Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Enough With the Pretentious Names Already

One of the most vile cultural trends I've noticed recently -- besides the use of cell phones as walkie-talkies -- is parents giving their kids Irish last names as first names.

Over the weekend, I was at a children's party thrown by the mothers' group I belong to, when I heard a father say to his son, "Hey, bro."

Now, that's casual, I thought. Then I realized he meant it literally. Not that his son was also his brother -- that would be gross -- but that his son's name was Brody, as it said on his little nametag.

Boys named Brody, Brady, Riley and Murphy. Girls named Wiley and Addison (isn't that the disease JFK had?). At the same party where I met Brody, I met a baby boy named Beckett. I have yet to meet a boy named Joyce -- but I did meet one named Killian the other day.

I say, if you're going to give your kid one of these Irish names, why not go all out? Name him or her McGillicuddy. Or O'Shaughnessy. Or Bumstead, for fook's sake!


Goody 2 Shoes said...

Isn't Shaunessy also the name of a beer? I know a cute little girl named Shaunessy. Could that be one of those sentimental names, commemorating what her mom was drunk on when she got pregnant?

casapinka said...

haha, my husband from Ireland and I named our BOY Addison. When he has a very stinky diaper we say he's having an Addisonian crisis (when Addison' Disease is exacerbated.)

Love your attitude!

Mermommy said...

Here in CA, I know a toddler named Osiris, and the other day I heard a mom in a store call her baby "Elvis". For real!