19 July 2007

baby name rant

I have been biting my tongue for a very long time on this particular subject. this post is long overdue.

super trendy baby names. bleck.

what ever happened to meaningful names? tradition? family names passed down from generation to generation. I keep hearing about these "so 2007" names and made up, distorted, ridiculous spellings - it's incredibly annoying. absurd actually.

"jewelz" "jozlyn" "katen" "breeley" "graycyn" "quade" what the hell? JEWELZ?! are you kidding me? don't do it! you'll regret it. think mullet haircuts and gouchos. there was a time when they were both acceptable. they were even considered cool.

I can speak from experience. I was given a extremely unusual and rare (some might say odd) name when I entered this world. a name that has tortured me on and off my entire life. I've been made fun of, laughed at and questioned "so really. what is your birth name?" piss off.

my point is, please be minful when choosing your child's name and its spelling. he/she has to live with it foorreevveerr. and forever is a very long time to be stuck in a groovy trend.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen! Don't people realize that these oddly misspelled names don't make you look original and creative, only illiterate?

Inconceivable said...

OH I TOTALLY Can't agree with you more!!

Diana said...

I for one, think your name is beautiful. The other names you listed are a different story!

Rachel said...

We're planning on naming our first boy after Dh's father and grandfather, Harry, but bc of the torture we know kids can dishout.. his full name will be Harrison :-)

So we like the family names too!

SULLY said...

Hubby wants to name ours either Zeus or Espn....and no I am not kidding, nor giving in either....

sister j said...

this entry certainly struck a nerve with a lot of people...with good reason...there are a lotof selfish parents out there who don't consider the effect that a name can have on a child...i, however, have always loved your name but perhaps i am a tad biased!

KG in suburban NYC said...

Oh no you don't! Don't you go dissing your given name! You know it's one of my all-time favorites, along with all the wacko versions thereof which you've assiduously kept track of for your own and others' amusement all these years. Not too many people like their own names all that well, myself included, but that doesn't mean they're not perfectly good or even great names. Yours was high on my list for a child of my own, but I couldn't convince the other half of its great virtue (pun intended). You're lucky to have it!