Category: baby name rebel
Watch out, Berries–today’s guest blogger, Claire Shefchik, has plenty of bones to pick!
Since the age of six, Iâ€™ve loved names. Â Back then, whenever I renamed myself, I was Crystal (spelled Christal) and later, Jordan. Â These days, I prefer Presley to Penelope, Jayden to Jasper. Â In the novel Iâ€™m writing, two of the main characters are Dempsey and Vaughan–female characters. Eek! Â Thatâ€™s right, I am a name heretic.
When, a few years ago, I came across the Nameberry-led community of Internet naming enthusiasts, I thought Iâ€™d found heaven (sorry, â€śnevaehâ€ť). Â But I found myself, more often than not, at odds with my fellow â€śname nerds.â€ť Â Many claim to be open-minded and liberal, but are much more rigid in their approach to naming than youâ€™d think, especially when it comes to names popular with, as one poster put it, “the Wal-Mart set.” Â Another poster declared her goal was to encourage â€śclassically-named babies,â€ť which letâ€™s face it, is just a euphemism for “babies with names of which I, as the self-appointed arbiter of taste, approve.â€ť