Back in college, I used to know a fine fellow called Hariharan (popular Indian name after a God), or Hari for short. The hours I spent making fun of his name, it could have got me into Harvard had I used it wisely! From “hairy” to “hari hurry up”, from absurd rhymes to the blatantly stupid. I shamelessly made fun of him so much. Now this brings me to the point, why for the life of you, would a parent give funny Asian names to children?
Forget Shiloh (of Brangelina fame) or Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter), let’s celebrate our Asian culture and discover some funny Asian names as well as regular Western names.
With our other lists of baby name recommendations, this serves as a sort of reverse list as you might want to give your child’s name a second thought if you find it below. But of course, in the end, it is your baby and you have the right to geve them any name you want. So do look through this list with a light heart.
Funny Asian Names Popular With South Asians
To start off, here are a few funny Asian names from the South!
Darriah (a popular Indian name) – Yes we all do not know how to spell diarrhea, but it sure sounds like that! You’re probably not surprised how it’s the first one on our list of funny Asian names.
Hardick (a Hindi name) – try splitting the word in half. At least the owner of this name won’t have trouble attracting the women.
Pinky (Popular Indian nickname) – Smells suspiciously like a dumb blonde. This girl’s never ever going to be invited to MENSA. If we don’t have a bluey or a greeny then why in the world is there a pinky?
Sukhdeep (popular Punjabi name) – once again you can split this unfortunate fellow’s name in half and let your imagination run wild.
Funny Asian Names Popular With The Chinese
There are also some honourable – or dishonourable – mentions of funny Asian names popular with the Chinese.
Dick – This is one of the funny Asian names that is absolutely self-explanatory
Fanny – I’m refraining deliberately from going into details
Phyllis – Congratulations Phyllis, you’re Syphilis free.
Harry – Might be the most normal out of all the funny Asian names here but it’s terrible when you have hairless legs and are called Harry.
Chastity – Yes, I’m sure she’s going to have a brilliant sex life
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Funny Names Popular With Others
Other than funny Asian names, here are a few other popular ones that will have you giggling as you read.
Dough – You name your child the first five letters of doughnut. Really, do you expect the poor child not to be fat?
Jesus – Now why, why would you want to call him that? “Jesus! Jesus, can you stop misbehaving”
Vodka – Unless you’re Russian, please!
Facebook – Who can forget the Egyptian dad who named his firstborn girl Facebook in a tribute to the social media site’s role in his country’s political revolution? Good thing FB was not a short fad.
Justin Case– Err, “just in case” you’re wondering–this list is a “not-to-name-your-kid-with-these-names-list. So, don’t get inspired.
Jo King— Seriously? Hey, it’s short for Joseph King or Joanne King or Jolene King…
Will Power— You got to love this one. We do! He will go far in life but first, your family name must be “Power”.
Teresa Green–Yes, tress are not blue.
Barry Cade— This one can’t be for real, right?
The list of funny Asian names can keep going on and on. However, I do have limited friends and I’ve made fun of most of them here already!
In the Austin Powers movie “Goldmember” it’s all about the scene when Austin Powers meets nubile Asian twin girls named, “Fook Yu” and “Fook Mi,” and delightfully banter about their names — names which take on new meaning when translated into English.
The name joke was a hit with the film’s audience but also touches on the pulse of an evolving trend among real-life Asians and their self-consciousness over poorly translated names.
Laksa Sounding Names Only Please
Parents can and must play a huge role here. Avoid the fanciful Mediterranean name if you eat roti prata and chicken rice consistently. Your child is not going to miraculously look like a Greek god just because he’s called Xaviere.
We can all remember when the teacher calls out the names from the register in secondary school and pauses ever so often, stumped by fancy or simply long names.
Yes, I belonged to the latter and often these long pauses by the teacher with a bewildered look plastered on her face, meant the cue for me to raise my hand and chirp “that would be me!”
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Simplicity Is Beauty
Friends have told me that naming their child is an operation similar to organising a National Day Parade. Both have to be exceptional, different from the average Joe and memorable (minus the helicopters and the President for the child’s name of course).
For crying out loud, every National Day Parade looks the same each year! How about staging one that is pure, simple yet meaningful? Now people would truly appreciate that and remember that particular parade.
Precisely how a baby’s name should be – meaningful in its original language or at least of some value to the parents. It’s simple in its spelling and pronunciation, unless the name’s adapted from a foreign language of course.
Do also remember that while your baby grows up to eventually become a matured adult, his name remains with him. While your baby daughter appears so cute when called Twinky as a bumbling infant, she certainly is not going to appreciate it years later, dressed in a power suit when she has a swanky business card. Give your child a name you would be proud of having yourself.
Thought Of A Name?
Finally, you have a simple yet meaningful name for your child? One final step, check the name please! Trawl the internet and search the name. Better yet, ask friends for opinions when you think of a name, instead of shrouding the name in mystery all the way up till the naming ceremony.
Make sure it has no weird meanings in other languages or even belong to infamous celebrities. For example, if you’re a Chong, naming your sweet little daughter Annabel is simply sentencing her to a lifetime of ridicule (from people like me of course!)
There are only three things an individual has no control of; his genes, parentage and name. Parents do your children a favour and assure that they can be proud of what they call themselves. Your children would thank you profusely when they’re all grown, and no one has contorted their name.
We hope this list of funny Asian names has helped you sort out actual good names apart from the silly-sounding ones.
Now I’ve an old friend who’s long overdue a call from me. Let me check my phonebook for hairy, sorry Hari’s number.
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