I try not to judge.
I try to cut parents some slack.
But I’m gonna ask again, what’s up with baby names these days?
Yes, you’ve heard me complain about this before, and I hate to rehash old issues. But indulge me here for a minute, if you will. You’ll see what I’m getting at.
Some of you may recall my wondering why celebrities are assigning their children misnomers like Exton Elias, Moxie Crimefighter and Pilot Inspektor, but in the past I’ve also asked why we’ve nearly abandoned the tradition—millennia in the making—of assigning “Christian names” to our newly hatched Madison’s and Mackenzie’s.
I’ve asked why every Tom, Dick, and Harry is now named Taylor, Devon, or Yale.
I’ve asked about names with oblique, more often than not overt, allusions to the aristocrats of academia.
I’ve shared that my own nephew is named “Rhodes”—God bless his little, “high-IQ-ed” heart. I know his grandfather is a professor, and his aunt, yours truly, spent WAY too many years not making NEARLY enough in academia—(thus, the high dollar move to blogging)—but that’s a lot of pressure on a little guy! How’s that for a “you-better-make-the-grade-or-else” kick-in-the-
Enough is enough!
So, what’s next, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you what’s trending–literally.
And you can accuse me of over-reacting, if you will.
But I say, along with my new friends over at the Huffington Post, that the baby name situation has taken trendy one step too far, when just this week, we have a mother announcing proudly on Facebook the birth of her daughter (I kid you not) “Hashtag.”
Now editors, again at the Huffington Post, have asked the correct questions. Among a number of other things, they’ve wondered:
- Why, if they love Twitter so much, the parents announced their baby’s birth on Facebook.
- Whether the child would only be allowed to speak in 140 character phrases.
- What the little girl’s nickname would be–Hash, Tag, or simply #.
So, my friends, what questions do you have for these new and insanely trend-conscious parents? What’s the strangest baby name you’ve heard recently?