Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by aaqucnaona, Nov 16, 2012.
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Yes, perfect. Unusual, a bit macho, and definitely cool.
I vote for Harley.
Its a cool name, yeah. I was wondering though, he would be my age in 2030. I think a name like Hex or Halcyon might be better suited for then? You know, think of the names of musicians or producers - Adele, Eminem, Skrillex, Flux, Dastik, etc. Maybe a name like that would be better suited. What might be such a name with H?
Ps. Right now, at the top of my list is Halcyon [peaceful/kingfisher] with Hal for short.
Hsekiu, Hor-Aha, Hotepsehkemwy, Huni, Hedjkheperre, Heqakheperre, Haaibre
Macho? One of the female characters on "Guiding Light" was Harley Cooper. I had a cat named Harley 50 years ago.
It's always good to predict the nickname that will be formed from the name you choose.
Sometimes you can't predict. The usual way to form a nickname from my name is to use the last syllable. But the name was so uncommon in those days that the other kids didn't know that, so they just used the first syllable, which sounded really stupid. (It was my father's name and in his generation it was more in use.)
Gee, no one suggested Henry? My dog's name was Henry cause I like Fords, O Henry stories,and Hank Williams. Hank is a nice nickname too.
the names of Egyptial pharaohs I have suggested best suit this effervescent baby
Hank, Hadrian, Heff, Henry, Hilton, Harry, Hamilton, Heath or Harold. Personally, I like Heath best.
Any imput on relation to THIS post? Anyone?
I dont understand. Do you mean the nickname for a person named Alexander should not be Alex [as is usual] but should be Ander?
No. My point is that it varies from one name to another. First-syllable nicknames are most common. But last-syllable nicknames (or middle-syllable for names with three or more syllables) are plentiful.
When the accent is on the first syllable, that's usually the nickname, as in Al for Allen, Albert, etc.; Tom for Thomas; Joe for Joseph. Otherwise it's anybody's guess: Alex is most common for Alexander, but in this iconoclastic era, Zander is also quite popular (the accent is on the third syllable in this name). Betty is most common for Elizabeth, but beloved violet-eyed actress Liz (Elizabeth) Taylor made Liz also popular.
You don't run into many men named Ezekiel anymore, but Zeke is their nickname. I know a fellow named Zachariah (a young man, at that!) and his nickname is Zack. I hope no fundamentalist Christians have named their son Obadiah, because I guarantee that his friends will call him Bad. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!
In my two-syllable name the accent is on the second syllable and that is the universal nickname for it. But when I was young the other kids were so unfamiliar with the name that they thought it was accented on the first syllable, and they used that as the nickname.
Some nicknames show no pattern: Bob for Robert, Bill for William, Dick for Richard, Hank for Henry. We even make nicknames out of names that only have one syllable: Jim for James. We even lengthen them: Johnny for John. Or simply change them: Suzy for Susan.
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I don't know if it works the same way with humans, but we've always found that our pets take on the characteristics of their names. We named two of our birds Icarus and Amelia Earhart before we realized it would be their doom: both were lost/killed in flight.
But then we named one of our puppies Batmanuel--after the Latino Batman-like character in the brief but wonderful live-action TV show "The Tick." And guess what? He swoops! This is a small dog, a 20lb/9kg Lhasa Apso. He once jumped up onto the kitchen counter, then up onto the windowsill, then 9ft/3m down to the patio, in order to impregnate a bitch in heat who (we thought) was safely sequestered--without suffering any injuries!
So if they name their baby Halcyon, perhaps he will grow up to be peaceful, prosperous and/or joyful.
We also found that naming a pet after a trait he already has as a baby doesn't work. We named our youngest M.C. because when he was a puppy he walked around the house rapping. He doesn't do it anymore.
So if the kid is already tranquil and happy as a baby (and perhaps prosperous because of the family he's born into), naming him Halcyon could be a colossal mistake!
is it too late for a name?
how about huana, pronounced wanna?
it's a completely made up name and i don't even know how i would spell it.
i guess it would be mayan in origin.
I strongly recommend against giving children names that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce. If you want people to refer to your child as "Wanna," then please spell it "Wanna" so they won't have to guess. If it's spelled "Huana," people will pronounce it that way, hyoo-AH-na, and he'll spend fifteen cumulative minutes of every day of his life explaining to people that they got it wrong. And this exercise will force you to face the reality that "Wanna" is a rather silly word to use as a name. "Hey Wanna, do you 'wanna' go to the movies with us or do you 'wanna' stay home? Ha ha ha ha ha!" He will be so sick of hearing that.
Also, in most western European cultures (including the entire Western Hemisphere and the Antipodes), names ending in A are intuitively assumed to be feminine, because of the influence of Latin and the Romance languages such as Spanish and Italian. University professor on first day of class: "There's a young lady named "Huana" registered for this class, but I don't see her. I guess I'll let one of the people on the waiting list have her space."
You made it up, dude. It has no origin! Have you studied the Maya language? Have you looked at a list of Maya names? If Huana actually is a Maya name, I'll bet that it has a specific meaning. Please find out what that is before you name your son "Duplicitous offspring of turkey impregnated by rattlesnake, to be sacrificed to the gods at the next full moon."
I would never bring anyone into this world and glad.
But i would give you a tip
Take the surname and what ever name your going to use, and use it to make a certain number. Like say your whole name has 23 letters, or 12 letters.
Do something like the ptb do with theres, use numbers to determine what name to use. Names can be very important and how they sound have an effect on people.
Like i said do yourself a favour and never bring anyone into this world, but if you do, use numbers and sounds to pick a right name.
Plus do your kid a favour and do not pick popular names at present, they can turn into nightmare names.
Just look at how some people named there kids "Gay", when that word meant something different. Parents should think about it alot and not be impulsive.
I haven't either.
Who or what is/are the PTB?
Crafting a name for a child like it's some kind of school project is, I suppose, one way to do it. But most people prefer to pick a name that has some significance to them. An old family name, a good friend, a historical figure, a prominent person in their religion, a literary or mythological figure, a popular entertainer, a name used by their people in their ancestral homeland (many Afro-Americans do this), even a politician--although this can backfire because sometimes they turn nasty or stupid as their power increases. Many people name their firstborn after themselves, usually (but not always) giving them a unique middle name.
I have even read about one couple who named their son after a beloved dog--but it was a human name, not Spot or Rover.
The "population crisis" is over. The rate of population increase has been slowing since the 1980s and is universally predicted to turn negative before the end of this century. It turns out that prosperity is the most effective contraceptive. So there's no onus on having children anymore, and in fact somebody is going to have to keep our species viable. Not to mention propping up the Ponzi Schemes we euphemistically refer to as "Social Security." Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!
I can't imagine that very many people would like to do it that way. That's like naming a new element ununoctium (literally, "the hundred-eighteenth one, which ain't got a real name yet") because you haven't observed enough atoms of that element to decide what kinds of properties it has, and none of your mentors want their name on an element whose atoms only exist for one ten-billionth of a second and then decay into something unpronounceable like ytterbium. People want a name in which they have an investment, hope, history, tradition, etc. Not something cute and clever that popped up in a book of puzzles for MENSA members.
Uh... perhaps you're unclear on the definition of the word "popular"? It means, "Lots of people really like it!"
"Gay" still means "happy, cheerful, festive, carefree." It hasn't been popular since the early 1950s, long before the word was appropriated to mean "homosexual." There is tremendous pressure on a population to NOT use a common name as a derogatory slang word. "Roger, over and out" -- "I'm going to be frank with you" -- "put the car up on the jack" -- "I'm leaving my ex-wife out of my will" -- these are not insulting so it's no problem.
Yet even when it happens, it never seems to cause much trouble. "John" is slang for BOTH a toilet AND a prostitute's customer. Yet it's still one of the most popular English names and men named John never feel insulted when the slang word is used in their presence.
I can guarantee you that no one is impulsive when choosing a name for their child. Not even if they already have ten and it's getting hard to find a new one. They may pick names that we think are silly, but they put a lot of thought into it.
Frank and Gail Zappa named their boy Dweezil and he loves the name. When he was born the officials in the hospital did not allow them to put Dweezil on his birth certificate because in their bureaucratic wisdom they were positive that it would be a handicap. So they wrote "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa," knowing it would be a headache for the hospital back office. But they always called him Dweezil. When he started attending school, he discovered to his shock that Dweezil was not his real name. The kid actually went before a judge (with the help of the family attorney) and demanded that his official name be changed to Dweezil. The judge was moved, and the change was made with all due haste.
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ps/ Horațiu (from Latin's Horatius, which became Horace in English) is the only boy name starting with an H that I met in my childhood. In non-formal conversation it was usually shorten to Hora.
It's too silly. It would be like naming a girl Pretty. These are names we give to our dogs and cats. Especially since "husky" is also a breed of dog: the ones the Eskimos train to pull their sleds.
Obviously Romanian, no other language uses the letter Ț (T with a cedilla), pronounced TS.
In Romanian, is H pronounced the way we say it in English, or is it more like German CH and Greek/Russian X?
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Not sure. Studying various languages was never on my list of passions, so I guess this kind of subtleties are going above my ahead... If you want I can record myself pronouncing a few Romanian words containing the letter "h" and let you be the judge of how it sounds like.
Separate names with a comma.