Names are a parent responsibility

Names are one of the first things that our parents give us after we’ve been brought into this world, and so we all expect our parents to give us one that is a reasonable name after all we’re their children, right?

Well don’t be surprised to learn that in some countries certain names are banned. Why? You may be wondering because some people are just idiotic and can’t seem to use their own brain to consider the consequence of giving their children an odd name, especially one that’s way out there.

It’s a fact that there are two side to any issue, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t change the fact that an odd name just makes the individual in question stand out more. Yet it must be said, there is a fine red line between a name being odd and just down right abnormal. Take the name that were used by wife and husband Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin for their daughter in 2006, ‘Apple’, or magician Penn Jillette’s decision to name his daughter ‘Moxie CrimeFighter.’

Now there really isn’t much wrong with these names, though they are odd. They aren’t completely weird or out there, and so it doesn’t really cross the red line.

Some names do cross the line, such as naming your newborn child: ‘Anal’, ‘4Real’, ‘Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii’, ‘Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116’, or ‘@’ to name a few of the odder examples available. Can you image naming your child any of these? And the reaction people will have when they finally meet your child, or when she or he goes to school?

All of the above examples are from around the world but that really isn’t the issue. Like the issue of raising your children, feeding them, and etc, it’s all the responsibility of the parents, so if you give your child a poorly thought-out name, that will only lead to a life of been mocked and ridiculed for it. Clearly, you have failed as a parent.

So don’t be a lazy parent, think before you name your child. Your failure to think and act responsibly will only lead to forcing someone else to take care of these responsibilities when you lose your child because you wanted to name it “Rockhammer.”

This article has been edited to fix formatting issues. 5/6/2013 5:41 p.m.