I understand why Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott chose a name like Hattie. You know, old school, not common these days, slightly offbeat but not unheard of. But did they have to go so far off the beaten track? The name Hattie is just wrong on so many levels.
|Tori Spelling, mom of Hattie McDermott|
Hattie, on the other hand, is a name that makes you sound like you're 65 years old right from birth. In fact, per BabyNamer.com, the name Hattie has not been popular since 1960, which explains why I make the connection. Also, Hattie isn't really a name - it's actually a nickname for Harriet or Henrietta. Again, names that aren't popular these days, but would at least give the kid some leeway with nicknames. Harriet could be Hattie, Harry, Hatsie or something. Henrietta could be Hattie, Hettie, Retta, Etta or Etty. (I got most of these from BabyNamer, if you're curious.) I'm not saying most of the options are awesome, but at least give the poor kid a choice!
The meaning of Hattie is home leader. Which could be kind of cool except it makes the girl sound like she's destined to be a domineering housewife. (I am home leader, hear me roar!) Either that or a strict housemother for a rowdy sorority. Neither one is terribly appealing.
Anyway, here are some other reasons why Hattie is really not the best name for a child born in 2011:
- As noted above, Hattie sounds like a grandmother even before she learns how to talk.
- The teasing nicknames are ridiculous. Heaven forbid the girl ever has hat hair. She'll never hear the end of it. And if she's chubby, I wouldn't be surprised to hear her called Hattie the Fattie.
- Per ParentsConnect.com, 53% of survey participants think that people always misspell the name Hattie and 43% occasionally misspell it. So...that pretty much means that people will be misspelling Hattie's name for her whole life.
- Also per ParentsConnect, Hattie the Hottie is a teasing nickname. It's not necessarily mean, but it could probably get pretty annoying.
Names are a very personal thing, so it's not really fair to judge someone for choosing a name that they like for a child. But it is important to consider the child's well being in the long term. Does Hattie make a good name for a teenager? Not really. Is 'Hat' really a good nickname? No. Does the kid have nickname options if she hates her name? Again, no. So in my opinion of good baby names, Hattie does not make the cut.