Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Zen and Ubiquity
I'll admit while not a favorite word name choice of mine, I've seen the first one before. The second one just confuzzled me...I don't know whether to shake mom's hand, shake my head or kick her in the knee caps for that one.
u⋅biq⋅ui⋅ty/yuˈbɪkwɪti/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [yoo-bik-wi-tee]
|1.||the state or capacity of being everywhere, esp. at the same time; omnipresence: the ubiquity of magical beliefs.|
|2.||(initial capital letter) Theology. the omnipresence of God or Christ.|
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
So the name gurus Satran and Rosenkrantz have decided that now they can tell the future. They have predicted the top baby names of 2019
Their top picks include:
Ava, Amelia, Violet, Ruby and Ella for girls and Ethan, Aidan, Milo, Cash and River
The thing is...um...if I am not mistaken all of these names are currently in the top 100-200 most popular...so um... yeah. 10 years from now, Cash will be in the top 10. Given the current state of the economy, nothing would surprise me and suppose numbers 2, 3 and 4 will be Money, Recession (for girls) and Forclosure.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I came across a few pretty good books. One source book in particular had a lot of really good names in it...I couldn't even complain until I came across this one:
If you know anything about me...I have a crazy frame of reference for things. I saw the name and immediately---thought of the following song... and busted out laughing in the middle of the library. Shhhh! ROTFL
For those unfamiliar with the song fast forward to about 3:11 and pay attention to the lyrics. SMH
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I love this site, because nothing screams "I'm a Mormon" like naming your child any of the following:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Once again... these two gurus of baby names have managed to smash together some conglomerate of names that are a certified mess and call them "cool"
Please I beg you...make it stop.
Sharpay (so I'm told this was a character in High School Musical. It's also with a slight variation in spelling...a breed of DOG!!!!)
Drusilla (this is the evil step-sister from Cinderella...um...NO)
Hilaria (yes, it made me LAUGH)
Afternoon (for REAL???)
Zaddock (sounds like exotic fish)
and my new favorite horror (and I will BET the .38 in my bank account--don't judge...lol, that at least one of you thinks of the EXACT same thing I did...)
After numerous requests, reminders, and butt kicking from a few friends...
I'm taking WNTNYB and I'm turning it into a book.
The text is done for the most part. I'm pulling some of my favorite blog posts, revamping the name lists and getting it all ready to go...in theory by the end of the year. I figure I've been sitting on it long enough, I've had the blog for just over a year and quite frankly I'm tired of getting yelled at about it. LOL. It's taken me a ton of research but I think I'm finally ready...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A poet was doing a piece about childhood crushes and mentioned a girl by the name of ...
Yes, that is her actual first and last name. Trust me we all asked. LOL. Actually, the irony is there are 9 months between April and January, but I digress.
So April January wherever you are, there is a poet who remembers you fondly.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Last week I went to a poetry spot and somehow (don't ask, because the truth is I don't know) the host started talking about bad baby names. I'm paraphrasing here...She said something to the effect of "I have a friend who is a pre-school teacher and she had this cute little girl in her class named Dia...I'm thinking Dia that's different but cute, my friend said that's not her name I just refuse to call her by her FULL name...which is... Chalmydia."
A girl in the audience spoke up and she said "you think that's bad, I work in a NICU and we just had a baby in there name G'noreah (pronounced like Je-nora)"
So last night I went to another open mic poetry reading. While I was standing outside this girl walks by with this little brown baby--I mean so cute I almost swore it was a doll. Absolutely precious little girl with fat cheeks in a little warm suit because it was kinda chilly...you know I had to ask...
Me: "What's her name?"
(I'm sorry I am spelling this by phonetics)
Me: "Say that again"
me thinking to self: wish I had not left my phone at home, feeling the need to blog this immediately.
Smh. And I'm done. Poor precious baby.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Laragh (I believe this to be a horrible misconglomeration that's pronounced like "Laura")
Benajah (blank stare...)
Polexia (a disease which causes people to involuntarily vomit when you tell them your child's name)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Just today as I was scanning, I came across their list of "cool" baby names.
Um...Perhaps I missed the memo, but if this is what constitues "cool" ...
Well, [insert look of complete confuzzlement] I won't commentary I'll just let you decide. Here's a small sample of names that made their "cool" list:
I'll be over at the nerd table if anyone needs me.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
August (born in December)
September (born in august)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Some of my more recent SMH finds:
Nye'jaiah (no relation to the above)
Murryea (I'm assuming this is a variation or Mariah)
Fire and Diesal
shakes head sadly and walks away
Monday, September 14, 2009
More madness, more names and some surprise announcements to come. For now...today's installment.
Bad bad VERY bad and unfortunate name combinations (courtesy of Failblog)Say each out loud for full appreciation...lol
Contestant #1 Myke Hawke
Contestant #2 Jack Goff
Contestant #3 Mike Litoris
Contestant #4 Willie Stroker
And last but not least Contestant #5 meet real estate broker Gaye Males
Sunday, September 13, 2009
a gentlemen in Norway has officially changed his name to
Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov
According to the article...
Julius is an homage to the famous chimp at the Kristiansand Zoo
'Arn' is a Swedish knight movie
Elessar and Gimli are from 'Lord of the Rings'
'MacGyver', just the greatest Richard Dean Anderson show ever!
'Highlander' could refer to either the movie or TV show
Chewbacka (aka Chewbacca) is from 'Star Wars'
and that makes this officially the name of a man who will probably never get laid again. The link for the full article is below
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So.... Parent of the year award goes to...
A couple in Milwaukee...who, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (courtesy of mediatakeout.com) named their child...
the jokes here pretty much write themselves. Good night folks!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Every year just before Mother's Day, the Social Security Administration releases their top baby name list. And guess what? Emily got bumped out of the #1 spot after 12 years!!!
Drumroll please... Top Baby Names for 2008
Some newcomers that also cracked the top 1,000 list according to yahoo! are:
Isla (623), Mareli (718), Milagros (731), Dayami (750) and Nylah (821).
Aaden (343), Chace (655), Marley (764) Kash (779) and Kymani (836). Beckham debuted at 893
On a special note: Happy Mother's Day to all!!!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
But what if you lived in say Ubly, Michigan or Kickapoo, Texas
I once met someone from the town of Willacoochee, GA and I remember driving through death valley past a town in California called Zyxzz (don't ask me how to pronounce that...lol). Apparently babies aren't the only ones subjected to odd names...so make sure to stop and take a picture the next time you happen to be driving through...
Ah Gwah Ching, MN
Bo Bo, IN
Chillicothe, OH (this is where my family is from...lol)
Ho Ho Kus, NJ
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Monday, April 20, 2009
What if your name were Hertz or Payne...would it then be fitting to become say accident lawyers or chiropractors perhaps?
I came across an artcle today in the New York Daily News concerning people who have names befittting their professions. For instance Summer Rayne Oakes who happens to be...an environmentalist or Zoe Hamburger who is an account manager for...McDonald's. Click the link to see the entire article.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Most of us who are tech savvy use some sort of social networking site to keep up with people. Well if you have an, ahem, unusual name you can forget being "social" at least on Facebook, without a fight.
According to a recent article in the Washington Post people who are stuck with funky first and/or last names such as Batman or Yoda have had their accounts rejected by Facebook. Apparently certain names are flagged so that spammers can't make up FB pages.
Facebook is not intuitive? Go figure!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
As if the slog of baby name blogs (WNTNYB not withstanding), mommy message boards, twitter, facebook and ubiquitous baby namer sites were not bad enough, back in February a new iPhone application was developed called "Name Shake"
I watched the demo video (available on the link above). Apparently, how Name Shake works is, a screen which resembles a casino slot machine randomly spins and comes up with a name by sex, country of origin and letter of the alphabet. You can lock any or all of these categories so that for instance you only see French girls' names that start with the letter Q. There are something like 19,000 names in the database that powers the app. It allows you to save your favorites, gives you the meaning of the name and a pronounciation key and you can email your list of favs to your friends and family.
I don't know about you guys, but I don't know how much I want to leave the naming of my children to an iPhone. Um...yeah, call me old fashioned. Especially when I was watching the demo and saw names like:
Yeah well it was a good idea... in theory. Where does it end people? Where does it end? Oh the humanity! Smh
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The Sweet 16--- WNTNYB edition. All of the children listed below were born in March.
A'son ( lemme guess he was a BOY)
Banayeasha (officially confuzzled)
Cleveland (who was born in Cincinnati)
Aries (surprisingly enough he actually IS an Aries)
Raekwon (Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang!)
And my official March Madness bad baby name championship pick...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In fact her son's actual name is as reported on TMZ...
Oh yeah 'cause that's so much better than we previously thought. *Side eye*
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
It's not the names so much that are bad...but rather the combination. The boys are named Max and Bob
which again...not so bad, until you add the Sheen
then they become Max Sheen and Bob Sheen...
Is it just me, or do you suddenly envision hair care products.
In my best announcer voice: For beautiful, long, silky hair try Panteen Max Sheen and for shorter sleeker looks new Bob Sheen
LMAO. I'm done, time to go wash my hair
Monday, March 9, 2009
Anyway, they run a column every week called "Overhead in DC" (just FYI, they also do versions of this for other cities such as NYC and LA). Overheard in DC is collection of the stupid things people have literally overheard...I'll admit I've even submitted a few gems. This past week's Overheard was just priceless so I've copied it here:
People's names can be pretty interesting: they can be traditional, they can have some deep meaning, or maybe they're just spelled a certain way to be different. Names can follow trends (how many Jaydens did you know 10 years ago?) or can fade away (Elmer or Agnes?) And there's all those funny names, like Richard Head. But sometimes, they're just terrible.
Overheard of the Week
Riding the Green line between Gallery Place and L'Enfant:
30-ish mother to her two children bouncing all over the place: "Perry Ellis and Elizabeth Claiborne! You two sit down and shut up right now!"
Check out more of last week's Overheard
Friday, March 6, 2009
This week I have been hit with the triple whammy.
First up Matthew Settle from the tv show 'Gossip Girl' and his wife had a baby girl who they named...
Next up, model Niki Taylor who also gave birth to a baby girl chose...
And last but not least M.I.A. last seen performing at the Grammy Awards ---on her due date no less, has named her son...
Rhymes with the sound you're about to hear right now while you ponder what they were thinking...
UPDATE: Contrary to reports M.I.A did NOT name her son Ickett. **Cue thunderous applause**
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It's nice to know Americans aren't the only ones who come up with silly monkiers.
And they say the British have no sense of humor...
Check out more from our neighbors across the pond in BBC News
God save the queen!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I just have to ask the question... WHY?
Champion (somebody has high hopes for this kid!)
Xizallian (used to be from outer space?)
Must've been named after mommy watched a little too much Cartoon Network:
Winner of the I guess they're hoping to do better the next time around award:
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I can't be there. :( So instead I bring you bad bad names related to all that is the gluttony and pagentry of the Big Easy.
Bad first/last combos:
Carnival P. Jones
Just say "N.O.":
Maybe they were in New Orleans in spirit:
Thursday, February 19, 2009
|Cannon, Acquanetta*|| |
Family-Placed Death Notice
CANNON, Acquanetta Funeral service for Ms. Acquanetta D. Cannon will be held on Friday, February 20, 2009 at XXXXX Funeral Home at 1:00 PM. 404-XXX-XXXX
| Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2/19/2009|
Thanks Malika for sending me this one.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
These are courtesy of an article I came across a few days ago via MSNBC and the Today show.
Kathryn E. Coli
Friday, February 13, 2009
Usually it's a great day for me...not so lucky for the people walking around with names like:
Talisman T. Hawkins
I've also recently come across kids named:
And just in case you ever wondered how they could keep making Friday the 13th movies... the real Jason Voorhees lives the states of CA, KS, NC, PA, WV, FL, KY and OH
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today's feature presentation... people who have the misfortune of having not only been shot in the behind by an angry winged midget, but to have live with probably being teased every year about this time. Here's a Valentine for them*
*note names with first/last combinations were found via anncestry.com
Heart H. Flower
and others I have come across since I started this project:
Diamond (too many to count)
and my favorite... I once worked as a pre-school teacher. In one of my classes I had a really cute little girl who's name was:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For example. Today's list of Huked on Fonix offenders:
Y'Marrie (I will bet $ this is either pronounced like Emory or ee-MAUR-ee)
Uhllanna (this is either 'Alana' or 'Ayanna' depending on how you pronounce the double L)
d'Metrique (who are his siblings? d'Miles, d'Kilometers??)
smh. shrugs. goes back to reading Webster's dictionary. knows why we are falling behind other countries in education---we can't even spell our OWN names. sigh.
Monday, February 9, 2009
In any case she released the names of the kids:
Random. Biblical. Madness. Just what the world needs
I'm actually kinda liking it...although I can't lie...Axel makes me want to start humming the theme song from Beverly Hills Cop
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Well guess what...she has 6 (yeah that's right 6...as in S-I-X) other children. All under the age of 8 including a set of 2 year old twins.
Let's see here 6+8= 14
And she's a single parent. Not that I am knocking single parenthood. But 14 kids???
I say all that to say I'm curious as to what their names are. If I find out I will post, but in the meantime, let's hold an informal contest... post your answers in the comments...
Currently they are identified as Babies A-H. What do you suggest the octuplets be named?
To see the full article, click here
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Now I don't know too much about the Mormons or the LDS (Latter Day Saints) Church, but aside from the fact that they have a lot of children and occasionally practice polygamy--apparently they are very fond of prefix names (taking any halfway normal common name and adding an unnecessary prefix such as -La, -Sha, -Le etc.) and what I call "smush" names (taking any combination of two names--usually the parents-- and trying to force them together into some abomination of random madness).
Speaking of...here's a sample of said random madness from UBN's 'best of' list:
Evol (love spelled backwards)
The winner of the "are you sure your child was born in Utah and not Seattle" award:
Winners of the "you really ARE from Utah" award:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I was thinking today about why artists, singers, actors etc. change their names.
Answer: Because somehow 50 Cent sounds so much better than Curtis Jackson (*side eye and sarcasm*).
So today I'm going to expose their gubment (yes I said gubment) names. And if the FBI, LAPD, Secret Service, IRS or Arizona State Police (that means YOU DMX) are reading, you didn't get any of this info from me.
Real names of Hip hop and R&B artists:
Ashanti Ashanti Shaquoya Douglas
Busta Rhymes Trevor Tahiem Smith
Chaka Khan Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
Flava Flav William Jonathan Drayton, Jr
Flo Rida Tramar Dillard
The Game Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Juvenile Terius Gray
Lupe Fiasco Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Plies Algernod Lanier Washington
Remy Ma Reminisce Smith
Vivica Fox Vivica Anjanetta Fox
and the ass backwards award goes to:
Michelle Johnson aka Meshell Ndegeocello
the completely random flashback award goes to: Yourree Dell Harris but you may remember her better as:
Call me now! ROTFL
Friday, January 23, 2009
Click HERE to see the article
And it's not just in the U.S. apparently it's a world wide phenomenon. Thus far I have only come across one Barack, but I suspect when the Social Security name list comes out in May you'll see Malia, Sasha, Michelle and Barack all over it.
Friday, January 16, 2009
and my new favorite word name...
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I don't know about you, but adding those letters to what might otherwise be a halfway decent name immediately makes me think of the real imitation knock off jewelry they sell on QVC:
So I guess these would be real imitation children's names?
Martinique (umm...this is a COUNTRY!)
smh...folks really need to quit
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
And now on to today's names... no list-- just a funny name related video I came across on youtube:
I think (and I will have to take liberties with the spellings) it goes
Whew- falls on the floor in exhaustion
No words. None. ROTFL
Monday, January 12, 2009
Plus I get the feeling some of these kids might be named after their place of conception.
and the ubiquitous...
Porsche, Lexus and Mercedes
Friday, January 9, 2009
Lisa Bonet (you remember her as Denise Huxtable from the Cosby Show) and her husband Jason Momoa had a baby boy. Now before I comment...he's Hawaiian.
Let's give a warm round of applause and an aloha for:
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa
If you want to see what it all means check out the article here: Lisa Bonet Welcomes a Baby Boy
I'm going to go do some serious tongue and jaw exercises in the meantime until I can figure out how to pronounce it.
PS. Her other two kids are named Lola and Zoe so why she chose to do that to her son is beyond me. smdh.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Ok the deal is, in most my regular search haunts when you search for baby names they are listed with the names of the mother, father or both depending on the source. That means that sometimes I inadvertantly get 2 or 3 funny names for the list for the price of one. A good majority of the time it's the mothers' names that catch me off guard more than the kids. Mostly because I'm sitting there thinking that in theory these women are between let's say, 17-35 years old, which means they've had 2-3 decades to deal with whatever verbal monstrosity was scribbled onto their birth certificate.
And the funny part is, these are the ones I see most often giving their children the easiest of names. Ah, delicious irony. All I have to say is chile better you than me.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
And since I have already "messed with Texas" I thought today I would do an ode to Mississippi.
Now I don't know too much about Mississppi, except how to spell it and what I remember from my un-intentional drive across the entire state about 3 years ago. What I did learn is that maaaaaan can they name 'em down there...sheesh! Not only did I find some babies, but I found some mamas with some hot mess atrocious names. I plan to post those in another "yo mama" blog later in the week.
Catfish and confederate flags aside, here is today's naughty list courtesy of our friends in the Magnolia state:
The irony award:
(sadly adding a prefix just made it more of a mess. Le grand *sigh*)
And the winner of the parents had to be World of Warcraft junkies award:
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Lemme tell you why...
First let me say we have a Jadyn (spelled as such) in my family.
Just to show you how overly common it is...it went from being #294 on the Social Security name list in 1999 to #18 in 2007--that effectively should kill it from further consideration.
Here are some of the various incantations of JAYDEN I have come across:
and...my personal favorite...
Seriously? Can we buy a vowel please?
If I tell you it doesn't make a difference how you spell it, will it make a difference? I suppose not. Ay dios mio, make it stop.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Out with the old and in with the new right?
While I am waiting to see what the class of 2009 has in store, here is my unofficial name resolution list.
8 Names/Name Trends That Should Go Out with 2008:
1. Jayden/Aiden and any spelling variation of the the two. Neither one of these names is bad, but if parents think they are being either trendy or original picking either one of these names as soon as their child hits pre-school age they will find they were sorely mistaken.
2. Brooklyn Naming your child after any borough of New York is not a good look. Especially when you've never been, have no affiliation with or live anywhere near NYC. Uggggh!
3. anything ending in 'Asia'- My'asia, Ki-Asia, T'asia, Malaysia-- just ghetto fabulous!
4. names ending in 'ee'- Emilee, Averee, Kailee. I'm sorry, but the double 'e' names always reminds me of some overly amped bubble headed cheerleader/future sorority chick. Like OMG make it stop.
5. random 'Y'- hate this trend with a passion. Why is it so hard to add a vowel somewhere, ANYWHERE? and what's the deal with adding random 'Y's in names that don't need them.
6. dead/aging rock star names- dylan, hendrix, jagger--your child has a better shot as being an accountant, lawyer or a teacher than a rock star, so why burden them with a rock star name. If they really do become rockstars, they'll probably change their names anyway
7. Nevaeh- again, in about 2-4 years you can expect to step into any pre-school or kindergarten class and find about 5-6 little Nevaeh's running around. I'm just waiting to find the kid named Lleh
8. Patience and Honesty. I'm willing to bet they will someday grow up to be strippers or guests on Maury.
Let the weird names begin. Let's see what 2009 has in store...