January 18, 2012

Category: Safety

Celebrities, Baby Names, and Why We Can’t get Enough

When celebrities are having babies, a swell of emotion engulfs the public. People lose their minds over children who belong to movie stars and entertainers they’ll never meet.  Songstress Beyonce’ and Rapper/Record Mogul Jay-Z recently introduced us to their beautiful bundle of joy of which they named Ivy Blue Carter.  If I had a dollar for every Facebook and Twitter conversation involving the child’s name and what it means, I could buy my own island like Tyler Perry.   

Celebrities having babies is hysteria in the most bizarre way and often treated like royalty springing forth airs who’ll someday rise up and assume the throne.  Thing is, it’s America which has no royalty to speak of, was established to get as far away from kings and queens as possible and the closest thing to a throne is Jay-Z’s last hit album titled “Watch the Throne” with friend Kanye.  Lots of bling, gold and platinum but no real authority to rule.   

I remember when Cher and former husband Sonny Bono had a daughter they named Chastity in 1969.  Chastity was a cute-as-a-button blonde haired doll and perhaps the first baby goo-goo star that made normal Americans go ga-ga when her pictures hit the newsstands.  In my opinion, we still have an unhealthy fascination to photos of Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie’s youngsters.  Michael Jackson was rumored to have made millions on the first photos of his off springs.   The only thing that drums up hysteria surrounding our beloved big shot’s tots is the names they’re saddled with.  What’s in a name?  Glad you asked.  It has been found that a baby’s name can seriously factor into how they are perceived by adolescent friends and how they grow to feel about themselves during their formative years.  According to Baby Name Wizard, there are several methods to choosing your baby's name.   

Traditional – Names from English-speaking countries like Allen, Simon, Walter, William for boys and Alice, Irene, Joan, Linda and Victoria for girls.   

Contemporary  - Names that mean things, sound nice and or takes the spelling of a common word and changes the spelling of it.  These and other words apply: Amerigo, Amerika, Alix, Arcade, Coop, Crain, Crewe, Clover, and Chardonnay.  Visit www.babyzone.com to view others.   

Biblical – Names based on biblical characters.  Joseph, Mary, Jesus, John, Peter, Sarah, Matthew, and Beth are old but common names.   

Place / Surnames – Popular names for this category include Florence, Eden, Cheyenne, Georgia, Kennedy, Sydney, Kenya and Dakota.  For boys are Dallas, England, Houston, Boston, Carson, Clinton, Denver and Jaxon.   

Occasional – Names for occasions are some of the most used in today’s name game.  Easter, May, Christmas, Valentine, Linen, Summer, April, Union, Epiphany, Noel, Victory, Eve, Freedom, Autumn and Winter.   

Uncommon Names – Of course there are millions of uncommon names.  Commonly used uncommon names may include some of these.  Lexus, Alize’, Champagne, Chardonnay, Lemon’jello, and Beyonda, Peerless, Champ, Trendy, Cross, Boss, Major, Scout, Golden, Zync, and Winner.          

Parents rarely realize what their baby’s names say about them.   See www.parents.com   

Unusual names: Says the parents crave the spotlight and plan to spend a great deal of that child’s life discussion how they came up with the name. 

Family Name: You have strong family values, heritage and admiration for your culture.   Creative or Different Spellings: It suggests that you dare to be different.   Old fashion names: You’re on the conservative side and want a safe moniker for your child.   

A Place or Destination: Choosing names of places insinuates you’re adventurous and like to travel.   

Unisex:  Names that fit both boys and girls (gender-neutral) are on the rise. Parents who pick the names in this category often focus more on success and giving their children an even chance at achieving some.   

One of the most important things to remember when selecting names for babies is that once you do it, it’s there’s for the rest of their lives.  Of course they can change it after entering adulthood but the name they’re given is the one that belongs to them.  A name could make their lives easier, better, worse, more interesting or a total hell.  Please reconsider giving your child a name they will spend too much of their time explaining how it’s spelled and what it means.  Kids shouldn’t have to bear the identity or cries for attention issues of their parents.