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#1 Squisheee

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:14 PM

Out of interest, what is your opinion:-

If your favourite first name for a child combined with your surname were to be the name of a well known celebrity or a business, would you still use it? Or is it setting the child up to be mocked?

i.e "Harvey" + surname "Norman"
    "Fletcher" + surname "Jones"
    "Jean" + surname "Kelly"

Are there combinations you think are acceptable but others that are not?


#2 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:19 PM

Sara + Lee
Betty + Crocker

#3 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:21 PM

Mike Hunt best avoided I think.

And the surname Nuss should avoid  P and A first names.

Edited by Lucrezia Borgia, 06 June 2018 - 02:22 PM.

#4 esme weatherwax

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:22 PM

I'd avoid them but there has to be a lot of real people out there called 'David Jones'. I wonder if it bothered them.

#5 AdelTwins

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:22 PM

Lifetime of jokes. I would avoid where possible.

#6 rainycat

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:27 PM

Do not use Jenna if you want Tahlia as a middle name.


Edited by rainycat, 06 June 2018 - 02:28 PM.

#7 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:28 PM

I think double ups.

David Davis
Robert Roberts

#8 sahmie

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:29 PM

Callum Murray - in an ad that is driving me bonkers atm.

#9 sahmie

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:30 PM

Oh and Neil P.o.o.l.e is a guy I know - gets called Nipple.

#10 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:33 PM

Wayne Kerr was one I did giggle over once when writing cheques.


Wayne King
Jo King

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 06 June 2018 - 02:34 PM.

#11 fouronthefloor

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:37 PM

Richard Head ( I know a "real" one. What were his parents thinking?? )

#12 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:38 PM

Wayne Kerr and Anthony Anthony ( both in my sister's year in high school).

Just saw the Callum Murray ad on TV.

Edited by Feral Grey Mare, 06 June 2018 - 02:39 PM.

#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:52 PM

I always think it best to stay away from names that form a sentence fragment. For example, Crystal does not pair well with the surnames Waters or Glass. Stormy Waters isn't good either.

#14 Mollycoddle

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:57 PM

View PostBethlehem Babe, on 06 June 2018 - 02:28 PM, said:

I think double ups.

David Davis
Robert Roberts

We had a Carl Carlson at my school. And our next-door neighbour's married name was Rose Diprose.

#15 FiveAus

Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:58 PM

Jenna Taylor

#16 Brrrroooce!

Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:39 PM


#17 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:50 PM

My mum was friends with a brother and sister. Polar Bear and Teddy Bear.

#18 Mooples

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:03 PM

I always giggle when the reporter Harry Potter does a report on ten news. He obviously had his name far before the movie came out poor bloke.

#19 Sparkles66

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:13 PM

Mike Hunt doesnt sound too good...

#20 Sparkles66

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:17 PM

Anita Cox...

#21 Luci

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:20 PM

Theresa Green
Al Coholic

I know a Rod Hard and a Rod Long.

#22 Freddie'sMum

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:35 PM

For me one of the things I didn't want was for the initials to spell anything 'embarrassing' - eg Frances Andrea Fletcher (FAT).  

Because I have worked in different law firms (in both NZ and Aust) it is common practice to use initials on various documents - 'FAT / letter to client / dated ...'.

And obvious ones as well like Mike Hunt.  I remember watching a TV show when I was a kid and one of the producers was something like 'David Davids' and all I could think of was why on earth his parents couldn't find a different first name for him !

#23 Mrs Claus

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:38 PM

I wanted to call ds3 Mason- dhs surname is Lodge

#24 seayork2002

Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:39 PM

Lucifer Burns?

#25 Pilar Palabundar

Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:15 PM

View Postfouronthefloor, on 06 June 2018 - 02:37 PM, said:

Richard Head ( I know a "real" one. What were his parents thinking?? )

They may have had ESP :)

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