Those names

Posted: May 24, 2008 in Our children, Our Expression

My cousin recently sent me an article that listed the members of her daughter’s track team. Here is a short list of names of some of those teammates:












My cousin said that if I thought that was something, I should see how the coach struggles with the names each year at the banquet.

  1. avery says:

    son. “Amiracle?” f’real?


  2. DarkStar says:

    Sorry, but I find the complaints about names to be mostly noise. I bet people would complain about Odessius, Calpurnia, or even Oscar.

  3. Duane says:

    Wha..huh? Whose complaining? To see these names all on one team is what got my attention.

  4. avery says:

    i’m the last one to complain. i couldn’t stand my name when i was younger. but i’m sayin’, tho. amiracle? like, there was a time when i thought i would name my daughter ‘amira,’ but the ‘cle’…it just never occurred to me to add that part on there.

    having said that, we know that the name ‘vanessa’ is a made-up word. but if it’s funny, i’ma laff. and ‘amiracle?’ yeah. ‘quintarious?’ sho nuff.

  5. VB says:

    To Avery,

    You are too funny LOL! And I agree LOL !

  6. B. says:

    Whats wrong with the names? Who decides what name is suitable and which one is not? I was born to a teenager who had to name me after my daddy (some would say the typical ghetto situation). My name has 9 letters and 3 syllables. After graduating from college (early mine u), I have had to shorten my name because if they see it on a resume they will not pick mine. Now this is nothing new, I suspect you all know this, but what I don’t understand why WE still look down or think its funny when we see names such as these. Do we do that to Italians, Greeks, and Jews? We should be proud of the kids achievements in the sport and not their “funny” looking names.

  7. Duane says:

    Touchy, touchy 😦

    Some names are just plain funny–period. How did race and social-economic status creep up in here I will never know.

    For example, as Ave pointed out, the name Amiracle is funny to me (i’m sure there is a story behind it, but it is funny to me nonetheless). So are the names Candi Apple and Autumn Eve–both are names I have seen given to White children.

    Are the rest of the names on this list ‘funny’? Well that depends on the individual (to me, I find them more interesting than funny. Seeing them all on one team really got my attention).

    B, let me be real with you for a second. “B” could stand for “Bonnie” or “Bill” and still get overlooked because of something else a potential employer may not like about you. Yes there are employers out there that will screen out folks based on their name. But I can assure you that NAME is the least of hurdles you have to deal with when trying to sell yourself to a potential employer. If you interview well, your name will make it difficult for potential employers to forget you. See your name as a deficit after all the hard work you put in to get through college and you could be killing some awesome opportunities.

    You suggested that folks here are “looking down” on these individuals. Could it be that you are looking down on yourself by shorting your name over a “What if“? Apparently you kicked butt in college, so don’t sell yourself short in the workplace.

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