I realize that in many cultures the choosing of a name is an important thing. It represents the person (and possibly his/her parents desires for them) throughout their life. Therefore, you want to choose a name that is at the same time unique and meaningful.
However, I’ve been a little taken aback by some of the English names that have been chosen by my students and others I see around Taipei. Some of my favorites so far have been: Victory (male), Linus, Bright (again, male), Agnes, and Rasheed.
If Victory were Victor, I could understand. Though, along with Agnes and Linus, it seems like an outdated name. Of course, Taiwanese wouldn’t know that. Bright, on the other hand, isn’t even a name. At least, I’ve never read a Baby Name book or heard of someone named Bright (with the exception of a family name). As for Rasheed, not to be racist, but I guess my image of a Rasheed is either Indian or African-American, not Taiwanese.
Anyone else have any thoughts, comments, etc… on the name game? Or, do you have any other unusual names you’ve seen or heard of?