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Old 23.05.2011, 23:07
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Pick a name where you have some link to the culture. Hello magazine doesn't count. You're not naming a pet after all.
Why? To make small minded intrusive people happy? At the end of the day the small minded will find something else they don't like. Better to stay clear of them.
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

No, because you look like a bit of a twerp when you call your kid Why-vonneee. But hey, I get it - uniqueness is important to you. And the nice thing is, every single one of us is unique, no need to declare it to the world by some weird name...
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Old 23.05.2011, 23:18
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

Also be aware if you give your daughter a "boys" name (or vice versa) they might have a hard time growing up with it.

Back on topic- I went to school with a girl who whose parents had "normal" names but chose Blueberry Sunshine (first and last name) for their daughter. She officially changed it to a "normal" first and last name when she was 16.
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^I realise changing your name is quite easy in other countries but in this here place, where you are Eva Müller, daughter of Peter Müller and Vreni Müller of Frauenfeld, TG, becoming Sienna Miller is pretty much not an option. You have to prove that your life will be absolute hell if you don't change your name - and I remember going to school with a girl called Penissa. Seriously.

By the way, this discussion has been alive on the internet since 2002 - nothing like old-school judgementalism. I know that's not a word, thanks.

Wow, there's even a society for better names...
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Old 23.05.2011, 23:43
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No, because you look like a bit of a twerp when you call your kid Why-vonneee. But hey, I get it - uniqueness is important to you. And the nice thing is, every single one of us is unique, no need to declare it to the world by some weird name...

NONE of the names you listed are weird. If you have a problem with the way they sound in your language that is your problem, not the problem of the child or the parent.

Uniqueness is irrelevant to me. What bothers me though are small minded judgmental people. They are much more harmful than unique people or those with "special" names.
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Old 24.05.2011, 00:18
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A boy named Sue:

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Old 24.05.2011, 07:08
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Old 24.05.2011, 08:09
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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:
The only thing I can think of with Timmy, was that a lot of cats and some other pets ended up with this name - fortunately I was always known by the even shorter form.

Walter could be from the Dennis the Menace character of the Beano, although, both comic and characters, had been around for a considerable time prior to the period mentioned. There was a lad a couple of years above me in school called Dennis (slightly outdated name, at the time), who was obviously chanted with "Dennis the Menace, who couldn't play tennis". He was actually no wimp - the opposite - but just took it in his stride.

The Joey Deacon thing, I now remember. I had already progressed beyond B.P. by that time, but I remember the younger, less politically correct workers/trainees at my place of work, often "doing a Joey" if someone ever cocked something up - plus the inevitable round of "tasteless" jokes ..... ah, thems were the days when it was normal to be un-P.C.
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Old 24.05.2011, 08:15
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A boy named Sue:

Exactly my thought when I read an earlier comment (probably same one as you).

There was (still is, I believe) a male doctor, who became the TV doctor on one of the Brit. magazine type programmes - called Dr. Hilary (surname I forget).

Plus a male BBC TV journalist called Vivian "somethingorother".

The mind boggles at what goes through the minds of the parents in such cases.
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Old 24.05.2011, 08:24
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Also be aware if you give your daughter a "boys" name (or vice versa) they might have a hard time growing up with it.
Andrea and Nicola are boy names in Italian speaking countries, but girl names in some other countries. Jean-Marie is a boy name in French-speaking countries, but probably would be a problem in English speaking countries.

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Old 24.05.2011, 08:28
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I could have done without the "strengthening" or "character-building" experience that was being teased for your name in Kindergarten. Because on top of having a name they could make fun of, my mother had, gaaaasp, married a dark-skinned foreigner and spoke in this weird language! Kindergarten and most of school was an endless story of being teased, beaten up and mercilessly put down. And it only got worse after I came back from hospital following a suicide attempt. So to any parent who even DARES tell me that "sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you" I say - if it's not YOU going through the hell that is being "the weird one", you can damn well STFU.
Dear Kittster, I am really sorry to hear that you suffered so much because of your name and origins of your parent(s).

I went through a similar tough time, but you know what? I didn't have the name to be made fun of, or family origins, so they made my life hell because I was the year best student (which in 14 year olds means "freaking nerd that needs to die"). And I had goth friends. That's it. Teenagers will be mean as no adult can be. It doesn't take a name to do it.

"Amber", on the other hand, is a perfectly normal name and I do not understand your problem with it. It's considered a semi-precious stone, and goes along with other names like Esmerald and Ruby (though the first will probably be heard more in Spanish speaking countries and the second on Italian orgies... I mean... yeah... forget it). Goes with the idea "my baby is so precious".

I do understand that some names are obnoxious (like "Pilot Inspector") but when someone calls their child Amber, Petal, Luna, etc, I see no problem with it. All children end up being bullied one way or another. And being called Luna won't give you less chances getting a job (unless they are freaking chauvinistic pigs who refuse you just coz you're a woman, but that's another story)

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(Joseph Mary) and Maria João (Mary John) are two extremely common names in Portugal. No one over the age of 6 will make fun of those names... Those under the age of 6 get easily distracted with something else.
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Old 24.05.2011, 08:29
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Exactly my thought when I read an earlier comment (probably same one as you).

There was (still is, I believe) a male doctor, who became the TV doctor on one of the Brit. magazine type programmes - called Dr. Hilary (surname I forget).

Plus a male BBC TV journalist called Vivian "somethingorother".

The mind boggles at what goes through the minds of the parents in such cases.
Actually, I always consider 'Hilary' to be a boy name, and 'Hillary' a girl name.

Get's more complicated with Leslie.

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Old 24.05.2011, 08:30
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There was (still is, I believe) a male doctor, who became the TV doctor on one of the Brit. magazine type programmes - called Dr. Hilary (surname I forget).
Why does the mind boggle? Hilary is a boy's name...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_(name)
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Old 24.05.2011, 08:41
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Why does the mind boggle? Hilary is a boy's name...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_(name)
That's as may be ..... but in modern popular culture, this is the only instance that I've encountered in it being used for a male - whereas I am aware of many female Hilary's.

Unfortunately in the time when he would have been at school, we don't know if it was a problem for him or not.

I can imagine, though, that any bullies wouldn't have held back because it is in reality a boys name. Perception is seldom based on reality or fact.

Even in this day and age, I can't imagine the playground Jack-the-lads checking out Wiki on their iPhone, to see if it is P.C. to start to bully someone based on name only.
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Old 24.05.2011, 09:23
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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:
"Joey" was Joey Deacon, as Tom mentions.

"Walter" was from the film Walter, where Ian McKellen plays a mentally handicapped adult.

"Joey" and "Walter" shouted in that voice were popular playground taunts at the time.

Timmy - I think my memory transported the South Park character to my childhood.
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It might sound stupid, but isn't Timmy just a short form for Timothy? Or does Timmy really exist as its own?

Everytime I hear Timmy I remember Warcraft III
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Old 24.05.2011, 10:01
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Why does the mind boggle? Hilary is a boy's name...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_(name)

Seriously! I never knew that.

I knew many Hilarys growing up---and have never heard it used for a male.

Other than Actor Leslie Nelson, that was entirely a common female name as well.

Interesting.
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Old 24.05.2011, 10:27
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

There's a little Britain radio sketch that sums up this thread quite nicely:

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"Amber", on the other hand, is a perfectly normal name and I do not understand your problem with it. It's considered a semi-precious stone, and goes along with other names like Esmerald and Ruby (though the first will probably be heard more in Spanish speaking countries and the second on Italian orgies... I mean... yeah... forget it). Goes with the idea "my baby is so precious".
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 (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.
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Old 24.05.2011, 11:44
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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.
When I was born, there was a little book of officially recognized names in Portugal. I don't know if it still exists, but at the time you couldn't name your child anything other that what was in that little book (except when you were one of the very few foreigners living in the coutry at the time).

I had a colleague who had a foreigner father. Her name was Marie. Said something like Mahchie in Swiss German. It was an unusual name. We little girls with book approved names, died of envy because she was special. That little book of "proper, dignified names" made us hate those "proper, dignified names".

On those rare occasions I stopped being a tomboy, I wanted to name my kids german or english names, because they are so beautiful in comparison to the dull, day-to-day-life portuguese names. But I was ashamed of it, because I was thinking outside the book.

I married a German and got my problem solved.

I still think you can't judge a book by its cover or a person by her/his name But I do understand and respect your point, though I don't 100% agree with it
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