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  • confusedsafferinkorea
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I have heard my fair share of strange names during my teaching career but today I think I got the best. A little Grade 2 girl decided to talk to me and I asked her name. She told me it was Lemon.

What strange/interesting names have you come across?
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  • VanIslander
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2020, 04:32:03 pm »
Strangest name I have come across in Korea:

Bum-suk,... Yu Bum-suk.

(No, I am not joking.)

As for English nicknames: "Dol-pin"(as in 'dolphin').
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2020, 05:02:17 pm »
I had a Thanos, a Shark, and a John Cena (kid refused to answer to anything other than this for two years). It's usually the boys that come up with the odd  names. The girls are usually Jenny, Sunny, or Katie.


  • fka
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 06:08:24 pm »
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A little Grade 2 girl decided to talk to me and I asked her name. She told me it was Lemon.

I had a Lime once. Maybe they were cousins.

Lion and Tiger were my favorites, in addition to all the weird archaic and biblical ones (Abraham, Agatha, etc.). Come to think of it, my hairdresser's assistant calls herself Bible.


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2020, 06:26:42 pm »
I had a rotund middle age woman in one of my old adult classes who went by the name of 'Poby'. I had to giggle when I found out it was the fat polar bear's name from 'Pororo'.
 


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2020, 06:46:01 pm »
Strangest name I have come across in Korea:

Bum-suk,... Yu Bum-suk.

(No, I am not joking.)

As for English nicknames: "Dol-pin"(as in 'dolphin').
Good ol Bum-Ho Lee in the 2009 WBC! That was right before I came over. Everyone was rolling over that one.


  • confusedsafferinkorea
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2020, 09:00:58 pm »
I had a Lime once. Maybe they were cousins.


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2020, 09:01:57 pm »
Strangest name I have come across in Korea:

Bum-suk,... Yu Bum-suk.

(No, I am not joking.)

As for English nicknames: "Dol-pin"(as in 'dolphin').

Yes, they were a regular here a few years back.
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2020, 09:42:04 pm »
Continuing with the fruit theme, I had a student named Mango.

I had a student named Leo, then a few months after he joined I was told by the Korean co-teacher (who kept a straight face, I may add) to no longer call him Leo, but to instead call him Tony Stark. It was an excellent troll job on the part of the staff, parents, and student, who never gave any indication it was abnormal.


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2020, 07:30:03 am »
One of my students chose the name Mercury. She said she chose the name because she loved studying space when she was in elementary school and Mercury was her favorite planet.

This name isn't particularly strange, but the story makes me chuckle. Last year was my first year teaching in Korea, and my 2nd grade middle school students were the most misbehaved group of students any of my coworkers had ever taught. There were a few of them who didn't even listen to their homeroom teachers.
Anyway, on my first day teaching, I thought I'd try to learn my students' names (laughing at my past self for this) and had them make name cards with the option of writing their English name, if they had one. One of the aforementioned students wrote "Thomas". I remember talking with him about it briefly. Fast forward a few months later, Thomas was sleeping in class during an activity, so I went over and told him to wake up and work with his group. No reaction. Louder, "Thomas, wake up." Nothing. "Thomas!" This kid... He lifted his head out of his arms, didn't even open his eyes, raised his eyebrows and said, "It's Tomás" and proceeded to go back to sleep. The amount of disrespect...but honestly I had to turn away to try to hide my laughter from the other students.


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2020, 07:44:19 am »
I wonder if the "Lime" thing has anything to do with Among Us? Seems to be a popular color reference from that game.

I never really got the obsession with fruit names in general, but in the past "Apple" was the go-to.

I've had a couple of "Johnsons", which I didn't humor and made them change, lol, but I think the most interesting name was "Alice" because the student was specifically referencing Alice Cooper, and how do these kids learn about these things?


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2020, 08:06:07 am »
It's not just Korean students. When I was at university, some of my Asian classmates had some weird English names like Comet, Apple, Tiny, Kidd, Shammy, etc.


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2020, 08:20:57 am »
There was an article I read a while back that touched up on this subject, but I can't find it now. It went over some of the typical English names that Asian students would adopt, but there was this specific example of a Japanese(?) exchange student who ended up with the name "Vagina" because her friends had all told her it was a common woman's name in the USA. And she was apparently stuck with it for some reason?

Really wish I could find that article, lol.


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2020, 08:25:13 am »
some of my Asian classmates had some weird English names like Comet, Apple, Tiny, Kidd, Shammy
there was a chinese girl in my public speaking class named yolanda. nothing weird about that name per se, but i do wonder where she got it from


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2020, 09:24:17 am »
there was a chinese girl in my public speaking class named yolanda. nothing weird about that name per se, but i do wonder where she got it from

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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2020, 09:26:41 am »
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there was a chinese girl in my public speaking class named yolanda. nothing weird about that name per se, but i do wonder where she got it from   

Pulp Fiction maybe


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2020, 09:49:33 am »
Yu Bum-suk was a poster on Dave's. I met him a few times in Itaewon.


Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2021, 12:16:54 am »
I had a kid insist on Arturo.  Kind of cracked me up.  Although not technically an English name, I let it slide being that I'm a big Arturo Sandoval fan!


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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2021, 06:15:02 am »
Met a Moon yesterday. That's pretty original.
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Re: Strange/interesting English names kids give themselves or are given.
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2021, 02:18:45 pm »
I remember good ol' Rootily Toot Toot.

Back in the day any student who insisted on the bone-headed practice of an 'English name' got called that. Whenever one introduced themself, they would say something like "Hi, my name is Jason Donovan, a rootily toot toot."

The manager asked if they all said that, and I said "Yeah, pretty much."

Eventually they discouraged the practice because they said anyone with an average IQ could probably remember a student's Korean name. I said that that puts most NETs at a disadvantage but they seemed unfazed.
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