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Old 24.05.2011, 12:50
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...but in modern popular culture...
Well thank Heavens that modern popular culture is not the only defining characteristic of society...
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Old 24.05.2011, 12:56
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José Maria (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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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.


As Tom mentioned - in English speaking countries, boys called Maria or Andrea would most probably be made fun of.

I grew up in an English speaking country with an English boys name (I am a girl) it was tough, I used to hate the name and was very angry with my parents for a long time - but I actually like it now that I am an adult.

I used to have a boyfriend called Andrea too.
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Old 24.05.2011, 12:57
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

Whos (silly) idea was it to call Zurich airport "Unique" (and what did it cost) ?
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"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 .
Hey now you lot! My dearly-beloved old Swiss husband is called Walter BUT our son, Matt, is very happy not to have been called either Walter or Eugen (the name of his late grandfather)
At least Matthew can be translated into French and German quite easily.
Why Matt had to call his very new first daughter Theodora is difficult to understand..............even if Theodora was the wife of the Roman Emperor Justinian...........it's still a bit of a mouthful.
I do though also have Daisy, Poppy, Hattie, Finlay, Angus, Max and Hamish
as grandchildren, so, with my advancing age, it's sometimes difficult to remember all their simple names - let alone their various birthdays.
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Old 24.05.2011, 14:38
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But it gets better, I live behind a daycare centre so am pretty up to date one the names that warrant the most being shouted at. Tiiffäänni, Aiiliiiin, Äämbr...
I wonder if any name wouldn't sound daft when it's called out in that elongated, babyish tendency that CH-mums/women seem to have?
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

Oooh, did this thread put some people's noses out of joint, or what? I believe the OP was just poking fun, in a mildly berating tone, and nothing the way of a xenophobic tendencies or even harshness. Some people are so touchy! Anyhow, the point of my post...

I have a German friend who called his dog "Bender" after a character in a TV cartoon. Wouldn't go down too well at home in the UK, I fear.

I always hated my middle name, Spencer. If I'd been a girl I'd have been called Tracy so you see my mother's thinking here...

And what about the US name Randy? Again, something you can't take seriously "Up North." Especially the US politician Randy Baumgardener (Bumgardener?).

My profession brings me into contact with huge lists of usernames and some of the classics I have encountered (and these are genuine, I promise):

Fanny A Hole
Barbara Wankoff
Sunshine Cruz
Misty Sky
Drew Peacock
Chris Peacock
[I could go on...]

There are whole websites devoted to such "funny names" - I believe I may be a name junkie myself, actually

I agree with the sentiment of this thread, though... think before you name. It makes sense.
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Old 24.05.2011, 15:31
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Re: Parents that give kids "special" names...

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.

I think a friend recently was stuck on calling their new dog "Larry" or "Andy"....booring.
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Old 24.05.2011, 15:40
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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.

I think a friend recently was stuck on calling their new dog "Larry" or "Andy"....booring.
Please allow me to introduce Pussolini bin Laden von Tinkerloo

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Old 24.05.2011, 15:42
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Please allow me to introduce Pussolini bin Laden von Tinkerloo

OMG

Looks a lot more evil that that other Bin Laden bloke did.
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Please allow me to introduce Pussolini bin Laden von Tinkerloo

Good lord!
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I haz AK-47s.
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Oooh, did this thread put some people's noses out of joint, or what? I believe the OP was just poking fun, in a mildly berating tone, and nothing the way of a xenophobic tendencies or even harshness. Some people are so touchy! Anyhow, the point of my post...

And what about the US name Randy?
I remember once being invited to dinner by an American family and the mother, introducing me to her son said 'I'd like you to meet my son, he's Randy'
I'd never heard the name before so it came as a bit of a shock.
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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.

I think a friend recently was stuck on calling their new dog "Larry" or "Andy"....booring.
Hmm, I had two names for my potential cats - Spitfire and Mister Schmitt. My mum says it's a bad idea, as I won't be amused by this in ten years' time. Now that I know what they will look like, I was thinking Spitfire and James but not totally sure either. But one of them is going to be called after my favourite plane, and I don't care what ANYONE says.
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Old 24.05.2011, 16:03
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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.

I think a friend recently was stuck on calling their new dog "Larry" or "Andy"....booring.
My girlfriend had a Rottweiler named "Lucky", and I knew someone in the next village with one named "Bobby"

We have a cat named "Chilidog" ("Chili" for short), and another named "Earl", which is absolutely unpronounceable for Italian speakers.

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Hmm, I had two names for my potential cats - Spitfire and Mister Schmitt. My mum says it's a bad idea, as I won't be amused by this in ten years' time. Now that I know what they will look like, I was thinking Spitfire and James but not totally sure either. But one of them is going to be called after my favourite plane, and I don't care what ANYONE says.
Ummm, Spitfire and Messerschmitt are TWO planes!

I prefer ME262.

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Old 24.05.2011, 16:09
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But one of them is going to be called after my favourite plane
I was the same with my dog F111 F111.
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Old 24.05.2011, 16:18
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I had to come to a comprimise with the GF in naming the kitten.

We decided on SugePootchKnight. It stuck fairly well I miss that little rascal.
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Ummm, Spitfire and Messerschmitt are TWO planes!

I prefer ME262.

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Mister Schmitt is merely a play on words that may or may not be interpreted as referencing an aeroplane.
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Old 24.05.2011, 16:32
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I'm really regretting calling my daughter mini-mimi munchkin now.
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As for the "God" name & French speakers, they have Dieudonné. What nickname would on use? Dieu or Donné?
It's contracted as Dieudo.
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