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I've been reading all about Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's daughter lately.
I don't care about Rebecca Gayheart, I click because I like then name "Billie." It makes me smile. It's an absolutely adorable name for a little girl.
But I would never pick that name.
Reason? I can't get passed the fact that "Billie" sounds like a nickname. My legal name is Cynthia but I'm sometimes called "Cindy" in casual company. My daughter is Carolyn but I often call her "Callie." It's endearing, it's friendly, it's fun-loving.
But I couldn't put "Callie" on my daughter's birth certificate. I can't offer up a terrific reason why, except that I believe a full, formal names gives you lots of options you don't have when you're stuck with one shortened one from the get-go. Let's face it, people judge you on everything, including your name. And not just ethnically.
Say your son or daughter is interviewing at very prestigious firm in law or finance or some otherwise upper crusty profession where appearances and perception do matter. Which resume is going to catch the HR person's eye more -- that of a "Tori" or a "Victoria"? A "Jimmy" or a "James"?
We all know Jimmy. He's the fun guy you want to hang out with at the bar every Tuesday after softball, not the guy you want handling million-dollar accounts with top-tier clients. That's not me talking, that's the HR person. Just sayin' ...
The real Billie, with her two well-connected and notable parents, probably doesn't have to worry about any of that, lucky for her. As far as my regular, run-of-the-mill kids, they'll likely need all the help they can get.
Did you chose a shortened name or nickname for your baby?