I’m sure there are time when we can all use a laugh or two! When I was an undergraduate student, I stumbled across a site called Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing, and I’ve kept the link close to my heart for about 10 years now. Whenever I need a smile, I simply go to this site. Gentry? Ceiros? Bo Hunter? These are just a few of the many gems you will find there 🙂
I won’t go on and on about the whole site, because that would take ages. What I will say, however, is that the author makes some very good points regarding children’s names. My own on the subject center on the traditional; I, personally, do NOT believe in naming a child something “because we like it”, “or because it sounds good”. That’s how you end up with classrooms filled with McKenzies, Aidans, Madisons and Jadens. I think that naming a child after a relative, friend or significant person who is or was in your life is a way of giving the child a history, and letting him/her know that you put more thought into his/her name than looking in a baby book or watching a tv show. My rule is: if it’s been in the Top 10 (or perhaps 20) for the past 10 years, then I’m not even considering it! I am named after both of my grandmothers, and I am very honored to be so. One grandmother had to raise her siblings after their mother died at a young age; the other one went to Ottawa (from rural PEI!) in 1940 in order to get training as a secretary. They both worked very hard and went through some tough times, and I am so proud to be carrying their names on. My brothers are also named after relatives; one after our father (and his father before him), and one after our grandfather and great-grandfather. For the most part, people in my family have named their kids relatively “normal” names; I think the most “unusual” is Rowan for a girl. Oh, well; you’re not going to find a Madison in OUR family tree!