“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2
I would agree, but then you get some seriously ridiculous names and someone has to draw the line and say NO. Also, to be fair, Juliet is reacting to the stigma attached to the name and not the absurdity of the name. Have you ever been introduced to someone and had to ask them to repeat their name several times before you gave up and called them by a nickname instead? Or you just cannot stomach it to call them by their name because it is that bad.
Now in all fairness you cannot blame the poor person for the hideous name that their parents cursed them with for all eternity, but most people with awful names find nicknames that stick and prefer to introduce themselves by the nickname rather than the name on their birth certificate. Then you get those other people who are so proud of their random name that they refuse to be called anything else. When you hear people say that they want an “interesting name’ for their child you know that the poor kid is going to be walking around with a name that is going to be the cause of much ridicule throughout the course of their life.
You would swear some people name their children based on a profession they would like to see their children succeed in one day. Some people don’t need to find out what their stripper name would be thanks to their parents. I have enough trouble getting people to pronounce my name so I cannot imagine how people with actual complicated names get by. Parents to be: GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A FAIR CHANCE IN LIFE! Oh, and please, please make sure that the initials of the child do not spell something like T.I.T. Or H.A.G.