This past weekend, I went down to Little Rock.
At dinner, the topic of baby names came up. In conversation, I mentioned that we are thinking ‘Amelia Grace’ if and when we have another baby and if that baby happens to be a girl.
My Mimi said, “like Amelia Bedelia”… I have NO clue who or what she is referring to. After looking on the Internet I now know that Amelia Bedelia is the lead character in a series of children’s books. I do not know if it is a good thing or a bad thing that my Mimi’s immediate point of reference when hearing the name ‘Amelia’ is ‘Amelia Bedelia’… but I’m leaning towards not a good thing.
My sister, Mary, stated that when she hears the name Amelia, she immediately thinks of plane crashes and being lost. Think Amelia Earhart. Definitely not a good thing and she confirmed that when questioned further. She was definitely not shy in expressing her dislike of the name.
My Aunt Linda flat out said that she didn't like the name. Her face was priceless and said it all. She was not a fan.
My Uncle David remarked that the most disliked girl in his office’s name is none other than Amelia. And he went on the say that he too is not a fan of the name Amelia… to say the least.
Now just because some of my family members don’t like the name doesn't mean that I won’t name my hypothetical future daughter Amelia, but it doesn't bode well for the moniker either. I want people to like the name; especially my family and close friends.
I suppose that only time will tell if this little dinner discussion has any effect… Amelia Grace… are you in or are you out? And will it even be an issue? Who knows.