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What's in a name?

View Poll Results: Do you think you are influenced by your name?
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  #1 Old 25-07-2008 Default What's in a name?

Court: Girl can't be called Talula Does The Hula
New Zealand judge criticizes parents and orders 9-year-old to be renamed
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25827708/

Seeing this article I can't help but wonder how much are people really influenced by their names? When I first checked up my own name I traced it to a Roman general who was renowned for his safe military strategy based on attrition and I thought "Hey that's kinda how I tend to play my computer strategy games..." Later in a separate search I found that my name is derived from the Latin word meaning "broad bean" so now I can see my predecessor every time I go to the supermarket....

So what do you think about your name? Do you know how your parents named you? What kind of name would you like to give your children in the future and why?
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  #2 Old 25-07-2008 Default

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Court: Girl can't be called Talula Does The Hula
New Zealand judge criticizes parents and orders 9-year-old to be renamed
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25827708/

Seeing this article I can't help but wonder how much are people really influenced by their names? When I first checked up my own name I traced it to a Roman general who was renowned for his safe military strategy based on attrition and I thought "Hey that's kinda how I tend to play my computer strategy games..." Later in a separate search I found that my name is derived from the Latin word meaning "broad bean" so now I can see my predecessor every time I go to the supermarket....

So what do you think about your name? Do you know how your parents named you? What kind of name would you like to give your children in the future and why?
I am just appalled by parents who name their children with odd and bizarre, or should I say, unique names.

My personality is direct opposite of that of my name. I am neither brave nor courageous as suggested by my name but rather, meticulous and calculative.
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  #3 Old 11-11-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

My name is of Greek origin and means light.
Chinese name translates to "a thousand gentleness".

LOL. The light part maybe, gentleness? I don't think so
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  #4 Old 13-11-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

my name originated from chinese and it means 'quiet and gentle spirit'.
when i told my friends, they actually burst out laughing and 1 even rolled on the floor and they couldn't say a word for about half a minute.
so i guess i got the wrong name? but it isn't affecting me. and i like my name =)
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  #5 Old 13-11-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

My name means "loyal and lucky". Which is a bunch of bull, practically.

But at least thank god I don't have a girly-sounding name, like some of my friends. (There goes the "loyal" part of my name....)
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  #6 Old 02-12-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

hehe...my chinese name symbolises wisdom ^^ thx to my parents..hehe and it sounds more to a neutral name where some may thought i am a guy if they don't know tat name belongs a girl ^^
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  #7 Old 04-12-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

6 Baby Names You Probably Shouldn’t Give Your Kid
by Graeme Wood

Forget Apple and Pilot Inspektor. If you really want to give your kid a hard time growing up, just pick from the following list.

1. BATMAN

Venezuelans are among the world’s most creative namers. In fact, according to their own government, they’re too creative. In September 2007, after hearing about babies named Superman and Batman, state authorities urged parents to pick their names from an approved list of 100 common Spanish monikers. Those conventional names (such as Juanita and Miguel) quickly acquired a patrician ring, ironically giving rise to more novel names, like Hochiminh (after the Vietnamese guerilla) and Eisenhower (after the president). There are also at least 60 Venezuelans with the first name Hitler.

2. ECLIPSE GLASSES

In June 2001, a total solar eclipse was about to cross southern Africa. To prepare, the Zimbabwean and Zambian media began a massive astronomy education campaign focused on warning people not to stare at the Sun. Apparently, the campaign worked. The locals took a real liking to the vocabulary, and today, the birth registries are filled with names like Eclipse Glasses Banda, Totality Zhou, and Annular Mchombo.

3. NAAKTGEBOREN

When Napoleon seized the Netherlands in 1810, he demanded that all Dutchmen take last names, just as the French had done decades prior. Problem was, the Dutch had lived full and happy lives with single names, so they took absurd surnames in a show of spirited defiance. These included Naaktgeboren (born naked), Spring int Veld (jump in the field), and Piest (pisses). Unfortunately for their descendants, Napoleon’s last-name trend stuck, and all of these remain perfectly normal Dutch names today.

4. VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

The people of Iceland take their names very seriously. The country permits no one—not even immigrants—to take or keep foreign surnames. So what happened when esteemed Russian maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy asked to become an Icelandic citizen? Well, the government finally decided to make an exception. Vladimir Ashkenazy is now on the short list of approved Icelandic names.

5. YAZID

Imam Husayn ibn Ali is one of the holiest figures in the Shi’ite Muslim faith. In the 7th century CE, he lost his head on the orders of the Sunni caliph, Yazid, and the decapitation initiated the biggest schism in Islamic history. While the name Yazid remains common among Sunnis, it is disdained throughout the Shi’a world. The stigma attached to it is equivalent to naming one’s son Stalin or Hitler. Speaking of which…

6. ADOLF

Memories of death camps and fascism have kept parents from christening their kids Adolf for quite some time. But one unlucky youngster acquired the name in 1949. He was the son of William Patrick Hitler—the dictator’s nephew, who moved to America in the 1930s to fight against his uncle. It isn’t clear why William preserved the name, but his four sons (including Alexander Adolf Hitler, now 57) made a pact to never have children in an effort to stunt der Fuehrer’s family tree at its branches.
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  #8 Old 04-12-2008 Default Re: What's in a name?

Intereting! Well. Not all of us are influenced by our name.It depends on the perspective of ours.

As for the naming of our future children, haha,,of course we tend to take it as a good, auspicious and of course an eternal and unusual name that is easy to remember and bring out the specific meaning.

Naming in the past is conventional style, but with the advencement of the future era , and the modernised thinking of today people, the naming system would become more unusual as with the passing years to come.
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  #9 Old 13-09-2010 Default Re: What's in a name?

Well, my name is really abstract. It's pretty long but it roughly means "The Praised Accepting Pious man"

Whether I feel influenced by it, not really. Muslims believe that your name is like a wish. Whenever people call your name it would be wishing the very things your name means back to you. But in my case I'd say that the only accurate part of my name is the fact that I'm very liberal and open (my on interpretation of Accepting)

Anyhow, it's fun for parents to pick nice names for their kids. With mixing influences through culture and media it's no surprise to see more bizarre, interesting names of children. The whole "associating meanings to names" is also fun and all but eventually I think that it all comes down to culture and upbringing which decides how your turn out.
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  #10 Old 14-09-2010 Default Re: What's in a name?

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Well, my name is really abstract. It's pretty long but it roughly means "The Praised Accepting Pious man"

Whether I feel influenced by it, not really. Muslims believe that your name is like a wish. Whenever people call your name it would be wishing the very things your name means back to you. But in my case I'd say that the only accurate part of my name is the fact that I'm very liberal and open (my on interpretation of Accepting)

Anyhow, it's fun for parents to pick nice names for their kids. With mixing influences through culture and media it's no surprise to see more bizarre, interesting names of children. The whole "associating meanings to names" is also fun and all but eventually I think that it all comes down to culture and upbringing which decides how your turn out.
I wonder if people actually wish that I turn yellow when they call my surname
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