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)

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Peter P says:

    Of course, you can always follow George Foreman's example and call ALL of your children George Foreman, even the girls.

    My favourite of all time though is:

    Depressed Cupboard Cheesecake

    Yes. Someone named their daughter that.

  2. L.C.T. says:

    My name means heaven. I'm glad my parents chose my name 😀

  3. Stoogelover says:

    One of my closest friends has the last name of Hay. He wanted to name their first daughter, Rolinda, but his wife nixed that idea. There is a book of names out that has hilarious names such as Dr. P. P. Peters, MD who is a urologist. I forgot the name of the book, but I did check it out of the library once and it was very interesting reading.

    The word verification for my comment is certainly a potential name, assuming it has not already been used: ungsali

  4. Amy Voss says:

    Because my parents and my husband's parents named me (Amy)and my husband (Jeremy) common names, we decided to give our children names that are not so common. When I went to college, if you were a girl you were either named Amy or Jennifer. If you were a boy, your name was either Jeremy or Jason. My husband's parents and my parents say there was not any other Jeremys or Amys when we were born. Here are my children's names…my daughter is named Piper Mughain (pronounced 'moon'). My son is named Finn Tagnan (Dar'Tagnan, without the "Dar"). My next son is named Seven Kalik (pronounced 'kal lick' Like the first part of the work "calico". We did think about using just the number for his name, but decided since the name is already different, we decided to actually spell it out. Also, we knew a first grade teacher who had a "7" in her class and it was difficult for him when the class was spelling their names because his was just a number. Our last son is named Rilian Fre. (pronounced "Rill-ee-ann free")

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    Amy, those are incredible names. I'm glad you shared. I do know of someone that swears they saw the name La-a (pronounced the dash LaDasha).

  6. Amy Voss says:

    Trey, I have also heard that! I have heard a teacher tell of that name and the mother got so angry because they were not pronouncing it correctly!

  7. nick gill says:

    Carly and I are planning on using Cora Kaleen if we ever have a daughter, and Liam Westley if we ever have a son.

    I remember getting picked on in school, so we're trying our best not to give names that paint targets on their back. I got grief for Anthony Eugene — I can't imagine what they'd have done to me if my name was 7.

  8. Robin says:

    A few of my favorites come from one of my old college roommates. He once had a student on a school bus that he drove whose name was pronounced "Maya Nessa" which is a pretty enough name…

    until you see how it's spelled…

    The girl's name is Mayonaisse!

    The same guy told me about a set of twins who played tackle on his high school football team.
    Last name: Wall
    First names: Brick and Stone

    He said they couldn't block worth anything!!

  9. Randall says:

    As a doctor, Travis has seen quite a few doozies. I remember one time he told me about parents who had named their daughter Mari Juana.


  10. Wendy says:

    A friend named her son Galileo Nicholas (and they called him Gallers – a typical Aussie contraction). He chose to use "Nicholas once he started school.

  11. jel says:

    how would you like to have the name "Apache Sodapop" I kid ya not , that's a real name some very young parents gave their son.

    I always thought Creed Allen would be a cool name for a boy

  12. Timbra Wiist says:

    you KNOW both our girls get weird pronunciations, and, i don't know that it really matters, once a teacher called mike "michelle". . .really? MICHAEL can even be confusing? there's no hope if that's the case!

  13. Terry says:

    I always wanted to have a daughter named Ebony Twilight. My wife is glad we have a son.

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Timbra … I like your kids names.

    AND, I SO forgot to mention that I met a man last summer who had three kids (2 boys & a girl). Their names were Tony, Orlando and Dawn.


  15. Wendy says:

    My DH liked Beren as a boy's name and Arwen as a girl's name (He is a Tolkien tragic). I wasn't going to have a little Berry or a girl who was called – "Ah! When?" We settled for conservative name (Nicola Joy) but the grandparents didn't like it…

  16. Anonymous says:

    I want to name my next kid Emanual…

  17. Lori says:

    When we told the doctor the name of our first child after delivery, he began telling us funny things that happen when naming babies after delivery. He said that many people come in, have their baby and say "_________ is what we want to name our baby. How do you spell it?" We got a big kick out of that!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    How about the name Seven?

  19. Anonymous says:

    My cousin is named Armani Sebastian. Yep.

  20. tmarty says:

    Okay the Brett Favre comment was to see if I am still reading your blog right???? :-) Besides the dig, nice thoughts!

  21. Su says:

    My father named me after a Hostess Cake. No, I'm not bitter at all. 😉

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