Take caution with names

My husband is a big tech fan. A while back I made a joke that I'm just glad he wasn't trying to name a baby after his phone (the lumia 920). He got a thoughtful look on his face and commented that he liked the name Lumia. I told him that I would not agree to naming a child after a phone and he said that he liked the sound of it and would be using the name for the sound and not the phone, besides it has another meaning... he just couldn't remember what it was. Thinking it would have something to do with light or illumination. Turns out its primary meaning is a slang Spanish term for a *clears throat* lady of the night. The lesson in this? Always do your research before you are swayed by a Lumia.

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July 24, 2013 12:07 PM

That is a really funny story! Though it would be unfortunate if he got the name so stuck in his head that he couldn't like anything else. Objectively, it does have a pretty sound... :)

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July 24, 2013 1:46 PM

Funny! This reminds me of a roommate I had in college who insisted that Chlamydia would be a lovely girls' name, if only it wasn't an STD.

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November 28, 2014 3:13 PM

Yay, luckily 8 year old me wasnt the only one who thought that! Haha, I read the word Chlamydia in a science magazine, and almost named one of my dolls that (I figured if Lydia works, why not Chlamydia?). Then my mother explained to me what it was and I was horrified I almost named one of my precious dolls the name of an STD.

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September 13, 2013 7:00 AM

Well, Lumia is also a form of the Finnish word for snow. Also, in most languages, anything with lum- would indeed refer to light (from "lumen", which is a unit of light). I've heard the Spanish meaning is not actually very commonly used at all.

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By nym
October 1, 2013 10:20 AM

True, but the double whammy of a connection with a prostitute and a phone is just too much to overcome for me, and he dropped the idea pretty quickly after we found that out.