I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
Several years ago, Melissa Heuschkel of Connecticut sold the right to name her fourth baby to online casino GoldenPalace.com. In exchange for about $15,000, she named her daughter Golden Palace (nn Goldie).
If a stranger offered you double that — $30,000 — for the right to name your next child, what would you say?
Remember, this person would have free rein. The name could be Andrew, Gretel, Justice, YanniLiveAtTheAcropolis…anything at all. You’d never have to use the name, but it must appear on the birth certificate.
If you’d say yes: Why? (And, what would you do with the money?)
If you’d say no: Why not? (And, would you change your mind if the amount were higher?)