I don’t quite know what to make of the fact that in 2012, 5 couples chose to name their baby Sherlock! Five! There are five Sherlock babies out there and presumably a few more that were born in 2013.
According to RadioTimes, that name ranked along with Ulysses, Roland and Timofey at five a piece.
I grew up with a kid named Roland in the neighborhood, I would have thought that name to get more than five. It’s also interesting that the name Benedict (Benedict Cumberbatch is the star of the BBC Sherlock series) managed to get 114 babies lined up with the name in 2012.
It would be fascinating to see how those 5 Sherlock babies turn out with that name. They say that your name can play an important part in your life, with some names like Winston and Roosevelt having a higher rate of success as adults. But do kids with rich sounding names aspire to their names, or do wealthy families give out those sorts of names?
So would naming your son Sherlock push him to greater heights of learning and intellect? Or will the inevitable beatings on the school playground turn him into a tough competitor and/or a man with no heart?
I am reminded of that famous Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue”.
I wonder what the parents are thinking. Are they fans of Sherlock Holmes? Was it the crazed, drug addicted Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock they were thinking of? Or was it the slightly awkward but adorable Sherlock of Elementary
they adore? What about the high functioning sociopath persona of the BBC Sherlock?
Having named four children myself, it is not a task that one takes lightly. Having said that, my own parents named me after a 1950’s Swedish sex kitten that my Dad was totally in love with. (Guess the name and let me know in the comments who you think that is! ). Also, there were those parents who named their baby Hashtag a year or so ago. Ok, maybe people don’t really think these things through.
Sherlock babies. What do you think?