Name this newborn! It's a big decision, parents, they only have to live with it FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
I admit it. I can't help it. I'm caught up in the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West baby naming shock and awe. It's one of the hottest trending topics on social media today. In case you haven't heard, the happy couple has named their sweet innocent bundle of joy "North." As in, North West. I'll spare you all the airline jokes. Poor child.
Why do celebrities do this? Blu Ivy (trademarked by the way), Blanket, Pilot Inspecktor, George Foreman (George named two of his children this name), Rumer, Apple, Frances Bean, Moon Unit.. The list goes on and on.
What's an innocent babe to do? Wait until age 18 then change his or her name at the courthouse? Well guess what, in some countries it's illegal to give your kids an idiotic name. At least twelve countries, including Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, Japan and Malaysia, have baby naming laws.
It's hard enough sometimes for kids who have common and conventional names. My parents named me "Mary Ann" after a great grandmother, but always called me Ann or Annie. I dreaded the first day of school as a kid, and the embarrasment of having to explain to the teacher and class that I went by Ann and not Mary. Now I'm grateful for having been named for a beloved relative, but it took a while to gain that appreciation.
Did you have trouble with your name as a kid? Was it hard to decide what to name your children?