I have to admit, the name Banjo is awesome. That said, I’d get a dog before I ever considered having a baby, so my yelling it at the park will offend far fewer people than the mom of the kid who runs to greet me.
The magazine surveyed 13,000 readers and asked them, “If you had a boy/girl, what would you name him/her?” Now, you and I both know that Americans of all stripes have grown progressively worse at naming children. It’s not enough for your child to have a normal name and then try to stand out on their own merits down the road. No, no, no. Every parent now wants every child to be unique and special from the moment the doctor wipes all the amniotic fluid off of it, even though all babies look alike and contribute nothing to society.
There’s a bizarre assumption that if you can make your child’s name unique, the child will be unique. And that’s NEVER the case. Chances are, if you name your kid Braxlee, he or she is gonna end up bent over the sink in the back of a TGI Friday’s, offering tail in exchange for a better skim off the tip pool.