I laced up my roller skates as my brain went to three places:
- Greg Brady, as played by Barry Williams. Real name: Barry William Blenkhorn.
- Barry Manilow. Copacabana is now on repeat in my brain.
- So what is Meghan’s dad named?
Seriously, I want to talk about this. Not because I’m throwing shade at Meghan. (I’ve thought she was fab since the very second I heard “All About That Bass.”)
But because she did something truly bold.
She chose a name for, presumably, her own reasons. With maybe zero regard to fashion. Or possibly with the confidence that she is perfectly capable of ignoring such considerations and forging her own path.
And since I’ve now scanned
all of the lots of stories on Meghan’s life, I can confirm that a) she and actor husband Daryl Sabara appear refreshingly down-to-earth; b) they had the name picked out well in advance; and, c) Meghan’s dad is named Gary and Daryl only mentions his mom on his official bio.
Their older son’s name, Riley, is solidly mainstream. Will Meghan speak to why they chose something so different for baby #2?
But here’s the take away: if you want a name that stands out, maybe don’t try to find something no one has ever heard before. Instead, check out the 1960s Top 1000. Review this list of Contrarian Baby Names from Nancy’s site. Or just go with your gut instinct.
Because maybe naming our kids Janet, Roger, Sharon, Wayne, and – yes! – Barry is the boldest move of them all.
While I’m catching up on celebrity baby names news, Matthew Davis and Kiley Casciano welcomed daughter Dorothy Lavender early in 2022, a little sister for Ripley Nightingale. Dorothy Lavender Davis has me swooning. Whatever the high water mark is for middle naming, they’ve exceeded it.
And Al Roker has a new granddaughter … this time, recently. Al’s daughter Courtney Roker Laga and her husband, Wes Laga, named their daughter Sky Clara Laga. Now that’s a fitting tribute to her grandfather … and a stellar example of out-of-the-box honor names.
Okay, I’ve heard of grandparents not loving their grandchildren’s names. And I think it’s best to be gentle, tolerating nicknames if it helps smooth things over. But completely re-naming them? Their names are Esme and Ezra, but their grandparents are calling them Winifred and Douglas instead. That’s next level.
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