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Baby Names That Are Too Much To Live Up To

February 4, 2013 Pamela Redmond
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I was looking this morning through the list of baby names that have entered the US Top 1000 since the turn of the decade — more, much more, on that later — and I was struck by how many of them overstate the case.

I mean that they are baby names that are too much, in one way or another, for any human being to live up to.  Names like the infamous Precious.  Or Legend.  Well, we’ll detail the specifics below.

In early editions of our first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we included a list called Names That Are Too Much, or Not Enough, To Live Up To.  Then somewhere along the way, we dropped it.  But clearly it’s time to bring it back.

Listen, there’s something sweet about giving your child a name to live up to — a name that carries a positive image,  that conveys a quality they can aspire to, that references a person they can be proud to be associated with.

But there’s a point where a name seems to seems to protest too much, as in the case of Precious.  If not in toddlerhood then in adolescence, a child named Romeo may feel overwhelmed by impossible pressure to be a romantic superhero, and Patience may become determined to show you how thoroughly she refuses to live up to her name.

Names we are hearing today that may prove too much to live up to include:

Arcadia

Atlas

Bliss

Destiny

Fortune

Glory

Halcyon

Harmony

Heaven

Infinity

Journey

Justice

Karma

King

Legend

Merry

Messiah

Miracle

Obedience

Patience

Prince

Princeton

Romeo

Serenity

Sincere

Star

Temperance

Treasure

Trip or Tripp

Trust

Truth

Venus

Wilder

Zen

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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