Well, I think it’s Saturday. This is another email post, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve finally had a response from the offending company! More about that another day, today I thought I’d give you another list.
I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist (a looooooooooooooong time ago), I’ve worked in schools, and since then I’ve met a lot of people in a variety of places. Names are interesting. Likes and dislikes appear for a variety of reasons. For instance, I was at infant school with a girl called Joan. She was a bully. As a result I didn’t like the name Joan. Later, at senior school I met another Joan – I found it difficult to understand that I liked her, but not her name. Of course, the original connotation remained with me. We all choose names for different reasons and this post is not meant to offend anyone. So, here we go.
1 Xenopod Now apparently this is an alien planet, but I first came across the name long before that was even thought about. The name reminds me of senna pods, so why would anyone want their child to be named after something that sounds as though it will give you diarrhoea?2 Zasparilla Is this a drink? No, it really was the name of a child. She was number 10, all the children had unusual names.
3 Euginity I really felt sorry for this little girl. Little was the operative word, she was tiny.
4 Endeavour Poor child. He could try all he wanted, but would never quite get there with a name like that. Of course Inspector Morse was given this first name, but I heard it long before that was written.
5 Persephone This is an actual name from Greek mythology. It means ‘the bringer of destruction’. Imagine – all that life encompassed in the tiny newborn and then this label is hung around her neck. How sad.
6 Tinder Do you know this word? It denotes a readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, which are used to kindle fires. When I was young I heard it a fair bit, but in these days of central heating and air conditioning I doubt it is in common use! Do you think this is a suitable name for a little one?
7 Badlington I hesitate to tell you the surname, but let me just tell you that it began with the same initial letter as the first name, ended with an e and ottom was in between.
8 Manville Now this sounds a little like a family name, it could well have been.
9 Scoop My parents had a friend who was a newspaper man. This was the name of his son. Well, I suppose it was the 70’s, but I often wonder if he has spent his life looking for one!
10 Wimbush I have heard the surname often, in fact I think there was an actress with this name, but I wouldn’t have chosen this as a first name for my child. Hope neither of them are disappointed. Maybe they would have preferred it!
Of course, there are other names I wouldn’t have considered too – like naming them after my favourite sportsman, singer or lucky number. However, we all decide on a name for a particular reason, our criteria was to have an easily recognisable name that didn’t offend either side of the family, and that had a meaning the child could live up to. Did we succeed? You’ll have to ask them! Why did you make your choices? I’d love to hear.