I’m sure by now, you’ve seen this image of Beyonce’ and her MOST ADORABLE baby girl. This is, by far, the best close-up shot I’ve seen of Baby Blue Ivy since her newborn pics were released on tumblr. I definitely see a little “Hov” peeking out of all that cuteness! Those cheeks! Speaking of Blue Ivy…I’ve always been sort of jealous of the way the celebrities have free reign in the name game. They have the privilege of donning their babes with the hottest, most unique names, because they are the spawn of a creative. But when us, regular folks try to pull it off…well…#FAIL!
Let’s face it. The Average Joe and Kesha could never get away with naming their babies things like Sailor, Jessie James, Story, or Petal Blossom Rainbow (I swear, that’s the name of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s baby!) unless your zip code is 90210. Otherwise, you and your baby – who will eventually grow up – are probably getting the “side eye and a snicker” every time they’re at the dentist office, pharmacy, going for their driver’s exam or just that everyday humiliation for 12 years straight as the teacher calls for attendance.
I know that ‘we’ can get really creative when it comes to names at times. And it’s for the same reason that I’m jealous of the celebrity kids’ names. I’m so glad to see these old names have re-surfaced – Emma, Olivia, Maxwell, Anna etc. I should have jumped on that bandwagon, because even though I named my first-born a Swahili name that means mighty and strong, his last name is Olde English in origin!! So guess what? I’m guilty as charged.
Personally, I don’t even fancy my own first name because it was never used in my home by my family or my friends. Also because it’s super-original (to put it nicely), but most of all because it’s too often mispronounced. I’m a 70’s baby…what can I say? So, when you have the opportunity to save a life or rather a life of humiliation for a child that you care about, step in and talk to the parents about the consequences down the road. It could mean the resume’ will be the first to review or the first in the shredder.
What do you think about giving your child a “unique” name?
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