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Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing

(Photo courtesy of  “Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing: A Primer on Parent Cruelty”)

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!

Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing A Primer on Parent Cruelty


2 thoughts on “Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing”

  1. I thought it was interesting that two of your examples made the short list when my wife and I were selecting names for our daughter. We ended up giving her Mackenzie as a middle name, but I was always partial to Maddison too. My first choice, Allisa, was never a popular one with my wife… go figure 🙂

    I don’t really think that classrooms filled with McKenzies, Aidans, Madison, and Jadens is really a bad thing. None of those names are over the top, in my mind.

    I’ve been told that when it came time for my parents to choose my name, I was the first one in our family NOT to be named after someone else… and that it was not a popular decision. I’m glad that my parents stuck to their guns. I don’t really think that I need to follow in anyone else’s legacy. It’s MY name…

    1. Oh no, I don’t think the names I mentioned are over the top (like Arwen or Ked’hi’aeih from that site!), but they’re way too
      common, in my opinion (and my opinion only!). McKenzie, Aidan, Madison, and Jaden just make my nose wrinkle, but of course, I’m sure Michael, Heather, Kenneth and Ella make people feel the same way. That’s why they choose the names they do, and that’s fine.

      My family is very close on both sides, and each is rather partial to tradition. I don’t think that the act of naming a child after a relative means that the child won’t have their own identity. I consider Catherine Pauline to be MY name; I’m nothing like my maternal grandmother (Catherine), whose name I go by. I’m a lot like my paternal grandmother (Pauline) was, though 🙂 I don’t feel like I have to live up to any image, goals, etc. that either of my grandmothers reached. I’m very much my own person, and I don’t think that a name is going to determine the legacy that I leave. That’s part of the nature-vs.-nurture debate, which could be a separate blog in itself! As well, I think that in our family, naming a child after a relative is a sign of respect. Of course, it’s a personal decision, and if the names I had to choose from were not so great, I’d definitely be thinking outside the box!

      I should have put this subject under hot topic…I have MANY more opinions on names, but at the risk of offending my readers, I think I’ll just shut my mouth! 😉

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