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    A real life name story about easily-misunderstood names

    A few nights ago, at a cocktail party, I was talking to a guy who I thought had introduced himself as Ryan. Didn't think much about it at the time. It was the noisy sort of party where you spend a lot of time shouting "what??" at each other. Anyways, I overheard Ryan introducing himself to someone else, and he said "It's Rhine...like the river." Well my ears perked up at that, and then he went on to spell it...turns out it's Rhyne. Irish, don't know the meaning, his parents got it from a baseball player for the Cubs (I think).

    So I had to ask him, what's it like having such a unique and easily-misunderstood name?

    "I love it, I wouldn't have it any other way," he said. "It's changed my life."

    He went on to say how many conversations it's sparked, how those conversations have become friendships that might not have happened if curiosity had not been piqued. He said it's made him more easy-going (having to be OK with people constantly mispronouncing it), and able to speak up for himself (correcting others when needed). Of course, as he's had his name his entire life, these traits could have arisen from nature/nurture, but I thought it was so interesting that he attributed them directly to his name.

    Just a little insight for those who are considering unique, personal, but easily-misunderstood names!
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    Interesting... but I don't think it's Irish.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    Interesting... but I don't think it's Irish.
    Very well may not be, it's just what he said =P I asked about the meaning but he didn't know it, and NB doesn't have any meaning listed. He said his parents chose it because of the baseball player, and because it was a different take on Ryan.
    Current favorites: Olive, Louise/Louisa, Magdalene/Madeline, Phillipa, Talitha, Mallory, Blythe, Eliza, Mercy, Talia; Calvin, Charles, Gideon, Abram, Jude, Reuben, George, Reid, Clark, Holden.

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    It's lovely story and shows how every name could be wearable, just with the right person.
    Sorry for bad English, I am from other country

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    Quote Originally Posted by theclocktowerofjoy View Post
    It's a lovely story and shows how every name could be wearable, just with the right person.
    Very true. But quoting r_j, I believe it would be much different if the gentleman didn't have some very famous things to compare it with! I'm glad he found joy in his unique name.

    @ aurra ~ Christine/Kristine, Christina/Kristina, Christiana, Kristen, Christy/Kristy, Chrissy/Krissy, and Kiersten have always been so hard for me to keep straight! There are just so many females with the name across each generation, that it is so very difficult! Because of this, I'm normally not a big fan of this set, but somehow Christiana always stood out to me. She was Christian's wife in Pilgrim's Progress I would only ever do that as a middle name, tho, to eliminate such confusion.
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    O Lord, our Lord,
    how excellent is thy NAME in all the earth!
    who hast set thy glory above the heavens ~
    Psalm 8:1

    "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful.. enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Matt 25:23.. We will miss you dearly, Rollo

    Nadia Clarice, Adelaide Susanne
    Gabriel Patrick, Corbin Tobiah

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