Naming the Baby: Part Two

Tobyjoe’s coworker, Benjamin, has suggested that we name our baby a name he’s been trying to get someone to use for years. And for the life of me I cannot figure out why no one has snatched it up. I like what it says about a person but I do wonder if he or she will get confused when he or she heads to college.

Added to the list of names as of February 16th, 2007:

Professor Boudreaux

At least we’re not going to choose something really weird. For example, I read on Overheard in the Office recently that a woman named her daughter Placenta after hearing it at the hospital and announcing to the staff, “Oh my goodness! What a beautiful name!” Urban Myth! Somehow, I thought so. This further feeds my cynicism when it comes to both Overheard in New York and Overheard in the Office.

What are the weirdest names you’ve ever heard of? I once worked with a guy named Masterful.

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  1. hi! de-lurking to tell you about an OB/GYN i know, who told me one of his patients wanted to name her baby girl, bacardi. yup, after the rum.

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  2. Have you ever read Freakonomics? There’s a whole bit about the results of names…

    Anyway, a friend named her baby Agent, which I kinda like… I don’t know if it will help or hurt him later in life.

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  3. Flo, awesome, you’re probably the 7th person on this site alone who has suggested that I read that book. Kid you not. (In fact, I’m going to do a search and try and find out the number of times people have suggested it.)

    Agent is awesome.

    Joanna, did bacardi play a role in the conception of said child? I wonder. ;]

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  4. This isn’t so much weird as it is crazy. My Mom works with a lady whose last name is Person. She named her daughter Precious. Ugh. And, when I worked at Barnes & Noble, I got a check from a guy named Parris Frantz. I even saw his ID. Nuts, I tell you. Nuts!

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  5. Oh, holy balls, Precious? Is she shaped like a poodle? The hell is that about?

    And Parris Frantz made a funny joke. Should have left it at that, imo.

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  6. I have a whole list of great names from my years teaching in inner-city Tampa. Here are a few of my favorites: King (his middle name was Solomon), Tequila, Stara (someone is going to be a porn star when she grows up), Comission (misspelled), Porshe (named after the car but misspelled), Channel (after the clothing line but misspelled), Ivory (she was black), and Willie Nelson. I think my favorite part about Willie’s name was that he made it to the 4th grade before knowing that there was a country singer by the same name. I had a Precious too!

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  7. I went to school with siblings named Precious, Passion, and Master. No lie.

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  8. I had NO idea there were so many Preciouses (or is it Preci?) Wasn’t the dog in Silence of the Lambs called Precious?

    MelHow, hilarious. I’m almost speechless.

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  9. Professor Penis Boudreaux

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  10. We can call him PP for short.

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  11. My husband had a guy who pledged his fraternity named Eton Siemen. Cruel parents…

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  12. I think Boudreaux would be a good first name. You could say that because you didn’t change your last name, you guys had an extra Boudreaux lying around.

    I had a student named Adonis once, and a Rubella.

    Did you ever consider naming the baby after one of the cats?

    Or how about Moody Boudreaux? Or Ruby Boudreaux? I like the long “u” sound. Buddha Boudreaux?

    Or Dude Boudreaux!! You could call him Doobie. Or The Dude.

    Or how about “The”? You could pronounce it “Tay” but on paper he would be simply The Boudreaux!

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  13. I’m laughing out loud over here.

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  14. stay away from “shithead,” pronounced shi-theed…..and “Idenaitia,” pronounced eye-denyz-ya….both of these names have been taken and are property of idiots that live near me. i hear all kinds of funny stuff from the ghetto girls who work at my local bar. pure comedy i tell ya! give your child a nice name so they can stay under the radar if they choose. good luck picking!!!

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  15. sorry….it was…..”shithaed”

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  16. Nevaeh (spell it backwards) is a popular one.

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  17. how about a diplomatic name like Boutros Boutros Boudreaux ?

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  18. or a rockstar name like Logan King Boudreaux ? (that’s rockstar for Boudreaux according to rockstarnamedotcom)

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  19. actually, i kind of like King Boudreaux… King Howley Boudreaux. better than Jello-O Boudreaux or Romeo Boudreaux or Sheriff or Dick. please don’t name your baby Dick. i have an Uncle Richard that everyone calls Dick and i just avoid talking to him all together.

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  20. There was a girl named Tru Love a year or so ahead of me in grade school. She ended up getting into local politics, and the last time I was in Michigan I saw her face on a campaign billboard on the side of the road. Funny.

    I also heard about siblings who were a couple of years ahead of me in high school – her name was Crystal Chanda Leer and his was Cava Leer.

    I had a friend whose father wanted badly to name her Vanessa, but when her mom pointed out that would make her initials V.D., he changed his mind.

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  21. Aw man, Gina beat me to Boutros Boutros Boudreaux.

    I don’t know any one with a stupid name. Unusual, sure. (‘Persis’ comes to mind.)

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  22. nervous and small February 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    I went to college with a guy named Christian Blessing.

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  23. Um – I worked with a man named Rich Person at Hill Holliday. Maybe Precious was his sister.

    My good friends just named their baby Science. (Cy for short)

    I am just relieved my parents didn’t go with “Zipadee” for me.
    – Stacey Duda

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  24. ah yes Missy, great minds think alike. i crack up every time you post a letter from Ndugu.

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  25. Zipadee!

    Woo!

    Boutros Boutros.

    I think I like that better than Penis.

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  26. Someone just found my site by searching “florida strippers named yaya”

    Yaya Boudreaux?

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  27. Mitobe Boudreaux ( Mitoby if its a girl )

    Jonathan Boudreaux has a nice ring to it. The name is translated from “God’s Gift”

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  28. Back in my youth I really, really wanted to name my son Kilgore Trout. Thought that was the bomb!

    My husband wanted to name our son Otto.

    I’m glad we had a girl.

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  29. My 3-yo. daughter makes up crazy names for her Polly Pockets. I am unclear on how to spell some of these, so I will spell as she pronounces them:

    Furkaduh
    Shamborene
    Lajuda

    There are many more, but they are escaping me right now.

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  30. Alistair Boudreaux. Sounds like an 80 year old man who wears an ascot and pince-nez.

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  31. What are Polly Pockets? Why do I get the feeling I’m going to be entering an entirely new world in about 5 months.

    Kilgore Trout, now that’s an idea.

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  32. When I was a kid, I had an imaginary best friend. Her name was Shippy. You’re free to use it.

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  33. When I lived in the Netherlands I came across some really cool names. I was friends with a girl named Maaike (pronounced Mica). My friend Katja (which is a nice name too…) who lives in Belgium has sons named Noah (which is kinda popular for kids now…although Noah for a girl is kinda cool.) and Tjen (which is pronounced “Ti-yen”, kinda like the last part of the name Etienne.)
    I have to agree with ginar about the whole bit of not using the name Dick. I too have an uncle richard, and he goes by the name Dick as well. However I believe that is just a family nickname left over from his childhood….
    Anyway, the name that really gets me is there is a family that lives by my grandparents. They last name is Kruger. Well, they had a little boy who was born on Halloween….As I am sure you can guess what they named this poor kid. Yup. Freddie Kruger. Poor boy!

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  34. There was a dude at Cranbrook named Poopie Lickles. He has a site at http://poopielickles.com

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  35. woops. his site is gone.

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  36. At work this week someone suggested we get back in contact with Gerry Mander.

    My favorite place to go to make fun of baby names courtesy of my own heritage is here: http://wesclark.com/ubn/

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  37. I just found out it’s actually Jerry-with-a-J Mander. He has his own Wikipedia entry!

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  38. Ah, Utah. Utah is to baby names what Virginia is to vanity license plates.

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  39. I wanted to go cowboy themed if we had a boy. Buck, wyatt, doc, bud.

    loquacious boudreaux
    maurice chevalier boudreaux
    thibodeaux boudreaux
    marquis de boudreaux

    oh I also wanted Ruby and Angus. Please feel free to use either.

    E. Forrest Temple Almond. I knew him in high school. His parents were hippies and he was named after some temple in the east forrest. I guess it is better than being named moon shine. OH! Moonshine Boudreaux!

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  40. OK, when I worked at the DMV, I had to give a girl named Precious her eye test, then when her license was done, I said, “Precious, your license is ready.” Everyone I worked with lost it completely. I went to school with a kid named Chris Dengler, whose dad’s name was Harry. How odd, because I just told that story at work today, and a girl whose last name used to be Cox told me that was why they had to scrap the name “Harry” immediately when she found out she was pregnant.

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  41. There was just an article in the Edmonton Journal about names. My favourite boys name from there was DieselBlaze. Notice that it has no spaces between the syllables yet has two capital letters. The cool nicknames, DB, DeBlaze, the list is endless..

    When I taught in Edmonton I had a Stein Franken. Imagine the roll call as it is written surname first. NO LIE!!! ( But a great kid from a great family)

    Noa is a girls name here in the mid east. I love it. I believe it has a relation to Nora which is Arabic for light. There is a great singer named Noa.

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  42. Polly Pockets are these little tiny dolls that have all kids of clothes and shoes. My daughter is obsessed. And yes you will be entering a whole new world with toys and such. You really don’t have to worry about that for a few years!

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  43. I went to high school with a girl named Chastity. I know that Cher grabbed that one for her kid too, but I always thought, “Now that’s something to live up to”.

    Having hippy dippy parents, if I was born a boy I would have been Leaf. Honestly, I like it. But I like my name too.

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  44. A friend of a coworker once named their baby boy…

    Pronunciation…
    La-Man-Ja-Low

    Spelling…
    Lemonjello

    They should have gone with Orangejello, rolls off the tongue better.

    King Boudreaux is a rad name, we’ve ruled out King Cobra for the obvious low cost 40’s at every corner store, but everyone still suggests it. Our first choice for a boys name these days is Raiden, Japanese for… God of Thunder!!!!! Now how exactly do we tell the God of Thunder to go to his room?

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  45. I personally work with a Princess. It is wierd to usher with Princess- especially when she is the “one not placed” and the boss says Princess will be on the Mezannine.
    How about naming the little dude after a country that is now known as something else like Zimbabwe (although I like Rhodesia for a girl).
    (Soorry for speeellling miztakes).

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  46. I had a co-worker who always wanted a dog named Dammit so that she could say, “get off the couch, Dammit.” etc.

    Seriously, I would have named a daughter Priscilla.

    Mike-the-Mick

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  47. My husband had an old high school friend who named his son Sevin. It’s not bad in print, but it sounds like it’s spelled Seven and led to endless questions. The guy insisted it had nothing to do with the seinfeld episode, but no one believed him.

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  48. How about Boubouboubou Boudreaux. When the homeroom teacher takes roll, it will sound like she is stuttering.

    Or maybe Bouboubouboupenis Boudreaux. Then its stuttering and tourettes.

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  49. When I worked at Barnes & Noble, there was a guy who came in and regularly special-ordered odd new age books. His name was Seven Seven. (saw his id—though it’s up for debate whether he changed it to that in some sort of numerology-inspired haze)

    My friend who’s an actor in England once worked on a project (non-porn!) with a woman named Crimson Boner (pronounced Bonner, but still..)

    My high school history teacher was Dick Simoff.

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  50. you can find Usnavy and Madeinusa in some parts of Latin America. Also, oddly spelled “american sounding” names:
    Yennifer
    Maicol
    Theres also a whole generation where its not strange to find Lenin and Stalin.

    Theres actually a movie called Madeinusa, released last year.

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  51. my colleague’s name is HARDIN. i SWEAR! :)

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