Does a Name Mean Anything to You?

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    Nov 18, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    I'm just curious about something and was hoping to get a little RJ input. Specifically names.

    I know alot of times people will name their children or pets something special or meaningful to them. Other times, they don't care. My brother has a whole complex story behind his name. Mine, not so much.

    So my questions:
    Do you see a name as something special?
    Does your name mean anything special to you or your family. (A family name, important person to someone in your family?)
    Do you have a pet that's named specially? Or is it just a normal name? (Ex. for a dog, Spot, Rover, etc.)
    If you one day want to have children or pets will you give them a special name?

    If you want to, share your name and the story behind it. Or just the story.

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    I'll share my story if anyone cares to listen. But I want to hear a few others first.
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    Nov 19, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    Depends who you're talking to. In my culture, names come from Saints...and it is tradition to name your kids after your parents, out of respect.

    But if you were to talk to celebrity parents, they pull those names out of their asses...like Blue, Apple, Cocoa, Stapler etc.

    I'm glad my parents aren't celebrities.
  • Just_Tim

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    Nov 19, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    I was named after one of my dad's old army friends, but I never met him and I assume they're not in touch anymore. So I guess my name DID have a somewhat special meaning, but not anymore.

    As for pets: The last two dogs I've had were both named after TV characters, Dexter and Bernard.

    So no. For me names don't have any special meaning. I like the way a few sound, I like mine. Other than that I'm indifferent.
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    Nov 19, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    I always hated my name.

    I kind of like the idea of people choosing their own names at puberty or other significant life stages.

    But I suppose there are only so many euphemisms for "enormous genitalia" to go around.
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    Nov 19, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    I once went on a date and the guy wasnt telling me his real first name, I am quite pushy about such things so he eventually said it's "Osama", and then I realized why he didnt want me to know it.
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    Nov 19, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    wonofakind said

    But if you were to talk to celebrity parents, they pull those names out of their asses...like Blue, Apple, Cocoa, Stapler etc.



    Judging by the program at my nieces school play... the entire next generation is already labeled like that. icon_rolleyes.gif I don't think it's due to celebrity per se - more like ready access to drugs.
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    Nov 19, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    I think there is a lot to a name. In my dad's family every first born male has been named the same then his father. My grandpa's name is Franco (him being the first male) so is my dad and then myself being the first of my family. It has crossed all kinds of languages and borders, from Russia, Germany, Spain, South America and the USA. We know it extends 13 generations. Weird of all this, almost every male in the family, their name starts with a damn F......And me being gay and not having kids will end the family tradition.
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    Nov 19, 2012 2:59 AM GMT
    I was named after a weatherman my mom was watching when she was pregnant with me..she liked the fact it was Brenden with an E not an O or A. And that was how I was named...

    I like my name. I have never met anyone in my 24 years on this earth spelled the same way as me. icon_biggrin.gif
    Also no one can spell my name right..
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    I think a name is what you make of it. Some people embrace and are really proud of their name, regardless what it is. Others, change it when they are old enough.

    I love my name, it has a profound meaning, is unique in itself, and, I think, adds to my overall character.
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    may11 saidI think there is a lot to a name. In my dad's family every first born male has been named the same then his father. My grandpa's name is Franco (him being the first male) so is my dad and then myself being the first of my family. It has crossed all kinds of languages and borders, from Russia, Germany, Spain, South America and the USA. We know it extends 13 generations. Weird of all this, almost every male in the family, their name starts with a damn F......And me being gay and not having kids will end the family tradition.


    That doesn't mean it should end, there's always adoption or even sperm donor for you to carry on your legacy.

    I think for my family, it follows a trend. Like, everyone in my family member has their first name starting with the letter M. Same for a friend of mine, they're all J.

    I got my name from my godfather, of whom I never got the chance to meet.
    My name is Michael. I know, very common but I like it. Everyone in my family calls me with a different nickname, depending on who and what the situation is.
    For example, my siblings would call me Mick or Mikey, my mother would call me Mike, and then there's my father. He would call me by my ENTIRE full, middle, and last name. I know.. it's weird but it's a way for him to know that he needs me to fix the TV or help him out in the yard.
    Kel is a nickname my friends started calling me.
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    I was named after my dad and some name my mom liked. Personally I'll just go with names I really like. I will be naming one of my son's Kyle, I love that name.
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    My first name is my mother's maiden name. I really don't like it at all. People always think I'm a woman. To this day I still get tampon samples in the mail and letters addressed to Ms. However, all the males on my mom's side of the family has the same name, as either their first, middle or last name. And my parents didn't give me a fall back middle name either. Bastards.

    Both of my dogs have/had names to fit their personalities. My first dog, Elvis was a hound dog. My current dog, Filbert, is the size of a nut.
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Yes, I think names are very important. A person is given his name and makes a name for himself during his lifetime. A name is part on one's identity. Sometimes people have more than one name.

    A favorite poem:

    Every Person Has a Name
    by Zelda Mishkovsky (1914-1984)

    Every person has a name
    given to him by God
    given to him by his father and mother

    Every person has a name
    given to him by his height
    and shape of his smile
    given to him by his fabric

    Every person has a name
    given to him by the mountains
    given to him by his walls.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by the constellations,
    given to him by his neighbors.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by his sins,
    given to him by his yearning.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by his enemies,
    given to him by his love.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by his holidays,
    given to him by his toil.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by the seasons,
    given to him by his blindness.

    Every person has a name
    given to him by the sea,
    given to him by his death.
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    Both my first and middle names came from the police officers that brought my mom to the hospital when she was in labor with me.

    As for my last name, it was actually my great great grandfathers name at the signing of the treaties between the government of Canada and our tribes.



    Edit: I'm glad we got our ancestor's namesake, due to the fact that the government agents would either assign common names (like George or John) or completely ridiculous names (like Fryingpan) if they couldn't pronounce the native name.
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    Names aren't particularly important to my family but i was named Jose specially mainly after my fathers father who was buried alive while working. But also after a doll my mom had as a little girl but she lost it in a flood and all she ever found of it was one eye, the dolls name was chepe which is a common
    nickname for Jose she says that apparently i have the same eyes (which i think is kinda creepy).

    my younger brother was also given a meaningful name. After i was born my parents were told she would never be able to have another because she had previously had cervical cancer but it went away somehow, point being my parents are all about Christianity and all that jazz icon_neutral.gif so as the story goes she prayed that she would have another son and said if god allowed it she would name it Samuel in gratitude like that guy from the story and boom wouldn't you know it she gave birth without any complications.

    my sister on the other hand was named after Elizabeth Taylor whom my mom was a big fan of i guess

    i personally value names not sure why but a name should be meaningful in my opinion
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    Nov 19, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    My mom thought she was carrying a daughter. When I popped out instead, one of her first exclamations was "We can't name him Holly!". So I guess I'm gay by birth. And I'm not a fan of the name Holly, in any case. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 19, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    My mom wanted to name me something masculine and presidential. Something that was strong enough to stand on it's own, so she decided John. But John seemed a little bit too common at the time, so she decided to shorten it up a bit and name me the much less common version, Jon. Not Jonathan, just JON!!! (Like Just Jack!!!!)


    I've always been called other variations of that, to include Jonny, but Jonny never really stuck till I moved to South Florida. I like Jonny much better too. It sounds much more fun and energetic.
  • MikeW

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    Nov 19, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    I was called 'Mike' when I was a kid. First day of school the teacher called the role. It was a small-town school everyone knew everybody. The teacher had taught my older sisters. She called out 'Frank' and my last name but I didn't raise my hand and say 'here'. She called 'Frank' and my last name again and looked right at me. I didn't raise my hand and say 'here'. In exasperation the teacher said, "What's the matter don't you know your own name?

    All the other kids in the room laughed.

    This was the first day of school and I was totally freaked out. I started crying! I didn't know what to think but felt totally humiliated. I was afraid they were giving me a new name and I didn't like 'Frank' at all. There's a story there but I'll forebear. Finally, through my tears I said, "'Frank' is not my name!" The teacher looked even more exasperated. "WELL," she bellowed, "what is your name then?"

    "Mike," I squeaked out like a little mouse.

    The teacher dutifully erased 'Frank' from her role book and penciled in 'Mike'.

    When I got home from school that day I stormed into the kitchen and confronted my mother, "Mom, is my name really 'Frank'?"

    "Oh," she began to laugh, "I guess we forgot to tell you. Yes, your first name is Frank. Your grand mother was dying just before you were born and one of her last requests was that you be named Frank. None of us know why. We agreed to name you Frank but none of us liked that name so we always called you by your middle name, Michael."

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    As for pets: Once upon a time I had two cats. Brothers from the same litter. I was walking down a street with a friend and we happened to pass a pet store. There in the window were two almost identically patterned (mostly white) kittens. They were looking RIGHT AT ME and meowing fiercely through the glass window, "WIAIT, STOP! TAKE US WITH YOU!!" I couldn't believe it. I went into the shop and looked at them. They followed my every move, watching me intently and meowing like mad. They were in a cage so I couldn't really touch them. I asked the shop keeper, "how much are these kittens in the window?" He told me they were free, from the pound, all I had to do was agree to have them neutered and get them their shots and they were mine. I told him to put them in a box.

    I taught them everything I knew how to teach them, mostly by body language. I taught them never to scratch me or bite me and once the learned, they never did. But I didn't know what to call them. They weren't identical so for a long time when anyone asked their names I said, "well there is 'This One' and then there is 'The Other One'," more or less interchangeably.

    But one day, when they were in their adolescence, I noticed that one of the differences in their characters was in certain habits they had. One of the sniffed a lot, the other scratched a lot. And suddenly there it was, the perfect names for them: Mr Scratch and Mr. Sniff!

    Scratch & Sniff.

    Get it?

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  • great_scott

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    Nov 19, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    My first name is my paternal grandmother's maiden name. Scott is my middle name and also the name of a friend of my father's that died in a motorcycle accident a few weeks before I was born. So I'm a tribute. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Nov 19, 2012 8:56 AM GMT
    I share my first name with my father, his father, his father's father, and I think it goes back several generations before that. It was anglicized when my family moved to the US, but basically the first name and the last name have been passed down.
    A few cousins on my dad's side of the family also have this name, at least A's a middle name.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 19, 2012 9:00 AM GMT
    I have friends and family members that match their respective names. Many names have meanings and origins. Many that fit theirs to a "T" and I wonder if it holds true for others.
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:02 AM GMT
    My name was popular a couple of decades ago but not anymore. In fact, I used to know quite a few boys with my name in elementary school. Now I can't remember the last time I met someone with my name. I certainly don't know anyone currently who shares my name.

    I know way too many Matthews/Matts. So many Matts in this Millennial generation.
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:14 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidMy name was popular a couple of decades ago but not anymore. In fact, I used to know quite a few boys with my name in elementary school. Now I can't remember the last time I met someone with my name. I certainly don't know anyone currently who shares my name.

    I know way too many Matthews/Matts. So many Matts in this Millennial generation.


    have a cousin Matthew means gift from God. I am his Godparent.
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:15 AM GMT
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    nicodegallo saidMy name was popular a couple of decades ago but not anymore. In fact, I used to know quite a few boys with my name in elementary school. Now I can't remember the last time I met someone with my name. I certainly don't know anyone currently who shares my name.

    I know way too many Matthews/Matts. So many Matts in this Millennial generation.


    have a cousin Matthew means gift from God. I am his Godparent.


    I've had numerous friends and two exes named Matt. Many of them are quite a blur, lol.

    Meanwhile, I don't really mind that my name isn't too common anymore. My name saw the height of its popularity in the '70s, '80s, and early '90s. It's rapidly fallen out of popularity in the past decade. I feel kind of special with my name now, haha.
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    Nov 22, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing everyone.

    As for my personal thoughts:
    Yes, I think names are special.

    As far as I know, my first names means nothing. My mom's exact words "Well, we didn't know what to name you. So we just used that. It was kinda popular at the time"
    My brother has a complex combination of family names. My first name comes from nowhere, and my middle name is my grandfather's first name. (Its the same with one of my cousins)

    I've never had pets, but I'd like to name them something special.

    I already have a couple of names in mind for future pets and children. I know it's wierd, but I'd prefer a name that means something, over a name that means absolutely nothing, like me.