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posted 1 Feb 2013, 09:17 by Mark Kirby   [ updated 1 Feb 2013, 13:07 by Tony Kirby ]
Have plenty I could be doing at work right now but no motivation... so thought I would share something else I saw today. 

Relating back to Ma's old post (or maybe that was in the days of the email) about obscure baby names, saw a good article on the BBC

Strange names are nothing new, he says. Census records in the 18th and 19th Centuries revealed people named King's Judgement,Noble Fall and Cholera Plague.

"In all, there have been 20 people namedNoun, 458 named Comma, 18 called Periodbut only one called Semicolon."

Getting on to more risque territory, Ima and Wanna are also popular, especially with surnames like Mann, Hoare or Pigg, he says. More offensive names have also been allowed. (I can hear Moe taking one of Bart Simpsons prank calls and saying, "Please everyone I want to see Ima Pigg")

Also, a few names in America... 

  • Female
  • Enamel
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard M Mustard (my favourite)
  • Vagina
  • Mutton
  • Post Office
  • ...and others too obscene to mention
Dad here, in NZ we usually get names like Chardonnay or or Pinot but more irritatingly names like Fury and Storm given by parents whose parenting ensures that they live up to them. Many others are hilarious because the parent spelled them wrong but then has to insist that they are correct for...let's see.. 20 (parents age at birth) plus the rest of the parent's life...maybe the next sixty years. Examples Micheal, Suzzanne and Loise/Loyse(Louise). In Blenheim I taught Tim Mato (no-one else made the connection) and Sunny Sunbeam.