A Madonna by Any Other Name
In this so-called exploration of "the hidden side of everything," the authors use facts to illuminate and possibly explain real world correlations, including the controversial theory that legalized abortion leads to reduced crime. One chapter deals with how parents name their children and what, if anything, this name says about the family's socioeconomic status.
On page 201, the authors write:
So where do lower-end families go name-shopping? Many people assume that naming trends are driven by celebrities. But celebrities actually have a weak effect on baby names. As of 2000, the pop star Madonna had sold 130 million records worldwide but hadn't generated even the ten copycat namings - in California, no less - required to make the master index of four thousand names from which the sprawling list of girls' names ... was drawn.Maybe because some random named Madonna would have a lot of 'splaining to do. And how the hell does a mere mortal Madonna live up to her namesake?
Simple answer: she doesn't.
Very few are ballsy enough to name their kid as distinctively as Madonna. Plenty of parents will make up names - and boy do they, based on some of the laughable and truly bizarre monikers listed in this book - and butcher popular spellings before they model a child's name on a major celebrity, especially one as so very famous as our Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.
Way to own a name, Madge!