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19th Jun '17 12:42:37 AM Darson
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' the aforementioned main character, Gumball has the weirdest name out of the entire cast to the point where it was joked about in Season 2 and was integral to the plot of the episode "The Name".
17th Jun '17 2:14:01 PM nombretomado
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** Some names, albeit not equally awkward in pronunciation, seem just as sick once their underlying meaning is revealed. As such: '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serp-i-Molot]]''' ("Hammer and Sickle", symbol of the USSR. Just to make it clearer, consider calling your kid "Stars-and-Stripes" for a first name), '''Leoondezh''' after "'''Le'''nin '''u'''mer, '''n'''o yego '''de'''lo '''zh'''ivyot" ("Lenin is dead, but his deeds live"), '''Tractorina''' (yes, after the introduction of tractors to industry), '''Troleboozina''' after the prominent personae of '''Tro'''tsky, '''Le'''nin, '''Bu'''kharin, '''Zin'''oviev. The list could go much longer, the OtherWiki has an article full of these oddities, [[NoExportForYou if you don't mind Russian though]]. Truth be told, in real life these were very rare and have gone extinct nowadays (either promptly changed to something less audacious or always being SO rare to begin with, that are mostly known as subjects of folklore rather than real names). No sane person, who speaks Russian, can read these with a straight face.

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** Some names, albeit not equally awkward in pronunciation, seem just as sick once their underlying meaning is revealed. As such: '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serp-i-Molot]]''' ("Hammer and Sickle", symbol of the USSR. Just to make it clearer, consider calling your kid "Stars-and-Stripes" for a first name), '''Leoondezh''' after "'''Le'''nin '''u'''mer, '''n'''o yego '''de'''lo '''zh'''ivyot" ("Lenin is dead, but his deeds live"), '''Tractorina''' (yes, after the introduction of tractors to industry), '''Troleboozina''' after the prominent personae of '''Tro'''tsky, '''Le'''nin, '''Bu'''kharin, '''Zin'''oviev. The list could go much longer, the OtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an article full of these oddities, [[NoExportForYou if you don't mind Russian though]]. Truth be told, in real life these were very rare and have gone extinct nowadays (either promptly changed to something less audacious or always being SO rare to begin with, that are mostly known as subjects of folklore rather than real names). No sane person, who speaks Russian, can read these with a straight face.



* A common Israeli urban legend tells of a girl whose first name is Okhezèt-‘Anàf-‘Ètz-haShakéd[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אוחזת ענף עץ השקד[[/labelnote]] ‘Holder of the Almond Tree Branch’, that apparently developed from a case of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in TheSeventies: reporter Idit Gil was writing an article about unusual names in Israel and met with a family that gave somewhat unusual but fairly reasonable first names to their daughters, and the mother jokingly said they considered giving the name to one of the girls, and the printed article gave that name as the name of another girl in the family. Since then there have been many different stories about [=OAEhS=]'s life floating around the internet. If you read Hebrew, you can read more on TheOtherWiki [[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%97%D7%96%D7%AA_%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%A3_%D7%A2%D7%A5_%D7%94%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%93 here]].

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* A common Israeli urban legend tells of a girl whose first name is Okhezèt-‘Anàf-‘Ètz-haShakéd[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אוחזת ענף עץ השקד[[/labelnote]] ‘Holder of the Almond Tree Branch’, that apparently developed from a case of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in TheSeventies: reporter Idit Gil was writing an article about unusual names in Israel and met with a family that gave somewhat unusual but fairly reasonable first names to their daughters, and the mother jokingly said they considered giving the name to one of the girls, and the printed article gave that name as the name of another girl in the family. Since then there have been many different stories about [=OAEhS=]'s life floating around the internet. If you read Hebrew, you can read more on TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%97%D7%96%D7%AA_%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%A3_%D7%A2%D7%A5_%D7%94%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%93 here]].
10th Jun '17 11:22:44 AM nombretomado
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You know those UnfortunateNames -- {{Embarrassing First Name}}s, {{Embarrassing Middle Name}}s, {{Gender Blender Name}}s, {{Tomboyish Name}}s, names nobody can [[TheUnpronounceable pronounce]] or [[MyNaymeIs spell]], or that expose the bearer to ridicule by being {{punny|Name}} -- if not at home, then as soon as they venture [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike abroad]] -- and other things that drive people to seek refuge in deed polls or LastNameBasis, or develop a BerserkButton? Let alone names that indicate exactly what the parents hope the child will become ("No, you may not skip your piano lesson, little Creator/{{Wolfgang Amadeus|Mozart}}"), or give away their family background (class, parents' embarrassing choice of celebrity idols) in ways that expose them to all sorts of trouble when they venture into the wider world.

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You know those UnfortunateNames -- {{Embarrassing First Name}}s, {{Embarrassing Middle Name}}s, {{Gender Blender Name}}s, {{Tomboyish Name}}s, names nobody can [[TheUnpronounceable pronounce]] or [[MyNaymeIs spell]], or that expose the bearer to ridicule by being {{punny|Name}} -- if not at home, then as soon as they venture [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike abroad]] -- and other things that drive people to seek refuge in deed polls or LastNameBasis, or develop a BerserkButton? Let alone names that indicate exactly what the parents hope the child will become ("No, you may not skip your piano lesson, little Creator/{{Wolfgang Music/{{Wolfgang Amadeus|Mozart}}"), or give away their family background (class, parents' embarrassing choice of celebrity idols) in ways that expose them to all sorts of trouble when they venture into the wider world.
4th Jun '17 9:59:54 PM JoeMerl
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-->''"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"''

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-->''"What kind of parents name their kid kid'' Hermione, anyway?"''''anyway?"''



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* In the 2012 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the Once-ler's name actually is Once-ler, despite having two brothers named Brett and Chet. This is in contrast to the original, where Once-ler is hinted to be more of a title/nickname than anything. Though in the film this just shows how he is TheUnfavourite.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid,'' [[PrinceCharming Eric]] tries to guess [[PluckyGirl Ariel]]'s name, since she's now TheSpeechless and can't just tell him. His first guess is "Mildred." When she makes a face, he just laughs and says "Okay, no!"
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* A Christmas special made by DIC called ''AHollywoodHoundsChristmas'' (it appears on Shout Factory's DIC Christmas Blast DVD) in which the main character is actually named "Dude". A running gag in the special is how people are able to (accidentally) guess his name. At one point, he even goes "is there anybody who ''doesn't'' know my name?..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...

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* A Christmas special made by DIC called ''AHollywoodHoundsChristmas'' (it appears on Shout Factory's DIC Christmas Blast DVD) in which the main character is actually named "Dude". "Dude." A running gag in the special is how people are able to (accidentally) guess his name. At one point, he even goes "is there anybody who ''doesn't'' know my name?..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...
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* In the 2012 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the Once-ler's name actually is Once-ler, despite having two brothers named Brett and Chet. This is in contrast to the original, where Once-ler is hinted to be more of a title/nickname than anything. Though in the film this just shows how he is TheUnfavourite.
31st May '17 12:18:43 PM Discar
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->''"I've been giving thought to the idea of naming my child. It's a great responsibility, you know, choosing a right name. If I call him "Zeus"...but that would cause problems of high expectation. Maybe I call him 'Offal'. That would cause problems of ''low'' expectation. Maybe I call him 'FIRE!!' That would cause panic whenever someone calls his name; I would like this."''

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->''"I've been giving thought to the idea of naming my child. It's a great responsibility, you know, choosing a right name. If I call him "Zeus"...'Zeus'...but that would cause problems of high expectation. Maybe I call him 'Offal'. That would cause problems of ''low'' expectation. Maybe I call him 'FIRE!!' That would cause panic whenever someone calls his name; I would like this."''
31st May '17 12:18:30 PM Discar
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->''"I've been giving thought to the idea of naming my child. It's a great responsibility, you know, choosing a right name. If I call him "Zeus"...but that would cause problems of high expectation. Maybe I call him "Offal". That would cause problems of ''low'' expectation. Maybe I call him "FIRE!!" That would cause panic whenever someone calls his name; [[{{Troll}} I would like this.]]"''

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->''"I've been giving thought to the idea of naming my child. It's a great responsibility, you know, choosing a right name. If I call him "Zeus"...but that would cause problems of high expectation. Maybe I call him "Offal".'Offal'. That would cause problems of ''low'' expectation. Maybe I call him "FIRE!!" 'FIRE!!' That would cause panic whenever someone calls his name; [[{{Troll}} I would like this.]]"''"''
28th May '17 3:34:41 PM JoeMerl
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* Used previously in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''. Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?" He is never clued in on the fact that it's a nickname.

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* Used previously in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''. Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?" He is never clued in on the fact that it's a nickname. [[note]]Though [[EmbarrassingFirstName his real name is Norville]], so...[[/note]]
28th May '17 3:29:31 PM JoeMerl
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' FilkSong.
-->''"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"''
-->''"Um, {{Muggles}}."''
-->''"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"''



-->But Vidalia....
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," by the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan band The Parselmouths.
-->"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"
-->"Um, {{Muggles}}."
-->"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"

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-->But Vidalia....
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," by the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan band The Parselmouths.
-->"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"
-->"Um, {{Muggles}}."
-->"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"
Vidalia....F
22nd May '17 11:50:21 AM Sparkysharps
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** One of Gohan's classmates points out how ridiculous it is for someone to name their that (it's Japanese for rice or meal) when he first transfers in.
18th May '17 8:02:43 PM Phys101
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* Texas Governor Jim Hogg infamously named his daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg#Name Ima]]. This spawned a lot of public jokes (the most famous being that she had a sister named Ura) and the poor girl never lived it down. In fairness her father claimed she was named after a character in a poem and that he wasn't consciously aware of how it sounded, though a lot of the more cynical Texans didn't believe him.

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* Texas Governor Jim Hogg infamously named his daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg#Name Ima]]. This spawned a lot of public jokes (the most famous being that she had a sister named Ura) and the poor girl never lived it down. In fairness her father claimed she was named after a character in a poem and that he wasn't consciously aware of how it sounded, though a lot of the more cynical Texans didn't believe him. \\
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[[Website/Wickipedia The Other Wiki's]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg article on Ima Hogg]] tells us that her grandfather heard of her name, saw the obvious problem, and rushed in vain to stop the christening. Despite her embarrassing name, she became one of the most respected ladies of Texas, a famous philanthropist and patron of the arts, "The First Lady of Texas".
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