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  1. #1
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    What's in a name?

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    Silver makes a habit of reading the "Birth Records" in the local newspaper each Sunday. She is often amazed by the unique originality of some of the names. AND, she often exclaims their uniqueness loudly on occasion

    Now, in fairness, some of the uniqueness comes from cultural influences that we are not criticizing.

    BUT, today, one takes the cake:

    St.MXXX's Hospital for Women & Children
    Kathryn ***** & Gregory ####### of
    Oakland City, Indiana
    Daughter: Hemi D, July 19


    So, what's in a name???
    Well, we'll just let you speculate on that one
    Last edited by Mr. Bloom; 08-05-2007 at 08:34 AM.
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    My name is brandi need I say more?
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    Hemi D? Am I missing something? Closest I get to a meaning here is 250. Brandi, on the other hand, is a name I've come across before. Not often, but it's not strange to me either.
    BTW, Brandi, our neighbours just got home from a vacation in Denmark. One thing they saw was the Sand Sculpture World Championships. They were very impressed!
    Half-marathon over. Sabbatical year over. It's back to "sacking shirt and oat cakes" as they say here.

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    I once met a lovely woman with the unfortunate name of
    Floey Ann Krampy.

    What is in a name indeed?
    I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

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    Hemi D?
    Is her daddy's name Fred Necker?

    That is tragic.
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    I used to be a welfare case manager and my co-workers and I kept a list of the more um, shall I say, unusual names. Off the top of my head, a few of my favorites...I swear, I am not making any of these up:

    Shampayne & Shardonnay (sisters, of course)
    Heav'n
    Unique, and the alternate spelling, Uneek (I am dead serious here)
    Precious
    Speshell (pronounced Special, but I'm sure you all already got that one)
    Alcapone
    Cougar
    Rocket
    Monet Burns (get it? money burns...ugh)
    Feather
    Queen Victoria (they actually called her that)
    King Michael (they actually called him that)
    Lemonjello (no, not lemon jello...more like this: le-MAHN-zhellow)

    I don't know what people are thinking. Can you imagine going through life with the name Lemonjello???

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    My nephew named his son Damian Blade. Ya can't pick your family...
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    Sign of the times. People started giving their kids surnames for first names (Tyler, Taylor, Madison, etc.). What started out as a possible quest to be original ended up becoming a bit passe. Now traditional names like Anne, Mary, etc. seem rarer. Each to his/her own, I suppose.

    Do you think some of these kids take on the spirit of their name, like Feather? Is she lighthearted? Do you think Queen Victoria is a prude or Shardonnay a wine lover? Maybe Rocket will become an astronaut!

    My middle name is Erin, which, in 1963, was not common. It apparently became an "it" name in the 1970s. As a second-generation Irish-American, I can't help but cringe when I hear someone named Erin Kwazaloski, Erin Schmidt, etc. Seems like sacrilege to a Mick like myself. LOL. We had to be named after Saints, so while there were plenty 'o pickings from which Mom and Dad could choose, there was no St. Britany or St. Paris. Thank goodness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck on Wheels View Post
    Hemi D? Am I missing something?
    Duck,

    "Hemi" is a type of engine that Dodge uses, most heavily in pick-up trucks, like the Dodge "D"urango.

    Maybe, just maybe, this is where little "Hemi D" actually started on this journey we call life
    If you don't grow where you're planted, you'll never BLOOM - Will Rogers

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    actually this one does show a cultural angle

    I know absolutely nothing about cars so my thought was

    they called their daughter Hemi? - Hemi being a Maori boys name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Silver View Post
    Duck,

    "Hemi" is a type of engine that Dodge uses, most heavily in pick-up trucks, like the Dodge "D"urango.

    Maybe, just maybe, this is where little "Hemi D" actually started on this journey we call life
    Indeed, Mr. Silver!

    I think one of the most unusual names I have come across was Mignon as in Filet Mignon! I don't really understand why parents name children the same first and last names like Richard (D*ck) Richards or Sam Samuels. I have known a couple of those.

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    hmmm - hard for me to say anything about others' names..... but
    all real people
    I also know a Unique - she's my neighbor's granddaughter
    Brian Brian
    Richard Head (yeah they thought it funny to call him by the nickname d*ck)
    Tarp Head (no relation)
    Candy Cane (not a stage name, but a real little girl my mom went to elementary school with)
    Fuk Soon - talk something that is unfortunate cross culturally...
    "Sharing the road means getting along, not getting ahead" - 1994 Washington State Driver's Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    Richard Head
    That is just wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by sara View Post
    Alcapone
    My favorite

    Quote Originally Posted by sara View Post
    Lemonjello (no, not lemon jello...more like this: le-MAHN-zhellow)
    Perhaps a job at TarGet awaits Lemon

    Quote Originally Posted by sara View Post
    I don't know what people are thinking.
    Me neither.I can only shake my head like a stunned monkey.
    Last edited by Zen; 08-05-2007 at 01:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyloo View Post
    Indeed, Mr. Silver!

    I think one of the most unusual names I have come across was Mignon as in Filet Mignon! I don't really understand why parents name children the same first and last names like Richard (D*ck) Richards or Sam Samuels. I have known a couple of those.
    I think Mignon is actually a fairly common girls' name in France. The cross-cultural problem again. I struggled with it when naming my own kids. Some names that I liked in Norwegian simply would not do for a kid who would also be crossing the Atlantic a lot -- like Roar (pronounced roo-ahr), or Just (pronounced yoost). My daughter wound up being named after my grandfather because his middle name is a girls' name in Norwegian. So we kinda held our breath when she signed up for a dorm in college in the States -- what gender roommate would they assign to her?
    Half-marathon over. Sabbatical year over. It's back to "sacking shirt and oat cakes" as they say here.

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    I work on welfare system, so i've the "status" names: Lexus, mercedes, Inifintitee, Porsche, Nissan, Tiffany, etc,
    We were talking about this on the Train. One lady(who handles immigration cases) had a client whose son was named Uzmal. She asked her client how she came up with the name.
    "I wanted him to be proud to be an American, and it's on all the goverenment trucks!" she repiled (U.S. Mail)
    Now from my own Family history
    I have an ancestor whose name was George Missouri Davidson. his sisters were : Virginia Carolina, Alabama Florida, and Mississippi Tennessee .
    From the other side, my great-grandfather had the Handle of Andrew Jackson Jefferson Davis Burress. The story was that he was born after the US Civil War. my GGGrandfather had side with the union, but want to give the name of a Tennessean, and My GGGrandMother family were confederates. They could not agree, so the pastor combined the two. He always went by JD, and if pressed , would tell you they stood for Jackson Davis

 

 

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