So you’re ALL named Jaydon?
Sometimes I despair for us all. And it turns out those are actually my giddy moments.
An item in the “New York Times” informs us that among the names that have gained the most in popularity in America over the last six years are Jayden, Landon, Addison, Khloe and several others.
What they all have in common is that I don’t know a single person with those names. Not one.
Perhaps I’m just hanging with the wrong people. That happens.
Another explanation is that these folks are from a parallel universe, where instead of naming children after a beloved relative or great statesman or writer, names come from fields I know nothing about, such as reality television or home dentistry.
It turns out that Britney Spears named a son Jayden in 2006, although actor and rapper Will Smith was ahead of her with a Jaden in 1998.
I am not making this up. Which means at some point in the next few years, many families will have a conversation like this:
“Yes Khloe, we got the idea for your name from a reality show star and celubtante – that’s a word that doesn’t even exist any more. Really? Your friends are all named Michelle or Hillary? Well, that’s another way to go…”
You know me, normally I would suffer through something like this in silence. But I figured if these celebs have that much influence, I’d better check them out to see what other names may be surging soon. And that’s when I learned…
Khloé Kardashian is married to a Lamar. Yes.
Top: The footwear worn by actors Willow Smith (L) and Jaden Smith is seen upon their arrival at the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
Left: Singer Britney Spears performs on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California March 27, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Right: Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom (L) and his wifem television personality Khloé Kardashian sit courtside as they attend the 2011 BBVA All-Star Celebrity basketball game as a part of the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Los Angeles, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Lower left: Kardashian talks on her cell phone prior to the Los Angeles Lakers playing the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball playoff in Los Angeles, California May 4, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok