I have officially chosen a name for my first child (and no, that arrival is not happening anytime soon!)
If it's a boy, the name shall be Finnick Gale. If it’s a girl, Katniss Johanna.
Think that sounds ridiculous? So do we! So why are people actually doing it to their children?
After all those reports a few weeks back stating that Katniss had overtaken Isabella as one of the most popular names for a baby girl based off a fictional character, we lost some faith in humanity. We aren’t hardcore Twilight fans, but at least Isabella sounds normal! There are plenty of people would had the name long before Twilight and many people would used the name weren’t referencing the series.
Yes, Katniss Everdeen is an amazingly strong character who risks her life time and time again to save the nation. Her name isn't particularly ugly either. However, it is VERY recognizable. The Hunger Games is about to blow up on the pop culture scale, after which any girl with that name will be poked at for being named after at arrow-wielding rebellion leader who kills people and then deals with some severe mental issues.
Oh, and just like Katniss Everdeen, they're named after a plant. Not even a particularly pretty one.
But it's not just Katniss, either. Shortly after that story broke, we stumbled upon a baby blog that suggested Finnick was a really hip name for boys. The reason? Because 1) it’s in The Hunger Games and 2) It easily breaks down into two nicknames, either “Finn” or “Nick”. Simply naming your child “Finn” or “Nick” is obviously too difficult a process!
Again, anyone with knowledge of the books knows that Finnick was a wonderful character who found love even in the darkest of times, but he also killed a whole lot of people, was forced into prostitution, and died a really gruesome death. Who WOULDN’T want their boy’s classmates, or at least their teachers, to relate them back to that?!
So before we run off and name our kids Peeta Haymitch and Primrose Rue (and make the flat out DUMB assumption that Katniss and Peeta did the same with their children), let’s take a step back and think about what we’re really doing here: Putting a giant target on their back in the middle of the arena that is middle school.
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