I see a lot of patient names in the reports I create at work. Often I will notice some, well, I'll be kind and call them "unique" first names.
Unique but also familiar somehow.... and then I realized a definite pattern was emerging.
When paired with their date of birth, it's a cinch to see what those new parents were being influenced by when faced with the ultimate decision: "What the hell are we going to name this kid?"
Here are just a few first names and their years of birth I have come across in the last few months:
Elvis - 1958, 1960, 1966
Actually, there are too many instances to list here.
The fifties and sixties must have spawned a whole army of Elvis'.
Marlo - 1972
Uh huh. "That Girl" Marlo Thomas.
Later in life she was Rachel's mom in Friends. But in the 70's, she was all the rage as an independant young woman finding herself in all kinds of comedic independant-young-woman situations.
Elroy - 1975
I swear, naming your kid after a cartoon character should be grounds for disownment.
I'll wager they have a dog called "Astro" too...
Kalel - 1981
Scary to think that there is someone crazy enough (other than screwed-up Nicolas Cage, that is) to bestow this "super" name on thier child.
Farrah - 1976
I'll bet it was Daddy who chose this one.
And I'll bet he STILL has that poster.
Skywalker - yes, the FIRST NAME - 1999
Again, got to be Daddy's choice.
I hope they saved up for therapy sessions. And this coming from a Star Wars fan.
Even so, I don't call my vacuum R2.
At least not out loud.
A whole plethora of Johns, Pauls and Georges from the 60's.
I'd wager these were Beatle-influenced rather than Pontiff-related names, as there are quite a number of John-Paul, John-George, Paul-George... all the permutations of possible first and second name combinations.
Except for Ringo.
Nope, I haven't yet come across THAT one yet.
Of course I work in Cardiac Sciences, not the Psych ward; so that may explain why.
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