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Film fans are reportedly rushing to celebrate world-changing, paradigm-busting 3D celluloid epic Avatar by naming their poor babies after characters from the Film That Changed The World Forever™. According to a rather sketchy report in the Sun, some parents have inexplicably decided it's a bright idea to name a kid Neytiri or …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    is never going to use a phrase that includes...

    'opening Pandora's box' again for fear of getting on some sort of list.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    You do realize...

    ...that 'Pandora' was an actual name *before* the movie, right?

    1. frank ly

      yes but......

      .... many do not and never will. Hence, Pandora will go the same way as Mercedes (and probably some others that I don't know about).

  3. Big Al
    Paris Hilton

    By their names shall ye know them...

    Well at least Pandora is a name with a Classical pedigree...

    Paris because she thinks outside the box (geddit?)

  4. Matthew Smith

    Happens a lot

    I know someone who called their boy Neo.

  5. Charlie Oscar

    Thats it.

    Stop the world i want to get off, both this one and pandora

    Why would anyone want to name their kid after a film that looks like a monumental drug trip?

  6. Joel Stobart

    All About Adrian

    it's just a mass re-reading of the Secret diary of Adrian Mole... I might be wrong


  7. Inachu

    Love the movie!

    The message is straight to the point that most of us are like the Na'vi.

    Only Empire building warmongers would hate the movie.

    It is not about hating your own kind. It is about doing what is moral and right.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I read about you lot recently

      Have you been in touch with the "Avatar 'I need to get out more' Suicide hotline" for children and retards alike who can't cope with the fact that IT'S JUST A FUCKING FILM!

      1. Geoffrey W

        Hey dude!


        Why so angry? Its just a comment.

        1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

          The American Indians just called...

          They wanted to say something but I couldn't hear them over the awesome genocide.

          1. Inachu

            Very true!

            Many people watched this movie and took many of the themes and applied it to the war in the middle east.

            A race of people go out of their way for oil(floating rocks) to ensure their nation survives at

            any and all costs in the name of a god as if it was their god given right to kill people

            who are 100% innocent living in their own land and majority who have never seen a TV before.

            So many in the military start to questions the motives and are told either they hate their own kind or country. The militancy of the mind needs to stop. The agressive nature of mankind neeeds to stop be it for religion or oil or whatever resource.

            Fantasy or not the message is clear and well understood and other comments made on TV makes the Marines look like total jerks. Well I am sure the film is not too far off base as where there is killing of innocent people will alway sbe nearby an marine bending down to pet a dog or baby kitten for press coverage. Too bad the leaked video of the puppy tosser was made

            or the leaked video of the blood lust army dude on the tank firing into people being checked.

            Lets call an inquiry into what happened to those blood lust creeps.

            And yet some fanatic calls these creep honorbal as they fought for my freedom.

            Sorry people but if you have blood lust and toos puppies then you are not fighting for anything but a psychologist.

    2. Anonymous Coward


      "Only Empire building warmongers would hate the movie."

      You make it sound like that's a bad thing. Where do you think the money to finance films like this comes from anyway?

      As for moral and right, this is from the industry that would remove your nostril hairs individually via your rectum if you even thought of not paying to watch their movie. Still, seldom get to see 'moral and right' in the same sentence about Hollywood.

      With luck though, legions of lawyers will track these poor sprogs down, do'em for trademark infringement and charge them royalties for life!

  8. David Webb

    Oh dear

    They seem to be opening a future Pandora's box there.......

  9. Kevin Dwyer

    We Avatards are already here!

    My mother, God rest her soul, named me K' evin after my Grandfather who was a N'avi and came to this country from from Dubh Linn , a city in a green and pleasant land, to work on the roads.

    She also told me that I was a bit blue when I was born. This genetic inheritance usually reveals itself during periods of intense cold.

    Mines the one with the lump of Unobtanium in the pocket.

    1. Vincent Ballard


      Someone has to do it, so...

      ' represents a glottal stop in Na'vi (note spelling). K' is an impermissible consonant cluster in Na'vi phonotactics, but is pretty close to the velar ejective written kx in Na'vi transcription. Are you in fact Kxevin?

      1. Kevin Dwyer

        Kxevin- I think not

        Vincent, your post has got me thinking that perhaps I am a foundling. I can recall my mother, in times of stress, calling me an " Ee'Jit. I think that I may I originally came from a place called " F'eckin" as she would occasionally address me as a "F'eckin Ee'jit", usually after some misdemeanour on my part.

        I have spoken with my wife who takes a keen interest in Geneology and she tells me that I often behave lika a "F'eckin Ee'jit"

        Off to the cinema on Friday for another viewing of Avatar, I am sure that my tribe gets referred to in the dialogue.

        Thanks for pointing me in the right direction,

        K'evin, nee F'eckin Ee'jit

  10. Jared Earle


    Aidan Moffat, the frontman for Arab Strap, called his son Samuel Keppel Batman Moffat.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So what?

    We already know that there are a lot of people out there with no imagination. Why does it need confirming?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up


    I like that.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Great... you kid after the woman that unleashed many evils upon the Ironic.

    1. Jimbo 6

      Point of information, your honour :

      In the original story, Pandora's box (actually, probably an amphora jar) contained all the GOOD things that the gods gave to humans - health, happiness, wisdom etc. When it was opened they all escaped - except for Hope, the only gift that humanity still has.

      See, I knew that degree in Classical Civilisation & Latin would be handy at some point in my life !

      On a lighter note, the silliest name I know of someone giving their sprog was 'Brew', as in 'Special'.

  14. The Original Ash


    The box which should never be opened.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

  15. Eponymous Cowherd

    I used to know a girl called Pandora.

    Never did get to see her box, however.....

    1. Bassey

      Re: Eponymous Cowherd

      I thought quoting Richard Curtis films was illegal in these parts? Shame on you!

  16. Carl 4


    How is this tech news? Who gives a monkeys. I don't come here because I want a tabloid story brainlessly spat out at me.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Oh, in that case...

      'Bye then

    2. Anonymous Coward


      Bootnotes!!!! Didja see that? It 's in Bootnotes! Do you know what it means at El Reg when they classify things under Bootnotes, do ya? Have you never seen El Reg's replies to others who whine like you just did?

      Obviously not. Tosser!

      (PS Reg, we need a double FAIL icon)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "I don't come here because I want a tabloid story brainlessly spat out at me."

      No, you come here to whine about something really trivial.

      Oh BTW, don't forget your coat.

  17. Andrew Moore

    Is it me...

    or isn't Pandora already a mildly popular name anyway. I do seem to remember one in the Adrian Mole diaries.

  18. Reality Dysfunction

    adrian mole comeback then?

    and when the avartards find out about adrian mole books they will all rename their kids?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Never mind Adrian Mole...

      ..bring back Pandora Peroxide from the back page of Kerrang! Now there's a Pandora I'd be proud to name my daughter after.

  19. Lucas Vieites

    Oh, dear, blessed is the lack of historical memory.

    I, for one, wouldn't call my daughter (even less my son) after the woman who released the evils upon the world. (Even if they came out of her box - easy joke, anyone?)

    1. Grease Monkey Silver badge


      Wasn't that Pandora a work of fiction then?

  20. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: So?

    'Spat out at me' is an awfully aggressive-sounding phrase that doesn't quite marry up, in my mind, with the actual process of clicking and reading required for you to absorb this story.

    I could work here for a thousand years (and god knows some days it feels like I have already) and I'd never get to the end of you IT-angletards. I can't even be arsed to explain our editorial policy any more - in future, I'm just going to make this sort of droning noise in the back of my nose and leave it at that.

    1. Bassey

      Re: so

      And there was me thinking I was developing tinnitus!

    2. Justabloke 1

      of course

      You could simply refuse to allow "ItAngletards" to pass moderation thus adding to their frustration by removing their voice completely....

      or when you moderate said comment replace it with the phrase "I am a fuckwit!"


      1. Nanki Poo

        But . . .

        . . . then the dashing moderatrix wouldn't have the pleasure of drawing us all out of the woodwork to rib him.

        Worse than any snipping by the Modx . . . well, nearlyy . . .

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nothing wrong with that...

    ...just ask my kids Droog Frankenfurter and Romper Stomper.

    They turned out OK.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    1bn box office

    Does that mean a whole lot of kids got named 'Titanic' or 'White Star Line'?

    1. Don S.

      @Mike Richards

      Probably not, but I will bet that in 97/98 there was a discernible uptick in the use of Jack, Dawson or Rose.

    2. JeffShortland


      I know alot of north american kids to which the name TITANIC would apply. a'thank you.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Makes a good case for the Swedish taxman

    Our Nordic neighbours wouldn't put up with this nonsense; the kid would be called Annifred or Agnetha or possibly Lars.

  24. gollux

    Don't worry...

    your children will grow up to hate you, like my peers in my generation who got pop culture names. And the previous generation. Luci Sky Diamond did finally come to terms and forgive, Aquarius Diamond didn't.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They're not that dumb then!

    I only saw the movie 2 days ago and already I can't remember what any of the characters were called - not even the human ones.

    Anyone who can evidently isn't as dumb as we think.

    Or maybe it's because they were so 2 dimensional (ironically) that there's no point remembering their names. Yeah... I'm going to go with that as I wouldn't like to think I have a shite memory.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pandora's a real name,

    popular with porn stars I seem to remember.

    It-angletards. I like it.

    1. ElReg!comments!Pierre

      Izzat so?

      Pandora popular with porn stars?

      Yuck. Keep your legs crossed, lady.

  27. Anonymous Coward

    People and stupid names

    I discussed this matter with my daughters Frogmella and Spudulika. They both think these parents must be retarded. My wife lovely Waynetta agrees with them.

  28. ElReg!comments!Pierre

    Pandora, he?

    I guess it's a good thing that they teach stock exchange gambling in school instead of Greek mythology then. As long as you don't call your sprog "Naked Short Selling" they should not be bullied too much.

    I mean, Pandora, really? No lunchbox for you gal, ziplock bags only! And beware the nasty jokes should you happen to get a STD. Oh, and don't have kids either.

    Come to think of it I do have a friend named Io. Mooo!

  29. Tkirk

    Pandora also released one of our greatest treasures

    Don't forget that hope was at the bottom of the box....

    I can't imagine naming a child after a character from a movie/video game. My children have sensible names (Shuffling the West Side Story DVD and copy of Splinter Cell under the carpet...)

  30. ian 22

    "sketchy report in the Sun"

    There is a bit of redundancy in that phrase. You could have saved a bit of bandwidth by reducing it to "report in the Sun".

  31. MJI Silver badge

    Prefer the motorports fan

    Who named his son Jenson Lewis.

    At least that is not too embarrasing

  32. Anonymous Coward

    Notting Hill....

    Spike: I knew a girl at school called Pandora. Never got to see her box, though.

  33. Anonymous Coward

    celluloid epic?

    some how i doubt that this digital wank fest ever saw celluloid!

    1. Dick Emery


      On true IMAX cinemas (Not digital LieMAX) they show celluloid on twin projectors syned to shutter glasses. I have a ticket booked for the London BFI IMAX cinema next month (It's booked solid).

      Most other cinemas use either digital IMAX (Linear polarisers), RealD (Circular polarisers), Dolby 3D (Light interference or something like that).

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time to count...

    ... how many jokes about Pandora's Box are still to come...

    1. Chris Watson 2

      @Anonymous Coward


    2. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
      Paris Hilton

      sigh, I'll start..

      ... Pandora gasped as he pried open her box with his massive tool and put it inside.

    3. Frumious Bandersnatch

      I suspect many more

      particularly for those poor unfortunates who have sisters named Cassandra. "You're not really going to open that box, are you Pan? I have a bad feeling about this..."

      Well, maybe Cassandra's not quite as bad.

  35. LaeMing

    I will let my kids choose their own name.

    By putting the newborn in front of a keyboard.

    Then if the don't like being called something like "dfsgar" they only have themselves to blame!

  36. Laie Techie

    Brazilian law

    Brazil has a list of approved names. Parents wanting something different pay a fee and sign a waiver allowing their child to sue for undue hardships due to their name.

    I guess it got out of hand with "Noite da Paixao" (Night of Passion) and "Um Dois Tres de Oliveiro o Quatro" (One Two Three de Oliveiro the Fourth).

  37. pctechxp

    Distinct lack of imagination

    I mean if you must call your offspring after a fictional character there are much better choices

    How about


    Optimus Prime


    Or to cover an IT angle so you can call them after a product


    Catalyst (as in Cisco)

    or the very topical Nexus (both a phone and range of network switches)

    Or the more normal sounding but still based on a fictional character

    Alan Wake

  38. Alan Esworthy


    Good thing we haven't seen instances of abusive parents naming children after the archetype Western movie outsider, as in Manwith Noname Kurosawa.

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch

      Yo, Jimbo!

      Knock it off...

    2. Coruscating Frenzy


      My younger brother went to school with a kid called 'Shane'. According to my parents, his mother claimed he was so named because "that was the movie that was on the night he was conceived". However, that would have been 13 years after the original release date. They were from New Zealand, so moving pictures were probably a huge technological leap for them in the 60's.

      Presumably, somewhere in the world, there is a man called Horse.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        A kid called Shane

        "My younger brother went to school with a kid called 'Shane'."

        In Australia everyone goes to school with a kid called Shane. Half the male population is called Shane.

        1. Coruscating Frenzy

          Aussie Shanes

          I wouldn't dispute it - I was making no claims for this ex-pat Kiwi's uniqueness in the world of Shanes. It was more the connection to the movie aspect.

          Sounds like any Australian Western afficionado would have had a hard time hearing the dialogue for all the grunting going on at the back of the cinema.

  39. John Sanders

    Pandora's box...

    Box office, which is huge...

    The movie is as a movie almost 'mediocre', visually is quite impacting, but the most impacting thing is the hype around it.

    This thing about the names me thinks is nothing more than more hype.

  40. Lockwood


    I read somewhere recently that there has been a huge boost in "Jack"s recently.

    This is a subconcious thing, from so many TV and movie characters called Jack.

    Wasn't there a rise of "Luke"s historically?

  41. David Kesterson


    The language is so wonderful - Avatards!

  42. Stef 2

    Pandora Svensson anyone?

    I fully expect the Register to be picking up stories from Sweden's The Local when the tax authorities start refusing parental requests for Avatar-inspired sprog naming.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why not cut to the chase?

    If the movie affected you that much (I saw it, looks great, rather trite plot) then why not just go all out and name your kid "Danceswithwolves" Smith or something like that.

    I'm glad Avatar was made, but never have so many endured so much hysteria about a movie that will be all but forgotten in 10 years.

  44. tanujay

    weird indian names

    we in india have people named

    pinky,sweety, lovely etc.. i have a collegue named mona lisa . so it's no big deal to us

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