A recent mail introducing Miao Chang as a new employee in my company caught my fancy… I keyed in ‘Miao’ into the company intranet to see if it was a unique name and found that it was not – Miao Wang and Miaomiao Lin also work here.
In fact, this seems to be quite the favorite (and a common name) within a specific geography. An unrelated (to Miao) Kathy Nam even includes the line ‘anything cats want + OpsDB’ in her work description on the Intranet. Her mail ID incidentally turns out to be firstname.lastname@example.org
Another name that I thought was truly unforgettable – Heinz Gand (My husband insists that it is the ‘Heinz’ in the ‘Gand’ that makes it more funny)
This name is positively hilarious from an Indian cultural perspective. I’m sure it is perfectly normal in its own culture.
When I was growing up, I always hated my own last name (Ganapathy), because for some unconnected reason, it reminded me of boiled eggs. The icing on the cake, and an interpretation that never ever crossed my mind (being South Indian with a limited Hindi vocabulary, that is not surprising) was when a friend in college once said to me – “What a pity that a nice girl like you has such a ‘pondi’ (Indian slang for something with naughty connotations) sounding last name..” Go figure…
I’d love to hear more names that caught your attention because of the cultural interpretation or even because you just liked / did not like they way they sounded or the images they conjured up.. Do share!