Thursday, January 13, 2011

Baby-Naming Obsession

After reading "Please Let Me Name Your Baby" by Nina at Nina Badzin's Blog, I realized that I'm not the only one who has a name-researching obsession.
I thought that it was by "baby on the brain" that was drawing me to baby name book after baby name book, writing lists and pouring over the origins and meanings of hundreds of names...

(Let me interrupt here to say that, NO, as far as I know, we're not expecting)

But back to the lists, I LOVE names! I always have. When I would play Barbies growing up, I would first write a list of all the names I wanted for my Barbies, and then each time we played, they would all have fancy names like Cassandra, and Juliette and Isabella...

So this "obsession" is just another manifestation of my OCD... I guess I could get rid of all my books and lists, but then what would I do if I did get pregnant? I want to have some sort of starting point...

I mean, your name is something you have for life. For some children (like Frank Zappa or Jamie Oliver's kids) they might want to change the names their parents gave them when they get old enough to do so...

Crazy Celebrity Baby Names:
(They are crazy in MY opinion. Feel free to complain if you love any of these)
-Alabama Gypsy Rose (Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings)
-Audio Science (Shannyn Sossamon and Dallas Clayton)
-Banjo (Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor)
-Bogart Che Peyote (David "Puck" Rainey and Betty Rainey)
-Camera (Arthur Ashe and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe)
-Crumpet (Lisa Vidal and Jay Cohen)
-Denim, Diezel (Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis)
-Diva Thin Muffin, Dweezil, Moon Unit (Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa)
-Elijah Bob Patricus Guggi Q (Bono and Ali Hewson)
-Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom (Bob Geldof and Paula Yates)
-Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates)
-Kal-el (Nicholas Cage and Alice Kim Cage)
-Kyd Miller (David Duchovny and Tea Leoni)
-Moxie Crimefighter (Penn Jillette and Emily Jillette)
-Poppy-Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice (Jamie Oliver and Juliette Norton)
-Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf)
-Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone and Sasha Czack)
-Seven Sirius (Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu)
-Speck Wildhorse (John Cougar Mellencamp and Elaine Mellancamp)
-Story Elias (Jenna and Bodhi Elfman)
-Zuma Nesta Rock (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale)

Okay, so not every part of these names is horrible. I personally love 'Elijah' and 'Rose', but seriously Camera?!
I'm reminded of this friends episode where Ross and Rachel are choosing a baby name, and they shoot down each others choices so many times, that Phoebe says "Is it me, or is Veto starting to sound really cool." How did the name "Camera" even come up in the naming process? Did they say, "Get the Camera" so many times that they started thinking it was cool?

And then there is Pikabo Street (pronounced Peek-a-boo). Her parents let her name herself! Imagine letting your kindergarten child come up with their own name! What would you have named yourself when you were 5? I would have been Ashley. I loved that name so much, that when I actually MET an Ashley, I thought she was some sort of god.

Crazy, huh?

But seriously, a name is the legacy that parents bestow on children. It reflects the hopes you have for that childs future, and also the past that came before that child.

A name is a huge thing

And to be perfectly honest, I think there are many other worse things I could obsess about.

~Angela (heavenly messenger) Jeanette (God is gracious)

(Two of my top picks when you want lots of name ideas with their meanings)


  1. My middle name (Jo-Anne) means "God is gracious", too!! And He's proven it constantly.

    Keep being the heavenly messenger :)

  2. Thanks Katie! In all my "research" I've found that "God is gracious" is a pretty common meaning. But at the same time, He is gracious to many, and not just a few...