Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I am appalled by all the weird names floating around today. I wrote a post recently about one unusual name of which I heartily approve, that of Apple, but in the comments section, Julianna of Surviving Boys mentioned the following:
We knew people with the last name of Coffin. Fine right? They named their daughters Oak and Maple. No joke. And then there were the Tanners. They named their daughter Fawn.
When I lived in Illinois, the Horneys were in the neighborhood. And haven't we all known someone with Dick as a first or last name?
Having one name that provokes teasing is bad enough. Parents, don't make it worse by naming your kid Maple Coffin.
Here are some "interesting" designations for you to check out at http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=116513&page=1,
And for some rather unusual names celebrities have given to their kids, including Kal-El Cage (son of Nic), have a look at
However, the cracked.com article includes two names that, in my not at all humble opinion, don't belong on the list: the aforementioned Apple (child of Gwyneth Paltrow and the guy from Cold Play), and Coco (child of Courteney Cox and David Arquette). What's wrong with Coco? As in Chanel?
But some of these other names. Oi! My friend Mr. Fox said some celebrity parents should just plain send their kids to school with KICK ME signs on their backs. Mr. Fox chided Penn Jillette and wife in particular for naming their child Moxie Crimefighter Jillette.
According to the article: "Apparently, Jillette's wife had no middle name, and their theory was
that you never use the middle name anyway so why not have some fun with
it. This does not explain the "Moxie" part."
I certainly don't understand Moxie or Crimefighter. I'm glad to be plain old