Thursday, December 02, 2004

We celebrated "Strange Names Day"

Maybe you missed it. Tuesday was, and evermore shall be on the last Tuesday in November, Strange Names Day.

It all started when Darren Marlar and I were a little taken aback by the names actress Julia Roberts bestowed on her newborn twins: Hazel and Phinneas.

Then there are some of the other names of celebrity offspring, like:

--Coco(daughter of Courtney Cox and David Arquette)
--Magnus (kid to Will Ferrel)
--Indiana August (kid of Casey Afleck)
--Rumor, Scout (children of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore)
--Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow’s baby)
--Romeo (son of Jon Bon Jovi)

So, we opened the phone lines for listeners to call in with strange or just unusual names...and we got a slew of them. Some were names of the callers themselves; some were names they had named their own children, others were names of relatives or acquaintances.

As you can see, "strange" or "unusual" doesn't have to mean "ugly" (and isn't ugly just a matter of opinion, anyway? I'm sure Julia thinks Hazel is a lovely name, or she wouldn't have given it to her child.)

Anyway, here are some that were called in:

--Kandra (can-drah)
--Sherese (shah-reese) named for Cyd Charrise
--Shayleigh (Shay-lee)
--Paige Turner
--Odetta Pearl
--Anita Shower (this is her MARRIED name, by the way – she chose not to keep her maiden name, and ended up with this one!)
--Rainy Shower (believe it or not, daughter of Anita Shower)
--Ori (No surprise, gets called “Oreo” quite often...but named for the Patrick Swayze character, Orry Mains, in "North and South")
--Tindle (A woman’s middle-name)
--Xne (pronounced Zyne – like Sign)
--Holly Wood
--Sandy Hare
--Candy Barr
--Dartagnan (All for one, and one for all!--this is the 2-year-old son of a listener who called in)
--Candy Cane (The Science teacher of one of our listeners)

Got any you'd like to add to the list?

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