What's in a name?
Any time I have a conversation with someone who is talking about a baby, or referring to 'a friend of a friend' or complaining about their boss -- whatever it is -- I have to ask what the person's name is. For some reason I think it helps me paint that imaginary picture in my mind of what this person looks like as you're telling me a story about them.
I also think names have a lot to do with shaping a person's characteristics, so once I know someone's name I feel I know much more about the type of person they are.
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For example, my name is Kali, pronounced Kay-lee. Not only did my parents spell my name like the Hindu Goddess of Death and Destruction, but they apparently had a problem with phonetics as most people throughout my life have pronounced it more like Callie, because that's the way it looks. Usually on first reference I can correct people and they are mindful of it, but there are several times I have to correct people on more than one occasion. I even swear that sometimes my mom says my name weird.
Either way, the point is that me having to correct people or make a joke about the goddess of death thing or the fact that my parents can't spell, has made me a more social person and more able to make light of funny or odd things about myself. So I truly believe my name and it's spelling have helped shape my character.
So I urge anyone that plans on having children to put very careful thought into that kid's name. It could be the best thing you'll ever do for them or you could be setting them up for a life of misery and doom.
I know everyone nowadays wants to be unique and different when naming their kids, which I fully support, but just make sure it's not too crazy and you spell it the way you want it to be pronounced.
Celebrities are notorious for choosing
But Jason Lee's son, Pilot Inspektor, will either end up in serious therapy or be one tough ass kid after getting relentlessly made fun of for that name. He can just make nice with Jermajesty Jackson who will also have no friends because, really, who wants to have to address their bud with a royal title everyday? Unnecessary friendship hierarchies are awkward.
I'm a supporter of passing down family names, but I urge you to also be wary of the times. As much as old-school names like Henry and Grace are making a comeback as 'cute' vintage names, it's a lot different than dooming your kids with names like Esther and Balthasar.
As far as I'm concerned inanimate objects, verbs and adjectives are also not really great choices for a name that you'll be attached with for eternity.
I mean, to each their own. Who the hell am I to tell you what to name your kid? Maybe little Billibus Buckeye Tanzanite will have a great life with that name. Just use your judgment and be prepared for the consequences.
What do you think? What's in a name?