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Friday, February 16, 2007

What's in a name?

I was on the look for a gardener to trim & clean the lawn & water the big garden (yeah, yeah....the lazy me!). I managed 2 get someone for it as a piece meal job. This was our conversation -

Me - Can do u clean & trim the lawn & water all the plants?
He - Yes ma'am
Me - Ok good. Whats ur name?
He - God knows
Me - What?
He - God knows
Me - U mean u dunno ur name
He - God knows ma'am
Me - So how do I call u?
He - God knows
Me - U mean ur name is "God knows"
He - Yes ma'am

And we all burst into laughing as how someone can have a name like God knows!

But after I settled myself I realised we even have Indian names which mean similarly...like Ram Jaane (which when translated from Hindi is God knows!)

The other funny name I found of a security guard was "Thousand". And I was thinking how can ppl have such ridiculous names! But again I realised the Indian (tamil) equivalent is "Kanairam". When translated it is even worse....it means "Thousand eyes!!!"

There are also other names like Charity, Beauty, Kiki, Angel etc...but well I think there are somewhat equivalent Indian names too! And told myself, what's in a name?!

Have u come across any such "funny" names?


  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    I am the firstu :-)

  • At 9:35 PM, Blogger Syam said…

    yep in tamil we have few other funny names like.. pachai,alagu and translated as green and beauty :-)

  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger mommyof2 said…

    I came across 2 last names, spice & hillibrand(kuku, crazy in punjabi;-)

  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger Fonceur said…

    This is nothing there are more funny names.

    Atleast these names are having some meaning. There are couples in india who come up with very strange names by adding up alphabets from thier names example.

    This one friend of mine whose name is fasri = fathima + shukur.

    aint it??

    Some Other Namoonaas

    prashanth= prabakran + shanti
    hamkul = hamza + kulsum


    When i get married i will also find a girl who's name starts with sha like shahida or shahnaz or something then i can call my baby gitl AMISHA..

    Great joke..

    Hah haha

  • At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i still cannot believe his real name is god knows. maybe he translated his name like in tamil. is he from south of border? i cannot remember any funny names right now, but there is a professor in MIT whose name is Arvind. no last name. he has lot of troube explaning to people i believe. and many forms maynot even accept a name without last name in uS

  • At 11:47 PM, Blogger starry nights said…

    That was funny. was he trying to say that he is just the "gardner" cannot think of any funny names of hand but have come across quite a few.

  • At 6:56 AM, Blogger Sreejith Kumar said…

    Nooru is a Muslim name in Kerala.... It also means '100'..... :D

    Have a great weekend...

  • At 1:22 PM, Blogger Ganesh Ranganathan said…

    There are people named 'Mannangatti' that means block of mud in Tamil

  • At 2:07 AM, Blogger Arz000n said…

    I was watching this stupid movie couple of days back (yes I have that much time in ma hands to d/l crap movies and watch em too)...about this guy going into future without his knowledge...and when they ask him his name to get a TAG printed on his arm (as his SSN), he says, Dont know

    so his surname is KNOW and forename is DONT, gets printed on his arm :D

    In real life...I remember once in ma previous company, I heard this name on the paging system and was literally rolling on the floor...

    MONA LISA PATIL, please contact reception


  • At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Lera said…

    Funny Names :) can't think of one right now..

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said…

    Lol,I wonder why anyone would name him as "God knows" perhaps they got fed up of trying to find a good name and finally gave up and said "well,god knows" and it stuck:)I recently met one of my hubby's collegue ,her name was Ima Hammer,I had to suppress my laugh when I was introduced,it sounded so comical!By the way Has to be me,is it ok for me to blogroll you?

  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger my life.... said…

    haha... yup i too have came across funny names...names like Madhu when in Tamil it literally means drinks... another one is Maadhu... when it means lady in Tamil... its weird...

  • At 2:57 AM, Blogger s0ulasylum said…

    heyloooo, happy 2007 htbm!!! how've u been? doing well, i hope! :) well weird names i've heard tons.. but the most irritating i've heard in the recent past is 'precious' and also names like bubbly, pinky.. mailo.. i mean wth were the parents thinking!! :))

  • At 7:47 AM, Blogger Keshi said…

    LOL so funny!

    Well have I come across funny names? PLENTY. There was a Kiwi guy who's name was Puka Kohe...when translated into Sinhalese it means 'Wheres-the-ass' LOL!


  • At 8:10 AM, Blogger itchingtowrite said…

    some funny ones - there is a guy whose surname is hand and another ones is burns and another one is amen! my friend knew of someone whose name is PK girpade- meaning got drunk & fell down.

  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger artnavy said…

    nice post u started
    i enjoyed the ones in the comments as well

    cant think of any myself

    teh usual parsi ones- daruwaala screwalla

  • At 5:47 PM, Blogger KK said…

    God Knows is funny!! LOL!!!

    Once when one guy was talking he was telling "when Jose Father comes we can do that" I was like wondering why should some Joe's father come here... only later I realised thats a name...
    BTW, when everyone here finds my name funny, I cant talk about others :D

  • At 11:47 PM, Anonymous nz said…

    Was it really his name ??
    I have come across a few funny/weird ones here in NZ but I dont wanna be rude ;-)

  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Twisted DNA said…

    That's a funny name!

    One girl I met was named "Kendra" which in Telugu (or Sanskrit) means "center". It's not uncommon in Andhra to see names like "paala kendram" which means "Milk Center". Ya, there are plenty of funny names out there.

    I did a post on funny Indian names some time ago.

  • At 1:02 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said…

    God Knows and Thousand are really funny :)

  • At 7:22 AM, Anonymous chandni said…

    there's a friend who's named his daughter "chaahat"...translating in to love but i feel its a ridiculous name!

  • At 8:20 AM, Anonymous noodlehead said…

    htbm, you give me hope!!! thanks for visiting my blog :) water retention has just begun for me and my feet resemble watermelons now :(

    as for your post - there's a marathi last name "Pishe", which in konkani (the language i speak) translates to mad....i found that awfully funny!! hehehehe!

  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger gils said…

    how abt "has to be Me" for starters... ;)

  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous lera said…

    Just remebered one, " Chamatkar " a cook @ my friends place :)

  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger golmaalgopal said…

    how bout...gewpaal...??? dats how my onsite co-ordinator calls me :))

    "god knows" wen he'll call ma name right... :)

  • At 7:31 PM, Anonymous pria said…

    H2bee: Just laughing at such names and wonder wow..

    I know someones name is nana pazam, but tranlsate panne thrila.

  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger Orchid said…

    Seriously?? Someone's name is actually God Knows?? LOL....have to think if I know any that is that strange....will be back if I cn think of any.

    Good post!

  • At 6:31 AM, Blogger Me too said…

    Godknows (who) takes care of your garden?!

    In my childhood, the surnames Brown, Black used to amuse me! Wonderful Indian Names like Gopi, parikshit etc. are so embarrassing abroad!

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger Priyankari said…

    Yeah, in English stories and novels. I used to wonder, since a child, as to how can anyone have surnames like, White, Brown etc. These are funny enuf!

  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger Harish said…

    Someone asked me the same thing for my last name. I remember the funny double entendre names in James Bond movies :-)

  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    Has to be me!

    first of all thank u for blogrolling me! Eppo blogroll panneenga?

    seri seri... very good topic u have written about.

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    many funny names.. in tamil... like...

    picha - Seriously andha payyanoda nelamaya konjam yosichi paarungalen... friends eppadi kindal pannuvaanga nu!

    dhandapaani - shorta dhandam!

    innum neraya irukku.. aana nyabagam varala!

    But i am really really proud of my name - KARTHIK

    I like my name! I love my name very much! :)
    Thanks to my parents! :)

  • At 5:56 AM, Blogger Kittu said…

    "God knows" nu oru nameaa ?
    May be that guy did'nt have any name :) adhaan God Knows nu solli irupaan!

  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger Kittu said…

    @syam : I am the firstu :-)

    idhenna chinna pulla thanama first,secondunu !!
    -K maami

  • At 10:47 AM, Blogger Princess said…

    Only yesterday I saw a program on Vijay TV about - whether people are happy with their unique/weird names or not?

    After reading I remember that show.


  • At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just a few days back at our office I came across a name name="Ramani" Surname="Dhar" which when translated together roughly means "Catch a Lady"!!!!

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger dharma said…

    I was looking for Indian baby names are stumbled on your hillarious post. Anyways if anyone else like me come here, this is a link.



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