As you may recall, we had some trouble picking Sam’s name. While I love my daughter Sam, her name still seems a little random. We wanted something relatively unique, but still not so uncommon as to be a source of teasing, or misunderstanding. The latter was the major strike against Anaïs — a name both Carolyn and I like. Alas, the uniqueness was also called into question when within a month of her birth, I received an email from another Samantha Capehart! (One to which I’ve still not responded — terribly sorry Samantha, I’ll try to rectify that before too long.)

Anyway, I ran across this yesterday, and it had me in stitches — just what I needed at the time. I’ve still only seen part of it, but I felt like I just had to share it. Basically, it’s someone’s out of band comments to postings that were made on a baby name message board. My favorites so far are quoted below.

It seems to me that the name “Scatman” is a great one. you know: after semi-singer and comedian Scatman Crothers.

I keep envision having a son named Scatman. I can imagine everyone he meets saying, ‘What a cool name.’ Which is good because that way they’ll have something to like about him even if his personality is really off-putting. Or if he’s shallow or a bully when he’s like 13, when he should be getting into punk rock or something. At least they’ll think he has a hip name.

But don’t use it, cause I thought of it.

Damn! But your arguments are so compelling! If he grows up to be an asshole, people will still like him. And if he’s a meek nerd, no one will POSSIBLY find something mean to call him as is name is already a toilet insult.

And then Jack Nicholson will hit him in the chest with an axe.


I really like Freddie Prinze jr. and heard his father was famous and died tragically. What was his name?
His name was Scatman.

…and finally:

My last name is Tinkletop. For some reason my wife objects to naming our son Timothy, Timmy for short. I think it’s a good, memorable name.

You’re right.