We didn't talk about this much this week, but a Florida couple recently gave birth to twin boys--who they named "Brett" and "Favre". Now, Brett should have no problem going through life giving his name for roll call, reservations or bank information. Poor little Favre is doomed to a life of misery caused by his name.
For starters, Favre is not pronounced as it looks. Remember when the quarterback with the same name came to Green Bay? The debate was "fay-vur" or "fahv-ray". "Fahrv" wasn't even an option. How can it be that if the v is in front of the r? Now poor little Favre will have to spell it out and pronounce it for everyone who isn't already a football fan. I'll never forget the first day of kindergarten, when my teacher asked who was Jonathan "Crow-zee". I was looking around, wondering who had a name so close to mine--but obviously not mine because everyone knows the e is silent. After about three months, she finally got it right--but I was scarred for life.
And of course, little Favre will have to explain his name to everyone. "You mean like the quarterback?" is the question he'll get for at least the first ten years of his life--until Peyton Manning breaks all of Brett's records and number four fades into memory. For those who aren't football fans, the question will be "what does that name mean?"
The parents didn't even give Favre a break--in case he wants to use his middle name instead of his embarrassing first name. His middle name is Moses. Not exactly a common name nowadays.
This Florida couple is apparently following a hot celebrity trend. Gwenyth Paltrow named her daughter "Apple". Nick Cage gave his son the name "Kel-Al"--which is the "birth name" of Superman on his native Krypton. Other celebrities have chosen "Hercules" and "Moxie Crimefighter". If it was up to me, these parents would be charged with child abuse. Subjecting their kids to psychological abuse and embarassment for their own twisted satisfaction.
As for little Brett and Favre--they will just have to be glad their parents weren't big fans of Booger McFarland.