There are some topics I would love to write about but I know they’re way too controversial or potentially offensive- this is one of them. But if I am vague enough and only give over-the-top examples, I might be able to pull this off.
When naming our son who is due to arrive in November, a few ground rules were that the name had to be easy to say and spell, easily recognizable, and not made-up. So that’s one of the many reasons we went with the classic American “Jack”. Other than my dad, I don’t know anyone else with that name, yet it’s highly popular in movies and TV- therefore making it popular but not overused.
I do take requests as far as topics I write about. “What Not to Name Your Kids” was an idea suggested to me by a few different people and I decided to take the challenge. After all, we all are familiar with baby names that we say, “oh, I like that” when the soon-to-be mom tell us, yet we later tell our friends “you gotta hear this name, it’s so weird…” So I have come up with a list of “no no’s” when it comes to naming a North American child.
Last names for first names that are not classic or already decently popular. Madison and Mackenzie are acceptable. But when I hear more obscure ones like Middleton, Smithwell, Dresden, Spurlock, Applegate, and Hester, I can’t help but feel sorry for that kid.
Wrong gender names. Obviously names like Jordan and Taylor are good names that truly are completely neutral and work well for a boy or a girl. But when I hear of a girl being named James or Scott or Todd, or if a suffix is added to a boy’s name to make it feminine like Markley, Davidanna, or Johnlyn, I get irritated.
Funny names. Jack B. Nimble, Robert Robertson, and Sunshine Day.
Random, made-up names that are supposed to be cute. Spiffet, Tindle, Gladdon, and Marxon.
It used to be that a person’s middle name might be a little different or off-beat. But nowadays, parents are going all out on the first names. That will surely be a trait of the Class of 2030. Weird names.