Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cheesy Baby Names


Like Penryn, another building that I pass everyday on the way to work is named Monterey. It's such a lovely sounding word, one that would probably work well as a persons name. And why not? Back in the 80's, I was a big fan of a cartoon called 'Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'. The show featured the existing chipmunk characters of Chip and Dale, plus their new friends Gadget Hackwrench, a young female mouse and the team's pilot, mechanic and inventor, and little housefly and sidekick, Zipper. But my favourite was the burly adventuring Australian mouse named Monterey Jack – Monty to his friends, and Cheeser to his mum.

So I find it easy to see Monterey as a name. Cheeser or Cheese not so much. And apparently most people have similar feelings. Headlines were made late 2013 when BabyCenter released results of a survey of half a million American parents that revealed that three of those parents named their child Cheese in 2013. Three is not enough children to show up on the official SSA lists, so we can't really verify if that is true or not. We can only hope that those three responded incorrectly as a joke.

Although Cheese as a given name leaves a child open to ridicule, there are plenty of other ways to subtly honour your love of (or obsessive cravings for) cheese with your choice of name for your child. And it's been a while since I did a “just-for-the-fun-of-it” list, so here goes!

Abertam
Caravene
Lairobell
Rubens
Airedale
Carlow
Leafield
Rushan
Alverca
Colby
Leyden
Sakura
Ambert
Crescenza
Malvern
Samso
Ambrosiana
Croghan
Margotin
Sardo
Ameribella
Crowley
Maribo
Siraz
Anari
Crozier
Minas
Sirene
Aura
Derby
Montasio
Stilton
Azeitao
Dunlop
Mycella
Tala
Balaton
Emlett
Myzithra
Teifi
Banon
Esrom
Niolo
Telemea
Beaufort
Filetta
Nis
Toma
Berkswell
Finn
Orda
Tometta
Bosworth
Friesla
Orla
Tommes
Braudostur
Gowrie
Parenica
Ulloa
Brick
Graviera
Parrano
Vacherin
Brie
Kenafa
Penbryn
Wellington
Brin
Kernhem
Piora
Wensleydale
Bryndza
Kiri
Rodoric
Winnimere
Capretta
Kishta
Roncal
Zamorano
Capriola
Korall
Roquefort
Zimbro


Thanks to Cheese.Com and Wikipedia for the great ideas

What do you think – would you consider using any of these? Or is the idea just too “cheesy” for you?



2 comments:

  1. I like cheese, but probably not THAT much ... most of these are quite subtle though, and I do like Winnimere "Winnie".

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  2. Same here -- I'm not really into cheese, but a lot of these (Finn, Colby, Orla, Kiri) are very usable anyway, because no one would ever guess the connection.

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