What’s in a name?
Everything. You probably don’t even realise how critical your child’s name is to her future. One wrong consonant and her life could take a dramatically different turn.
Just ask Baby Namer, Bob Powers, then, who knows first hand how complex the process of coming up with a name for your little bundle of joy can be:
“A frivolously applied baby name is a capital crime in my book. When you hire me, you’re trusting me with the task of defining a human being with a sound.
“I settle on the vocal sequence of syllables that baby—that person—will hear more times than any other word or noise in her lifetime. Her teacher will call it out on her first day of school. Lovers will scream it while in her bed. Bystanders will shout it when she’s in danger of being crushed by a falling piano.”
Over at McSweeney’s, he details the months, mountains and mulling that go into crafting his names. Remember, he doesn’t simply “pick” baby names; he “sculpts” them.
Read at McSweeney’s: Artisanal Baby Naming.