Category: baby name Ace
Don’t you love a good baby name controversy?
If you’re in the UK, ITV’s This Morning provided a delicious one last week. The show is exactly what the name implies – a morning talk program with chatter and discussion about current topics, something like The View.
Co-host Holly Willoughby recently introduced the topic of baby names. Guest Katie Hopkins – a reality show villain turned media personality – went on a rant about the names that she dislikes, adding that her children aren’t allowed to play with kids with certain kinds of names.
Hopkins was dismissive of lots of choices, including geographic ones – despite the fact that her daughter is called India. (“It’s not related to a location,” she protested.) Her other children are Poppy and Maximillian.
Another panelist characterized Hopkins as cruel and snooty. I’m inclined to agree. And yet one thing she said struck a chord. She characterized names as shortcuts.
I’m afraid that might be uncomfortably close to the truth.
Conventional wisdom says that parents are willing to take risks with their daughters’ names, but turn conservative as soon as they hear the words “It’s a boy!”
There’s some truth to that, and yet I know more and more little fellows with daring names. The US Top 100 bears this out, too, from Noah to Jayden to Chase, all names that sound mainstream today, but violate some of the traditional norms of naming boys.
I think I might have landed on one of the reasons this week: 80s glam metal.
Suggest almost any name in nearly any setting – message board, moms’ group, casual gathering of friends – and someone will almost certainly snort, and tell you that naming your child Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden will lead to a lifetime of misery. The person making that dire prediction will, of course, not realize that every kid these days is named Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden.
Suggest a name that is truly out of the ordinary – Cedar or Gideon or Airlie – and the comments can be even harsher, predicting dire consequences like playground shunnings and an inability to find employment as a surgeon and/or district attorney.
Is it cruel to choose unusual names for a child? I’m confident that the answer is no – but a few of this week’s most captivating names raised the question.
Ace – As in the playing card and the tennis term, but in this case, borrowed from a popular anime character. Japanese fashion model Hikari Kamikawa recently gave this rather un-Japanese name to her son. Some cried cruelty; others noted that Ace is tough to pronounce in her native language.
I don’t you know if you’ve noticed a growing trendlet—at least among celebrities—for what we might call generic-boy-nickname-names. In other words, these aren’t specific short forms like Charlie or Archie, but ol- timey macho boy tags like Buddy and Buster.
In the recent past, we’ve seen Noel Gallagher’s Sonny, a choice shared by British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor—as well as Adam Sandler’s daughter Sunny; Jamie Oliver’s Buddy Bear Maurice; Michele Hicks and Jonny Lee Miller’s Buster Timothy; the three Aces of Natalie Appleton, Tom Dumont, and Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle; the two Dukes of Diane Keaton and Justine Bateman; and the Junior of Peter Andre and Katie Price.
We can’t help wondering if this is yet another offshoot of the midcentury Mad Men phenomenon, bringing us back to the days of Father Knows Best’s Bud (birth name James Anderson, Jr.) and J. D. Salinger’s Buddy Glass (real name Webb Gallagher Glass), and Marlon Brando, who was known to friends and family as Bud. In those days, though, Sonny or Buster were not usually put on the birth certificate, and over time those pet names began to be relegated to pets.