Your newborn baby is the most precious thing you have ever owned. You want him or her to be perfect in every way, thus you search for the perfect name. Traditional names do not fit because you want your child to stand out so you opt for the untraditional, but are you being fair to your child?
What’s in a name?
In this day and time people are reverting back to the origin of culture when picking names for their babies. Some children are being named to honor famous and historical figures. Parents have the right to name their child anything they want, but maybe they should take in these considerations:
- This week a young couple from Tennessee wanted to name their infant Messiah (shown in the top photo). A Tennessee judge told them no and ordered them to pick another name.
- In 2011, an Easton, PA couple lost custody of their three children because of their names: Adolf Hitler (shown in between parents in the bottom photo), JoyceLynn Aryan, and Honszlynn Hinler Campbell.
- New Zealand prohibits parents from naming their child Lucifer.
- In the workforce, traditional names are more likely to receive call backs versus ethnic names.
I am sure that the above named children are in no way representative of their name. However, parents should put themselves in their child’s shoes and think what it would be like to called Messiah or Adolf Hitler when they attend school or for that matter enter the workforce.
The name Messiah is known to mean an anointed savior or liberator.
Little Messiah from Tennessee will not be allowed to be an ordinary child. His name will cause others to expect great things from him. He may well be some sort of liberator in his adult life, but during his childhood he is going to endure a lot of garbage hurled at him because of his name. Teachers and classmates are going to expect him to be perfect, play nice, to be a child of peace. We all know children will be children. We all know no one is perfect.
Little Messiah’s parents are appealing the judge’s decision, who by the way, took the liberty of renaming the baby Martin Deshawn McCullough. The judge chose the name Martin because the parents could not agree on another name.
Personally, I think the judge overstepped her judicial bounds as did the judge who placed the Campbell kids in foster care. The Campbell kids were not neglected or abused in anyway.
This story serves as a reminder that our civil liberties are slowly but surely being circumvented. But that is another story for another time.