Name the Name

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Dear Edda,

My partner and I are expecting a baby.  We are very excited and so far have agreed on everything.  The color of the nursery, what nursery school he/she will go to, even the college we hope she/he will attend (we met in college)!  Everything was going really well, until we got to names.  

How can a person come up with such a lot of terrible names? My partner, “Lee”, keeps writing lists of names, along with meanings and sometimes, rationale, and showing them to me, saying the perfect name must be on this list. 

To give you an example: Ocean, Skye, Kelp (these after a walk at the beach), Zephyr (what is that – wind? A skateboard company?). These are all, according to Lee, gender-neutral and “strong”. Really? Kelp? 

This week’s list included Brooklyn (we’ve never been to Brooklyn), Atlas, and the last straw – Corona (means crown in Spanish). What?!  Should seek psychological counseling? Legal advice?  I’m starting to stress out.  We decided to Ask Edda.


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Dear Pat,

Congratulations!  Parents-to-be have enough to stress out about without stressing out about names.  However, this does often become a bone of contention during the time leading up to the happy day.

A name is very important. It conveys a first impression, and can even shape who the person eventually becomes. Naming a child is a huge responsibility, so you don’t want to get it wrong. That’s a lot of pressure.

So, here’s my advice. Check out the meaning and association of the name. Trust me, everybody you ask will have known someone with that name and will give you good or bad feedback. Write down the initials, so you don’t inadvertently spell out a bad word. 

But above all, give the child a name that you can scream out, without irony or embarrassment, when said child is running full speed through the supermarket, chasing his or her little friend, Persephone, and they are knocking over displays and toppling elderly gentlemen on their walkers.


Edda is not a medical professional but a local lady who loves to give out advice, even when it's not asked of her. Submit your question to for Edda to answer.

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winter Jan 30, 2021 05:32 PM
Name the Name

I agree with Edda....
Was always told to put "Judge", or "Chief Justice", so and so, in front of a name.
Not popular right now , but you don't want to get too bizarre..for boys , or girls.

a-1612118260 Jan 31, 2021 10:37 AM
Name the Name

I once had an acquaintance whose name was President Grover Cleveland (surname). Many people have been named for presidents, which is better than naming them for pop stars. Chosing athletic names is also tiresome--how many Keyshawn's do we want?

Basicinfo805 Jan 30, 2021 05:56 PM
Name the Name

I like the name Deebo

a-1612058859 Jan 30, 2021 06:07 PM
Name the Name

Anything but Adolf or Donald.

LakerGirl Jan 30, 2021 08:17 PM
Name the Name

Or Gavin or Joe.

Ahchooo Jan 30, 2021 08:12 PM
Name the Name

And please avoid Emma and Liam, and all the other exceedingly common names these days. Put those as middle names, if you must.

ParvoPup Jan 30, 2021 10:14 PM
Name the Name

Thing 1 and Thing 2 - Suess covered this already.

Luvaduck Jan 31, 2021 08:19 AM
Name the Name

Choose a first name that is timeless possible nicknames to personalize it. Choose Dranō, Viagra, Shoelace--cutesy stuff--for a middle name if you must: It can become an initial instead of an embarrassment. Discard "Oopsy" and "Lovechild" entirely, and don't choose Ima if your last name is "Dick". Have a little mercy. If you want to change your own name to a beer brand or sports team, fine.

mtndriver Jan 31, 2021 09:24 AM
Name the Name

Make it simple, give the kid a break! A name that means a lot to you can just be a huge weight on the kid's back. It's the child's name, not yours.

a-1612118950 Jan 31, 2021 10:49 AM
Name the Name

Did actually know someone whose last name was Flasher and whose parents gave him Richard as a first name, and inevitably, yes, he signed his name as Dick Flasher.

a-1612205462 Feb 01, 2021 10:51 AM
Name the Name

This was funny! It's interesting how names have evolved over time. There are some really out there ones but also a resurgence of old-fashioned names from the 20s and 30s which are kind of cool. I'd love to meet a baby named Wilfred or Gertrude.

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