On Freakonomics this morning, I caught a snippet on naming conventions, and the upshot was that the name you give the child doesn't impact them; we only name a child to impress our friends. That sounds just strange to me, and a fair number of the comments agreed.
Every person's name has a certain significance in the development of her character. When I was younger, I didn't like my name, but I feel I've grown into it, and couldn't think of another name I'd rather have. I sometimes wish there were fewer Kates out there in the world, but still, my name is my own at this point.
I can't see the benefit of naming a child "Fido," but I'm fairly certain someone has done it at some point. Names come and go, and those that were once perfectly normal (the Purtians' Makepeace or Prudence) are much less acceptable today (in a wave of Kaylas and Dakotas).
I liked the suggestion of one commenter:
I always counsel that the baby’s name should fit well into these two sentences:
Can X come out and play?
Shall we promote X to be CEO?
I'll have to remember that one.