Thursday, August 25, 2005

Happy Birthday Rufus!

Today is my brother Rufus' birthday. Yes, I have a sibling with a dog's name. Well, kinda...

Rufus' real name is Rafael. My parents like the name Rafael, hence they bestowed it on their son. My father, though, does not like the nicknameRafi. He just doesn't like it.

So, when some of my other siblings started calling Rafael Rafi, my father was not happy. And he told them, "Rafi isn't his name. If you call him Rafi, you might as well call him ... Rufus."

So we do.

Happy birthday Rufus!


At 8/25/05, 7:12 PM, Blogger Michael said...


I feel for him. My sister's hebrew name is "Malka Bracha." We call her "Malki" but her english name, i.e. her legal name, the one on all official documents etc, is "Melissa Blessing" know, the translation of Bracha.

Ironically, I'm the only one of my siblings not to have a middle name (neither hebrew or english) and, after my sister, I'm quite alright with that.

-Glad you added word verification, they were spamming you like crazy!

At 8/26/05, 11:20 AM, Blogger Stx said...

My parents are on a cruise, and there's this guy who acts as "maidservice" for their room. His name is some long, unpronounceable name. Just between themselves, they've been calling him Rufus.

In honor of Elisheva :)

At 8/26/05, 1:18 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Yup, Michael, thanks for the tip about word verification.

People sometimes do terrible things with their kid's names. And sometimes people just assume that their kids are gonna go by their English names and give them Hebrew names like Yenta.

Though my parent's strategy is to give two nice Hebrew names and then two named-after more outdated names, hence some of my sibs have four Hebrew names.

Just goes to tell ya, be careful what you name your kids.

(STX, really? That's super funny!)

At 8/26/05, 2:56 PM, Blogger Michael said...

I don't think I've met anyone with four Hebrew names. Imagine if they do the same for their child. That's eight names for the gabbai to call out!

I wonder if big families give their children so many names...they'd either have to be very creative (running the rest of calling one a Yenta) or running out of options pretty quickly! ;)

At 8/29/05, 4:54 PM, Blogger Naphtoli said...

As a Naftali Tavi Yehudah I;d kick my parents for giving me this name, long and cumbersome... but I named myself so I guess I only have one person to blame. It's har to give a name to anything because it carries so much baggage and weight to a person's life; I'm dreading having to name my own children.


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