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Do you know anyone with an unusual name?

Asked at West Junior High School on November 10, 2008

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Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Does Lemur Williams count as unusual?

PapaB 7 years ago

I knew a kid growing up whose name sounded like "Awesome", but I don't know how it was spelled.

UfoPilot 7 years ago

I've known a: Penny NicholsCandy KaneJack DanielsAnd someone named Tippy (don't remember his last name)

grammaddy 7 years ago

I went to junior high with a girl named Remember. She was an only child and we all thought her parents named her that because they forgot the birth control when they conceived her. My daughter named her son Barack before he ever ran for president. His middle name is Jor-el which was Superman's father's name.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

I have an unusual first and middle name, as I was named after grandmothers. It's easy to pronounce, but people don't believe they are hearing you correctly, so they say it the way they THINK it should be. And then they are embarrassed when they figure it out. I stopped pointing it out ages ago.

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

jonas, I was just having this conversation last week with my girls that if you give a child a name with a certain meaning (like Prudence), they seldom live up to the name. On the other hand, I had an uncle aptly named his two hound dogs "$h!t" and "Get." Dogs must be the exception to this rule.What is it with a certain age of girls that they love to think up and even "plan" baby names? Boys don't do this, do they? (I really hope my girls grow out of liking the horrible names they have picked.) I suggested Fiddy Cent.

KSChick1 7 years ago

How about Tuesday Munkees? Don't know her but she used to live next door to a friend of mine.

always4ever 7 years ago

A lady named Dorcas and a man named Picifix. Can you imagine?

Deja Coffin 7 years ago

I knew a girl named Dusty Blue and I used to love that name! When I was younger I always wanted to name my daughter Heaven definitely wouldn't go with the last name I have now. I have a daughter named Kadence and her middle name is Chase. People call her either Kaden, Candice, and even one grandma just calls her Chase because she can't say Kadence real well. Whatever works. I usually don't correct people too much. Atleast she won't spend every first encounter answering the same question, "no actually my middle name is not Vu." I get asked that so much that I just started saying, yeah it is.

Poon 7 years ago

My name is Poon. That is pretty common.

dajudge 7 years ago

I once worked with Ory Petersilieand my wife worked with a guy namedWash Tubner. That's not the funny part though.He was Wash Tubner III.(the 3rd). yeah, therewere two more before him.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

I ran across a name once. The guy's last name was Diasabeygunawardena. That's Kit Diasabeygunawardena. There was a story in Freakanomics about a man who named his two sons Winner and Loser. The funny part was that Winner wound up in prison, and Loser (who goes by Lou) ended up making something of himself.

alm77 7 years ago

Let's not forget Topeka's Chip Munk. And I went to school with a guy named Harold Caulk. I'm not making that up and to this day, I cannot believe he went by "Harry". But it just occurred to me, maybe he didn't. Maybe that was just what all the kids called him and he hated it. I didn't really know him, so I'll never know.

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

I knew a Troy Glascock. We (his friends) called him Crystal Ball. He probably hated that. MO3, thanks for the tease.I never got teased for the name was a pretty common name in the commune where I grew up.

Mike Blur 7 years ago

Pull out a Lawrence phonebook from 20-25 years ago and the last name listed is Zzyzz Zzzzyz (or something like that.) He or she was in the book many years running, and I think was the subject of a Urinal-World article.

TacoBob 7 years ago

Maybe not unusual, but unfortunate:Stacey Butts (guy)Mike DeCockVirgil CreechAll real, and the first two were perpetually angry people....

kansas_o_kansas 7 years ago

"Halloween Riddle" born October 31, 1930'ish I don't know if the Riddle part was married or maiden. Went to school with an April Snowflake.Ancient female cousins named Clyde & Francis; a friend had young cousins named Perrin & Rebel. My sister's middle name is Wren because we had a cousin named Robin and my mother "wanted a bird too." And my grandfather was named Olive. "Unique" names are not a new phenomena.

countrygirl 7 years ago

My son goes to school with a boy name Mystikal.

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

There is a Doctor Bonebreak in St. Joe. He's an eye doctor. (see what I mean about not living up to the name potential?)MO3, my kiddo #1 can't wait until next year. The one other kid with her name graduates so she should be the only _ until she graduates (unless someone moves in, of course). As far as I know, there are no other kids in our school district with my kiddo #2's name. They are not "unusual" names...just not as common.

achtung 7 years ago

i remember a npr story about a guy in missouri (go figure) legally changing his name to "They"something about so people could say "you know what They say" he also invented the under car neon light things

BrianR 7 years ago

What about you? Do you find it... wisible... when I say the name... 'Biggus...

jaywalker 7 years ago

Hope I don't get wiped out for this because it's 100% true: in junior high in Knoxville I knew two sets of brothers - Greg and Barry Fagget........... and Jimmy and Joe Kool. Jimmy Kool was our quarterback.In high school I knew a girl named Candy Cain. Might have had to hurt my folks for that one.

jystevens 7 years ago

My ex-husband is an R.N. and worked in the newborn nursery for many years. Some of the worst baby names that he told me about were Utopia Armageddon and Sh**head (pronounced Sha-theed). An unwed teenaged girl's father made her name her baby MySin.

Erin Graham 7 years ago

I went to High School with a girl named Maraquel. I love that name, but at the time it was sort of uncharacteristic in a such a small school where "Sarah" and "Emily" sort of names prevailed.

woodenfleaeater 7 years ago

I have four boys: Anakin, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C3PO

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

I knew a gorgeous head-banging rocker chick in college named Prudence.

Serenity Walters 7 years ago

Went to school with a girl name Serenity

Serenity Walters 7 years ago

I think shes got a kid at CJHS name cainen Kainen Kannen I dont something like that.......

password 7 years ago

I once knew a girl named Teree Branch and an elderly man named Early Day.

woodenfleaeater 7 years ago

My name is weird is that? My parents were crazy giving me such an odd name

number3of5 7 years ago

Names that are odd sounding are not new. My greatgrandmother was named Ophelia Aurora Helstab. Some of the odd sounding names are just names from other countries. I have a son in law named May (pronounced my), and grandchildren with the middle names of Intong, Pavina, and Lockmai. While these may be strange to us they are usual in Laos. I have a sister in law named Vitoliga. So even if friends or family have names that are different, spelled in a myraid of ways, or strange, don't knock them or make fun of them, as they may be very usual for the area in which they originated.

alm77 7 years ago

I went to school with a Lucretia and an Artisha. They were best friends. There was also Shara and Keely. I worked with a Davina. I'm sure there were more, but after a while, you get used to saying them and they don't sound strange anymore.

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

totally serious...growing up, there was a lady named Ada Ball in my hometown.

alm77 7 years ago

Oh, and one of my friends brothers was Charlie Brown.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

Sue,You know when you are a little kid, and the stores have pencils, pens, placemats, cups, etc, with pre-printed names on them? My name will never be on there. But my mom did order me a placemat with my name on it when I was a kid. Two of my kids won't have that problem, but I did give my oldest an unusual name, or so i thought. But there was another one in the graduating class, and I see boys with the name every so often, but with different spellings. So maybe one of these days, she will find her name on a pencil!

mommyof1angel 7 years ago

A friend of a friend just recently named her son "Sir."

truman 7 years ago

People do not have a clue when they are naming their children. It might be cute or clever to you when they are babies but as grown up professionals some of the names listed here are really bad. Rule of thumb-- if you think you need to be original when naming your child- choose a traditional middle name. That way when they are adults, they can use their middle name .

mommyof1angel 7 years ago

I also knew a little girl once with the name of "Siochil." The poor child's mother didn't even know how to pronounce her name (the dad picked the name, then split), so this beautiful little girl has an unfitting nickname that she goes by because her family can't pronounce her given name.

Alfred_W 7 years ago

For a long time, there was a "Lumpy Rutherford" in the Lawrence phone book. My friends and I thought it was a riot, though we never called to see if it was a real person or some Leave it to Beaver fan just put it in there.

CarterFaucheaux 7 years ago

Vicky Knickerbocker SmokerAnita DickCarl Funk Wittum

Rex Russell 7 years ago

Worked with a guy named Bob Thyme. Like the spice.Named his first son Justin Thyme. Named his third kid Nicolas Oscar Thyme (Nick O. Thyme)

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

My brother named his sons Ryan and Aaron. Luckily, he never had a 3rd son or the poor boy might have been called Ruth!

jaywalker 7 years ago

Oh, and I forgot that I encouraged a buddy who was granted absolute naming rights by his wife to dub his son's middle name 'Danger', and he did! I love it! "Danger is my middle name"!? Kid won't have to buy his own beer in college, I gar-own-tee!

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

Oh, and there's the tale of a non-English-speaking woman who loved a "name" she had heard during her labor... Placenta Marie.

Deja Coffin 7 years ago

I saw a True Life show on MTV about 3 girls with clowns as parents. Their last name was Graham and the girls names were Holly, Candi, and shoot, what was the other......oh I have no clue. Nevermind!

betti81 7 years ago

knew a girl named "jinx jewell". her sister's name was jessica and a brother named travis. i have no idea where jinx came from. you have a sister named devin?

wacipimo 7 years ago

There was a Haskell basketball player in the 80's named Jay Hawk. I think KU was actually looking at him to play on the hill.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

I don't think I ever went to school with someone with an unusual name. Course I thought it was odd then a guy was named Leslie. But he was 6 foot 7 in 9th grade, went by les, and no one ever bothered him about it.

Tom McCune 7 years ago

I swear this is true. My father's high school English teacher was named Ima Hoar. Wyandotte HS, 1937. I actually met her when I was a small child.

lovenhaight 7 years ago

And I saw a girl in the Atlanta airport food court named Phelonie...I think its her mother's fault she works in an airport food court...

chapdaddy 7 years ago

I once heard about this kid name Barack Obama. That's messed up.

classclown 7 years ago

Well Dolph seems a bit unusual.I went to boot camp with a guy named Bud Weiser.I also worked with a guy named Lucky Gunn.

lovenhaight 7 years ago

Oh, and how could I forget my grandmother's friend Female! Pronounced Fem-a-lee...her mom thought that the nurses named the baby. It was Georgia in the 30's...

classclown 7 years ago

typoShould be Bud Wieser. Frankly, I'm not sure about the spelling, but it was pronounced just like the beer.

orangeku01 7 years ago

I had a great uncle Elmo and a great-great uncle Grover. They were born many years before Sesame Street--who would have known!

Ms_P_Lane 7 years ago

No, Bob, I'm not from Atchison. I heard about the twins from a teacher I worked with on a military base.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

Sue,One of my kids has a common middle name, but I chose a rarely used spelling of it. Another kid has a name which is not common, but not unheard of, and the eldest name was unusual, but now, it's just a little uncommon, because people, again, don't believe the pronounciation we say, so they add letters. I had never heard of it before I gave it to the kid (because I thought I had made it up, from names of relatives). And now, I hear it more often. The kids each have something a little unique about one of their names, but I also gave them a common name to go with it. Unlike what my mom did to me. but I have learned to appreciate it, since I was named after my grandmothers. But I didn't name them after a bird, a season or a month. Just names I liked.

JhawkGirl 7 years ago

I have a cousin whose last name is Bentz, so they gave their daughter the middle name of Mercedes. I guess I should give them credit for not making that her first name. But then again, her first name is Kyrie (pronounced Keer- ee- ay) - like the song by "Mister Mister" from the 80's.

denak 7 years ago

"....Serenity's son's name is Kainen..." We know Serenity and Kainen very well. The funny thing about this is that she has such a unique name and yet her sister has such a normal name...Paula. As for unusual names, I've knows a lot of kids named after countries, states,cities or continents. I've known an Asia, quite a few lately named Paris, Dakota, China and Amerika. (spelled with a "k" not a "c.")The worst example of naming came when I was going through foster careadoption classes a few years ago. One of the prospective parents asked the teacher if it was ok to change the child's name and at what age is it not. The teacher than told us about a sibling group of 3 whose parents named them after the rock bands, Motley Crue, Led Zepplin and Cinderella. If that wasn't bad enough, Cinderella was a boy! When he was adopted, his parents asked him if he wanted to change his name. He said yes and promptly changed his name to .......Sam!Dena

alm77 7 years ago

Oh, and when I helped out with preschool we had a Levi Denim. I thought it was cute.

George_Braziller 7 years ago

This is not a joke. I really did go to high school with a guy whose name was "Harry Pitts." Why he didn't go by his middle name or modify his first name I don't have a clue.What were his parents thinking?

EarthaKitt 7 years ago

Cletus Dinkle. Sold Buicks in Topeka. True story.

Ms_P_Lane 7 years ago

I had a kid in a class named YeMajesty. Imagine, as a teacher, calling on "YeMajesty," a bit ridiculous if you ask me. I've also heard of twins named Lemonjelo and Oranjelo, (lemon jello and orange jello). Another teacher told me about a Sh!thead (yes, there is an 'i' there, but apparently I can't put that on and the 'thead' is pronounced 'theed'). I am a fan of unusual names as long as they are tasteful!

lovenhaight 7 years ago of my best friends in high school was Shaliko...I know a kid named Lord Awesome (that is the first name), one named friend's niece and nephew are Draven, Nevaeh, and Lux Elorah...and we'll probably have a Seamus (pronounced Shamus. Its the Gaelic James, for those of you who aren't cool enough to be Irish.)

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

so, was leslie's lastname "Ismore?"my father had a parolee actually had the first name "tweetiebird" should jail the parents.
in salinas california, classmate was "Candi Apple" she went on to be Officer Apple with Salinas PD, might still be there.another classmate was "John Crowder." ***And, to answer the OTS question, I know myself. my last name is so unusual that someone with the same spelling is almost certainly a distant relative.

Calliope877 7 years ago

I've been told that my middle name is unusual. The most intriguing guy names I've heard are : Natalie (prounounced Nuh-Tall-ee) & Paris.I used to know a girl named Anastacia. A girl named Fryske was a grade above me in school.

kristenkim 7 years ago

My cousin is named "Abra." I had two friends growing up with unusual names: one was named Apple, the other named Forrest Love. Forest was a guy, and his parents were definitely hippies. His sister had an unusual name too, but I can't recall what it was.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

OMG Sue,now you're just gonna have to e-mail me that maden name of yours! no matter the spelling? wow.

Tony Kisner 7 years ago

I agree with Innocent, he does have an unusual name and apparently a good sense of self.

Tom McCune 7 years ago

I swear this one is true, also. There was a salesman who used to call on me named Richard Odor. His friends called him Dick.

bolshavik_vw 7 years ago

yes I know a lot of people. I had an uncle name Claude Hopper, another one name R.C. Like the Cola. I have a cousin name T. I also grew up with several people. We had a guy in our school name Caulder Bell. And a girl name Shasta that went to school with my sister. I used to work with a girl about 10 years ago name Raffie Cooley.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years ago

You know, when you get right down to it, ALL names are pretty friggin' unusual.

aero_steve 7 years ago

1) I have a nephew Jeronimo Javier with a very Scottish surname. My brother thought it was a good idea on acid. His other kids have relatively common names.2) A former coworker named his first born Jack Ryan and was well aware of the Tom Clancy character.3) I went to high school with a Star Bright.

sunflower_sue 7 years ago

gnome, I completely forgot my maiden name! It is so unusual (I would say "uncommon") that I am related to everyone with that name...and here's the matter how it is spelled. My aunt is a geneology mean buff. I've got two big ol' books she's written on our family tree.

canyon_wren 7 years ago

Guess I am a day late and a dollar short with this, as I didn't check out this OTS yesterday, but when I was at KU, my plant ecology professor was Worthy Horr. There was also a female professor (English?) named Wealthy Babcock. I thought it would be neat if they got married and would wind up Worthy and Wealthy!

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