Girls names
Boys names
Girl-Boy names
Either names
Neither names
old
new names
names with themes.
Books/Film/Music
(Orlando/Carol/Franz)
References
Nouns
Colours
Trees
Seas
Cliffs
Woods
Birds:
Raoul
Raven
Rosamund
Lark.
Cosmic names
Countries names
Urban names
Cities names.
Polish names,
No.
Jewish names.
Polish-Jewish names.
Ukranian names,
Ukranian-Jewish names,
Anglicized Ukranian-Jewish names
Lithuanian names
Lithuanian-Jewish names?


(Shifting postwar borders
Disturb coherent genealogies;
ruin the aesthetics
of salient family narratives, catchy stories
we tell our friends’ friends at parties.)


Polish names that sound bad in English
Polish names that sound bad in England’s English
Polish names that sound bad in my England’s English
You can’t please all of the people all of the time.
The problem with transnational babies;
Never-local always-foreign howdyasay names.
(don’t cave in)
Cyrillic names
Tamil names
Batak names
anything, anything, but simply English names:
Imperial names
Given names
Assimilating names
Assumed names.
Instead:
Awkward names
Odd names
Difficult names
Names beginning with Q
X
Y
Z
W
Wit
Wito
Witold
Righteous among the nations:
Witold (Pilecki)
Irena (Sendler)
Jane (Haining)
Albert (Bedane)
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Biblical names
Historical names
Fantastical names
Oblique names:
Ham
Bitumen
Thread
Feminist/role-model names
Granny’s name!
Angela
Other Granny’s name
Pamela
not Granddad’s name
John
Or the other one’s
Peter.
His grandparents names.
Marianna
Włodzimierz
Edward
Danuta (Danusha)
What if we have more babies?
Should all the babies have a grandparent’s name?
What if we pick a Polish first name –
Would Granny’s name go?
Should there be a coherence,
between the first name and the middle name?
And the surname?
Should the surname go with the first name,
Or the first name and the middle name?
Should it even matter?
If we have more babies –
should there be a coherence,
between all the babies names?


Names my friends will like
Names his friends will like
Names my Mum will like
Names his parents won’t.
Names I like
Names serious me likes
Names silly me likes.
Names he likes
Names he says he likes
(Names he says he doesn’t).
Names for a successful one
a good one
a complicated one
a melancholic one
an ill one
a bad one
a murderer.
a son I’ll be ashamed of.
Names for a son I won’t understand.
Names for a son that’ll hate me
Names for a son that’ll one day die
Names for a son that we’ll one day leave
Alone.
Alon
Alonzo
Alfons
Maybe a name to protect my son.
Powerful names
Alliterative names
Rhetorical names
Transformative names
Elegiac names
Memorable names
Elusive names
Forgotten names.
The name of their name day
(their saint’s name).
And leave it all to chance.
Dymitr, Klaudiusz, Seweryn, Wiktor.
A name that’s right tomorrow
A name that’s wrong today.
Joke names
Rude names
Crude names
Cruel names
Auxentius
Hesperus
Halcyon
Daze.
A name with everything inside it:
the whole eschatology of the world.
Backwards,
Forwards –
our baby’s world;
Unknown
Unmarked
Unnamed.
Ιερώνυμος
Ieronymos
Hierṓnymos
Hiëronymus
Hieronymus
Hieronimus
Hieronim
Hiro
Hironim




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Emma Szh is a PhD student at the Royal College of Art, London, working on selfies at Auschwitz.

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