People with unusual names...

  • bigtallguy

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    Oct 29, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    I don't think my name is all that unusual, but i admit it is not very common as a first name.
    Here in Tel Aviv though my name has caused all sorts of confusion because no one can pronounce it.
    I made an episode of my webshow about it:



    who else here has an unusual name? caused any funny situations?
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    Oct 29, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    Way to advertise! Viking, hahaha!
    It was a good song in the beginning.

    That was a very nice video, quite funny. Interestingly, when I was an undergrad, one of my professors was named Hale as well, as as a surname.

    My name is Carmine, not that unusual either, but people think it is Carmin, and men are usually quite disappointed to know I am not a woman.
  • Descamisado

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    Oct 29, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    The one name that has caused me the most distress belonged to a woman who left me a message at work, whose name was (wait for it...)

    Dolly Gross

    When I heard this name, the image immediately popped into my head of a little girl taking her Barbie into an outhouse, dropping it in, and saying, "Ewww! Dolly gross!" I could not get past that.

    I couldn't call her back for three days, because every time I looked down at my phone pad and saw "Dolly Gross" I started laughing again. Beavis and Butthead type humor, to be sure, but my sense of humor, like that of most men, hasn't developed since I was 12.

    Dolly Gross, wherever you are, I'll never forget you.

  • DCEric

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    Oct 29, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    Enjoy your unique names. Everywhere I go, there usually is already an Eric.
  • bigtallguy

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    Oct 29, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    carmineastoria saidWay to advertise!

    when I was an undergrad, one of my professors was named Hale as well, as as a surname.
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    exactly! most americans know it as a surname but have never heard it as a first name. Israelis have never heard of it at all.
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    Oct 29, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    Miguel is super common in Mexico, but some Americans tend to fawn over it. A couple even thought I was lying when I said that was my name.
  • bolero_of_fir...

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    Oct 29, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    I'm sorry as much as I'd like to comment on such a well done video I simply could not get over the fact that you really are very tall.
  • bigtallguy

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    Oct 29, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    bolero_of_fire saidI'm sorry as much as I'd like to comment on such a well done video I simply could not get over the fact that you really are very tall.



    LOL. my RJ username is no lie.
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    Oct 29, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    I sure am glad my dad chose my nickname - Zeke, that way I don't have to use my given name [ Honestly, you don't think I'm going to tell do you] icon_redface.gif
  • Import

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    Nov 05, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    I hate those stupid white boy laguna beach douche bag names like Cody, max, miller, Brent, Hayden...
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    Nov 05, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    There's a Chinese girl in my class whose name is Teng Zhou. I asked her what her english, and she tells me it's Yolanda. 0.o

    Teng Zhou <---------> Yolanda

    I think I'm missing something. Unless she feels like a greek woman trapped in a Chinese woman's body.
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    A friend of mine works with a woman named Gaye Lemon icon_biggrin.gif Best name ever! I did see a guy on TV named Richard Johnson hehe
  • Bunjamon

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    Nov 05, 2010 1:09 PM GMT
    sixty_six saidThere's a Chinese girl in my class whose name is Teng Zhou. I asked her what her english, and she tells me it's Yolanda. 0.o

    Teng Zhou <---------> Yolanda

    I think I'm missing something. Unless she feels like a greek woman trapped in a Chinese woman's body.


    People here (i.e. in China) choose very strange English names sometimes. I know more than one Smile, a Candy, a Cherry, an Apple, and then they just chose really old names like Shirley, Ruth, Betty, Dorothy, the list goes on and on.

    I know a girl from the States whose legal name is Pumpkin because she was conceived in a pumpkin patch. No joke. And her parents aren't weirdos either.
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    Import saidI hate those stupid white boy laguna beach douche bag names like Cody, max, miller, Brent, Hayden...




    Awww do u hate my name
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    My name is Viroth. It's pretty unusual. It means abundance in Laos. My dad likes to translate it as "The light of knowledge" though, haha I don't know why.

    I thought about changing it. But the good thing about this name is that it is unique. But it's the only thing great about it. During my childhood, it was awful. Kids made fun of me a lot.
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    I have had ppl butcher my name since its not common at all its ancient Roman and native american. I have had racist ppl say its African juss cus I'm blk and its not common but the first person to have it in history were white dudes go figure
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    There are different ways to view "unusual." When hippies named their kids "Moonrocket" or something back in the 1960s, I always envisioned that child 90 years later, in a nursing home, old & wrinkled, when the name wasn't so cute anymore.

    On the other hand, unusual but distinguished names often identify distinguished people. I think a unique, yet not comical name, can be a career & social advantage. It gets attention, and very often respect, at least within English-speaking countries.

    An impressive name can be like when you put on some of your father's clothes as a kid, and they were too big for you. And one day you either grow into them, and they fit you, or maybe they never do. A great name is both a challenge to grow into, and an advantage if you can master it.
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    Nov 05, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    My name is ELIUDE, quite unusual in any language...

    I loved the video, btw!!!
  • aiko14

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    Nov 05, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    Aiko.... errrr it was supposedly a girl's name in japan...
    and when i was in the Philippines there was an actress called Aiko.. but fortunately for me... weird name have advantages
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 05, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    my name is Iokepa, and haven't met any so far with the same name.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Nov 05, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    Could be worse....
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  • aiko14

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    Nov 05, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    SanDiegoNewbie saidCould be worse....
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    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Karnage

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    Nov 05, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    I have a pretty common name, but my best friend is Indian. I always love people's reaction upon hearing it. It's usually something along the lines of "Wow, what a ... unique name," not realizing that it's probably the most common name in India.
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    Nov 05, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    When I grew up back east in the snow and cold we had two people in my school with names I think are just cruel to be given. Once was Candy Kane and the other was Jack Frost. I don't think they ever hooked up but thought it was in poor taste to do that to your kids!
  • Karnage

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    Nov 05, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidWhen I grew up back east in the snow and cold we had two people in my school with names I think are just cruel to be given. Once was Candy Kane and the other was Jack Frost. I don't think they ever hooked up but thought it was in poor taste to do that to your kids!


    There was a girl in my school whose name was Amanda Blow - no joke! I think her parents were immigrants, so they probably had no idea when they named her.