Is that Really Your Child’s Name?- Remember the last time you met someone and you had to do a double take because you were not sure what the person said there name was? This happens to almost every person I introduce myself to. Fortunately for me people think I said my last name, but some parents name their kids after objects, bands and most recently popular websites.
Gizmodo.com recently featured a story about parents who call their kid “Like.” Yes, that is correct, they call their child after Facebook’s LIKE button. Each state has its own laws regarding baby naming. The majority of states limit its rules to name that are part of the English alphabet. States restrictions on baby name may be an infringement of parent’s first amendment rights and therefore states tend to stay hands off. This is because they know that your child’s name is your right to decide.
If this topic interests you, then I recommend reading Carlton F. W. Larson’s paper titled “Naming Baby: The Constitutional Dimensions of Parental Naming Rights.” http://bit.ly/m9zZ7Q
Do you think parents should be able to name their kids the name they wish?