Former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and her husband Mike McCuddy struggled for years with infertility. But now, after using a surrogate, they are finally the proud parents of son Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.
When I read “Greyson,” my first thought was, Is that the town in England where Tarzan was born and raised? Unfortunately, I was thinking of Greystoke; Greyson doesn’t have that kind of glamorous image.
Greyson is an English name—an alternate form of Grayson, which means “bailiff’s son.” In the U.S., bailiffs are court officials who maintain the peace and insure the safety of trial participants. In Britain, they function as sheriff’s deputies to serve writs or make arrests. Or they manage large estates.
If I had waited years for a child and were as grateful as DioGuardi and McCuddy seem to be, I would pick a name that shouts either “Hallelujah” (which means “Praise the Lord”) or “We’re so darned happy!” from the rooftops. Not Greyson, a rather “grey” and dull name that describes a fairly dull court or law-enforcement functionary.
As for the two middle names, James is a 5-star name and Carroll is the kind of name that probably reflects family obligations (but has the unfortunate side effect of sounding like a girl’s name).
I recently read an article about the use of two middle names. Apparently it’s “the thing to do” in England, where the rationale seems to be: using two middle names makes it easier to take care of family obligations. It’s less likely that an aunt or uncle will feel “left out.” On the other hand, picking two middle names could actually increase the amount of lobbying and jockeying for position among family members.
In my view, trying to juggle family politics while picking three names takes the parents further away from the main goal: picking one name that will make a great impression for your child.
Before I give my final opinion, I want to come clean: Kara was probably my favorite “American Idol” judge. She was extremely knowledgeable about pop music and excelled at verbalizing her ideas in a way that was both helpful to the singers and insightful to the audience. She encouraged singers to “go for it”; not play it safe. So it is with no disrespect that I render my verdict, for the reasons stated above: Two thumbs down.
© 2013 Bruce Lansky
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