Odd Nicknames/Names

Philippines
August 20, 2008 4:54am CST
I have this neighbor who called her children odd names: Her son she call 'Bukol.' In our vernacular, 'bukol' means some lumps or swelling. When I asked her why she called her son bukol, she replied 'It's because he always bumped into something thus he always got those swellings often.' Her youngest daughter she called 'Kirat' which means her eyes are not of the same size having one eye smaller from the other. Her oldest daughter she called 'Taba' which means she's fat. When I asked her what's they're real names I found out that they were nice names: Son - Timothy / youngest daughter - Catherine / oldest daughter - Stephanie. I suggest she could just at least call them Tim, Cathy and Steph so that at least they have better names. But she said their used to their odd names and those where what they were called ever since. Ayoh! I just shook my head and return back to my house. I just know when they grew up to be teenagers they would somehow overgrow those odd nicknames and adopt those that really relates to their names. Have you known or heard someone who has such odd names?
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• United States
20 Aug 08
Yes. Your story made me giggle a little bit. And, those names actually sound like names from a different country. Nowadays, I hear so many unusual, different and neat names they just might be names of some people! I have always made up names for four out of five of my children when they were younger. My first one though, I didnt. I suppose I just wasn't as silly and goofy back then! Well, I usually just changed a letter or two in there names for my two daughters-Lauren whom I called Bauron, and Kersten whom I called Bursten. Why the B's you ask? No clue. Then as Lauren got older I started calling her the "beef Baron". Strange huh? Well, I got that name from a local restaurant that was callen "the Beef Baron". Which eventually for short ended up calling her just "Beef" alone! I thought it was pronounced the same as her nickname and later found out it wasn't but it stuck anyway.(I pronounced it like Bar-un,when the restaurant was really bair-in). Then my boy came along and was named Erik which we ended up calling him Generic. I think I might have liked rhyming! Now my latest. My 1 1/2 yr old baby Gabriela. Wow did her name change! I dont even remember how I seemed to change her name to this one. I call her pat-chon-ski. Pepole look at me very strange sometimes when I call her this but oh well. I think I willl stop when she is old enough (as the others were) to realize herself how stupid it sounds!
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Well I just hope Beef won't order some chicken meals in a restaurant coz it might end up a friend asking him: 'Beef what do you wanna eat?' and he might reply, 'I want some fried chicken!' For sure the waiters would somehow look and double look at Beef and and might have the thought that 'Beef wants fried chicken?' lols! (just kidding) Thanks and cheers for pat-chon-ski and hope she will grow healthy and be called Gabby when she grows up.
@karakiks (42)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
so you're from the philippines? hello. i have old neighbors too that has odd nicknames. there were two brother here in our neighborhood, they're nicks are bilog and oblong. it was a bit funny. yeahh. i myself have a weird nickname (perhaps for me), my grandmother calls me karakiks. weird but cute though.
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• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Mind if i ask what does karakiks mean?
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I don't think it's very nice to call your own kids (or anybody else) names that point out their physical shortcomings! When I was in grade school, though, I remember two boys at recess who ran into one another. One of the boys, whose name was Jeff, ended up with a huge purple bump on his forehead. So for the rest of his school days (even through high school), the other kids called him "Lumpy" even though the lump eventually went away. He didn't seem to mind it, though. We call our older son "Bean." His grandpa used to call him "Boston Baked Beans" for some reason I never really understood. So he's always been Bean to us. He doesn't mind if we call him that as long as it's not in public!
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
That reminds me about Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean's real name (or so his screen name) was Rowan Atkinsons, yet we all knew him as Mr. Bean and not Rowan. I wonder if he's also called Mr. Bean at home? lols!
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
Got a neighbor too that he calls her daughters funny and odd names like bingka, kitkit, tamburong and the likes and when they grow up people still call them on that names so embarrassing.