Last month, a man in Louisiana named Jack Daniels (after the whiskey) named his newborn son Jim Beam (after the bourbon).
Jack Daniels Leathers and his wife Lydia welcomed baby Jim Beam on November 14. They came up with the name way back on their first date. (The guy who officiated at their wedding was named Judge Johnny Walker, btw.)
Jack Daniels says that, if he and Lydia have another baby, it’ll be named Evan Williams (another brand of bourbon) if a boy and Sherry if a girl.
This reminds me of Matthew McConaughey’s brother “Rooster” — actually Michael — who has kids named Miller Lyte and Margarita. It also reminds me of the Hawkins family: Budweiser, Falstaff, Jose Cuervo, etc.
An Ann Landers column from 1995 featured a letter from one Mrs. Dixon, whose husband wanted to name their child Mason. As in, Mason-Dixon.
“I’m afraid our son would be made fun of throughout his life,” Mrs. Dixon said. Ann agreed: “I’m on your side. To saddle a child with the name Mason Dixon would surely make him a lifelong butt of jokes.”
The reader responses printed a few months later, though, tended to be more supportive.
From Rose Rose: “I attribute my sense of humor to the fact that I had such an unusual name.”
From Mason Dickson: “Go for it. I’ve had a lot of fun with this name, and people always remember me.”
From Janice Mason Jarr, formerly Janice Mason Dixon: “No great improvement.”
Where do you stand on the name Mason Dixon — thumbs up or thumbs down?
Miller by itself is fine, and the combo could certainly be a lot worse (Dos Equis? Fat Tire?). But “Miller Lyte”? It’s like making your kid the butt of a (beer) joke.
So is it even possible to come up with a tasteful beer-inspired baby name?
Luckily, it is!
Here are some ideas:
American brewster Mary Lisle, the first known brewster in the United States, started operating her late father’s brewhouse in Philadelphia in 1734. (A brewster is the female equivalent of a brewer.)
English entrepreneur and brewer John Molson founded Molson Brewery, the oldest brewery in North America, in Montreal in 1786.
English locksmith and inventor Joseph Bramah invented the beer engine in 1797.
Bavarian brewer Josef Groll brewed the first batch of modern pilsener in 1842.
American biochemist Joseph L. Owades invented low-calorie beer in the late 1960s.
German brewer David G. Yuengling founded Eagle Brewery (later D. G. Yuengling and Son), the oldest brewery in the United States, in Pennsylvania in 1829.
Frederick and Maximilian
German brothers Frederick and Maximilian Schaefer established the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Company — both the longest-operating and the last-operating brewery in New York City — in September of 1842.
The Adam Schuppert Brewery, the first known brewery in California, was established in 1849 (one year before California became a state).
French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur developed the process of pasteurization — originally intended for wine and beer — in the 1860s.
Prussian brewer Abraham Cohen established the first brewery in Alaska in 1886.
Gottfried and William
The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company, lead by Gottfried’s son William, introduced canned beer in January of 1935.
American tool manufacturer Ermal Fraze invented a removable pull-tab opener for the tops of beer cans in 1959.
Certain brands of beer could also work, but if you must go with a brand name, please keep it inconspicuous. Samuel (without the Adams), Stella (without the Artois), Miller (without the Lite). Definitely not Budweiser, Michelob, Heineken, Pabst, or Guinness.
What other beer-inspired names would you add to this list?
Shirley (Anne; Temple)
And now the gents:
Eliot (T.S.; George)
James (Henry; Joyce)
Sinclair (Upton; Lewis)
William (Faulkner; Golding)
Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest to Angela?