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Old 04-23-2013, 01:14 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I work at a college and we have a student here by the name of Shi Ting...
I dont see how thats funny. Alot of folk on here are laughing at names that arent exactly that funny.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:15 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Moorehead abd variations thereof would be another that I would probably abandon
Thats popular here. But i dont find it funny? Does itmean something in america?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Hitler.

Raper.

Slaughter.

Shatraw.

What about Hogshead, or Roach, or Hogg, or Whitehead?

This is my opinion - Life's too short to live it burdened with a last name that would be repulsive and invoke such a negative, or ridiculing response from so many people.

Would you worry about offending members of your family?

Why or why not?
Hitler yes. Too many negative connotations. Others might not but they can do whatever they want.

Raper yes. The name doesn't quite make sense to me as a surname but, still what I said before about Hitler. If it was changed to Rapist I might make a joke of it and change my first name to "The" and become a psychologist but that might also be going too far.

Slaughter probably not. If I had that name I could get really buff and join the WWE. Or I could get an eyepatch or a scar and become a super-villain with that name. Maybe I could join the secret service. I could become a rockstar or a punk rocker or even a rapper with that name. any kind of hard musical artist. I could intimidate my students with a name like that If I were a teacher. Maybe a drill sergeant, a warden, a general, a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer or a secret agent. There's a lot of interesting jobs with a name like that. I could fool with people's perceptions of stereotypical names and become a painter, a romance writer, a daycare specialist, a children's book author, a Sunday school teacher, a curator for an art museum, the owner of a botanical garden, a zen monk, a franciscan monk (or other type of monk in a Catholic monestary) or I could have many other types of peaceful jobs. The possibilities are endless with this one.

I don't know what a Shatraw is so maybe. It seems like something people would make fun of so I'd end up changing it later on in life.

Hogshead, Roach, Hogg, and Whitehead all sound like biker gang names. They be limiting so I probably would change it eventually.

I wouldn't worry about offending members of my family. It's a free country. I can do what I want. Depending on what age I did it, I might worry about getting in trouble with my parents but still.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Thats popular here. But i dont find it funny? Does itmean something in america?
I haven't met anyone with the name Moorehead but a name like that in America might give pornographic connotations. Not saying I would find it funny. I might just find it a little bit weird.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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I might change it.

Slaughter I don't think would bother me. I've heard of this last name before, not totally uncommon.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Location: Location
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I haven't met anyone with the name Moorehead but a name like that in America might give pornographic connotations. Not saying I would find it funny. I might just find it a little bit weird.
Perhaps you're too young to remember a fine actress named Agnes Moorehead?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Perhaps you're too young to remember a fine actress named Agnes Moorehead?
Never heard of her but looked her up on IMBD. Wow. I didn't know she played the mother on Bewitched. Never payed much attention to the actress's names though.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Location: Location
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Never heard of her but looked her up on IMBD. Wow. I didn't know she played the mother on Bewitched. Never payed much attention to the actress's names though.
Goo0d job, tony, for checking it out. Miss Moorehead was known for much more than her role on Bewitched but as long as you have a point of reference, she won't be forgotten.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Reston
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I work at a college and we have a student here by the name of Shi Ting...
That's funny and sad. Parents should google their proposed kid name. I saw a man on the metro today wearing a nametag -- last name: Kaka. For real.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:16 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I once worked with someone whose last name was Killings, which was an oddity to me, but not to the extent of finding it ridiculous or laughable. The name still makes me wonder about its origin.
Ancestry.com has the meaning which may or may not be accurate.
Killings Name Meaning & Killings Family History at Ancestry.com
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