Q & A with Ben Baby

 

Ben Baby

Ben Baby, baby.

Ben Baby is a newspaper reporter in Texas. He’s not only got a great name, but he’s very cool for taking the time to answer my questions about it. You rock, Baby!

1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?

My parents are Indian, and according to the naming nomenclature in the state of Kerala, Christians usually follow the biblical naming system. So the last name of the family would be the first name of the father. So when my father came to the United States, his last name was Baby, the first name of his father. Rather than confuse everybody and continue the system in the US, he decided against it. So Baby has stuck for the following generations.

2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?

2. Honestly, I probably have one of the coolest names ever, and I’m pretty thankful for it. All my friends usually just call me Ben Baby, and they love to say it whenever they can. I’ve had to pull out my driver’s license on multiple occasions to prove my last name is actually Baby.

3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?

I love having a distinctive name. Whenever I meet people who are terrible with remembering names, they always tell me they’ll never forget my name. And honestly, that’s something everybody strives for — nobody wants to be forgotten. And that’s coming from a guy who can’t remember anybody else’s name.

4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?

At this point, I don’t care what others think about my name. I don’t think people think too negatively of it, so that’s probably why I don’t care as much. When I was in elementary school, a few kids used to tease me about it. I haven’t been heckled about it in a long, long time.

5) Do you have a favourite name you’ve come across over the years?

I don’t think I have a favorite name, but just going by “Ben Baby” is pretty awesome. I’ve been truly blessed.

6) Have to ask: have you, in fact, ever been put in a corner? 🙂

Considering I’ve yet to see the three new Batman movies or Titanic, I’m not a huge movies guy. But I still know the line from Dirty Dancing and I’ll use it from time to time. People usually laugh. I probably need to watch that movie so I realize why that line is so famous.

Q & A with Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett is not only a Canadian ice hockey player, he is also a very fine fellow for taking the time to respond to some questions from someone he doesn’t know on the other side of the world. Thanks Slater!

1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?
So my grandmother on my dad’s side, her maiden name is Slater –  so I guess my parents liked that name.  A pretty weird coincidence is that my grandma with the last name Slater passed away with cancer on my first birthday.
2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?
To me the name is like anybody else’s name. For the most part my friends don’t call me Slater but for me it’s an up and down thing because I always feel like I have a weird name and  that some people might judge me – but for the most part it’s no different than having any other name.  It’s kind of annoying when people ask me if Slater is my real name, but most people end up saying they really like it and I can’t complain about that.
3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?
I’d say it can be a bit of both because a lot of people say it’s a cool name and that they wished they had a unique name like me.  Also sometimes I think to myself that these people saying that wish they had a unique name until they actually had one, sometimes I wish I just had a normal name but having something that helps you stand out is an advantage in my eyes.
4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?
Sometimes I get a little self-conscious of my name and what people will think of it, for example a couple of weeks ago a girl in my gym class asked what my name was and when she heard Slater, she looked shocked and asked the typical question,”is that your real name?” In the end people usually tell me they like it, but I do care what others think.
5) Do you have a favourite name you’ve come across over the years?
Off the top of my head I’m drawing a blank of some interesting names, but I have a little brother who also plays hockey he’s 12 years old and his name is Holden Doggett – so some pretty unique names in our family!