Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby Name Rejects for Twins: Sven and Ole

Sven and Ole Lewandowski

It's not polite to make fun of Scandinavians. It's also not smart when key members of your family are Scandinavian. So I'm not talking here about Sven and Ole from the classic and questionably funny Sven and Ole jokes, the jokes where Sven and Ole are a couple of slow-witted farmers. Those jokes are bad because they unfairly stereotype Scandinavians.

The Sven and Ole I'm thinking of for our boys, if they are boys, are are from Sven and Ole's Pizza up in Grand Marais, Minnesota. They've got some great pizza.


I went there for the first time in 1997. I had just spent a week camping in the boundary waters wilderness area. If I remember correctly, I ate pretty much twigs and berries for the whole week. That pizza from Sven and Ole's was something special, something I will never forget.
But my wife says you can't name your kids after your most memorable pizza experience. So Sven and Ole are out.

2 comments:

Laurie said...

No you can't name your kids after a nice pizza joint. I agree with Karine on this one. Now, if you want an ethnic group to use for names, and have great jokes, go for Cajuns. I had a great-uncle named Loveless. I guess it meant something different in Cajun French, b/c no mother in her right mind would name their child Loveless. On the other hand, twins named Lovelace and Loveless would make for interesting party conversation.

Anonymous said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......... sven an oles!!!!!!!!!