Sunday, August 31, 2008

Alaska's First Family

Reader Liz brought a serious problem to our attention in the last post's comments. No matter what your politics are, I think we can all agree that Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig Paxson Van could have used a re-think. Particularly the first two and the last one. Particularly because Trig doesn't appear to be any kind of "Nordic" name, as the family claims. There's "Trygg", a Norwegian name which means "safe" or "reliable" - but there's unfortunately no "brave victory." Maybe they should have just been straight with us and confessed it's short for "Trigger." NRA family, you know? Or maybe "Trigonometry?" Palin's probably good with numbers?

Willow? I'll survive. Piper? Not my fave, but hey. But Bristol is a girl. And Track is... a sport. And Trig just really, really, really needs to be good at math in high school. At least algebra. Seriously.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good at math? That's doubtful; isn't he the Down Syndrome one?

Sunday, August 31, 2008 2:58:00 PM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

More's the irony :/

Sunday, August 31, 2008 3:52:00 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

There's also a Bristol track (NASCAR race track).

Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Also, in Cockney rhyming slang, Bristols = breasts, as in short for "Bristol cities"...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 7:29:00 AM  
Blogger Muzition said...

Bristol makes me think of Bristol board, which is like thin cardboard or thick paper.
Willow isn't so bad. Trig is terrible.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger Muzition said...

There was a letter about this in my local paper today:

Friday, September 05, 2008 5:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Willow and Piper are names with a significant history of use as names for girls and no significant history of being used as boys' names (that I'm aware of). I can respect their choice of these two names as opposed to something with 4 syllables and an "a" on the end if they don't like fussy names.

The other three names on the other hand...

Bristol I could deal with on a boy, as a very masculine sounding place name. Since it rhymes with "pistol" and Sarah's about 5 seconds from running out and getting an "NRA" tramp stamp (if she doesn't have one already), I think that may have something to do with it.

Track could work as a nickname for Travis Casey or something. Track...maybe as in tracking game for hunting? I don't know.

Trig I could see as a nickname for Dimitri Gavin. My guess is it has more to do with "trigger", for the same reason as Bristol.

But as they are, NO WAY! Vile!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 6:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay Victoria said...

Poor Palin kids.

Off topic... but I must bring this to your attention.
Baby Girl... Kinnit Rain.
"I don't know... Can it?"

Somehow her twin brother ended up with a normal name.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think one of the worst baby names is Desdemona for a girl because it means "Of the Devil", or at least that's what a site called Baby Names and Meanings. Help for When You Are Pregnant for Sure says for its Greek origin. Then again, the whole Goth / Vampire thing seems popular these days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Off topic, but I must share these names, given by Waldorf school teachers to their unsuspecting childeren: Alethea (al-et-tay-a,
girl) and Vali (boy) Montefiore, and Salvita Dockety (girl).

Friday, November 07, 2008 7:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought this was funny: My friend was going to be named Holly, her last name is Tara. Catching on? Holy Terror. Yeah, what a nice mom. Luckily she was named Lauren.

Monday, November 10, 2008 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My niece's name is Pyper. I am not sure how my sister picked the spelling though.

Monday, November 10, 2008 7:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anjelina said...

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Saturday, November 15, 2008 9:39:00 AM  
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Monday, November 24, 2008 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see how someone classy enough to ridicule the math skills of a baby with Downs would like a horrible name like Maya Atzlan, a Mexican name that means "snake-faced claw baby eating somebody's still-beating heart." You suck, bitch.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 1:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see you haven't updated in awhile but I would also like to add the poor kids with multiple names. I'm not sure if it gives them options or if they win the contest for the most letters.

Orion Samuel Kaden Patrick Padigimus
and his brother,
Elias Aethric Robert Raymond Padigimus.

I guess if you can't pick your favorite, use all the names you like.

Friday, December 12, 2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Baby names-Col said...

There are lots of names that we can choose but most of the time we choose those familiar and common names. We usually hear names having similarity.

Monday, December 15, 2008 6:52:00 PM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

Gosh, I love coming back to vitriolic anonymous comments. I feel like they really showed me.

Monday, December 15, 2008 8:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Norwegian and I can assure you, the Nordic name Trygg doesn't exist either! The closest is Trygve, which means trygg (safe). Poor kids, those names are awful. Well, I kind of like Willow, but the rest are simply horrid.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They aren't that bad compared to some others I've heard. Denim Blue and Blazin Trail come to mind, and I've lost track of how many parents I've heard honestly mention Rowdy as a potential name.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:48:00 PM  
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Blogger Meatball Bolognaise said...

Regarding the name 'desdemona'...

If it's of Ancient Greek origin it would mean 'of the spirits' because 'demon' only gained its negative connotations since Christianity. However, the Ancient Greek spelling of 'demon' is 'daimon' not 'demona'.

Of course, I don't speak Greek so I may be entirely wrong in this.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 2:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Oscar Mayerweiner said...

I like Sarah Palin's politics, but her accent bothers me. I'm from the South and she sounds like a yankee. Now, those names have GOT to go. She and her husband should have just given their kids normal names like Greg, Marsha, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy....yeah, that's the ticket. And while we're at it, Sarah looks more like her name should be Carol and her husband looks more like a Mike.

Sunday, November 28, 2010 7:59:00 PM  
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