|Taboo children's names and historical scumbags||Spoiler|
Dec 18, 2003 1:04 PM
|After Saddam got caught, I got to thinking....Because of his actions, no normal parent will EVER name their kid Saddam. He has effectively erased an otherwise harmless name from future generations. What other names have been "blacklisted" due to the actions of a single person?
Adolph-A common German name, but no Jew will ever have it.
Cain-Geez, this name got the shaft before humans ever had
Judas-Good luck gettin that kid circumcised
Jezabel-well, maybe Madonna would put her kid through that just for publicity
Not many Africans will call their kid Edie
No apple-pie loving American will name their kid Fidel.
Sherlock-not sure, maybe it'll cost the kid too many playground beatins'
Certain last names have to be changed also.
Manson, Hitler, etc.
Who have I missed. You get bonus points if you can prove you are actually named after a historical scumbag.
|Sikander the Great||Alex-in-Evanston|
Dec 18, 2003 1:35 PM
|My first name is the Kashmiri/Punjabi common spelling of Alexander - Sikander. From the point of view of the Persians, Alexander's crimes are tough to top. I don't know if that qualifies him as a scumbag. I do know that North Indians regard him as something of a legendary hero.
However, in a desire to hide my parent's miscegenation (I can generally pass for white), I've always used the anglo form of the name.
|re: Taboo children's names||53T|
Dec 18, 2003 1:58 PM
|Damion (remember that movie?)
|re: Taboo children's names||Spoiler|
Dec 18, 2003 2:05 PM
|Yeah, Damian. It seems like all rejected human names automatically become the most popular dog names. Just like bad food, we give our pets the names we're too ashamed to give our children.|
|Didn't Saddam have a flurry of popularity, though?||Cory|
Dec 20, 2003 4:05 PM
|Seems like I read after the Gulf War that there was a burst of Saddams in the Middle East. Don't know whether it was genuine admiration because he withstood the Great Satan (according to the local propaganda, the Iraqi equivalent of Fox News) or just from people hoping to curry favor.
Personally, I was going to name my new dog "W," but it's hard to shout. Now I'm thinking either "Rummy" or "Dick." But my wife's reluctant to run around the neighborhood screaming for . . . Never mind.
|re: Taboo children's names and historical scumbags||mickey-mac|
Dec 18, 2003 3:47 PM
|Caligula. I've met people named Julias and dated a girl who's dad was Caesar, but I've never run across a Caligula.
Orenthal. Back in the 70s, it seems like half the kids born were named after the Juice. ;-)
|How about this one||LO McDuff|
Dec 19, 2003 8:14 AM
|A good friend married a woman from Lebanon. He has a tried and true Scottish name. She wanted to name their kid after her father. My friend didn't. They compromised - the kid got the maternal grandfather's name as a middle name ---
So now we have Donald Usama MacKinnon.
|What an ignoramus!||Alexx|
Dec 19, 2003 11:05 PM
|Judas: a.k.a. Judah-a VERY common jewish name (and, one can assume that they are ALL cicumcised)
Atilla: Quite a common name amongst slavs.
Edie: who are you referring to? Idi Amin? Check spelling.
Fidel: Once again, a reasonably common name among hispanics-not that you know any...
Oedipus: Well, not many use Zeus, either..
Manson: I know 4 Mansons...
Hitler: A variation of Heidler, still a very common name in Germany. "Hitler" was a very unusual spelling, btw, so there aren't many.
|What an ignoramus!||53T|
Dec 22, 2003 7:08 AM
|"Fidel: Once again, a reasonably common name among hispanics-not that you know any... "
I know plenty, including two Carlos Santana's, but never a Fidel, except... (makes beard-stroking motion).