On Bracelynn, On Brogen
I am currently on a plane from Dallas to Hong Kong and the pilot just announced that we only have 77 hours left in flight time. First I’m going to perform squats in the aisle to get the blood flowing up and out of my feet, and then I’m going to attempt to sleep even though this seat is so small that my knees are up around my ears. I’ll just pretend I’m revisiting the womb.
Since I won’t be on the ground in SE Asia until very late Tuesday evening, I’m going to feature a guest post from my very good friend Sarah Brown. Sarah blogged at Que Sera Sera for over ten years but currently writes at her Tumblr, Damn Gina.
I live in Brooklyn, and cannot walk by a park without hearing four nannies call out for Beckett to come eat his hummus. There’s nothing wrong with the name Beckett, but I’m very aware that all the Becketts have big brothers named Henry. All the Henrys go to school with Ava Graces. If I lived in another part of the country, those names would be different but follow the same patterns. Those trends and patterns are fascinating to me.
Let’s be frank: everyone knows someone who’s named their kid something terrible. Not like the racist Orangejello-and-Lemonjello urban legend terrible, but real life terrible, like Finnelyn. Maybe none of your close friends, they all have lovely taste, but your coworker, or your neighbor. Or just spend ten minutes searching through Facebook at the names of the children of the people you went to high school with and don’t tell me you didn’t recoil.
To avoid a world full of same-names and awful-names, I’ve compiled a list of popular baby name alternatives. I hope these catch on and shake things up a bit. Please feel free to use any!
If you like boys’ names that sound like old Southern family names, like Whit and Drum, you might like:
If you like names that sound Irish but you couldn’t locate Ireland on a map, try:
If you like old-fashioned great-grandparenty names, like Violet and Henry, don’t act like you’re too good for:
If you like names that begin with H and end in N, like Hayden or Harrison, you might like:
If you like names from mythology, like Athena and Daphne, why not try:
If you’re into names that evoke birdishness, even though the “Put a bird on it” joke itself is already 3.5 years old:
Sam the Eagle
Names that sound like real names but aren’t, you just mushed some sounds together and everyone knows it, but nothing will change your mind:
Names that are also Will Smith movies:
Bad Boys II
Here are some good names for twins, because god knows they’ll be a packaged set all their lives and it’s important that they coordinate like towels and soap in a guest bathroom:
Shark Week & Santa Claus = both things that bring joy!
Maverick & Goose
Cobra & Mongoose
Beowulf & Grendel
Grendel & Grendel’s Mother
Love Boat & Fantasy Island
Batman & Internet
Leviathan & Tiffany
Just please, someone name your baby this, for me:
*I can’t take credit for this one, my friend Pierce came up with it