Whats in a name ?……..pretty much I’d say !!

6 Jan



‘Baby’ ….called my aunt . now if u were anywhere around you would probably expect a lil kid to come prancing out of the room .  but lo and behold – Baby is my 70 year old  uncle  who sits  noiselessly in  the house like an old moth only to make a sudden dash when my  aunt affectionately sings out “ Baby cha “.

Since then  Syrian Christian names have  caught my fancy. I knew this family whose kids went by the names of Pranju , Piley and Porinjut ……each time I looked at them I couldn’t help but smile. They surely had the courage to walk around with names like that.       If that wasn’t terrible their official names were  Itty Geevarghese  OOlamkattil, OOlamkattil Geevarghese idiculla, Lonan ipe Oolamkattil…….Yikes !!     What were their parents thinking of when they named them ?  Then there was this ferret faced kid  named  Lovely Rose who  appeared more like  a polar bear than a rose.   Some names don’t require much thinking at all , just rearrangement of letters like Liji , Loju , laiju or the all time favourite  Biju, Biji , Jibi , jobu.     I have stretched my imagination but am  still at a loss on what  these names mean ?      Once I met this person called Modman…….i completely understand why he would shrink into his seat when it was his turn to introduce himself.   Then there is Jiji and Jaiju…………The couple created constant confusion , none of us could remember what the husbands name was

The funniest  I ever heard was Semi and Locus …..have a feeling that their parents were obsessed with the circle.    Kochuthresia was one of the largest women I ever saw  .  Then again there were parents who didn’t bother to think of a name…….if it were a boy he would just be Mon……ofcourse more than one Mon would mean differentiating them into Veliya Mon and Kochu Mon

A decade later Some of the rib – splittin “whopper” names  would include ‘Fishy Thomas” ( her parents definitely had a sense of humor) Hairy George…….i later figured that the mother intended it to be Harry but didn’t know how to spell it; Miseals  Kattipattuvakkam – As if a surname like that isn’t enough to make your life difficult the parents decide to make your name sound like a disease ; Hiena  George – now would you call these parents mean or what????????

I cant end this without telling you the names of my favourite twins – Tolstoy and Brezhnev. No guesses where their parents got the names.

So why do parents choose these bizarre names? Is it to stand out ?  Every child is unique but it doesn’t mean they need  a crazy name. Parents cannot predict their childs future so while  Bobbilikumar  is a cute name when you are 4  it certainly isn’t one you’d like to introduce yourself with as a lawyer at 35 when you want to be taken  seriously when you introduce yourself rather than having to explain  for the zillionth  time “ oh my parents liked the sound of it.

As much as I am entertained by these names ……there are times I wish parents  didn’t  spit up a few alphabets  when the amniotic fluid is wiped off the baby in the desire to have a unique and special kid. Unique they maybe…………. but overwrought with turmoil they certainly will be.  Playing Word Search with letters to form names isn’t  Amusing, Brilliant or Reasonable.





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