The Pros and Cons of Kobe

I was just reading an article about the thousands of kids named Kobe in honor of NBA player Kobe Bryant.

What I didn’t like: “She’s going to play a sport or I will die trying.” Spoken by a sports-crazed mom about her 11-year-old daughter, Kobe, who “likes the originality of her name but didn’t inherit a sliver of her mother’s enthusiasm for the sport.”

What I did like: That the author didn’t gloss over the drawbacks of this name. He talked about mini-Kobes who were teased after the Lakers lost to the Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals. He mentioned the parents of mini-Kobes who experienced “second thoughts” about the name after Bryant was accused of rape in 2003.

If you know someone who is thinking about using Kobe as a baby name — or any distinctive celebrity name as a baby name — send them a link to the article: Naming kids Kobe becomes common.

One thought on “The Pros and Cons of Kobe

  1. My thought, as a mother of a Maeve Beatrix named for Beatrix Potter (ok, not the same thing as Kobe at all), that celebrities are great choices for names. As long as they’re dead. The words “accused of rape in 2003” says it all. If his name had been more common, no problem. But a living breathing celebrity with an unusual name is just asking for trouble.

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