Could our given names play a large influence in the quality of the lives we lead? Could the “perfect” Blog name give you an extra boost for success? I am not setting out to definitively answer these questions, but I am going to probe the issues with my own personal brand of quirkiness!
My own name (Stephanie) was picked right inside the delivery room. My parents were set on calling me Samantha, but days before I was born, the popular show depicted below was televised and the main character was named (what else?) Samantha.
Plagued with the idea that people would call me a witch, my mother switched it at the last minute. (I secretly suspect however that it was really her fear of being thought of as “Samantha’s mother, Endora” Remember her?!) To this day, I wonder how different my life would have been if I were Samantha instead of Stephanie. Samantha twitches her nose bewitchingly and casts super cool spells. Stephanie blows her nose incessantly and sneezes a few times. (For a little extra charm?)
Nowadays, I have six kids of my own. This means I’ve had half a dozen chances to drive my husband(s) frigging crazy over choosing the “ideal” child’s name. And rest assured, I didn’t squander even one opportunity!
Me: If it’s a boy, I want to name him Mitchell. It’s not as common as Michael, yet it still sounds “Presidential.”
Me: Yes, when he’s ready to step into that position. But when he’s a baby, we’ll call him “Mitchie.” Then he can grow into “Mitch” as a teenager. And finally, when he’s a Senator, he can go by his first and middle name – – “Mitchell Harrison.”
Husband: Gotcha. What’s for dinner?
Me: No, wait a sec. It could be a girl!
Husband: We don’t get to eat supper if it’s a girl?
Me: If it’s a girl, I love the name Jamie – – do you remember Helen Hunt’s adorable character in “Mad About You?” But I don’t want her to be 1 of 8 Jamie’s in her 1st. grade class. So I have this idea. . .
Husband: It’s an excellent idea. Say, Little Jamie’s probably pretty hungry right about now, so whadya say we go grab some Chinese? Again, wonderful idea!
Me: You haven’t even heard the idea yet. I want to formally name her Jamisyn. That way she has a Fallback Name if there are too many Jamie’s in her Kindergarten. Plus she can go by “Jay-Jay” when she’s a baby and can’t pronounce her own name. I like names with options. Don’t you? What do you think about options?
Husband: Options are so important. So would you prefer Chinese or Mexican?
Me: You’re not paying any attention. What have you heard?
Husband: I heard that you want to give our daughter a name that she will not be able to pronounce.
Somehow I was able to bestow all six children with terrific names (including twin boys, ‘Dustin & Benjamin’ that came straight out of the movie The Graduate – – Dustin Hoffman played the character Benjamin Braddock!) that most everyone agreed were unique, but not bizarre. Beautiful, yet not too cutesy. And intelligent, yet not too nerdy.
So why couldn’t I think of a name for one simple blog?
You see, I knew about the concept of Branding and even wrote a post about how important it was. (Check this out if you haven’t read it yet.) Plus I used to write a Humor Column for my college newspaper and since my maiden name was Mark, I had some built-in natural branding coming my way – – I could’ve called my column, “Make Your Mark!” or “On Your Mark, Get Set….READ!!” But I eventually decided upon, “Mark My Words” and it was wildly popular throughout campus.
But then I got married and my last name became a little more “worldly” as in ‘Mrs. Stephanie Atlas.’ However, I couldn’t think of any creative way to utilize that name other than claiming to be married to Mr. Universe, “Charles Atlas.” So much for my worldly writing.
Sadly I got divorced and remarried to just become a plain ole “Lewis.” Now I ask you, what can you possibly do with that boring last name? (Oh hello there, 2nd Ex-Husband!) Certainly it does not lend itself to a clever blog name. And when naming your blog, there are no useful charts to consult. You know, like the top 100 most popular names for male or female blogs. What if I named my blog something that turned out to be the common equivalent of Jennifer or Jason from the 80’s? Or a name that boxed me in to one particular theme? For instance, I loved the witty name, “The Blogical Conclusion,” but I never make ANY sense at all. And I take pride in that nonsensical personality trait. Yep, I can’t think of a worse fate than being pegged as Logical.
One day I came across a Blog Name Generator. You can try it here. But first please finish reading this, lest you become
addicted enthralled with trying it out and continuously toying with naming your blog some of the ones it suggested for me. “Chesty Language?” (Hmmm, seems Mr. Blog Generator somehow knew about my post entitled, “The Quests for Smaller Breasts?” But then it threw out, “Challenged Notebook” or “Screecher’s Blotter?” Okaaaay.
Bottom line – – for weeks I went around telling people I was an “Expectant Blogger,” (unfortunately Expectant Bloggers don’t get to park their cars closer to shopping malls, and nobody throws them a Bloggy Shower with white cake and presents either.) and then finally it was my “Launch Day.” That’s sort of like a blog’s birthday and when the official name excitedly gets revealed.
By that point, all I could think of was that cruel famous family with the last name of Hogg who named their poor daughter Ima. (By the way, it’s a rumor they named her sister, “Ura.”) So I was about to just go with, “Ima Blog” until my smartass ex-husband (would that be #1 or #2?) suggested my blog have a middle name – – “Randy.” That was the end of that.
Maybe I was getting too clever for my own good. I would just keep my own first name with the word “Blog.” Clean and Simple – – “Stephanie Blog.” Perfect. I could even honor my favorite movie star, Mae West, and call it “Stephanie Mae Blog.” But then again, (after this nutty post) Stephanie May NOT Blog. Ever again!
Leave me a message and tell me how you came up with your child’s name or your Blog name. And then try the Blog Generator and tell me what it suggests! http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/writing-challenge-names/