What Name Should You Not Name Your Kid?

LIFESTYLE

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," or so goes the line from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Names are loaded with meaning, cultural, religious or otherwise, and what one is named is something that follows one for the full length of one's life. Some cultures name children for a parent or grandparent. Other cultures only name children for deceased relatives. Some cultures name children for which number they are in the order of the brood of which they are a part, as in the ancient Roman names like Septimus (for seventh child). Some cultures use middle names to load more meaning into the identity of a child, while others will double-barrel their last name to include both parents, allowing the child to lay claim to identity with both sides of their lineage.

And then there are people who name their kids silly things. Parents in the 1980s with the surname Snow might have thought Jon was an innocuous name for their sons, but since "Game of Thrones" left its cultural mark, Jon Snow is a name that will elicit some laughter. Sometimes people deliberately name their children for some cultural icon, and that too can be a mistake. Fear not. We have a few short questions for you, after which we will be able to tell you what you should not, under any circumstances, name your child.

What stands out to you as your favorite childhood activity?

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What gets you into an argument on someone else's Facebook wall?

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What do you remember about your childhood bullies?

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What was your academic weakness as a kid?

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What did you want the most out of your time in high school?

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What childhood fear continued to drive you as an adult?

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How would you describe your religious life?

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What's your view on popular culture?

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Which of these best describes your overall taste in food?

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What do you look for when you are shopping for household products?

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What do you think of organized sports?

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Who do you turn to as a spiritual guide?

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What do you define as the activity emblematic of sophistication?

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What kind of career would you hope your child would have?

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What do you see as the greatest existential threat faced by mankind?

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In what hobby do you hope to get your child involved?

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What habit or activity of your child is your main priority as a parent, other than school achievements?

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How do you deal with disappointment?

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Of what were your parents proud?

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How many children do you plan on having?

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What will you do to try to set your child up for success?

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Where do you plan to raise your child?

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How will you decorate your child's room?

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What kind of gift will you get for your child when they get older?

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What summer plans do you have for your family?

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What kind of high culture do you like to consume?

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What kind of music do you listen to when you're behind the wheel?

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What do you look for in clothing when you go shopping?

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Which of the following career paths would disappoint you in the event your child pursues it?

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How likely is it your child will be planned?

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