History Main / WhoNamesTheirKidDude

25th Aug '16 8:05:27 AM StFan
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* ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series: the narrator of "The Silver Spike" got a really short straw:
--> My name is Case. Philodendron Case. Thanks to my Ma. I've never even told Raven about that. That's why I joined the army. To get away from the kind of potato diggers that would stick a name like that on a kid.

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* ''Literature/BlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series: the narrator of "The Silver Spike" got a really short straw:
--> -->'''Philodendron Case:''' My name is Case. Philodendron Case. Thanks to my Ma. I've never even told Raven about that. That's why I joined the army. To get away from the kind of potato diggers that would stick a name like that on a kid.
20th Aug '16 11:31:44 PM KiraDoom
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* The protagonist of the Music/MelanieMartinez album ''[[ConceptAlbum Cry Baby]]'' is named... um, [[CharacterTitle Cry Baby]]. In the music video for the song "Cry Baby", it's show that her brother wrote it on her birth certificate after hearing her mother refer to her as such.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yURoIWkV0 "Horrible Names For Your Children"]] is a song that lists off ridiculous names people attempted to name their kids (some of which ''succeeded'') in real life. Some of them even appear on this page!
18th Aug '16 10:15:34 AM TheCheshireCat
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* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' Fry reacts with surprise when he hears Leela's given name for the first time when she's mentioned on the news (Turanga). Bender reacts the same way when hearing Fry's first name (Philip).
11th Aug '16 1:37:25 PM ultimomant
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* In an episode of ''RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' called "Stanked to the Future", there's a kid named Dicky who hates his parents, and Howard assumes that he hates them for naming him Dicky.

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* In an episode of ''RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' called "Stanked to the Future", there's a kid named Dicky who hates his parents, and Howard assumes that he hates them for naming him Dicky.Dicky.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", when Fluttershy introduces her friend Tree Hugger, Discord laughs and asks what kind of name is that, which a bit strange considering most ponies' names are proper nouns in this show.
30th Jul '16 1:52:06 PM MsChibi
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* ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' gives us Beyond Birthday (though to be fair, that's a self-chosen nickname), Believe Bridesmaid, Quarter Queen, and Backyard Bottomslash. There is also a mention of a Blackberry Brown and a Bluesharp Babysplit.
11th Jul '16 3:35:05 PM Luigifan
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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"...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."'']]"''



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}}, {{punny|Name}} -- if not at home 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.



''Please note this is not just a matter of people/characters having UnfortunateNames - this applies '''only when there is an InUniverse reaction to the fact.'''''

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''Please note this is not just a matter of people/characters having UnfortunateNames - -- this applies '''only when there is an InUniverse reaction to the fact.'''''



* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', King Gale Raregroove had...questionable taste in baby names. King's first son got the name Lucia, a GenderBlenderName that means light-which would be an unremarkable detail if his son hadn't grown up to be the embodiment of evil with a dark themed power. His stepbrother did not have it much easier, being named Deep Snow for how much it was snowing outside at the time of his adoption.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': We know exactly who would name a kid Pantyhose Taro - PantyThief and all-round DirtyOldMan Happousai, that's who. No wonder Pantyhose swore to kill him. If he had his own choice, his name would be Handsome Taro.

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* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', King Gale Raregroove had...questionable taste in baby names. King's first son got the name Lucia, a GenderBlenderName that means light-which light -- which would be an unremarkable detail if his son hadn't grown up to be the embodiment of evil with a dark themed dark-themed power. His stepbrother did not have it much easier, being named Deep Snow for how much it was snowing outside at the time of his adoption.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': We know exactly who would name a kid Pantyhose Taro - -- PantyThief and all-round DirtyOldMan Happousai, that's who. No wonder Pantyhose swore to kill him. If he had his own choice, his name would be Handsome Taro.



* In ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach'', the real name of Rosen Kavalier (the lover of the main character) is 'Melvin Gonville Ramsbottom'. His mother was a German prostitute, his father was an English customer. Leads to the following conversation when the big secret is revealed (slightly paraphrased)...

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* In ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach'', the real name of Rosen Kavalier (the lover of the main character) is 'Melvin Gonville Ramsbottom'. His mother was a German prostitute, his father was an English customer. Leads This leads to the following conversation when the big secret is revealed (slightly paraphrased)...



* In ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' Pizzazz makes fun of the fact Clash's cousins name is "Video". Like the others though, "Video" is a StageName for a more normal name (Vivian) however [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname no one uses her real name]].

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* In ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'', Pizzazz makes fun of the fact Clash's cousins cousin's name is "Video". Like the others others, though, "Video" is a StageName for a more normal name (Vivian) however (Vivian); however, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname no one uses her real name]].



* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', main character's name Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way is frequently criticized for multiple reasons, from the fact that it is frequently misspelled (Enoby, etc), to the fact that there's no one way to pronounce 'Dark'ness' (Darkuhness?) to the fact that her last name is taken from musician Gerard Way, who Ebony frequently calls attractive (incest, much?)
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Klavier and Apollo]] have this opinion of their names: Klavier jokes that he's glad that his parents named him in the living room and that they had a piano or he might have been Kaffeemaschine Gavin. Apollo feels that his name is really pretentious and with his name he should at least be taller and better-looking. When they learn each other's name, they both tell the jokes on their names [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore to get over with.]]
* In ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', poor Navarone is actually named [[spoiler:Anonymous]]. His [[TimeyWimeyBall older (past) self]] eventually starts using it in public - [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore albeit with some embarrassment]] - but for Nav, even ''mentioning'' that name is a big honking BerserkButton.
* In ''FanFic/AnUncommonWitness'', many people comment on Duck's unusual name. She says it was idea of her eccentric grandfather and her mom went along to humor him. As she's very clumsy, many consider it a perfect name for her. [[spoiler:The truth being, they called her "Duck" in honor of a duck's determination and perseverance in order to overcome life difficulties.]]
* ''FanFic/SevenDaysInSunnyJune'': Comes up in conversation between Sunset Shimmer and the rock star Screwball (her real name is Summer Violet).

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* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', main character's name Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way is frequently criticized for multiple reasons, from the fact that it is frequently misspelled (Enoby, etc), to the fact that there's no one way to pronounce 'Dark'ness' (Darkuhness?) (Darkuhness?), to the fact that her last name is taken from musician Gerard Way, who Ebony frequently calls attractive (incest, much?)
* In ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'' ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Klavier and Apollo]] have this opinion of their names: Klavier jokes that he's glad that his parents named him in the living room and that they had a piano or he might have been Kaffeemaschine Gavin. Apollo feels that his name is really pretentious and with his name he should at least be taller and better-looking. When they learn each other's name, they both tell the jokes on their names [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore to get over with.]]
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* In ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman'', poor Navarone is actually named [[spoiler:Anonymous]]. His [[TimeyWimeyBall older (past) self]] eventually starts using it in public - -- [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore albeit with some embarrassment]] - -- but for Nav, even ''mentioning'' that name is a big honking BerserkButton.
* In ''FanFic/AnUncommonWitness'', many people comment on Duck's unusual name. She says it was the idea of her eccentric grandfather and her mom went along to humor him. As she's very clumsy, many consider it a perfect name for her. [[spoiler:The truth being, they called her "Duck" in honor of a duck's determination and perseverance in order to overcome life difficulties.]]
* ''FanFic/SevenDaysInSunnyJune'': Comes up in a conversation between Sunset Shimmer and the rock star Screwball (her real name is Summer Violet).



Screwball: “Who names their kid Screwball? It’s actually a stage name, just like Screw Loose uses – only Discord and Freebase use their real names."
* From Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, ''Meaningful Name'', Ragyou seems to have this sentiment towards her name but states "better to have had a name than to have had none at all." Considering how her mother was, this isn't unforeseen as to why she would think that and, to elaborate as to what her name means, it means "nothing to hide", "nude doll", or a kind of gauzy cloth or dawn (if you break the kanji down and read them separately). In the same story where her name was discussed, Ryuuko was upset at one of the alternate meanings of her name, until Ragyou explained that she was named "Ryuuko" after the meteor shower on the night she was born and, likewise, Nui lampshades this by pointing out that her name didn't sound like much of one, of course, the reason why is because she was named by her then two-year old older sister.

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Screwball: “Who names their kid Screwball? It’s actually a stage name, just like Screw Loose uses -– only Discord and Freebase use their real names."
* From Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, ''Meaningful Name'', Ragyou seems to have this sentiment towards her name name, but states "better to have had a name than to have had none at all." Considering how her mother was, this isn't unforeseen as to why she would think that and, to elaborate as to what her name means, it means "nothing to hide", "nude doll", or a kind of gauzy cloth or dawn (if you break the kanji down and read them separately). In the same story where her name was discussed, Ryuuko was upset at one of the alternate meanings of her name, until Ragyou explained that she was named "Ryuuko" after the meteor shower on the night she was born and, likewise, Nui lampshades this by pointing out that her name didn't sound like much of one, one; of course, the reason why is because she was named by her then two-year old older sister.
9th Jul '16 3:57:54 PM karstovich2
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** Iceland is really cracking down on this name business. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards) has decried the law as too strict.

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** Iceland is really cracking down on this name business. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards) standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estrange) has decried the law as too strict.strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.
7th Jul '16 8:26:19 PM JoieDeCombat
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** In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', Dr. Christmas Jones warns Bond immediately upon introducing herself not to make any jokes because she's heard them all already. Bond demurs that he doesn't know any doctor jokes (which doesn't stop him from going for the low-hanging fruit anyway at the end of the film).
7th Jul '16 8:13:29 PM JoieDeCombat
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* In ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne's House of Dreams]]'', Miss Cornelia comments approvingly on Anne's choice of baby name (James Matthew), and mentions in passing that another new mother in the neighborhood has decided to call her baby Bertie Shakespeare.
** The poor kid becomes a common fixture in subsequent stories about Anne's children, and is never referred to by anything other than the whole thing: Bertie Shakespeare Drew. And let's not forget Anne's classmate Moody Spurgeon [=McPherson=], who is last heard of at college, studying to be a minister. "He couldn't be anything else with that name." (Moody and Spurgeon were two famous preachers.)

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* In ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne's House of Dreams]]'', Miss Cornelia comments approvingly on Anne's choice of baby name (James Matthew), and mentions in passing that another new mother in the neighborhood has decided to call her baby Bertie Shakespeare.
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Shakespeare. The poor kid becomes a common fixture in subsequent stories about Anne's children, and is never referred to by anything other than the whole thing: Bertie Shakespeare Drew. And let's not forget Drew.
** Earlier books in the series feature
Anne's classmate Moody Spurgeon [=McPherson=], who is last heard of at college, studying to be a minister. "He couldn't be anything else with that name." (Moody and Spurgeon were two famous preachers.)) Much as with the aforementioned Bertie Shakespeare, Moody Spurgeon is almost always referred to by his full name.
7th Jul '16 11:32:09 AM matruz
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** There have been cases of parents naming their child "Masiosare". It comes for a phrase in the national anthem: "'''Mas si osare''' un extraño enemigo" (trans: '''But shall''' a foreign enemy '''dare'''), as if that foreign enemy's name is "Masiosare".

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** There have been cases of parents naming their child "Masiosare". It comes for a phrase verse in the national anthem: "'''Mas si osare''' un extraño enemigo" (trans: '''But shall''' a foreign enemy '''dare'''), as if that foreign enemy's name is "Masiosare".
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