Kanye West, famous in the music world, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, famous for being famous, recently announced the birth of their second child, a baby boy named Saint. The couple's first child, a girl named North, now has a sibling with an equally outrageous name. I don't know whether to laugh or admire the West family's nonconformity.
According to USA Today, in 2013, Kim referred to her firstborn as her “North Star,” the celebrity couple’s “highest point together,” and creatively named the child North. Poetic? Romantic? Perhaps. Silly? Confusing? Definitely. Adding to the absurdity, Kardashian now brings forth Saint West.
What, you may ask (or wisely not ask because you don't care!), is the reason behind the unusual moniker? Reportedly, after previous pregnancy difficulties, Kim Kardashian considered her second child a miracle and thus chose the name Saint. (Applying Kardashian logic, then, shouldn’t the child be called “Miracle?”) The name Saint implies a being far removed from lowly humanity and should not be thrown around nonchalantly. Saint West will either grow up embarrassed and confused by his given name, or more likely, feeling entitled. Perhaps I am taking this naming thing too seriously, but it sounds as though Kanye and Kim didn't take it seriously enough.
Of course, these two popular public figures (dare I say, annoying) are not the only parents to slap atypical names on their kids. In 2014, according to the Huffington Post, five baby boys were named Billion. While it is true that money makes the world go around, if I had named my child after my wallet's contents, my son would be known as Empty Mikolay. The Huffington Post reports five additional boys named Dagger. In this world of violence and terrorism, what parent in his/her right mind would name an innocent child after a weapon? Also in 2014, parents gave their offspring geographical place names; thus, we now have girls named Londynne, Sicilee, Millan, and Jerzei. If these places are so personally inspiring, why not respectfully spell them properly? The list of eccentricities goes on and includes, among other absurdities: seven girls named Excel, five boys named Legendary, and five named Sadman. These parents thinking way, way outside the box have given society females named after computer programs, boys who are legendary before they speak their first word, and children who will forever be teased for being inherently sad.
Besides life itself, your name is the very first gift bestowed upon you and should not be haphazardly chosen. Your name is also the first thing you entirely own and should reflect meaning and purpose. I am proudly named after my mother. My firstborn son is named after his father and my youngest is named after my uncle. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in tradition...and respect. Saddling an innocent baby with an outrageous name is callous and disrespectful. A baby is not a toy, a pet, or a public relations ploy. A baby is a person.
Go ahead and laugh at stupid names like North, Saint, Sadman, and Dagger, but this sign of the times we live in is not funny. Rather, it's just more insanity in the mad, mad mad, mad world we live in.