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Births and names 9-DEC-06

Kerces 9 December 2006 42

Apologies for the lateness of names today — I forgot to buy a paper in the busyness of the day.

I did however look at the births column in a Canberra Times at my parents’, and remember one of the names: Jaykub. Do his parents also hate people who can spell?

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schmerica_ schmerica_ 9:16 pm 29 Apr 07

When I read ‘Jaykub’ I seriously thought about Jay Kay – the lead singer of Jamiroquai. I’ve met some weird names along my travels… Blaze, India, Tallulah… It not the kids choice, its the parents trying to be different and unique. The poor kids cop crap from all directions about something they had no say over!

I used to work at Woden Bowl too, just before it closed down and we didn’t bother typing in the whole name, just their first initial – even then sometimes you’d get a kids name that started with a silent letter or something. My name is unique… but not unusual, its a good balance.

Mess Mess 4:50 pm 29 Apr 07

my first borns name will be “ujwvgtf” I have no idea what that is i just hit the keyboard with my head,a nd it sems that what a lot of parents are doing these days. Actually i think its a weird spelling for John.

Mess Mess 4:45 pm 29 Apr 07

I hate people with weird spellings. i use to work at woden bowl, and we used to get school groups in of 50-60 kids and i had to punch all their names into the scorer, and you would be surprised at the amount of different ways you can spell names like jacob, katherine, etc, and kids get hysterical when you spell their name wrong. My own name gets mispelled all the time Its Liam, but i get Leam, Laim, once in primary school i got a birthday invitation adressed “dear lamb”. Food for thought.

nyssa76 nyssa76 3:42 pm 29 Apr 07

shauno, my own name is weirder than Jacob (I WON’T spell it “her” way).

I know what it is like as a child with a “weird” name. It’s not bloody fun.

What annoyed me the most was the “it’s all about me” attitude and also the fact that there wasn’t a coherent sentence in any of her responses (bar the last one) to put her point across.

Yes I’m a bitch. I see kids being bullied every day for their names etc and I’m telling you it isn’t a nice experience.

At least with a name like Rebecca she’ll be ok.

VicePope VicePope 3:32 pm 29 Apr 07

Danman, I defer to your greater knowledge or experience of sex industry opportunities in the Belconnen suburbs.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 3:04 pm 29 Apr 07

One day, we can ask Jaykub wot he finks.

shauno shauno 2:26 pm 29 Apr 07

It really was a low act attacking the poor women on her choice of name for her child. You really must have felt good about yourself afterwards I’m sure Bec didn’t feel the same way.

nyssa76 nyssa76 2:04 pm 29 Apr 07

How so?

Don’t make a statement like that without backing it up.

bubzie bubzie 11:22 am 29 Apr 07

wow, this reminds me of crazy a bad way..

Danman Danman 12:45 am 29 Apr 07

Vice Pope – despite your rant – I vote there will always be an Epponie Rae selling cheap tricks at charny shops.

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:06 pm 28 Apr 07

Cheers Bec, I hope one day he will become a Skoutkub.



VicePope VicePope 3:25 pm 28 Apr 07

Moderate length rant follows.

I’m an old conservative from a family full of old conservative names spelt as God (or the Big Book of how people should spell names) decreed. No Jaykubs, or Ammanders for that matter. (In my working life, I once came across sisters called Trevleen and Kevette whose parents were all too obviously disappointed).

Seriously, it’s an individual thing. Some rellies and friends have wogged-up (as it might elegantly be put) their conventional and boring birth names so that they become a bit more exotic and bit less accessible. Who hasn’t known a Patrick who became Padraic or a John who prefers Ivan, pronounced Eeevaaahn? Gough and Malcolm were clearly seen as more fizzy than the given first names Edward and John for two PMs of the last generation.

Unconventional spellings can, however, sometimes lead to problems in school and on pretty much every occasion where one has to give a name. A teacher I know told me of the problems encountered by a family whose (shy) children were given names that had been spelt on numerological principles. And I think the Freakonomics book suggests that there may be a reduction in long-term income for those with odd names. (What might be called the bogan effect – if you sound like you aspire to a caravan, you’re less likely to win an otherwise even contest for a desirable job with Alistair or Antonia).

On the other hand, the old song about a Boy Named Sue suggested that an unusual name led to the child become hard of fist and keen of wit, and young Jaykub may be in a similar position. We may one day have a Prime Minister called Jaykub, a Governor-General called Deymyaan and a High Court laden with Mykyls, Brittnees and Tarliyers. It’s the person, not how he/she spells his/her name, that counts. The evidence of a thousand newspaper stories suggests that it is the number of names, not their spelling – almost every criminal has three names. (The last sentence was intended to be ironic).

I wish young Jaykub all the best for a wonderful life.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 2:48 pm 28 Apr 07

Cheers Bec, I hope one day he will become a Skoutkub.

johnboy johnboy 2:19 pm 28 Apr 07

Have you got a source on that?

Genie Genie 2:15 pm 28 Apr 07

Did you know that upwards of 50% of people with standard names with crappy spelling.. are paying to change their names!!!!

bec bec 1:52 pm 28 Apr 07

Thank you for your comments. It was a pleasure talking to you all and hearing what you thought of our name. Hopefully it wont cause him any trouble as he travels through his life. And he can be happy with the way his name is spelt as it will be unique as he will be.

nyssa76 nyssa76 12:56 pm 28 Apr 07

Oh bec we will.

But just remember our warnings when he is teased because of his name.

As for too much time on our hands, can I suggest you undertake grammar lessons?

Your argument or point of view would have come across with more clarity and meaning if you had spelt even the most basic of words correctly.

bec bec 12:21 pm 28 Apr 07

I think you all have to much time on your hands.The kids name is Jaykub and that wont change.Deal with it and move on.

OzChick OzChick 12:08 pm 28 Apr 07

As long as the child is a good kid and an upstanding citizen of this country, I don’t think that his name should really matter whatever it is. I am sure that bec is a great parent and we shouldn’t really make assumptions that she is a bogan because you do not know that. These days even more affluent parents name their children odd and unusual names.

Danman Danman 10:04 am 28 Apr 07

LOL fire up Nyssa – fuggen* bogans

*spelling error intended.

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