Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What Is In A Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."- Shakespeare
 
When we become parents, the very first gift we give our children is the gift of life.
The second? A name.
Like many other parents, I spent the biggest part of my 7.5 months pregnant (with the twins) and my 9 months pregnant (with Cailin) trying to find the perfect name. There were lists made, votes done, I think I one point, we even DREW names from a hat! When we finally agreed on a name, it was as if the clouds parted and Heaven's light came through.
We have Sebastian Matthew, Anastasia Faythe, and Cailin Noelle.
Pretty perfect if you ask me. 
As parents, we want our kids to stand out, but not be weird. We want them to have strong names, names that mean something. Gone are the days when we handed down a family name. These days, its all about being unique. As someone with a very common name (seriously, get a group of 100 women in a room and yell "Sarah"....see how many turn around), I understand this more than anything. This is why I picked names that, in my opinion, are timeless, classic. Strong and sturdy, names that withstand the test of time.
With celebs naming their kids weird names (Really? Pilot Inspektor Lee, the name of Jason Lee's son), the urge to name your child something off the wall can be strong. But think about the future of the child. Children can be cruel and if they meet a kid with a weird name, they can be even more cruel than usual. I went to high school in a very small town. We had a kid named Wolfgang in our school. He was tormented!
CBS news reported in 2008 that giving your child an ethnic name can hurt them when it comes to employment. It stated that white names got about one callback per 10 resumes; ethnic names got one per 15. [c:www.cbsnews.com]
When we are naming our children, we don't think about the future...we think about the here and now. Perhaps we are going about it the wrong way? Studies have shown that people with ethnic names are not only picked on more, but get passed over for jobs, promotions, and various other things due to their names. They are more likely to have a hate crime happen to them, they are more likely to be victimized, stereotyped, all because of their names.
How did you come up with your children's name? What's the most out there name you've heard? 

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