Naming a child is a huge responsibility. A child carries that name, and unless they change it later, will remain that way for their entire life. Many parents spend a good deal of time determining what, exactly, their little people should be called. Back in the day, people were pretty literal. In Bible times, names meant exactly what the person was thinking at the time. How about having an angel appear to tell you exactly what you should call your little guy – that would take the pressure off. Later, names were given to describe position, profession, or relationship to others.
My wife and I feel we did alright with our four boys:
- Avery Christian
- Fischer Nicolaas
- Pierson Jack
- Spencer Jonathon
Not only did we choose names we liked, we managed to also include names that encompassed parents and tradition.
Lately I’ve been thinking about names that just aren’t used very much anymore. As a teacher I see a lot of kids. I also hear some weird and cool names. There are some I think I may never see or hear again.
Cain is a name that started out with promise. He was in born to Eden’s happy couple Adam and Eve. Why not name your first-born after the first ever-born? Well he also happens to be the first murderer, killing his only brother at the time, and severely limiting the Earth’s population in the process. I’ve yet to hear of anyone who’s named their child Cain.
I’ve known a few Jeremys in my time. I played soccer with one, went to school with a few and watched some on TV. In the early 90’s, Pearl Jam, a pretty kickin’ band, wrote a song about the true story of a young boy of the same name who came from a troubled, dysfunctional home and was picked on at school. He then killed himself in front of his classmates. Is it a coincidence that the name is used less, have I just not heard it as often, or was the song so popular that nobody wanted the bad mojo?
How about naming your young son a name that means ‘majestic wolf’. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well that’s what Adolf means. One that has severely lost popularity since the psychotic world-domination strategies of the occult-influenced Hitler. I even found a graph at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/ that shows the name’s demise:
While many Bible names are used, especially those associated with a positive story or, today in the present, there are some like Cain that are just as soon forgotten. One of those names is Jezebel, a name that many Christians have actually associated with an evil spirit of lust, power-hungriness and direct disobedience. I’ve never met a Jezebel and if they were anything like the one in Kings, I wouldn’t want too. I imagine that parents who would name their daughter Jezebel are in a way thumbing their nose at authority, or they’re just ignorant of the original story. Wikipedia has some interesting info about the Queen. Interestingly, a line of lingerie is named Jezebel.
One of my favourite songs a the moment (and one my 5 year old knows all of the words to incidentally) is ‘Hey There Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s. They may have done the previously thought impossible by resurrecting a name that was for a very long time considered, well, brutal. Delilah was the Philistine beauty who seduced the Jewish hero Samson in the book of Judges. Samson of the ‘killing 1000 philistines with the jaw of an ass’, and the guy who killed a lion with his bare hands. Delilah was the girl he married, whose job it was to find the secret to his strength. Well, she found it, and in the end was the strong man’s undoing. The one in the song is nice though.
These are the names that came to my mind when I was thinking of people I’d never heard of for a long while, or names that for whatever reason became hugely unpopular. I’m probably missing many, add to the list if you can think of some…