Belgian authorities have decided that it is not a particularly bright idea for a Mr and Mrs Renault to name their daughter Megane, Pravda reports. Quite where Pravda got wind of this insanity we know not, but psychologists apparently intervened to prevent the Renaults' offspring from suffering a lifetime of misery and despair …
misery and despair?
Surely you mean misery and repair?
Just checked the electoral roll, and I am amazed to find that nobody has been named Robin Reliant! What is the world coming to.
This is simply unfair
If you agree, blow your horn.
Ms Viva Vauxhall
Megane Renault? Megane Renault!
I apologize up front for being a dense Colonist here in Yanksville, but could someone from Wallonia please explain this faux-pax? Is there an automobile that we Colonists dodged involved?
Horse cart, cart horse..
Surely it should be Mr and Mrs Megane...who can not call their daughter Renault?
I blame Ford Prefect. And amanfromMars.
Could be worse
They might have wanted to call her Vel Satis, Avantime or "25".
How about Megan or Cleo?
they'll have to stick to Clio then. Possible with Lane as the middle name?
Yes, I'm bored.
Not the worst by a long way
I still think that Brad and Angelina's kid Shiloh has one of the worst names in recent history given the potential spooneristic fun with a surname of Pitt.....
Why would parents do that?
I mean if your surname is head you do not name your son Richard and so on
And dont even get me started on the Estuary Naming conventions which tend to all revolve around cars (Mercedes).
Are the Renault's from Essex?
I once met
a nice German called Berndt Finga - he announced this as he held his hand out for me to shake. I stared down at it and he looked puzzled. I really had to explain it to him. He was in his thirties.
If they want to avoid the wrath of "the man" why not just go for Megan. Id still feal sorry for the kid, but it would be alot better.
Shell be prone to having breakdowns all her life
Clio would have been better
I'm surprised Papa didn't favour "Nicole" instead.
I'm sure little Clio Laguna will be eternally grateful for the decision.
You'd be surprised what some parents will do, I was at school with a Michael Hunt - Both his parents were doctors, you'd have thought they might of had a bit of sense. We didn't take the mick too much, he was quite tall and broad.
I knew a girl called Mercedes
It's not that odd that cars get girls names, and not at all odd that car brands carry the (Family) name of the founder. What about Ford, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Ferrari, Morris etc..?
Mégane is a (french) girls name. If this couple come from the french-speaking part of Belgium then it would be quite plausible that they are calling their daughter after say...a relative.
It does happen that people share their lastname with famous products and cars.
What about : Minnie Morris?
What about all the megan's out there?
Surely if Renault is an at all common surname there will be people out there called Megan Renault who predate the Megane and are forced to suffer "a lifetime of misery and despair".
More to the point, what about the unsuspecting people who buy Renaults and are foced to suffer a lifetime (of the vehicle) of misery and despair. (just kidding by the way - I own a Megane and I am mostly happy with it)
My boss went to school with a Cortina Ford. Also, a friend of mine is called 'Benjiman' after his parents spelled the name wrong when registering his birth.
I, for one, welcome more articles by Xantia III.
@Daniel Voyce reply - mick hunt
Yes I knew one too, so it must be a more common name than first thought, or we both knew the same guy from thurnscoe.....
There's an American woman whose first name is Femalia. Her mother saw "Female" on the child's wrist band and thought that was what the hospital had named the baby.
I'm changing my name
to '; drop table;
My wife actually knows the little girl named "Female" - this is not an urban legend.
My wife is a social worker...
... and the names of abandoned children can be amazing.
I think the saddest example is a little girl whose mother agreed to terminate rights when the child was born. She was given some paperwork to confirm the birth of her child and it was noted that the child was "Female" along with the length/weight/etc.
The mother interpreted this as the name the dept of social services had selected for the child, and agreed with this selection by choosing to write "Female" as the childs name.
People now pronounce the girls name like "Tamale" with an "F."
I've also heard of children named things like "Onesa, Twosa and Threesa"
Apparently the parents never heard the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue."
But does she have a nice arse?
Coat already on, leaving the building...
@I knew a girl called Mercedes
The originally Mercedes engine was named after the chief engineer's daughter, I believe.
So, chicken and egg all round.
Mercedes, cars and names
Karl Benz named the car after his daughter, Mercedes is a fifteenth century spanish name jeez some ppl are thick, google it if in doubt
A close shave
Given that the birth years of my three children have coincided with a major release of windows (1995, 1998, 2000), I had thought that suitable tribute names would be "Apple", "Linux", and "Google".
Sadly, my wife was having none of it.
I knew a Michael Hunt once
He went by his middle name. According to yournotme.com there are 561 of them in the uk.
It hasn't hindered...
...Minnie Driver too much.
Although it's never been clear whether she's drives a new or classic one.
Thank you Sampler
you brightened my day.
That word has left in belgium a nasty taste. In 1997, they closed a plant and around 4000 people got fired (Renault plant workers and suppliers and subcontractors).
I remember that Renault and the megane in particular got written off as the devil itself:
The announcement in February 1997 by French car maker Renault, of the closure of its Belgian plant has generated an unprecedented storm of protest and raised questions over the ability of European legislation to prevent multinational companies from enforcing economically motivated decisions on the location of production, without prior workforce consultation. It has also generated a much-needed debate on the use of Structural Fund resources in the relocation of business activities to areas of lower labour costs.
How could they not remember: Renault = devil = Megane = spawn of devil
*shaking fist wildly in the air*
For the yanks......
It's a name of a car, in case you hadn't guessed by now. I know in the UK you can do whatever psychological damage you like to your kids by calling them Mike Hunt and so on. However, in Belgium your generally expected to use names already in existence.
A Wallonian may use a Flemish name and visa versa, if they want but nothing like 4real etc. I think the commune (local council) is allowed some discretion, but that's basically how it works.
Seemed strange to me at first, but most people are happy with the way it works and if it stops some poor kid being called Shrek, then it's OK by me!
My history teacher...
's name was Mr. Poustie. We begged with him to call his son Cornish.
Sadly, he was having none of it.
Not so fast Matt,
didn't one stupid celebrity called her daughter Lotus Elise because she wanted to have the car but could not afford it ?
can not remember who the mother was though.
It could've been worse...
...Espace Renault is clearly a fat-girl name
I met a photocopier repair man called Wayne Carr once. And my dad met a James Bond - that must be seriously embarrassing when checking-into hotels, reserving restaurant tables, etc.
Colin the dog
It should be made European law that all dogs are called Colin, and anyone trying to name their kids Colin should have them taken away.
Not so sure about this one
Belgium is normally all about breaking rules and Mégane is far from being extreme. Reckon this might be more of a myth. In Germany the authorities frequently do intervene. :-(
I was in the Netherlands at the weekend and there was a girl running around in a t-shirt that said "Ik ben Feline", ie. "I am feline". The Dutch love giving their kids slightly weird or trendy names.
He resigned last week:
Re: A close shave
"Given that the birth years of my three children have coincided with a major release of windows (1995, 1998, 2000), I had thought that suitable tribute names would be "Apple", "Linux", and "Google".
"Sadly, my wife was having none of it."
I know the feeling.
When we were expecting, I mentioned to She Who Must be Obeyed that, if the sprout was a boy, I thought that "Nicholas Richard" flowed well and might make a good name.
Unfortunately, she thought about it for a moment (she knows me too well, it appears) and replied that there was no way that we would have a son named "Nick Dick Moyle" (The Jewish readers just blorted coffee on their monitors, I expect. Sorry.)
Silly car names : Mitsubishi
Reminds me of the Mitsubishi "Pajero" that existed in the UK, but they had to change the name since one of its meanings in Spanish is masturbater ...
there's a trend in Singapore...
for some girls to choose a nice sounding english name to help them generally interact with folks from the west. The most popular were the names of flowers (i.e rose, etc.). However I did once meet one poor girl who had just chosen the lovely sounding "Chlemydia" for her english name.
I didn't have the heart to tell her.
the company I work for has a customer called 'Wayne King'
It isn't the worst
Your parents could really hate you and call you Jet-Li Angellusz Cosworth Pentecost. Unfortunately some poor little nipper has been.
I knew a guy called...
Peter Nutt who's wife was called Hazel.
I also once met a guy who went by the name of Peter Niss
Pravda is good informed?
I’m not quite sure, as I Belgian civil registers are very liberal with respect of registering babies with strange names:
This reads: “Belgians give baby the name Rolex”
As you can read (if you understand Dutch), in Belgium names like Dijamant (Diamond) and Bahrain (the country)... and there is even a Chukwunonyelum (it’s as difficult to spell in Vlaams/Dutch or French as it is in English).
<i>Mégane</i> with and w/o accent is a surname and also a word in Japanese (dunno what it means). Thus Mégane is in no way a name worst than Rolex and it sounds a lot like Megan, a perfectly normal name.
To quote the indubitable Wikipedia on the origins of the car name Mercedes: "An automobile dealer and racing enthuiast, Jellinek had been racing DMG automobiles on which he had the name—Mércédès—painted for good luck after his daughter, Mércédès Jellinek."
Somehow Mercedes Jellinek doesn't sound so swish...
Governments should mind their own business...
I’m not saying the names are not stupid, but do we really think governments getting involved in this stuff is a good idea? Who cares what they name their kid... I cannot believe people are not more upset about the government imposing its own standard on these people.
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