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I fear for our future.

Am I losing sleep over global warming? War? Our fractured and divided country? 


My biggest fear is for our children, and what we are naming them.

The list of the most popular baby names for girls in 2020 includes Riley, Ava, Mia, Zoe, Luna, Scarlett, Kinsley, Paisley, Aurora, Isla and so on.

They are all lovely names. And that’s the problem. They are too cute. And we are doomed.

Armed with a name like Agnes or Eunice, maybe this future mom stands a chance to ward off certain upheaval on the home front. But with a name like Chloe? Please.

The best girl names, and there is no debate here, belong to another age, one in which baby girls fresh into the world were named Agnes or Eunice or Gladys. Cute? Hardly. And that’s the point.

These are the names of the moms of my childhood. They are strong names, stout, and to the point. These names mean business. They are names that still scare the bejesus out of me. So did the women who wore them like a coat of armor into daily battle.

Woman in armor

Dressed for success: The moms of my youth wore stout names like coats of armor in daily battles with shiftless kids in need of direction. 

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