Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that a little show named Game of Thrones is seriously popular. And it has serious -- no, serious -- fans. How serious are Game of Thrones fans? So serious that they're naming their children after characters on the show. Since the program's premiere, there have been 30 babies named Khaleesi, and the name Arya has doubled in popularity.
No biggie, right? People have been naming their children after books, shows, and movies for decades (Harry Potter; Twilight; Hunger Games, anyone?). Well, see, the thing is, with GOT names, some of the monikers, like Khaleesi, are completely made up. As in, they were never names; never words; never anything before George R.R. Martin, author of the series, created them in his head.
Anyone else think it's an eensy bit odd to give a child a completely, totally made up name?
I'm all for "weird" and unconventional names; promise. My daughter has a gorgeous one herself, and I've been on the receiving end of many an eye roll; "don't you think she's going to get made fun of" comments; and "huh?!"s over the past two years. But as unique and uncommon as her name is, it isn't made up by me, my husband, or anybody else.
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When it comes to giving our kids names, it feels, to me, only natural that there's some kind of meaning behind what parents choose. Whether the name honors a favorite flower or color; a city we once visited; or a variation of a family member's name, having meaning behind a name gives it a little, for lack of a better word, substance. Even if it's just a pretty name you've heard over the years, one you knew you wanted to use, there's a bit of a story there. What's behind a made-up name? Where did it come from? What's the genealogy behind "Ghwardi" or "Lughtesi"? It literally was just plucked out of thin air.
Of course, what people choose to name their baby is a completely personal choice and one I'd never make fun of, but for me, it just makes sense for there to be something, however minuscule and banal, behind a baby name. Sure, Khaleesi is "common" and has a back story now, but think about it this way: Years ago, it was just a word a man made up in his house. Would you choose your baby's name that way now? I seriously doubt it.
What do you think of made-up baby names?
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