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Apr. 26th, 2011

02:51 pm - City baby names

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http://www.seattlepi.com/comics-and-games/fun/Hi_and_Lois/2011-04-26/

One popular baby-naming fad is to name the baby after a city, such as Brooklyn, Madison, Orlando, Dallas, Charlotte, or Aspen. (Those are the names listed in the cartoon linked above; funny, but I coulda sworn "Madison" and "Charlotte" were well-established girl's names.)

What would be the worst town to name a baby after? My vote: Cut and Shoot, TX.

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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 26th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Among U.S. towns, I nominate Hell, MI, and Deadhorse, AK. And "Brainerd" is likely to get your kid bullied, too.

"Charlotte" has definitely been around long (consider the Bronte sister) and was probably a first name before it ever became a town. "Madison" had gained much popularity in the last quarter-century. I don't know anyone named Orlando except in fiction. "Brooklyn" and "Dallas" are utterly unknown to me as first names. "Aspen" is actually rarer than I realized when I named my cartoon snake, which is why readers sometimes get her gender wrong even knowing her name.
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From:captpackrat
Date:April 26th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I think the worst town to name a baby after would be Fucking, Austria.

Or maybe Dildo, Newfoundland.
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From:nefaria
Date:April 26th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
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My vote is Boring, OR. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boring,_Oregon

Poor kid would never get a date.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 27th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I made the same suggestion, but for some reason my reply didn't get thru screening. I also suggested Deadhorse, AK.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 27th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I see what happened. You included a link in your comment, and ran afoul of LiveJournal's aggressive new anti-spam measures. I've unspammed it, and I turned off the option on my LJ to autoscreen spam (which was ON by DEFAULT, GEE THANKS for TELLING ME, LJ).
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 27th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I suspected that reason. Glad to know you haven't flagged me in particular for screening.
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From:darksasami
Date:April 27th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
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Charlotte is a well-established name from the 1700s, yes. But Madison...well, Madison is a bit different.

Madison was completely unknown as a girl's name until 1984. Before about 1950, it was an common boy's name, but it died out, the way names do. Then, in 1984, despite Tom Hanks protesting that it wasn't a name, Daryl Hannah's character in the film Splash named herself Madison after a street sign on the famous avenue--and the rest is baby name history. In 1985, it was the #2 name for a girl in the United States.

I take comfort and joy in the fact that, ultimately, every girl and woman under the age of 27 who bears the given name Madison is named after some damp girl Tom Hanks found wandering naked under the Statue of Liberty.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 27th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah! I remember that now.
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From:michaelmink
Date:April 27th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
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I think Charlotte, NC is named for the consort of King George III. So in a way it comes full circle.

The only Dallas I can recall is Dallas Green, the ex-manager of the Mets and Phillies. I know quite a few Orlandoes.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 27th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Then you're ahead of me in name experience. I don't know any Brooklyns, either. But I created an Aspen for "Downscale" without realizing it was too rare to indicate gender.
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From:just_the_ash
Date:April 27th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Truth or Consequences, AZ, would be kind of a bummer as a name too.
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