Name Dropper

30 Sep
Name my Peas

Name my Peas (Photo credit: doolloop)

Molly needed to go out at six-thirty this dull Sunday morning, so I found myself watching Sky News.  There was an item about a gun bar in Las Vegas, where tourists can use a shooting range.  I mention it because the owner glories in the name of Genghis Cohen.

Is that not the best name you’ve ever heard?  Surely not his own?  He must have changed it by deed poll.

He is Australian.  I don’t know why that’s relevant; it just is.

INSERT: Checking Zemanta for pictures to illustrate this post, I discovered that Genghis Cohen is not the name of the bar owner, but of the bar.  What can I tell you?  It was 06:42 when I watched it.

INSERT: Is it bizarre that I can get confused about the name but know the exact time I watched the report?


I’ve blogged about names before so, as it is a Sunday and a special day and I am bleary-eyed because of my cross-legged dog, I have cobbled together bits from four old posts for your delectation.


Charlie Brown once said:

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown (Photo credit: Air Force One)

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Why me?” 

Then a voice answers, “Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.”

You’ve got to ask yourself why a seven-year old boy is asking ‘Why me?’  It’s a little creepy.



I wrote the next bit in January of this year; quite a few of these couples are no longer together.  Should the Hub and I be worried?


Bennifer was the name for J-Lo and Ben Affleck; why not Fleckz?

Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes could be Cromes instead of Tomkat.

Zac Efron and Vaness Hudgens are nicknamed ZanessaFudge would be much more fun.

Brad and Ange are Brangelina; can you think of a better one?

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom have become Kerrbloom.  I prefer Bloke.

John Mayer got the nickname Johnifer after he dated Jennifer Aniston.  Was she Bran when she was married to Mr Pitt?

Reese and Jake are known as Gyllenspoon.  How about Reek?

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are Kurban.  I like Kidur.

I’m Tilly Bud, married to the Hub.

We should be known as Thud; or A Tilly The Hub.



NEAT (Photo credit: LEVEL !)

My given name is Linda.  Let’s see who skim reads.  It was given to me forty-nine years ago today.   My Mum’s friend had already taken Mum’s first choice of Amanda for her daughter, born a couple of months before me.  I never met that friend…

My name may once have been a diminutive of Belinda, just as I am a diminutive of a regular-sized person.

In Spanish it means pretty.

Before my head swells like a cobra’s, in German it means snake.  Also soft, tender, weak.  The Germans don’t miss a trick.

The Italians say I’m neat.  Thanks, Italy; I think you’re pretty neat, too.


I have told the next (true) story so many times, I’m sure you all know it; but today I get to do what I like, so here it is again:

When I was a teenager I was friends with a couple called Colin Healing and Faith Willis; they were fairly serious until he asked her to marry him. 

She turned him down because she refused to become Mrs Faith Healing.  


The name of the Hub’s orthopaedic surgeon when he had his bike accident was Ponky Firer.  Thinking about it, his name probably still is Ponky Firer.  

Yes, it is: I just Googled him.  It’s thanks to him that the Hub has a working wrist; he inserted a metal plate and six screws and, so long as the Hub doesn’t get too close to any strong magnets, he’s fine (if he ignores the arthritis which comes with age and battered bodies.  Ah, age; don’t get me started).

Funny Greek sign at Food store.

Funny Greek sign at Food store. (Photo credit: SpirosK photography)

Do you have a name story?  Drop it in the comment box.  

Have a great day!  I’m going to.

45 Responses to “Name Dropper”

  1. vivinfrance September 30, 2012 at 10:19 #

    You’re on good form today, Tilly – and on your birthday, why wouldn’t you be? I keep scattering many happies all over your links, so I won’t say it again.


  2. Ron. September 30, 2012 at 11:23 #

    If posts like this result, TB, you should get up early every day (as opposed to having a daily birthday, I guess). Either way, though I’m glad I’m reading it, even if I haven’t had my own coffee yet (brewing).

    My sister’s is a Linda. She’s beautiful, too. My folks chose it because the loved the old Mills Brothers song. I’m sure you must have heard it. If not, you can find it at YouTube here:

    Peace to you, today and always, & thanks again for always making my morning (afternoon, evening) worth sitting down at the keyboard for.


  3. Viveka September 30, 2012 at 12:23 #

    All the crazy names that people gives their children today – it’s so scary and the poor child has to live it for a whole life. I was named after the famous actress Viveka Lindfors, Swedish and very famous on Broadway. I have always spelled my name wrongly until 9/11 – Wiveca. My nickname while working aboard has been Wivi – and my mum call me Wiga, because on of my best friends son when he was small 3 years old called me Wiga. My two other names Thea Maria I love too. Viveka comes from German and means woman.


  4. Elaine - I used to be indecisive September 30, 2012 at 12:44 #

    Slightly confused by the birthday thing – if it is indeed today then a very Happy Birthday to you. I thought you had said you were re-posting, so your birthday has passed. No? Oh well, no doubt I have failed the test, due to over-thinking probably.. Would sending you a bag of Maltesers help you to overlook my failure? :


  5. McGuffyAnn September 30, 2012 at 12:45 #

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday daer Tilly, Happy Birthday to you! And many, many more. You are the best! Hugs!


  6. grannymar September 30, 2012 at 13:04 #

    Many happy returns of the day. I hope it is a day full of fun and little surprises.

    The worst name I ever came across was William Pius – That poor young man would be known all his school days as Willie Pee!


  7. mairedubhtx September 30, 2012 at 13:30 #

    I was supposed to be Rosemary but according to old Irish superstition, one does not nane a baby after someone who died young or tragically. My father’s sister had been named Rosemary and lived only a few hours. Then my father chose Rosemarie. Again my grandmother said, “Too close.” Then it was Marie. But there was already a Marie in the family and my mother didn’t like the confusion. So my mother picked Diane (my true given name which I despise) from a movie magazine. So I am stuck with Diane, though I mostly go by Diane Marie, but my blog name is mairedubh, which is dark Mary in Irish. And that’s my name story.


  8. Pseu September 30, 2012 at 13:40 #

    Hippo birdie!


  9. Carol September 30, 2012 at 13:53 #

    A very happy birthday to you. xx


  10. sharechair September 30, 2012 at 14:03 #

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂


  11. Rorybore September 30, 2012 at 14:26 #

    Happy Birthday – I hope the day continues to be as “neat” as it has begun!

    I knew a boy called “Billy Bee” when I was younger. It doesn’t sound to strange, except over here it is also a brand of honey. Also, another poor boy who had the misfortune to be born to parents with a somewhat wonky sense of humour – or else no amount of thought whatsoever, bearing the last name of “Evan”. Perhaps they were just lazy and couldn’t think of another name to bestow upon their firstborn. Thus, “Evan Evan”. No kidding.


  12. gigihawaii September 30, 2012 at 16:45 #

    Happy birthday! Your name, Linda, is more common than my name, Glenda. But, I prefer my blog name, gigi. Lol.


  13. laurieanichols September 30, 2012 at 17:04 #

    Happy birthday Tilly! Linda is a pretty name, I don’t have anything for it in French but I like the Spanish translation. My doctors names are safe names, I have Doctor Wool, Doctor Kay, Doctor Howe, Doctor Earle. Good solid names.


  14. SchmidleysScribbling September 30, 2012 at 17:20 #

    I got off pretty easily Linda. My father was mad about the goddess Diana, and my mother was a Francohphile so they named me Dianne, which is French.

    My poor sister was supposed to be a boy named Mike, but Mom put her foot down and my sister is named Michelle which is the feminine of Mike.

    My Mom is named June with means Jane in Dutch. Her grandmother was Named Juntje which is Dutch for Jane.


  15. terry1954 September 30, 2012 at 18:05 #

    this was good, loved the charlie brown, he is always my fav


  16. Tom (Aquatom1968) September 30, 2012 at 18:11 #

    I know the day is almost over, but I’m playing catch up again. Happy Birthday, Tilly! I still managed to get it in!
    Ponky Firer is a great name!


  17. adinparadise September 30, 2012 at 18:36 #

    Hope you’re having a really happy birthday, Tilly the Hub. 🙂 Love it!


  18. Barbara September 30, 2012 at 19:42 #

    Happy Birthday!!


  19. katharinetrauger October 1, 2012 at 05:16 #

    Happy Birthday!

    Glad you were born!



  20. joursdemots October 1, 2012 at 07:27 #

    Ooops! Missed your birthday. Hope it was a great one. Wasn’t Genghis Cohen a mate of Colin the Barbarian?
    I went to school with Justin Stead (true). Story was his parents wanted a girl…
    My dentist in Durham was Graeme Dentith (also true- I once asked if there were other dentists in his family. Apparently they are farmers.


  21. benzeknees October 1, 2012 at 08:11 #

    Happy Birthday Linda (Tilly Bud)! I hope you have a great day! I’m sending wishes for Maltesers for you! BTW my first name is also Lynda (just spelled different).


  22. Pseu October 1, 2012 at 08:45 #

    I went to school with a John Thomas, which was fine until I read DH Lawrence.


    In Kidder where I grew up there was a firm of estate agents called Dolittle and Dalley. – they are still going strong…


  23. bluebee October 1, 2012 at 11:21 #

    Happy Birthday, Tilly Bud – you’re older than I (only just…) which probably explains why I had to look up ‘delectation’, And we’re both Librans (not that I believe in that stuff). And there’s nothing weird about Charlie Brown – you were just born (on this day) with an abnormally cheerful disposition 😉


  24. Tinman October 1, 2012 at 19:35 #

    Happy birthday, Till, sorry I missed it yesterday, I hope you had a great, Malteser-filled day.


  25. patti October 2, 2012 at 20:24 #

    The birthday just keeps on going – a belated happy birthday – and feel free to have a happy day today as well!


  26. eof737 October 5, 2012 at 03:32 #

    Funny stories on the name thing… but HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA!!!! 🙂
    “Happy Birthday to you! 🙂
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    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Birthday .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥Happy Birthday to youuuuu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.•*¨*•♫


I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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