"Would Brad Pitt be as sexy if he'd been named Maynard?"[I guess of lot of this depends on whether or not you think Brad Pitt is sexy.]
By any other name would smell as sweet;"
In other words, what matters is what something is, not what it is called.
How important is a name? Does it determine one's personality or destiny? My own Father wanted to call me "Cookie". Fortunately on this one, my Mother won out and I was named Leslie-Jane. My father's name was Leslie James Rodger, and to distinguish us, I got the double-barreled moniker. Some of my relatives still call me Leslie-Jane and my Mother uses it when she's mad at me. The other affectionate name my Dad had for me was "Puddler"...I still smile at that one. Thank heavens he'd never heard of the American skier Picabo Street! (Pronounce that Peek-a-boo).
Celebrities are know for naming their kids weird names. 'Apple': Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris martin. 'Bluebell Madonna': Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. 'Camera': Arthur Ashe.
Jamie Oliver sounds a bit like my Dad in naming his daughters 'Daisy Boo' and 'Poppy Honey'. Then again, his wife's name is 'Jools'
One of the Canadian Idol hopefuls is called 'Mookie' after the Blue Jays baseball player.
Every time I hear something like this I wonder how these little tykes will fare in school!
Steven Pinker in his book "The Stuff of Thought" says..."Naming a baby is the only opportunity most people get to choose what something will be called"
We had so many names for our kids that we had to wait and see what they looked like before we finally decided. We were very traditional and went for the family connection, not to mention the fact that no one could correctly pronounce Geneviève the french way.
Our first was named Jane Alexandra....Jane because it was such a common first or second name of family on both sides, Alexandra after my dearest friend Dana.
Gordon Leslie was a combination of my Father and Larry's Uncle Gordon, two very wise, strong and wonderful men.
We still managed to call them "Dini"
and "Pooch".....sorry kids.
Love you guys and who you've become. Good names!