I’ve never heard of Bernardsville, N.J. or the Bernardsville News, but they have a lifestyle writer named Marian Mundy who understands more about place names and baby naming than Nameberry and WaltzingMoreThanMatilda ever will.
I mention this because Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry recommended Detroit as an “unheard of name for 2014″ (she described it as “cool”). And because WaltzingMoreThanMatilda claimed (in support of Satran) to know a child named Detroit who loved his name. Question: if Detroit is an “unheard of name” how did an expert in Australian baby names know a kid named Detroit who loved the name which Satran had described as an “unheard of name” which implies that no one had ever used it?
Here’s what the commonsensical Marian Mundy wrote about a New Jersey place name, Camden: “The fact that they called the baby ‘Camden’ proves they don’t live in New Jersey. You have to wonder why anyone would name a kid after a rundown city on the Delaware.” In short, naming a child after the once-proud city of Detroit, now that it is contemplating bankruptcy and now that a leading Detroit museum is thinking about selling off its art masterpieces–is crazy.
Please, please, please, click on this link and read the Marian Mundy article. It is so outstanding I’m going to email her editor with this message: Marian Mundy deserves a raise and a bigger by-line. FYI, Mundy’s article is titled: “More Than a Few New Entries in the Baby Name Game.” It starts with a report about a detailed birth announcement that omitted the gender of the child and does a good job of turning that tragic event into one of the most amusing and perceptive articles I’ve read about names since the GQ article about baby naming by Drew Magary.