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Live from New York–it’s SNL baby names!

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Mike Myers’ recent choice of the name Spike for his infant son got me to thinking.  Did other former SNL cast members make equally offbeat, out-of-the-box choices?

Saturday Night Live is at this point a certifiable institution.  The show has now been around for 36 years, and over its long run has featured many of the funniest, most creative, offbeat comic talents in America–some of whom have gone on to become so iconic that we’ve almost forgotten they were ever regulars on the show. As in Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Martin Short and now-Senator Al “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough” Franken.

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Baby Name Spike: People vs pet names

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When Mike Myers named his son Spike recently, there were several comments on our Nameberry facebook page along the lines of: “Did his wife have a puppy?” and “Bit doggy for me.”  Not very kind, perhaps, but it does raise the subject of the blurring of the line between human and canine names, when babies are being named Buster and Buddy, and pups are commonly called Chloe and Mia.

So little Spike won’t be alone in his name zone.  Other celebs have provided him with a number of comparably-named prospective (if older) playmates.  There’s Michelle Hicks and Jonny Lee Miller’s Buster, Rosanne Barr’s Buck, Jamie Oliver’s Buddy Bear and Alicia Silverstone’s Bear, Justine Bateman’s Duke, Damon Dash’s Lucky, Gerard Way’s Bandit and Robert Rodriguez’s Rocket, as well as the poodle-ready Coco (Courteney Cox & David Arquette), Gigi (Cynthia Rowley), Fifi (Bob Geldof) and Zuzu (Tania Peterson).

But are these still the kinds of names that are actually given to dogs today, when pups are considered more family members than pets?  The answer is a resounding no!  Traditional canine monikers like Fido and Rover, Spot, and Champ have virtually disappeared, having been replaced by popular people names.  In fact, looking at the most recent list of top names for dogs might make you do a doubte-take as it’s so similar to the top babies’ names lists.

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Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks at nine of the most unusual names to hit the headlines this week.

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.

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