I know these topics aren't very interesting but I think it's good we post them anyway. It's like... where history goes.
1. cousins named Begonia and Bernina. Never talked to them, so I don't know their story, but eeee
2. a girl named Avalon, called Avi ("avvie") about half the time. Sisters and brother have completely ordinary names, and they all have complicated Hawaiian middle names I can't remember. I inquired as to why her name was so weird, and she said she was named after the wife of the dude that delivered her.
3. Kai, which seems super sporty and dudeish, on an adorablissimo half-Japanese kid. The rest of his family has Japanese names, too. My perception of it was altered pretty powerfully
4. My friend Chelsea wants to change her name because it's too "girl," even though it's not, really (I know a few boy Chelseas). She probably won't change her name, but it's fun to think about. She's a conductor and wants something eurochic, but for some reason she's stuck on "Chuck." She won't even go over to Charlie. I'm trying to convince her to change her name to Remy, since that's her favorite name for either gender, and despite its working OK on a girl definitely portrays a masculine image, but she says she wants to use it on a kid. So I suggested Robin and she kinda liked it. I wish she would change it; Robin fits her so much better than Chelsea, which fits her quite poorly, and her sister's name is so elegant and pretty compared to hers (Talia).
5. Justyn. When I asked him why his parents made such an awful spelling decision (phrased it nicer than that, of course), he said "Someone told them it was Australian." "They were told wrong," I said. "My parents are dumb," he explained.
6. A girl Wesley. So gray and icky, I thought...
Can't remember the rest, oh well!