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#1    ealdwita

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

For many years, Bob Geldof (of Boomtown Rats fame) has had a tradition of giving his offspring ridiculous, trendy names.......starting off with Fifi Trixibell (1983), then Peaches Honeyblossom (1989), followed by Little Pixie (1990), then Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (1996). OK, I hear you say, just another show-biz luvvy being trendy, and I agree. A problem seems to have arisen though. The fragrant Peaches Honeyblossom has just given birth to a son (I highlight that for a reason), and following Dad's lead, has duly named him Phaedra, (because, she says it's the title of her favourite album by Tangerine Dream). Unfortunately, as you Greek myth enthusiasts on this site will doubtless know, Phaedra is the daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë! Perhaps a little less posturing and a little more research was needed!

While we're on the subject - I chortled long and loud when I realised what Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt had called their son and heir.....Shilo, Shilo Pitt! What a magnificent Spoonerism!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:38 PM

The very mention of this woman's name leaves a bad taste in my mouth:

Katie "Jordan" Price.. I believe she called her child Princess Tiaamii, now if its not bad enough having this woman as a parent, the poor kid will grow up to eventually realize that she isn't in fact a real Princess.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

I wonder how much research goes into naming their children. I think most celebs are to stupid to realize what they are doing.

As for the likes of Nicolas Cage, he named his son Kal-el, I am pretty sure he knew the background of the name when he choose it and "Dr Sheldon Cooper" will tell you that Kal-el is the birth name of Superman.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

Frank Zappa named his two kids Dwezil Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa....

I always hoped that he would have another kid and name him Bugg Zappa...


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:55 PM

Don't these people realize their kids will be harassed in school because of their name.  How about Moon Unit Zappa.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:55 PM

Well, that error is nothing new. Look at Marion Morrison.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:00 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 26 April 2013 - 03:55 PM, said:

Well, that error is nothing new. Look at Marion Morrison.

Back when he was named, "Marion" was a perfectly acceptable (although not astoundingly popular) male name.... Marian was/is the female version...

I use to know a guy whose first name was Beverly... we called him "Tex"...

Edited by Taun, 26 April 2013 - 04:01 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:03 PM

View PostHilander, on 26 April 2013 - 03:55 PM, said:

Don't these people realize their kids will be harassed in school because of their name.  How about Moon Unit Zappa.

No, because there all minted and go to the same posh school.. The teacher takes about 2 hours to take the register in the morning.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

View PostTaun, on 26 April 2013 - 03:54 PM, said:

Frank Zappa named his two kids Dwezil Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa....

I always hoped that he would have another kid and name him Bugg Zappa...

You forgot sister Diva Muffin!

Also it's handy to be able tell your new schoofriends that your dad is Silvester Stallone when they find out your name's Sage Moonblood!

Edited by ealdwita, 26 April 2013 - 04:09 PM.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

My real name is Blue Highlighter Smith, so I don't get what you're all on about.

OK I made that up.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

View Postxsas, on 26 April 2013 - 03:48 PM, said:

I wonder how much research goes into naming their children. I think most celebs are to stupid to realize what they are doing.

As for the likes of Nicolas Cage, he named his son Kal-el, I am pretty sure he knew the background of the name when he choose it and "Dr Sheldon Cooper" will tell you that Kal-el is the birth name of Superman.

I needed to satisfy theory on whether Nicolas Cage knew what he was doing when he named his son.

Apparently Nicolas Cage likes comics. He changed his last name from Coppola to Cage in honor of Marvel character Luke Cage.

I guess that answers my question

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:22 PM

Which reminds me, did you decide on your new name, x? Did you go for Pol or Osama in the end?

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:23 PM

This gives me an excuse to ask a question, are the names Dickens gave his characters typical of that period or things he invented?


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

Another name question.  I met a woman in Vancouver BC who called herself "Joy Happiness."  How typical of Canadians is that sort of thing?


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:32 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 26 April 2013 - 04:22 PM, said:

Which reminds me, did you decide on your new name, x? Did you go for Pol or Osama in the end?

I ended up looking through Internet Movie Database (IMDB) for a popular name and 'Uncredited' seemed to be pretty popular?

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