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Nine-year-old More Reasonable than her Parents

  1. Jul 24, 2008 #1

    lisab

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    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/07/24/odd.names/index.html

    Poor girl! Why would parents sadle their child with such a terrible name?

    The article lists some other strange names, like Number 16 Bus Shelter...but doesn't say if Number 16 is also changing (his/her :confused: ?) name.
     
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  3. Jul 24, 2008 #2

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    My fav is twins called Benson and Hedges. You could have got the same comical effect by naming your kids Bill (william) and Ben, but naming them Benson and Hedges is just plain tacky.

    I always thought it would be funny to have the name John Thomas.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2008 #3

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    mjr. Major Major Major, if you know whom I mean.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2008 #4
    I don't get the humor in Bill and Ben, nor in John Thomas. My cousin has that as first and middle names but everyone calls him JT.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2008 #5

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    My mother has a book of funny names (warning some names may offend) from the UK which are all real. Theres some strange ones, but none as weird as Talula does the hula.
     
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  8. Jul 24, 2008 #7

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    I think giving your child a really stupid name is deplorable, but how in the world does the judge get off stripping parental authority for something like a name?

    I doubt her parents would ever call her by her full name unless they were really upset by something (and somehow I have a hard time believing they get quite the same effect normal parents do). Talula isn't that outrageous of a name and the girl has already found a solution to even that small annoyance - her friends call her K.

    Whatever happened to the idea that kids have to wait until they're 18 to screw up their lives and, until that time, it's the parents' job to do that?
     
  9. Jul 24, 2008 #8
    People realized it's a load of crap. By the way, beating your kids has been against the law for a while now, too. Hope I'm not the first to tell you this.

    If I ever meet someone who has a weird name, I am going to sucker punch their parents.
     
  10. Jul 24, 2008 #9

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    On the scale of horrible things a parent can do to a kid, naming them Talula isn't even close to beating them. How is her name worse than giving a kid the middle name of "Leslie" in honor of a grandparent in spite of the fact that Leslie is normally considered a girl's name nowadays (or of naming your child Jan, then moving to America - a lack of foresight if not exactly an act of maliciousness).

    For that matter, how in the world could my parents name me Robert when I was born on March 10, then move to 1010 Robert Steet right before I turned 10. My teacher thought I had some kind of attention disorder! (This is a true story, by the way.)

    It's a name, for crying out loud! I think she'll get over it with enough therapy.
     
  11. Jul 24, 2008 #10
    In the long run it adds up. You go through school with a sentence as a name and you will be pretty scarred, too.

    My Profs name is Leslie and Leslie Nielson is one of my favorite actors. I've never met a "Leslie" that was a girl in fact. I've known two guys named Kelly. One is a Marine and the other is just some loser. My history professor last year was named Tracy.

    My point? It's pretty common. Naming a boy "Jennifer" is the same as naming him "Bus Stop Ash Tray" or whatever. "Gaffs" such as naming a boy "Jan" then coming to the US are much more common and people are a lot more understanding. You pronounce "Jan" rhyming with "Yawn", not "Man".

    You can't play the "It's Swedish!" card if your name is "Office Max Paper Clip".

    Your teacher either made a bad joke or is pretty stupid.

    I'm still not understanding your motivation. You'd rather the kid suffer for something the parents did, than to quickly smack them upside the head and get it fixed?
     
  12. Jul 24, 2008 #11
    What a thread. JT's brother is Jan. What's wrong with that name? According to this site, it's not that uncommon.

    Name frequency
     
  13. Jul 24, 2008 #12

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    How many of your friends call you by your full name?

    Bus Stop Ash Tray and Office Max Paper Clip aren't the same thing as Talulah Does The Hula From Hawaii. Eddie Bus Stop Ash Tray or Joshua Max Paper Clip would be. The point that neither Eddie or Joshua make sense in the sentence just emphasizes that the offending portions of the name are their middle name.

    It might be embarrassing to write on a school application or a job application (although most only ask for a middle initial), but she doesn't use her whole name on a routine basis.

    Scott Will Your Sister Leius would be worse than having the name Scott Lilliwhite Leius, but both would be embarrassing middle names even though Lilliwhite might be the maiden name of the mother. (Or, in the case of my kids, they have two middle names each, with their mother's maiden name being the second middle name - they can leave it out if they want without anyone noticing).

    Talulah isn't a name I would choose, but there's nothing offensive about it. I admit there's a problem with the middle name, but only because other kids will remember her middle name a lot longer than they would a middle name like Lilliwhite. And face it, with a last name like Leius, the other kids would make up the middle name Will Your Sister even if Scott's middle name was Thomas.

    (Now I've done it. Not only will I get flamed in this thread, but a guy with a baseball bat will be stalking me around town. Fortunately he only hit 28 career home runs in a 9 year career, so getting hit by him can't hurt that bad.)
     
  14. Jul 24, 2008 #13

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    Bob, nowhere does it say her first name is only Talula, her first name could be the whole sentence. Since they use the whole sentence when they say her name, I think that's the problem.
     
  15. Jul 24, 2008 #14

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    Well, they did name her Talula Does the Hula ......

    I guess it's a huge leap to assume they wouldn't do something so obnoxious as to use the whole sentence every time they said her name (the article really doesn't give enough details to know this one way or the other).

    If that's the case, I don't think changing her name will end her grief.

    As that couple ages, one parent will die and the other will become senile, but remain undiagnosed. The girl will be supporting her live-in surviving parent, who'll sing Toyota commercials 20 hours a day. The only relief will be when she's taking the parent for a ride. Then the parent will read every sign they pass out loud ..... and the parent won't read very fast, so the girl will never be able to drive more than 15 mph until they get out into the country where there's no signs. I wish they would have told us what they changed her name to. I don't want to stand next to her in the DMV line.
     
  16. Jul 24, 2008 #15

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    That's what it sounds like the problem is, they've given her a whole sentence as a name. What happens on the first day of school each year when the teacher looks at that name on the attendance sheet? Of course, given the space limits on a lot of computerized forms for things like registration and exams, it could be worse, her name could be getting chopped off as Talula Does...

    Talula isn't bad, she probably could have survived until she was 18 by just saying all the rest of the words were here middle names. Though, I seriously question the judgement of parents that would give a kid a name like that. Maybe there were more issues than just her name that became apparent in court to have had their parental rights stripped away.
     
  17. Jul 24, 2008 #16

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    My given name is Harley because I was named after my father, so kids who heard my given name at school had to throw in Davidson. I was nicknamed "Skip" so I heard a lot of "Skip to my Lou, my darling", and "Skipper" both of which I hated. When a biker friend of mine wanted to buy a dresser, and I wanted to buy his Wide-Glide, I went to the dealership with him so that we could swap checks, title applications, etc, and when he saw my name on the paperwork, he looked at me in shock and said "Why didn't you tell me!?". I had ridden with him for several years, and he always called me Skip, like everyone else that we hung with. BTW, his last name is Marley, and he named his English Spaniel Harley, so every time the dog got in trouble and Rick's wife yelled at him, I jumped a little.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2008 #17

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    :rofl:

    Harley's a great name! I do know a lot of dogs named Harley, though. We named our daughter Molly (not Number 16 Bus Stop), and there are tons of dogs named Molly.

    My favorite uncle growing up was Uncle Skip (not his given name, but he was called Skip since he was born).
     
  19. Jul 24, 2008 #18
    Skip? Over Harley? Why? Harley is such a cool name!
     
  20. Jul 24, 2008 #19

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    My mother purposely chose my name so people couldn't shorten it into a nickname. Instead they lengthened it at school. :grumpy:
     
  21. Jul 24, 2008 #20

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    I went to a local credit union today to pass the title of my '05 Softail to the buyer (who grew up in my home town). The loan officer had to comment on my name. She thought it was funny, and commented on it a couple of times. I'm glad my parents didn't call me Suzuki. I have owned and ridden only Harleys for almost 25 years, and registration-time might have been a real hoot for the tax collectors.
     
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