When celebrities start having kids, there's no stopping them from giving their newborns the most unique monikers possible. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their kids North, Saint, and Chicago. Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson call their first little pink wonder True. And who can forget the time when former lovebirds Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay keyboardist Chris Martin gave their little girl that shiny little identifier Apple?
Maybe their pop culture clout makes it OK to give their young 'uns something unusual to be called. But a lot of folks who opt for that naming route aren't anywhere near as rich and famous. They're not as likely to get anywhere near the social cache as their celebrity counterparts. What's worse, is that kids who have to bear an odd brand could be subject to a lot of bullying once they're off to school, a consequence that parents ignore when they start dreaming up unusual names.
Which brings us around to the following: Just what the heck were they thinking? Pamela Redmond Satran, who founded and runs baby name website nameberry.com, thinks a lot of it has to do with parents wanting to think their babies are unique and picking an unusual name reinforces that thought.
“People are working a lot harder to come up with a name that is really distinctive and has a lot of personal meaning,” she said.
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It's a trend that millennials have been adopting for at least the last three years. Unlike their forebearers, they're less conformist which could explain this trend. Instead of a common name, most consider a unique baby name as an example of railing against a system that begs for uniformity.
With the increasing popularity of unconventional naming comes a great deal of regret and misgivings over these choices over time, especially when those names lose the impact they once garnered years ago. People who named their children Ocean, Skye and Rebel can relate. Then there are those names with limited trend appeal such as movie characters of blockbusters from almost a generation ago.
A U.K. survey from 2017 revealed that 20 percent of mothers regret the names chosen for their children. Some of the names include Elsa (best known as the lead character in the Disney movie Frozen), Charlotte (inspired by one of the characters in Sex and the City) and even Frodo and Arwen (from the Lord of the Rings trilogy).
However, for those who insist on Keeping Up With the Kardashians in the name game, just make sure your choices don't head South.
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