February 08, 2008

Let's Make Fun Of Names

One of the most fun things about working for a social service agency is the names you run across in the clientele. I can't imagine what some of these parents were thinking when they named their little blossoms of life; perhaps that they would be blessed with the most unique name in all of the universe, and therefore would actually amount to something. But let me tell you this: no kid is going too far if s/he can't even spell his or her first name. And it's always the first name. The last name is always something like Smith or Jones. Here is what I came across today:

1. Meretisa - OK, everyone is going to call this girl Mary for short, so why all the bells and whistles?

2. Marisha - sounds like the stereotypical Asian pronunciation of Melissa

3. Shawndale - makes me think of a breed of dog

4. Luvrahsheda - Is this pronounced Love-Ra-Shee-Da with the emphasis on the first and third syllables? Or is the emphasis on the second and fourth syllables? Was Mama drunk when she came up with this name?

I'm wondering if Thurston Howell, III's wife was named Luvrahsheda, hence the nick-name Lovie.

What's your name? Can I make fun of it?

1 comment:

Meretisa said...

My name is Meretisa and yes, people often call me Mary. Which is quite irritating. Still, I used to be Melisa and people called me "Lois"!! I chose Meretisa after my divorce and it means (loosely) "Beloved Daughter of Isis". The "bells and whistles" are my spirituality.