Matthew McConaughey’s brother, Rooster McConaughey, named his son Miller Lyte and in return was gifted a years supply of beer for his life long commitment to the brand.
Parents who are concerned about how their children’s names may affect them in life can now hire services to name their kids for them. Services have popped up all over the US and Europe, with one Swiss agency charging $29,000 to research and recommend your child’s name.
“Kevin” is seen in Germany as a low-class name. In a phenomenon known as “Kevinismus”, those with the name reportedly experience discrimination; a joke claims that “Only druggies and East Germans are named Kevin”.
In some cultures children were intentionally given names with unfavorable meanings like ‘ugly’ and ‘crippled’, as it was thought that this would make them less desirable to child-stealing demons.
The name Gary has almost died out. In 2013 there were only 450 new Gary’s in the US, in the UK just 28.
A boy was allowed to change his own name when he was 8 years old. Today, he is Dr. Loki Skylizard.
An Electrical Engineer once named his five children Electron, Positron, Neutron, Deutron and Proton. One of those children is Doctor Electron Kebebew who is a leading cancer researcher and top earning civil-servant in the US.
The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’.
In Iceland, the phonebook is sorted by first names because everyone’s surname is basically their father’s first name followed by -son or -dottir.
Although “Madison” was the second most popular girl’s name in 2001, it was virtually unheard of before the 1984 movie Splash, where a mermaid adopts it as her human name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue. To this Tom Hanks’s character initially protests: “But Madison isn’t a name!”