Bad, Hilarious, Or Just Absurd Baby Names

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by Acey, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Acey

    Acey let’s go backwards to destroy the past!

    Yeah, culture definitely plays a role. Like, the Japanese name Yuki? Common enough in Japan, iirc.

    It means “snow.” It’s literally just the Japanese word for snow—and, as @Artemis noted, Snow ain’t exactly a common name amongst English speakers. But my understanding is that no one would think twice about a Japanese kid named Yuki.

    Interesting stuff imo!
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  2. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    There's a lot of languages where the common English name paradigm of "might have meant something three languages ago but now it's just a collection of sounds" just. Isn't a thing. In Chinese, for example, every name is a literal word. I think Japanese is a bit more flexible on that front, but names written with kanji still carry a lot more meaning pretty much inherently than, say, the name "Harry" carries to and English speaker. (Medieval form of Henry, from the French Henri, from the Latin Henricus, from the Germanic Heimirich/Heinrich, meaning "home ruler.")
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  3. Izevel

    Izevel capuchin hacker fucker

    I've seen Stormie with an "ie", and I've heard Rain as a fictional goth name but possibly also IRL? And Rainy, though presumably spelled "Raynie" (which my spellchecker recognises as a word! huh), was Rayanne's mom's nickname for her in My So-Called Life.
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  4. rats

    rats 21 Bright Forge Shatters The Void

    i went to high school with a dude named rayn, which led to a lot of "ryan" typos
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  5. context-free anon

    context-free anon Well-Known Member

    i went to college with someone who used sunny as a shortening of santino, so weather may not have been the intention there
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  6. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    I have a two new ones from tonight:


    Ridiculous names if you ask me. Especially for The Netherlands.
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  7. I forget if I've mentioned Tallon, with two L's. Have I mentioned Tallon?

    Also, Roben. Robin with an I is a very common name, so having a different vowel in it must result in people misspelling their name a lot.
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  8. Acey

    Acey let’s go backwards to destroy the past!

    I’ve seen Robyn before but Roben is
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  9. Astrodynamicist

    Astrodynamicist Impulse Bean

    Also mispronouncing. I would absolutely have read that with a long o if you hadn’t said it was a variant of Robin.
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  10. Re Allyssa

    Re Allyssa Sylph of Heart

    Yeah. Is it a variant or Robin or Rueben?

    I hate English
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  11. Lizardlicks

    Lizardlicks Friendly Neighborhood Lizard


    Jesus Condom. I only wish I was kidding.
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  12. theambernerd

    theambernerd dead to all sense of shame

    thinking of weather, my mom knew a family with the last name Showers, and they named their daughter Summer Showers.
    Apparently the mom originally wanted to name her April Showers
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  13. Aermin

    Aermin New Member

    I know a girl with the given name "Jeanne d'Arc". She doesn't have a French surname, and she doesn't go by "Jeanne" - her name is "Jeanne d'Arc".

    Unrelated to her, I also met a boy once whose name was something like John-the-Baptist Smith. I didn't think I lived in a particularly religious area?
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  14. budgie

    budgie not actually a bird

    I have a family member named Jeanne d'Arc as well. She's in my grandparents' generation and French, though, so it wasn't an uncommon thing.
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  15. palindromordnilap

    palindromordnilap Well-Known Member

    Maybe he had some French ancestry somewhere? "Jean-Baptiste" isn't that uncommon.
  16. Aermin

    Aermin New Member

    That's neat - I hadn't thought about a generational difference. I guess it could possibly also be a name passed down through the family. I wonder, though - did your relative go by Jeanne, or insist on including the "d'Arc"?

    Also a very good point. I wouldn't even blink at "Jean-Baptiste", but I guess in English it really threw me off! I'm not used to seeing the word "the" in modern names.
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  17. budgie

    budgie not actually a bird

    I have the impression friends might have called her Jeanne but she'd have been affronted by someone she didn't know well not using her full name.
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  18. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    This one fortunately isn't real but I just read a review of a pulp gangster story with a character named Euclid O'Brien. What a mixture.
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  19. The first name “Ireland.”
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  20. ran across a guy who did photographs for a book in the 1940s who didn't exactly have a bad name, but he was referred to by initials, and his initials spelled out Y.E.S.
    Y.E.S. Kirkpatrick
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