Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

June 26, 2013

When in doubt

Ask your friends to vote on the baby’s name

What’s in a name? We sometimes wonder. So, probably, do you.

One of our favorite movies is “The Villain,” a 1979 western spoof that reminds us of a Road Runner cartoon. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the hero, Ann-Margret was the heroine, and Kirk Douglas was the Wile E. Coyote character.

Arnold’s name was “Handsome Stranger.” When Ann-Margret asked him how he got it, he responded, “I was named for my father.”

The ingenuity and imagination people often apply to naming their children can be amazing.

Pity the poor teacher who is left to ask not only how a child’s name is spelled ... but how it’s pronounced.

What to name the baby is a question parents can spend nine months or even longer trying to answer. A Connecticut couple who is expecting a boy in September couldn’t decide on a name, so they asked their coffee shop friends to vote on whether it should be Jackson or Logan.

The New Haven Register reports that about 1,800 votes were cast, and that Logan was the apparent winner — but the parents still couldn’t make up their minds. So the baby’s name will be Logan Jackson Dixon.

Here, if you were wondering, are the 15 most popular names for boys and girls, based on Social Security Administration statistics as of May 2013:

Boys — Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam, Jayden, Michael, Alexander, Aiden, Daniel, Matthew, Elijah, James and Anthony.

Girls — Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison, Elizabeth, Chloe, Ella, Avery, Addison and Aubrey.

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