by Lemonjello Redenbacher on September 20, 2011

Yeah – like that won’t become “pariah” by 7th grade.

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pam September 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

That’s a really, really common Indian name. And I’ve never heard anyone turn it into “pariah”…


Lemonjello Redenbacher September 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

Well, you have now!

And – I don’t live in India (and neither did the Priya I was talking about), so I am not writing from an Indian’s point of view. I’m sure Henry would look pretty fucking stupid in Punjab.


Pam September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

Most people in Punjab wouldn’t make fun of the name “Henry” because they know it’s a common name, if not common in India. Duh.

Every other name you posted is *truly* a terrible name, and I appreciate the list, but including Priya makes you look like a moron.


Lemonjello Redenbacher September 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

Huh. Well, a moron it is then!

And there is no fucking way that most people in Punjab know Henry is a common name, just like most people in New Jersey have never heard of a fucking Priya.


H October 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’m from the U.S. and I’ve heard of a Priya before you added this name to the list. Priya Manickavasagar is from Embarrassing Bodies.


Lemonjello Redenbacher October 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

And Embarrassing Names.


Priya October 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Uh… no. Actually most 7th graders don’t even know what ‘pariah’ means. Sorry to break it to you, but assuming that they’d know that DOES make you a moron. (Well, not really, but I resent the fact that “most people in New Jersey have never heard of a *insert degrading adjective here* Priya”. Psh. And here I was smiling every time someone said my name was ‘pretty’ and ‘cool’.)

A more reasonable thing to say would be that Priya often gets changed to Prius. To be honest, I don’t really care either way. “Prius” is a heck of a lot easier for others to pronounce. And spell.

However, I do agree that ‘Priya’ is generally a poor choice to name your kid. Having to correct every single person who reads your name on paper incorrectly and say that it is ‘Pree-yah’ and not ‘Pri-yah’ gets old really fast. I don’t mind ‘unique’ names, but giving your kid a really common Indian name and then moving to America isn’t exactly going to be appreciated. It’s just cruel and unusual.

But hey, at least I’m not named Adolf Hitler Campbell. Poor kid. I’d rather be called a car than be made fun of for the rest of my life.


H October 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Pam, the name “Priya” easily alludes to Pariah if pronounced correctly, which means social outcast. I think Priya belongs on the list and left and right.


Priya October 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

H, I have never had my name changed to Pariah.
Not once in sixteen years.

I’m not entirely sure that Priya is a ‘stupid kid name’, I think it’s more of a ‘name-you-wanna-think-about-very-carefully’.

Do I think my name is weird? Yes. Do I think it’s stupid like ‘Latrine’? No.


Priya October 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Whoops, my mistake, I’ve had my name changed to Pariah once- on this website. But I don’t really count people I’ve never seen.


Priya November 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm

mm sorry to say this but how you guys would find any similarities between the pronounciation of “Priya” and “pariah” is beyond my understanding. But to tell you the truth not in my entire life had i been criticized because of my name in fact my friends seems to think its unique and cool but again its only my opinion of course i could be biased since it is actually my name


H November 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Priya, the references that your name can possibly make are all subtle, not obvious. No one who you encountered before understands those references. Some names on the list have very subtle references that most of the population wouldn’t get. But some people do.


Lemonjello Redenbacher November 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

How in the hell do you know what people I have encountered understand? You don’t, that’s how. So don’t make such idiotic statements.


Priya November 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

“Priya” who last posted in November:
Please add your last name or something. I hate being confused with other people, even if it is unintentionally.

H- eh, I still think Prius is a bit more obvious than Pariah.
Honestly, if someone my age called me a pariah and actually knew what the word meant I’d be impressed and probably congratulate them.

Lemon- um… yeah, I didn’t understand your post. “How do you know what people I have encountered understand”? Are you trying to insinuate that I do not know whether or not the people you’ve met understand the word ‘pariah’? Well, DUH. Clearly I have no clue what you nor your peers are capable of understanding.

The real question is “If your name is not Priya, then how in the blue blazes do you know whether or not people really change Priya to pariah?”


Ben Dover March 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Ben Dover,anita brain,and bill board best names ever ha ha if you have a baby


Anonymous November 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I knew an Indian girl named Vajia– truly unfortunate. There should be an app parents can punch a name in to see if it will sound bad in other major languages.


preeyaa January 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

Well personally I’ve never had to correct people with the pronunciation because of the way my name is spelt to begin with. But as for it being turned into ‘pariah’..never happened before. This would be the first time I’ve seen it. with that being said, I do wish I had a less common name. But believe me the name priya is wayyyy better than a gazillion other Indian names out there.


Anonymous January 23, 2013 at 2:51 am

My best friend’s cousin is named Priya, and it is an Indian name. I actually think it is really pretty though.


Anonymous April 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

My best friend’s name is Priya. Priya is an Indian (Sanskit) name which means ‘beloved’. So it’s actually quite a beautiful name, especially when compared to other names on this website.


Lemonjello Redenbacher June 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

No it’s not.


Brittany May 11, 2013 at 1:21 am

Priya is an extremely common Indian name, tard. Maybe if you got out of buttfuck middle-o-‘merica once in a while you’d be a little more in the loop with extra-culturally common apellations. And stop with the whole “Imma be like Maddox the Pirate!” schtick, you aren’t even kind of as funny.


Lemonjello Redenbacher June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I have no fucking idea what or who this pirate is you speak of, but that’s neither here nor there. I never said the name wasn’t common – I said it sucks dick. 2 different things.


Priya July 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I hate the name and it is my name


Alice August 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Priya is a very pretty name, & I’ve heard it used plenty. It’s the made-up names I have a beef with. Priya is not an embarrassing name to be saddled with, as many other Indian names could possibly be. Take Pooja, Sukhdeep, Hardik, Ramandeep – and there’s a beautiful Bollywood actress named Madhuri Dixit (pronounced dick-shit).


CaptainYinYang November 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

The irony of your New Jersey comment, LR, is that Leonard from The Big Bang Theory is from New Jersey…


Anonymous December 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Priya is a pretty name so is Madhuri Dixit(dix-sit)


Lindsey May 19, 2014 at 6:07 am

“You were drag racing…in a Prius?”

“I don’t win a lot.”

Name that movie!


Babooshka June 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I think the majority of the confusion surrounding this arguement ocurred because the name was mistakenly pronounced “pry-ya”, when it is actually pronounced “pree-ya”.

And plenty of men in New Jersey are aware of this, whether or not they know a Priya, thanks to a famous “Priya Rai” in the adult entertainment industry…


Anita October 4, 2014 at 3:13 am

Yet another example of why this website is bullshit. Why don’t you just copy and paste every Indian, Nordic, Russian, German, Asian, and Latino name out there. Fucking redneck dipshit.


Lemonjello Redenbacher October 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

Anita Blowjob.


Hyena of Ice April 2, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Pam, I hate to break it to you, but kids in India aren’t going to care if Henry is a common American name. Not if it’s in any way easy to make fun of.

The true hazard of naming your kid Priya in the Anglosphere is that it’s just one letter away from sounding like Prius– an automobile that so many people like to make fun of.


Kestrel May 6, 2015 at 4:49 am

This name is okay, but Priya Rai the pornstar really casts a giant shadow on it. And teenagers will know who Priya Rai is. Poor girl will get bullied a lot.


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