But no matter how much prepared I am at upholding and implementing what I was taught, nothing had me ready at the many odd names that parents given their children in this modern era.
Gone are the days where classic names are so commonly used that one can find ten Henry(s) or ten Mary(s) in one city. While these names will never go wrong, they are deemed now as old-fashioned and people who are named George for example, are probably well into their late fifties.
So in this modern era, parents began to want their kids to stand out and as like clothes that follow trend, so do names.
I have never taught in a centre without a single boy whose name was not Jayden. It is like suddenly, someone decides that Jayden is the 'in' name and thus everyone wants their son to be named that. And it doesn't stop there, because what if someone has twins; you can't possibly name your two sons the same name so some smart alec decided to toy with the feminine rhyme of the name and came out with names like Braydon, Hayden, Anden, while some kept up with the older names like Ethan and Ayden.
While it is generally acceptable to go with the trend when it comes to names, I feel that parents should always think twice before coming up with weird names or names that are deliberately spelt in a weird manner to confuse the reader. For instance, Brandon is always spelt this why, why would someone name their son Brenden? Or Ken, why Kentz? How about Jason but spelt as Jaysen?
But what takes the cake was this girl I have encountered whose name is Pheobe. I tried to pronounce it the way it was spelt - Fi-o-bi but the girl was clearly mad when she said no, it is pronounced as Phoebe. I then committed the mistake of correcting her spelling to which she cried and insisted her name is still pronounced as Phoebe.
I was sorry and regretted having to correct her and ashamed that I have forgotten all that I was taught in always to respect a child's name. But then I also had a thought about how pathetic this little girl will be in future because she would then have to always correct everyone who come into contact with her and cringed at how she would probably blame her parents for that.
I also met an adorable little boy who is named Denzel. And I couldn't help but to ask if Denzel Washington is his parents' favourite actor. To which he sulked and walked off to no amusement of his classmates who then walked up to me and confirmed as well as laughed about how Denzel always get this question whenever he met someone new.
Then there was this boy who was named Alpha. Ok... enough said.
I feel that while we always remember to respect and value one another's names, parents should always think twice... no think more than twice before giving whatever names they think they want to name their children. While the name might seem unique to you, the parent must always bear in mind or consider whatever problems this child might face in future.
After all, a name belongs to you but other people use it more than you.