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Dude, your daughter will HATE YOU.

So I was looking through amazon.com and some fantasy/supernatural books just now, and I ran across this thread from their message board thingy.




I'm not sure which is worse, someone asking this question on this particular venue, or some of the replies. Can anyone REALLY suggest inflicting the name "Galadriel" on an unborn child with a straight face?



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Oct. 27th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Oh my god. "Amy Lane" on that page is just about the worst mother ever.
Oct. 27th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
From To Dye For by Mercedes Lackey:

The boys had kept their dear little mouths shut, when he explained the economics of the situation in terms of toys, treats, and new clothing. An additional bribe—the promise of never telling anyone what their real names were, and signing them into the Grantville school system as "Frank," "Ronald," and "Gerry," made sure they wouldn't tell, wouldn't bring samples out to their friends, and wouldn't allow the friends in the greenhouse, ever. After all, as Tom knew only too well, peer-pressure among the male of the species is a dreadful thing, and a name can become a deadly weapon. "Gwaihir" was too funny for words, "Elrond" had any number of nasty permutations, and as for "Faramir"—well. Any idiot could quickly figure out just what sort of nickname would come out of "Faramir" in the mouths of a pack of boys.
Oct. 27th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
I know one person who named her daughter that.
Oct. 27th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
I hate people.
Oct. 27th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Someone did. PTerry signed a book for her once. It was in one of his anecdotes in his short story and writing collection, my copy of which escapes me at the moment so I can't see the title.
Oct. 27th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, after posting my own comment, wasn't the girl in Good Omens named 'Pippin Galadriel' something and they had a brief tangent about horrible names? I'm willing to bet PTerry wrote that chunk.
Oct. 27th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. Pippin Galadriel Moonchild, otherwise known as Pepper.
Oct. 27th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
It happened rather a lot in the 60's, I'm afraid. A lot of the hardcore granola-commune children were inflicted not only with nature-names, but suffered the Eowyns and Galadriels.
Oct. 28th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Hell, I went to school with a Gandalf.
Oct. 30th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Could be worse -- how many people do we know who named their children after former D&D characters?
Oct. 30th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Heh, I was actually thinking of that... but at least that's naming someone something that means something to you. (And can still be just... bad, in cases.) In this case, it's someone saying "oh hey, I've decided my kid needs a fantasy book name! Help me pick one out!
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