Toddlers & Tiaras: A Reality TV Show Filled with Names That "Sparkal"
Toddlers & Tiaras has come under fire recently for an episode in which 3-year-old pageant princess named Paisley Dickey was outfitted as Julia Roberts’ prostitute character from the movie Pretty Woman, a look selected and put together by the girl's mother. If you’ve seen the show, you know that the parents of these aspiring beauty queens really want their little girls to stand out — and that extends to the names they give the kids, which are often rather creative.
Sure, the controversial TLC reality series has its share of girls named Isabella, Ava, Olivia, Chloe and Madison, which are all names on the Social Security Administration’s Top-10 most popular names list. However, there are also kids with less common names: 1) traditional names with untraditional spellings, 2) hybrid names 3) some infrequently heard place names and 4) names that are completely invented.
Two names that stick out so far during Season 4, so far, are Alaska and Brystol. Of course the names go hand in hand thanks to one-time vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, whose 2008 campaign introduced us to her daughter Bristol Palin and put a spotlight on the 49th state, where she was governor. While the name Bristol appeared on the Top-1000 popular name list for the first time in 2009 and rose to No. 562 the next year, Brystol — with the "y" — has never appeared, nor has Alaska, which hasn't gotten as much attention as fellow state names Georgia, Montana, Dakota, Virginia and Indiana.
Other standout names from Season 4 of Toddlers & Tiaras include:
Madellie (sister of MaKenzie)
On seasons past of the show, the mini pageant queens had memorable names as well. Who can forget being introduced to the one and only Sparkal Queenz during Season 2? The girl's mother explained that she almost named her daughter Brooklyn Queenz -- what a tribute to New York City! -- but decided on Sparkal because she felt her daughter "sparkled." Sounds like the perfect name for our list of celebrities with aptonyms, right?
Some more unforgettable names from seasons past of Toddlers:
It's funny that in a world in which there’s international outrage over Gwyneth Paltrow naming her daughter Apple (read our recent post: The Baby Name Apple: Why All The Hate?), there really hasn’t been much buzz, good or bad, over some of the names of the kids on Toddlers & Tiaras. However, it seems that in the controversial world of child beauty pageants, there are broader issues than names.
Tell Us What You Think: How do you feel about the names from Toddler & Tiaras? Too out-of-the-box for your taste? Or do you view them as standouts – creative and imaginative? Which names on the lists above do you think have potential to become mainstream? Which ones don’t you ever want to hear again?