Category: violent baby names
This weekâ€™s baby name news has me wondering: what makes a name truly off limits?Â I donâ€™t mean names that just arenâ€™t your style, but names that actually strike you as inappropriate, even unfair, to give to a child.
Itâ€™s a tough line to draw.Â Some names are fine until theyâ€™re paired with a specific surname, like famed Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg.Â Others have associations that are difficult to shake, be they positive or otherwise.Â Would you name a child Elmo? Adolf seems like a burden, but what if your beloved grandpa was an Adolf?
Creative respellings put many parents off, while others have negative reactions to surnames, invented names, place names â€¦ the list is endless.Â But when does it cross the line from not for me, thanks, into who does that?