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A fascinating look at the history and lifespan of common names. Did you know that each of the following names has had the other gender in the Top 1,000 during some stretch of the past?
John, William, James, George, Joseph, Michael, Thomas, David, Frank, Henry, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Margaret.
A boy named Sue, indeed.
This guy also goes by Jason Young, and though I can forgive you for confusing us at first glance, I’m not him. I do, however, wish him luck in the Olympics. I want him to win the gold medal and stand on the podium listening to our national anthem, if only so I can live vicariously.
I’ll have my name in the history books.
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One of Erin’s piano student parents just called and left a message on our machine (I never get the home line because it’s never for me). Anyway, she mentioned the name of her child and I almost spit my milk out. I won’t print it here, because Google has a a long memory, and I don’t want to get an angry email from junior when he/she starts the vanity searches, but suffice it to say the name was a howler. It was something along the lines of “hello, this is Mrs. Shoe and I’m calling about my son Muddy“, or “Mr. Skye here about my daughter Cloudy”. Seriously, people, why would you handicap your kids with a name like Plymouth Rock? (I knew him in elementary school).
I’m all for the unusual names (Erin’s cousin Seta has a great one, in my opinion), but saddling a child with a name that is also a dairy food, natural event, or skin condition is premeditated cruelty. They may eventually appreciate your creative choice (if they don’t run away and change it, first), but it’ll only be after years of taunts. Sheesh.
Chris Landsea-Meteorologist at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.
Robert and I used to have an impromptu game we played back in college. More of a list, really. We kept track of people who’s names matched their jobs. Kept is up for years and got quite a list going, but along the way it got lost. Bummer.
Well, through the miracle of teknowlegee, I’m starting up a new category to do just that here. If you have a link to a person who’s name fits their job, let me know. Hey Robert, did you save the list?
(I’m also tweaking some of the existing categories a bit as well)
Here’s a few to start with:
David M. Wing, former American Airlines Executive
Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Roger Keyes, professor of Piano, Baylor University