What’s in a Name?


Mike InouyeThe Today show ran a story and had a discussion about how a child’s name could affect their life. Now, their discussion revolved around the last name and confusion created/averted but touched upon the first name as well.

First names are the “given” name and last names are not so “customizable” I suppose. This reminded me of a story my wife had heard years ago about two brothers: One named “Winner” and the other “Loser.”

Here’s a link to the story as reported back a few years: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/31/1027926917671.html and another more pop culture resource called Wikipedia for its consolidated info on this story as well.

There is the well documented case of attempted deception with the names “Greenland” and “Iceland.”

Euphemisms, misnomers, expectations set and missed… That’s a lot of pressure for expectant parents.

This brings a whole new set of concerns to the surface should my cozy little family grow in the future. We have one son who is doing well with our name choice but the “Winner/Loser” thing is really something to think about.

I think, just to be safe, I’ll suggest “So-So” or “Eh…” as our next child’s name. They’re gender-neutral and won’t set up any unreasonable expectations or any unreachable standards.

Of course, remember this is coming from a traffic guy who talks about roads and directions, accidents and alternates, and my name is pronounced “Mikey NO WAY.”


Mike Inouye
NBC11 Traffic Anchor

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