Category: weird baby names
Those are a few that perennially befuddle us. Even when we know how to pronounce them, we forget, or we encounter someone who pronounces them the other way.
Which name pronunciations are you unsure of? Either because the spellings are confusing, or because they’re pronounced different ways by different people, or because the pronunciations are counterintuitive, or you’re not familiar with their native cultures…..or, whyever.
We’ll try to help identify the correct pronunciations, and if we’re not sure, we can help each other!
We couldn’t resist this question on the forums: Which names do you wish you were brave enough to use?
Names you love….except nobody else does?
Names that are cool….but maybe a little too quirky?
Lovely literary names….with dark stories behind them?
By Andrew Osterdahl
While modern celebrity couples like Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Kanye and Kim have given us unusually named offspring (North West, anyone?), strangely named public figure are nothing new, as my site, The Strangest Names in American Political History illustrates. For the past fourteen years I’ve been collecting and categorizing instances of curiously named American political figures, and I established this blog in July of 2011.
You may be wondering “Can there really be that many instances of strangely named politicians?” As I’ve stumbled upon upwards of 3,500 names in the past decade (as well as the 400+ profiles on the site that I’ve written in the past three years), the answer is an unequivocal yes!
Over on the message boards, Yael asks: What’s your strangest, craziest name crush?
We love this question — thanks, Yael! — and so we’re opening it to the wider group.
What name do you love that just doesn’t make sense? What weird and wonderful name speaks to your heart, even when your mind says no no no?
Can you make any sense of your wacky name crush? Or would you just blame baby name craziness?
The British are known as much for their eccentricity as for their conventionality, two stereotypes evidenced in the names from the recent birth announcements in the London Telegraph.
Sometimes, the two images cross, with the same eccentric (to American ears, at least) names being used so often they begin to feel conventional. The first three months of 2014, for instance, seem to be rife with girls named Matilda and Ottilie and boys named every variation of Fred: Frederick and Wilfred and Alfred and Freddie.
But what we’re focusing on today are the truly eccentric names, the one-offs and the unusual choices that may prove fashion forward or may just be evidence of the infamous British wackiness. These eccentric new names fall into several different camps.
The first and largest might be thought of as the mainstream eccentric British names, such as: