A big congratulations to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on their healthy baby girl, who has been revealed to be named North West. You read it right: North West. I feel a strong connection to the new mom now because, before this, I definitely did not
understand care for her but her baby daddy made many an appearance on my workout mix. It wasn’t that long ago where I had to decide what my first born would be named. Well, in all honestly, it wasn’t up to me to name him but a yellow sheet of paper from a legal pad with a dozen Laotian names on it. These names, depending on the day he would be born, ranged from weird to really weird to downright unpronounceable. Born on a Sunday, my son’s name falls somewhere between “how’s that spelled?” and “kid, you got a nickname?” My kids have unconventional yet cultural Lao names and I think it’s awesome that Kimye The Baby has a weird name too.
Rumor has it that the new celeb parents plan to use the nickname “Nori” for their daughter. It’s cute, playful and a special thing they have for her. It reminds me of the Laotian naming culture, where you are addressed by your nickname rather than your given name. If I were asked to provide simple information about my parents’ friends, I would, first, not even know their real names and second, not even know how to spell it. We’d all be screwed. Humnoy and Lanoy are the kids’ nicknames and not their legit names, which I have kept anonymous for privacy reasons and so I don’t get any lip from people who think I’m doing a huge disservice for their social well-being. The last thing I’d want the trolls to do is to troll my kids on a google search.
The common argument for these poor, poor children is that they’ll get teased and their lifelong fate sealed within their horrid names. I’m unsure where many of these naysayers went to school with their perfect names but kids get teased no matter what. I got teased for my weird name. I also got teased for my hair, grades, family, shoes, car. Michael’s, Natalie’s, Jared’s of the world get teased too. There is no correlation between how normal a name is and the likelihood of teasing. Is there even such a thing as normal anymore what with the melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and offspring resulting from it and parents deciding how to forever incorporate multiple family histories into one child? Had I been named Penny, would I hate middle school any less? No but now at 27 years and two kids, I’m ecstatic I stuck to my guns and went with weird names. What’s a few years of people mispronouncing your name versus a lifetime of your family’s history?
It’s important to do away with what “normal” should be and accept unconventional names because they’re still attached to a human being with real feelings, both famous and non-famous. I think
Kimye North will forever appreciate that South already ‘Wore It Best’ by the major airline or that they didn’t go with her mom’s suggestion of Easton West (“east and west;” get it?). Easton could easily translate into “easty” and then “easy”…You know what, never mind. Unfortunately for North as a celeb-aby to two, uh, famous parents, her weird name will be the least of her problems.