My girlfriend works in a pediatric unit and sees a lot of strange baby names.
Like Green Tina, for starters. And even a pair of twins named Lemonjello and Orangejello.
But the strangest — by far — was a couple who wanted to name their newborn daughter Chlamydia.
Yes, as in the STD.
I thought I had heard it all.
Growing up in Hawaii, most of my friends — aside from those with ethnic names — had your basic names: Lisa, Brandon, Stacy, Stephen, Jason, Michael, Jennifer, James, Christine. Sure, we did have our interesting monikers — Kojak, Westin, Carmen, Rona — and even some uber-unique names like Ramrod and Avalanche.
But I think this trend has become more and more commonplace thanks to celebrities who name their kids stuff like Apple, Fox, Peaches, Moon Unit, Tallulah, Scout, Satchel, Denim, Ocean, Sparrow, Cash and Seven. (Evangeline Lilly of “Lost” fame named her son Kahekili, which means “thunder” in Hawaiian but mostly reminds us of the highway with the same name.)
Now everyone, it seems, wants to name her child something meaningful, something that will stand out, something that (hopefully) her kindergarten teacher can pronounce.
The Baby Center compiled a list of the most unusual baby names of 2012 — each of these names were given to at least two children. So it’s not just a fluke.
Here are some notables:
I don’t think I would name my dogs most of these.
I’ve thought about what I would want to name my future kids and I can see the allure of coming up with something original. But to name your kids after fruits, household appliances and TV stations is a bit, well, cruel.
It certainly makes my name seem so old-fashioned and boring.
Anyone got a good “unusual name” story to share? Or got a reason why people are obsessed with original names? Thoughts?