I always wanted to name my daughter (never had one though) Ludmilla.... no I am not Russian.
At least Olive is a name that does have some history as a name--and it's easy enough to pronounce and it's not likely to get misspelled either (unless someone spells it Olivia instead). It also has an obvious possible nickname (Liv) if the child decides she doesn't like it when she grows up.
My sisters grew up with a classmate named Voris Spittle. I always thought that was an unfortunate moniker with which to live.
I'm watching the baseball playoffs right now. There are a number of players I don't know on teams I don't follow. But, as I read the lineup for the Oakland Athletics, I see that their lead off batter's name is Coco Crisp. I looked him up and found that his real first name is Covelli and he's had the nickname since he was a child. It just struck my funny bone as I imagined the ballpark announcer saying, "Now, leading off is center fielder, Coco Crisp."
But when I married my ex, with the last name of Freeman....I thought all those problems would be gone.
How wrong I was!
Constantly asked how to spell/ was it Friedman?/was there 2 E's? Was it one word? etc etc.
I thought nothing could be easier - Free or Man.
Never underestimate people and how they think.
I work at a university in the registrar's office and a student's admissions application came across my desk one day whose first name was Hideous. I kid you not. Couldn't believe it.
A number of years ago, I was at a church service where someone had a child baptized "Rowdy Dean." I always thought that was bad, simply because it was the kind of moniker that practically screamed what they expected of the child's behavior (what if poor little Rowdy grew up to be shy and quiet by nature?), but Hideous is way worse.
Maybe Rowdy was named after the Clint Eastwood character, Rowdy Yates.