Monday, January 22, 2007

Baby Names.

Apropos of the comment sections on Saturday's post and my new found willingness to rent out my womb to my future children i decided to do a little checking on names. I like old fashioned names like Arthur and Alfred and George or Jack. I like the name Kitty and Molly too.
I was feeling midly shocked to hear a girl from down local had called her baby girl 'Destiny' when Sam Bride mentoned that in her pre-school group there were an abundance of odd names, like Lake and Sabine and there was a Caydon. But then Fat Sparrow came alone and blew it all out of the water with some of the names of her daughter's school chums, Chlorine and LaTrine!
Destiny Lynch. It has quite the ring to it, does it not?
What are the weirdest names you have ever heard bestowed on a person, baby or other wise?

I'll start with 1 and 2.
1-Pilot Inspector
I leave the floor open to you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:37 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh and I know a Brian O'Brien too and his sister was called Thomisina.

12:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cailín Maith.

Word up! An American child at my niece's school in west Cork. (Luckily not a gaelscoil).

It probably sounded like a great idea before moving to Ireland.

12:02 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Good Girl? Oh Snarf, poor wee thing.

12:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

Jermajesty is my absolute fave. I've been pondering the whole scary names thing recently but I haven't come up with any. I'm partial to Irish names, but not the ones with five syllables, mind. Heck I think I'll have to get some books in the library.
It'd be nice to give a kid an unusual name, but you risk sounding like a pretentious git, or worse, guaranteeing they'll be bullied in school.

12:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They really struggle with the Irish names over here. Niamh becomes Nyamheh, and I can't even spell phonetically the way they attempt Aoife.

12:41 p.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

Kav, I hear ye. I did a J1 summer in America and me and another girl in the house did babysitting for an agency as one of our jobs. They would routinely call and ask to speak to 'Sin-eee-ad' and 'Grain' (that's Sinead and Grainne).

1:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the J1 summer, great fun. I used to tell the Americans my name is Proinsias (which is true, but it's far harder to pronounce and remember than t'other).

1:25 p.m.  
Blogger Betty the Sheep said...


I thought my friend was joking when she told me this but she heard that someone had called their child 'Miracle'.

2:16 p.m.  
Anonymous jmae said...

my fave of late has been from a couple that couldn't decide what to name their newborn little girl.

he wanted 'sierra'
she wanted 'something that starts with a k'

the end result?


2:21 p.m.  
Anonymous CS said...

My Doctor,here in the U.S., swears he did this, he is one those "good" crazy kind of people so..

A woman had twin boys and had no clue what to name them. My doctor suggested; Le'Monjello and

No word if it Mom took the bait but he knows for a fact that he is responsible for two girls named Climidia and Morapheena.

BTW FMC,I've been lurking about here for a long while now and enjoy peeking into your "private" life"
You remind me very much of a great lady friend of mine.

2:45 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Dear lord, if I remind you of your friend she ain't no lady. But hullo and welcome aboard.
Another sticky wicket name for Johnny no Irish is Siobhán.
I laughed uproariously at the poor lad trying to read it from a hotel registrar back in the day.
'Seevn? Shoobhen? how the heck do ya pronouce this thing.' He cried after a while and was somewhat suspicious of our best efforts to convince him of Shiv-awn.
I like the name Rupert too, but the paramour said no son of his is ever going to be called Rupert. Period. End of discussion, no way how and a few other velly definite expressions.

3:04 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Wait, Betty, I just saw 'MIracle' .I am shaking my head right this very second.

3:06 p.m.  
Anonymous Sean said...

My personal favorite is Alpacino....I believe his friends called him Alpo when he was a kid (Alpo being the name of a dog food in this part of the world).....

3:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know. Surely nothing could be as bad as the generation of Tyrese's or whatever the fuck you want to call it currently toddling around Irish creches.

5:19 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

A few years back there was a woman in the South who named her wee girl Chlamydia because she though it sounded pretty.

My mother worked in the bank at home when one day a wee wifey came in from Harris (where there's already a bit too much keeping it in the family, if you get my drift.) She gave her name as John. Clearly embarrassed she explained that her father had wanted a boy. She doesn't come up to town much.

From home there are oodles of odd names with women frequently being feminizations of the male name: Murdina, Angusina, Alecina, Calumina, and plain old Ina.

I know a Sorley. He's 7, poor wee mite. Lewis is no place to try to be different unless you're different and "unique" in the approved ways like naming your child Brittney Peigi MacLeod or Alannah Paige MacIver.
I know children called these names.

5:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutely true:-

A teacher friend once taught an Omar Sharif O'Keefe !!

5:31 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Murdina sounds like some sort of inner ear infection.
Omar Sharif O'Keefe! Classic. And I thought Brian O'Brien was bad enough.
Miss Swearing, my eldest sister informs me that there has been a spate of LaShawns Tylers and Shaniquas at the boy's school, none of whom are American or from the hood*-clearly it is nation wide. I blame Judge Judy.

*Unless one considers Ongar/Mulhuddert a hood, in which case I stand corrected.

5:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

The "Chlimidia" name reminds me of reading in Barbara Mandrell's autobiography (country star here in the US of A) that they named their home Fontanel, because they liked the sound of it. As some of you may know, the fontanel is the name for the soft spot in a baby's head. I think Barbara has a soft spot in HER head!

It seems as if baby names are a new Olympic sport in this part of the world. My daughter had two classmates named Raven (one boy, one girl). When walking her into elementary school, my favorite thing to do was to read the names of the children on the hooks above the backpacks lined up along the hallway. It was a great laugh first thing in the morning.

6:34 p.m.  
Blogger Anna said...

When I was 11, I met a girl called Misty Grey Morning... Smith.

6:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

Oooh! I forgot all about one from high school.......Georgiana America Montalvo. I kid you not.

7:10 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's quite a mouthful. Mooonbeam, Sunshine, sure, but Misty Spring Morning? Awesome! I hereby declare I am going to call any girl that I shall have Frosty Lawn, she'll thank me in the long run I'm sure.
Bonnie I love it, she sure sounds like she might be from the South.

8:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Langhammer

8:24 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Fuck off Twenty, remember Ron Johnson? You only have yourself to blame.

8:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Johnson is my all time heroingest hero of all time. Evah!!

8:31 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

You will pay for it SOMEDAY.

9:14 p.m.  
Anonymous Madnessburgers said...

Friends here in SF just had a baby so baby names were a topic of conversation. First on the list a non-native english speaking family who moved to SF and gave birth to their daughter in the general hospital. Not sure what was going on with the birth cert. they figured the doctors had named their daughter and so stuck with it. Their daughter's name... Female (pronounced feh-malay). Tragic.

9:39 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That poor little thing, could you imagine going through life writing Female O'Toole, or whatever her name was.

10:14 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two true stories:
1. In hospital, in labour - the nurses asked me about names, and told me about a new baby recently delivered called POCAHONTAS Mary - Good Christ, Pokie for short I spose????
2. Two from Hawaii asked me for directions to a signpost cos they had stuck a pin in a world map and called their little girl after a little village in Co. Cork, Ireland, and wanted a pic of her with the was Ballymakeera - they pronounced it Bailey - Mack- era!!!! Imagine!

Local saint names are often, em, unusual to people outside of the community e.g. Senan from Clare,
Gobnait from Cork......

P.S. If you're thinking about NAMES you must be fairly broody girl!! Go for it, it's great.

11:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'holy' martyr-type names were the absolute worst... Pacelli... Goretti... Xavier... etc etc. The Drummlets all have good Irish names and if anyone else in the world has a problem saying them they can fuck right off!:)

11:43 p.m.  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I went to school with a girl called Martina, whose brother was called Martin.

I worked at a school that male twins attended, called Bill and Ted. Other common names were Felix, Milo, Oscar, Zed.

I also worked in welfare, and came across a male child called Amfunee.

I know someone whose daughters are called Hope and Hopeless.

I've even heard of Craigine and Waynette.

This is all true, I swear it on my ukulele!

12:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a Wexford couple with twin boys. Grand little lads, Myles and Cosmo

12:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school with a lovely girl named Krystal Sno White. That's right, Sno without a "w." Like that'll save it.
Also knew a family who named their three girls Faith, Hope, and Charity. I suspected they in fact had sons along the way, but drowned them in the ditch at birth so they wouldn't screw with their naming scheme.

4:18 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew of triplets from the US of A, called Holly, Joy and Carol.

Born when?

You guessed it, Christmas Day!

Honest to God. You couldn't make it up.

4:41 a.m.  
Blogger Dr Maroon said...

I have difficulty commenting.
The subject of odd names has always been painful for me.

8:41 a.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

I always had you pegged as a Robert or a Magnus or a Hector, Doc M. Now I think you must be something more unusual. Surely though, surely not a Sorley?

I was the only Sam and my brother the only Francis at school when we were little if that's any consolation. One of my best friends was called Lida; never heard of another Lida before.

fmc, see the problem with telling us you're broody is that we'll all turn into nosy parkers with no idea of boundaries and will be at you all the time with "Well? well? Are you? Are you?"

I'll try not to although I look forward to you blogging your way through pregnancy. We'll be with you all the way cat, if you want us. The collective exhortations to "Push! Push!" coming from around the world will, with any luck, give you succour when push does come to shove: "Keep pushing! And pant h h h h h h h!"

9:21 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Don't worry Sam, when I am pregnant with Frosty Lawn or Nojazz Ruperty Flynn Saint Jack y'all will be first to know.

9:35 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard of a couple who wanted to name their daughter after both of them. Dad's name was Jack, mother was Kitty, so they called her...


She's in her twenties now, she went abroad the first chance she got...

11:41 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah and teenage parents I know called their unexpected son - Jack Daniel - after the spirit that helped his conception!! - and they tell everyone that story!!!!

1:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, this our son "Burst Johnny"

2:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Pinkie said...

The caretaker in the school I went to as a kid was called 'Bill Lister'.

We used to think it was hilarious calling him 'Mister Lister' - oh the rhyming fun of it!
But then I saw his name somewhere -
'B.Lister' Teehehehe

And a family of King's in the area named their kids 'Leah' and 'Joe'.
Leah King & Joe King.

4:05 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I went to school with a guy called Tom Morrow, which I always thought was a cruel thing of his parents to do.

I heard somewhere that in 2006 there were a couple of kids born who were registered as "Gandalf".

But the best as far as I'm concerned, is actually a great-great-great aunt of mine who was called Fanny Picking

4:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It seems to me that some parents are just plain mean and want their offspring to suffer through a life time of wedgies and chinese burns.

6:47 p.m.  
Anonymous laura said...

On the Brian O'Brien name, I know a coupld of Brian O'Briens, so they can't be that unusual. Brian is a popular name!

Anyone know a Jack Russell?

The craze for silly names obviously comes from the silly parents' deep down desire to be like their celebrity idols who give their childrens names like "Apple", "Suri", "Cruz" e.t.c.

10:14 p.m.  
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