According to American Profile magazine, all of the following are actual names given to children by their parents…
- Morning Desire
- Country Musick
- April May March
- Beau Hunter
- Heaven Leigh Friend
- Arayah Sunshine
- Shyne Golden Bright
- Manly Mann
- Ben Gay III
I’ve heard of making your child’s name so unique that they standout, but these are bizarre. Some other recent real names include the following: ESPN, Armani, Timberland, Del Monte and Chevy. It will only be a matter of time before we’ll see Motorola, Diet Coke and Survivor. Incidentally, let me apologize in advance if any of you readers are actually blighted by one of these names. I take pity on you, especially if you’re called ESPN. But, I will admit that “Manly Man” is a pretty sweet name.
Choosing a baby name can be a difficult decision. Some parents change their mind on a name as often as Bret Farve changes his mind on retirement. I also find it interesting when a child is given a common name but the spelling for it is very uncommon. For example, I was the MC for a beauty pageant years ago, and my biggest problem was trying to pronounce the little girls’ names. The names were all common names, but the spellings were impossible. During practice before the pageant I’d be like, “And the next contestant we have is little … Juxxizel Smith” and someone would say, “I believe she pronounces it Julie.” Um, okay.
We have the “artist formerly known as Prince,” who changed his name to a symbol. George Constanza who wanted to name his first born “7” after Mickey Mantle’s baseball number. There’s singer Sean Combs who changed his name to Puff Daddy, then to P. Diddy, then to Puffy and then to just Diddy. Now no one knows what to call him. And then, of course, there’s my middle name … which I’ll choose not to share with you today.
All in all, I’m not sure it matters what name you got stuck with, nor does it matter what you named your kids or how you spell their names … but I AM pretty sure the best name to wear at the end of your life is “Child of God.”
“The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are his children…” (1 John 3:1)