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Old 04-10-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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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?
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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haha I actually know people with many of the names you just mentioned, aside from Hitler and Raper. I wouldn't change my last name, except maybe if it was Hitler. I think my fam. would be insulted and it's not important enough to me to offend my fam. over. There's some funny names in my family though like Pigg, Roach, and Slaughter haha.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: SC
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What is a Shatraw? Never heard of that word or name.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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I actually think Slaughter would be kind of cool!

I would definitely change my last name if it was:

Weiner (No matter how mature you are, admit it, you still snicker when someone has this name)
Hyman (I'm pretty sure he was called Buster in high school and college)
Loser (supposedly pronounced Loh-ser, but come on...)
Darlingboye (Someone in my company has this name. They're from a west African country, so I don't know if it's common there)


(these are all last names of actual people I've met)

I'd be on the fence if my last name were "Hooker." I might be able to make that one work.

The name Lipschitz always makes me throw up a little in the back of my throat. So I'd definitely change that.

I don't know what's wrong with Shatraw. Does that word mean something bad?
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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What is a Shatraw? Never heard of that word or name.
Shat raw. My daughter met someone with that last name the other day and had to call me and tell me about it immediately. We have a running list of "horrible last names" and we keep each other abreast when we run across one.

I mean think about it. Shat raw. Ugh.

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Old 04-10-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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I've known people with the surnames

Peed
Fuchs (in German means "Fox")
Fink
Capone (lie "Al").
Musolino (almost like "Mussolini")

100 years ago, there was a prominent U.S. Senator Hoar.

Ima Hogg was a famous socialite heiress in Houston, TX.

Some east or southeast Asian surnames can be embarrassing in English, such as Hung, or Dong. Then there is the famous Thai beach resort, Phuket, and the Japanese city Fukuoka.

In the 1960s, the French inventor of the "Bic" ballpoint pen was Mr. Biche.

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I've known people with the surnames

Peed
Fuchs (in German means "Fox")
Fink
Capone (lie "Al").
Musolino (almost like "Mussolini")

100 years ago, there was a prominent U.S. Senator Hoar.

Ima Hogg was a famous socialite heiress in Houston, TX.

Some east or southeast Asian surnames can be embarrassing in English, such as Hung, or Dong. Then there is the famous Thai beach resort, Phuket, and the Japanese city Fukuoka.

In the 1960s, the French inventor of the "Bic" ballpoint pen was Mr. Biche.
Names can be so funny!

I actually know a girl named (real name, not nickname) Candy Barr. She's a grown woman, I don't know why she keeps that name - apparently she likes it. But AUGH!

I grew up with a pretty hard to pronounce last name (German). Actually, it's not hard to pronounce but people warp it up all the time - they're unsure of themselves when they say it.

Now I'm married, and I have what I THOUGHT would be a very normal, easy to say name. WRONG. People NEARLY ALWAYS mispronounce it. They misspell it, even though it is the name of a well known, easy to pronounce European country - two syllables. I actually had a woman in a doctors office argue with me the other day about what my own name is!

She called me up to the desk - and mispronounced my name. I corrected her - largely because I wanted to also be sure they had it SPELLED right. She corrected ME back. I said, "No. I know my own last name. This is how you say it - and spell it." She ACTUALLY said to me, "But right here it's spelled _______." I could not BELIEVE I was even having this conversation with her! At that point I got a little snippety. I said, "Let me ask you something. Do you know how to say and spell your own last name?" She gave me this blank look, and was obstinately silent. I said, "Right. I know my own last name. Correct the spelling and pronounce it correctly from here on out."

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I have an ancestor whose last name was Pigman. She married quite young; I wonder if it was to hurry up and get out from under that moniker.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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I have an ancestor whose last name was Pigman. She married quite young; I wonder if it was to hurry up and get out from under that moniker.
haha. I had an ancestor named Mourning Pigg....I kid you not.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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My husband went to school with a boy named Peter Eder (pronunced "eater") . I've read some old newspaper articles for this area and I think that was his grandfather's name, but still! You can't do anything about the last name, but I think I would have chosen Peter for a middle name.
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