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What's in a name?
« on: December 22, 2006, 07:15:54 am »
I  an effort to start increasing my topic starter count.. I have started to start a little discussion.

We've talked around this a little before. But though I would steal slightly from something I saw on the BBC website and ask you all....

What's in a name?

How important can the choice of name for a child be?

What weird names have you come across?



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Jack and Sophie were the most popular names for babies born in Scotland this year, according to official figures.

Jack returned to the number one slot, replacing Lewis, while Sophie was the top girls' name for a second year.

The General Register Office for Scotland statistics showed that parents chose a wide variety of names.

If combined, Callum/Calum and Aimee/Amy would have taken over the top spots, while Lewis, Ryan, James and Cameron all remained in the boys' top 10.


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Olivia and Jack are the the most popular names for babies born in England and Wales in 2006.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show Olivia replaces Jessica as the top name for girls. Jack remains in first place for boys for the 12th year in a row.

Harry, Alfie and Harrison have risen strongly within the top 50, as have Ruby (After a character on the UK Soap, Eastenders) , Lily and Jasmine. Out of the top 50 go Libby, Aimee and Niamh along with Toby, Brandon and Charles.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6197829.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6192247.stm

How did you decide what to call your child?
Can a 'good' or 'bad' name influence your character?
Do you have, or have you encountered, a strange or unusual name?
What names would you like to see become popular again?


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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2006, 07:25:50 am »
My name - is scandanavian for a mountain spring. It can also be spelt Kjelda.

There is now also a water company called Kelda - But I was here first.

My name gets comments regularly. I like my unusual name. I wouldn't be without it. And I intened to make my kids names a bit different form the norm too.

Folk remember my name above others - that can be a good and bad thing I suppose. But it certainly gets me noticed. It's also a good topic of converation to keep a stalling conversation going!!!

My sister is called Eilidh. (Pronounced A- lay) Which is now popular in Scotland but was fairly unusual when she was born 35 years ago. Its gaelic for Helen.

My  nieces are Rhanna, Kinvara and Orla.

We like different names in our family - a tradition started by my Mum - called Ann!!!

Odd names I've heard - which i can't believe anyone would subject their children to -->

Dwayne - named by Mr and Mrs Pipe.

Pocahontas - after the Disney version not the real version!

I've also knew of an old woman called Ribena - I'm presuming she came before the blackcurrant drink!!

and for those of us in the UK & saw him on I'm a celebrity - do we believe David Guest when he says his maid is calledVaginika Seamen!?!

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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006, 01:40:01 pm »
My name - is scandanavian for a mountain spring. It can also be spelt Kjelda.

There is now also a water company called Kelda - But I was here first.

My name gets comments regularly. I like my unusual name. I wouldn't be without it. And I intened to make my kids names a bit different form the norm too.

Folk remember my name above others - that can be a good and bad thing I suppose. But it certainly gets me noticed. It's also a good topic of converation to keep a stalling conversation going!!!

My sister is called Eilidh. (Pronounced A- lay) Which is now popular in Scotland but was fairly unusual when she was born 35 years ago. Its gaelic for Helen.
My  nieces are Rhanna, Kinvara and Orla.
We like different names in our family - a tradition started by my Mum - called Ann!!!

What absolutely gorgeous names!!!

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Odd names I've heard - which i can't believe anyone would subject their children to -->

Dwayne - named by Mr and Mrs Pipe.

Heh.  An old college acquaintance couldn't wait to have a daughter.  He wanted to name her Ophelia.  His last name being Self.  :-\

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and for those of us in the UK & saw him on I'm a celebrity - do we believe David Guest when he says his maid is calledVaginika Seamen!?!

Dunno.  It's possible I imagine.  A pharmacist I used to know claimed to have met a woman called S'phyllis. 

?!?!?

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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2006, 04:11:02 pm »
How did you decide what to call your child?

Since I have three children, that makes three different stories. I'll try to keep it short  ;D
First child: I always knew if I ever get a boy, I would name him David. But my firstborn was a girl and so we named her Hannah. I don't know anymore where we had this idea from, but we knew pretty soon that the child's name would be Hannah.

Second child: for a boy see above. But it was a girl again. The inspiration for her name came from the actress Helen Mirren. We didn't name her after Mrs. Mirren, but we like her and that's where we first heard the name Helen.

Third child: this time a boy. At first it was clear he will be a David, but then I thought Michael would be nice, too. I went back and forth between David and Michael. I simply couldn't decide between these two names. So I went into labour room and thought I would decide when the baby is born.
When he was born, I looked at him and thought: No, you are not a David. And you are not a Michael. You look like an Oliver.
I still don't know where the inspiration came from. We never considered the name Oliver before. It was not amoung my favourite names. But when I saw him, I just knew he is Oliver and nothing else.

For me it was important to have names for my children that are both: German and English. Hannah, Oliver, Michael, David: they are pronounced differenty in both languages, but are clearly the same name.
And I wanted names that are commonly known, but not worn-out. I would not give my child a name from the top ten, but also nothing extraoridinary like Gwendolyn (by German measures).


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Can a 'good' or 'bad' name influence your character?

No. I'm a sceptic and do not believe in things like forshadowing, good or bad omens and so on.
But I know that specific kinds of persons do prefer specific names. For example a connection can be made between the social standing of parents and the names they give their children.
And since the parents and the social envirement have huge impact on the child, this can make a difference.
For example, Kevin, Justin and Steven are typical "underclass" names where I live. I think 20 years from now it will be more likely for a Kevin to belong to the so-called underclass than for a Magnus-Joswig.

But that's the difference between correlation and causation: the reason is not that Kevin is a "bad" name, but both factors (name and social standard in 20 years from now) are dependent from a third factor (social standard of the parents today).


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Do you have, or have you encountered, a strange or unusual name?

Many, many. But I can't think of a single one right now  :-\.

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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2006, 12:54:22 pm »
He thanks for the comments guys..

I'm just back from my Christmas Break at my aunts. so this is a hello and a bump for prosterity.

Oliver - do shorten it to Ollie - I know about 2 or 3 little Olivers and they are all so cute & adorable and liked ot be called Ollie.

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Ophelia.  His last name being Self.

Now surely this is going to cause problems/teasing in later life?!

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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2006, 08:03:02 pm »
One of my absolute fave girl names:

Demelza: Which means "fortified".  Origin:  Cornish/Old English.

Yeah, I am also a "Poldark" fan!  ;)


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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2015, 10:42:42 pm »
One of my absolute fave girl names:

Demelza: Which means "fortified".  Origin:  Cornish/Old English.

Yeah, I am also a "Poldark" fan!  ;)

I am a new Demelza fan!
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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2015, 11:33:08 pm »
Dwayne - named by Mr and Mrs Pipe.

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Re: What's in a name?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2015, 02:03:52 pm »
I've always liked more 'unusual' names for girls than stuff that is run of the mill.

Pandora, Tatiana, Olympia, Charisma.....names like that.


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