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15 May 2005 @ 01:43 am
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I've seen worse names for a baby (Aryan Justice, anyone?), but still. I don't care how much of a FF7 fanboy/girl/whatever you are. Naming your kid after the villain, who has a very distinctive and well-known moniker, just doesn't strike me as the most stellar of ideas.

No. Just...NO.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
arafel on May 15th, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
Oh. My God. No.
Æther SPOON!aetherspoon on May 15th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Sephiroth is actually a name that is 3000 years old, so it is possible that they didn't name him after the FF7 villain....
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on May 15th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Good point. I hope that's the case because then it would just be an unusual name and not possibly carry any conscious or subconscious fandom-related baggage with it. ("What do you mean you don't want to be a badass bishounen when you grow up?")
Æther SPOON!aetherspoon on May 15th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Now I have all sorts of awkward parenting situations stuck in my head.

"Now now, practice your daikatana BEFORE the recruiters show up today! You can have naptime later!"
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on May 15th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
I dunno, let's fast forward to little Sephiroth when he's in 6th grade, prime age for being teased by his classmates. FF7 will be about 20 years old by then, so what are the odds any of them will know about it? When I was 12, my knowledge of 20 years prior was probably limited to knowing that we were trying to beat the Russians to the moon, and even nowadays I don't know much about prominant subcultures from 1967, except that there were hippies and some of them had pretty good music.

But yeah, imposing your fandom on your kid (if this is the case) is kind of selfish. Sephiroth is still better than Placenta or Shithead. And the kid can always tell his parents that he found Namingway and got it changed.
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on May 15th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't know much about 20-year-old pop culture at that age either (except for music because I was glued to the oldies channel), but FF7 is such a well-known game that it may stick in the collective knowledge of people interested in gaming for quite a while, especially because the characters are so popular that Square is still using them (see Kingdom Hearts and Advent Children). Still, even if the teasing isn't an issue, if the parents did name the kid after the FF7 character (and not just happen upon the name like SPOON! suggested above), they may be projecting the character's traits that they like onto the kid and be disappointed if he doesn't grow up into a bishounen badass. Then again, it could be argued that some parents who name their kids after admired real people (like family members) expect the same thing. ("Why don't you want to be a great lawyer like your grandfather?") Of course, if the parents have their heads on straight, naming kids after existing people is harmless and can be a nice tradition, but some people must be asshats about it. It goes to show that even normal names can have unwanted baggage attached.

And it goes to show that I can go off on a tangent when I've just woken up, so I'm just going to LOL at the Namingway remark and remember that there are worse FF series names out there. (A kid named after Butz, FF5 hero, would certainly get teased mercilessly regardless of other kids' knowledge of the series...)
aitai on May 15th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha, butz....wow, i just woke up too ^_^
the Anything Muppetxerne on May 15th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I would be more disturbed if they were red-string Kabbalists naming their kid that. "What do you mean you're not Enlightened yet!? You're eight!"
Onezumionezumi on May 16th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
That kid is so getting beat up in gradeschool.