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Off topic: What’s in a name?

Posted in Off topic by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on July 24, 2008

Choosing a name for our little boy was one of the hardest things I have done. For one thing the responsibility is almost overwhelming, for another I don’t like many boys names for some reason.

We have been thinking about names for our baby and I have the same problem again, and the fact that we know our baby has Down Syndrome has added to it slightly. I am particularly aware of avoiding names that might be used and abused by other children, as well as names that are too babyish.

I think we’ve got a pretty good shortlist coming together, although boys names are once again a problem.

Anyway, I just saw this story over at the Guardian that shows that not all parents take naming their children so seriously. It’s hard not to laugh:

“A nine-year-old girl whose parents named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that her name could be changed…

The judge criticised parents who give their offspring bizarre names, saying it exposed children to ridicule among their peers…

The judge criticised the growing trend of parents choosing out-of-the-ordinary names for their children…

In his written ruling, he said names such as Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit were prohibited by registration officials. Others that were permitted included twins called Benson and Hedges, other children called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and, the judge added, “tragically, Violence”.


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  1. Rickismon said, on July 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Well, I used to work in the library, and the names in the card file sometimes floored me. Names inviting ridicule. I have never fiqured this out…..

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