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Old 11-19-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Apparently, being a celebrity predisposes one toward choosing ridiculous names for his/her children. My only thought is: they do it so they'll stay in the news and continue earning mega-bucks. After all, the Kim Kardashians of the world would probably be working minimum-wage-plus-a-few-cents retail jobs were they not constantly paid huge sums of money for windows into their scandalous lives, which all Americans just HAVE to see...
On the other hand, Kim Kardashian certainly had no trouble attaining or maintaining the spotlight despite being saddled with a generic, overused, textbook 80s/90s moniker like Kim/Kimberly, herself (not to mention despite possessing no discernable talent of any kind).
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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The original spelling is Gaelic, Sean. Basic name? Not sure what that means, but it translates to John in English... perhaps that's a 'basic' name in some circles?
I would imagine that John and its various ethnic variants are considered a "basic" name in MOST circles. There's a reason that the terminology "John Doe" exists. "John" is a pretty generic masculine name.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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There was a Lady where I work, too. Even worse, there is now one named Heaven-Leigh. I want to slap her mother. If I told you her last name, you would line up behind me to slap her, too.
I know a woman who named her daughter Heavenly, she calls her Heav for short. I hope that child never has a weight problem.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Some will also disagree, but I find it awkward when names are a mismatch of cultures. I grew up with a kid named Padraig (one of the Irish Gaelic spellings of Patrick) Juan Silverstein, no joke. Granted, his mom was Latina and his stepdad Jewish, but his mom just picked the first name from a Celtic bodice-ripper she was reading.....
My favourite: Tondelayo Goldfarb.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Male #1 grossest ever:
- Pervis

This is what a Pervis would look like:



Female #1 grossest ever:
- Gertrude

Conjures the following image:



That is all.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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My favourite: Tondelayo Goldfarb.
I have a friend whose name I won't divulge, where it's similar, who describes herself as "a kosher taco."
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Helga and Olga.

Gertrude is rather ratchet, too.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:50 AM
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I understand how Precious will be made fun of by kids or young adults. Back then in college, I had a friend named Precious which was made fun anytime she introduced herself. This happened after Lord of the Ring movie- the one with Gollum comes out.
Boy / girl : what's your name?
Precious: Precious.
Boy / girl (pretending to be Gollum): My precious.....
I bet she was annoyed since I was myself annoyed seeing new people do that all the time.

I personally think it is a nice name. It has a good meaning. I am sure the parents gave her that name because she is precious. But you know every 18 - 19 years old will make fun of that name...
In the contemporary west we're unusual in that we give names that don't really mean anything to us. We choose given names based on what they sound like. In a lot of other cultures and several centuries ago in the west, given names actually meant something. Calling your child Precious would have been completely understandable to a lot of people throughout the ages, but it does sound weird and even uneducated.
I think I will try to name my children while taking into account both the meaning and the sound of the name.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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very long foreign names that I have no idea how to pronounce

now I know why some people changed or shortened their family names when they immigrated
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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On the other hand, Kim Kardashian certainly had no trouble attaining or maintaining the spotlight despite being saddled with a generic, overused, textbook 80s/90s moniker like Kim/Kimberly, herself (not to mention despite possessing no discernable talent of any kind).
Kimberly is actually still a fairly popular name. About 2,000 baby girls were named Kimberly in 2012.
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