In the spirit of this post and reflecting on my teaching experiences here are some I would add / include – true kids I’ve met or known. And some of the names really aren’t that bad (could be worse) but they could be much better. Also, keep your ears open for future generations named after body parts. Each year when I teach the human body, I have at least two or three kids that remark at how nice that sounds and they’ll name their kids that (keeping in mind I teach 7th / 8th graders about the body) – Phalanges (finger bones), Patella (knee cap), Duodenum (part of the digestive system, stomach). My dad told me that he once worked at a hospital where some mom named her kid Meconium (first bowel movement) because it sounded pretty.
Jea’na (jen-nay), female
J’quan (jay-kwan), male
Shanyge (san-jean), female
Shaquanda, female (on more than one embarrasing occasion I misspoke and called for Shanequa)
In 3 years and ~ 150 kids, even though its urban / minority students I’ve had some interesting biblical references:
Elijah, Malachi, Ishmael, Pentecost (all male)
only one Michael
only one Jessica
Knitting posts are coming, eventually.