Shakespeare said that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I agree. Names don't determine scent. However, sometimes brutal names really do make or break a person.
A few years back there was a big story about how some parents in China wanted to their baby @. When I was a teenager, I heard about a family in Quebec who almost named their daughter Spatula. And finally, there was a girl from New Zealand whose parents wanted to name her "Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii". Luckily for her, the judge in her custody case made her a ward of the state so that her name could be changed. But there are other names that people don't necessarily get to change until they are legally old enough.
Here is a list of real names of people according to a website I read:
A. Nicholas Fivepennies
Jan U. Wharry
Victor E. Lane
Zack Lee Wright
The Huffington Post did an article on horrible names of politicians, where, among others, the names Ryan Fattman, Krystal Ball, Frank Schmuck, Ben Bushyhead and Dick Swett were the people running to gain your trust and your vote. :)
Elias Canetti said "People’s fates are simplified by their names."
When my husband and I were looking at different names for our baby boy, man, was that a difficult task! It's hard to find something that is not weird, something that they will be able to spell, something that doesn't rhyme with swear words, etc. We finally settled on Jacob, probably because it's the only one we both could agree on! Hopefully one day he will thank us for having a simple name.
So what about you? Do you love the name that your parents gave you? And what is the weirdest name you've ever heard in real life?
Until next time, have an excellent day, all!