Quirky names revealed ….

 In my lifetime, I’ve encountered several people who have ………. shall we say, interesting names. Was having dinner with a friend back from overseas & she proclaimed that she was now a grand aunt. Her grand nephew’s name is Damien Achilles K*****. How quirky is that?

The first name, Damien, is already invoking scenes of havoc & destruction in my mind. After all this is the first name sported by the sinister child of the devil in the 1976 horror classic, The Omen  (There’s a remake but its not worth mentioning).   Sadly, but not surprisingly, Damien Achilles’ mum has had to bear the brunt of tasteless & cruel jokes about whether her son was born on the 6th of June 2006 (666 – being the number of the devil incarnate) – Scary!

 FYI, the name bears the meaning of ‘to tame, to subdue’. Yikes……… even scarier! ……………..Hmm..  any regrets, mum? 

Talk about double jeopardy. The child’s second name is Achilles – Remember, the expression ‘Achilles’ Heel’. It has come to represent someone’s weakness. In Greek mythology, Achilles’ mum dipped him into the magical River Styx to make him invincible. She held him by the ankles so that the river water could run over his body. However, the heel area where his mother held him was not touched by the water. This part of the anatomy has since been referred to a weak point as Achilles was killed by a poisoned arrow shot into his heel. Interesting though the story may be, I wonder how a Malaysian child would be able to relate to being named after a Greek warrior (with a vulnerable heel…to add to that!). And, we haven’t even started exploring the possibility of people mispronouncing his name i.e. massacring  Achilles – with a ch’ sound as in chin instead of a k sound. (Check out this link, if you’re not sure of the pronunciation)

I really don’t know how parents can think up of such quirky names. Is it for the amusement of it? Is it to try to be different from everyone else? Is it for the meaning behind the name? 

I’ve read that some parents like to name their children after their favorite cars i.e. Mercedez, Porsche, or favorite football players like Beckham even. Perhaps, parents secretly harbour hopes that their children’s lives will mimic the success or popularity of personages or objects that they’re named after. OK!  I understand if you want to name your child after a favorite person, but an object?!! Gosh – it is turning out to be a branding exercise instead of a naming exercise. Dunno.    

I’m sure all parents mean well when naming their children. Unfortunately,  it really is the children who will suffer at the end of the day. They end up  being the butt of people’s jokes, being victims of mispronunciation to their names, etc. Sigh….. the consolation is that the kid can always have an ALIAS when he or she grows up I suppose …..

Before I end, there’re 2 more people I’ve met with quirky names…. they are Darling & Moonlake. I kid you not.

  • Darling T*% – She was a University mate of mine. It always cracked us up when her boyfriend called after her in the lecture hall…  “Hey, Darling (pun intended, of course) – I’ve managed to book us a seat here……….”
  • Moonlake L** – Moonlake was a Hong Kong based colleague of mine in the stockbroking firm that I was working in, years ago. One thing I notice about the Honkeys, they tend to come up with English names that share similar meanings to their Chinese names hence, the quirkiness.

I’m sure everyone has encountered someone or other with a quirky name at least once in their lifetime. One thing is for sure – those with ‘unique’ names will always be deeply entrenched in our minds….  and forever remembered!

p.s. Maybe that’s what the parents are looking for………… 


In response to Pink Jeans’ comment regarding quirky celebrity offspring names…. Yes, she is indeed correct in saying that they ‘take the biscuit’ in being the most quirky … check them out here.



10 responses to “Quirky names revealed ….

  1. Remember in school there was this pair of twins called Tinkerbell and Moonlake Love? Yes, another Moonlake! I also have a friend whose son is called Hagrid. His father gave him that name; what in the world was going through his mind?? But nothing beats this….my friend told me of a girl she met in Hong Kong by the name of Anus! Pronounced as how we would too! And this friend’s name? Million…and her sister is called Trillion…

  2. Imagine Anus met and married a guy named Dick?!

  3. While on the subject of weird names; I have come across –

    A girl in Hong Kong named “Money”
    A kid in Singapore called “Ocean”
    A Thai named “Major”
    A Kerala lass called “Pretty”
    A Malaysian badminton player called “Remember” and her surname was Ngoh.

  4. Pink Jeans/ Asme: Wow what a treasure trove of quirky names….ahahahahaahah!

    Asme: Yes, if Anus married Dick, wonder what they’ll call their offsprings… you know what, I DON”T EVEN WANT TO KNOW!!!!

  5. Oh, by the way, the car Mercedes Benz was actually named after a girl…I think it was Karl Benz’s daughter. So, Mercedes is legitimately a girl’s name. For quirkiness, names of celebrities’ offspring take the biscuit, man…the list is endless!

  6. LOL!!! What a coincidence!! It was as if you read my mind this week!

    A friend just told me, she will name her daughter a Thai name… and both parents are not even 0.01% Thai.. so, I advise, you better not put “korn”, “porn” or “torn” in the name.. we don’t even know the meaning, even if it is good.. so imagine naming her – unikorn, popkorn, ice cream korn.

    Since we are in construction line, perhaps we can name our kid subkorn or korntra.


  7. Pink Jeans: Oh… so the girl was named Mercedez first eh, then the car! Interesting! It’s a pretty common name for South American lasses too, no?

    As for celebrity offsprings, Tomkat named their daughter SURI, somehow, SURI RUMAHTANGGA keeps popping into my mind…… AHAHAHAAHAH!!!!!!!

    Gina: Hey, great minds think alike…..

    To add to your korn / porn list…. maybe korntrol, pornstan, pornstar ……. AHAHAHHH!!!!

  8. I couldn’t resist adding to this Thai exchange. My brother had a domestic help called Supaporn (wow!) and while we are on the subject of help, my last one had a name pronounced as “Mee Siam”. LOL..

  9. Hahha!!!! Talking about domestic help…. my friend ‘s domestic help name is Ani… so one night, he called up to his wife, “HONEY…” and this Ani darted out from her room and said, “ya tuan…”…

    It gave him the creeps. So, from that day onwards, he started to call her Annie. Hahaha!

    And, a friend’s family has three little children called, Kah Hei, Kah Meng and Kah Kei. And their maid’s name is Kah Si.

    Hhahahahahahhahahahhah!!! One bit happy family!!! LOL!

  10. Pink Jeans: Double WOW to Supaporn…. Hope she does not live up to her name!!!! Ahahahahaha

    Gina: ….. I guess your friend’s probably getting a phobia of being violated while sleeping when wifey’s not around … AHAHAHAAHAHAH

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