Another tragic case

ŠĒ• Stuff.co.nz

Look, I feel sorry for the kiddie having an accident, really I do, but what were his parents (or more likely just his mum) thinking when they named him?

Silly First Name Syndrome is lethal.

A Feilding childcare worker has admitted showing a lack of care at a pedestrian crossing when she drove into a toddler’s pram.

The 2-year-old boy, who was thrown from the pram, had to have a finger amputated as a result of the collision.

In Feilding District Court yesterday, Tania Nicole Bowater, 32, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing injury.

The incident happened on March 2 as she was driving along Kimbolton Rd, Feilding.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Whitmore said Bowater was driving about 50kmh and failed to see Lisa Nuku and her son Southern-Rome Nuku crossing the road. Bowater struck the pram.

“[Ms Nuku] received no injuries but [Southern-Rome] had his left hand badly lacerated which later required the removing of his ring finger and an operation to his little and index fingers,” Whitmore said.

  • Dave

    Perhaps better than being called Western rome…….. ¬† that way he would be a Westie all his life.

  • thor42

    I wonder if he has a brother called “Northern-Rome”?¬†

    A Maori, not surprisingly. WTF is it with Maori that they feel compelled to give their children stupid names?
    Almost without exception, whenever you hear a stupid name, it will be a Maori child who has it. About the only exception to that is celebs (who feel the same need to give their children stupid names).  

    • MrV

      Trying to minimise future employment prospects I imagine.

    • Sobriquet

      Stupid name indeed. She would have been better off giving him a strong English name… like Paul (meaning = little), John (Jehovah has been gracious), Anthony (worthy of praise), Michael (who is like God?), William (desire helmet), Daniel (god is my judge), James (he who supplants), Benjamin (Son of the right hand, son of the south, son of my old age). Proud Aryan names to be sure.

      • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

        What a fool. All of those names are Hebrew names…hardly likely to be aryan are they?

      • Sobriquet

        my apologies whaleoil – I’m fairly new to the business of racial¬†stereotyping – was just trying to agree with thor42′s comment that Maori have the market cornered when it comes to stupid names.

      • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

        They don;t have the market cornered…the poor do however…that would be more accurate.

      • Orange

        WO: “Paul” is Latin, not Hebrew.
        Sobriquet: William does not mean “desire helmet”. It means Determined Guardian. Don’t be a goofball.

      • Sancho

        Hilarious. The irony has flown right over the idiot racists heads.

        Anyway, ‘Southern-rome’ maybe an SFN, but I’d definitely prefer it over old ‘Crooked Nose’ ;-)

  • David

    This is a joke surely, Southern Rome ! Anyhow I am off for dinner with a relative (on my wife’s side) who has grand kids called Armani and Pheonix and who live in Westport.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Reminds me of a joke about how the North American Indians would name their child after the first thing the woman saw as she emerged from the birthing tent. One child was curious as to how his sister got her name ‚ÄúRain Cloud‚ÄĚ and so she told him, and then the mum said ‚ÄúWhy do you ask that, two dogs fucking?‚ÄĚ

  • Scanner

    Always seems to be the “non-reflectives” that specialise in dumb arse names, in most cases their names should be drawn from a taxpayer approved list, after all it is usaually us poor working taxpayers that pick up the tab for these products of a drunken root.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Wonder why it’s hyphenated ? South of the aqueduct ?

    • Cadwallader

      Maybe it is a pizza delivery business in Feilding?

  • Landy

    In France some names are turned down.   There is, as I understand it, an approved list.   Nobody has suffered unduly from it yet, far as I know.   And it probably helps little kids fit in with their age group.   They love to become part of the group, comfortable and accepted.

  • Allanspear

    I worked with a lovely lady, Rosie, who married a Mr. Winterbottom. My son went to school with a fellow called Nicolas Topeliss (Pronounced Top-a-liss). I used to know a man who’s parents fled Poland at the start of the war. Their surname was Taim (Pronounced Time). He named one of his sons Justin. They were/are all realy cool people!

  • michael

    Who do you people think you are to decided what a ‘sensible’ name is?? – small minded fucks really should not be taught how to type.

    • michael

       oh and a follow up, as a bunch of people who advocate personal choices and freedoms the crap you go on about with regards to selecting names, to now say  people shoudl choose names that meet a certain standard of  (your) society is at best hypocritical. 

      Freedom of choice……as long as it’s the same one I would make….

      You people make me sick

      • Allanspear

        You are right, you are sick, but it isn’t because of the posters here. Parents who give their children silly names are thoughtless at best and at worst, cruel and vindictive. Ask any kid with a silly name how much flack they get from other kids. Ask them how miserable their lives can be because of the stupidity of their parents.

        One has to wonder what your real name is. Something silly?

      • Mark

        Do the children have freedom of choice not to be lumbered with dick head names or are they imposed upon them by their useless parents?

      • michael

         I ask again, who are you to judge what a dickhead name is?

      • michael

          Allanspear
        Рand again my point remains.  I know a Chinese couple who have named
        their kids ping, pong and tree…..is this silly to you??

        Just because they don’t meet the conventions of what you call a
        ‘normal name’ does not mean they don’t have strong proud names in their
        own cultures.  My problem is with people who go on about the freedoms of
        others yet bitch about their choices. 

        I would also contend that it is people who object to those names who
        are holding back the owners.  As you said, it is a name given to them by
        birth to which they hold no choice yet it seems the people of this blog
        have already decided their lives for them……

        My real name is Michael, 31yr old white middle class National Voter…and mighty proud of it.

      • Travdog

        It’s not about choosing names to¬†meet a standard michael, it’s about not giving children ridiculous fucking names. Don’t go overboard with the whole ‘violation of freedom’ bullshit.¬†

        There’s giving your kid an unusual name, and then there’s being a fuckwit about it.

        Simple as that, done and dusted. Anyone that calls a kid “southern rome” has something seriously wrong with them, lets get off the pc bandwagon michael.

      • Allanspear

        So let me get this straight. You are trying to compare the names in  a culture with a completely different language with english names that are just plain silly?

        You are quite right about the poor unfortunate victims of their parents stupidity suffering from the actions of those who find their names amusing or just plain silly. In case you never noticed, children can be cruel and in any group of kids at school, there will always be some that will make their lives miserable. Any parent who gives their kids silly names is cruel/stupid/vindictive. Take your pick. The fact of the matter is that silly names are silly, whether that infuriates you or not.

      • Mully

         Of course they have freedom of choice.

        Just as we have freedom to take the piss of their choice.

      • Karlos

        I tend to agree with michael on this one, it is the parents choice what they name their child, and they are the ones that have to deal with their child coming home from school distraught (spelling?) because all the other kids have been teasing them, the child also has the choice of legally changing their name once they are old enough.

        My personal favourite was the couple that named their kid talula-does-the-hula-in-hawaii. Rolls off the tongue nicely. 

  • Muppet Names

    She was on P when she names him……

  • michael

    Allanspear – and again my point remains.¬† I know a Chinese couple who have named their kids ping, pong and tree…..is this silly to you??

    Just because they don’t meet the conventions of what you call a ‘normal name’ does not mean they don’t have strong proud names in their own cultures.¬† My problem is with people who go on about the freedoms of others yet bitch about their choices.¬†

    I would also contend that it is people who object to those names who are holding back the owners.¬† As you said, it is a name given to them by birth to which they hold no choice yet it seems the people of this blog have already decided their lives for them……

    My real name is Michael, 31yr old white middle class National Voter…and mighty proud of it.

    • Mark

      Ok, I’ll refrain from my pejorative comments. The point made in the original post was that there tends too be a higher proportion of children with names that are “outside the norm and open to ridicule in NZ society” coming from poor dysfunctional familes than those with that don’t have quite so unusual names. And I can categorically state from personal and professional observations that this is absolutely true.

      • michael

        ¬†It was a pretty silly post to begin with, a kid in a pram (who had about as much choice about being in there as he did with the name he was given I would assume)….If he had of been shot after robbing a tinny house….fine to try and draw a parrallel between his name and being hit by a car?

    • Stevo

      Michael, let me think, ¬†your childrens names are………?

      • michael

        ¬†That’s none of your business…

    • Allanspear

      And my point still remains. Any parent who ensures that their kids have miserable childhoods by giving them stupid silly names should be sterilised! Sure they can change them when they get older, but by then the dammage has already been done.

  • Robert Anderson

    Something wrong here beside the bloody stupid name.
    Roads are for cars NOT prams.
    Never seen a pram with a hobometer or license so they should stick to the bloody footpath until they pay road fees.

  • Phar Lap

    Think that is worth a mention,how about calling your daughter this name.”Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii” . The parents were turned down and a judge made the nine year old girl a ward of the court, and allowed her to change her name,reasons for that¬† he said, ¬† it would protect her from social disability as she grew up.Perhaps Southern-Rome has also got the wrong end of the pine-apple.

  • ConwayCaptain

    In China Navigation, part of the Swires Group n HK, in the 60′s there was a quartermaster who named his sons Port and Starboard and they went on to get British Foreign Going Masters Certificates.

    • Tom

      Classic!

  • Graemeewilson

    Michael, having a child and giving it a name for life is not a vanity choice by the “owner” as though you were amusing yourself with a pet dog.¬† As a caring parent the¬†child should be named with a thought about his or her future and future prospects.¬† This is indeed the free choice of the parents; but it reflects on them¬†and can condemn the child because of their shallow stupidity.¬†¬† Your caring parents called you Michael; how much happier would you be if they had taken another toke and called you Fkwit.¬†¬†

    • michael

      Are you seriously suggesting that this kid was hit by a car because of the name it was given?

       My caring parents, dropped me at a social welfare home for boys when I was 4 so they could head to Aussie for a party, and I can assure you this had nothing to do with my name.

  • Graemeewilson

    Michael, having a child and giving it a name for life is not a vanity choice by the “owner” as though you were amusing yourself with a pet dog.¬† As a caring parent the¬†child should be named with a thought about his or her future and future prospects.¬† This is indeed the free choice of the parents; but it reflects on them¬†and can condemn the child because of their shallow stupidity.¬†¬† Your caring parents called you Michael; how much happier would you be if they had taken another toke and called you Fkwit.¬†¬†

  • http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/ Inventory2

    This being about an accident in Feilding, my dear departed father told me a number of times that back in the 1930′s there was a firm of butchers in that fair rural town that traded under the name of Hitchcock and Scratchett

    • Cadwallader

      That’s OK. But it is timely to remember that many names were derived from one’s occupation…Cooper, Baxter, Smith, Baker etc… Will “Blogger” ever be a surname?

    • Bigkransky

        . . . . Or the law firm Dunning, Puddle, Rumble and Stamp?
      Or  . . . Bean, Gawn and Dunnet?

      • Bigkransky

         . . . or Gotobed, Hitchcock and Ticklepenny . . .

  • jay cee

    woman in town here has the name “daughter” has 22 siblings mum and dad obviously run out of ideas. told her they should have got an uncle to name then she might have been “denise”

  • Agent BallSack

    My guess is its where the indigent back packer father is from. At the risk of invoking the curse, where is Ure these days? Banished?

    • Jimmie

      Probably couldn’t get WINZ to renew his broadband connection

  • contractor

    Unfortunately its not just the poorer types.A couple of months back on here there was the graph depicting ‘stupidity of childrens name” versus “household income” with the curve in the general shape of a smile, ie as you approach either end of the income spectrum the stupidity level rises equally.My 13 year old son and I now exchange knowing grins at each other at his saturday morning rugby games….when playing the more southern teams its all Jjustice”, Serenity” et all, and then when we head into the central cityteams and it’s al l”Ollie’, “Charlie” or “Rupert”¬†….not sure who are the bigger wankers. probably the city ones – you’d think they’d know better.

  • A-random-reader

    There’s a woman in the US who was named Marijuana Pepsi Jackson by her parents:

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/40874017.html

  • Brian Smaller

    @Michael РA culturally appropriate name is not a Silly First name, even if they sound funny to someone from a differrent culture. However, Southern-Rome is silly by any definition. Poor stupid people seem to flock to them, as do wierdo celebrities who give their kids dumb names.  There are whole web-sites devoted to ghetto names for your baby. 

    • michael

      ¬†Sure, but does no one seem to mind Cameron’s suggestion that this baby might have avoided this accident had he been given a more acceptable name?

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