Sunday, November 04, 2007

Noun Disease, take two

Remember Labyrinth, Blackberry, and Koi? I figured it could be time for a little check-up on our favorite modern hippie namer over at Behind the Name. Truth be told, I cannot figure this poster out. She has such moments of lucidity - Thora, Perdita, Iris, Emma, Jacob, Sidney, Norman, Elisha... And then she apparently gets really, really high. Here is the current list of female names that she considers her "favorite first names for future children":

Anne Marie (Anne Marie?? How did you get in here?)
Antarctica (Glad we've got almost all the A-continents covered by now. Asia must be feeling left-out, though).
Athen (just one Athen. Two Athens would be too much like, oh, I don't know, the capital of Greece, I guess.)
Briar Rose (to be fair, Disney was on her list at one point, so...)
Bindi (tribute to Steve Irwin, or to the decorative forehead dot?)
Caius (on a girl? I bet these guys are pissed.)
Calligraphy (Calligraphy. CALLIGRAPHY.)
Cree (on a child? I bet these guys are pissed.)
Desert (particularly useful if your daughter ends up being a dull, dry sort of person)
Discovery (siblings: Challenger, Endeavour, and Atlantis)
England (I can't decide if this is better or worse than Anglia)
Forest (ooh, perhaps Fawn Forest? Fawn-in-the-Forest?)
Jericho (I would tumble my own walls down if my mom had named me this)
Lily Fern (Ever seen a lily grow on a fern? Or... a fern grow out of a lily? Neither have I.)
Nancy (Nancy?? How did you get in here between Midnight and Oasis??)
River (Rain does have to come before a River, I suppose)
Sawyer (Huckleberry was on her last list. Maybe she just likes Mark Twain?)
Tigerlily (Lily Fern Tigerlily would sure be a great name)
Zaire ("hey, why stop with continents? Former names of colonized countries are really cool too!")

As always, these names are much better in combos. Indigo Bindi? Lily Fern Briar Rose? Tuesday Midnight? In fact, why don't we play a fun image-matching game? I'll give you the picture, and you can guess the combo!

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Yes, a Desert Oasis!

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Yup, looks like Christian Salem to me.

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England Calligraphy, anyone? Thanks, Bede, for being so venerable. It's amazing she hasn't put your name on the list, though, you might want to watch out.

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Zaire Africa! - though she should probably go by DRC Africa just to keep things cool.

Also: what would happen if Antarctica ever had nieces and nephews? Aunt Antarctica? Reeeeally?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indigo Bindi? Aren't they normally red? Unless it is the Australian kind, she is usually in khaki :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

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Monday, November 12, 2007 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

Oh my, these are great.
I literaly can't wait until you post again. I find too much
pleasure in this, I really do.

But I have to know, what are the other sites you go to other than Behind the Name?
I'm pretty much grounded on Baby Names World.
I need another site, things get stale there after a while.

Sunday, November 25, 2007 3:08:00 PM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

BabyNamesWorld has gone upscale, so I actually find very little material there these days (go back to posts from 2005, though, and you are SET). Behindthename can be similarly dry, but for a few phenomenlly-out-of-touch posters. I stick to NameNerds and GrowingFamily quite a bit, and YahooAnswers rarely disappoints!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 7:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

Baby Names World has was too many members with wonderful tastes to be entertaining, I know what you mean.
I posted my eccentric names back in 2005, I believe.
If you see an Anic Saraid and Reighn McKenzie, that was me. I pretty much was too ashamed to go back for a year or too.

But I've recently taken to YahooAnswers. No wonder you find so much material there.
It's crazy. I recently encounterd Baiden being suggested for a girl.

I'll have to go to NameNerds and GrowingFamily.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007 3:31:00 PM  
Anonymous hyz said...

Oh my lord, I haven't seen anything this funny in awhile. I'm going through your old posts, and I'm worried a coworker's going to walk into my office and wonder why I'm laughing so hard I'm gasping for breath. I admit this post hits a little close to home, since I tend to like the more traditional nature noun names, but your comments are hysterical. Keep up the good work!

Friday, December 14, 2007 8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha i know someone named Utah Blue...

Thursday, January 03, 2008 7:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehe I know an Asia. She insists on it being pronounced "Asha". :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Poor Sabrina Fair. Most of her names are so ridiculous!

Friday, March 07, 2008 6:48:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Nerilka said...

Perdita? And her brother's name will be Pongo?

Monday, March 24, 2008 10:57:00 PM  
OpenID ceilidh said...

I actually went to high school (early 90's) with a girl named Kinshasa Zaire. I'm not kidding.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 5:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school with someone named Cree.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably best to avoid names like Desdemona, Jela, or Breasal.

Saturday, July 19, 2008 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of these are insane, but I have a cousin named Galilee and I think it's a rather pretty name. She likes to try to convince people that her name is actually Galileo.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 12:25:00 PM  
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Anonymous Nyu~ said...

Huh? What's wrong with Charlotte? I always liked that name.
Is normal "Lily" minus any "fern" of "tiger" OK?

Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:34:00 AM  
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OK tell me that this is some kind of joke, I can't believe that someone take into account these names to put to them childre, well my brother put to his daughter Nayarit, like the Mexican state.

Monday, March 07, 2011 8:57:00 AM  
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This is quite perfect, I'd like to name my daughter Oasis, I think it would be a good name for her, I'm pregnant and I hope that my husband also being agree with my decision.What do you think about that name? I consider it's perfect because an Oasis is resource of life...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, OOPS!!! I came across this list while searching for the perfect name for baby #4. My 10 year old daughter's name REALLY is Africa Zaire. Too, too funny!

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