I know it’s popular these days for people to make fun of parents who name their kids something out of the ordinary. I am not one of those people. I named my daughter Mazzy. I like odd names. Always have. Mostly we get a positive reaction to it. But every once in awhile, we get a squinty-eyed sneer and a “huh?”
We named our daughter Mazzy for three reasons— 1) We needed an “M” name for both my grandmother Marion and my husband’s grandfather Meyer. 2) We thought it was cute with an edge to it. And 3) we looked it up online and read that it meant “precious” which solidified it as the perfect choice.
But none of this matters because everyone seems to think that our daughter was named after Mazzy Star (a band from the early ’90s) and that we must have conceived our child while “Fade Into You” (their one hit wonder) was playing on a loop in the background.
So, I thought I’d come up with a list of baby names that are perfectly fine choices for a kid — but with backstories that might leave a little to be desired, along with the reasons that those names are most likely significant for the people who chose them for their kids. For instance, the next time you meet someone with a baby named “Oscar”, you should ask the parents if they picked the name due to their love of award shows or their love of green muppets who live in the trash.
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