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In late January, Nika Guilbault of British Columbia, Canada, gave birth to twins — a girl and a boy — in a Dodge pickup truck while she and her husband Chris were driving to the hospital.
The the baby girl was born mid-drive, and the baby boy was born in the hospital’s parking lot.
The girl was named Nevada Sierra. The boy got the first name Henry or Hunter (sources disagree) and the middle name Dodge, a tribute to his unusual birthplace.
(He’s the second baby boy I know of to get the middle name Dodge after being born in a Dodge pickup truck.)
Did you know that dozens of U.S. baby boys are named Dodge every year? I wonder how many of them have parents who own Dodge vehicles.
Source: Pickup delivers twins named Dodge and Sierra, to hospital in B.C. (discovered via Appellation Mountain)
Toronto Star columnist Vinay Menon begs: “Please don’t give your baby a weird name.”
In his most recent article, “My name is iPod, but call me Felon,” Menon reveals that he greatly disliked his first name as a teenager. (He wished he’d been a Steve.)
More importantly, though, he cites an intriguing recent study, “First Names and Crime: Does Unpopularity Spell Trouble?” (pdf):
Long story short: David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee compiled a database of more than 15,000 males in an unnamed American state to see if uncommon names could be correlated with criminal behaviour.
Short story shorter: They could.
This means if you are sent to prison in the U.S., your cellmate is more likely to be a Nevada or Thurmond than an Andrew or Michael. Great. So now a peculiar name could turn your baby into a juvenile delinquent.
“Mr. Jones? This is the police. We’ve arrested your son for vandalism. He was caught spray-painting, `I don’t want to be a Gandalf!’ on windshields.”
Some food for thought, eh?
Other studies have correlated unique names with undesirable outcomes such as low test scores, low educational attainment and low income.
P.S. An article in The Globe and Mail summarizes the study pretty well (if you don’t want to open that pdf file).