How to Pick a Baby Name

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Reader Comments (70)

It is not so much about having acquaintances or family help you pick a baby name, so much as it is a way to create small talk where you would otherwise not have anything in common to talk about with these folks.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

It could be I'm just tired, or have had too much sugar, but I can't stop laughing at the first and fourth panels. It doesn't help that I'm picturing a woman standing on a front porch, yelling for her son to come in for dinner-- "KHAAAANNNNN!"

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElvirus

Omfg burden love it my sis in law is expecting# 4 now I have a perfect name for it

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdruw

You have kept away from conversation

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoigohofhib

How 'bout "Soda"?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I lol'd on every panel - I have no favourite!

Khhhhaaaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!! hehe

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin


You could still go with Brayden or Jayden of course - just use one of the many variations thereof to give your child that extra bit of personality.

Otherwise, here's a handy list of fabulous names for expecting parents, and some exciting derivations:

Give them the gift that keeps on giving. A lifetime of telling people how their name is spelt.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBDC

hahahahahahahha, Maryyy, good line

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRalph

Starkiller? Luke, han, jar jar, lando, r2, darth nobody!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

No I know the mavericks kid should be named johnny Mac! Or if its a girl Sarah, initials I c s r f h Jenkins!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Second and third panel were gems Sir. Keep up with the work.
But... maybe, just maybe, Gimli or Legolas will do.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWraith

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!!!!! (It should appear on the birth certificate with all 16 a's, all 6 n's, and -most importantly- all 5 exclamation points.)

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarFleetCaptain

Panel 4 is awesome.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Yeah... there should be a law where whenever they see "Brayden" on a birth certificate, they take the child away to be raised by wolves.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPTTG

love it

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYou

It was awesome. First panel was really funny. But last panel made me chuckle really loud.
Then I realized that laughing in the toilet is considered indescent. Or maybe they confused that sound with a f@rt.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaajeev

I once named a friend's baby FurryAnne - that was one hairy baby - she's sixteen now, a lot less hair and still has the name - but everyone calls her Frannie


6:00 AM, at my desk at work & I burst ot laughing. A good way to be left alone for the rest of the day!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Tiberius would be a kickass middle name for a kid. I wanted my first born's middle name to be Akira, but my wife objected.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah


January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

Burden! Classic!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohnT


January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. D

Haha, brilliant. I did once know someone whose name was James Kirk. Unsurprisingly, his nickname was 'Captain'. Which, as nicknames go, is not too shabby.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Naming your kids after what they'll eventually become is not a good idea. There're only so many synonyms of "Disappointment".

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

THAT was hilarious! Too bad I didn't think of that when naming my kids years ago!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

first time commenting, and only because at the time i'm writing this, it's empty!
keep up the comicry!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuney

Hahaha. I'm a fan of star trek, so I tend to love all of your comics involving it in some way. Hilarious.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSevalecan

To be fair, James, Kirk, and Jean-Luc are probably the first names I would come up with if I had to name a kid :)

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaptainQuirk

Let me be the first to say that I don't consider Aden, Jaden, Braden, or any variation of those to be any more than LIES. When I meet the wave of grown-up Adens in about 20 years, I will make sure they know that I don't believe they really have a name. I will say "humbug" and turn on my heel. I will call them, "boy".

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBerzee

funny++ to the last panel! I've been so tired (for so long) of the -ayden names and all their derivatives & spellings.

Jaden? Jayden? Jaidun? Braden? Brayden? Braedon? Hayden? Kaiden? [holds head in pain]

This is one of the reasons I gave my kids traditional names that everybody knows how to spell. The other is that my wife and I grew up having to spell out our first names (both have multiple common spellings) and last names (one is German, one is Finnish). I thought I could at least relieve my kids (and society) of that burden.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

As a third generation name keeper of a very old fashioned name (I'm the 3'rd). I can honestly say that you should never name a child after a parent who was named after a grand-parent, who took the middle name of someone else! LOL

Love the comic today though,



January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

I never even heard or saw the name Braeden before. Guess Beardin' here lives in another world.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Congratulations on being shown on the comics page!!!!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

no one wants to name their son Kathryn or Janeway!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrekkie_not_trekker

Funny Stuff.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvilJohs

My parents went with D'Artagnon for me. I like that they did that; I never have to worry about coming up with original small talk for the rest of my life.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

"Darth" always seems to get shot down when I suggest it.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGryndyl

They could also take a typical abbreviation and use it as the name, for example TJ or AJ as the actual name, not initials. If you insist it be a work, Teejay or Ajay works.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Awesome. All of the panels were good but the last one nearly got a spit take from me.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershaler

Panel 4 is totally brilliant.. this one is going up on the fridge.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToe-Knee

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