If you give your kid a kooky name, there'd better be a story behind it. "You see, we named her Veniss because she was conceived in a pensione outside Venice. But Tyler's grandmother just died and her name was Missy and we wanted to honor her memory. And then I thought…Veniss! Plus the name has Macedonian roots, and I'm Macedonian!"
My mother-in-law works at a hospital and just told me about newborn twins named Lemonjello and Orangejello.
I dunno, I think Chair is kind of an awesome name.
And the endless Rubies and Sebastians and Claras now that my cohort has offspring - that's pure middle/upper-middle fake-fancy right there...if there's anything more class-marked than wanting your kids to sound like they come from some nebulously Belle Epoque children's book, I don't know what it is.
The original intent of "E" was that she could decide what it stood for. ... Once you name your first kid E, the pressure is on. You can't just name the second one "John" unless you are conducting a controlled experiment on sibling differences. I had wanted to give our boy an ethnically ambiguous name to challenge assumptions about race and assimilation.
"There's lots of ways to spell it," I explained. "Why do you want to change your name? Don't you like being unique? Don't you like that your name made you famous?"
She kept her maiden name on marriage for professional reasons. The kids have her name, not the dad's, even though they were very much married at the time. Yes, that gives you a very accurate picture of their now-dead marriage.
And Forrest Gump came out when I was in middle school, which was its own special kind of hell. Still comes up 20 years later.
The frequent occurrences of Hansen as a surname outside Denmark, Norway and Schleswig-Holstein* is due to immigration, though immigrants to English-speaking countries often changed the spelling to match the English lastname: Hanson in order to accommodate English orthographic rules.
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