Saturday, February 16, 2008

how do you spell that???

as a pediatrician, i'm always amazed at some of the names i encounter. there are some that are associated with a particularly poor prognosis. they should tell parents that when they are filling out the forms for the birth certificate. before you name your child nevaeh, for instance, you should really make sure you have good health insurance. 

seriously. do not name your child nevaeh. heaven spelled backwards? it's just begging for trouble. 

some others that future-parents should be warned about, variations in spelling not withstanding:

charity
savannah
cayden
serenity
trinity
destiny
tristan
brady
brittany
faith
corbin
jasmine
kaelyn
jazlyn
peyton
summer
cadence

the more creative the spelling, it would seem, the poorer the prognosis.  also, combining these names seems to increase the odds exponentially that something horrible will befall these children.

to any readers who carry these names or have already named their children these names, you, and they, are likely exceptions that prove the rule. so please do not take offense.  some of them are actually really cool names. 



7 comments:

Athena said...

I'm naming my daughter Lleh.

Turboglacier said...

Wow-- this is SO true. You should totally do a study...

daedalus2u said...

Choosing a child's name is an extremely important thing a parent has to do. It is extremely important to remember that as in all things a parent needs to do for their child, it must be done in what is the child's best interests, not the parent'.

Annette said...

My friend Ilene is a pediatrician. She treated the infamous "Shithead," which, according to the child's mother, is pronounced "Sha-theed."

Dragonfly said...

Oh so true. I have maintained that where I am that Charni and all its various permutations...(Sharney, Sharnee, Charnii, Xarnie) and Crystal are negative prognostic factors.
And don't get me started on Blade ....(yes, really).

KC said...

Some of these names would never happen if there were a Can-You-Be-A-Parent test.

Michelle said...

how could you forget "Hope"... Seriously, I have seen several Hopes come through the PICU doors