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Old 24.05.2011, 16:46
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It's contracted as Dieudo.
Gawd help poor little Wieudonné.
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:01
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Now perhaps this requires it's own thread, but I'll throw it out there.

I actually get slightly irritated when people use generic "normal" names for pets----Dogs, cats, what have you.
can also be the other way round. Happened to me once in school. A boy once approached me and said my name would be a dog's name
It's not so. (and it's not Jordan btw.)

In another country it's associated either with the name of porn stars or an old lady's name. Weired but also great! I found that rather funny.
Hmmmm...just an example what can happen to perfectly normal names...

to be 100% sure, i recommend:



best line from the video:
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"You will need... some relatives you like..." wow

That's not a bad start... to have a nice family is always of advantage...

never thought that a calm voice could make me this aggressive....sounds so psychopathic...or is it just me?

otherwise, I wouldn't give my child a strange name - find it concerning but only the really weired ones. The rest is individuality.


...ahhh...and this cat is scary! in combination with the ladys voice in the vid: this would be my nightmare
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:06
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can also be the other way round. Happened to me once in school. A boy once approached me and said my name would be a dog's name
It's not so. (and it's not Jordan btw.).....

Jordan is a dog's name? I would personally associate it with a shoe's name (or a basketballer for that matter).

That is the reason I would go against called a child 'Rex' or whatever that's the shortform of.
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A boy once approached me and said my name would be a dog's name
You sure that it wasn't Dog Food name?
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:07
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

Dieudo? Oh no...Well, good that it is Francophone part and not Anglophone. Unless Dieudo goes to International school. I bet they won't give him the plush models of genitals to demonstrate at school...

I actually really like Dido.

Amber is cool, so if Jasper, Rubin is my fav.

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What gets me is the SWISS or GERMAN people who barely speak English and then butcher these pretty names everytime they yell for their kid, as the example of Kh-aaee-finn shows.
Now, look who is mockin'....And you assume all kids will be mocked and all will be super depressed about it. So much that they will have to either change their name or write about it decades afterwards on expat forum

Really now...I do think all kids mock. But few actually hurt by it. Those who's self esteem isn't strong, or can't simply shrug off.

But I wouldn't call for uniformity, for kid's sake, since kids, more than adults, evidently, can naturally just ignore stuff that society pushes on them. I also envied weird names, that evoked exotic places and stories, I thought it was a noble thing, as a kid. And sure thing, I was mocked. Shrugged it off, you always get mocked for one thing or another. And those persistent ones got a nosebleed from my brothers.

It's boring to live in a culture of Jana, Petra, Tomas and Michal. And all over again. Classrooms filled with Janas, Petras, Tomases and Michals. 3-4 per class, always. Conformity is boring, if kids need something, it's self esteem, integrity, and not kids or adults who think it is ok to constantly rip on somebody. And, by the way, you are rippin' on parents (albeit over-inventive, I know) but also on kids, saying their names suck. We do live in a global context, here more than anywhere else, me thinks.
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:08
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That is the reason I would go against called a child 'Rex' or whatever that's the shortform of.
Or Fifi Trixabelle, which is three dog names in one.
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:11
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Jordan is a dog's name? I would personally associate it with a shoe's name (or a basketballer for that matter).

That is the reason I would go against called a child 'Rex' or whatever that's the shortform of.

As I said it's not Jordan. Jordan Baker is just a character from a book..not important... Yeah Rex would probably lead to a drama, like with this guy:




or to a very self confident person!
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:16
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You sure that it wasn't Dog Food name?

I should def. take some more minutes before I choose a user name next time

would be a good topic for the next thread: What expectations/associations raise user names (sorry for the bad english)
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That is the reason I would go against called a child 'Rex' or whatever that's the shortform of.
Rex is king in Latin...
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:27
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Rex is king in Latin...
And Peter means Stone in Greek
And John means Yahweh is gracious
And Charles (the most manly name of them all) means man in Germanic

If we are going to look at the meaning of every single name, I think we will all find out most are quite weird and kinda silly when translated into modern English, not different from all those "horrible names people are naming their children nowadays"
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Old 24.05.2011, 17:29
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Rex is king in Latin...

since the french revolution there seems to be a decline concerning this name

from a king- to a dubious musician- to a dog

long live the democracy!
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Old 24.05.2011, 19:28
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Ok, let me re-cap AGAIN - if you are more or less fluent in English and understand what the name means, then go ahead and call your girl Amber, Tiffany or Chrystal
You really are obsessed with the meaning of those names. In English (or in whatever other language like for names like Esmerelda, etc) people don't really think of the meaning at all. They are just names.

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(just be aware of the fact that those are currently very popular names in the adult entertainment industry)... What gets me is the SWISS or GERMAN people who barely speak English and then butcher these pretty names everytime they yell for their kid, as the example of Kh-aaee-finn shows.
I'll defer to you on that. I don't know much about the industry.

Still I'm really surprised that someone who was apparently victimized for her name thinks it's OK to make these types of comments.

But I guess we all know that those who have been abused they are more likely to continue the cycle and abuse others. It's a shame really. You'd think they would be more enlightened.
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

The thing I've noticed here - may just be in our village - is that parents seem to name their second or third child the same thing as the friend of their older child who lives in the block opposite. It took me 2 years to work out that the 3-yr old girl next-door was not in fact christened Chliisanja (which I thought was a very pretty-sounding name!) but just Anja, like her brother's friend Grossanja who lives across the playground.

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In English (or in whatever other language like for names like Esmerelda, etc) people don't really think of the meaning at all. They are just names.
Do you really think so? There are an awful lot of English-language name dictionaries online, which suggests that at least some people must be interested in meanings.

My parents picked their daughters' names based on sound, meaning and the initials not making up a word (e.g. pig), in that order of importance, and we used roughly the same criteria for our two. As a result of their collection of name books, I've been crazy about name meanings from childhood and can still reel off quite a few without having to look them up - we all have to have one geeky trait, right? And I do find certain names off-putting because I know what they mean - lame, blind, bald,... won't specify the names concerned so as not to put anyone else off! Lovely-sounding names but I could never give them to my kids. Doesn't mean no one else should though.

Esmerelda was on our shortlist for our daughter - we'd have called her Esme for short - but we decided it was perhaps a bit much and went for something shorter. I like being able to tell her that her names mean pearl and dove.
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:54
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The thing I've noticed here - may just be in our village - is that parents seem to name their second or third child the same thing as the friend of their older child who lives in the block opposite. It took me 2 years to work out that the 3-yr old girl next-door was not in fact christened Chliisanja (which I thought was a very pretty-sounding name!) but just Anja, like her brother's friend Grossanja who lives across the playground.
Happens in a lot of cultures; some friends of ours were convinced my Sister-in-law is called Arclaire. My wife is N. Irish, figure it out .
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

My in-laws' names all begin with Ar, or sometimes Yor. (Irish immigrants). Hadn't really thought about it being the same. But even so, if someone else among my family or friends uses the name I was thinking of for my next child, that puts it out of bounds for me. It seems odd to deliberately pick a name that's already in use where I am, unless you're restricted to a small list of acceptable choices.

Different anecdote about special names: the little boy downstairs is convinced our son's name is Samuel. It's actually something completely different - and not that unusual - but which when said with a German accent sounds a little like it. I imagine this happens quite a bit among expats!
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My in-laws' names all begin with Ar, or sometimes Yor. (Irish immigrants). Hadn't really thought about it being the same. But even so, if someone else among my family or friends uses the name I was thinking of for my next child, that puts it out of bounds for me. It seems odd to deliberately pick a name that's already in use where I am, unless you're restricted to a small list of acceptable choices.

Different anecdote about special names: the little boy downstairs is convinced our son's name is Samuel. It's actually something completely different - and not that unusual - but which when said with a German accent sounds a little like it. I imagine this happens quite a bit among expats!
Your neighbour's kid isn't called Trigger by any chance, is he?
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I went to a "Moms & Tots" play group the otherday, there was a little 2 year old girl with a strange name: "Tiquila"
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I went to a "Moms & Tots" play group the otherday, there was a little 2 year old girl with a strange name: "Tiquila"
I hope their surname isn't Sunrise!!

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I also have a long name and feel fine with it, but some combinations are explosive, like: Dolores Fuertes de Barriga! One has to think a bit before
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

I have an afrikaans name and was actually teased about it by my afrikaans teacher in high school!!


and along the meaning of names... my daughter's name means lame, but it was chosen in memory of a close family member who passed away shortly before her birth, still a beautiful name I think, and the meaning doesn't bother me(or her) much...
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