names we dislike

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  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    I had a lot of Asian exchange students in my business grad student classes, and most of them had American names (no Brians that I knew of, actually). There was a Tom and a Victoria, and one kid who went by "Ig" who may or may not have renamed himself that. I always wondered what thought process went into giving yourself a new first name for your time in a different country. Many (myself included) offered to try to pronounce their real first names a few times but they always politely declined, which made it far easier for everyone.

    in my experience it's always brian or david. i find it annoying especially since these names are not even american. the only american names are pocahantas, geronimo, and such.
     


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    you can't pronounce it in english. the french is zah-vee-eh. the spanish is hah-bee-air, with a hard 'r'. the basque, i believe, is chah-vee-air. if you can't say it like that, don't bother. your mother's name is ee-vet-ah. please don't say 'uh'. and ya-vet-uh is not less correct, it's completely incorrect.
    Wouldn't the Xavier (ha-bee-air), be Catalan? Spanish would be Javier? C'mon man. Prof X is named Xavier.
     


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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    Wouldn't the Xavier (ha-bee-air), be Catalan? Spanish would be Javier? C'mon man. Prof X is named Xavier.

    the name is originally basque. javier is the castillian spelling (castellano). i don't know how they spell it in catalan or if they use the name at all.

    i believe the reason xavier exists at all in english speaking countries is because there was a french saint named francois xavier, so catholics from other countries picked up the name.
     


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    Britalian Senior member

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    Benjamin (Ben is passable)
    Brad, bruce, Skip etc
    Also the American fondness for numbers and an initial initial: P Johnathon Katzenburger III, or a second initial, come to think of it. Pass the sick bag. Always a source of great amusement for many Brits.
     


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    tiecollector Senior member

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    Benjamin (Ben is passable)
    Brad, bruce, Skip etc
    Also the American fondness for numbers and an initial initial: P Johnathon Katzenburger III, or a second initial, come to think of it. Pass the sick bag. Always a source of great amusement for many Brits.


    One initial is Ludacris. Two, on the other hand, is awesome! Do Brits not do the numbering thing? They reserve that for monarchy?
     


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    Reggs Senior member

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    People named Robert tend to be very angsty. People named Chris tend to be very ordinary.
     


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    tiecollector Senior member

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    Does anyone think that their names do not suit them? I think I look like what my name is.
     


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    the name is originally basque. javier is the castillian spelling (castellano). i don't know how they spell it in catalan or if they use the name at all.

    i believe the reason xavier exists at all in english speaking countries is because there was a french saint named francois xavier, so catholics from other countries picked up the name.


    Sha-vee-air, like Xabi Alonso. Although I find this "you can only say it like the Basque (or the French or the Spanish)" a little stupid, as by this logic you could ONLY say it with the original pronunciation. It was absorbed into French and Spanish lexicons, why not American English?
     


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    Wouldn't the Xavier (ha-bee-air), be Catalan? Spanish would be Javier? C'mon man. Prof X is named Xavier.

    Heh, I have a cousin named Xavier, and we've always called him "X." If he ever becomes a teacher (doubtful), we'll just have to call him Professor X.
     


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    Sha-vee-air, like Xabi Alonso. Although I find this "you can only say it like the Basque (or the French or the Spanish)" a little stupid, as by this logic you could ONLY say it with the original pronunciation. It was absorbed into French and Spanish lexicons, why not American English?

    This is one of my pet peeves. When people try to pronounce foreign words in foreign accents. I like going to different countries and have them pronounce my name with an accent.
     


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    Some Chinese folks I know love to put the word "Rich" in their whelps' names- because they're "rich" see?! And I'm talking about you, you bunch of dumbass cousins-in-law! The old man named his two sons Richmond and Richie and now the male grandsnots are named Richwin (WTF?!), Richard.... I HATE YOUR NAMES!
     


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    CK!! My name is SO on the original list, lol. I have noticed that often in movies/tv the people who have my name are either assholes or gay. Sometimes they're gay assholes. They are typically good looking however [​IMG] . I don't like the names Larry, Carl, Chuck, Charlie, Charles, Sal (ewwww), Fred, Blair, Barney...
     


  13. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Some Chinese folks I know love to put the word "Rich" in their whelps' names- because they're "rich" see?! And I'm talking about you, you bunch of dumbass cousins-in-law! The old man named his two sons Richmond and Richie and now the male grandsnots are named Richwin (WTF?!), Richard.... I HATE YOUR NAMES!
    Why can't you just all call them "Dick?"
     


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    chronoaug Boston Hipster (Dropkick Murphy)

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    Aalyiah, iliayah, aleya and the millions of different ways i've seen that fucking name spelled. I swear to god, i get a different spelling every day at work, not to mention all the different ways to spell lakeesha.
     


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    Aalyiah, iliayah, aleya and the millions of different ways i've seen that fucking name spelled. I swear to god, i get a different spelling every day at work, not to mention all the different ways to spell lakeesha.

    Take any name previously mentioned and add a "-tayshawn" suffix.
     


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