Have you ever read a celebrity tabloid and thought “Why in the world anyone ever name their kid that?” I know I have. For example, in an article by Australian KidSpot.com.au, they listed off “Celebrity baby names top 20 – the crazy list.” The top name listed? Pilot Inspektor. Yes, you read that right and I didn’t goof on the spelling…Pilot Inspektor. Now, traditionally I would chuckle and think such a name was just goofy…until today. It dawned on me that in today’s internet world, arguably – and I know how silly it sounds – you are almost doing your child a favor by giving them a very unique name and/or unique spelling of their name. Let me explain more.
A while ago I blogged about the potential pitfalls to otherwise good business names. Indeed, so many new businesses fall victim to picking out an awesome name for their new business only to find out months later – post legal documents, marketing materials, etc., that another business, perhaps located elsewhere in the country – that the similarly named business has a bad rap online. Unfortunately, the untrained consumer may think that the two businesses are one in the same and thus, you brand new business already has a “bad reputation” and that new business hasn’t even done anything wrong. Heck, you might not have even officially launched!
Interestingly, the concept regarding business name and reputation ALSO applies to individuals too. I once thought I had a unique name until I ran a search on Google and realized that there were a few people in the country with my exact same name, in some cases even the same spelling, and in one instance, the lady was also in the legal field! Did I mention she also had long dark hair like me too? Talk about a creepy coincidence. But let’s say for example that one of these other Anette Beebes were out in the world doing bad things, or perceived bad things, that people were writing about on public forums? I know people looking for ME would think, or at least question, whether or not those postings were about actually about me…when obviously it wasn’t. Wow…yeah, let that sink in for a minute?
Of course, there isn’t much that I can do about it now unless I want to legally change my name to something different…like the story of that one British guy that allegedly changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than SuperMan SpiderMan Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined.” The way the description reads he might as well just changed his name to Usain Bolt…but I guess that was already taken. There is also always doing what most people do, explain it away if given the opportunity. But what can the child having population do? Name their kids like a celebrity! Come up with something totally out there and wacky.
I know! It’s sounds crazy writing it too…and part of this is kind of in jest (although there is always some shred of truth to jest) but think about it. If you named your kid something CRAZY and spelled a name with awkward phonetics, chances of that child being mistaken for someone else is probably going to be drastically reduced. Celebrity parents who name their kids goofy names…way to be a head of the times – even if you don’t know it. Maybe, for the sake of their kid’s future reputations or purely out of having a sense of humor, other non-celebrity parents will consider following suit
Until next time friends…
P.S. – If you find this comical or have unique names that you have heard please share them in the comments. We all can use a good giggle now and then.