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Think dignity, not cleverness when naming a child

Think dignity, not cleverness when naming a child


What’s in a name?

My first name is one you don’t hear every day and, after going through early childhood and puberty, I finally decided it was unique enough that I was proud of it.

Kids will take a name that is a bit different and use some crazy variation on it just to tease and aggravate. There’s one variation on my first name that still lands on the wrong side of me. However, the natural inclination of most youngsters was to make something out of my last name, so “Spider Webb” and “Webfoot” were heard frequently.

My mother always blanched when someone shortened my first name to Will. “I named him Willis, not Will,” she’d admonish. Continue reading Think dignity, not cleverness when naming a child