Thursday, February 24, 2011

That smells so "sweet"

I've been a little obsessed with baby naming since I started playing with baby dolls. Maybe it's a girl thing. I've had several periods of different names for my future children. Then I met Hubby and it one major baby naming thing became apparent. We're both named after relatives. So I comprised a list of baby name combinations of people in our family: 1st names, middle names, gender-transferred names (like Anthony to Antonia), etc. Hubby's job, since he's not nearly obsessed with names, was to look at the list and pair it down to one. Which he did and that's how we ended up with HB's name.

What's been lighting up main stream media is this thing where the Pope said this "Not by chance, in fact, every baptized person acquires the character of 'son' starting with their Christian name, an unmistakable sign that the Holy Spirit gives birth 'anew ' to man from the womb of the Church."
while Baptizing babies.

And it's turned into this
Pope rails against rise of un-Christian names
The Pope has warned parents against giving children celebrity-inspired names and urged them to turn to the Bible for inspiration instead.
- The Daily Telegraph, U.K.

Look to Bible, not Hollywood: pope
- Montreal Gazette, Canada

Pope blasts star names
- The Age, Australia

They've even come up with their own lists of banned names. And as one baby naming expert chimed in, many of these names are saints names. Obviously, the media hasn't done their homework, and they've skewed the facts, again.

So here's my own list of baby names that are "Vatican-approved". They're most unusual. So take that Hollywood Celebs. Your names got nothin' on our names. :P

Titus
Blaise
Ansgar
Scholastica
Methodius
Cyril
Polycarp
Damian or Damien
Casimir
Perpetua
Toribio
Isidore
Stanislaus
Nereus
Achilleus
Pancras
Bede
Ephrem
Paulinus
Irenaeus
Bonaventure
Kateri
Camillus
Apollinaris
Joachim
Benedict
Eusebius
Pontian
Hippolytus
Cornelius
Cyprian
Januarius
Pio
Cosmas
Wenceslaus
Raphael
Bruno
Callistus
Ignatius
Columban
Ambrose
Sylvester

I could go on, but I'll stop there. You'll notice some of them are already members of Hollywood (Sylvester Stallone and Joachim Phoenix). But I could imagine a Hollywood starlit naming their child Bonaventure and being made fun of. That just goes to show you how shallow and dumb the media is.

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