Fuse #8

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Can I Get Some Corroboration On This?

No sooner do I discover the Powell's Blog than I hear them announcing this odd piece of news:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their baby! And they've named her Shiloh, after the dog in the bookand film.
Dude, I so cannot find any reason to believe this. As much as I like to think that children's literature had a hand in this one, I think they probably just picked this name out of a bag. Or from a battlesite. My sole comfort is that they didn't name the poor kid Antietam.


At 1:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that was the baby's name and I immediately thought of the book. It might be a literary connection - think of Demi and Bruce and the names of their kids.

At 1:22 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Oh yeah. I can't tell you how disturbed I was to find they'd named Rumer after Rumer Godden. Poor kid.

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

I live by a town called Brielle, and every time I hear someone call their child Brielle, I'm all, huh?

On the other hand, the family joke about my name (elizabeth) is that since I was born in Elizabeth NJ in Elizabeth General Hospital, I'm lucky that I how luck I am that I wasn't born in Newark.

I think it should be a rule that if there is an outrageous first name there is a less outrageous middle name, so if the child doesn't want to be Shiloh she/he can fall back on Mary/John.

On the other hand, Shiloh may be one of seven Shilohs in her class. Look at Madison -- the name that began as a joke and took over yuppiedom.

At 6:25 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

True enough. My last name is Bird. You can imagine the possible humorous names my future offspring could sport. Jay. Robin. Larry. Any name beginning with the letter "B". The possibilities for pain are endless.

At 8:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your father says Shiloh means "peace." (And Rumer's no worse than "Scout"!)

At 9:04 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

I must respectfully disagree. Scout is odd, but because we've that adorable kid from the movie version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" firmly implanted in our brains it comes off as cute. Rumer, in contrast, will have her name misspelled for the rest of her life. I would wish that fate on no child.

At 4:59 PM , Blogger Jackie Parker said...

I contend that any name more complicated than Paltrow's kid is doomed to eventually be misspelled or mispronounced. I am continually amazed when people can't pronounce 'Jacqueline.' It's bizarre. I've even heard 'Sarah's said like "Syrah" WTF?


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