A Freakonomics Radio Bleg: What’s Your Name?

Want to be part of an episode of Freakonomics Radio? We’re working on a podcast about names and we want to hear from readers and listeners about their own names — common ones, unusual ones, everything in between. So we’ve set up a voicemail line at 646-829-4478. Give us a call and tell us your full name, and then tell us a little bit about your first name – how you got it and what it means. Thanks!

Addendum: Thank you for all your emails and messages! Our line is now closed. Our names podcast will be out on 4/8/2013. 

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  1. Pey-Lih Littler says:

    Since I am emailing and not calling your voicemail line, my name is pronounced “Pay-Lee” It’s not Pee Wee, not Payless, not Pele the soccer player. It’s very simple: Pay-Lee. People often ask me, “What does your name mean?” When I was young and cheeky, I used to tell people that my name translated to “beautiful white clouds in the mountains hovering above the forest waiting to break rain on your newly washed car.” I think the part about the car ruined the flow of the picture. Anyways, here’s the real meaning. The chinese character “Pey” stands for respect, to admire and “Lih” (the second half of my FIRST name) is derived from the jasmine flower. It is common for asian girls to have this second character in their name. Littler (pronounced Lit-Ler) is British. This is my married name. Pey-Lih was the name my grandmother gave me when I was born.

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  2. Adam C. Austin says:

    My oldest child we named Corbin Ronal. Originally we wanted to name him Jude, but we changed our minds at the last minute when we saw Corbin Berstien’s name pop up in the credits for the TV show Psych, and liked the name so much that we had to make the change.

    Ronal on the other hand is a family name by way of my father who was named James Ronal. His father was named Ronald James and so when it came time to name my father his parents told the nurse at the hospital that his name would be “James Ronald”, but my fathers parents were poor, uneducated people with big cournty drawls living in rural Arkansas, and so when they told the nurse (who was slightly more educated and also living in rural Arkansas) that my father would be named “James Ronald” the “d” got lost in the drawl and the nurse understood it as James “Ronal.” No one caught it at the time and so my dad’s middle name was forever “Ronal.”

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  3. Libby Cecchi says:

    No, my name is not as unusual as a lot of them posted here, but I’m writing to you today because I truly like my name. My parents named me Libby but my paternal grandmother recommended they use “Elizabeth” on my birth certificate (interesting fact: Elizabeth is the name with the most number of diminutives). I always liked that I was the only Libby around and secretly enjoyed when people used to sing me the “Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s” song from the commercials, even though I rolled my eyes. The only problems I have with the name are when I travel, so I switch to the more universally known Elizabeth.

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