From a short item about Halle Berry in a 1995 issue of Jet:
“My mother was shopping in Halle Brothers in Cleveland,” she recently revealed in the New York Daily News. “She saw the bags and thought, ‘That’s what I’m going to name my child.’ I thought it was the coolest name until I got into this business. No one ever says it right, it’s Halle, like Sally.”
From the NOVA video Zeppelin Terror Attack:
On the day that came to be known as “Zep Sunday,” tens of thousands of relieved Londoners picked over the wreckage for souvenirs.
Overnight, pilot William Leefe Robinson became the most famous man in Britain. Babies, flowers and hats were named after him and he was mobbed wherever he went.
Within a month, the technique he perfected for taking out airships had brought down two more. It was the beginning of the end for the zeppelin.
On September 2, 1916, 21-year-old William Leefe Robinson became the first pilot to shoot down a German Zeppelin over Britain. (Several weeks later, a shot-down Zeppelin inspired a British family to name their newborn Zeppelina.)
Looking at the psychological health of subjects using my temperament scales and comparing that with the impression given by their names, I found a correlation showing that individuals with less pleasant names exhibited greater psychopathology. It’s a very weak association, but if I were a parent choosing a name for my child, I wouldn’t take a chance at making that association.
I also know a desperately lonely guy who refused to go on a blind date with a woman he met online (who, he had to admit, seemed an uncannily perfect match) because of her name: Bunny.
“If you like her enough, you’ll get over it,” I told him. “You could call her B.”
“I can’t do it,” he said. “I just can’t imagine my name linked with that of someone named Bunny.”
From a funny post about choosing baby names by Robbie Knox (who has a daughter named Kitty):
[A name should not] be the name of a kids’ TV character. This is where we went wrong. If you pick a name similar to a cartoon that has extensive merchandising contracts, people buy you a lot of stuff. We have more Hello Kitty products in our house than the entire teenage population of Japan put together. We’ll be more careful next time when our son Pikachu is born.
From In Our View: Baby names in Utah newspaper The Spectrum:
Hardcore fans of the 1970’s TV show M*A*S*H* will remember the episode when Major Charles Emerson Winchester (the Third) received a letter from his younger sister. The corpsman, who delivered the letter, referenced her as Hon-o-ree-a to which Winchester pompously responded … “It’s Aun-or-ee-a!” No doubt those high-brow Massachusetts Winchesters had all the best intentions when they named the Major’s little sister, but giving a child a name which must be spelled or repeated several times before new acquaintances “get it” is so unfair. There are lots of reasons kids get bullied, but his or her name — or some derivative of it — should not be a cause for learning self-defense.
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