What’s in a name?
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
But, would we love Bella as much if she were named Gertrude? Edward as much if he were Eugene? Jacob as much if he were “Dances with Six Pack”?
I doubt it.
Alas, the US citizenry has seemingly swooned over the names Isabella and Jacob, making them the two most popular girl/boy names in both 2009 and 2010. Judging by the people I know who have dogs or cats named Bella, that name just may also top popular pet names too.
But what of poor Edward?
It is a more “old-fashioned” name and, unlike Isabella, is not shortened into something lovely like Bella but into the clunkier “Ed” – a name which always makes me think of the horse “Mr. Ed.”
Alas, Edward is not relegated to the nether regions of name popularity. In fact, according to Think Baby Names it clocks in as the 19th most popular name for males.
Apparently the name “Kellan” has had the largest jump in popularity nationwide. Seems we like the “real thing” in this case (or Kellan Lutz) over the fictional character Emmett Cullen.
Speaking of like, parents in Israel recently named their baby “Like” after the Facebook Like button. Hmmm. Well, guess it’s not too far off from Luke.
As for Twilight inspired names, I am wondering if we will see a trend to spell Stephanie “Stephenie” or if maybe Meyer will become popular as a boy’s name. Will we see many Aro’s or Rosalie’s? Perhaps a Renesmee or two?
Although some of the saga names don’t exactly roll of the tongue, any would be preferable, I think, to naming one’s child “Adolf Hitler.” The most amusing thing about this name (given to an American boy several years ago) is that the father claims he “is asking for a little tolerance” in regards to his sons name. Yeah, because tolerance and Hitler go together like blood and vampires.
At least Twilight inspired names, no matter how “old-world” sounding or odd, likely won’t have any problem finding their way onto a store decorated birthday cake, as little Adolf Hitler’s did. I just hope none of those cakes ever re-enact the birth scene in Breaking Dawn in frosting form…