How to Pick a Baby Name

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Reader Comments (70)

Jayden & Braedon actually have been done to death, and they aren't even real names.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjimb


Personally, I like Xerxes.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

panel 4 got me. well done sir

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoose23

-Burden- Awesome!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Very, very nice Mr. Meyer.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRodwood

You Hurt Me!
(still laughing in agony)
Even friends I consider intelligent, decent people, blight their kids' childhoods with names guarunteed to inspire derision among their schoolmates. Why would anybody do that to an innocent little baby?

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Panel 3: Well played. Setups like that are why I keep coming back.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShamus

Awesome! You nailed all my major concerns about most parents in a four-panel strip... if only they were so easily resolved. Thanks for the laughs =)

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicah

i find panel 2's graphic very eerie. it seems as if the graphic is there since thats what we (readers) expect, but there was too much dialogue to fit over a 'normal' graphic. i personally think the 'grandparents' exchange could go to fit a pair of 'head shots', the strip would not lose anything from the missing dialogue, and we would get a better graphic.

(why arent jenkins and scott addressing each other as 'maverick' and 'sir'?)


January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

...First panel makes me snicker for reasons that I shall not expand upon.

Valid point with the "hip names." I remember a friend told me once that he'd actually met a little girl named "Chlamydia." Reason? Her parents "liked how it sounded."

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

This may sound odd but is one of the characters in this comic supposed to look exactly like the frontman to the Supertones?

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The win is strong with this one. All four, panels of goodness!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Teachers always have a tough time coming up with names. I noticed after the Friday the 13th movie series began, "Jason" became one of the most popular names. One year I had seven in class, and four lived up to the name. And yes, I taught a Khan.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterImmortal1

How about "Chastity?"

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Basic Instructions is well written, visually appealing, and funny as hell. Keep up the fine work.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Alexander

Actually, Jadon's an old name. It was in the Bible.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrisL

Two, yes *TWO* LOLs in the first panel!! And a good LOL in each one after that! Hah! Damn, Sir, you've been on a roll lately, but this strip takes the cake, as it were. James, Kirk, Jean, Luke. Too much! Man, I've read all the comments and I'm still chuckling over this strip. Epic!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBraiydaeoan

now that i've been teaching for 16 years and have discovered that some names curse the bearer with hideous behavior, people asking me for baby name suggestions get mostly lists of "never, under any circumstances, name your child . . ."

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternavarro

My name is Braden. It disappoints me that my name has been gaining in popularity in recent years. I liked it when there weren't many other Braden's (or various other misspellings) around! I felt a touch more unique back then!

Of course, on the bright side, I have less people pronouncing it "Branden" these days.

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBraden

Great one!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreader

hahahahahahaha! Always funny, but even better when it is so relatable to my life!!

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Dang, are ALL of cubicle-Scott's single male coworkers going to have kids out of wedlock, and be happy about it?...

I'm not sure whether mullet-boss and Lucas-beard are based on real people, but I'm going to assume that both are fictional..... well, mostly.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

to follow on from mary's comment about chlymidia, i know a grown woman called 'candida'. again, the parents liked how it sounded and lacked either general knowledge or common decency.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit11

Please be a dear and a href="">NEVER, NEVER NAME YOUR CHILD "JUNIOR."

You will both live to rue it.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan of Argghh!

He should just name his kid The Maverick. That way he can live his shattered dreams through his offspring!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKhan

For some reason, this comic was more sad than funny to me. I have twinges of guilt for naming my daughter Nimueh, which is a cool name from Arthurian legend, but preposterously uncommon...

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

My wife's mom is genetically incapable of irony, so just to tease / horrify her, we had a list of potential girl names, so every time she asked, we hit her with one of the following, or worse:

- Banjolele
- Symphonietta
- Clarkly
- Bobono

and so on, it worked great, and it really cut off the, "oh, what are you thinking of naming her?" followed by "mmms" and disapproval.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterE



January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBra(n)don

it used to be that there were far too many "Mary"s in the world, now it's surprisingly uncommon. but unlike the "Jayden"s in this world, what really bugs me are the many spellings of Sean, Shawn, Shaun, Sheawn, (yes, I've seen it spelled that way on some guy's ID card). I'm waiting to see it spelled Shun, so I can.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL


Don't forget! Shawn and all variants are, in turn, derived from "John." As are the names "Shane" and "Zane."

I don't know why any of us bother to intentionally make up new spellings for names. They already pop up everywhere on their own.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRadien
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