I do love Destiny's Child, or at least some of their music, but that's not the point of this post.
I am reading Freakonomics right now and find it interesting, easy to understand, and at the same time, perhaps too basic. I wonder what the data really says. I am a firm believer that statistics can be used to prove what you want. So I do question some of the statements in the book.
One I found particularly interesting, as it is personally relevant, was the idea on page 203 (if you have the book). This chapter talks about baby names and what has been popular in previous years and then speculates what the most popular names will be in 2015. There's a list of about 25 girl names and my name is on that list. Ansley, there in black and white, in a real-live published book, a New York Times Bestseller no less.
I have always had to spell my name, in fact, when asked my name, I usually just say, "Ansley, A-N-S-L-E-Y"
The most common mistakes are either Ashley, if someone is reading it, or Angie, when hearing it. I also get Ann, I guess the assumption is Lee is my last name.
But my favorite goes like this...
"What's your name?"
"And what's your first name?"
"That is my first name."
Like I think I'm James Bond or something.
A weird name is not without its benefits as well. Once people know my name, they know it. When I haven't talked to someone for a long time, I can call and just say, "Hey, it's Ansley." and they know which Ansley, because they (usually) only know one; except my friend Christine who has a 2 year old daughter also named Ansley, which I take as a huge compliment and responsibility.
So the news that my name might one day, and not too far away, be fairly common, is bittersweet. The thought of not having to spell both my names (difficult last name too) is exciting but the thought of losing some of my uniqueness (uniquity??) is not so exciting.
If you want to read the full list of names, maybe you are about to have a child and want to be ahead of the curve...click this link from slate.com and scroll down to the end.
While searching for an image, this came up... Yikes, and the confederate flag, nice touch! (edited to remove name on tombstone)