might kill his parents for later in life.  Braxton Chase.  No idea where it came from, not even going to ask.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 3:43pm
So his surname is Braxton and the family name Chase ? Like Chevy Chase (Chevrolet I suppose....) ?
Carole McKee Added Nov 28, 2017 - 3:45pm
He sounds like a writer. Actually, I think it's kinda cool.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Well.....better Braxton Chase than THIS one. Pretty hard abroad for this guy...
Jeff Michka Added Nov 28, 2017 - 6:16pm
SEFa sez: Well.....better Braxton Chase than THIS one. Pretty hard abroad for this guy...Truly.  but at least they won't put him through "heavy vetting" if he foolishly wants to visit the US.  He'll be accused of terrorism by just using his name. 
Jeff Michka Added Nov 28, 2017 - 6:18pm
Hmmm...seems a good name for the "about to be" grand daughter will be Cecile, after her dad's mom.  There are times I think the bottle needs to be taken from parents when they name their kids.
Leroy Added Nov 28, 2017 - 7:12pm
My son ended up with a surname for his given name.  When my wife was pregnant, she craved spicy food.  According to folklore, that meant she would have a girl.  So, she made a bet with me.  If it were a girl, she would name her.  If it were a boy, I would get to name him.  I took her up on the bet.  Shortly after, the ultrasound indicated it was a boy; therefore, I got the honors.  My wife asked one favor; she wanted her parents to give him a local name.  I agreed.  Every name I came up with she vehemently opposed.  Any name such as Charles or James ending in "s" was unacceptable because it meant death.  Another name meant to strangle in her language.  Every name had a problem.  I gave up.  We named him the same name that her parents gave him.  The pinyin spelling of the name is a surname in English.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:02am
He'll be accused of terrorism by just using his name. 
I wonder what will be in his passport when he's not able to spell his name ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:04am
Any name such as Charles or James ending in "s" was unacceptable because it meant death.
? So what's his name then ?
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:06am
BTW: Leroy reminds me of Leroy Brown - a hit in Switzerland in the 70's by Jim Croce. At least your name has been immortalized !
Mark Hunter Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:09am
My parents argued about my name: My father wanted to name me Mark and my mother wanted to name me Richard, so they compromised by naming me Mark Richard and calling me Rick. It led to a lot of confusion for me until I entered high school and demanded to be called Mark, figuring Mark Hunter sounded more like a writer's name. But it turns out there are so many Mark Hunters that I have to use the author's name Mark R Hunter -- and I'm far from the only one of those.
But it could have been worse, as I learned when Frank Zappa named his kids Moon Unit and Dweezil.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:17am
LOL Zappa WAS a strange guy although very bright and a musical genius......maybe that's why. But then...a German actor named his kids Wilson Gonzalez and Jimi Blue.....maybe he liked Zappa ;-)
Mark Hunter Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:24am
One thing we know is that the name doesn't necessarily determine the personality!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:14am
Right. Let's eat more stones :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 29, 2017 - 4:31am
Carole - I love Terra as a name. Was she a little Terra?
opher goodwin Added Nov 29, 2017 - 4:34am
Isn't it amazing how many people change their names, use middle names or adopt other names.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 5:54am
Yep. In Cameroon I'm called Tesup, in Mali and Senegal Lassana. Here in Switzerland I'm Jürg, my original name, but I would also use Walter, my middle name, if there wasn't Disney who had the same name. On the other hand, Walter Trout or Walter Matthau are or were ok as Walters :-)
opher goodwin Added Nov 29, 2017 - 7:12am
Or Little Walter - a great bluesman.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 7:46am
Oh yeah...forgot him ! 
Jeff Michka Added Nov 29, 2017 - 10:38am
SEFa sez: He'll be accused of terrorism by just using his name. I wonder what will be in his passport when he's not able to spell his name ;-) Osama bin Laden?  LOL or perhaps named after the one found in orchards world wide: Apple bin Laden, or the dirty one, Trash bin Laden. :-)
Jeff Michka Added Nov 29, 2017 - 10:40am
of course, there's the possibility of being called after the environmentally responsible one... Recycle bin Laden...
Neil Lock Added Nov 29, 2017 - 10:53am
Well, I don't object to either my first or last names. But if you put in my middle initial (H), and make an anagram of the result, you come out with Nick O'Hell. Maybe I am the devil after all...
Jeff Michka: Along the same lines, I used to call your previous president Obama Sin Laden.
Dave Volek Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:23am
My mother was going to name me Isador because I was born on that saint's birthday. Thankfully she changed her mind. I had enough troubles growing up.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:25am
Obama Bin Laden is correct. BTW Barack in German means "shed".
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:27am
BTW2: As does Mubarak. Shed for cows (Cow = "Moo" sound, Moo in German is "Mu"...and again "barak") ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:29am
Far out !
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:32am
Isador ?!? Wow. Never heard of that. We know "Isidor" here, though. Maybe that's the British form. Isador sounds like some kind of deodorant or a tranquilizer...Isadorm or so LOL
wsucram15 Added Nov 29, 2017 - 11:44am
No SEF.. thats his first and middle name.  His family name I didnt give you, which differs from mine since I use my family name only.  My Granddaughters name is even longer, she has 3 names and her family name. Her name is Ella Katharyn Mae, my other Grandson is Nicholas Landon James. This is supposed to be an old Catholic tradition..(the 3 names thing). 
Also my mother got the name Norma Jean from a nurse, my grandmother had never seen a newborn baby and thought them horrid. So her beautiful prepared name of Katharyn went to my Aunt 10 years later.
Kira Popescu Added Nov 29, 2017 - 1:00pm
There are some names that are problematic but most of the names you listed in this article do not fall in to that category. It reflects more poorly on you than on the people you're attempting to snark on.  You're not very well informed about names or their origins. Dylan happens to be the last name of Bob Dylan but it's a legitimate Welsh first name. Dylan was a god of the sea, it was the name of the poet Dylan Thomas, who came before Bob Dylan. Chad happens to be the name of a country but it's also an English first name. There was a saint named Chad.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 2:17pm
Norma Jean
Marilyn Monroe I suppose ;-) Hm...I wonder...Chase....I understand that comes from "chasing" someone. I just try to make connections.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 2:22pm
It reflects more poorly on you than on the people you're attempting to snark on
Oh, thanks for the flowers LOL I'm not "snarking" on anybody here. I just wonder how people can be so cruel to name their kids in a way that they'll have problems at school afterwards, and I refer to the names I stated in the article, which are, erm, pretty "unusual" in Europe.
I wanted to get some info about where that "name competition" comes from.
BTW: Thanks for being a newbie here and the first thing you do is pick on people.
Carole McKee Added Nov 29, 2017 - 2:40pm
Opher: Yes. Terra was a little terror and then a bigger terror. She did not get my easy-going personality at all. In fact, when the boys in our family brought girls around, they all said the girl had to pass the "Terra Test."
Dave: If I had been born a boy, my dad wanted to name me Metro.
Kira Popescu Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:08pm
Stone eater, suck it up, buttercup. That’s the internet for you.  If you’re going to criticize the names people give their children, you should be prepared to deal with some criticism in return. I didn’t realize I had to be here a certain amount of time before I’m allowed to criticize what you write. Kendall Jenner and Chelsea Clinton are both American so it doesn’t matter that their names are ‘unusual’ in Europe. An American would have no trouble with those names and they would not be considered cruelty. Last names as first names are common and have been for a while now. I don’t even know what your Arsenal comment is referring to. I had a dog named Dakota but she didn’t have a sibling named Wyoming.
Carole McKee Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:17pm
Another one o my brothers is named Marshall. He always liked it, and I guess it's a strong name. He's a multimillionaire so I guess that strong name could have something to do with it.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:23pm
Might be :) It sounds like he's some authority !
Dave Volek Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:31pm
"Metro" is common first name for a male Ukrainian. Do you have any roots from that part of the world?
Dave Volek Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:34pm
Growing up in "white Canada," nearly everyone named their kids a common Christian name. A name like "Tiffany" was too far out of bounds for many.
When my Slovak grandparents emigrated to Canada in the 1930s, they had to adopt the English equivalent of their first name: Jan (yahn) become John and Maria become Mary. Foreign names didn't seem to be welcome. Many last names were also changed to suit the first immigration officer.  
opher goodwin Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:37pm
Carole - LOL - I can imagine. But still a lovely name.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 29, 2017 - 3:41pm
When I worked in Canada and the US I called myself George. Why ? Because when you pronounce my name Jürg in English it sounds like .... jerk LOL
Thomas Napers Added Nov 30, 2017 - 2:14am
I like full names that sounds like two last names or two first names.  So I think Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift are pretty cool names.  However, the name Jesus Condom is a whole other matter.  It’s awkward enough having people call you Jesus. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 30, 2017 - 3:56am
Jesus is a common first name in Latin cultures. Condom...well...not quite LOL
Kira Popescu Added Nov 30, 2017 - 10:47am
It's pronounced like Hay-soos, not like Jesus Christ.
Dave Volek Added Nov 30, 2017 - 12:05pm
There is a Swiss guy in my home town. His name is Jesus. He is a machinist and had his own machine shop. He was quite popular with the blue-collar oilpatch people, but we were sure uncomfortable calling him "Jesus." But we got over it.
He sold his business and went back to being a regular machinist. I haven't seen him for a years.
In the Slovak language, the name is spelled
"Ješuš" and pronounced "ye shoosh". But it is not used to name a child.
Carole McKee Added Nov 30, 2017 - 12:26pm
Dave: Actually, my father was Polish. That's close, I guess.
Opher: She was a very beautiful girl, and is a beautiful woman. She's also smart and athletic. She just has a prickly personality with family. She's great to her friends, though.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 30, 2017 - 12:30pm
Well....that's a premiere....I've never heard of a Swiss named Jesus. That would be frowned upon. Maybe he was of Spanish origin. But the Spanish pronounce Jesus "Chesus" as every laguage has its pronouciation of foreign words.
In the Spanish cultural sphere, Jesús (pronounced IPA: [xeˈsus]) is a very common male personal name.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 30, 2017 - 12:31pm
Sorry for the typos.....don't have a spell checker, I never use that. Gives me too freaky proposals on a machine which has an operating system configured for German ;-)
Jeff Michka Added Nov 30, 2017 - 8:59pm
Or Little Walter - a great bluesman.
Oh yeah...forgot him ! 
HOW IN THE F*** CAN you forget Little Walter?
Stone-Eater Added Dec 1, 2017 - 5:43am
Well...I gotta ask Mr. Alzheimer !
Jeff Michka Added Dec 2, 2017 - 11:30am
Well...I gotta ask Mr. Alzheimer !Did He tell you about Little Walter all over again? Or did he tell you about Blind Orange Julius, Muddy Rivers and Ella Fitzwashington?
Bill H. Added Dec 2, 2017 - 1:06pm
Some years back, my brother's son was considering naming his yet-unborn child Aiden. It turns out that there were 4 other kids on the block named Aiden, so an argument ensued with the neighbors about how he would spell his Aiden's name. Seems Aiden was already taken, as was Ayden, Aden, and Aidyn. He ended up using Aaden.
My question was "why didn't you consider just going with a different name?" and he replied that "Aiden is the most popular name, so I want him to have it".
It reminds me about a teacher my wife knew that had no less than 8 kids named Joshua in the 4th grade class of 23 students she was teaching back in the late '80s.
Carole McKee Added Dec 2, 2017 - 4:17pm
Parents should know that kids just want to fit in. I know my mother wanted me to be named Carole Anne, but my grandmother and my dad said that was too common. But that's what kids want. Now my first name is considered very popular now, but when I was in elementary school I was the only one in all 12 grades of school to have that name. I wouldn't even raise my hand in class because I didn't want to hear the teacher say it. 
Bill H. Added Dec 2, 2017 - 10:48pm
If I got stuck with a name like Wharfton, I surely wouldn't raise my hand in class either.
I wouldn't even go out for recess, and would insist that my mom picked me up from school every day so I wouldn't get my assed kicked for getting tagged with a name like that.
Jeff Michka Added Dec 3, 2017 - 1:53pm
well, consider if the photo reference "Jesus Condom" was preceded with the additional name "Used," :-)
Carole McKee Added Dec 3, 2017 - 4:13pm
"Wharfton?" I don't think my first name is that bad!
Dave Volek Added Dec 4, 2017 - 5:23pm
Jesus of Brooks, formerly of Switzerland, was, I think, of Spanish descent. I think he learned it would be too much to expect average Canadians to pronounce it the Spanish way. They just used the Christian pronunciation. 
Did you ever hear about the Chinese immigrant named "Ollie Jorgeson"?
There were two people in line at the Canadian Immigration Office. The officer said: "Give me your name."
The first-in-line was from Sweden. He said: "I am Ollie Jorgeson".  So the officer put "Ollie Jorgeson" in the ledger for new immigrants and gave him an identity card.
The second-in-line was from China. He said "Sam Ting"
Stone-Eater Added Dec 5, 2017 - 1:42am
Wharfton ? Probably the father worked in a wharf....
Stone-Eater Added Dec 5, 2017 - 1:43am
LOL Same thing....:-))