Earlier in the week, somehow the topic of unusual baby names came up during my book club meeting. [Yes, we discuss the book but we also talk about a zillion other things!] So anyway, I think it started with the whole Beckham’s naming their daughter Harper Seven apparently because the number seven was so important to him. Somehow or the other, it’s mainly celebrities that give their kids unusual names. Apple. Peaches. Banjo. Bluebell Madonna. Sunday Rose [Which sounds eerily like Sunday Roast]. Zuma. You can check this out for about a 100 more.
Through work and other things, I’ve heard of some more unusual names. Or weirdly spelt names.
For instance, Cooper, Harley and Riley. Lovely names. Except, they are girls. Or how about Tim Tan. Which sounds like Tim Tam. Or Tiffany spelt Tiphanee or Britney spelt Brittannee. Or Cougar. The name Albert sounds pretty all right. But not when you put it with the last name Ross. Say this out loud: Albert Ross. And this is an unfortunate name for developers of a psychometric test to have — Woodcock and Johnson [Developed the Woodcock-Johnson test of achievement and intelligence]. I remember last year or the year before, in the US, there was a couple who had named their kids Adolph and Hitler. I think they had the kids taken away from them by children’s services.
You also need to be careful when naming your kids what the initials may stand for. I know someone who got teased for initials B. O. At the book club, someone mentioned a friend deciding to not name their kid Jennifer Elizabeth Williams. Normal name. But initials are J.E.W. You never know who you could offend. I’m pretty sure in years to come there will be kids name Twitter and Facebook or Myspace or Bebo.
What about all the Indian names that are spelt differently so as to adhere to the numerological gods for luck? Apparently, mine kinda falls in that category too. My grandfather who was a big believer in astrology and numerology made my parents change a letter in a name they had thought for me and instead added a couple of other letters. To this day, in India, people always confuse the spelling of my name. Having said that, it’s not as weird or unusual as say, Kareena to Kariena and then back to Kareena or Tushar to Tusshar or Sunil to Suniel or Krishna to Kkrrishnaa. And don’t even get me started on those Bollywood stars who change their entire name.
I think though, till date, there is one name that takes the cake for me. A friend’s partner who was a teacher had this student on her roll: Le-a. Guess what it says?
Ledasha [Phonetically: luh-dash-ah]
Those parents need to be reported for child abuse.
So what are some unusual or weird names you have encountered? Do share.
Until next time,