Re: Baby names
posted at 5/15/2013 11:30 PM EDT
Speaking as someone with an unusual (but not weird, it's not Moonshine or Elephant ears, or Apple, or Sky Blu or whatever Beyonce named her poor baby), and whose name has a story behind it, I LOVED MY NAME. I also didn't have a middle name (yes, only person in Massachusetts who doesn't have a nickname, and yes, that means I'm probably not going to heaven (which is what a few children told me when we were in elementary school), but I've reconciled that a long time ago, LOL). So. I didn't get one of those cool ovals with ballet slippers on it that said "Karen's bedroom" on my door. I didn't get a monogram sweater, because I don't have 3 initials. I couldn't wear barrettes with my name on them, blah blah. So when Santa Claus could find pencils or bags with my initials on them I was over the moon (yup, I think he shopped from the Lillian Vernon catalog) but I loved my name, loved the story, and loved the fact that my name is from a greek myth.
My sister's name also has a story behind it, from greek mythology. When she and her husband named their first child, she wanted that name to have a story, since we were raised with that. they chose a lovely girl's name which is in many Shakespeare plays (not Juliet) - it's Portia. And with their son, his name is handsome and unique (Luca) but not out there.
So speaking for the two of us, we loved loved loved our names. But of course, there are other children who probably didn't like their names because they were unique. But you know, I've never had to be called first name last name until college, when there were 4 women at my college with my name, and TWO of us lived in the same dorm my senior year - we actually got each other's intercampus mail because our friends would just write our first names on it (my last name was impossible to spell) because they figured we were the only ones with our name. Funny. But now we have so many Olivia and Sophie and William children - At one point our chlidcare center had THREE Elly's - two in the same class so those babies knew their first and last names!