Except for conceiving and raising them, one of the hardest things involved with bringing children into the world is agreeing on a name.
For many years, Michael has been the most popular name in the USA for a boy.
Lately, names like Cody, Wyatt and Dustin have been moving up the list in popularity.
Recently, the most popular name in the USA for a boy was Jacob and for a girl it was Isabella. These are the names of the two main characters in the TWILIGHT movie series, with Jacob being a werewolf. And in many parts of the world these days, including England, the number one name for a boy is Mohammad.
Believe it or not, my cousin in Phoenix has a neighbor who had difficulty coming up with a name for his kids so he named them after the model name of his two trucks -- Cheyenne and Sierra.
It's probably a good thing he didn't own a Volvo and a Hummer.
Some people come up with even more outlandish names. For example, Rock star, Frank Zappa, named two of his kids Dweezle and Moon Unit. When your last name is Zappa, anything is fair game.
A couple of years ago, a New York couple expecting a baby boy within the next 30 days put up a web site where they accepted bids from corporations. They intended to name their son after the highest bidder, such as Pepsi, Ajax, Goodyear or Microsoft.
Its bad enough to name your kids after the model of the truck sitting in your front yard, but this is going a little too far -- another sign that civilization as we know it is about to come to an end.
Some of the potential names this poor kid could be saddled with include:
Fruit of the Loom
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
So what would you name your baby boy if you had to name him after a corporate sponsor??
Personally, I think I'd name him Stop Leak or Drano, and send him to medical school.
Quote for the Day "Humor is just another defense against the universe." Mel Brooks
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where Bubba is the most popular name.