Naming Strategies for a Common Surname
Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I do feel like it's sort of a dilemma?
My husband and I have a very, very common last name--think "Smith" or "Jones." There seem to be two strategies for dealing with this:
1) Choose very unusual names, to add "spark" and differentiate from all the other Smith/Jones kids in the world, or
2) Choose classic/more common names to "go with" the traditional last name, because most people are using the strategy #1 and a little Jane Smith or Mary Jones will be unique among her peers in reality anyway.
There's also Google-ability to think about--do you want your kid to stand out in the world and have a strong internet presence, or to be able to hide within the search results and have some privacy from future employers, etc.?
My husband tends to lean toward short, simple, classic names, as a rule, with a few exceptions, and I like names that are timeless, though I feel like that doesn't necessarily mean they have to be common or simple. I don't want my kids to have names that people think are drab and boring...but I also feel like exotic, flashy names just wouldn't be us.
So what are your thoughts? How would YOU deal with a very common, one-syllable, totally boring last name?
Sat, 05/05/2012 - 9:14am