What's in a name?
Well, due to lack of research on my part, I have only recently discovered that my three children all have very common names. They are all in the top 10 in America, with 2 being in the top 5. This is very distressing to me. I have doomed my children to living with a last initial throughout their school years. Every time their name is called, it will be answered with a "which one?" Poor kids. I don't know how they'll ever survive. I guess I should just start saving now for the therapy bills that will come later. ("My parents didn't love me enough to give me an original name. That's why I'm content with mediocrity. It's all in the name!) I always wanted to name them something basic, no funky modern names for me. What is WITH the name Madison, anyway? Oh, and BTW, NOBODY named their child Madison until after 'Splash' came out in 1984. Go ahead- look it up . Nothing like being named after a mermaid. Sorry to all you moms of Madisons, and I know some very nice Madisons, but I just can't handle it. Get mad at me if you want. What do I know? My nickname's "The Wiz" for crying out loud. I thought the names should be easy to spell, (her name's Madison, but we spell it 'MadiSYN' - just to be different) easy to say,(can anyone say 'Hermione?') and something that they could grow with (nothing like an 80 year-old 'Bobby'). I wanted to make sure their initials didn't spell anything, and most of all, I hoped they would like it. I would like it to have a family connection if at all possible, but that does not mean that I am naming my daughter 'Mildred'. And yes, that is my Grandmother's name - what's it to you? I always feel for the child with the funky names, and I always wonder - do they view it as a conversation starter? Do they like it,as in - hey, it's always an ice breaker to tell why your name is "Liahona"? Or do they wish they were named Jane? And do the Janes of the world wish their names were more interesting, as in "Cordelia", a la Anne of Green Gables? And how do we as parents avoid pitfalls in naming our children? For example, I would think it's a pretty safe bet that if your last name is "Hill", you don't name your child "Cumorah." But that didn't stop it from happening. I went to high school with a Cumorah Hill. (Hi, Cumorah, if you're reading this, although I very much doubt that you are, unless you happened to Google yourself.) My cousin went to college with a "Happy Thanksgiving." Her middle name truly was Thanksgiving. What is the thought process here? (Ditto to Happy, if you're reading this. I've never actually met you, but I think your name is funny. It makes me smile. Maybe that was the point.) Oh, and what's with the girls taking over the boy's names? Did you know that 'Beverly' was originally a man's name? And then the girls took it over, and the rest is history. Do we think that by naming our daughters a male name, that we are somehow making them more assertive or something? Naming your child is a very stressful and personal thing. And I do think that to some degree there is a little bit of revelation involved, whether we know it or not. (Anyone heard of Joseph Smith, Jr.?) But people, can't we use a little common sense in the process?