WBEZ | names http://www.wbez.org/tags/names Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en List: My family's public radio names http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/list-my-familys-public-radio-names-107386 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1615451221_51cf507139.jpg" style="float: right; height: 288px; width: 250px;" title="Flickr/Matthew Oliphant" /><p>While I technically work for public radio,&nbsp; you can tell that I&#39;m not a consisent on-air personality because I don&#39;t have one of those <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/why-do-npr-reporters-have-such-great-names/275493/" target="_blank">interesting, mellifluous public radio names</a>.</p><p>I ran my and my family&#39;s names through <a href="http://www.publicradionamegenerator.com/" target="_blank">the public radio name generator</a> to see how we&#39;d all end up once we had our own syndicated shows.</p><p>Me: <strong>Hazel Gjelten-Russo</strong></p><p>Husband Steve Delahoyde:<strong> Prince Obasanjo-Schmidt</strong></p><p>Baby Paul Delahoyde: <strong>Cam&#39;ron Ryssdal-Rao</strong><br /><br />Mom Janice:&nbsp;<strong> Juana Seabrook-Blechman</strong></p><p>Dad Edward: <strong>Banquo Bledsoe-Adbelkader</strong></p><p>Brother Jack: <strong>Caleb Cheng-Wozniac</strong></p><p>Dog Briscoe: <strong>Kweli Cooper-Morales</strong></p><p>Cat Fatty: <strong>Concepcion Pierce-Blumberg</strong></p><p>Cat Blackie: <strong>Nuru Borg-Russell</strong></p><p>What would your public radio name be?</p><p><em>Follow Claire Zulkey <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">@Zulkey</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/list-my-familys-public-radio-names-107386 List: What would you have been named? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/list-what-would-you-have-been-named-106896 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6331092681_065b1760a1.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Sugar Daze" />If you tell me you have a child, I&rsquo;m probably going to ask what his or her name is, mostly because I want to discern what type of person you are based on the name you picked. I find name choice a fascinating little corner of the attic that is the human mind.</p><p>If I was born a boy, I would have been named Alexander. But by the time my brother was born, my parents were on to John/Jack. Would Jack have been a different person if he were Alexander? I put a call out on my Facebook page last week for people to reveal their &ldquo;other&rdquo; name, and got some pretty fun tales in response:</p><p><strong>Anne </strong>Elizabeth Moore: Guess what.&nbsp;<strong>Buffy</strong>. For reals. My parents expected me to be a red-headed boy, and would have named that boy Buffy. Thankfully by the time they did have a red-headed boy, I had talked them out of that insanity.</p><p><strong>Alissa</strong> Rowinsky Wright:&nbsp;<strong>Adam</strong>. But, initially, they were going to name me Black Elk. A totally appropriate name for a Jewish kid about to be born in Topeka, Kansas. Thanks, hippie parents, for coming to your senses!</p><p><strong>Jessica</strong> Grose :&nbsp;<strong>Zeke</strong>. My older brother is Jacob and my mom thought Jake and Zeke sounded like a pair of bank robbers. My dad was not that into this idea, so Nicholas and Alexander were also in the running.</p><p><strong>Kirsten</strong> Palmer:&nbsp;<strong>Samuel</strong> Palmer [which became my younger brother&rsquo;s name.]</p><p><strong>Zev</strong> Valancy: I asked many times, and have always been denied. It&rsquo;s a source of frustration.</p><p><strong>Carrie</strong> Raisler: My parents were sure I was going to be a boy and were planning to name me <strong>Christian</strong>. I believe they pulled my name out of thin air in the hospital.</p><p><strong>Lauren</strong> Fox: <strong>Neil</strong> &mdash; because I was born three days after the moon landing.</p><p><strong>Nicole</strong> Cliffe: <strong>Daniel</strong>. But then, when my little brother was born, they named him &ldquo;Michael,&rdquo; because Daniel was .&nbsp;.&nbsp;. my name? You know, it&rsquo;s weird.</p><p><strong>Paula</strong> Winfrey Brown: I was to be <strong>Brice Corbin</strong> (after my dad). I was given the nickname Corky before birth. When I came out a girl, they still wanted that God awful nickname so I became Paula Courtney aka Corky until I was 6 and demanded a name that wasn&rsquo;t stupid.</p><p><strong>Ellen</strong> Werne: A few years ago my mom said, out of the blue in the middle of JC Penney, &ldquo;If I had it to do over, I would have named you Hannah.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Raia</strong> Fink: <strong>Rafael</strong></p><p><strong>Maura</strong> Farrell Devine: <strong>Cornelius</strong></p><p><strong>M Molly</strong> Backes: <strong>Brian</strong>. I recently got into an argument with my younger sister where she was like &ldquo;No, I was going to be Brian if I was a boy!&rdquo; and I said right, because they didn&rsquo;t name me Brian, so you could still be a Brian. This argument looks even stupider now that I type it out.</p><p><strong>Samantha</strong> Irby: <strong>Samuel</strong>. Some imagination on my parents, Jesus.</p><p><strong>Todd</strong> Karzen: <strong>Willamina</strong>. On the day I was born, the Sesame Street letter of the day was W. My older brother (then 3 years old) insisted that I be named Willamina. I&rsquo;m so lucky I turned out male, narrowly escaping the life of an Amish girl.</p><p><strong>Emily</strong> Weaver: I would have been <strong>Ray</strong> Harold, had I been a boy, which is the name my younger brother got, and is based on various grandfathers and great-grandfathers. I remember feeling salty as a little kid when my parents talked about the &ldquo;what you might have been named&rdquo; since his name was in the running for me. But my name was not in the running for him. I was all hurt, like &ldquo;Why didn&rsquo;t you want to name him Emily?&rdquo; and I couldn&rsquo;t understand that it was because I was already named Emily. Kids! I think he would have been Amanda.</p><p><strong>Mary </strong>Richardson: <strong>Graham</strong> Brian Downing Richardson, Jr. Which is what my brother was named three years later. What is weird is the names of my parents&rsquo; first two babies (I was the third) who died at birth (born too early). The first was named Brian Dennis. The second was named Anne Elizabeth. My little sister (who is still alive) is named Elizabeth Susan. So not only did my parents not have any qualms about using names already thought of for other children, they used names already used for other children.</p><p><strong>Jackie</strong> Gregory: <strong>Jack</strong>. Yep.</p><p><strong>Matt </strong>Shaffer: Per my mom, I would have been named <strong>Amelia</strong>, after a nun who took her in during some turbulent years in the late 60s.</p><p><strong>Sarah</strong> Kaiman: <strong>Noah</strong>. But my mom really liked <strong>Magic</strong> for a bit for either gender. FYI &mdash; This was pre-Magic Johnson.</p><p><strong>Kevin</strong> Smokler: <strong>Kara</strong>. My mom had a thing for Irish names. Like every midwestern Jew in the 70s, apparently.</p><p><strong>Martha</strong> Burzynski: Reports varied widely over the years; <strong>Michal</strong> (Polish version of Michael) or Beau.</p><p><strong>Emily</strong> Guendelsberger: <strong>Grover</strong>. At least, that is the myth.</p><p><strong>Meghan</strong> Haynes: <strong>Ajax </strong>(hot...mess... what happens when your father is a comic book fan, shaking my head); God knew what he was doing when He made me, I was spared!</p><p><em>Who would you have been? Follow Claire Zulkey <a href="http://twitter.com/zulkey" target="_blank">@Zulkey</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/list-what-would-you-have-been-named-106896 Play the 'Worldview' names quiz! http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-30/play-worldview-names-quiz-88560 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/800px-Caf_babies.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's the last day of the pledge drive, which means one thing on <em>Worldview</em>: it's quiz time. Today, we'll test your knowledge of names around the world. We're taking about societies with first names, surnames, patronymic names and just one name.</p><p><em>Worldview </em>producer Alexandra Salomon also has a special request. She's in her third trimester of pregnancy, and she still doesn’t have a name for the baby. To solve this conundrum, we’re asking you to name the child! Her only criteria: it can’t be an American name, but it has to be a moniker Americans can say. Call us at <strong>312.923.9239</strong> to play along and take a crack at naming Alexandra’s baby!</p><p><a href="http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/winters.html" target="_blank">Jeffrey Winters</a> joins in on the fun. He's a political science professor at Northwestern University and expert on Indonesia, including, unofficially, Indonesian naming traditions.</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-30/play-worldview-names-quiz-88560