Monday, December 17, 2012
Sandy Tragedies:Parents Will Likely Steer Clear of the Name
The name "Sandy" is not likely to appear on many birth certificates for at least several years -- given 2 enormous recent tragedies with Sandy front and center -- but the reality is the name hasn't been popular for decades.
The evidence is compelling and also pretty obvious -- parents shy away from giving their children names associated with death and destruction, and in 2012, with Hurricane Sandy and the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the name conjures up those images.
Take Katrina -- immediately before the storm hit, the name was listed as the 281st most popular baby name for girls. The year following the hurricane it dropped to 379th and in 2010 it plunged further to 865.
But here's the thing with Sandy. It's a name whose popularity peaked in the 60s, and has failed to make the list of top 1,000 baby names since 2005. Sandra ranked somewhat higher, but still a relatively unpopular 614 last year.
Pamela Satran from Nameberry tells TMZ,"The mass murder at Sandy Hook is so horrible that we think parents will avoid Sandy as a name for a long time."
Just a thought:
Maybe we should stop giving Hurricanes Christian names. There is nothing "Christian" about Hurricanes, and it's really not fair to those who have the misfortune to share the same name as a deadly natural disaster (ie, all the "Katrinas" out there).
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! These recent, horrible killings should've sparked more serious and deep consideration about our mental care system, about gun control and security at schools, and about the way we parents are raising our children in this new, ultra fast changing technological era, and all you can think about is what's in a name?!?!?!?! Deep, guys. Very deep.