I actually know a woman with a man's name and it was not because her parents thought she couldn't get ahead in the world withoug a man's name, but because they wanted to name her after her father, so they named her Christoper. Not Christina, but Christopher.
She went by Chris.
I'm named after my father, but thankfully its the feminine version although I do get it shortened a lot. His name was Claude, Mine is Claudia and most of my friends call me Claud (but they do drop the "e", if they write it)
But I love how the native Spanish speakers say my name. It sounds so beautiful.
They really draw it out so it sounds like Cloud-ia, but they draw out the ou sound.
I agree with the pet peeves about names. I realize that it's the parents perogitive to name a child, but consider that this child is going to have to deal with this name the rest of their lives. I have spent 46 years spelling my name for people. I have spent 20 years spelling my last name for people and telling them how to pronounce it correctly.
I just read an article about colleges having mega problems at graduation trying to prounounce the graduates names correctly. They want to make sure that at this very important event, they get it right and how the administration struggles with it.
I don't think we need to go back to the days were everyone was named John or Mary (not that there is anything wrong with those names, my brother's name is John and I have a good friend named Mary), but I do think that parents should consider the lifelong ramifications of the goofy names and goofy spellings before they bestow that forever on a child.
That said, my sister had a kid in her school (she has worked for the Orlando, FL school district for 20+ years) whose name was Casabeer. Yes, Case of Beer. Those parents need to be soundly whipped for THAT.
My pet peeve today is that I can't watch tv with my daughter. She has to comment on EVERYTHING, so I miss half the show because she's going on and on about something. I just gave up and came to FORT.