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Taboo children's names and historical scumbags(9 posts)

Taboo children's names and historical scumbagsSpoiler
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
grandparents.

Judas-Good luck gettin that kid circumcised

Benedict-Arnold

Jezabel-well, maybe Madonna would put her kid through that just for publicity

Attila(sp?)

Mao

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'

Oedipus

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 GreatAlex-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.

Alex
re: Taboo children's names53T
Dec 18, 2003 1:58 PM
Damion (remember that movie?)
Benito
Monica
Nero
re: Taboo children's namesSpoiler
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 scumbagsmickey-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 oneLO 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 ---

Usama

So now we have Donald Usama MacKinnon.

Then 9/11.
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).