Your child’s name shouldn’t make people laugh or cry.
A postal worker told me she named her daughters Lexus and Kia, which tells you who her favorite is right away.
And when I was in Romania, a mom tried to doom her child by naming him bin Laden. She chose the name because she kept hearing it repeatedly on CNN and figured he must be important. An English-speaking nurse refused to sign the birth certificate until the name was changed to something I can’t pronounce.
More recently, a family in Israel decided to name their child “Like” after the Facebook button.
As a Guardian reporter writes, at least they didn’t name her “Poke.”
The family is chock full of unusual appellations. Lior and Vardit Adler already have daughters named Dvash (Hebrew for honey) and Pie (as in apple).
But for the new little girl they wanted something “modern and innovative” like Like.
I’d have preferred “Gertrude.” Eighteen years from now, maybe the daughter will too and have it legally changed.
The parents are pleased their child has a unique name, but isn’t that the motive of every parent that concocts a ridiculous moniker?
The Edge, of U2, has a daughter named Blue Angel, so let’s hope she’s a pilot one day. Bandmate Bono named his kid Memphis Eve, which makes me think he had one Irish whisky too many on Beale Street.
Comedian and magician Penn Jillete named his daughter Moxie Crimefighter.
Nicholas Cage named his son Kal-El, the name Superman’s parents gave him.
The list could go on forever.
More than 40 years after the Johnny Cash classic was released, naming a boy Sue sounds like solid parenting.