Friday, September 18, 2015

What's in a Name?

When I was about 16 or 17 I decided that should I ever have children, one would definitely be called Chelsea….. obviously this was because I was (and still am) a massive Chelsea FC fan.  Fast forward a few years and I actually had a child which I did not name Chelsea.  By that time, I had grown up and somewhat matured and realized that to name your child after your favourite football team would have been a mistake. (Not as bad as if I had supported Arsenal or Tottenham, mind you).  I also had the idea back then that I would get married on the pitch at Stamford Bridge before a game.  Young people and their crazy ideas…! [And no, that definitely did not happen either].

I’m just glad I grew up a bit before I got around to naming children.  Obviously, there is quite some thought that goes into the process so you don’t forever saddle your offspring with a name they hate.  There is such stigma surrounding names sometimes that it makes you wonder what parents were thinking.  Back in the 80’s the joke names were Sharon and Tracey - stereotypical loudmouthed girls from Essex with black tights and white high heels.  I would like to take a moment here to thank my mother who in her absolute wisdom actually named me Sharon Tracey… a name which I have never been able to live down since this programme was aired:

To this day, I still get embarrassed saying my full name, even though absolutely nobody in American knows the reason.  

But America has their own problems with names.  I’m not talking about celebrities and their weird Apples, Buzzes and Apollos, but your typical suburban stay at home mommies who have nothing better to do than have their hair and nails done and take the littles to the park.  It seems as though they are all trying to one-up each other in crazy names.  Here are a few I’ve heard:
  • Duff - I wonder if he was named after the Simpson’s beer
  • Cash - Apparently someone likes money
  • Aristotle - More money?
  • Bear - I suppose it’s better than dog
  • Kindle - Do the parents have shares in Amazon, I wonder?
  • Zeplin - This name is just a disaster waiting to happen [*joke*]
  • Cory/Corky  -  They sound like cats.
  • Maverick - Tom Cruise/Top Gun fans?
  • Cosy - I’ve got nothing!
  • Destiny - Lots of girls have this name.  I think Beyonce has something to do with it.
  • Boden - What?
  • Hunter - My dad had a dog named Hunter 
  • Dublin and Ireland  - I bet the parents think they’re Irish because, you know, everyone does
  • Bass - A beer or a guitar?
  • Burton - I’m thinking he was named after the actor and not the clothing shop
  • Walker - Wonder if he has a brother called Luke and a sister called Sky?
  • Jace - Sounds like a lazy version of Jason that the parents couldn't be bothered to spell out.
  • Lincoln - After a president?  Or maybe that awful car

I would like to thank Rosie M for some of the names on this list and I just have to mention the conversation she related when she asked a mommie if her daughter Porsche was named after the Shakespearean heroine and the answer was "No, my in-laws have a Porsche dealership"  (Lucky it wasn't Volkswagen really!)  [Oh dear].

Sometimes, these names backfire.  Atticus, for example is a name I've also heard bandied about a few times. But these parents didn't realize what they were doing and have now changed his name.  [*slaps forehead*].
It does seem though that boys have the worse end of the deal where names are concerned.  For the first part of 2015, the top five boys names in the USA are Atticus, Asha, Ezra, Silas and Declan whereas for girls they are Charlotte, Amelia, Olivia, Isla and Ava.  It appears Anglophilia is alive and kicking in the USA as obviously Charlotte is a nod to the new Royal.

So it would seem that my plan to call my child Chelsea wouldn’t have been that bad after all.  In case you were wondering, my first child is named Liam and, oh dear, he was kind of named after a footballer (oops). But his grandparents are, in fact, Irish so I’ve got that going for me.  

If you can name the footballer, there's a prize!!  (*smile*)


  1. Names are always such a minefield (though some are more explosive than others).

    The top 5 boys names in the US all strike me as very unusual, whereas the girls names are fairly classic.

    My brother and his wife wanted to choose unusual names. They had Jack (which was pretty unheard of in 1990, but not for long), then Eve (again, pretty unusual in 1992, but didn't tick the unusual box for long), and then Silas - which up till recently has remained unusual, but I guessed it would only be a matter of time.

    1. Liam was only really for the Irish when I named my son, but now it's one of the top names, probably because of the likes of Liam Neeson :-(

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