what’s in a name?

Yesterday when I briefly mentioned family nicknames, it got me thinking about the meanings behind our own names. Every mother faces a dilemma when choosing her baby’s name. She wants it to be original, she wants it to be cute, and in many cases, she wants it to mean something. Now, if you are a celebrity, the only criteria for naming your child is that the name must either be something edible, like Muffin or Apple, or a class you took in college, like Audio Science (who is, by the way, the son of actress Shannyn Sossamon).

Some parents choose names solely based on their heritage. French mothers might choose names like Adele, Madeleine, or Chloe. Italian mothers will bless their children with un nome like Isabella, Luca, or Simone. English mothers and fathers will christen their babies with titles such as John, Elizabeth or Henry.

Then there are the parents that plan names purely for the sake of the meaning. A mother might want a name that bears the image of strength, and thus chooses Hezekiah, Samson, or Leonard. Or, with a fragile baby girl, the image of purity comes to mind, and so she selects a name like Helen or Lily.

Other couples might not care as much about a meaning behind the name, and opt for a name based on the “cuteness factor”, i.e how well it goes with their last name, what the popularity rating is, if it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside….you get the picture. Those parents pick names like Sunshine (for the warmth 🙂 ), Emma and Jake (for the popularity), or May Flower (for the “ahh that’s funny” factor).

I tend to fall in the latter category when thinking of names I would call my future children. Yes, I want to know the meaning behind it, but mostly, that desire comes from the fact that I don’t want to end up with a name that means “one who attacks their parents in the night”, or “child who knows absolutely nothing”. I mean, come on, the parents that use names with meanings like that are just ASKING for trouble! (PS: if anyone ever finds a name that means “one who attacks their parents in the night”, please let me know so I can NEVER use that name!!) While I still want to carry on family names (Charles for my father’s side, Camille for my mother’s), I would mostly rather pick names that remind me of my favorite people, places or things. Example: favorite artist? Monet. One of my favorite actresses? Audrey Hepburn (and btw, both of those names could be used….Audrey for a girl, Hepburn for a boy). To me, having children named after things you love just seems right. Why not associate happiness and love with the fruit of your loins? And yes, I just said loins…I’ve been dying to say that word since I started writing this! 🙂

So, what does MY name mean? Well, after cross-referencing many sites on baby names and their origins, I have finally narrowed it down to this:

Rebecca \r(e)-bec-ca, reb(e)-cca\ as a girl’s name is pronounced ree-BEK-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rebecca is “to bind“. Biblical: Rebekah, noted in the Genesis account as a maiden of beauty, modesty, and kindness, became the wife of Abraham’s son, Isaac. The name was used by the Puritans and was common through the 19th century. Use of the name in the novel and film “Rebecca” also revived it. Philanthropist Rebekah Harkness; author Rebecca West; actress Rebecca De Mornay.
There were some other forms of binding….one of them being “heifer”, but I choose to ignore the fact that a female cow was associated with my name….it’s all about saving face people 🙂

In conclusion, I thought I’d leave you with a list of some of my favorite types of names: Celebrity Baby Names

They are odd, they are funny, they are down right outrageous. They are also the names of people who will most likely be visiting their local shrink due to the absurdity of their name alone.

1. Hud / Spec Horse (sons of John Mellencamp) **isn’t this what cows eat??

2. Ever Gabo ( daughter of Milla Jovovich)

3. Moxie CrimeFighter (daughter of Penn Jillette) **my favorite name by far

4. Free (son of Barbara Hershey) **He probably WISHES he were actually free….

5. Alcamy (daughter of Lance Henriksen)

6. Kal-el (son of Nicholas Cage) **and also Superman’s birth name

7. Seven Sirius (son of Erykah Badu)

8. Camera (daughter of Arthur Ashe) **bet he took her along to “capture” the moments at his tennis matches…hardy har har 🙂

9. Poppy Honey / Daisy Boo (daughters of  Jamie Oliver) **british people get away with this stuff….

10. Bogart Che Peyote (son of Puck Rainey) **pretty sure Puck was ON peyote during his child’s naming….

11. Sophia Rose / Sistine Rose / Scarlett Rose (daughters of Sylvester Stallone) **hmmm, what middle name should we use next??

12. Rufus Tiger (son of Roger Taylor) **a musician name for a musician’s son…rock on Rufus Tiger, rock on!

And last but certainly NOT least:

13. Dweezel / Ahmet Emuukha Roden / Moon Unit / Diva Muffin (children of Frank Zappa) ** Lord help us all….we’ve got a Diva Muffin stranded in her Moon Unit atop the Planet Dweezel, and the only one who can save her is the Israeli crime fighter Ahmet Emuukha Roden!!

love it.

hearts and hugs,

B.

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Comments

  1. Haha hilarious! I don’t know what celebrities are thinking when they come up with names. probably too focused on originality to consider the effects on the poor kid’s life. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple or Courtney Cox’s Coco, Coco Cox? Hopefully she will be home schooled…

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