Names and Connotations
“This couldn’t be right,” I thought as I looked at the roll sheet. This ain’t nobody’s real name. Ah hell no, “Courvoisier?”
“Here,” he said.
I was stunned. Somebody actually named him after a cognac. Yeah, Courvoisier was somebody’s name way before it became a cognac and I’m sure that somewhere in France there is a Courvoisier kickin’ it somewhere… But not in Jr High in Richmond, CA. Say it ain’t so.
I mean, that’s like naming your kid “Jesus.” Black people don’t do that. Courvoisier? C’mon.
2 weeks later I got a new student on my roll sheet “No,” I thought. “Hell to the nah.” What is going on?
“Lukeemiah,” I called...
“Here,” she said. Lukeemiah turned out to be very smart and quite possibly physic because she either read my mind or the frozen look on my face and said, “My mama didn’t know it was a cancer. She had heard a nurse say it, and she thought it was a cute name…”
That semester was fun for me, Lukeemiah, Courvoisier and Tanqueray.
I called them by their nick names Ki-Ki,Vos’ and Tee.
For future reference:
1) If you're going to name your child after an alcoholic beverage, please think twice about it if it’s a cognac.
2)If your going to name your child after a disease, please do your research to see if there is a cure.
3) If you’re going go name your child after God (like Jah, God or Jesus), please consult your parents.
Below are a few other names to think about twice:
Maybe I’m trippin’. But I think that that one of these names are enough.
More updates: 4/2/2006