Friday, June 01, 2007

Yahoo for Yahoo Answers!

Oh, Yahoo Answers. You can go there for advice on how to fix a leaking hose, or file for bankruptcy - why not have them name your baby as well?

Question:
What do you think about naming a baby after a country/city?

my sister is about to have a baby soon.she is not sure about the baby's sex,but she is thinking about naming her baby after a country or city,like brooklyn,china,india,paris.......
what do you think about these kinda names?


I prefer to read "these kinda names" as "these 'kinda-names.'"

As you might expect this question got some truly brilliant responses.


A name has to come from somewhere.............if it is a cute name and happens to be a town, country or city who cares. There are some cute ones to choose from!!!!

Seriously, who cares! I love the names Okinawa, Ypres, and Jonestown - they're cute, so who cares?!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THOSE NAMES if i had a girl it was either gonna be America, India or Asia, lol..

LOL! I bet your son Antarctica is pissed, though.

I love those names. I had a friend in college called Wales. And a friend of our's little boy is named Ireland. I think they are just beautiful.

The countries? Or the children? I'm picturing very verdant, green children right now - maybe a bit too rainy though.


Most baby names topics on Yahoo Answers don't have to work very hard to reveal the education levels of their posters, but geographical name topics? Geographical name topics just GIVE IT AWAY. Nowhere is ignorance of geography more evident than in geographical name suggestions on Yahoo Answers. Cases in point:

I like it. For boy's I like London for girl's Chelsea (it's the city where I live), Dakota, Carolina and Georgia. Also Kenya, Nairobi (my niece's name) and Zaire (cities from Africa) are cute girl's names

Zaire - ("in case you didn't know, it's a city from Africa").

I think its a great idea, if I have a daughter I would love to call her Swansea, cos she would be my little Swan floating on a calm sea

Clearly, an individual who has never been to Swansea.

My little sister's name is Chynna. I think naming a baby after anything is okay as long as it's something that is close to you.

Because China is really close to you. I can clearly tell that you come from somewhere like Korea or Mongolia - those are close to China. Come to think of it, I don't think anyone is close to "Chynna," seeing as it doesn't exist.


The best responses on these topics, however, are the laundry-list suggestions. It's like people pull out Maxim's "100 HOTTEST CLUBBING CITIES" list and just go for it.

Ooh! Those are such beautiful, unique, spicy names! (Spicy?)
for girls:
Paris
London
California (Cali for short maybe)
Chicago
(no name more feminine than Chicago)
Montana
Dakota
Argentina?
(oh, what, Tina for short?)
Italy
India
Angelos (Angie for short)
(I think this is why God invented the name Angela)
Carolina
Australia
Jamaica
Brooklyn (Brook)
Georgia
Virginia
Indiana
(a female Indiana would never be teased about a certain Hollywood archaeologist. Never)
Quebec (Becca) (oh no - no, you just didn't)
Lynn (Lynn is definitely a "spicy" name)
Alabama

Boy's names:
Angelos
Tacoma
(Tacky for short??)
Rome or Roman (Either/or. I'm pretty sure Roman is a city name, right?)
Japan (JAPAN?)
Brazil
Oregon
Quebec
(good to know that Quebec is a unisex name)
Denver
Boston
Maine
(another real "spicy" name)
Montgomery


Other "city-name" questions on Yahoo solicited even better lists.

How about
Dallas
Houston
Roman
Kiev
Bristol
Bergen
Carson
Concord
Cork
for a boy


Cork - for a boy. It would be ridiculous to use Cork on a girl, but for a boy - now we're talking. Kiev's pretty great, too. Especially if you had chicken cravings during your pregnancy.

One of my favorites was posted as an answer to "City Girl Names" under the title "All (pretty) real names that are US cities". Check out how pretty these names are. Keep in mind, these are all suggestions for a girl.

Ava, Beckley, Brenham, Camden, Carlyle, Cheyenne, Clovis, Dexter, Enid, Florence, Geneva, Heppner, Holland, Hoxie , Idabelle, Keene, Killeen, Marion, Moline, Monroe, Muncie, Odessa, Olean, Olympia, Ramona, Redding, Roswell, Sidney, Valentine, Winnfield

Oh good. So we've got Ava, Olympia, Ramona... and an odd collection of what reads like the ladies' canasta committee and towns that contain contenders for America's Largest Ball o' String. Plus Roswell. Roswell is a pretty name for a girl if ever I heard one. Unless you count Dexter or Clovis. Thanks, Yahoo Answers!

I think one poster summed up my feelings on place names best.

I mean, Slash from Guns N Roses has a son called London!! he was concieved there. Good job it wasnt a airplane toilet!!!

35 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

What is scary is that I used to live across the road from a couple who named their son Zambia.

Zambia.

He'd be about 9 years old now, I think.

Friday, June 01, 2007 3:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I have a friend who is REALLY bad at picking names.

She has two very small children currently. Anthony (not bad of course) and Anastasia. She claims it to be Anna-stay-sea-uh. The worst part is, she doesn't believe in nicknames. so these kids who can barely talk yet have to be able to say the long ass names?

and her billion kids yet to come are blessed with such names like
(girl) Olive, Constance Rose, or Novaleen.

As for her future son. SHANNON. yes...for a boy. they "hate the name for a girl" but think it is just perfect for a boy.

Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I have just discovered this blog and am utterly enchanted! The subject of awful baby names has fascinated me for years. Why is it that parents love to name their children after struggling third world countries? (Chad and Jordan are popular in South Africa).

Friday, June 08, 2007 5:05:00 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

Wow. I have read all of your entries in a mater of days, and it has given me great defense for my choice of naming my son "Leslie". I want more blogs from you, I need the laugh.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:57:00 PM  
Blogger Elke said...

I just found your blog though Ravelry and I must admit I haven't laughed this hard in ages. Thanks for sharing all of these gems (made especially enjoyable by your witty commentary).

Sunday, June 17, 2007 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Don't believe a word I write said...

Zaire not longer exists. It is now called the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is actually a large *country* in Africa.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:32:00 AM  
Blogger Golden Beagle said...

Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh....... I'm afraid I'm with you there Don't Believe A Word I Write. Maybe the people who give their kids silly names and the people whose knowledge about African geography is precisely zilch are not that dissimilar after all?

Be sure to look up Zaire (or the DRC) on Wikipedia.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:47:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

Yeah, I did highlight the whole "Zaire=city" statement because... well, you know... it's not a city. Maybe the irony in my comment was lost?

Thursday, June 21, 2007 7:44:00 AM  
Blogger Golden Beagle said...

What irony? It was a statement.

Friday, June 22, 2007 1:45:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

A statement repeating a clearly erroneous statement for emphasis! Sorry that seems to have gotten lost... but I hope you at least enjoyed the rest of the entry?

Friday, June 22, 2007 2:18:00 PM  
Blogger Frodo said...

The whole POINT of the post was very clearly was that Zaire ISN'T a "City in Africa" thus making the original quoted suggestion erroneous and dumb. Which is almost always the point of the anything written on this blog. Grow a sense of humor or go away.

Friday, June 22, 2007 2:22:00 PM  
Blogger Don't believe a word I write said...

Whew, such anger!
Is it because your parents named you Frodo?

P.S Swansea?? Sheesh, some people! ;-)

Monday, June 25, 2007 2:33:00 AM  
Blogger Golden Beagle said...

What if I *didn't* grow a sense of humour *AND* didn't go away, Frodo-ster?

Would you cry? Froth? Sulk?

Monday, June 25, 2007 2:58:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

Are you seriously back just to waaaah-waaah? Get over yourselves. If you don't like the blog, I hear there are a lot of other things to do on the internet.

Monday, June 25, 2007 7:12:00 AM  
Blogger Golden Beagle said...

You're right! And I'm off to do them! You guys should do the same... I picked out some excellent sites for you to check out in the meanwhile:

1) "Study: Geography Greek to young Americans" http://edition.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/02/geog.test/

2) "Americans clueless about geography" http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20060127/ai_n16039857

and

3) "Global goofs: U.S. youth can't find Iraq" http://edition.cnn.com/2002/EDUCATION/11/20/geography.quiz/index.html

Monday, June 25, 2007 7:31:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

Look, I'm sorry you apparently feel the need to be pedantic about things clearly said in jest. If you are concerned about Americans not knowing enough about geography, I suggest you meander over to Yahoo Answers, from whence the quote was originally derived. I don't understand why you need to be a jerk about it, when we're both on the same side of this issue.

Monday, June 25, 2007 7:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a customer who's name is Happy, her sister's name is Joy, other sister's name is Love and there is another sister with a meaningful name like that. Now this tells us that thier parents were on a strike to have children and to name them Joy, Happy, Love and .........?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I just don't agree with parents who carry on their grandparets names from 1930's to thier children. I mean those names are so hard to pronounce and its just not right. Children should have names that are popular in the current year, so that when they grow up they could thank their parents for giving them a nice name unlike some of the names listed in the site.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please post more! this site always makes me laugh.

Monday, August 20, 2007 6:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know some horrible names for children, such as, (no lie) Miss, Mister, Dakota, Montana, Utah, Country, Cypress, Meadow, and Cale (reminds me of Kale, green and leafy). Also, one that is very creative, my co-worker is named after Chehalis, WA, but her name is spelled Shehalis.

Sunday, October 07, 2007 4:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Ess said...

I cannot believe no one's commented on the inclusion of "Olean" in that last list. It's the brand name for olestra!

There is nothing like a baby name that makes people think of gastrointestinal distress.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Internet123 said...

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Sunday, November 04, 2007 2:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Dear Kim,
your friend has wonderful tastes in names just so you know.
Shannon is a legit male name,I would rather see it on a donkey than a girl.

And to the yahoo answers...
WHAT?
Seriously?
Can't they just name all their boy's John and all their girl's Mary if they can't think of anything better than Desert?

Geez.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 6:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post...
Zaire is not a country anymore..
But it's actually a province in Angola..

Well How come you didn't include the names ebola or angola...

Would be nice..

Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay Victoria said...

I feel the need to hop over to Yahoo Answers and let those posters know that Hoxie Roswell would be PERFECT city name for their daughter.

Hoxie. Roswell. Hilarious.

Monday, September 22, 2008 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

Ok first of all, I have a son named Jaden, clearly I like the name and in my defence we live in England where it is not so common. Ahem, anyway...

Swansea. Please God no. Surely that isn't serious, as you said, this person has clearly never been to Swansea.

I have been reading this blog and quite literally LOLing, yes laughing out loud to myself, sometimes even LMAOing. In Britain we are generally more conservative with our name choices but still hear the occasional cracker, my personal favourite is Christ's Excellence - I kid you not.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Harlem Watts said...

Why would anybody want to name their kid after some crappy African country or after a lousy crime ridden dump like Brooklyn, NY? If I wanted to name my kid after a place I want the place to at least be nice.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:37:00 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

When we are not sure about the baby's sex that's a good idea, besides there are a lot of countries and cities with beautiful names on of them is Paris.m10m

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Dakota as a name, it's pretty to me. My top city name choices:
Girls:
Florida
Cameron
Bailey
Austin
Blue
Dover
Magic
Avon
Valentine
Boys:
Reno
Austin
Blue
Cameron
Romeo
Keno

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:21:00 AM  
Anonymous SyntheticVinyl said...

I'm surprised pharmaceutical names haven't caught on.

"Pretty" names:

Tylenol
Aleve
Melloril
Thorazine

Or how about some names from the periodic table of the elements?
Helium
Argon
Fluorine
Hassium
Francium
Beryllium

I think they are mostly unisex too :)

Monday, February 13, 2012 6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camden? Camden?? As in Camden, New Jersey? As in 40% of the population below the national poverty line, the highest crime rate in the US in 2008, three separate mayors jailed for corruption?
People rarely name their babies after the cities they actually live in, and if she's well-off enough to have access to the internet (and time to use it to fart around with names), naming her kid after one of the most troubled places in the States is downright insensitive.

Monday, March 11, 2013 2:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Lia said...

"I would love to call her Swansea, cos she would be my little Swan floating on a calm sea"

....But...swans don't swim in the sea anyways? Their natural habitat is around freshwater. Hahaha!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to know a girl named Ava, and I always liked that name.
Sidney or Sydney I can deal with.
Marion, alright.
Florence, okay.
Everything else: O_o
My name is named after a city, but people usually don't associate it with the city, because they just don't think about. Also, I wasn't really named after the city, it was just a coincidence.
(PS my name is Alexandria, a bit of a mouthful which is why I usually go by a nickname, Lexi)

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