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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Things I Think About - Names

It's only just after lunch and already today I have called three people by the complete wrong name. Like, not even close to the right name. It's not as if I do this often. I suppose it's just been one of those days.

But I really hate getting people's names wrong.  Really.

Maybe its all those years of living in the South and being called "Say-rah" {very long "a"} that are getting to me. In fact, even people spelling my name without the "h" irritates me. Sure, I suppose "Sara" is a somewhat acceptable way to spell the name if you want to be crazy and leave a letter off, but I don't think it should ever be the go-to spelling. I mean, "Sarah" was here first. That crazy girl without the "h" should be the one correcting people's spelling, not me.

I can't help but think of the time in 2nd grade that I got a Valentine addressed to "Sahraha". No lie. Between the terrible accents in Alabama and the concept of the silent "h", this kid was losing it.

I also hate "hippy names". You know what I mean, don't pretend like we really have different definitions here. Celebrities are worse than the worst:

{Actress Gweneth Paltrow with daughter, Apple}

{Actor Jason Lee with son, Pilot Inspektor}
Are. You. Kidding. Me??

{Jonathan Davis of Korn with son, Pirate}
The name Pirate might be cool from age 4-7, but what will this kid do after that? You can't even make an acceptable nick name out of this.

{Actor Nicholas Cage with son, Kal-El}
Yes, as in the space character from Superman. Wow.

Okay, so obviously these are examples from some super-nutty-out-of-touch celebrities. What I really meant about "hippy" names are those ones that people make up because they sound trendy. Look, in ten years, its going to be weird that you have a kid named Cage or Brant or Dawson or Harley. 
Tex is a southern nickname. Red is a color. And Stetson is a brand of cowboy hats. These aren't the names for the next cuties in daycare. It's just weird.

Ugh, and girls' names?
Blythe sounds creepy to say. Journey makes me think you're tripping on acid. And Neveah is heaven spelled backwards - stop it.

Is your kids name going to be as "cute" when he or she is trying to get a job as CEO of a company? Or when it gets called outloud during on the first day of high school? Will it be an adorable name when your kid is a grandparent?

I'm not really proposing that all children be named John or Jane. I didn't even mean for this to become a rant. I suppose my point from the beginning is that there is a lot in a name. It's our identity. It's with us from the beginning of our lives to the end of our lives. 
Personally I love the fact that my parents gave us kids all strong Biblical names. There is a certain power in "David Michael" "Sarah Elizabeth" and "Daniel Nathan" that poor Pilot Inspektor above will never have. 

Also, there's something to be said about being able to go to the personalized school supplies section and find pencil, a ruler, and a key chain with your name on it.

What do you think? Am I too harsh?

1 comment:

  1. I had to chuckle about your "say-rah" rant:) We lived in the Shoals area for several years and I had never before heard anyone say the name Sarah like that...the Alabamians said it was a Tennessee thing..ha