|A friend of mine is having a baby and she is trying to pick out a name. It's so odd to see how haphazardly most parents make a decision that will affect their child for the rest of their lives - so I'm glad my friend is really putting some thought into it. |
The name you pick will be the difference in whether your kid has friends -- or is the target of endless bullying. In my high school there was actually a kid named Harry Tush. (Using your kid's name as a practical joke is child abuse and needs to be stopped.)
A name has enormous power. It's a huge part of a first impression, so it shapes how someone is perceived throughout their life. And that perception might also shape what they become - and even how they look.
When you think of Brad, or Angelina, do you get a different mental picture than you do for Orville or Gladys? Of course you do. And why is it that EVERYBODY has that same mental picture ... and it's usually accurate?
It's because there is no escaping your name. It shapes who you become.
But here's the good news for future parents. Before picking that name, do a little research -- because there is a way to find out exactly what you child will look like in 40 years. Using this secret will help you pick a name that will help your kid be more likely to grow up to be a millionaire than a meth addict.
What's the secret? Google the faces that go with the name.
Go to Google Images and type in the name you are considering for your baby, and click "faces." Then, you can see just what a Felix or a Brittany might end up looking like.
You think I'm kidding? Brittany is most likely going to be a little too old of a stripper, who really shouldn't have given up her job as a checker at Ralph's. Felix is going to wear glasses and a bow tie. It isn't a lock that things will end this way - but the odds just aren't in Felix and Brittany's favor for a happy life.
So, I say to my friends who are expecting - search for the faces that go with the names you're considering. And for my comedy friends, be sure you choose a name that will be somebody who can TELL a joke - instead of being the punch line of one!