Thursday, November 11, 2010

Baby Boy Names

One of the interesting things about teaching is that I encounter very, shall we say, creative names of students. It used to be true of the South, but I think this is true everywhere in the States now. There's a sustained trend of giving children the most unusual names, so much so that pronouncing the child's name can be a source of embarrassment for both teacher and student. Setting aside the Antwans, there is, for instance, a Rah-sun in my school. Now, it's not that hard to pronounce, I admit, but it takes some getting used to since most of the time, I encounter Rashuns. After years of saying "Rashun" the tongue trips over the unusual "Rah-sun". Yes, the dash is part of the name. There is another child with the name Che'Kelvia. I don't understand the apostrophe. Apparently, the nomenclature is a combination of both father and mother's names.

Apparently, there's now a new trend-within-a-trend in naming baby boys. The hook? Defining a new masculinity. Riiiight. I say, it's more of the same feminizing of boys. Reject it, people! Stick with masculine names for boys. Don't get sucked into this oh-so-cool trend. Better yet, name your child after a saint!

I say up with Anthony! Patrick! Richard! Down with Cullen(puh-leez), Jax (Jacob is just fine, thank you very much), Jett (good grief!).

Here's the article describing the new trend.
"Rejecting the top names of the past century, more and more parents are choosing gender-neutral boys' names. Baby name expert Pamela Redmond Satran, co-author of Beyond Ava & Aiden, on how the new trend reflects a different ideal of masculinity."
Read the article here.

Here's a radical thought: Let's let boys be boys and girls be girls. Blurring gender lines doesn't make us sweeter or more peaceful or more human.

More modernism foolishness.


Anonymous said...

How do gender neutral boy names convey any ideal of masculinity? The "new ideal of masculinity" should be more honestly termed "feminine lite."

Trust me. Just because parents and coaches don't keep score at a T-ball game doesn't mean the six year olds aren't. I thank God they do. A six year old out of touch with the fact that competition, winning and losing are realities of life, is likely to turn into a sixteen year old who guns down his classmates because he didn't make the ball team, or because he didn't get the date he wanted for prom because she had her eye on the jock.

The eradication of juvenile delinquency should begin with the eradication of adult stupidity. Adult stupidity will deal with the problem by inventing a new Darwinism and calling it "survival of the lamest."

Anonymous said...

Oh, and boys named Tristan will always get their butts kicked on the playground.

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Argent said...

I wonder if adult stupidity arises from the perpetual Peter-Pan-hood foisted by the Generation of Woodstock.

I mean...following the link posted by a previous commenter, why in heaven's name would anyone in their right mind call their child "Abacus"? With a definition "calculating"....come on! Why is that even a consideration?

And Cullen for a last name is fine. But to name your child after an actor who plays a vampire?! Where are the fathers to stand up to silliness like this? A father who truly loves his son would not allow this to happen.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog.

I'm a firm believer that Catholic parents should baptize their child with the name of a saint as the first name. If you want to name your child after a city or car make, fine, but make it a second name or a nickname. Put the second name on the birth certificate, but baptize the child with the saint's name. Besides, your kid will thank you as an adult.

A priest friend of mine who taught afternoon catechism classes had a girl in his class with the first name of Isis. Yep, the fertility goddess of Mediterranean antiquity. How the heck did _that_ make it to the font? Father seriously considered asking the parents to rename her Mary or at least call her Mary, but he dropped the issue. If I were a priest I would've talked to the kid's parents about that.