Saturday, June 23, 2007

Are you 4real?

AP news item on Yahoo:

Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided to name their new baby "4real" shortly after having an ultrasound and being struck by the reality of his impending arrival.

"For most of us, when we try to figure out what our names mean, we have to look it up in a babies book and ... there's no direct link between the meaning and the name," Pat Wheaton told TV One on Wednesday. "With this name, everyone knows what it means."

But when the parents filed the name with New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, they were told names beginning with a number were against the rules.
The debate about it was pretty amusing. I am not convinced by the "Do whatever you want, it's your kid" point of view. You don't own your children; you are their guardian. I also don't like the "Government knows best" mentality, which would make me a moderate of the "Friel" camp. Personal and surname naming customs vary widely around the world. Nomination for the worst baby name of all time: here. Good luck, "Yer hi-ness" IC8SpecialK. Hope that works out OK for you.

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