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Should You Create Your Own Baby Name?

Friday, May 31st, 2013

A commenter asked what I thought about creating your own baby name: In her situation, she’d cobbled together parts of her name and another person she loved to build a brand-new name, which she didn’t share with me.

I’m all about picking names that are meaningful to you, that honor the people or places you love. But I’m not a huge fan of the made-up name. (With daughters named Katharine and Margaret, would you really expect me to be?)

For me, I see so many wonderful options already out there (thousands upon thousands of them), that have a meaning and a history attached to them, that I just don’t see the need to look for something else. And I think names like Nevaeh and Kierson just sound like you’re trying a little too hard to be original.

Of course, there’s the argument that without people constantly creating new names, we wouldn’t have many of the names we have today (including my own, which started its life as a nickname for Elizabeth). I’m sure that names like Violet and Ruby (two of my favorites) once seemed outlandish to past generations.

Personally, I would never pick a name that didn’t have some historical gravitas (I was a history major, after all). But if it’s a name that really speaks to you and has meaning for you—and the name isn’t something truly awful that’s going to require decades of therapy and a future legal name change, then you’re welcome to do it.

I want to know what YOU think—are you for or against creative, made-up names? Do you think names like Nevaeh are a blight upon the future generations, or just something fun, new and original? Vote in our Name Game to give your perspective on names classic and new. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Should You Be Able to Name Your Baby Hashtag?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here in the U.S., we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And also the right to name our kids anything we want. But I’m thinking the Founding Fathers weren’t imagining a brave new world where people didn’t name their kids Martha and George and Thomas, but picked names like Lemonjello, Loser, or the current crowning achievement in baby names—Hashtag.

Poor baby Hashtag Jameson (a girl) was born to parents who apparently adore Twitter—and gave her the unfortunate symbol name, one that’s bound to give her future therapist plenty to work with. She’s part of a trendlet toward social media-related names, along with an Egyptian boy named Facebook, and an Israeli girl named Like (as in Facebook’s popular “Like” button).

Several countries around the world have laws against giving your child a truly odd name that others might consider stupid or crazy. They helped prevent babies in Sweden from being named Superman or Ikea, a baby in China from getting @ as a name (which may be one of the few names that’s actually worse than Hashtag), and a kid in New Zealand from the unfortunate name “Sex Fruit.” Maybe it’s time to consider something like that here, to prevent names that might actually cause your child harm and bullying. Names like Destiny Frankenstein, Adolf Hitler, or Dom Perignon.

Of course, that would make my work a whole lot less interesting—and leave celebrities with very few naming options, as they’ll no longer be afforded the options of Moxie Crimefighter, Pilot Inspektor or Moon Unit.

What do you think of the name Hashtag? Do you think we should try to thwart parents’ attempts at name creativity, or simply go with the flow? Let me know in the comments.

Photo: Hashtag, by iQoncept /

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