Spotted at the Playground Today: 'Double Down' Names
Harlan, a girl who was about two.
I asked her mom about this cool and unusual name when I overheard her calling the super cute child from the slide. A family name. The first name of Mom’s grandfather.
"It's kind of like Harlow, but not," explained Harlan's mom. I nodded my head, hoping that Harlot is not the next logical iteration.
I also asked Harlan’s mom if she’d heard of a national fast food promotion a few years ago wherein KFC promised to give $11,000 to the first parents who named their baby after the fried chicken chain's founder, Harlan "Colonel" Sanders. That dubious honor went to a little girl named Harlan Rose (“Harley”) who was born in 2018. This playground Harlan’s mama hadn’t heard of that one but hopes it’s somehow still a thing.
Along those lines, someone once named their kid after a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (Reese Eve Cupp, nicknamed “Reesee”)--it was in People so it must be true. The name choice is alleged to have been due to the parents’ love for the candy, but they were ostensibly stoked to hear that they, too, were eligible for a large cash prize. Even if little Reese E. Cupp wins, though, there is no word as to whether older sister Mr. Goodbar will also be awarded any scholarship money.
This reads like a blurb from News of the Weird.
Good to hear that the KFC cash prize went straight to the “winning” child’s college tuition fund. This is much better than if the parents were allowed to blow it all on CBD oil and a second honeymoon in Turtle Island, leaving the afflicted child with an “I was impulsively named after the face of the Double Down and all I got was this lousy” t-shirt.
I never thought I would like this name, especially on a little girl, but it is making sense in the family names context and its distinction from the trying-too-hard name Harlow.
Sunshine—what was shaping up to be the ultimate Santa Cruz hippie name for this young lad at the pump track was, disappointingly, just a nickname. Real name of the seven-year-old boy was Christian. Sunshine is the real first name of Jerry García’s kid, though.
Ira—another playground girl two looked to be about two. Or it may have been a boy. They had long hair and gender neutral clothing. Ira's a pretty cool name in any case.