According to my web-source (which shall remain nameless -- because I can't remember which of those pages I decided to go with), the most common names for 2009 were Jacob and Emily. Yup! There are quite a few of those around. And throughout the last 8 years of raising teenagers, my daughters have each had several Brittanys, Jennifers, Saras and Matthews as friends. Pretty standard names these days.
But where do we draw the line between unique and just plain weird names. Like all those celebrity babies! Where do they come up with them?
In the past, we thought that Chastity and Elijah Blue were pretty weird. (We were right!) And I think that most people have heard of Zowie Bowie! I bet you that no amount of celebrity or cash kept the entire Kindergarten class from ribbing him for the next 5-10 years!
But what about the celebrity parents who may not have been on drugs when they named their kid? What's their excuse? Now-a-days, we've got supposedly responsible, sane, loving parents giving their kids names like:
- Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple
- Sylvester Stallone's son Sage Moonblood
- Brangelina's Maddox or Shiloh Nouvel or the twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline
Not to mention the ever popular Jackson clan who name their children things like:
- Prince Michael II or Blanket (Michael)
- Jermajesty (Jermaine)
Y e a h! Ya think there might be just a little ego involved in these names?*
When I first began working in Halifax in the mid '70's, there was a girl who told me that when her high school math teacher, Mr Ash, and his wife had their first daughter, they named her Kishma. Perhaps it was all the Eastern Indian influence of the late '60's! But it sure is a pretty name, right? Now, put her first and last name together and repeat it out loud! Oohhh! That would be an awful name to grow up with, huh.
Still, I think my favorite doozey of a name is one that I can confirm. My younger brother went through elementary school with a very shy and geekly little boy whose name was Baxter Dexter Webster. Oh man! That poor little fellow never stood a chance!
I've often wondered how Baxter's life turned out because a lot of experts say that your name has a profound affect on your life. For example, Genghis (as in Genghis Khan who conquered huge areas of Asia and eastern Europe) means "universal lord". So, did his name dictate his life or did he live up to the meaning of his name? Hmmmm.
Leads me to ponder other weird names which I found online. Questions:
- If you call your child Abacus, will you always be able to count on them?
- How about Echo; will you really only ever have to call them to dinner once?
- Could I survive the toddler years with a child named Lively?
- Would my daughter Indigo suffer from depression?
- Is it likely that my son Granite would have a really hard life?
As for my own name, Sandra means "Helper of Mankind" (which is just too much pressure for me); and Doris comes from the Greek and means "sea" (and I sure would like to live by the sea in Greece).
But I'd really like it if you could just call me ....................... Your Majesty!
Now, if I could only lay off the tarts!!