Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The winning letters are J, E, M, R, L, A, and D.
And I have to tell you that "A" and "D" barely made it on this list! The name Ashley was a first place girls name two of the last 100 years (1991 and 1992) while David was tops only ONCE (1960). That means we in the last 100 years of naming kids in this country, we as a people have overwhelming opted for the same FIVE starting sounds.
You're not really surprised though, are you? Think of all the J and M names you know, for example. The ubiquitous nature of J and M names have come to make them sound naturally friendly and somehow American. Not ust John and Mary, but also Jimmy and Margaret, Josh and Maddie. Current super-popular school age names include the dominant Jared and Madison. While Jaden and Michaela are on trendy preschool rosters around the country.
I even have a super friend with quadruplets who gave the two girls both M names and the two boys both J names (well, until one opted out and went with his other name!!).
My favorite J and M names? Let's see...
What about you?
If you're interested, here's the real list: M (ary and Michael), L (inda), J (essica and Jennifer and James and Jacob and John), A (shley), E (mily), R (obert), D (avid)
Friday, August 22, 2008
I get the whole idea of baby names from the Old Testament or Torah. I do. I get Abraham, Ruth, Isaac, Samuel, Moses, and Micah. I can even sort of understand Boaz, Obadiah, and Ketorah. But yesterday I saw someone named Genesis. Sorry. The Drummer can't go there. That's a band name at best. At worst its a herbal shop and goddess book store.
And before you even START trying to come up with more, people, here's a short list of forbidden Old Testament names:
and II Chronicles
Got it? I hope we have closed this matter.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Dada Drummer has what the on-line naming message boards call a “GP”…a guilty pleasure. I love virtue names. Virtue names are popping up all around the Drummer’s world this summer. A new friend has a daughter called Felicity. There was a girl called Comfort on this season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. And one of The Boy’s tae kwon do classmates is named Patience (um, it’s a BOY).
I’ll let Elizabeth Taylor have the last word on this posting: “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Examples of offensive names that would become illegal under the Dada Drummer Non-Stupid Names Act (nicknamed "Nevaeh's Law") include:
What am I forgetting??
Monday, August 11, 2008
Of course its none of my business, but I have to say I worry about this woman's health. How can this be OK? She's will have been pregnant 162 months by the time #18 is done. This family's dedication to enlarging their family makes me ask, "just because you CAN do something does that mean you SHOULD??" I really hope she is OK during this pregnancy and birth.
Again, it's really none of my business.
But here's what IS my business. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have made some drastic naming mistakes!
To me the most exciting thing about having so many kids would be the opportunity to think of names for them all!! So what did Jim Bob and Michelle do with this awesome opportunity? They decided early on to limit the naming palate to just "J" names. What!?!?!?! The results? Entirely too many "--iah" names for the boys (JOSIAH, JEDIDIAH, and JEREMIAH), both a JOY-ANNA and JOHANNAH (that's not confusing) , and the unfortunate spelling choice JINGER. Sigh. The Discovery channel has now made an online poll to help name baby #18 but there's only so much we can do with the options available.
Do you think the would consider letting me start over and rename the whole group? We could make a reality show out of the experience. Someone call TLC!!
If I were able to name 18 babies in one family, here's my brood:
Charlie, Graham, Theo, Miles, Owen, Henry, Leo, Malcolm, Peter
June, Charlotte, Ruby, Rosemary, Amelia, Zoe, Mary-Grace, Beatrice, Vivian
Now if I had to give my 18 precious darlings names that all start with same first letter--here's the roll call:
Samuel, Simon, Savion, Stewart, Salvatore, Stephen, Sullivan, Silas, Schuyler
Sophia, Seraphina, Shannon, Sadie, Susannah, Selah, , Stella, Silvia, & Sunday Rose (hee hee)
Whew! That was hard. Why did I pick "S"? Can you do better? Let's hear YOUR lists!!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
BOB COSTA: "...Micronesia, a nation of 17,000 islands...."
SPECIAL K: How many did he just say?
DADA DRUMMER: He said 17,000 islands.
SPECIAL K: Bullshit!
DADA DRUMMER: That's the most ridiculous thing you've every said.
SPECIAL K: Maybe so, but come on, what are they counting as an island?
And this, gentle readers, is the man who wants to teach geography to school children. God bless America!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Instead of kvetching about really heinous baby name choices for siblings, I'm going to give examples of good, acceptable, and sometimes downright GENIUS sibling sets. Please note that all of these are taken from real life friends and acquaintances of the Drummer. If you see your sibling names here, you're welcome. If you don't, well, I'm sorry...again.
Drew and Clay (m,m)*
Grace and Clare (f,f)
Simon and Julia (m, f)
Henry and Gracie (m, f)
Elijah and Isaac (m, m)
Carter and Max (m, m)
Hope and Kate (f, f)
* I shouldn't have to indicate gender with this little parenthetical---but sadly I do.
If YOU have an example of good sibling set names from your real world, let's hear them. If you just can't RESIST sharing news of appalling sib set names...well...far be it from me to stop you from posting those as well!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Here, in no particular order, is a short list of the stupidest things I currently do.
1. Watch AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
2. Forget to recycle
3. Play text twist on Facebook when I have e-mails to return
4. Read the occasional best-selling teen vampire novel
5. Worry about which pants make me butt look less big
8. Check out the "Entertainment" stories before the "Politics" stories on cnn.com
9. Eat foods containing high fructose corn syrup
10. Not be light and salt