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6 names NOT to name your kids!

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Kind of amusing, kind of interesting ;)  "mental floss"

by Graeme Wood

Forget Apple and Pilot Inspektor. If you really want to give your kid a hard time growing up, just pick from the following list.

1. BATMAN

dark-knight.jpgVenezuelans are among the world?s most creative namers. In fact, according to their own government, they?re too creative. In September 2007, after hearing about babies named Superman and Batman, state authorities urged parents to pick their names from an approved list of 100 common Spanish monikers. Those conventional names (such as Juanita and Miguel) quickly acquired a patrician ring, ironically giving rise to more novel names, like Hochiminh (after the Vietnamese guerilla) and Eisenhower (after the president). There are also at least 60 Venezuelans with the first name Hitler.

2. ECLIPSE GLASSES

Picture 51.png In June 2001, a total solar eclipse was about to cross southern Africa. To prepare, the Zimbabwean and Zambian media began a massive astronomy education campaign focused on warning people not to stare at the Sun. Apparently, the campaign worked. The locals took a real liking to the vocabulary, and today, the birth registries are filled with names like Eclipse Glasses Banda, Totality Zhou, and Annular Mchombo.

3. NAAKTGEBOREN

When Napoleon seized the Netherlands in 1810, he demanded that all Dutchmen take last names, just as the French had done decades prior. Problem was, the Dutch had lived full and happy lives with single names, so they took absurd surnames in a show of spirited defiance. These included Naaktgeboren (born naked), Spring int Veld (jump in the field), and Piest (pisses). Unfortunately for their descendants, Napoleon?s last-name trend stuck, and all of these remain perfectly normal Dutch names today.

4. VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

iceland2.jpgThe people of Iceland take their names very seriously. The country permits no one?not even immigrants?to take or keep foreign surnames. So what happened when esteemed Russian maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy asked to become an Icelandic citizen? Well, the government finally decided to make an exception. Vladimir Ashkenazy is now on the short list of approved Icelandic names.

5. YAZID

Imam Husayn ibn Ali is one of the holiest figures in the Shi?ite Muslim faith. In the 7th century CE, he lost his head on the orders of the Sunni caliph, Yazid, and the decapitation initiated the biggest schism in Islamic history. While the name Yazid remains common among Sunnis, it is disdained throughout the Shi?a world. The stigma attached to it is equivalent to naming one?s son Stalin or Hitler. Speaking of which?

6. ADOLF

Memories of death camps and fascism have kept parents from christening their kids Adolf for quite some time. But one unlucky youngster acquired the name in 1949. He was the son of William Patrick Hitler?the dictator?s nephew, who moved to America in the 1930s to fight against his uncle. It isn?t clear why William preserved the name, but his four sons (including Alexander Adolf Hitler, now 57) made a pact to never have children in an effort to stunt der Fuehrer?s family treeimage at its branches.

 

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Re: 6 names NOT to name your kids!

  • LOL!  Can I add Porkey to the list, it is a name of a local realtor I work with and yes that is his name... real name!!!!

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    Mom to Harmon 1/17/08 and twins Rachel & Callum 8/28/09 Photobucket 29o0v13.jpg
  • LOL Francisca! Poor guy! Although I think I would have legally changed my name.. or at least go by middle name!
    CP 3/07
    BFP 5/07 - Kylie born 2/08.       BPF 2/09 - Alexandra born 10/09.
    TTC since 8/13 - diagnosed difficulty conceiving due to LP defect. Took vitamin B and Vitex Berry to help lengthen.
    BFP 2/14 - Missed M/C found at 8.5 weeks. D&C at 9w2d. Partial Molar Pregnancy.
    BFP 11/14
  • My husband just graduated with someone named "You Ho."  While I'm sure that it is an ethnic name... it still sounded quite different being read over the loud speaker at the ceremony.   "Michael Smith.... Anne Rubin... You Ho."

     

     

  • My aunt worked for a guy at IBM named Richard Ayhole. Like having the last name Ayhole isn't bad enough, you have to voluntarily name the kid ***.on top of that?
  • Last year the when I was teaching I had a father named Boogers, wonderfull right, try having a conversation without giggling,...... "Yes, Boogers, your daughters is doing great in class"
  • I knew someone whose name was Tampaxa. How cruel do you have to be to name your child after a feminine hygiene product?
  • I met someone once whose daughter was named Abercrombie.  They called her Abby for still, it was one of the most ridiculous names I had ever heard (short of celebrities kids).
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