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The kid has long since become china or whatever, so not a problem.
Well, phonetically, it means tschaina, dinner (evening meal) in romansh:
- Hey Dinner! Breakfast's ready!

You can't do it right with names.
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:20
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I got teased mostly for being different and a little for the name. The point is that if you choose a name that highlights your kid as a target, you never know how bad the bullying will get.
I know your real name? why on earth were you teased for it? it's a very normal name?
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:22
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Hmm, if he's not listed in the Bilanz 300, I'm not interested.

I jest, there's just certain names that I would exclude because, well, there has already been one of those and if it didn't end nicely, I'm not going for another one. My loss and all that. Anyone called Daniel, Lukas or Oliver, however, is more than welcome to apply, there seems to be an unusually high "all round nice guy" ratio for those names.
surely you should do the opposite, after all, with the laws of probability, if you've used up your quota of good Oliver's you're only going to have bad ones left...
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:22
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I know your real name? why on earth were you teased for it? it's a very normal name?
Sometimes, it's not necessarily the name, that triggers the bulllying.
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:36
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

When you have to introduce someone - as I once had to - whose name is
Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax - then you really have a problem.
He was incidentally the younger son of the 17th Baron of Dunsany.
Name-dropper!................me? Surely not.
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:47
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Sometimes, it's not necessarily the name, that triggers the bulllying.
That's exactly right.


As for the "God" name & French speakers, they have Dieudonné. What nickname would on use? Dieu or Donné?

We had a contractor at work named Jesus but he would say "Just call me Zeus". No point in being the son of God when you can be God.
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Sometimes, it's not necessarily the name, that triggers the bulllying.
Chicken and egg situation. I just remember finding the stuff they were saying about my name incredibly childish and lacking originality - and told them so. Bad move. I guess the mistake is that, as a kid, I hung out more with grown ups than other kids and didn't really understand kiddy rules.
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:51
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When you have to introduce someone - as I once had to - whose name is
Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax - then you really have a problem.
He was incidentally the younger son of the 17th Baron of Dunsany.
Name-dropper!................me? Surely not.
You DO NOT know the Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax's! Get out!
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Old 23.05.2011, 21:57
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Parents should be allowed to call their kids whatever they like but I draw the line at naming the baby after where they were conceived.

It might seem appropriate at the time but how do you explain that to your 13 year old child? Ewwww.
"Volvo....set the table please."

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One of my daughters is named after a song by the Ramones, the other after a character in a book by Margaret Mitchell.
"Blitzkrieg Bop", "Wart Hog" or "Pinhead" ? (no offense !)

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Spent childhood with the very proper double name that would have fit a lady and not a tomboy who liked to bring worms home as pets from the playground. It was terrible ! Now I could use it but I still only use the abbreviation.
Zsa Zsa ?
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:03
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We had a contractor at work named Jesus but he would say "Just call me Zeus". No point in being the son of God when you can be God.


John Turturro works at your place? Awesome!

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Jesus Quintana: You ready to be f*ed, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Dios mio, man. Liam and me, we're gonna f* you up.
The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
Jesus Quintana: Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your a* and pull the trigger 'til it goes "click."
The Dude: Jesus.
Jesus Quintana: You said it, man. Nobody f*s with the Jesus.
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:07
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"Blitzkrieg Bop", "Wart Hog" or "Pinhead" ? (no offense !)
Nope, still no cigar!

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Old 23.05.2011, 22:12
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Grace Slick(of Jefferson airplane named her kid god, and later god became China or some spelling).
No, she named her China, but told the nurse she was going to call her god to p.o. the obnoxious nurse.

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Old 23.05.2011, 22:17
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you certainly are implying that children "saddled" with "special" names like Amber are pretty much doomed to suffer prejudice.
Why, what's "special" about Amber?

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Old 23.05.2011, 22:17
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You DO NOT know the Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax's! Get out!
Oh! but I do, and the Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes's to boot although, luckily Ranulph Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes wasn't at the same party as Earl Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax...........that might have been a tad too much.
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:23
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Chicken and egg situation. I just remember finding the stuff they were saying about my name incredibly childish and lacking originality - and told them so. Bad move. I guess the mistake is that, as a kid, I hung out more with grown ups than other kids and didn't really understand kiddy rules.
Well, how are you going to label children's behavior anything other than childish?
I was bullied too as a kid..and that's just how it is..there are bullies and there are victims. A name can be a trigger, but if person (or child in this case) doesn't fit the alpha male/female's perception of cool (doesn't suck up to the weaker aggressor) then it doesn't matter whether your name is Waldemar or Steve.

(In addition, the victims usually turn out far better than the bullies. )
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:31
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Why, what's "special" about Amber?

Tom
It's "special" when the parent giving the child the name have absolutely no connection to the Anglophone world beyond having heard the name in the film and pronounces the name in a way that sounds as if they were trying to lift a heavy object.
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:33
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Kids can be given entirely normal(ish) names and be bullied. It's just the nature of the beast.

I imagine being called Timmy, Walter or Joey in 1970's/80's Britain wasn't a lot of fun.
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Me neither - I would love to be enlightened, as that's only a few letter changes away from my entire name - first, second and surname.

And I was at school in 60's/70's Britain and had no problems over names.
I'm not sure about Timmy and I might be wrong but Walter was the drip in the Beano.

Joey Deacon, an author with cerebal palsy, was featured on Blue Peter a few times to show was severely disabled people could achieve.

It backfired:

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In 1981, the last year of his life, Joey Deacon was featured on the children's magazine programme Blue Peter for the International Year of the Disabled. He was presented as an example of a man who achieved a lot in spite of his disabilities. Despite the sensitive way in which Blue Peter covered his life, the impact was not as intended. The sights and sounds of Joey's distinctive speech and movements had a lasting impact on young viewers, who quickly learnt to imitate them. Joey's name and mannerisms quickly became a label of ridicule in school playgrounds across the country.. Even today, if a person trips over or happens to otherwise compromise themselves, they may still be mocked as a "Joey". Nonetheless, many who were children at that time now look back on him rather fondly.
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:35
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It's "special" when the parent giving the child the name have absolutely no connection to the Anglophone world beyond having heard the name in the film and pronounces the name in a way that sounds as if they were trying to lift a heavy object.
So only foreigners can have those foreign names? Swiss should only have good Swiss names?
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Old 23.05.2011, 22:38
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Why, what's "special" about Amber?

Tom
If said person's family name is Gris and lives in Wales.
For ambergris is the excrement of whales.
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So only foreigners can have those foreign names? Swiss should only have good Swiss names?
Pick a name where you have some link to the culture. Hello magazine doesn't count. You're not naming a pet after all.
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