Friday, January 28, 2011

What's in a Name?

Most Taiwanese children have an English name. Obviously, this is the name they use while they are in our classes, but these names are often also put on passports and other legal documents. I've noticed over the past six months that most names fall into one of two categories. The first category is the "Generation Past" category. A few examples of this: Lawrence, Alvin, Stanley, Vera, Gwyneth, Albert, Howard, Wesley, Xavier, Gary, William, Henry...

The second category is the "Shouldn't Be a Name" category. Some examples of that are: Kimi (for a boy), Nini, Beemas, Lulu, Duke (unless it's of Hazard), Viola (maybe if you are on course to be a musician), Apple, Tiger (cute, but do you really want to go by that?), Dora (thinking Explorer), Phoebe, Boss, and Handsome (which has been changed to "Hanson").

Meet Beemas. Whenever I hear his name, I think of the show Beevis and Butthead. His older brother named him. Poor kid.

To any of you who love these names, each his own.

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