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Kids, Names and MRMAN

On the way to Peets today, I saw a car with a license plate frame that read "Will and Rigel's Grandma Loves Them" and I thought "Rigel?". That's a name I have never heard for a kid (beyond sci-fi tv shows).

I felt bad for Will, who got a fairly plain and common name while his brother got a wild, different name that probably has lots of meaning for the parents. I then wondered if Rigel was even a boy. Perhaps Rigel is a girl and this is another instance of a name that was once considered a very "boy" name crossing over to become a "girl" name. (Of course, names never go the other way. I don't see a lot of boys being named "Judy" or "Linda" or "Edith" or "Hope" or "Grace").

Back in college my friends and I founded a group called MRMAN (Men Reclaiming Male Archetypical Names), to express our mock outrage at how many names that were historically for boys were now for both boys and girls or even had become for girls only. This would cover names such as Ashley (#12 for girls in 2006 according to the SSA), Taylor (#22), Sydney (#34), and Morgan (#35). We each vowed to take a archetypical male name in order to continue to imbue it with some form of masculinity.

As one of the founders I was given the honor of taking the name "Bambi". Yes, Bambi. Remember, he was prince of the Forest (and later Great Prince). Bambi, the most archetypical male name of them all.

It didn't stick.
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