Ok, I recently met a set of boy/girl twins who were named Warner and Maddox. Go on, guess which one is the boy and which one is the girl!


Blogger Lisa M. said...

Warner is the girl and Madoxx the boy.

I always find names interesting, and um unique spellings too. (That is my all time favorite)


I mean. Give me a break!

8/27/2006 05:17:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I go with Warner - girl and Maddox as the boy. (and only because Angelina Jolie's boy is Maddox and yes, I'm more than slightly embarrassed to put that I know that)

8/27/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Madoxx (why two xs?) boy and Warner is the girl. I guess.

8/27/2006 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I used to teach a technology program for children. In one group I had, Alesha, Alicia, Aleesa, and Alissa, plus a Mellisa. These names were so similare that getting one wrong was just small slip of the tounge.

Because I spent much of my life overseas I am used to hearing my own name pronounced differently. I would think it impolite to correct someone, but these girls would correct me all day long. I could be looking one of them in the face and call her Alisha, and she would correct me, "I am A-lee-cee-a."

It drove me nuts.

8/27/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Starfoxy said...

"I would think it impolite to correct someone, but these girls would correct me all day long."
There is a distinct difference between someone mispronouncing your name due to a language barrier, or saying your name with an accent, and someone just plain getting your name wrong. To those girls calling Alicia "Alisha" is as wrong as calling someone named Robert "Frank." It's a different name, regardless of how similar they may sound.

8/27/2006 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I would say that the girl is Warner, too. Just seems to sound more feminine than Maddox.

Okay, here is my own soap box: Parents who choose to name their children with extremely hard spellings and pronunciations are just plain mean. Seriously, how does that help the child in the future? Especially in school? On the playground? Birthday invitations? Hello? Unique names are fine, but let's make them easier to say, people!
Okay...I'm off the box now...

8/27/2006 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

Madoxx is the girl, Warner is the boy.

When will the secret be revealed?

Sucks to be named something where a teacher wouldn't know your sex just by looking at the role.

8/27/2006 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

I make it a habit to avoid using names all together. It makes things easier. For most communication, I just make eye contact and then say something. This makes it un-necissary to actually have to say the persons name. Trust me, this works about 90% of the time. I rarely remember a name, and even if I know it, I rarely say it.

As for weirdly pronounced names, my wife has a friend named Theresa, only it's pronounced exactly how it's spelled, the H isn't silent.

I agree that it's cruel to have weird name spellings and pronunciations. My name (Ian) is really hard for many Southerners to say (I-ann, Eon etc.) and I grew up in Georgia. No one could get it right at all.

8/28/2006 01:54:00 AM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

I completely agree with Starfoxy. When I lived in the States, I was always getting called Christie (which I hate) and I would always correct them. Christie is just not me! Same when people call me Chris. Not me.

My daughter has a Welsh name ...Celyn. Some people who read that will pronounce it 'Celine' (like she of singing the theme tune to Titanic fame - lol). But it's not. It's Kell-In. I hate Celine!!! And then because my husband and I are English but live in South Wales, we say Kell-In but people who speak Welsh will read her name and call her what sounds to us like "Kay-Lynn" (which is how you pronounce Celyn in Welsh...it means 'holly' by the way). Well, to us that's like calling her Sarah when her name is Sara. So we correct them (nicely, politely etc.) because it's not her name. And then they all pronounce it 'properly' and we're done. Easy.

Someone would correct someone who consistently called him the Angel Moroneee (not Moroni as we know it to be) wouldn't we?

Hey...my friends in Utah have children called Chase, Race and Grace. Bwaahaaahaaa!

And then again, names that are popular here and considered nice, cool, fine, etc. are not considered so in North America (I remember a friend of mine in Canada laughing her head off when I said Jack was a really popular name for babies...this was about 8 years ago).

And Michaela is the correct spelling for that name isn't it?

This is a subject that fascinates me...as it goes along with my interest in language, accents and grammar/words and how we all get bent out of shape about words that we consider 'wrong' or impolite but in another culture are not so. Oh...I could write an essay :-D

So...I think Warner is a boy and Madoxx is a girl.

8/28/2006 02:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Oh I have a good one. A family I know has four girls, their names are Emmaleigh, Haleigh, Addileigh, and Molleigh. Their boy's name, Brady. I think he feels left out. (HEHE). The mother told me when Emmaleigh was in nursery, that her name was spelled just like it sounded. Emm-a-leigh. Well, when I hear the name, I see Emily. I'm just funny that way. Another one I know, a boy, Race, and two girls, Autumn and Summer. Hmmmm. So fun.

8/28/2006 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...


These names were just so close, I tried very hard to get them right. I taught the program for nearly a year and never was able to pull it off. I seldom called any of the Alisha variants by Melissa's name, but the others were very hard.

If there had only been one of them in the program it would not have been so tough but they were all there and you had to keep changing how you prounced the names.

We have a sister in our ward how is named Laura and pronouces it La-ra, it was not to hard to get used to say her name the way she preferred but she was just one name.

I think for a group of children to continue to correct an adult for over 8 months is a bit much. Obviously I was not going to master it.

8/28/2006 04:45:00 PM  

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