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March 22, 2018 02:32 PM
In Response to The name Jesus

I've seen Christa used but Behind the Name says it's a diminutive of Christina.

December 10, 2015 02:28 AM

I think you are a coward for not choosing the obvious ISIS or Daesh.   I suppose that isn't what CafeMom is looking for to drive traffic.  

November 13, 2014 02:38 PM

I second Elsa and add Isis and Ebola as well.

December 3, 2013 12:24 PM


June 20, 2013 10:46 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Joan

Thanks for the fan geek acually!  I've never seen Mad Men myself, as an ex-smoker I find it unwatchable due to the cravings it induces!  Too bad really, it sounds like something I'd enjoy, but I can't get past the first five minutes of the first episode. So anyway I appreciate the character analysis. 

Joan is a family name for my husband and I as well as admiring Joan of Arc.  I already have a Jojo and though I do like Joanie I thought maybe you guys had another idea I hadn't pictured. I guess I could call her the Maid of Orleans or Mommy's Dearest. 


I agree. Namenerds has spreadsheets of relative popularity after collapsing homophonic names for spelling for both boys and girls. I'd like to see this article use that data and see how things shake out. 


Francis.  Boom!  You're welcome. ;)

January 8, 2013 12:50 PM



I can't see Tobias without thinking of Dr. Funke's 100% all natural good time family band solution. 

November 22, 2012 02:03 AM

Camden has been all over the celeb scene lately.  I also think Akin is an important name since it seemed like his crazy comments on rape were the begining of the end for the tea party repubs.  After him the dems seized the opportunity to call out the others and they delivered more crazy misogynistic nonsense.  This last election was heavily influenced by "women's issues" especially abortion and rape. 

September 5, 2012 12:17 AM

The names used as examples are stylisticaly similar but not the actual names. As it is we do Papa Paul and Paul baby or Paulie

September 4, 2012 05:13 PM

I mean, they would share the same first names, not in the middle. Like meet my parents Paul and Julia and my kids, Paul and Julia. 

August 23, 2012 09:06 PM

Yes, ch like chair. In Spanish s is sometimes turned into ch so:  Consuela-->Conchela-->Concha



Like I said earlier, this really is kind of an interesting thought experiment. I think at the heart of the issue is the way we collectively create meaning for and with one another. I know not all agree that religious titles are/are not meaningful. I'd argue that more people consider the title of Pope as less powerful today than people probably did in the Middle Ages. So what does that say about the Church?  

But that's beside the point I suppose. 



Please don't think *I* would consider using Cohen as a name!  The reasons you mentioned about having a "blank slate" name are exactly my M. O.--I'm a John and Elizabeth kind of namer personally. I'm trying to advance a thought experiment here. I do see your points that people are situated in contexts and abstraction about names is impractical. I also reckon (see Namipedia entry on Cohen) that many people use it totally without knowledge of it's loaded meaning. It fits with the zeigiest of our naming style, I don't think the contraversy is well known in the general pool of namers, and many people never take their name choices to a message board or even tell others till the baby is born.   This pop culture phenomena may dilute some of the ways people percieve Cohen as a name  Or not. More likely it will be a small flash in the two-syllable ends in -n boys name pan. 


I'm marginally Catholic and certainly not anyone can call themselves a Priest or a Bishop.  Those are titles and offices bestowed by the Church. In my religion people "making up their own religions" is no different than some one on the street "making up" their own kind of Judiasm and calling themselves Cohen. Neither Jews nor Catholics have the "true" religion in my mind so religious titles are kind of innately meaningless.  Yes words have meanings but they are fluid and determined by their users. I would argue that popular use of Cohen is altering it's original use just as the Nazis have changed the connotations if Aryan.  I would't personally use either name but I'm especially uncomfortable with letting religion (which I'm treating as akin to fairy tales in this argument) dictate the "acceptability" of names. 

Which brings me to Mohammed. It's a perfect example of my aforementioned problem and that is because (some) Muslims do not hesitate to do violence in response to something that offends their religion. It's not OK that the world has to tiptoe around Islam for fear of violent retaliation justified by fairytales.  It's not Ok to avoid a name because it might offend someone.  I have no problem with anyone using Cohen, Jesus, Mohammed, or Budha any more than Cinderella or Snow White. 


I still don't see it as different than using Priest, Bishop, or even Bodhi as names. 


I second this. I also don't understand the fuzz (haha) about Cohen. I don't see it as all that different than using Bishop or something. But then again I think dancing around religion is weird (for instance I think it's a logically indefensible stance to be anti-circ except for Jews).  "God said so" is poor reasoning to me.  

ETA:  I meant to second Lin's first post. Also, I would't personally use Cohen because I'd like my child to have a more inconspicuous name, but I don't think using it for the sound is a terrible transgression. 

June 22, 2012 11:22 PM

I just don't get the Penelope love. It looks like it should be pronounced like cantaloupe to me. I think Tina Fey may have also given it a boost. 

June 13, 2012 12:43 AM

Ummm if you're Catholic you believe she did.  .  .