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U2 Lists: Top 10 U2 Song-Related Baby Names
March 22, 2012
[Ed. note: This is the 36th in a "U2 Lists" series, where @U2 staffers pick a topic and share their personal rankings on something U2-related.]
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring has arrived! I love the change to this season because it means that baseball, stream fishing and barbecuing are all right around the corner. It also means that fertility is in the air. This is by no means any sort of Biology 101 essay, but let's just say that when fertility is in the air, things sort of ... happen.
So if you're hoping to add a little one to your clan, and you welcome this new season in with a bit of amore, you'll of course have to eventually come up with a name for your little bundle of joy. And this is a decision that could have a profound impact on your child's destiny. He or she will have to tote this name around forever. This by no means is an easy decision. In fact, it's a lot of pressure if you really think about it. Many people take the easy rout and just name the little one after a family member. Like in this movie.
Some people take a different route when deciding what to name their kids. For example, Lisa, an @U2 reader who is expecting her third child, is looking into U2's lyrics for ideas. She inspired me to create this list of my top ten U2 song-related names that you may (or may not) want to give to your newborn:
Right off the bat, let's get this one out of the way. It's obvious. It's simple. And it's beautiful. Even if the song isn't about a girl.
Okay, so I changed the spelling. But fret not, most people will just think it's a great hyphenated name, and your circle of U2 friends will totally get it. Just don't forget to make your baby registry at Kmart.
We know from the Bible, and from "Bullet The Blue Sky," that Jacob wrestled the Angel. But did you know there's another Jacob who wrestles for a living? So good luck with those labor pains.
Another Biblical reference. But just be warned that in God's country, Cain wasn't Abel, and your Cain could end up hanging out with a guy like Jacob from No. 8 (the one with the snake).
The second consecutive reference to "In God's Country." You want a girl who has hope? Or maybe a girl who has vanity. Either way, this name could work. Just don't let her date a guy like Cain.
5. Dorian Gray
The only one of the bunch that includes a middle name. You want a writer in the family? You know a kid with this name is bound to be some sort of Writer or Poet. "Deep Thoughts" by Dorian Gray.
I really like this name, but I'm not sure it ended up well for her when she finally had to surrender.
This one's a twofer. Whether you prefer the Johnny who likes to walk and play with his sister in the rain, or this Johnny, you're covered.
2. Pete (aka "The Chop")
"Whatever happened to him?" you ask. He's alive and well. Please feel free to use the name Pete, but "The Chop" has already been claimed by one of our longtime staffers for her own little dude. And I hear he's a real treasure.
This has to be one of the most poignant names to me. When all else fails, in walks Grace.
(c) @U2/Tuohy, 2012.