My father in law was here this weekend and we were watching the baseball playoffs.  I am not a baseball fan so much.  I’m more of a basketball fan.  Don’t get me started on the Sonics.  I digress.

Anyway, we’re watching the game and the announcer says the name ‘Coco Crisp’.  I’m like ‘Woah Woah, what did he say?’ and my father in law is like ‘yeah, that’s his name’.

My first thought was ‘Who names their kid that?’ and then I started thinking about a girl I knew when I was a child.  A friend of mine had a little sister named Ginger Snapp.

I did find out that Coco’s real name is Covelli and that kids teased him as a child calling him Cocoa Crispies, but that when he started playing professional baseball, the name Coco Crisp just stuck (The Boston Globe).  Guess we can’t blame his parents for that one.

But, like my childhood friend’s parents, there are many who do name their children these things.  I can’t help but wonder why?  Are they trying to set their kids up to be teased and harassed their entire childhoods?  As a parent, I just can’t believe that is the case.  But then why?

Do you know or know of anyone with such a name or have any insight on what would drive a parent to choose such a name?  I would love to hear your take.

2 Responses to Who Names Their Kid That?

  • Amy says:

    Have you read Freakonomics (A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything) by S. Levitt and S. Dubner? Well, it’s a fantastically interesting read. There’s a chapter in the book that is dedicated to how a given name can affect a child’s life. Or…how your life is reflected by what you name your child. Your children’s names are probably mentioned in the chapter along with “Winner, Loser, Temptress, Unique, Precious, Shithead (pronounced shuh-TEED), OrangeJello/LemonJello (pronounced a-RON-zhello and le-MON-zhello)” The authors of this book conducted research (actual studies) on everyday life stuff. Studies include: 1. What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? 2. How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents? 3. Where have all the criminals gone? 4. What makes a perfect parent? 5. Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? You must read this book.

  • admin says:

    This sounds awesome. This one shall reside in the pile of books to read on my nightstand very soon.

    Thanks so much for the recommendation.

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