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I've been rewatching a lot of 80s movies lately—and I've fallen back in love with one of my favorites: Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's the kind of movie that makes me want to play hooky from all of my responsibilities and go have fun (though these days, the only way I'm going to get busted by the school principal is if I don't show up in time to pick up my kids from school). I'm not quite sure how he packs so much into one faux sick day—a trip to Sears Tower, a fancy lunch, a baseball game, a museum visit, and of course, lip synching the Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout" at a German parade before taking a quick dip in the pool and racing home through every back alley. But it's something I've always wanted to try to replicate. Ferris represents that kind of carefree, mischievous attitude you kind of want your kid to have—as long as they continue to get good grades and don't get into too much trouble.

Ferris is an uncommon name these days—it hasn't broken the top 1000 names in the U.S. since the 1920s. So you won't have to worry that your kid will find anyone else with that name in his class. It's a Celtic name that means "rock," the perfect name for a boy with a strong personality. Kinda like Ferris. Besides Mr. Bueller, Ferris is also associated with the classic amusement park ride—in other words, it's a name that's full of fun.

I'd kind of want to give an equally lighthearted middle name to go with this one—maybe something like West, Wild or Jude. But even something like Jack or Alexander could work with it.

What do you think of Ferris—the name and the movie? Is this a name you'd pick for your boy?

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