Over at nameberry.com, guest blogger Joanne Lessner writes about her favorite ridiculous names. “Nothing makes my family giggle more than a funny name. We collect and pass them around like prized truffles,” writes Lessner, author of “Pandora’s Bottle.”
My family has always collected funny names too, beginning with my father’s name, Bernie Bernstein. To us, funny names weren’t necessarily bad names. In some cases, we found them charming and delightful (Sabrina Strawbridge comes to mind).
On our honeymoon, my husband and I met a heart surgeon who had successfully saved a baby’s life through a complicated surgery involving a shunt. The child’s mother was so grateful she named the baby Shuntavia (no joke).
Lessner had access to any number of gems during high school when her friend worked in the medical records department of their local hospital.
“Every day, she’d gleefully relay another newborn gem ,” recalls Lessner. “There were the twins, Icare and Ucare, Princess and her daughterPrecious, and the one that to this day renders us helpless with mirth: the young mother, pre-Eve Ensler, who thought Vagina was the most beautiful name in the world. The nurses were only partially successful in talking her out of it. (Nagina, if you’re reading this, just know that it could have been much worse.)”
Of course, I realize that it’s all relative and very personal. One person’s idea of a crazy name is someone else’s idea of a lovely name. Also, naming conventions have changed dramatically over the years. It used to be that parents tried to give their kids “safe” names that would ensure they would fit in. Nowadays, parents strive to give their children unique names that will express their individualism.
What’s the craziest name you ever heard?
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