Don’t Name Your Child After a Celebrity, Just Listen to What Can Happen


*Meet Beyonce. No silly, not that BeyoncéOK, let me explain.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to pay homage to your celebrity idol. And I am sure that that celebrity would love nothing more than knowing you bought a ticket to see their movie; paid for the download of their CD, or even keep a photo of them somewhere in your house. Hey, you’re talking to someone who raised their kid on Michael Jackson. But hey, that doesn’t mean I’d ever name a son after him.

Its not surprising that some parents are also loyal fans who may think naming their children after a celebrity is cute. But they need to think again, because cute ain’t always OK. And their children don’t always agree. Think about all the attention given to a shy girl named Beyonce; or the jokes that a girl with the misfortune of being Mary Kate Olsen in name only hears.

Take a girl named “Beyonce,” who lives in New York. She’s not having fun with her name at all. In fact, in a Facebook post she insists that living a quiet life is almost impossible because she’s named after a mega-star.

“Sometimes I hate my name because it always draws attention to me, and I’m not a very social person.” Can you imagine being shy with such a famous and rare name?

She continued: “My family moved this year from Pennsylvania. I was so scared the first day of school that someone would notice me. I wouldn’t even adjust my seat because I thought it would make a noise. One time I really had to cough, but I held it in.”

Her post started a dialogue which came from others’ who were named after famous people or characters.

“If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about my diary,” says Mary Kate Olsen, who was named after one half of the famous actress-turned-designers-turned business mogul Olsen twins. “Believe me, I understand. My name is Mary Kate Olsen. I get all of the Olsen twin jokes you can imagine.”
Beyonce gives an example of how people react when they hear her name.
“When the teacher started calling attendance, I got really nervous, because every time people learn my name is Beyoncé, somebody starts singing Single Ladies. And some did, of course. But the second day of school wasn’t too bad. Because everyone knew my name.”
Beyonce’s story was posted as part of the Humans of New York project.



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