Your (not) Monday poll #11



  1. Siddartha.

    Now there’s a cool name for a teddy bear. A cuddly figure, non violent, rests all the time…

  2. My Brigham teddybear would say things like, “Mountain Meadows? I don’t know what you’re talking about…” or, “Unmarried at 26? What a menace!” when you squeeze it.

  3. Peter LLC says:

    an important religious figure

    Wasn’t Jesus the guy who mowed Romney’s lawn?

  4. When I was a teenager, I won a little stuffed dog at the arcade. I named him Moroni, as a joke, and it stuck.

  5. no comment

  6. My bear is named Ramanujan.

  7. There needs to be more Moseses in the world.

  8. a random John says:

    My sixth grade class voted to give itself a Buddhist theme. I can’t remember the name that was chosen for the overall organization but the class president was going to be “The Enlightened One” and the currency was to be “Buddha Bucks”. That lasted a day before our teacher asked us all to consider if it would be offensive if we named the class after Jesus. We quickly has a change of heart and ended up with some sort of mafia theme.

  9. Interesting that we would call the teddy Brigham. Is this because we’re comfortable profaning (academic sense) Brigham Young? (Why?) Do we do this because we have the right to as Mormons, whereas we don’t have the “right” to name something Muhammed? And what if Joseph Smith had a more memorable name? Would we also profane that name or would that be taboo?

  10. Wait a minute all of you Brigham-namers, you’re about to start a range war. Isn’t that rumored to be one of the reasons behind the MMM, i.e., the locals were PO’d when the Arkansans drove their oxen with entreaties of “On Brigham, on Heber” and the like?

  11. Not real big on teddy bears, but we have a tradition of naming our Thanksgiving turkeys. One year it was Oliver North, last year it was Donald Rumsfeld. This year we wanted to go with Karl Rove, but he had already resigned, and we couldn’t come up with a good choice between Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, or Rush Limbaugh, so it went unnamed.

  12. The poll doesn’t say anything about bears. It just says “teddy.” It could be talking about lingerie. I don’t personally name lingerie, but if I did, I don’t think any of the above names would be appropriate.

  13. As for bears, I would have no problem naming a bear Joseph or Brigham. I would not want a bear named Pontius or Judas.

  14. MCQ, not Jesus? I could see myself saying that for the appropriate teddy.

  15. It’s because Brigham is just such a cool name for a bear. Plus you know if anyone messed with you he’d get riled up, show his teeth, and sick the Danites on them.

  16. RJH, I don’t see naming the bear as an act of profanity. The bear is a substitute for an individual and is meant for endearment. We are comfortable naming our children Brigham and Moses. It appears to me that Muslims are ok with naming their children Mohamed. Is the big deal that Muslims see teddy bears differently or that they don’t like unbelievers using the term?

    Jesus, is the name of God and we don’t like to throw that around casually. However, in a culture which does use it to name their children, I would not be surprised to find a teddy bear with the name.

  17. Moses. And it would say “Let my teddies go!”, which, combined with MCQ’s 12, is a little disturbing.

  18. Staps,
    Let’s pretend Joseph had actually been called Lorenzo. Would you call a teddy bear “Lorenzo”?

  19. Steve Evans says:

    How about Baurak?

  20. Sure.

  21. I gave my 6-yr. old brother-in-law a stuffed dog a year or so ago, and he insisted that I name it. I chose “Brigham.” He liked my naming abilities so much that he’s also allowed me to rename two other of his stuffed animals “Orson” and “Parley.”

  22. Interesting that so few would name their bear Jesus. I find it fascinating that in English naming a child (or anything for that matter) Jesus is a bit taboo, but in other cultures, such as among Hispanics, Jesus is a common name, as is Savior. What explains this cultural divide? Catholicism v. Protestantism?

  23. It was a hard choice between Brigham and Siddhartha, but I went with the latter. I can just imagine this cuddly non-violent teddy bear meditatin’ around all the time like a fat Buddha.

    On the naming your kid Jesus thing, I have a student who’s name is Christopher (who incidentally has a brother named Christian). He’s Hispanic, and his dad repeatedly refers to his son as “Christ” in emails, such as one entitled “Christ is Sick.” I showed it to my husband who replied, “Whew! God isn’t dead! He’s just not feeling well!”

  24. David, interesting idea. In my research dealing with Ireland, I’ve never come across anyone named Jesus. I have heard from others more familiar with Italy and South America than me, that they think it is a uniquely Mexican/Central American/Puerto Rican thing.

  25. How ’bout Uchtdorf and Bednar?

  26. In the days before the corporatization of computing centers, people would name their servers after people or objects in a common theme.

    I worked for a company that named everything after Star Wars characters. I’ve seen birds, fish, scientists, evil people, mythological characters, Disney characters, etc. I worked at a startup where every computer had to have a volcanic theme (by corporate mandate).

    I remember having meetings to pick new server names that (a) fit the theme that the company used and (b) wasn’t offensive. (In the Star Wars company, we decided on jabba; the other predictable ones we already used. In the “evil people” theme, we settled on “zod” as one of the new names.) But you’d be surprised how politicized this can be. At the Star Wars place, my boss complained of the dearth of female names. We had leia already. So we named one amidala.

    For a test supercomputing environment my LDS coworker and I are building, I’ve oft been tempted to use prophet names for each server. Or South American dicators. Or crimelords.

  27. LOL @ 25!

    That settles it, the next dogs we get will be named Uchtdorf and Bednar! Or, if I’m feeling informal, Dieter und David!

  28. queno, I use names from Greek mythology. I might have to change things up now. Maybe the next one will be Wilford.

  29. If we’re going for a religious figure, I’m surprised that more of us haven’t suggested LaVell.

  30. Mark IV, I thought is was LVll when written out.

  31. Peter LLC says:

    Jesus, is the name of God

    Call me a Philistine, but, really? What about Joshua? Wouldn’t the title ‘Christ’ be necessary to distinguish among the masses of Aramaic men named Jesus?

  32. I picked Brigham, because he actually looked like a teddy bear

  33. Peter, if you don’t think that the word “Jesus” in our culture is explicitly the name of Christ, do you consider people who use it to curse are taking God’s name in vain?

  34. You need another poll selection for Krishna. That’s what I want to name mine.

  35. #12 – Haven’t read them all yet, but MCQ’s response was awesome!

  36. as was #14 – although I won’t share it with my mother.

  37. I wouldn’t name my teddy bear Lavell. That would be a great name for an old bulldog.

  38. I also immediately went down #12’s path — did you mean teddy *bears*???

  39. OK, I have to confess another embarrassing tidbit from my mission. I had a companion with a small collection of stuffed animals that she had named after authority figures (like our mission president). One was a bear named “Dr. Dieter” after our current area authority. When they called him to be an apostle I nearly fell off my chair laughing at the memory of the little teddy bear who used to say things like “we are all Europeans and all Mormons and so we all speak the same gospel language” in a heavy German accent.

  40. OK, I smell a church merchandising opp… Build-a-Brigham. Soon to be followed by Build-a-Bruce, Build-a-Porter and Build-a-HartmanRectorJr.

  41. Manaen,
    Strike it up to transatlantic language differences.

  42. Floyd the Wonderdog says:

    I’d choose Odin after my grandfather. Yes, his real given name.

  43. You can’t name a bear Dieter unless he can dahnce.

  44. You are right David (#22). Maybe if the more common English name Joshua was an option, more people would choose it.

    Joshua is analogous with Jesus and some linguists claim the name Joshua is a contraction of the name Jehoshua, which means “Jehovah the Savior.”

    I don’t think it has to do with Catholicism vs Protestantism since some Catholic nations such as France and Italy don’t use the name Jesus/Gesu for naming children.

    It appears to be a Spanish thing, so countries with heritage from Spain and Spain itself of course.

    I would definitely name a teddy bear Lorenzo or Moses.

  45. You are right Peter,

    Jesus was a common name during the time of Jesus Christ. I believe it became less common among cultures due to the veneration of Jesus Christ, since it is His first name. Jews on the other hand probably stopped using it because of the strong links to Christianity.

    But you bring a good point. Names that are closely linked to the actual title “Christ” are not found to be objectionable in any language. “Christopher” for example, which means “bearing Christ inside/within,” seems to me that it should be more objectionable than Jesus since it uses the actual title of Christ in it.