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audra trower williams
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posted 30 September 2004 02:11 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Swedish authorities have turned down a request by two parents to register Superman as a name for their child.

The parents wanted their son to be named after the cartoon superhero because they say he was born with one arm pointing upwards, the position Superman flies in.

The local tax authorities said 'no', arguing the name could lead to the boy being subjected to ridicule in later life.

The ruling has also been upheld by an appeals court.


heh.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 02:18 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Audra, I'm afraid I'm going to have to suspend your posting privileges for violating copyright and not linking to the article in question.
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audra trower williams
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posted 30 September 2004 02:19 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Source!

Phew. Dodged that bullet.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 02:19 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'll let it go this time. But let this be a warning.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 30 September 2004 02:20 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was once told, though I cannot verify this, that France has a law on the books that prohibits parents from giving their kids absurd names. No idea how it's enforced, of course.

My thinking: give your kid a name that's not going to earn them constant swirlies and beatings, then when they're 18 you can tell them that you always wanted to name them "Dweezil", and if they like the idea they can change it legally. And if they look at you like you've got a turtle on your head then it was all for the best.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 02:21 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dweezil! Ha! Except I shouldn't laugh. All those parents out there who want something more "trendy" than the current trendy names would probably pick up on that one in a second.
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lagatta
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posted 30 September 2004 02:28 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Many European and European-influenced countries (such as Argentina) have provisions outlawing names that can expose children to ridicule. It is enforced simply by refusing to register a name seen as over the top.

In the past - and I believe this is still the case in certain countries - the practice promoted national or religious chauvinism, but nowadays it is simply to prevent the types of names one hears on the Jerry Springer show... or from Frank Zappa.

I believe that there have been similar cases in Qubec. Most involved "silly" names, though one refused to endorse the accent on Tomas (forget which sylabble) in Portuguese - that was overturned of course.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 02:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just curious: is there something wrong with the types of names we hear on the Jerry Springer show? I mean, I'm no big fan of "trendy" cutesy names personally, but I can just see white people in the birth registration office turning up their noses at names that might be popular among African Americans, for instance, but that European-descended white people might not consider for their own children.
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andrean
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posted 30 September 2004 02:44 PM      Profile for andrean     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Speaking of baby names, I think we've linked to this site before, but it's always worth revisiting.
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beverly
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posted 30 September 2004 02:45 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought even Canada had baby naming laws.
Maybe I'm wrong. I do know that after 9/11 there were some who wanted the wee one to be Ossama bin laden. It would be one thing to name your kid Ossama -- but someone else's full name - that's crazy.

The best unorthodox name I have ever heard is Peekaboo. She choose it when she was five. I didn't have the guts to let my kids name themselves.


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Black Dog
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posted 30 September 2004 02:57 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by andrean:
Speaking of baby names, I think we've linked to this site before, but it's always worth revisiting.

These two:

quote:

I've suggested to my sister that she name her little girl to be - Manchester. She's not sure about it but she's considering. What do you think?
Clever. Like being named Pittsburg or Schenectady. Kid'll grow up to be beaten to death by Liverpool fans.

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I once met a lady named Rodana. I think she runs a successful internet business.
In her spare time she destroys Tokyo.


made me snort rather violently.

I've always said I'd want two boys (Bauer and Cooper) and a girl (Chelsea Hotel).

I am, of course, kidding.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 02:59 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh god, andrean, why did you have to link to that site? I've never seen it before, and now I'm going to waste half my afternoon reading it. Every other entry is making me burst out laughing.

This one is great:

quote:
my boyfriend and i love the name Jayln (Jay-Lynn) but we dont know how to spell it.. there are a few ways we like but we dont know which we like more.. what do you think?

JaeLynne (or JayLinne)
Jalyn
Jayln
Jaylyn
Jalynne

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How 'bout Ghei-llenn? Juay-limn? Q-bert?



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audra trower williams
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posted 30 September 2004 03:03 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What do you call kids that name themselves while you're waiting for them to, you know, NAME THEMSELVES?
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'lance
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posted 30 September 2004 03:05 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Dweezil! Ha! Except I shouldn't laugh.

I'm sure the real-life Dweezil -- son to Frank Zappa -- didn't either. Nor his sister Moon Unit.

I wonder if they still use those names as adults.


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 30 September 2004 03:10 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Apparently Zowie Bowie ended up changing his name to Duncan (his middle name). And he also uses his father's original last name, so he's Duncan Jones these days.
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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 30 September 2004 03:10 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A college friend married a fellow with the last name of Longstaff.

His parents sense of humour was not subtle, to say the least. No they didn't name him Peter. They named him Richard. As in Tricky Dicky Nixon.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 03:11 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha!

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For the last 50 years, my family has been naming their children after Southwestern Ontario cities. My brother is Barrie, my sister is Kingston, and my cousin is Markham. I am due in two weeks (it'll be a girl) and I thinking about naming her either York or Orillia. What do others think?

I think it's time for a nuclear strike against Ottawa.

(Reader Tom wrote in to suggest that she branch out to include other provinces and name her after this town, the single greatest town in Newfoundland, or perhaps anywhere else. (Warning - link may not be work-safe if you work for your local parish.)


In other news, KINGSTON IS AN EASTERN ONTARIO CITY, you dumbass.


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 30 September 2004 03:15 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw that too. Orillia and Barrie are in Central Ontario.

The town in Newfoundland referred to seems to be a dead link to a page about the (possibly apocryphal) town of Dildo, NF.


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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2004 03:16 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I laughed about Orillia, too. Seemed pretty northern to me. Maybe they should try "Midland".
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audra trower williams
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posted 30 September 2004 03:19 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I also don't like when people take out perfectly good syllables out of names.

eg: Britney, Jorja.


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Reality. Bites.
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posted 30 September 2004 03:25 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dildo is anything but apocryphal.

http://tinyurl.com/63r79

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Stephen Gordon
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posted 30 September 2004 03:27 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ow ow ow ow - that hurt

(I had a gum graft at the dentist's this morning, and it hurts to move my mouth )


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beverly
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posted 30 September 2004 03:29 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good question Audra - what do you call a kid waiting to name themselves. Probably just "hey, you KID"??????

Of course, naming isn't written in stone anyhow. Like, you can change your name any time you want.

Interestingly enough.... I was recently told a married name is an assumed name and really not that legal anyhow I think my informant was misinformed. Although I now write under my maiden name, I haven't bothered to legally change my name so I still have to use it for banking etc., I thought at least.


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'lance
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posted 30 September 2004 03:46 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Apparently Zowie Bowie ended up changing his name to Duncan (his middle name). And he also uses his father's original last name, so he's Duncan Jones these days.

Wise man -- at least it forestalls a lot of boring questions.

A friend of a friend who was born in India said that at his birth, his grandparents insisted that before he could be named, the parents had to take advice from the astrologer on the most auspicious name. Fine -- except that the astrologer took six months or more to get back to them. Eventually he was called Sadir (sp?), but in the meantime, for lack of anything else, they called him Budi (sp?), meaning baby.

Thing was, this stuck, so when I knew him in his 20s, people were still calling him Budi or Sadir, alternately.


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beverly
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posted 30 September 2004 04:20 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Wise man -- at least it forestalls a lot of boring questions.

Why would it? I mean wouldn't everyone know who Bowie is?


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'lance
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posted 30 September 2004 04:25 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah but not everyone would know his son's name is Duncan Jones. So if you're Duncan Jones, you'll probably be spared a lot of people saying "Oh wow, I'm such a fan of your dad, what's he really like," etc., etc.
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beverly
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posted 30 September 2004 04:29 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh sorry that's not what I was thinking off. D'oh.. I thought you meant as the other name he would get a whole buncha questions about his name, but I thought everyone would know his Dad was just a freak.

I kinda like the name Duncan - but its not a name you would really want a child to have heh.


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