Baby names can have a lasting effect on your child as they grow older, making the task even harder than it already is. With thousands of names to choose from, how do you pick just one?
In an opinion piece published on Stuff, writer Brad Markham argues the case against creative naming, when taken too far.
“Does calling your new son or daughter Phelony, Hashtag, Danger, Colon or Abcde amount to child abuse? I think it does. It opens them up to being mocked and teased in the playground," Markham writes.
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He adds: “Naming your kid after the first five letters of the alphabet is more common than you'd think. According to the Social Security Administration database, there are more than 300 girls in the United States who've been named Abcde since 1990. I'm assuming it's pronounced ab-SEE-dee, but I stand to be corrected.”
Additionally, a nine-year-old girl successfully changed her name in 2008 after her parents called her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.
More recently, a mother took to Reddit for advice. She asked the community if she should let her six-year-old adopted son change his name after his parents named him after a piece of furniture.
This raises the question, should governments be allowed to intervene when it comes to naming children?
In an article titled, Should governments outlaw bad child names? Eldar Sarajlic writes: “Names do much more than reveal cultural identities and interests of parents; they also bequeath symbolic value to kids, and by doing so can increase or decrease their future symbolic and cultural worth.
“Therefore, the question is serious and requires careful thought. So, how should we name our children? Should governments establish any limits in how we do so?”
The article states that in the U.S, New Jersey prohibits numerals as names. Massachusetts limits the word count of name, middle name and surname to only 40 letters. Australia also has its own list of banned baby names.
Sarajlic added that following the regulations in some countries, it has been suggested, "If there is an overwhelming likelihood that a name will harm the child’s emotional well-being and social development, its use should be considered unethical and should be legally prohibited.”
A study published in 2010 found a strong link between whether a person likes or dislikes their name and their self-esteem.
"The relationship is so strong that when people want to measure self-esteem in a more subtle way you can do it with the name-letter task," Jean Twenge of San Diego State University told Live Science.
"Our names really are wrapped up in our identity, and that might be why you get this somewhat surprising finding at least in some areas," Twenge said.
"People who particularly dislike their name and also if other people think it's an odd and unlikeable name, that can cause some problems. [They] tend not to be as well-adjusted."
What do you think? Should governments be bale to establish limits on baby names?