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August 12, 2013 05:02 PM

"Messiah" doesn't mean Savior, it means Annointed One.  Not just anyone can be "of Wales" or the Dauphin of France, either.  All of these are titles, not names.

Serious cultural education needs to be taught if people blithely choose names that greatly offend large populations.  Messiah is, in this respect, no different from Allah, Hitler, or Sugart**s.  If the people you meet feel the need to call you something that is not your name because they cannot use your name without violating their own beliefs, you need to not have that name.


April 19, 2013 09:35 AM

Austin Siamese Canned Air?  Unkempt-Eyed Mother?  

Certainly more entertaining that most Weird Name Generators.


January 10, 2013 11:24 AM

I wondered how you were going to take this on.  I knew the moment I saw the news article that it would show up here.


I think most Americans forget how very pluralist America is and that it's been that way for a very long time.  You can't make a list of Acceptable American Names because no one will agree on what tradition/nationality/religion/etc. to draw from.  European nations, though, are centuries, if not millenia, older and have relatively fixed histories and populations.  Plus, in an area where Those People We Don't Like didn't live all that far away it made sense to decree your team loyalty, so to speak, by holding that more tightly to national identity.  


Arthur has a little problem.  Would baby Arthur be Arthur I or Arthur II?  The monarchy would have to publicly declare the legendary one as fact or fiction, first.

April 18, 2012 11:43 AM

Oddly enough, this article exactly is where I am, right now.

When we visited my grandmother, in December, we let her know that I was expecting and due in June.  She immediately piped up that her mother was born in June.  A month later, we found out it's a girl, so I went back and looked at my great-grandmother's name.  Blanche.  Um, no.  Her middle name, though, was Edith.  Something totally clicked for me, right then.  It wasn't my usual style, at ALL, but for some reason I was going over it in my head, over and over again.  I went and looked up the meaning, since we wanted our girls' names to be virtue names (Elena: light bearer; Sophia: wisdom; etc.) and found out it's Old English.  The first half comes out to prosperous/blessed/happy, and the second half to war/strife.  Depending on how you translate it, it could be anything from victory in battle to a blessing in a time of trial.  Less than two weeks later, my Dad's health suddenly failed and he passed away.  It was his mother that we'd visited a month and a half earlier--Blanche Edith was his grandmother.  As we sat in the hospital with my family, I leaned over to my husband and told him that I wanted Edith to be a front-runner.  There was just too much meaning attached to it, now.  Unfortunately, he's not entirely keen on it, as a first name.  Our other front-runner is Catherine which, like Oliver above, has no known meaning/origin.  The best anyone can do is that it's LINKED to katharos, meaning purity.  I might could do Catherine Edith, if it came down to that.

May 19, 2011 02:24 PM

@lucubratrix Locke was a writer and philosopher, yes, but it's also the name of a character on the TV show Lost. The general population with think TV, not essays.

May 18, 2011 11:57 AM

Why some but not others? My guess would be lawyers. If someone complains, threatens legal whatever, it goes on the Special List. I think Ben Stiller is the kind of guy that'd get a kick out of it, while Sandler might well be a bit more protective. (Incidentally, your own site just complained that the name I tried to comment with "belongs to a registered owner"--me. Also highly annoying, especially as it didn't ask if I wanted to login.)

August 1, 2010 01:34 AM

I don't know of cultures with no names, but I do know of groups of people with no names. Looking up old censuses or birth/death records, you often run into "Infant" as a first name because no one got around to actually naming them but the record keeper had to put SOMEthing in. You especially see it in babies that are stillborn or die very young.