a reply to: Thecakeisalie
OK, don't know if this is off-topic or self-indulgent, but here goes.
My first name is my grandmother's maiden name. My older sister's first name is my mother's maiden name. Both are reflective of an Irish heritage.
When I was young (b 1962) no kids had first names like ours. People thought they were “unique” and commented on them often. Later in life, I
notice more and more children having the first names as mine and my sister, and now they are somewhat common. For instance, in 2017 the popularity of
my first name (SSA popularity index) is 892, which represents 0.045 on males. In 1962, it did not make the charts at all (that I could find).
My first name is not odd or strange, just out of the ordinary for a first name. When you have a “unique” first name two things happen – one,
everyone remembers your name and two, no one forgets your name. This has been a bit of a problem for me, because when I meet 20 people at a business
gathering or a social event, people can call me by my first name for week, months or years later, long after I have forgotten all the Jim, Janes,
Joes, Sam and Bobs I was introduced to. I am pretty good at playing it off with “hey how are you doing, good to see ya, and yo – whats up.”
On the topic of first names, many countries limit or the government must approve a first name, mostly to avoid offending the dominant power structure
or hurting the children: Azerbaijan, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland....etc.
A naming law restricts the names that parents can legally give to their children, usually to protect the child from being given an offensive or
embarrassing name. Many countries around the world have such laws, with most governing the meaning of the name, while some only govern the scripts in
which it is written.
I personally think parents should think this through. But maybe they are. If you are in the entertainment business and think your kids should follow
in your career path, a strange first name might help.
Another thing to consider is how many syllables are in a first name, because many times it gets shortened by others anyway. Thomas becomes Tom,
Richard becomes Rich or dick, etc. My son Skyler is called Sky all of the time by family or friends. I call my wife Sherry “Cher” all the time. I
Knew a guy in the Army (1980's) named “Alphonso,” and everyone called him “Al”. Unfortunately his last name was Kata. I know his life became
a living hell after 9/11.
Other interesting Names:
Richard Weed Chevrolet. This was a huge new and used car dealership outside of Philadelphia. Weed Chevrolet was a family owned and operated Chevrolet
Dealership. They had served Philadelphia and Bucks County since 1926. Unfortunatly they closed a few years back. Until the mid-1990s they would have
commercials running all the time with “Come see Richard Weed Chevrolet for the best deal in new and used cars..” I bought 2 verticals from them.
AT some point they changed the name, and then closed – wonder why?
Jim Floor. He went to high school with my wife in eastern Montana, and she mentioned his name one day. I asked if he got a lot of teasing because of
his name, and she gave me a blank stare. I said “ya know JIM, Like GYM floor?” She commented that she never noticed it before.
About 15 years ago I worked with a young woman named Rebecca Boob. Everyone called her “Becky.” Becky Boob. She got married in a hurry, so problem
Like Garrison Keillor, I actually knew a old man in Minnesota who's first name was “Senator.” I also new and old guy named “Governor.” I
imagine a lot of their lives were pretty sweet at times having a first name like that.
A retired neighbor of mine in Minnesota was named Gladys Munch. Her husband would call her “Glad Ass a Munchin'” when he had a few drinks.
That is all I got...
Thank you for your attention.
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