I’ve always thought that my parents did a good job of choosing unique yet accessible names for me and my siblings: Bryce (real name Ronald, but they knew we’d call him Bryce), Alana, Kara, Dallin and Scott. Okay, so Scott’s not so original, but we still love him. None of these names are off-the-wall, but I still get plenty of questions about their origins.
I am disturbed by the volume of awful, awful names that celebrities give their children: Phinnaeus (Julia Roberts, with that pretentious spelling), Tu (Rob Morrow – Tu Morrow, get it?), Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin). It seems that celebrities feel obligated to foist unique identity on their children.
What happened to normal names? You know, like Steve or Moon Unit? Here’s a list of 2004’s most popular names by gender:
Girls: Emma, Madison, Emily, Kaitlyn, Hailey, Olivia, Isabella, Hannah, Sarah, Abigail
Boys: Jacob, Aidan, Ethan, Ryan, Matthew, Michael, Tyler, Joshua, Nicholas, Connor
And to my brother Bryce I say it’s "The Ascent of Stan"! (see Ben Folds). Stan is my nephew’s name. We need more Stans.