Strange names Pinoy parents give their kids


When the 2013 UPCAT results were released last week, local netizens made a fiesta out of the name of one successful examinee Sincerely Yours ’98. She’s nicknamed Truly and has two other siblings: Spaghetti ’88 and Macaroni ’85. The numbers stand for their date of birth.

Spaghetti ’88 has since gotten married and has a son named Cheese Pimiento. And here’s the birth cert (photo & details via my kumare Ivy Lisa Mendoza)

Our friend, Prof. Rolando de la Cruz, CEO of Darwin International School in Bulacan where Sincerely Yours (nicknamed Truly) graduated, explained that the parents are simply jolly good people who didn’t hesitate to break the monotony of the world with the strangeness of their children’s names.

“The names of the kids might sound funny to people. But these names reflect how much they enjoy and respect life. The names are unique, reflect in the uniqueness of the members. The names are down-to-earth, reflecting how much they enjoy daily living,” Prof. Rolly said.

In this ever-growing country of 100 million people, strange names are probably not a rarity. Here’s what other people contributed via Facebook and Rappler of true-to-life Filipino names that are funny and/or far from common:

1. Four siblings named: Dore, Mifa, Sola & Tido
2. 12 siblings named: A,B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & L (whew!)
3. Mcrhonald
4. Henceforth
5. Merry Christmas Aguinaldo
6. Valentine Day
7. Halloween Marie
8. Abcdef & Xyz
9. Chloe Chlorine

10. Knives Acid Rain
11. Ides of March
12. Computerlyn
13. Onion Ubaldo
14. Symphony
15. Crystal Gale
16. Nuclear Bomb
17. Missiles Somoza and a brother named Bullets
18. Peach Pink Orchids
19. Jan Eleven & May Seven
20. Noname, Nameless & Withname
21. Son of God

Anyway, if this is your name, raise your hand and tell us the story behind it :)


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176 thoughts on “Strange names Pinoy parents give their kids”

  1. ngekngek - December 31, 2013 7:25 pm

    i have a teacher named Malou Hwang

  2. Mel - December 31, 2013 8:29 pm

    This one is accidental in nature.
    In high school, we had a schoolmate from Taiwan named Li Mu Shin (limousine)
    In college, I had a classmate named Tse Mei kut. But for official documents she had to put her Chinese surname Tse at the last after her first name. Hence, Mei-Kut Tse (may kotse)

  3. Patricia - December 31, 2013 9:49 pm

    I saw this I.D. of a kid about 2-3 years ago online named Lord Voldemort.

  4. Comps - December 31, 2013 9:49 pm

    Hello! Thanks for the tag Bea… this is really shocking! I just don’t know where did you got this site. I can’t stop laughing about it. Well, My father used to work for a technological company in Cebu. Until now he is techy…. My dad got our names obviously with technologies… trend for computers… that’s how I got my name. Since I am a girl he added Lyn. So, COMPUTERLYN is the name. Then, my sister, Nuclear, it is only one name not Nuclear Bomb. She got the Bomb from the Baptism. The priest thought that There’s Bomb in the end. So, her name is NUCLEAR BOMB. Her nickname now, is Bum2x.

    Other siblings: Laser, Nova, and Lady Urania!!!

    I wonder if I can name my kids as Windows, or Linux, LOL!

  5. heart - December 31, 2013 10:46 pm

    hi my name is Heart,, because my mom is HOPE, with a twin sis Faith and another sis Joy.. :)))

  6. ajay - December 31, 2013 11:09 pm

    Bravo! Really unique :)

  7. ajay - December 31, 2013 11:10 pm

    ang ganda naman ng story nila!

  8. Vern - January 1, 2014 2:12 am

    My classmate’s name was Qymvpszy. Our teachers got really confused on how should they pronounce it ‘coz it don’t have vowels,obviously.

  9. Alex - January 1, 2014 2:35 am

    Meet Maximo Peligro :)

  10. krieze - January 1, 2014 8:01 am

    wala pa rin yan dito

  11. baguio - January 1, 2014 8:54 am

    there’s a family here in baguio whose names are: Lakan-asa, Paraiso, Matimyas, Talisuyo, Magiting, Busilak, Kabaitan, Matatag, Gatbunyi, Pananalig and Kalayaan.. whew.

  12. Noel - January 1, 2014 1:43 pm

    Well, I know a Kid who was named Water Dispenser, coz his father won a Water Dispenser on a raffle on the day he was born.. 😛

  13. MASAYA - January 1, 2014 2:44 pm

    I know sisters named JOY, LIGAYA (Tagalog/Filipino for joy) and LIWLIWA (Ilocano for joy).. and there are actually 2 Ligayas in the family – half sisses.. ^_^

  14. Joaquin - January 1, 2014 9:00 pm

    i work in a hospital and we had a patient whose name was Maria with a middle name Bawas and a surname of Pera in short her complete name would read as Maria Bawas Pera.

  15. skye - January 3, 2014 3:04 am

    I have one classmate and we had this game to spell our name backwards in the blackboard. My classmate was hesitant to write his name, dyahe daw. we push him and “HE *means his a “boy” wrote “A-L-G-E-R”. we all read it backward and the rest was history.

  16. Peter - January 5, 2014 9:40 pm

    My brothers names were McArthur and McDonald..

  17. AC - January 6, 2014 6:03 am


  18. Odin - January 6, 2014 11:05 am

    5. Merry Christmas Aguinaldo – I once had a team mate (dragon boat) who goes by this name(just Merry Chrismas, don’t know if there’s an Aguinaldo after that). Upon being introduced, the first thing she asked me to do was guess her birthday. I think it did have an impact on her personality. If she decides on a color, everything from the rubberband on her retainers to her socks will be of that color. And she wears thick socks while rowing, just to maintain the look. Really fun to have her around(literally merry ang lahat).

    19. Jan Eleven & May Seven – I think I can guess their birthday.

    [14. Symphony
    15. Crystal Gale] – I think I’ll put these two up for consideration when I have kids of my own.

    BTW, I have a brother named Gary, my dad wanted to name him C-3-P-O when he was born. My mom refused, so they agreed on the name Gary. But my dad was always looking for G-3 whenever he arrives home.

  19. Juss05 - January 7, 2014 1:15 pm

    I know someone with the name L.A. Lucky Star!

  20. ladyjinx - January 7, 2014 2:15 pm

    Our TCWAG teacher from HS named his daughter Chemaphy – after Chemistry Math & Physics.

  21. Yong Garcia - January 7, 2014 6:38 pm

    My cousin who studied in Ateneo HS had school mates named Edgar Allan Pe (Edgar Allan Poe) and Earvin Tiongson (Earvin “Magic” Johnson).

  22. Matromao - January 8, 2014 10:57 am

    @ladyjinx At least chemistry, math, and physics. At first, I thought it was short for ‘chemotheraphy’ 😮

    Poor Nuclear. That person will probably have to change his name if her ever wants to leave the country…

  23. Farquaad - January 9, 2014 2:37 am

    Holy what. Reading number 13’s name made me cry. *pun intended

    But seriously, people have layers too. Shrek is love, Shrek is life.

  24. anrei legarde - January 9, 2014 8:41 am

    Hi, my name is LE’ ANREI CONRADO LEGARDE. The name really comes with an apostrophe the story about it was its just syllabicated from leanrei whole name hehehe. im having hard time til now especially in biometrics and registration online hehhe. Just another story of awesomeness hahah made by mother and father.

  25. Doge - January 13, 2014 2:18 pm

    such parenthood
    so creativity
    much facepalm

  26. DomP - January 24, 2014 12:36 pm

    Nay, Tay Pinag-tripan ninyo po ba ako?

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