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Old 03-07-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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Just got a new student today. His name is King. Now every time I see or say his name, it will sound more like a royal title to his last name instead of an actual first name!

I’ve seen plenty of other strange names throughout my 25+ year career, including:

Silver (a boy, mind you)
E-mail (no joke! this was in the mid-90’s when e-mail communication just started taking off)
Zizzazzine (really? that many z’s packed into just one name?)
Tequila (okaaaaaaay.......)
Benjaporn (ok, so she was a foreign exchange student, but still...having “porn” in your name just doesn’t quite roll off the tounge very nicely)
Love (nice sentiment, but still kinda strange)
Anakin (wow! this kid will have to live his entire life knowing he is named after one of the darkest movie characters of all time!)

What are some of more unual student names everyone has come across, past or present?


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Benjaporn....!!!!

I think the strangest I’ve come across so far is Breezy.
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Sky. And his sister is Heaven.

And this year- Princess. hmmmm...
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The girl was an echange student from Thailand. Perhaps there it is a common name, but I always had a hard time pronouncing it with a straight face.
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In Ghana, I had a girl named Sweetmother.

In the US:

-SweetPea and Huckleberry (sister & brother). Sweetpea changed her name to Ellen the minute she turned 18.
-Harry (not a strange name, but unfortunately his last name was Bun. And there was a teacher at a nearby school named Harry Goon)
-Michael Michael. They called him Ditto.
-Perley. It is actually an old fashioned New England name. Also Carroll (boy), Forrest, and Sawyer.
-Princess and Precious (sisters)


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A former co-worker's husband named their son Score because he was into sports. I said it would be poetic justice if boy ended up into music instead and still be appropriate for score.

A couple at church have a son named Major.
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Probably Abcde. It was
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Pronounced Absiddy. She was only here one year.
One I hated to say when I did student teaching was Malvena Funk.
Had a Queen Esther.

I never knew this one, but think it's the strangest I've ever heard of is Trout Fishing In America. There was an article in the paper many years ago about someone who legally changed their name to that.
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Too funny!

The strangest name I have ever seen was "German Bastard". That really was the guy's name, I kid you not. He was not a student of mine, but when I was a college student answering phones in a municipal court call center, he wanted to look up the cost of his speeding ticket. He pronounced it the French way (Huuur-maaahn Bas-tarred) but he spelled it "German Bastard". Lo and behold, he was in our computer system and that was his real name.

I can just imagine the cop who wrote out the ticket thinking, "That German Bastard was driving 80 in a 40 mph zone!"


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Our Kindergarten names get weirder and weirder every year. This year, there is a "Striker" and a "Sprinter." Like a pp said, I feel like these kids are doomed to not fulfill the athletic dreams their parents clearly have . There is also a "Jagger" and I have a student whose name is truly just a weird collection of letters- like nothing I've ever seen/heard before (no, he's not from another country). It's so unique that I'm afraid to post the exact name- that would out me for sure!
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:39 PM
 
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Harmony and Destiny. They were relatively harmonious but their destiny it seems, was to end up as teen mothers

I taught a boy named Starion - I am still not sure what his parents were aiming for when they called him that. At the same school were Diesel, Nitrate and Daytona (Nitrate was the sister) Very dysfunctional family - not a happy situation at all.

Of course in NZ we had a court case around a nine year girl whose parents in their 'wisdom' had named her Tallulah Does The Hula From Hawaii. The parents lost custody of the child - who was understandably embarrassed by her moniker - and she was able to have it changed.

There are other unfortunate children wandering the country however who have been saddled with names such as Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter (I don't want to think too deeply about that one! ), twins named Benson and Hedges and one poor child called Violence. Daft and cruel names seem to exist worldwide unfortunately.


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We had a set of twins named Tequia and Tequila. Also heard this one for the first time- Mma (Emma)!!!! I had to ask the teacher how to pronounce that one!
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Thanks, I'll probably be thinking about this off and on all day. The weird spellings are the ones that drive me nuts. Poor kids will never find a pencil with their name on it.

One that's a bit strange but becoming more common is Nevaeh -- "heaven" spelled backwards.

Some of these kids are destined for an identity crisis.
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When I worked for DYS, we had a kid whose name was Myster. When the supervisor asked the kid his name, before looking at the intake information, he thought the kid was being a punk. Nope, that was his name.

On a side note, one of the other supervisors in this program once told a kid during intake to “look at him” and the kid responded, “ I am!”... he had weird very crossed eyes.

I liked that job and have the best stories!
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:02 AM
 
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Chardonnay (sister was Alize)
Baby Boy
Im’Unique
Denym (pronounced denim)
Blessin
Damonney

I’ll post more if I can remember
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:54 AM
 
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I had a kid whose mom was very into Insane Clown Posse and his middle name was Mayhem. It was fitting, too.
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Oh wow.
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I've got a ton.

We currently have: 2 Kings, a King Osiris Allah, Prince, Royalty, Yahweh, Babygirl, Hunnygirl
Also had an AnneMirre'e (Annemarie)

And the best: D'iarrhea, pronounced: Dee-AR-eeah
Then there are the plethora of Pacific Islander names that while not odd, are challenging to pronounce.
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too many digraphs...
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My 2nd year of teaching I had a girl named Shchckeria!! So many digraphs at the beginning of her name! She broke all the Fundations rules.
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A couple at church have a son named Major.
That reminds me of Catch-22!
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I could list several. The one that stands out is Demon. They pronounced it duh mohn. It didn't fool anybody. His behavior was defintely on the demonic side.

Michael Michael being called Ditto made me laugh out loud!
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I have none to add but thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. I teach in a small private school - so these names are amazing and hysterical to me! Agree that the nickname Ditto wins a prize!🤣😂
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the way it's spelled
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There was a student I had met and I'll let you figure out how it's said: Kuhl Gayh.
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I had a boy named Jagger (sweetest boy ever). One year I had a Zander and a Zahler (not twins). And Zander wasn't short for Alexander.

Ditto takes the prize!!
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These parents are either mean, delusional, or entirely clueless. Geez! Who does that to a poor child!

These names are way beyond anything I’ve heard. Yikes
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EllaKate, we have a Xander at school too but he should be called Tempest to Tornado! He has a sister Xanthe - the other two children are Ashley and Jorja so the X thing was not a whole family thing but the last two are definitely the most difficult!
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Off the top of my head:

*Espn (pronounced ess-pen)

*Shi-thead (pronounced shi theed, but the spelling cracked me up without the hyphen)

*Trip

*Crystal Shanda Leer (my mom's friend)

Yep - Ditto is awesome!
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A couple of years ago
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A boy named Tornado landed in my class.
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A sweet little Vietnamese girl: Dung
A little boy in 1976: Speed
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Mister
Destiny
Heaven

2 years ago I had a boy whose middle name was Elvis.

Currently I have 4 unrelated girls who all have apostrophes in their name.

I think today's parents are out of their minds with some of these crazy names.
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No mam you say the dash
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Lately I have had a few names with a hyphen in the middle...but you are supposed to say the hyphen.

I had a Ta-ah (pronounced ta dash ah) and a la-ay (pronounced la dash ay). I had La-ay first so I kid you not I called roll and said la..ay is la ay here.

I have also had a Hurdice, a Melva, and Sweet Precious.

This year I also have one name that's not weird, just rather unfortunate given the issues with extremist -Isis
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this thread reminds me of this Eddie B Comedy video.
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We had a boy named Messiah.
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I also had an Isis; she's in 5th grade now so obviously named long before the terrorist organization became well known. The poor thing always used to introduce herself with the caveat, "but not like the bad people."
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Questionable spellings
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I have also had several questionable spellings that, if I didn't know better I would think their parents were illiterate and unable to correctly sound out a simple name.

For instance: Mile- pronounced /my/lee/ ... excuse me miss but did no one ever tell you about the bossy e rule?

I also had a Liyah pronounced /lee/ah/. So how exactly does an iy make the long e sound?

And Jyne pronounced Jane
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SusanTeach - Espn (Espen) was one of the girls' names in the movie Blended w/ Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. !

Several years ago, I had a Veondus - hadn't heard that name before and haven't since!

There is a family at the school where I currently teach who have three kids - Stone, Zsa Zsa, and Dior (as in Christian Dior). They are actually some of the most well mannered, well behaved children I ever taught! The kids have two cousins who also used to attend the school named Jet and Capri. The cousins were the complete opposite - both totally exhausting!
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Sunshiva

Try to pronounce that without spitting.
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Names...............
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This year there are plenty of unique names but my favorite from last year is
$antos (pronounced Santos). I thought it was a mistake at first when I saw the dollar sign.
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I've seen quite a few...
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as a sub in the SF Bay Area. Two that I had a hard time with saying last year were K####age and K####i. These are not made up names, but rather ones from India. And yes... the K's are silent. K####i was a sweetheart of a girl, but I had a hard time calling on her.

Look at that! PT won't let me type out their full names!

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It's coming down to this
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We are getting so used to it that it's going to get to this level http://https://youtu.be/Dd7FixvoKBw
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I taught Ascheyleighe one year (pronounced Ashley). She is now grown and I found her on Facebook, spelling her name as Ashleigh.

Ahlahzae (pronounced, would you believe, as Eliza).
Neveah (which the mother insisted was "heaven backwards" but it just isn't)

I taught for many years in a school with Pacifika, Afghani and Indian children, and met many unusual names, but they were culturally appropriate.

I also once had Praise (girl) and Miracle (boy) in the same class. My husband said all I needed was a Hallelujah and I'd be saved.

I know a newborn Messiah in town, too.
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Had a little girl named Alchemist one year.

Knew a boy named Daniel Daniel

Still think Nevaeh is a stupid, overly sentimental name.
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My daughter's friend in elementary school was named Aniko and her twin was Anakin. They were Hungarian. When I was in school I remember twins called. . .

Stan and Sid Still. . .They were only enrolled briefly and the Catholic nuns were most likely perplexed in how to scold them!!!!

Right now I have 3 Nevaeh's in my intervention program. We have had many of these names mentioned in the pposts which have brought back memories
. . . good and bad. Im'Unique was a handful for me! Diamond and Diamonique were both handfuls. Ecclesiastical was a real sweetie.
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