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weird names

September 21st, 2005 (10:57 am)

Many people consistently spell Éiden's name wrong. I realize this is an unusual spelling and bear it with fortitude, as I bear with misspellings of my own name. And I've nearly given up on the accent mark (properly called a fada in Irish).

Two of the chronic offenders, though, are most baffling: my friend Oriane, who you think would pay attention to these things especially with a name like that; and my mother, who is not only his grandmother for god's sake but went and named her daughters Haddayr, Alaunde, Noedahn, and Djuna.

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Posted by: sallytuppence (sallytuppence)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)

Oh, don't give up on the accent mark!

You and your sisters have such great names. My three sisters are Kate, Maude, and Winnie (short for Winifred). My daughter is Maud--she has removed the 'e' from the end of the name for reasons known only to her.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)

I am now making a note to myself to be VERY careful when spelling Eiden's name. (My computer at work is not able to add the accent mark, but please imagine that it is there.). At least you didn't give your cild a name like Jan, which causes him to receive an alumni letter from the Cheshire High Girl's Swim team (but not the boy's team - which he swam on) and which also caused him to be asigned to a suite with 3 girls when he started college. (We rode in the elevator with the family of one of those girls.. and I still can see the look of total horror on the face of her mom when she thought her precious virgin first-born child was going to be living in the same room as a MAN!)(And I can remember the delighted grin that Jan had when he thought he was going to be living with THREE girls. LOL)

Jan's Mom, and Eiden's other grandmother.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)

Well, toots, I know the girl Jan was supposed to room with, and let me tell you she was _not_ a virgin.

Posted by: sallytuppence (sallytuppence)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)

You so funny.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)

OMG!! She WASN"T??????????? Oh my poor baby... he was saved from a fate worse than death LOLOLOL

Posted by: stoner_witch (stoner_witch)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
Funny Irish names...

My daughter's name is Medbh.

You can imagine the miss-spelling there. She handles it pretty well, though. I knew one cat in Derry who HATED (Finnabar) his name and elected to have it changed to John.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: Funny Irish names...

Now there's a good, strong name. I congratulate you and your partner. My hubbie whom I love and treasure rejected the following names simply for spelling because he thought they were too weird:

Siosamh (all right, maybe a point there)
Fionn (please -- not so hard)
Cian (huh?)

And a bunch of others I'm still too pouty to remember. Good on you!

PS Noedahn is considering changing her name legally to Noe, so these do sometimes backfire on you.

Posted by: sacwentie (sacwentie)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)

I was actually talking to Mom about that, and she said she spelled it with an "A" because she thought it was closer to E with an accent than plain "E" is.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)

Well, that's stupid.

Posted by: sacwentie (sacwentie)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)

Don't hurt the messenger. All I know is that's what she said.

Posted by: aimeempayne (aimeempayne)
Posted at: September 21st, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)

My father, grandmother, and great grandmother all spelled my first name wrong for years. I have also seen them spell my sister Katie's name wrong, so I choose to believe it is a genetic bullet that I managed to dodge. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 11th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Weird names

I told Alaunde at contra dance about Brenwedh and Naritsa. My fictional character who writes fiction (actually I write it) is Xardana (Síordan in Irish, SarDan in Klingon). She has (I mean I have) written about the Eyaden on Denhuil, starring Bredhil. I'll be looking for your books, Haddayr.

I know Yarina (authoress in the Superstition Mountains).

Other names or real dancers in Colorado are: O'Nell, Dhouri, Anelia, Lynêle, Thèrése. And Wyoming has Marjiana.

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