1011: Baby Names

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Baby Names
I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee'.
Title text: I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee'.


The punchline for this one is in the title text as Renesmee is the name of Renesmee Cullen, who is the baby born in the book and movie, Twilight to parents Edward and Bella. Edward and Bella get "Renesmee" from an amalgamation of the names of Bella's mother, Renée, and Edward's adoptive mother, Esme.

Randall's point above stands. All those names are terrible, but not nearly as terrible as the name Renesmee.


[Cueball sits at a desk, thinking with his hand on his chin, his other hand holding a pen over a piece of paper. Megan stands behind him, looking over his shoulder, also with her hand on her chin.]
[Above the drawing is the list they are writing, in handwriting.]
Names for daughter
  1. Ponzi
  2. Eeemily
  3. Fire Fire
  4. Chipotla
  5. Astamouthe
  6. Eggsperm
  7. [sound of record scratch]
  8. Parsley
  9. Hot'n'Juicy Ann
  10. Ovary
  11. Friendly
  12. Sean (pronounced "seen")
  13. Joyst

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"Old lady" names like Edith or Margaret are also pretty awful for a girl. She's gonna have to live her early years with a name that makes her sound like she's 50. Davidy22[talk] 13:13, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

There's a young Margaret in A Wrinkle in Time. Also, I know a young woman named Margaret. However, I can hardly imagine a worse name than Bertha. Dfeuer (talk) 16:09, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Remember that they are only "Old Lady" names because they were popular baby names 50 years ago! In 50 years time people will say don't name your child Hunter! That's a grandpa name! (Yes people actually call their sons that!) --LostFire (talk) 09:54, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

I once met a man in his mid-50s named Austin. For half his life he got people commenting on how old-fashioned his name is, and for the other half he's gotten people saying when they saw his name on the list they were expecting a kid. 01:39, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

I'm from Brazil and I find interesting that the concept of names that makes children feel much older exists in other languages. 03:47, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

It's common to pretty much all cultures, name fads come and go. In Brazil, for example, you don't see many girls named "Lourdes", or old men named "Felipe". -- 15:18, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Interestingly this problem seems (to me) to be relatively unexistant in Poland. This seems to be helped by our attitude to name variants (i.e. considering them same name in most cases). 21:06, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
What... I'm from Poland and I think this does exist in Poland Take Stefan, Kasimierz, Władysław etc. I even found this article: http://www.edziecko.pl/ciaza_i_porod/1,79473,18054856,Helena__Aniela__Kazimierz_i_Wladyslaw__stare_imiona.html

I suspect "friendly" is so it would play out in introductions as such: "Nice to meet you. I'm friendly." -- 14:05, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Still can't think of a name dumber than 'Renesmee'. 'North West' comes close. 02:07, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

My friend married a man named "Durr." First child was named Kathy. I suggested Corianne for the second (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I have a friend who was briefly called Parsley. When she was born, her Grandfather got the call instead of her Grandmother, and reported that her name as "Parsley". He then went straight back to sleep, leaving the Grandmother quite frustrated. After reading this comic, she felt sort of famous. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)