Okay so I've been thinking more about Grandpa Maynard and his namesake and how a person can overcome a "bad" name. (It's in quotes because "bad" is incredibly subjective.) I mean look at Dwight D. Eisenhower (though he did go by Ike somehow). Dwight should be a very nerdy name and yet he was a cool politician and lots of people liked him. And so I wonder what does it take to overcome the stench of a "bad" name. Is it pure genetics over society? Is it the power of how much your parents love you over the teasing of your peers? Does it take a legacy to uphold like little Maynard? Most likely, it's all these things and more because children are so vastly unique and different. But I guess the good news is that it's possible.
More thoughts to blog about later: Are there neutral names?; The act of renaming in fiction; Baby names lists; Nicknames; The collective conscience in giving value to names;
I'll stop obsessing soon I promise.