A Conversation for How Not to Name Children

The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 21

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Similar to the young "Master Bates", son of U.S. Bates in the Jackie Gleason - Richard Pryor comedy, The Toy.


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 22

mini_one

i met a couple called Barry & Cheri Shari.


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 23

AmericanJodie

I have a similar story. I went to high school with a girl named Anita Harer. I went to my 10 year reunion this year to learn that she has since become Anita Weiner. All I could do was laugh at the poor girl. She did NOT make it to the reunion, however.smiley - biggrin


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 24

U3938817

I have to mention (in the context of American versus British perceptions of what makes a word or name funny) the TV series "Mork and Mindy", which screened in Britain at tea-time on Sundays in the late seventies.

Mindy, who befriends hapless alien Mork (well, Robin Williams was born Scottish, so the USA must have been like Mars to him while he was growing up)in the city of Boulder, Colorado, has a landlord. Our British ears could not believe the name.

(NB - for "VV" below read "W". Dratted filter.)

Mr VVANKER.

What? Don't the Americans have our swear words? Don't they understand the meaning of the transitive verb "to vvank" or the implications of being called a vvanker?

Evidently not... but did I mention the Robin Williqams, being Scottish by birth, would know what a vvanker was, and from the way he and Mindy repeatedly intone the word with brie and joy and relish, he evidently tipped off his co-star that the landlord character might as well have been called mr Jerk-Off or Mr Masturbator...

Granada eventually broadcast a warning before screening the show....


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 25

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA 21 July, 1951.


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 26

U3938817

No kidding? I heard it was Edinburgh, and his family moved to the USA when he was about eight - also that he based Mrs Doubtfire on an elderly Scottish relative!


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 27

U3938817

Hmm... The Guide entry A14449115 says "Robin McLaurin Williams was born on 21 July, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, of Welsh and Scottish ancestry". so at least I waasn't imagining the Scottish bit... but I'm sure he was born a kiltie or at the very least lived there for a while as a kid.


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 28

Geggs

While not quite as bad as some of the married names here described, I did once know a woman by the name of Helena Hellendorn. She had married Mr Hellendorn some years previously.


Geggs


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 29

PonderingStudent

There are always the problems of hyphenation. Being somewhat of a feminist, my mother wanted to hypenate her name with my father's when they married. However, they decided Dix-Fox was perhaps not a great combination!smiley - smiley


The unexpected pitfalls of wedlock

Post 30

towel42- the antisocial socialist

My sister is getting married, and her name will be Paige Turner.


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