The Happiest Baby Name - Allegria
I dedicate this article to Mr. Happy. His nickname suits him so well that I have difficulty remembering such harmony between a person and his nickname. Name is a suggestive command, they say. Did Mr. Happy choose his name or his name chose him? He has his own story to tell and his own theory about names. But I wonder whether it is a coincidence that he recommends to his readers the book “Happiness is Overrated” written by Raymond Angelo Belliotti. The only thing I know is that Mr. Happy brings HAPPINESS to my world.
- Mr. Happy on HubPages
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde "Happiness is Overrated" by Angelo Beliotti - must read. I am interested in philosophy, politics, history, photography and cooking - in that order. I love two things: to drive and to write.
- Happiness is overrated - Raymond A. Belliotti - Google Books
Happiness Is Overrated begins with a historical overview of the development of the concept of 'happiness' from Plato to contemporary writers, highlighting the best scholarship emerging from philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
Italian hit "Happiness" with English subtitles
What do the words “STUPID” and “HAPPY” have in common?
Maybe, you would say “STUPID” + “HAPPY” = “IGNORANCE IS BLISS”. These words are neither synonyms nor antonyms, but what do they have in common? Like all words both “stupid” and “happy” are concepts. Names are words and more often than not, names are words with a meaning; therefore, names are concepts.
What concepts do you know that are often used for names?
The list is long, but let’s say:
Light, God, Defender,
Farmer, Warrior, Glory,
Names of Flowers,
Hope, Freedom, Angel… Judge…
Judge? Yes, Judge. I have one at home.
Name is Daniel = “My Judge is God” (origin: Hebrew)
Why did I choose a name that is not Russian and which meaning does not appeal to me at all? That is another story, but in essence the decision was strongly influenced by conservatism of my husband. He was determined to prevent me from choosing a STUPID name. A STUPID name? A name that HE DID NOT LIKE.
But most people including me do not want a STUPID name for their child and it is all in pursuit of future HAPPINESS. Something like that.
Would you like to call your child “HAPPY”?
- 27% Yes
- 73% No
Would you like your child to be called “STUPID”?
- 0% Yes
- 100% No
What makes a name STUPID? Who is to judge?
“It's not given to people to judge what's right or wrong.
People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”
Most of the time a stupid name is nothing more than an unusual name. Stupid and unusual are not synonyms. Conservative people prefer choosing and using familiar names, familiar as in accepted by the majority, safe names. Unfamiliar names, names created on the spot, badly, oddly sounding names are denounced depending on the level of intolerance.
The message that society sends to defiant, eccentric parents is “Don’t you dare to invent your own names!” But all names were at some point created. Somewhere. By someone. At some point all names were just new.
But even on ACCEPTABLE/ACCEPTED names opinions differ and fall into different categories:
- · I love it
- · I like it
- · I dislike it
- · I hate it
- · I am indifferent
You cannot like/love all names, can you? Neither can I. How do I make a judgment? What aspects of names irritate me? My likes and dislikes are very personal, but I have come up with a few reasons why names are declared STUPID:
What do you dislike in a name?
- 17% 1) Gender ambiguity
- 0% 2) Meaning of the name (concept)
- 17% 3) Form (the way it sounds and the associations it brings forth)
- 8% 4) Short (diminutive) form used as a full name
- 17% 5) Name is too common
- 17% 6) I just don’t like it
- 0% 7) Other
- 25% 8) All of the above
There is a strong desire to keep names divided along the gender line – female versus male, girls versus boys. But as it often happens, there is some blending, some diffusion – boys get names that USED TO BE for girls and girls get names that USED TO BE for boys. It has been speculated that a name affects his or her bearer so strongly that girls with boys’ names become more masculine and boys with girls’ names become more feminine. I am not going to argue.
I know that sometimes when names cross a geographical border they cross the gender line as well. They become TRANS…GRESSORS OR IS IT CROSS-DRESSERS? Long time ago Roman names RIMMA and INNA were male names. Now in Russia they became strictly female names.
Maybe Romans would have objected, but it is too little too late. They are all dead now. But the words live on.
A word spoken is past recalling.
Romans will be fine, but we have to accept this everlasting trend. Names migrate and they change their gender. They always did and they always will.
For example: NIKITA is a male name in Russia and it took me quite a while to get used to the idea that it became a girl’s name abroad. I do suffer from the same affliction, I thought it was STUPID. Then another name bothered me – MISHA Barton – MISHA is a male name, short for MICHAEL. But…I relaxed my views with age.
Why? Well, maybe where is MICHAEL, there is MICHAELA and then MISHA would be just fine except for the fact that it is a short form and that is another trend that I cannot stand – using short (diminutive) forms as full names. It sounds so immature. Can you imagine MISHA Gorbachev? I cannot and I don’t want to.
My first bout of “Stupid Names Intolerance”
...happened when my mother had bought me a present – “Dictionary of Russian First Names”. I opened it eager to find a mind-boggling variety of names. And I did, only the mind-boggling part of it was my shock that those names were NOT Russian by origin and most of them were completely unacceptable, in other words, STUPID.
Female: Hariessa (? – but it comes from the word Charisma)
Male: Sozont (? “zont” in Russian means “umbrella”, but in Greek it is “He who saves”)
You see? There is nothing wrong with the concept, but there is everything wrong with the way it sounds. No one, correction, no Russian parent would choose a name like that.
Where did these "RUSSIAN" names come from?
We love to collect, especially in our childhood. We collect mostly worthless things, but things that fascinate us. I keep things, but I am not a collector. My passion for COLLECTING names did not last too long, but my passion for names remained.
At the age of ten I started collecting … names. I was recording every name in a notebook, every name that I could find.
The problem was I could not find too many. All names in use seemed to be so common, so used and overused. In every class, there would be a few Svetlanas, a few Irinas, a few Marias, a few Natashas (Natalias), a few Yekaterinas… Same crap for male names. Russians lacked either imagination or they lacked names.
Lack of imagination is nothing else than conservatism, but what about lack of names? Why were the choices so limited?
It turned out to be that Slavic names were thrown to Dnieper when Russia took Christianity together with all pagan paraphernalia such as statues of Gods. New names were taken from the Bible and they were mostly Greek, Roman, and Jewish with a few additions here and there. I don’t think Russians ever became ardent believers or devout Christians, but they accepted and used new names. They accepted, but apparently they were not HAPPY. Why apparently? After the Revolution in 1917, religion was denounced, abolished, persecuted and one of the freedoms the Soviet (Russian) people got was freedom to choose names. Of course, there was a surge of ridiculous (STUPID) new names like REVOLUTION (female), but they did not make it in the long run. But those Biblical names that were inflicted on Russians a thousand years before did not make it in the long run either. And a thousand years is an awfully long run.
Nobody, nobody kept naming children with those abhorrently sounding Greek names. It’s not their stupidity that did them a disservice, it was only phonetics. Most of Greek names were too unpleasant to the Russian ears. It was all Greek to us and it was not SOUNDS OF MUSIC.
So, here we go. The majority of names used before Revolution was abandoned, but Russians never returned to the old Slavic names either. Now those names sounded STUPID (as in strange, unfamiliar, new) as well.
What was left?
Next to nothing.
Next to nothing.
Words are not only concepts, but words are SOUNDS!
I don’t think anyone, correction, any Russian who speaks English will call their child MODEST or MODESTA. It is a modest, but not a HAPPY choice. Nothing wrong with the meaning, but I don’t like it.
What is your reaction? Something like “So? What is wrong with that?”
This Greek name actually means “to save” + “kin, father”.
Nothing criminal, so to speak, but to the Russian ear? A disaster.
Because the first part “SOSI” means suck, the whole thing sounds like “Suck your father”.
AKAKIOS (Akakiy) means “not evil”. It may mean “not evil”, but no normal Russian parent will choose a name that sounds almost like “defecate”. That would be EVIL. That is when we say STUPID.
Names originate in one language and then migrate. If in the original language they mean something “not evil” and most of the time really good, good, HAPPY things, in the host language they become phonetic combinations that get associated with… the closest PHONETIC combinations.
But it is JUST ME. I don’t denounce these names as STUPID. But some people do, they have long lists of names they don’t like and don’t accept. SIMON, ELECTRA, DAMIEN…
I wrote a whole (long and winded) article trying to say that there is nothing wrong with the name SIMON(E).
Stupid Kid Names
Now there is a new list (long and winded) that I took from the web site Stupid Kid Names and while I don’t know most of those names (as never heard of them and have no idea what they mean), I got that unmistakable feeling of hatred so often associated with everything not to the likes of the people behind it.
I was puzzled why these names were proclaimed STUPID:
Achilles, Aidan, Allegra, Chloe…
I don’t have to like these names, but I find them quite acceptable.
Especially ALLEGRA. Happy, happiness.
Remember it is a concept. Those HAPPY names are used and accepted. In English? In English.
The problem with HAPPINESS is that you cannot make everybody HAPPY.
To some, ALLEGRA means HAPPY, while to others it is nothing more than a string of sounds… (that make them unhappy). ALLEGRA is a bad, foreign name, but what if the name is translated and instead of its form it would keep its meaning (concept)? What if a girl was called HAPPY?
Names that mean Happy or Lucky
- Unique Baby Names: Baby Names Meaning Happy
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- 20000-NAMES.COM: Luck Names, Fortune Names, page 1 of 1--meaning, origin, etymology
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Stupid Kid Names
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Happy is the stupidest name ever
- Behind the Name: Comments for the name Happy
What people think of the name HAPPY.
Allegra means happy - and is also my name
- allegra means happy—and is also my name
It's a page created by someone called Allegra and she even sounds perfectly happy and upbeat. I don't think that even people who disagree that Allegra is an acceptable name can spoil her joy.
ALLEGRA makes you feel and it makes you feel strongly
As for the sound, please listen to the song – I can guarantee it will stir and elevate your emotions. This song ALLEGRA makes you feel and it makes you feel strongly. By the way, do you know what the name of the singer means? PETRA means “rock, stone”. If I had to choose between these two names, I would go for…
I am happy
In English, the name HAPPY would sound the same for a boy and a girl. Right? I am dreaming… Who in their right mind will call their child HAPPY?
In fact there are plenty names used in English language that mean HAPPY.
FELIX is just one of them. And you know what? I considered it for my son.
Only my husband thought it was STUPID. Was it?
Every time I would have called my son, I would have said:
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY,
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY,
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY,
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY,
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY...............Go Lucky.
Remember WORDS have tremendous power and if you hear HAPPY every day, maybe you’ll become happier. Maybe our ancestors knew better after all.
Do you think that Allegra, Allegria and all its forms are acceptable and "normal"?
- 86% Yes
- 14% No
What about name Happy?
- 22% It's stupid
- 67% I accept it for others but not for my child
- 11% I accept it unconditionally
- Slavic names - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I managed to find there one happy name: VESYELA (f) - JOLLY.
- The Stupidest Baby Names in the World
The author surveys the vast landscape of atrocious names inflicted on defenseless babies and comes up with a few clear winners. For your own safety, please don't do this at home.
- Truly awful baby names. When Choosing a name for your baby steer clear of these stinkers
A unspeakable crime is being committed against innocent children all over the nation each and every day and it's time someone expose this shameful parental practice.
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