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The varsity baseball team at Heritage High School in Palm Bay, Florida, had never had a winning season.
So this season, coach Rob Querry made his players a promise: Win 14 (out of 25) games, and you guys can name my baby.
Rob and his wife Julia are expecting their second son in September. Their first, Brady, is four years old.
On April 5, the team managed to win its 14th game.
The name they’ve chosen for baby Querry? Benjamin Smalls, inspired by Benny Rodriguez and Scotty Smalls, characters from the baseball comedy The Sandlot (1993).
I think it’s slightly daring to go with Smalls as a middle name because of the whole “You’re killing me, Smalls” thing. Still, Smalls is far better than Squints.
(Speaking of Squints…the actress who played his crush, Wendy Peffercorn, named her daughter West thanks to a dream.)
Source: Oh, Baby! Heritage High wins 14th, tot-naming rights
Update, 8/3: Benjamin Smalls Ellis Querry was born in July 27. (Source: Florida Today)
Actress Elisabeth Rohm dreamed up the name Easton for her daughter in 2008. Singer Fergie dreamed up the name Axl for her son in 2013. Between 2008 and 2013, though, there was a third dreamed‑of celebrity baby name that I missed.
Actress Marley Shelton and film producer Beau Flynn welcomed a baby girl in 2009 and named her West, thanks to a dream:
“My husband actually dreamed seven years ago that we had a daughter, and he was calling her West,” Marley recalls. “I immediately said, ‘If we ever have a daughter, we’re definitely naming her that.'”
Their second daughter, Ruby, was born in 2012.
Do you know of any other dreamed‑of celebrity baby names?
Source: Marley Shelton: Being a mom is the best role I’ve ever had!
I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
- Cape Cod
- Celerie (celery)
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Eiffel Tower
- Golden Palace
- Key West
- Legal Tender
- Opera House
- Soccer City
- Union Jack
- Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
- Wilmot Proviso
Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!
- Sputnik, 10/4
- Nintendo, 10/22
- Annexation, 10/25
- Windchime, 11/9
- Oregon Territory, 11/22
- Gold Dust, 11/29
In July of 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jennings of Key West welcomed a baby boy.
They named him Key West Jennings.
(This one reminds me of Cape Cod Bannister.)
Source: “Key West Baby Is Named After Its Birthplace.” Miami News 13 Jul. 1948: B1.
I just went through a fairly recent copy of the Laramie, Wyoming phone book. (Yes, I went through the whole thing — it’s only about 60 pages long.) Here are some of the names I came across.
||Altamae, Amarante, Anet, Ania, Azize
||Borgia, Bowdoin, Braeton, Brownie, Brunza, Bunny, Burkett
||Cambria, Capri, Carlinda, Celestin, Changyul, Chavawn, Chimpalthradi, Clynn, Crecencio
||Desharia, Dolphus, Dorea, Dubie
||Eino, Eloy, Enja, Erambo Ayokosok, Erasmo, Eustorgio
||Farkas, Floraida, Florian, Foncey
||Gamal, Gavino, Guoying
||Hakima, Halcyon, Hartzell, Heikki, Hyoen
||Jayaramreddy, Jeniel, Jenise, Jonlee
||Kaijsa, Koren, Kurk, Kusum
||Latazia, Lay-Nah, Linse
||Maciej, Maimo, Manmohan, Mannory, Marinus, Maryalice, Masahiro, Mikkelina, Mima, Minden, Mrityunjal, Murat, Mustapha, Mylon, Myrcena
||N’Kole, Navamoney, Neulette, Ninnie
||Octaviano, Odean, Oundalyn
||Rabinder, Reinette, Ridge, Rogene, Royal
||Sadrul, Scholastique, Servando, Shealeen, Sneh, Snehalata, Star, Storm, Sukky, Suresh
||Terena, Tibereu, Towana, Trice, Tylin
||Ubaldo, Ushakant, Uvalda
||Vidal, Vinita, Vipul, Vladimir
||Wangtii, Warrie, West, Windy
I’ve also found other cool names in phone books from Indiana, Illinois, and Indiana again.