Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
By Aimee Reneau Tafreshi
I have fond childhood memories of my family gathered around our living room and watching movies together on weekend nights. My dad liked to watch the same movies over and over again, so naturally some of them became cult classics in my family. Other movies I discovered on my own or enjoyed watching with my younger sister or with friends. As a baby-naming enthusiast, some names jumped out at me, then and now, as those that might befit a modern day baby. I even named my youngest son after one of these characters.
Baseball is a game of statistics and trivia, but there’s one area that often goes unexamined: the names of baseball players.
So with the World Series starting next week, it seemed like a good time to explore the rich trove of amazing names that the sport has to offer.
I took to this task by poring over the active rosters of all 30 major league teams, looking for naming patterns that were unique to the sport. I also studied the 300-plus players inducted into the Hall of Fame. That’s where you’ll find the real motherlode of naming awesomeness.
Many classic baseball names may be a tough sell for today’s parents (Honus, anyone?). But they could provide inspiration if you’re looking for offbeat choices associated with America‘s pastime. And who knows…maybe with the right fate-sealing name, your kid will be able to support you later as a shortstop for the Astros.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In case you don’t think the middle name choice is an important one, just take a look at the startling number of celebrities who have opted for using theirs in lieu of the first name on their birth certificates! Some have dropped a ho-hum common in favor of a more dramatic middle, others, to avoid confusion, have shed a name shared with their parent.
To begin with, there have been five US Presidents who have made the first-middle name switch:
Hiram Ulysses S. Grant—At 17, when entering West Point, his name was mistakenly written as Ulysses S. Grant and he apparently was happy to lose the HUG initials. The S was for his mother’s maiden name, Simpson.