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L
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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:

My mom had an uncle named "Maurice." It was pronounced "Morris."

Which to me (an Englishman) is exactly how I'd assume the name to be pronounced.
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Lainie
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Originally posted by L:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:

My mom had an uncle named "Maurice." It was pronounced "Morris."

Which to me (an Englishman) is exactly how I'd assume the name to be pronounced.
In the US, it's generally pronounced more-EESS, rather like the French pronunciation. If it weren't for my mom's uncle, I would never have thought of them as the same name. I didn't realize it was pronounced differently in England.

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SO has this friend who named his son Zultan.

Oddest one I've ever heard in RL.

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I worked with a guy named King Lear. Same place, same time frame, we had a King Hunt. Till then, I hadn't met anyone named King, and here I was with two of them.

I knew a guy who's first name was Lear. Turns out his mother's maiden name was O'Leary.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by L:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:

My mom had an uncle named "Maurice." It was pronounced "Morris."

Which to me (an Englishman) is exactly how I'd assume the name to be pronounced.
In the US, it's generally pronounced more-EESS, rather like the French pronunciation. If it weren't for my mom's uncle, I would never have thought of them as the same name. I didn't realize it was pronounced differently in England.
Now that's really weird. I just had the exact opposite experience this summer.

I had a client whose name was spelled "Maurice" but was pronounced "Morris." When my husband, who is from Bedfordshire in England, saw his name on my calendar and said (spelled phonetically), "[Moe-reese]? What kind of farmer is named [Moe-reese]?"

I told him it was pronounced "Morris" sometimes. He replied, "Not in England, it isn't.

Regional thing I suppose?

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L
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Possibly, I'm a northerner.
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quote:
Originally posted by 2ys4u:
SO has this friend who named his son Zultan.

Oddest one I've ever heard in RL.

Zoltan is a common name in Hungarian.

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quote:
Originally posted by Loyhargil:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by L:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:

My mom had an uncle named "Maurice." It was pronounced "Morris."

Which to me (an Englishman) is exactly how I'd assume the name to be pronounced.
In the US, it's generally pronounced more-EESS, rather like the French pronunciation. If it weren't for my mom's uncle, I would never have thought of them as the same name. I didn't realize it was pronounced differently in England.
Now that's really weird. I just had the exact opposite experience this summer.

I had a client whose name was spelled "Maurice" but was pronounced "Morris." When my husband, who is from Bedfordshire in England, saw his name on my calendar and said (spelled phonetically), "[Moe-reese]? What kind of farmer is named [Moe-reese]?"

I told him it was pronounced "Morris" sometimes. He replied, "Not in England, it isn't.

Regional thing I suppose?

I grew up thinking that it was pronounced the second way. It wasn't until I heard a British pronunciation of the name that I heard it as "Morris."

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...my mum always wanted to call her son Sioux (prnouced Sue)My dad vetoed that one.
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Probably a good idea. I am glad at least one of your parents pays attention to the wisdom of Shel Silverstein and Johnny Cash.

I didn't even know it was from a song. I never knew where she got it from, i always thought her first finacee had a native american thing or something, because orginally it was her and her first fiancee that came up with it. Now i know there was some method to her madness.

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Maurice Gibb (from the BEE GEE's) was pronounced Morris. I thought it was odd, or an Australian thing when I heard it.
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Kashmiere, FOR A BOY!

And yes, I saw it on Dr. Phil. The woman named her other son Alex. How's that for fair?

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My mother swears she had a friend name Tess who started going by Teresa after she became engage to a man named Dave Tickle.
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I couldn't believe it when I saw the name Toe-Knee today.

Wingéd "I hope her parents were podiatrists" Bear

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My great grandfather was named Orange John. He thusly named one of his sons John Orange. It was a traditiion that the first and middle names were switched at the birth of the first male in each succeeding generation. Fortunately, John Orange's son was named Dick.

Also, we had neighbors by the name of Hollister. When cleaning out their house after the spinster daughter passed on, we found court papers from the early 1900s which showed they had changed their name from Hollipeter to Hollister.

Finally, I went to school with twins by the name of Jerry & Terry Hickey. They also had sisters by the name of Pam and Renee Hickey. What a name to have to live by.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tilly:
My mother swears she had a friend name Tess who started going by Teresa after she became engage to a man named Dave Tickle.

Yep - she live(ed?)s in Christchurch, and now goes by the gaudy Tessa.

I know a chap who is straight, but is called Guy Ryder.

And a Richard (Dick) Stretch - he goes by his middle name Mark...

The there are the usernames that get assigned.

I had a Paula Wilcox, who ended up with the unfortunate WILCOXP.

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My aunt told me about someone she knew by the last name of "Hollerpeter" (similar to "Hollipeter" maybe)

I wonder if it's a common name in a particular country. Judging by the area of Michigan she's from, I'd guess Dutch.

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A favorite from a few years back:

http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=29&art_id=iol1096721177237A551

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I wonder if it's a common name in a particular country. Judging by the area of Michigan she's from, I'd guess Dutch.
Not very common in Holland I think... I never heard of anyone named Hollerpeter.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dutch Angua:
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I wonder if it's a common name in a particular country. Judging by the area of Michigan she's from, I'd guess Dutch.
Not very common in Holland I think... I never heard of anyone named Hollerpeter.
Probably German, but certainly not common. Peter Höller?
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Back to Urhines, if you change the last numbers of the url you do get different kids pics and names so it looks very legit. People should have to be trained in child care and buy a license before they can procreate! Poor baby!

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http://www.notwithoutmyhandbag.com/babynames/ very good website, don't know if anyone's mentioned it, but i'm currently too lazy to check back.

ps- newest baby i've run across- a girl named JahnJay, or something. pronounced john-jay.

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My brother's FIL is named Jack Frost. His wife is named Diane, so you would think it's cute, "Jack & Diane" (John Mellencamp song). But it gets better.

Instead of "Diane", she goes by "Dee". Get it? Dee Frost.

No kidding. I've known these folks for years.

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I had a teacher named Angel Barbee. I'm pretty sure there has been a doll by that name at some point.
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quote:
Originally posted by Bad Ronald:
Urhines Kendall Icy Eight Special K

I don't get it.
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My great-grandmother's given name was Virginia Furlow. She was named Furlow because she was concieved while her father was on furlough during the Civil War. I'm sure her father thought it was funny but my mother said that great-grandma wasn't happy about it. Great-grandfather must have liked the name though because although he refered to her as Ginnie when he wrote to his sister the letters he wrote to his wife started "My Dearest Furlie".
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My mom's cousin married a guy with the last name Mouse. They ended up naming their kid Minnie, because it was a family name on my mom's cousin side, and also her mother insisted on on it. That poor kid.

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My friend's cousin (who we suspect is trying to win a "Whose kids have the most ghetto names" contest) has a toddler named Courvasier and a baby named Cash-Monet. All I can do is shake my head.

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She's probably winning that contest. If I wanted to come up with a name for use in a parody film of some sort, I couldn't do better than those two.

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Nixon:
quote:
Originally posted by Bad Ronald:
Urhines Kendall Icy Eight Special K

I don't get it.
Boy, after a year, I had to remember myself! Let's see...snopes posted a comment and a link about the veracity of a child named Urhines Kendall Icy Eight Special K . Someone asked what the last name was - and was asked "Did it matter?" Someone else then asked, "What was the first name?" and I, missing the snarkiness of the comment, answered. I assumed the questioner couldn't open the link and I tried to be helpful. Thus, my original post on this thread. Hope that helps!

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Okay, this is not a baby name, but a family one. It seems that Leiah LUST is running for office in the county south of me.

So I see all these signs that say, "Elect LUST!".

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"Lust for power" would be a better slogan [Big Grin]

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quote:
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Ever hear of Jim Hogg, former governor of Texas? He named his only daughter "Ima."

I knew some people from around here (southern oklahoma) that named their twin daughters Ima and Ura. Their last name was HOGG. hehe, that's awful. I also remember a man with the last name of Buzydragus (Say it out loud...Buzzy Drag Ass.) hehe

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When I was in primary school, a boy in my class was named Geetheeka. The name was no problem- it was a traditional name from his family's tribe, I believe. The problem was that 7 year olds couldn't get their tongues around it, so we shortened it and he was stuck being called 'Git' for years.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by TB Tabby:
Ever hear of Jim Hogg, former governor of Texas? He named his only daughter "Ima."

I knew some people from around here (southern oklahoma) that named their twin daughters Ima and Ura. Their last name was HOGG. hehe, that's awful. I also remember a man with the last name of Buzydragus (Say it out loud...Buzzy Drag Ass.) hehe
Nice try, dear, but if you'd bothered to check this very site, you'd see that the UL you're claiming personal experience with was debunked decades ago.
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