Let me first say this: thank you, Reese and Jim, for sharing your baby name promptly. Congratulations to you and your family!
The arrival of baby Tennessee James has prompted a flurry of articles about other celebrities who have used place names for their children. There’s Alicia Keys’ son Egypt, and Mike Tyson’s kids, daughter Milan and son Morocco.
But today’s Yea or Nay is about another place. Why aren’t we meeting more kids called Texas?
Texas comes from a word meaning friend in Caddo, the language of the Native American people who were there when the Spanish arrived. Austin has been huge for boys, and Dallas has been heard, too. Plus Texas is the kind of place name with plenty of positive associations. If Wyatt and other cowboy names are so stylish, why not Texas?
Songs and stories about the state are plentiful, and the short form Tex would fit right in with Rex, Max, Dex, and Pax, as well as Alex, Felix, and Axel.
Last year, just 7 boys received the name. Another 7 were named plain ol’ Tex. Neither name charted for girls, though the Dixie Chicks’ Emily Robison has a daughter called Juliana Tex.
So what do you think – Texas, yea or nay?