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Call Me Ishmael...

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By John Pawlak

As a young boy, I remember being frustrated at how many people had the same name as me.
My classes were filled with Jimmys, Johns, Bobbys, Williams and Mikes. It seemed as if our parents had absolutely no imagination when choosing names for their children.
It’s difficult growing up with a very common name. Every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be named John!
Today, Liam and Noah top the list of popular boy baby names. “John” doesn’t even make the top 40!  (I feel much better now.)
Each year, the list of popular baby names changes, with the top 10 usually populated by movie star and rock group celebrities.
Are we going to see a surge of Lady Gaga’s in our future?
We don’t seem to care all that much what someone is named. We’ve got a Barack in the White House, which isn’t anything strange if you’re a history buff. Among Presidents and Vice-Presidents, we’ve had Grover, Milhous, Millard, Simpson, Gamaliel, Delano, Birchard, Hannibal, Horatio, Mifflin, Rufus, Cabell, Agard, and Schoolcraft.
And I used to think Spiro was an odd name.


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