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Strange names to give your kids

Postby Kay » Sat 2 Jun 2012 11:56 GMT

Here's an interesting BBC story about the strange names people in Cuba give their kids.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18270547

How about where you live? Any fashion fads or do they follow tradition? We've found in SE Asia that most people have short names by which they're usually called and their "real" name is only used on more formal occasions, such as legal documents.

The short names are mostly three letter ones and sometimes may sound odd to Western ears. We knew two friends called Umm and Aah. And a business owner called Oi.
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Postby ruggie » Sat 2 Jun 2012 12:20 GMT

An interesting way to rebel against an authoritarian regime. In central and S African countries it is quiet common to name children for something desirable - Goodwill is a common name, but until recently names like Benson (from the luxury cigarette brand) were popular.
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Postby Graeme » Sat 2 Jun 2012 17:00 GMT

The native culture in Canada sometimes gives their children odd names (to us, but not to them) so it's not unusual to run across "One before the Storm" or "Summer rain" "Strikes with a Gun" "Wind in My Face" etc as first names. Some of the surnames are even more creative.
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