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Griffin



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:29 pm    Post subject: childhood nicknames Reply with quote

David,

Almost the reverse of that, I know a Pete... who was christened Pete and not Peter!!! Very confusing!

Bet with a grandma you always called her - Grandma! Nobody I know gets to call a grandma by any other name!!

James (not Jim you notice! Wink ) better he called you sweetpea, which is kind of sweet anyway, than Olive Oyl!
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gisele



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Griffin, I like my name too, wouldn't swap it for any other in the world! Now that I'm out of my teenage years, I don't have to worry about the unfortunate nicknames anymore, no more boys thinking they are soooo clever!

I have to agree with calling people by their proper names, I have a hard time when people insist on me using their nicknames. As I said before, my mother isn't one for nicknames and we were always taught to use proper names.

Having said that though, my opa and uncles all have shortened names, but I suspect that had more to do with the living in a country community in NZ, where dutch names weren't the norm. It was extremely unusual to come across anyone named Antonius (Tony), Wilhelmus (Wim) and Theodorus (Theo).
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Rainey



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a mother who thought long and hard about each of the names my children got, I'd agree that their full names are important for their lyricism and the associations they carry. However, and this is a BIG however, when we're giving these names that will last someone else for a lifetime, we don't yet know the people we give them to.

My youngest got other names added and subtracted to his given name as his personality developed and as each of us in the family interpreted it. The whole litany was Clayton Abbott Izzy Buster B Beers. And there was a Bud in there somewhere too. When he was old enough to start school it was his choice what he wanted to use and, even though he was registered by his given name, I made sure each of his teachers knew that we endorsed the name he wanted to be known by.

Maybe someday he'll be the dignified Clayton Abbott Beers I had in my mind. Maybe he'll want to use that name because he knows who each part of that represents and why those people are as special to us as he is. Maybe he won't (but he'll still know all that stuff). Right now he's got the name that he feels like and as someone who has rarely ever used her given name and feels like a "rainey", I think that's just about right. Wink
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gingerpale



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious-- can a parent legally change a minor's name, just like an adult can change his/her name?

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sweetbabyjames



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. As long as there's no notion of fraud.
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gisele



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually Rainey, I agree with you on that aspect too. My boyfriend's sister's name is Natasha, but she's more a Tash and that's what everyone calls. Her full name sounds too fussy for the person that she is.

My mum was one of those people that refused to think about names for her children until they were born. None of us had names for several days, or in one case weeks, until the right name came to her. We actually do the same with pets too.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my sister was born my mother was seriously considering naming her Dillys. However the woman in the next bed had chosen just that very name for her newborn daughter. My mother's roommate's name was Mrs. Pickles Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my sister was born my mother was seriously considering naming her Dillys. However the woman in the next bed had chosen just that very name for her newborn daughter. My mother's roommate's name was Mrs. Pickles Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once had a roomate whose last name was Threewitt--she was tired of the fun, of course. And one of the truly prettiest girls I've ever known was named Dorcas.

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Rainey



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, David! Parents like that should be shot!
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charlsy



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Want a nice example of parental "silliness" ? In France we now have the right to give any name with fancy, it's fairly recent, until a few years ago you had to pick a name on the calendar or have justification for an "ethnic" one (being breton, jewish, etc...). Some sea-lover had twin boys and called them Starboard and Lardboard (Babord and Tribord, in french).... It was legally accepted... Poor kids, imagine their school years...
For myself, I am a simple Sylvie, sometimes called Vivi by some family members when I was much younger. I do not like nicknames as a rule. I chose my son's names very carefully, he's Damien Kevin, and that's it. We use Damien, although I do have my own terms of endearment for him, he was my little shrimp (crevette), then kitten. Now he's taller than me, so I sometimes call him sweetheart, but usually it's just Damien. My mom was a Françoise, but everybody called her Zazou (a kind of french teenager like the mods in england, right after WWII). My sister is a Nathalie, so she became Nana. My brother is a Marc, can't do much with that, except maybe Marco ! His ex-wife, who's russian, called him Marcus sometimes.
The most colourful nicknames in my family were those of a cousin, called Eric, who used to wear horribly dilapidated shoes, so he became Tatane (old shoe), and my Grandma, who went by the sweet Marie Marguerite Clémence, but was called Flavie (flavius meaning blond in latin if I'm not mistaken). I also had a cousin named Jean-François, whose little brother called him YaYa ! The ugliest ? A little cousin, named Noélie after my maternal Gradma, her family calls her Nono !
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