WBEZ | paul konerko http://www.wbez.org/tags/paul-konerko Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Unfamous Kids Named After Famous People http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3467493336_73218b3d4a.jpg" style="float: right; height: 257px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Keith Allison" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4461371744547439">About a month ago, Drew Magary published an astounding little post on </span><a href="http://deadspin.com/5967948/2012s-definitive-list-of-unusual-baby-names-will-destroy-your-soul?tag=dadspin">Deadspin</a> about some of the most unusual names in 2012. My favorite is &ldquo;Donathan,&rdquo; just because it kind of makes sense, yet doesn&rsquo;t, sort of like &ldquo;Denjamin&rdquo; or &ldquo;Staniel&rdquo; or &ldquo;Misterpher.&rdquo;</div><p>Anyway, this got me thinking on the ways people name their kids. Our son is named &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; which is a pretty straightforward name, except my underlying rationale for doing so is maybe a little weird. He&rsquo;s named for a baseball player.<br /><br />My affection for Paul Konerko has been documented online before, although what used to be a crush has leveled off to a rational appreciation for his hard work, good attitude and odd ability to have a successful yet scandal-free athletic career. So the name &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; to me became imbued with those good qualities (incidentally, while the White Sox did lose the night my Paul was born, Paulie K. homered.)<br /><br />The more I thought about it, I was able to come up with even more good famous Pauls who have brought me happiness throughout my life: Paul McCartney, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/06/the_paul_f_tompkins_interview.php">Paul F. Tompkins</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/09/httpwwwyoutubecomwatchv0qvqsza.php">Paul Scheer</a>, Paul Rudd, RuPaul. So why not a Paul for me? A good precedent had been set by the Pauls who had come before him.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m not completely alone. A friend of mine named Stephanie was nicknamed &ldquo;Stevie&rdquo; at birth due to her parents&rsquo; affection for the Fleetwood Mac singer Ms. Nicks. I know a child of some Bears fans who is named Keller because that&rsquo;s Mike Ditka&rsquo;s middle name.<br /><br />I must know other kids out there who were named after athletes and various other famous people, but my coffee intake is low and so I can&rsquo;t summon them at this time. So please share with me: who were your (or your friends&rsquo; or family&rsquo;s) kids named for that&rsquo;s in the pop culture realm, and why? Feel free to be totally judgmental of your peer&rsquo;s decisions.</p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821