Gut Rumbles

May 13, 2005

what's in a name?

I've said it many times before: The name a parent gives a child can be either a blessing or a curse. Now, here's a study that attempts to prove that fact.

I'm always skeptical of such studies, but I believe that there is some truth in this one. When all you know about a person is the name you see on an employment application, you have an instinctive "WTF?" reaction when you see a name such as "Sha'Waneeka" or "De'Tronious." You instinctively prefer to interview the guy named Charles.

I'm not saying that it's right or it's wrong--- I'm just stating the obvious--- that's the way it is. And parents need to think about that fact when they name their children.

I always thought that MY name was TOO common. But it beats being named "LaTwanna."


Lady I work with once interviewed some people who had named their daughter 'Shithead'- actual spelling!. According to them pronounced Shi-ta-heed, but for God's sake...

Posted by: Mark on May 13, 2005 10:52 AM

Jee-Zus. That has got to be an Urban legend, right up there with the Jamaican Toothbrush story...but I have the sinking feeling that it isn't. "Shi-ta-heed" indeed.

There is the (true) story of the siblings names Lemonjello and Oranjello (accent on the second syllable).

My first exposure to "interesting" names was when the Missus used to teach elementary school in the Houston ghetto...but things seem to have really gotten out of control lately.

Posted by: Elisson on May 13, 2005 11:25 AM

Same thing goes for the crazy haircuts, piercings, and clothing totally off the wall. First impressions are very hard to overcome if they are burdened with idiocy !!

Posted by: MommaBear on May 13, 2005 11:34 AM

Exactly why the hubby and I stuck to good old reliable names for our kids...Samantha and David!

Although, I did find it quite funny at my daughters last awards ceremony in school...the poor assistant principal who was reading off the kids names was having a HELL of a time trying to pronoune some of them!

Posted by: Wendi on May 13, 2005 11:44 AM

My wife once actually encountered a girl in Mississippi named Clitoris. I swear.

Posted by: Bruce on May 13, 2005 12:01 PM

Also in Mississippi, my mother had a doctor who's nurse was named Female. She pronounced it Fee-ma-lee, accent on the second syllable.

Posted by: Stu on May 13, 2005 12:07 PM

The "Shithead" name is NOT an urban legend. I saw it on an employment application myself. In that case, it was a guy, who pronounced it "shith-EED," but it sure looked like "shithead" to me.

I didn't hire him.

Posted by: Acidman on May 13, 2005 12:08 PM

A couple I saw some years back:

  • Twantonette

  • LaGina

  • Posted by: Hank on May 13, 2005 12:17 PM

    I have been an OB nurse for many years. The worst one in my personal experience was "LaSha'wnticaLaSha'wntelle". That was the baby's FIRST name-------------4 capital letters and 2 accent marks. The mother of the child was 14 years old. Need I say more?

    Posted by: Robin on May 13, 2005 06:40 PM

    Girl I knew in seventh grade, the first day of class the teacher called her name --which was "Regina" -- as rhyming with a female body part. I suppose the teacher had once been to the capital of Saskatchewan.

    But the girl was whiter than me, and we're talking mid-'70s when it happened. If it was fiction I'd call it "foreshadowing."

    The fact I had a crush on the girl explains only that I remember it after all these years.

    Posted by: McGehee on May 13, 2005 11:21 PM
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