Laurence Hayes: Baby Name Dangers
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It took us 20 minutes to name the dog. So why has it taken weeks to come up with a name for our baby? After hours of discussion I finally realized why -- with a dog there is just one pitfall (call your dog Fenton -- or Mitzy or Floppy -- and you could end up as a viral hit on YouTube when it runs away). But with a baby, there are dozens. I took a scan of the parenting forums to see exactly what people worry about when they name their baby.
Some worries are obvious. It can't be too common (Harry, Sophia, Jacob) or too weird (Harper Seven, Bandit, Blue Ivy). Your child shouldn't have to go through its entire life repeating it (Aviva, Perseus, Apple), or spelling it (Siobhan, Khloe, Gene). It shouldn't be too showy (Maximillian, Aloysius, Persephone) or too dull (John, Ann, Robert). Some names just aren't aspirational (Candy, Bambi, Dwayne) others are too tempting for bullies (Fatty Patty, Smelly Shelley, Screwy Louie).
Will your baby's name look good on a résumé? (Alexan
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