Friday, October 19, 2012

An Extreme Case of 'Longforming'?

We've already discussed the prevalence of parents "longforming" their babies' names. That's when people decide on the nick name they want for their child, and then reverse-engineer a longer version (out of fear that they'll call the kid something insubstantial). So Jack becomes Jackson, Harry becomes Harrison, and so on.

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Well, this may be a situation where longforming is taken to an absurd level. Uma Thurman and her husband apparently wanted to call their daughter Luna, so naturally they named her, uh, this...

From the L.A. Times:
Uma Thurman's new daughter is named Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, "better known to family and friends as Luna," her rep told People on Wednesday. 
What does it all mean? Mom and Dad, Arpad Busson, aren't telling, though we're assured each of the many, many names has "a special reason and meaning" to little Luna's parents.

When it comes to naming, less is more. And here they've managed to take some charming components (the very sweet Luna; the retro-chic Florence; and Rosalind, a classic name poised for a rebound) and obscure them in a dreary Frankenpastiche.

If you want to name your daughter Luna, call her Luna. I mean, it's a little unorthodox, but (in this case at least) it beats the alternative.