May 18, 2006

Nevaeh -- "heaven" spelled backwards -- is suddenly the 70th-most-popular girl's name.

It's been over a century since a name has gotten so popular so quickly. And we know exactly why it happened. It's these characters:



She's the original Nevaeh, and he's Sonny Sandoval, the Christian rock star who named her and said so on MTV back in the year 2000.

You know, you could engage in more subtle Sandoval-copying: try spelling some other words you like backwards and see if you getting anything pronounceable and pretty. For example, I love the word "freedom." So: Modeerf! Aw, c'mon, honey, we can call him Mo. "Liberty"? Ytrebil! He's a rebel. Or should I say it rebel. How about Ymonotua.

Just don't do it with "love."

28 comments:

Dave said...

Desserts backwards is stressed, which an anorexic once pointed out to me.

Ricardo said...

Somehow, Nosidam doesn't have the same cute ring to it.

SippicanCottage said...
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Simon said...

"Farfignooton - that's a purrty name..."

Honestly, what some parents do to their children is reprehensible. Every year, the school directory comes home and the game becomes to find the parent who got most -- let's be gentle -- creative inflicting a name on their child.

MadisonMan said...

Well isn't that laiceps!

jult52 said...

I've never even heard of Sonny Sandoval or POD. Shows how little I know about my own country.

Tim Sisk said...

Simon: What comic said that? Cause I quote her all the time. It has been years since I saw her routine or the VW ad. I remember she was bald. We're expecting our yet unnamed child in a few weeks and we keep getting "help" from family, friends, and just met acquaintances.

al said...

Nevaeh - cool name.

I don't know if I'd call POD Christian rock but a lot of their music has some incredibly spiritual themes. Their live shows tend to cater to the secular side but that could just be their way of spreading the good news.

Pastor_Jeff said...

I wonder if some of the kids with creative names end up wishing they had more common ones. I imagine having to spell your name out for everyone gets old.

Did anyone else notice that the woman who wrote the article is listed as "JENNIFER 8. LEE"?

That's an unusual middle name right there.

Simon said...

Tim - y'know, now you ask, I have no recollection. LOL. It's just something my wife and I picked up on and have used since. :p

Dave said...

Jennifer 8 Lee made some publicity for herself a couple of years ago by adopting that middle name.

Dave said...

Jennifer 8 Lee's name explained here.

Supposedly the 8, in addition to generating conversation about her name, means good luck in China.

Pastor_Jeff said...

Dave -

I am so square that I assumed it was a typo and her middle initial is actually "B." But then there shouldn't be a period after 8, should there? It doesn't stand for anything.

Still, it's better than choosing a glyph like TATNKABAAGB(*) Prince.


* "The Artist Temporarily Not Known As But Again Apparently Going By"

Troy said...

The kid better learn to fight -- like a Boy Named Sue. No matter how far humans "evolve" or "progress" -- a boy with a funky name will get his ass kicked or kick ass in defense.

Brendan said...

stoidi

Bissage said...

What Brenden said.

Besides, doesn't it, like, you know, negate something to reverse it? Does he hang his cross upside down?

He could have named her "Heaven." Nah, that's, like, too weird, man.

PWS said...

I agree with Bissage ... having the name Heaven backwards means what ... you're heaven in reverse? You're the opposite of heaven (God forbid!)? You're heaven, but in code, initially undecipherable? You're heaven, but sort of hidden? All of the implications don't seem too appealing. I want my kid to be the opposite of evil--i.e., Live!

Pastor_Jeff said...

?neveah werbeH s'ti ebyaM

Troy said...

Maybe there's a hidden Satanic message in saying these names backwards -- like Led Zep or the Beatles. "heaven" said backwards at just the right speed and inflection is "It's fun to smoke marijauana."

Writing that made me feel the need to go get a tin-fol hat.

Dave said...

.llew sa B saw laitini elddim s'eeL thguoht I dna erauqs oot ton m'I ,llew--ffeJ--rotsaP

Bissage said...

I was in a band once and we made a record and we back masked a message so when you played it backwards on your turntable it said, "Hey, stop doing that. You're gonna ruin your needle."

Bissage said...

Okay, I lied about making a record and doing the back mask thing. But we did think about doing it.

And okay, it wasn't much of a band, either.

Sorry.

But hey, it's not like we gave our kids a bunch of stupid names or anything!

XWL said...

I went to high school with Natas Kaupas.

(A Lithuanian name, and he was already a legend amongst skaters then. Plus I think his name helped rather than hurt the sales of his skateboards)

Bissage said...

I too would join forces with OUR DARK LORD if it meant I could ollie to new heights!

Alan Kellogg said...

Pterodactyl spelled backwards is very hard to pronounce.

Chrees said...

Yo Dog!

BeckyJ said...

I had a student named Heaven Leigh. Leigh was her middle name. Went to school with Star, Mitzi, & Merrily, among others. Yes, I grew up in Southern California...why do you ask?

Mooshee said...

My step-daughter's name is Heaven Leigh Walker.