My friend Nina and I have spent many many hours of our time exchanging weird names that we've come across either in real life or on the internet. For some reason, weird names entertain the hell out of us. Nina has a slight advantage in funny Jewish names, since her former spouse works in a large synagogue and gets to meet hundreds of children. But I can also give as good as I get on the name front. Today, Nina sent me this NY Times article chronicling the latest really popular name for girls. I'd never heard of it, but then again, I don't hear many made up Christian names as a rule. My specialty is based more on ethnic names my kids encounter in school, like the boy named Urin my daughter went to school with in California. Or another favorite, Barr Levi Lev-Ari. That's a classic. Or the woman that named her daughter Jezabel. OK....
Anyhow, this new name is the result of a Christian pop star who appeared on MTV called Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., in 2000 with his baby daughter, Nevaeh. "Heaven spelled backwards," he said. Neveah is now the most rapidly growing name in the United States. A totally fake name, btw. According to the ABC Evening News, which also featured this story tonight, the name is growing fast amongst young Born Again Christians who like the idea of heaven spelled backwards. I guess it's not all that much weirder than Nomar Garciaparra, who was named for his father Ramon. Nomar is Ramon spelled backward.
I have two all time favorite weird name stories and a third that I saw many many years ago on Oprah when she was fat and actually conversed with her audience members. Oprah was doing a story on crazy names, and there were quite a few hilarious ones, but the one situation that I remember most was when she put the microphone up to a well-groomed and coiffed black woman who said, "I'm an identical twin. My name is Regina and my sister's name is..... Vagina."
Oprah literally buckled down to the floor she was laughing so hard. An all time classic.
Once I was on the subway in NYC with a friend and a very large black woman with a small brood of kids was in the car when we got on the train. She had an adorable little girl with a bazillion braids and colored ponytail holders all over her head and the girl was running up and down the car at warp speed. Mom yelled to her, "Spatula, you get back here right now. Spatula. SPATULA." We were convulsed with laughter. You just gotta wonder.
Years later, but still some time ago I was in a deli with another friend and a woman was sitting down with her friend in the table next to us. She was visably pregnant and they were talking names. She mentioned the possible name Shoshana and said, "Shoshana, it be an AFRICAN name." Again, you could have picked me up off the floor. Just hysterical. (For those that don't know, Shoshana is a Hebrew name that means Rose. It is the Girl's Hebrew middle name. It is SO not an African name, though I appreciated it being used, as it'a a lovely name.
And so, I present you with one of my all time favorite sites to waste a couple of hours cracking up and staring in disbelief. Have fun! Stumble It! JBlog Me