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The Black Guardian

Location: Paragon City, RI
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Bk Ray

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Subj: Re: Baby names
Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 at 08:41:18 am CST (Viewed 499 times)
Reply Subj: Baby names
Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 at 11:55:11 am CST (Viewed 454 times)

    Me: 'So you called her Aurora, right? After the northern lights, that's quite deep.
    Her: What's the Northern Star?
    Me: The northern lights, they are called Aurora, you named your daughter after them? The lights are supposed to be beautiful.
    Her: No mate, you're wrong. She's a Disney Princess.
    Me: Uh, okay (pause) think I'm going to check in with Dave now.

    Seriously thou, don't people know what they are actually calling their kids?


Frankly, I find most people really don't know or care what their names mean. At best, they just follow whatever naming zeitgeist seems to be running and judge purely on the sound.

Aurora, the Disney Princess, has been in popular culture for long enough (1959). Why give a damn if a bunch of 16th century scientists decided to name the phenomenon "aurora." Before that, Aurora was the Roman goddess of the dawn. It is the Roman word for "dawn." But yeah, I'd expect a parent to at least inform themselves, just for their own education. Most really don't though. Whatever.

My sister named my niece something that I occasionally cringe about what's going to happen, but mostly, I think it's really a beautiful name. Her entire name, except for surname, is completely made up and has never been used by anyone, ever, in the history of history.

Her given name could, in some circles (if your mind even goes there), be considered a stripper name, and that's what I cringe about. But eff that! Her given name seems to be made from an existing name, with the beginning cut off and something similar to "princess" tacked on. And "princess" is sort of the theme. My niece had a hysterical meltdown when she was 4 or so and learned she was not true royalty.

Her middle name was created in the same manner simply because my sister wanted her to have a name that started with an O, so her initials would spell "POW." No, it's not Ororo, but I did suggest that when my sister was fishing for names.

So far, it hasn't seemed to hurt my niece any. It's been a source of empowerment, if anything. She's got friends. She's an honour role student. Of course, she's not a teen yet. So who knows what the future holds.

Even my name is extremely strange. While I've heard of a few guys with it, I've also heard a few women with it, including one pornstar. No one has ever been able to tell me why me or my father was given the name. My grandparents just liked the sound. They didn't know what it meant, and didn't even recall the inspiration. And my surname is one of the least common on the planet. Even in Italy (its origin), there are only about a score people with it.

I sometimes wonder if anyone has named their kid Drizzt (pronounced drizzit, of course! KIDDING) or some Klingon word. Kudos, if they did. Hmm... says there have been a few.

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