Category: Name Choice
Question of the Week: How much does a person’s name affect your opinion of them?
Do you get a mental image of people before meeting them, setting up positive or negative expectations because they have a name you like–or don’t?? Ever turn down a blind date because of his/her name? Could you imagine yourself married to an Egbert or a Hortense?
On the other hand, does having a beautiful name add something special to a person’s appeal (as it does for me with my British friend Araminta)?
Has knowing a person changed your image of their name?
Do you judge people by what they’ve named their children—even a little bit– and even though you know you shouldn’t?
So Posh and Becks are expecting a new member of their team this summer. They’ve been both imaginative and trendsetting when choosing the names for their three boys: Brooklyn Joseph, Cruz David and Romeo James. Due in some part to their influence, Cruz is now Number 346, Romeo is Number 411, and Brooklyn is 37—but for girls!
Will they again use some reference to place, as they did with Brooklyn (chosen–no–not because that was where he was conceived but where Victoria was when she found out she was pregnant) and Cruz (a Spanish name chosen when Beckham was playing for Real Madrid)? Doesn’t seem too likely with them now living primarily in Beverly Hills.
One pattern they’re likely to continue is using a classic male name in the middle.
But wait–to quote a line from the musical Carousel–what if he is a she?
Any great suggestions for them for either or both sexes?
Some parents put a lot of stock in the etymological definitions of names, while others brush that element aside as having little to do with a name’s real meaning and image in the modern world.
So, our question today is: how important a factor is the literal meaning to you when considering your name choices?
Would or did you actively seek out a name that means, say, strength or hope or love or beauty?
Would you rule out a name with a negative meaning, such as “pig” (Portia) or “crooked nose” (Cameron) or “crooked mouth” (Campbell) or “misshapen head” (Kennedy) or “bald” (Calvin), on the chance that your child will constantly be checking himself in the mirror for signs of a prophecy bestowed?
Or is this way down on your list of considerations—or maybe not even there at all?
NAMEBERRY WANTS TO KNOW!