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What's in a Name?

This article by Vol-E was previously published elsewhere.

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In the debate over whether children benefit more from a common name or an unusual one, it is necessary to examine what we mean by "common."  With aworld population of over 7 billion souls, could there possibly be many names left that are entirely unique?  There area lot of other Baracks in the world, and plenty more people named Britney, Halle, Khloe and Shaquille.  Parents who think they can beat the odds and raise the only individual on the planet with a particular name are setting themselves up for disappointment.

Wait (I heard you asking) -- what about "Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz?"  

Nope, sorry. Charles Manson and Susan Atkins beat ya to it back around 1968 or so...
My parents often told me that they chose my name to avoid the "Kathy-Debbie" phenomenon that seemed quite popular in the late 1950s.  I managed to be the only Elaine in my school, all the way through 12th grade, but I also…