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Old May 11th 2005, 10:52 pm
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Have you noticed how many young people here have been given unusual names. Cities and Countries are very popular like Paris and India or Savannah. One of the funniest names I saw yesterday was a young black girl named England! I bet her parents thought that was real exotic.

However the biggest surprise is that young children are given English sounding surnames as their christian name. Like Parker or Walker or even Lane. When I have mentioned the simularity to friends they didnt seem to know what I was talking about. Has anyone else noticed this? Where did these names come from?
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England???. Roflmao!
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So true, you only have to watch T.V for 10 minutes to be made hysterical by ridiculous names, I mean, Dallas Raines, Wolf Blitzer, FFS.. I can't actually believe these are their real names but who knows???
Talking of surnames being used as first names, 2 kids at my Moms club are called Keegan and Ainsley..
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So true, you only have to watch T.V for 10 minutes to be made hysterical by ridiculous names, I mean, Dallas Raines, Wolf Blitzer, FFS.. I can't actually believe these are their real names but who knows???
Talking of surnames being used as first names, 2 kids at my Moms club are called Keegan and Ainsley..
I think that Ainsley isn't that unusual - there is that TV chef in the UK called Ainsley Herriot for example. My Aussie friend's 7 year old daughter is called Ainslie (that's how she spells it).

A really common name for boys seems to be Tyler (in England our next door neighbours had Tyler as their surname).

There is an actress called Parker Posey. Stupid but I guess it helps her Hollywood career - you wouldn't forget a name like that!
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I think that Ainsley isn't that unusual - there is that TV chef in the UK called Ainsley Herriot for example. My Aussie friend's 7 year old daughter is called Ainslie (that's how she spells it).

A really common name for boys seems to be Tyler (in England our next door neighbours had Tyler as their surname).

There is an actress called Parker Posey. Stupid but I guess it helps her Hollywood career - you wouldn't forget a name like that!
Well, at least there not called Darren or Wayne
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I've heard London used as a first name down here. Lucky they didn't pick Soho
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It's not just US names that can be weird, when my sisters ex did his teacher training in the UK he had a girl in his glass called "Buttercup Brazil"
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It's not just US names that can be weird, when my sisters ex did his teacher training in the UK he had a girl in his glass called "Buttercup Brazil"
My friend called her girl Phoebe Toffeecups. Another friend's surname was Parrot and she called her daughter Polly.
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My wife went to school with a kid called Zowie Bowie :scared:

Not the name given to your average poor person.
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. Another friend's surname was Parrot and she called her daughter Polly.
That's just cruel to do to a kid.
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My wife went to school with a kid called Zowie Bowie :scared:

Not the name given to your average poor person.
Didn't he change his name to something more normal like, Dragon Head Poopy Pants?
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I heard a mother shout for her daughter 'Charity' earlier, that's just cruel.
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Originally Posted by ladylisa
Have you noticed how many young people here have been given unusual names. Cities and Countries are very popular like Paris and India or Savannah. One of the funniest names I saw yesterday was a young black girl named England! I bet her parents thought that was real exotic.

However the biggest surprise is that young children are given English sounding surnames as their christian name. Like Parker or Walker or even Lane. When I have mentioned the simularity to friends they didnt seem to know what I was talking about. Has anyone else noticed this? Where did these names come from?
yep noticed all of the above...also the way the choice of boys names is getting smaller because all the girls are pinching them!!

what I hate the most is "Junior" for crying out loud give the kid his own name!!!
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James Smith, James Brown or something similar.
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I think that Ainsley isn't that unusual - there is that TV chef in the UK called Ainsley Herriot for example. My Aussie friend's 7 year old daughter is called Ainslie (that's how she spells it).
Our daughter's middle name is Ainsley, we didn't think we were cool enough to have that as her first name.

I have two highlights that I look forward to during the week when reading the local rag. One is the "Cheers and Jeers" section and the other is the birth announcements. What cracks me up is the made up names like Braden/Jaden/Caden and the imaginative spellings - I must've seen "Caitlin" spelled 20 different ways.

No offence intended to any other parents here. I'm just worried about being able to spell kids names correctly on future invitations to my daughter's parties.

PS - There's a family in our neighborhood with the surname Milan; their children's names are Paris, Sydney and Athens. The father is called Rome.
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