I can certainly see the charm in this choice. Gotham is a clever way to pay tribute to the superhero without actually naming your child Batman (not recommended!), or Bruce, or Wayne. Batman's civilian names read much more '60s and '70s than superhero. As a place name, Gotham sounds far more fresh than names associated with your baby's grandparents' generation.
–Worried About Stealing
Wading into the waters of name "stealing" is always tricky. While it's true that no one owns a name, and theoretically you should be able to use any name you like, you specifically asked about "etiquette." Etiquette means caring about other people and trying to be considerate of them. It means not making the (arbitrary) decision that your claim to a name is more legitimate than someone else's, and that therefore you have the right to hurt their feelings.
–Frustrated Old-Lady Namer
In a way, it is about nostalgia—or at least the effort to marry nostalgia with distinctiveness. In an age where everyone wants fresh-sounding names that are known, but not too popular, parents with a traditional bent tend to turn back three or four generations to find names that feel fresh again.
–It Takes Two
The Name Lady sees a lot of confusion about Juniors, and that's with a fairly well established tradition to follow. When it comes to the double first name, the waters are even murkier, especially for boys. The good news is that almost anything goes. The bad news is that, well, almost anything goes, so how are you supposed to decide?
Draco isn't everyone's style, but no name is! Still, even setting taste aside, I do think Draco is a problematic choice, especially for a little girl. Lots of boys' names are given to girls today, but they usually have some characteristics that make the crossover easier.
Parents put a lot of pressure on themselves to find the perfect name, and the stakes only seem to get higher with subsequent children. If you've already used the best name out there, how can you follow that up?
–Too Blue for Reagan
Names can send messages about everything from your age and sex to your religion and ethnic background. But your political party? Not usually. Most baby names transcend politics. Your name, though, is the exception.
You've bumped square into a problem that many baby-namers face: The name you love is so good, lots of other people love it too. Jackson—just that spelling—is a top 50 name in most U.S. states, and it's in the top 20 in the West coast states of Washington and Oregon. So there's no question that the name is popular. But the more pertinent question in my view, is "Does that matter?"
However, we are worried about the sibling name pairing. My sister and mother have both commented that their first thought was that the children would be saddled with "Adam and Eve" references. I didn't see this association until it was pointed out, and now it's causing me and my husband some concern. We don't want our children to be the butt of jokes, but we're not sure whether it will come up that much. Is this really a big problem? Do we need to consider a different name for our son?
This is a tough one! The pairing of Adam and Eve is a definite non-starter for siblings, on a par with Jack and Jill, or Barbie and Ken, or Romeo and Juliet. And yet, Eve and Ava are different. The question is, are they different enough?
I'm going to start this column off with a little test. Quick, Nani's Mom, which of the following celebrities are familiar to you: Mary Elizabeth Gore, Josephine Lauder, Rafael Cruz, or Elizabeth Jean Philipps?