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DeLeon: Did You Name Your Boy Sue?

No, my daughter isn’t named after a nightclub. That’s what I told an acquaintance new to town when she asked about the origin of my child’s name. Zola – a cool and eclectic pub and music venue in downtown Spokane – just recently opened, I informed her. My Zola was born 20 months ago. When we were choosing baby names, I never thought that I’d ever meet another Zola in Spokane, let alone see her name in bright lights each time I drive by Main Avenue. That’s why I had to read “A Boy Named Sue and a Theory of Names,” a story in this week’s New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: “Studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become “psychoneurotic.” Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients”/Virginia de Leon, Parents Council Blog. More here

SR Blog roundup:
*Name it after Larry Craig/Thuy Nguyen, Daily Briefing
*Condo market addendum/Parker Howell, Here's The Dirt
*Oh so fine wine/Jill Wagner, Out on the Town
*China pulls down YouTube, Google News/Tom Sowa, TXT
*And it's a wrap for Washington Legislature/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia

Question: What’s the story behind your child’s name? Any “Boy Named Sue” stories of your own to tell?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.