“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare
This weekend I met a new baby with a very unusual name. Probably one of the most unusual names I’ve ever heard in fact. It got me thinking, what’s in a name? Why do unusual names get so much stick and why do people pick unusual names? Does it matter what we call our children?
I have an unusual name, it’s Welsh, so in Wales it’s probably pretty common but in Yorkshire it’s very unusual. Over the years I’ve had every pronunciation going, everyone asks me what it shortens to and if I had a pound for every time someone has misspelled it I would be a rich woman. However, I like that my name is different, it was nice to be the only one at school, but yes it does get frustrating always having to spell your name out for people. I wonder if people consider that when choosing a child’s name or inventing a new spelling for a name?
Are normal names ‘out’? Are names more often now a sign of social standing? In five years time will schools be full of Apple’s, Zepher’s, Harper’s and Haven’s?…….
I understand that people don’t want a name that is too popular but do they really have to pick names that are that out there? Is there a secret silent wish that these children will be famous?
Do you think that names are a sign of social standing or is it just the way that society is changing?