Tuesday, March 08, 2005

In Defense of Thor

Come now, surely it isn't that absurd? Think of what confidence and self-assurance someone named Thor would certainly have. He would go through life with his mighty chin held high, what with everyone having to call him Thor. Although with my luck he would be a nerdy little kid going around introducing himself with a nasally voice, "Hi, I'm Thor. Will you be my friend?" That doesn't exactly seem befitting the god of thunder.

2 comments:

Gimli said...

I, personally, think that Thor would be an absolutely splendid name for a kid, and here's why--but first, let me tell you a little story. When I was but a wee lad, some of the mean kids I had the unfortunate burden of hanging around made up a rhyme about me using my name, something having to do with confiscating the hate from Mr. Tate. They never explained who Mr. Tate was, or how I was to go about confiscating the aforementioned hate, so you can imagine that I spent an aimless youth, plagued by a sense of unfulfilled mission. Can you imagine what harm could have been done if I had a name like Ferd (Ferd, Ferd, you're a nerd) or Lars (Lars, Lars, belongs on Mars)? No doubt I would be in a mental institution by now!

Anyway, my point is that Thor rhymes with very few words that could be used to damage the kid emotionally. Sure, there are words like bore, and spore and even chore, but I am sure that a robust youth would be able to weather the storm relatively intact.

Should you eventually choose to name your kid Thor, I would strongly encourage you to not give the kid a middle name of Gath. You would only be setting the table for a calamitous clerical error in the fifth or sixth grade, when the teacher, in a voice loud enough to be heard in the next county, would call the role "Thor Pass Gath".

The poor kid would have to live in a cave for the rest of his life.

Isaac Demme said...

Brad, I firmly agree that Thor would be an perfectly respectable name.

Why, we think nothing at all of giving goddess names to women -- whether Minerva, Diana, Ariadne, Daphne, Iris, Penelope, Freya... (well OK, so I don't actually know anyone named Freya) -- why is it that so few men are named after gods (with the notable exception of a few Apollos)?
I see no problem with naming a boy Thor or Odin or Baldr, or even Jupiter, Poseidon, or Kronos. Just stay away from Uranus, OK?